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Workshop: This Is Not a Gun — Ceramics with Cara Levine

Saturday, September 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In this workshop, artist Cara Levine encourages participants to give presence to objects that have been mistaken for guns by police officers in civilian shootings, calling out their not-gun-ness by sculpting their shapes in clay. The gathering, cohosted by Ekaette Ekong, offers a nonjudgmental space to site the issues of this historically dense and complicated crisis within our own bodies and stories.MORE about This Is Not a Gun — Ceramics with Cara Levine

Film: Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Saturday, September 22 | 2-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Frederick Wiseman’s latest documentary Ex Libris demonstrates the dedication of the New York Public Library, with eighty-eight branches spread across five boroughs, to support and reflect the vibrant diversity of the city at its best.MORE about <em>Ex Libris: The New York Public Library</em>

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Film: The Apple

Saturday, September 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Samira Makhmalbaf’s directorial debut (at age seventeen) blends a fictionalized plot over a shocking real-life tale of two sisters whose parents had locked them in their home for their entire lives, to “protect” them like flowers. After the screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).MORE about <em>The Apple</em>

The Apple

Music: UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

September 21 – 22, 2018 every day | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Music director David Milnes leads the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra in Bartok's "Miraculous Mandarin," Jennifer Higdon's "Blue Cathedral" and Brahms' "Symphony No. 2."MORE about UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Music: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Jon Batiste

Sunday, September 23 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre
International jazz ambassador, nine-time Grammy winner, and Pulitzer Prize recipient Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are joined by charismatic pianist and music director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s house band, Jon Batiste, for a program celebrating the legacy of Duke Ellington.MORE about Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Jon Batiste

Wynton Marsalis

Special Event: Fall Equinox Sound Bath

Sunday, September 23 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Celebrate the beginning of fall with a special outdoor concert of quartz crystal singing bowls and finely tuned gongs within a grove of redwoods.MORE about Fall Equinox Sound Bath

Dance: Full — Fauxnique

Monday, September 24 | 7-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Fauxnique (Monique Jenkinson) performs Drag Movement Study #3, an investigation of glamour as process. Dislodging the practice of drag from its traditional reliance on illusion and concealment, Fauxnique exploits the space of the museum to revel in the reveal, shining full light upon the underpinnings and inviting viewers into the foundation of drag performance.MORE about Full — Fauxnique

Panel Discussion: Arts + Design and the Global Climate Summit: Reflections and Next Steps with Shannon Jackson, Dan Kammen, and Orville Schell

Monday, September 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
At the close of the Global Climate Summit, reflect on the climate challenges facing the world, and discuss possible solutions and next steps our community, state, and nation can take to combat global climate change. Hear from UC Berkeley faculty, participants in the COAL + ICE exhibition, and Bay Area climate artists collectively advancing environmental awareness.MORE about Arts + Design and the Global Climate Summit: Reflections and Next Steps with Shannon Jackson, Dan Kammen, and Orville Schell

Lecture: Presidential Power and Individual Rights with Daniel Farber

Tuesday, September 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Free Speech Movement Café (Moffitt Library)
Presidential power is always a hot topic, but never more so than today. This lecture will explain the constitutional limits on the president and how individual rights are affected. The president is uniquely powerful —
but not above the law. Learn about the expansion and limits of presidential power and its impact on American people with Dan Farber, Berkeley Law.MORE about Presidential Power and Individual Rights with Daniel Farber

Lecture: The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America, Francine Masiello

Wednesday, September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room Stephens Hall
In The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America, Francine Masiello traces the evolution of “sense work” in literary texts, the visual arts, periodical culture, and history. She argues that when the discourse on democracy is altered or threatened, the representation of our sensing bodies helps shape democratic practice and rebellion, cultural crisis, and social change.MORE about The Senses of Democracy: Perception, Politics, and Culture in Latin America, Francine Masiello

Colloquium: From Basic Idea to Impact — The Story of Modern Cryptography with Shafi Goldwasser

Wednesday, September 26 | 3-4 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
Computer science inventions impact every aspect our life. In this talk, computer science professor Shafi Goldwasser will highlight the progression from idea to impact in the field of cryptography in the last 40 years.MORE about From Basic Idea to Impact — The Story of Modern Cryptography with Shafi Goldwasser

Lecture: Why Read Machiavelli's The Prince?

Thursday, September 27 | 12-2 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Round-table and discussion with Albert R. Ascoli, UC Berkeley; Julia Lupton, UC Irvine; David Marno, UC Berkeley; and Nadia Urbinati, Columbia University.MORE about Why Read Machiavelli's <em>The Prince</em>?

Panel Discussion: Archaeological Perspectives on Fire and People — From Ancient Neanderthals to Contemporary California

Thursday, September 27 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center
This event brings together archaeologists from UC Berkeley’s Archaeological Research Facility and the US Forest Service in a panel discussion exploring what we might learn from humanity's long experience with fire.MORE about Archaeological Perspectives on Fire and People — From Ancient Neanderthals to Contemporary California

Archaeological Perspectives on Fire and People

Panel Discussion: Covering and Uncovering Iran in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with Journalists Jason Rezaian and Melissa Etehad

Thursday, September 27 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall | Note change in location
Reporting about Iran and U.S.-Iran relations, covering the "Muslim Ban" and its impact on Iranian Americans, as well as recognizing the current administration's policies in the Middle East, has made accurate and thoughtful coverage about Iran and its diaspora even more critical. Join a conversation with Iranian-American journalists Jason Rezaian (Washington Post and CNN) and Melissa Etehad (Los Angeles Times), moderated by Dr. Persis Karim of SF State's Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, on why reporting on these topics is more important than ever.MORE about Covering and Uncovering Iran in the Age of Trump: A Conversation with Journalists Jason Rezaian and Melissa Etehad

Lecture: An Evening with Frederick Wiseman

Thursday, September 27 | 7-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In this lecture illustrated with clips from his films, Frederick Wiseman will address how he chooses a documentary subject, how he tells a story, and what factors influence his aesthetic decisions.MORE about An Evening with Frederick Wiseman

Frederick Wiseman

Lecture: Deportations — When Immigrants Are Sent Back with Rafael Alarcon

Thursday, September 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A graduate of UC Berkeley, Rafael Alarcon is a senior professor at the research institute at Tijuana, Mexico, the Colegio de la Frontera Norte. He has published numerous articles and books, including, most recently, Making Los Angeles Home: The Integration of Mexican Immigrants in the United States and coauthored Return to Aztlan: The Social Processes of Migration from Western Mexico. He is currently conducting research on deported immigrants and their families, which will inform this lecture.MORE about Deportations — When Immigrants Are Sent Back with Rafael Alarcon

Film: High School

Friday, September 28 | 3:30-4:45 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
At a middle-class, mostly white school, obedience to authority is lesson number one. Taken on its release in 1969 as an antiestablishment cry against institutional conformity, Frederick Wiseman’s documentary has acquired added resonance with age.MORE about <em>High School</em>

High School

Dance: Mark Morris Dance Group — Pepperland

Friday, September 28 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Mark Morris celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a new dance work that revels in the eccentric charm and joyful optimism of the Beatles’ groundbreaking album. Continues September 29-30.MORE about Mark Morris Dance Group — <em>Pepperland</em>

Mark Morris Dance Group

Film: A Hard Day’s Night

Saturday, September 29 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Bringing together influences ranging from the BBC’s Goon Show to the Marx Brothers and TV commercials, Richard Lester invented a style of film editing that expressed the consciousness just emerging from the culture that made (and then embraced) the Beatles. As it follows the adventures of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, A Hard Day’s Night perfectly captures the spirit of the times.MORE about <em>A Hard Day’s Night</em>

Film: The Day I Became a Woman

Saturday, September 29 | 6-7:20 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The first feature from Marziyeh Meshkini (Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s wife) is an intense, allegorical triptych covering the challenges of life as a woman in Iran. It puts a defiantly feminist spin on the Makhmalbaf Film House’s adept blend of documentary realism and dreamlike fable.MORE about <em>The Day I Became a Woman</em>

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