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Exhibit: About Things Loved — Blackness and Belonging

May 17 – July 21, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Recognizing that museums have not been exempt from anti-black practices that exclude, marginalize, and devalue black art, black artists, and black life, About Things Loved imagines the liberatory possibilities of celebrating blackness and belonging.
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Performance: At the Illusionist’s Table

July 16 – August 4, 2019 every day with exceptions | 7-9 p.m. | Grace Street Showroom, 4629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland
Mentalist, performer, and storyteller Scott Silven conjures up a world of mystery and illusion in his intimate dinner-theater performance. MORE about <em>At the Illusionist’s Table</em>

Exhibit: Whose University? — The 50th Anniversary of the UC Berkeley Third World Liberation Front Strike

May 1 – August 31, 2019 every day | Bernice Layne Brown Gallery Doe Library
In 1969, one of the longest student-led strikes in UC Berkeley history gave birth to a movement that has lasted for five decades.MORE about Whose University? — The 50th Anniversary of the UC Berkeley Third World Liberation Front Strike

Exhibit: Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer | The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
The Hearst Museum considers the complex social and economic dynamics behind ten mind-altering drugs. MORE about Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer | The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Film: Transit

Friday, July 26 | 8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
More than an it-could-happen-here allegory, the film is a visually lucid, deeply unsettling evocation of displacement—political, psychological, even existential.MORE about <em>Transit</em>

Performance: At the Illusionist’s Table

July 19 – August 2, 2019 every Friday | 5-7 p.m. | Grace Street Showroom, 4629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland
Beginning with a series of seemingly innocuous questions and simple tasks, the brilliant mentalist, performer, and storyteller Scott Silven conjures up a world of mystery and illusion in his intimate dinner-theater performance.MORE about <em>At the Illusionist’s Table</em>

Workshop: Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters

Sunday, July 28 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. MORE about Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters

Film: Harakiri

Wednesday, July 31 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Masaki Kobayashi harnesses the breathtaking beauty of black-and-white, widescreen cinematography to create an abstract epic.MORE about <em>Harakiri</em>

Film: Gang of Four

Thursday, August 1 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A quartet of aspiring actresses live together while studying with a demanding coach.MORE about <em>Gang of Four</em>

Exhibit: Five Tables of Earth, Rock, Sand, and Dirt

Thursday, August 1 | 4-7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
If the meek shall inherit the earth, our study center collections show what a grand—also rocky, sandy, and dirty—inheritance this might be.MORE about Five Tables of Earth, Rock, Sand, and Dirt

Performance: Miriki Performing Arts presents 'Bayal Kaymanen' (Dancing Smoke)

Friday, August 2 | 8:30 p.m. | Memorial Glade
A full-length dance performance exploring the relationship of fire between Yidinji Nation (Cairns, Australia) and Northern Pomo Dancers (Northern California).MORE about Miriki Performing Arts presents 'Bayal Kaymanen' (Dancing Smoke)

Film: Weekend

Friday, August 2 | 8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Godard depicts the horrors of bourgeois ideology in this, his most Buñuelian film; L’age d’or meets Road Warrior in the spectacle of Parisians fighting for their weekend leisure. MORE about <em>Weekend</em>

Performance: Slightly Stoopid

Saturday, August 3 | 4:30 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre
The Ocean Beach, California-based band formed by multi-instrumentalists Kyle McDonald and Miles Doughty, now in their second decade of making music, continues to manufacture an energizing and multifaceted sound that has been described as “a spiritual bath of positive party energy.” MORE about Slightly Stoopid

Workshop: Visual Poem Workshop

Sunday, August 4 | 2 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Explore the intersections of language, image, and identity in creating a visual translation of a poem recited by a special guest poet. MORE about Visual Poem Workshop

Performance: “Weird Al” Yankovic

Friday, August 9 | 7 p.m. | Hearst Greek Theatre
The legendary musical satirist follows his sold-out 2018 tour of intimate venues – where he played deep cuts for his hardcore fans – with his biggest show ever.MORE about “Weird Al” Yankovic

Lecture: Ways of Seeing Tobacco in Cultures, Past and Present

Saturday, August 10 | 1-4 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Explore the historical, cultural, spiritual and protective aspects of this complex plant teacher from various traditions around the world.MORE about Ways of Seeing Tobacco in Cultures, Past and Present