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Film: In the Presence of a Clown

Friday, November 16 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ingmar Bergman’s eccentric made-for-television drama is both a tribute to Swedish silent cinema and an autumnal look back at the director’s own career. In a Swedish insane asylum in 1925, an engineer teams with another patient to create a film based on their own obsessions. All of Bergman’s themes — theology and spirituality, marriage and solitude, death and creativity — are worked through.MORE about <em>In the Presence of a Clown</em>

Lecture: Jacobs Design Conversations — Elizabeth Churchill

Friday, November 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
Elizabeth Churchill, Director of User Experience at Google, will give a talk on Empowering Creators: Research & Material Design at Jacobs Hall.MORE about Jacobs Design Conversations — Elizabeth Churchill

Film: Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?

Friday, November 16 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium Bechtel Engineering Center
Lt. Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old U.S. Naval Academy graduate and the father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise.MORE about <em>Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?</em>

Dance: Compagnie Käfig, Pixel

Friday, November 16 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Compagnie Käfig merges elements of Brazilian urban dance and capoeira with hip-hop, modern dance, and circus arts. Pixel was created by founder Mourad Merzouki in collaboration with French digital production studio Adrien M/Claire B, and features the company’s 11 dancers navigating an interactive environment of light and lasers. Continues Nov. 17.MORE about Compagnie Käfig, <em>Pixel</em>

Compagnie Käfig

Lecture: Earthquake Mythbusters

Saturday, November 17 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Get an overview on earthquake hazards in the Bay Area and bust some common myths about earthquakes and preparedness. Also find out the latest news about the status of Shake Alert, the earthquake early warning system now being rolled out on the West Coast.

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Film: Zero for Conduct

Saturday, November 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Zero for Conduct, based on the director Jean Vigo’s childhood experiences, is cruel, playful, and exuberant, and filled with unexpected gags and observations. Set in a boarding school, the loose but emotionally charged story creates a model of rebellion. Followed by 16 minutes of rushes and outtakes from the film, assembled by Bernard Eisenschitz.MORE about <em>Zero for Conduct</em>

Film: Soleil Ô

Saturday, November 17 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Part of the "1968 and Global Cinema" series, guest curated by IES Visiting Scholar Christina Gerhardt, Soleil Ô, which takes its title from a West Indies song about the pain of Africans enslaved in the Caribbean, is a powerful depiction of immigrant experience, focused on a laborer who moves to Paris from West Africa in hopes of a better life.MORE about <em>Soleil Ô</em>

Workshop: About:Face — A Community Quilt

Sunday, November 18 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Guided by artist Shirin Towfiq, decorate your own quilt patches with drawings and personal messages for a bigger communal quilt that will address issues of identity and double consciousness. This workshop is held alongside the current exhibit, Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You, and is free with museum admission.MORE about About:Face — A Community Quilt

Presentation: Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions

Sunday, November 18 | 4-6:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Perhaps one of the most emblematic stories and relationships between a tree and classical music is that of the Pau – Brasil tree (Caesalpinia echinata) and its use in making violin and cello bows. Hear from retired UC Berkeley professor Zac Cande on the conservation issues around the tree. He will also be joined by Lisa Grodin, faculty member of the Crowden School.MORE about Trees and Tones - Wooden Instrument Traditions

Film: Blind Chance

Sunday, November 18 | 7-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Made during the beginning of the Solidarity period in Poland but banned after the declaration of martial law, Blind Chance is a trilogy-in-one, following three possible life paths of its main character. Highlighting the interconnected nature of fate, secondary characters from one segment turn up in another, while the ending unites them in a final tragedy.MORE about <em>Blind Chance</em>

Lecture: Design Field Notes with Nick Seaver

Monday, November 19 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
The algorithms that have begun to shape human culture are often described as purely computational, but they are profoundly shaped by the people who build and maintain them. Nick Seaver, assistant professor of Department of Anthropology and Program on Science, Technology, and Society at Tufts University, will speak on "Hooking and Trapping: The Anthropology of Algorithmic Systems," drawing on the anthropology of animal trapping to make sense of the very human ideas underlying algorithms designed to hook users' attention.MORE about Design Field Notes with Nick Seaver

Lecture: Daemons Tools Art Tech with Marisa Morán Jahn

Monday, November 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Osher Theater, BAMPFA
A “daemon” for ancient Greeks referred to a divinity or being betwixt and between humans and the supernatural, an inner spirit or inspiring force. Today, “daemon” commonly refers to a discrete background process that handles requests for services such as print spooling and file transfers, and is dormant when not required. Artist Marisa Morán Jahn weaves together her interest in creative technology as myth-making and co-designing with and for historically under-served communities (specifically low-wage workers, immigrants, youth, and women).MORE about Daemons Tools Art Tech with Marisa Morán Jahn

Lecture: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award with Robert Reich

Monday, November 19 | 8-10 p.m. | Pauley Ballroom Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Robert B. Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, will discuss "Free Speech in Angry Times" for the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award, presented annually to honor the memory of activist Mario Savio.MORE about Mario Savio Memorial Lecture and Young Activist Award with Robert Reich

Lecture: The Tumultuous Sixties

Monday, November 19 | 12-1 p.m. | 202 UC Berkeley Extension (Golden Bear Center)
In this public lecture, Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley Christina Gerhardt will contextualize the tumultuous sixties in post-war society and politics, its importance for the U.S. and Western European countries as well as its alignment with international liberation and solidarity movements. She will also address the question of how and why the protest movements of the sixties are still relevant today.MORE about The Tumultuous Sixties

Film: The Third Murder

Friday, November 23 | 7-9:05 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
It looks at first like an open-and-shut case: a factory owner has been murdered and an employee, Misumi (Koji Yakusho), has confessed to the crime. But when a defense lawyer tries to establish Misumi’s motive, he wanders into a web of uncertainties that are not just factual, but existential.MORE about <em>The Third Murder</em>

Film: Howl’s Moving Castle

Saturday, November 24 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle is brimming with Hayao Miyazaki’s customary visual wit and imagination. In an intricately rendered European storybook land, magic lives in the skies above, and sometimes in the towns below.MORE about <em>Howl’s Moving Castle</em>

Howl’s Moving Castle

Film: Conversation Piece

Sunday, November 25 | 7-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Burt Lancaster stars as an aging American art historian who has retreated from the world into the dark Roman palazzo he inherited from his Italian mother. When he rents the upstairs flat to a Roman matron (Silvana Mangano) and her amoral gigolo (Helmut Berger), his life’s denouement is invaded by la dolce vita.MORE about <em>Conversation Piece</em>

Lecture: Creating the Future of Nuclear Energy with Rachel Slaybaugh

Tuesday, November 27 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 190 Doe Library
The nuclear energy industry is at a crossroads: Existing nuclear reactors are struggling to operate economically in some tough markets, and construction of new designs in the U.S. is slow and over budget. At the same time, interest in and development of the next generation of nuclear reactors is growing at an unprecedented rate. Rachel Slaybaugh will discuss how many new technologies, including Data Analytics and Machine Learning, can be impactful.MORE about Creating the Future of Nuclear Energy with Rachel Slaybaugh

Film: The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand

Wednesday, November 28 | 6:30-8 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This is the first documentary ever produced about the life and gardens of Beatrix Farrand, the most successful female landscape architect in early 20th century America and one of the founders of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Includes a Q&A with the filmmaker, Karyl Evans. MORE about <em>The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand</em>

Film: The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors — Three Films

Wednesday, November 28 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
What are the experiences that shape the long lives of those we live among? In The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors, a ninety-two-year-old neighbor recounts the experience of being one of the first US Navy seamen sent into Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two weeks after the atom bombs were dropped. His intimate testimony is paired here with two films exploring two other catastrophic events of World War II — the internment of Japanese Americans and the “death march” of prisoners out of Auschwitz. In each, witnesses struggle to articulate these shattering experiences that were central to their lives.MORE about <em>The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors</em> — Three Films

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