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Dance: The Joffrey Ballet

Friday, November 17 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
The Joffrey Ballet stays true to its 60-year reputation for innovation and eclecticism with new and recent works by exciting choreographers. Performed to a live Philip Glass score, Justin Peck's "In Creases" manipulates bodies to form complex geometric structures. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa creates a turbulent cloud formation in "Mammatus," and Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman's "Joy," a Cal Performances co-commission, has its West Coast premiere.MORE about The Joffrey Ballet

Film: The Learning Tree

Friday, November 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The first Hollywood studio film directed by an African American, The Learning Tree is Gordon Parks’s semiautobiographical portrait of black youth, racial discrimination, and masculinity in Depression-era Kansas.MORE about <em>The Learning Tree</em>

Theater: Mechanics of Love

November 16 – 18, 2017 every day | 8-9:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
A man who forgets everything falls in love with a ballerina who forgets nothing. Until, that is, she falls in love with him. And his wife. And the mechanic. Characters frolic through life in this pirouette of a play that questions how we love, who we choose, and the cost of making sense of it all.MORE about <em>Mechanics of Love</em>

Dance: The Joffrey Ballet

Saturday, November 18 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
The Joffrey Ballet stays true to its 60-year reputation for innovation and eclecticism with new and recent works by exciting choreographers. Performed to a live Philip Glass score, Justin Peck's "In Creases" manipulates bodies to form complex geometric structures. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa creates a turbulent cloud formation in "Mammatus," and Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman's "Joy," a Cal Performances co-commission, has its West Coast premiere.MORE about The Joffrey Ballet

Music: University Gospel Choir

Saturday, November 18 | 8 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
“Family Reunion: Celebrating 10 Years with Dr. D. Mark Wilson” continues the tradition of gospel music on the Berkeley campus since the Black Consciousness Movement of the 1970s.MORE about University Gospel Choir

Workshop: Backstrap Loom Weaving Demonstration and Textile Sale

November 18 – 19, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Masterful Guatemalan weaver, Bertina López Cumez will be demonstrating backstrap loom weaving techniques at this special event held at the Hearst Museum. Try your hand at weaving while getting to speak one-on-one with a talented artist and maker. In addition to the demonstration, textiles made by Bertina and her community members will also be available for purchase. MORE about Backstrap Loom Weaving Demonstration and Textile Sale

Music: University Wind Ensemble

Sunday, November 19 | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Listen to the sounds of "Summer Dances, "Airlink," “Tumbao from Sinfonia No. 3, La Salsa" and more. Directed by Robert Calonico and featuring the Diablo Valley College Symphonic Band.MORE about University Wind Ensemble

Dance: The Joffrey Ballet

Sunday, November 19 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
The Joffrey Ballet stays true to its 60-year reputation for innovation and eclecticism with new and recent works by exciting choreographers. Performed to a live Philip Glass score, Justin Peck's "In Creases" manipulates bodies to form complex geometric structures. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa creates a turbulent cloud formation in "Mammatus," and Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman's "Joy," a Cal Performances co-commission, has its West Coast premiere.MORE about The Joffrey Ballet

Theater: La Belle

Friday, November 24 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
The creators of Frogz are back with La Belle, an inventive new production that is part Beauty and the Beast, part Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, featuring two actors and a cast of automatons and shadow puppets in a whimsical steampunk love story.MORE about <em>La Belle</em>

Film: The Passion of Joan of Arc

Friday, November 24 | 3:30-5:05 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Considered a "stark masterpiece," the 1928 film focuses on the trial and execution of Joan of Arc. Director Carl Dreyer vision illuminates the face as a landscape of the soul. The new digital restoration features Richard Eisenhorn’s "Voices of Light" score.MORE about <em>The Passion of Joan of Arc</em>

Film: Citizen Kane

Saturday, November 25 | 5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A childhood memory is the ultimate red herring in Orson Welles’s audacious debut. Gregg Toland’s deep-focus cinematography is just one reason why Kane still tops many critics’ lists of the best films of all time.MORE about <em>Citizen Kane</em>

Film: The Seventh Seal

Sunday, November 26 | 5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Chess match with Death? It's a date - and a classic. Watch Ingmar Bergman’s iconic work of cinematic philosophy rendered in chiaroscuro.MORE about <em>The Seventh Seal</em>

Lecture: Birdmania, Bernd Brunner

Tuesday, November 28 | 6-8 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Packed with intriguing facts and exquisite and rare artwork, Birdmania showcases an eclectic selection of bird devotees who would do anything for their feathered friends. Award-winning author Bernd Brunner reads from and signs his book.MORE about <em>Birdmania</em>, Bernd Brunner

Lecture: Karabo Poppy Moletsane and Ashara Ekundayo in Conversation

Wednesday, November 29 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Karabo Poppy Moletsane talks about her new Art Wall project with cultural strategist and curator Ashara Ekundayo. Their conversation will explore issues that Moletsane’s vibrant figurative art embodies, from street art and life in urban South Africa to the concept of Afrofuturism.MORE about Karabo Poppy Moletsane and Ashara Ekundayo in Conversation

Noon Concert: University Baroque Ensemble

Wednesday, November 29 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Take a midday break and enjoy the late works by masters of the Italian baroque, including Monteverdi, Vivaldi and Corelli.MORE about University Baroque Ensemble

Lecture: "How to Design a Company that Matters," Steve Vassallo

Friday, December 1 | 12-1 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall
Foundation Capital general partner Steve Vassallo launched his first startup when he was 13 years old. His innovations earned over 77 patents and several design awards, including the Business Week Design of the Decade Award. Vassallo is on the board of directors of Sunrun [RUN], Sentient Energy, Pocket, Mode Analytics, Bolt Threads, and AutoGrid. Past investments include Control4 [CTRL] and PrivateCore, which was acquired by Facebook.MORE about "How to Design a Company that Matters," Steve Vassallo

Music: Claire Chase, flute

For her Density 2036 project, flutist Claire Chase — a MacArthur Fellow and founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) — will commission a new body of work for solo flute each year for 22 years, until the 100th anniversary of Edgard Varèse's groundbreaking flute solo, Density 21.5. At BAMPFA, she performs music from Density, Parts I–IV (2013–16).MORE about Claire Chase, flute

Dance: Written in Water, Ragamala Dance Company

Sunday, December 3 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance Company has been lauded for bringing "a visionary approach to an ancient art form" (Dance Magazine) in its stunning productions rooted in the South Indian Bharatanatyam classical dance form. Written in Water explores the cultural complexities of the modern world through the metaphor of the ancient Indian board game Snakes and Ladders, with a live music score performed by an ensemble of four musicians, including jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar.MORE about <em>Written in Water</em>, Ragamala Dance Company

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