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Workshop: Botanical Crafting for the Holidays

Sunday, December 10 | 2-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Come to the Botanical Garden with festive botanical craft stations. Create holiday gifts and decorations, and enjoy seasonal drinks and snacks.MORE about Botanical Crafting for the Holidays

Dance: BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, Camille A. Brown and Dancers

Sunday, December 10 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Innovative choreographer Camille A. Brown's BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play draws on the games little girls play to tell a story of black female empowerment. Brown, a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, has created dances for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Urban Bush Women and is known for imaginative works that address issues of identity and social justice.MORE about <em>BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play</em>, Camille A. Brown and Dancers

Music: Takács Quartet and Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Sunday, December 10 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Each time the Takács Quartet walks on stage for Cal Performances, its four players invite Berkeley audiences to experience a new dimension of musical artistry. The Takács welcomes pianist Garrick Ohlsson for Brahms' inventive Piano Quintet, plus the first of Mozart's Prussian quartets and Shostakovich's Eleventh Quartet.MORE about Takács Quartet and Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Special Event: Holiday Pop-Up Shop

December 2 – 10, 2017 every day | 12-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union
Join the Berkeley Art Studio for the annual Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Find handmade gifts made by local artists for the special people in your life. It's like Etsy in real life.MORE about Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Holiday: Garden Holiday Pop-Up Shop

December 7 – 10, 2017 every day | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Find beautiful and unusual gifts for the holidays at a special holiday shopping party in the Botanical Garden’s Julia Morgan Hall. Choose from a unique selection of gifts from local vendors and unique hand-crafted gifts from the Garden. Proceeds from holiday purchases will directly benefit the Botanical Garden.MORE about Garden Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Film: Faces Places

Wednesday, December 13 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Forever young-at-heart filmmaker (and French New Wave legend) Agnès Varda teams up with award-winning artist JR on a road trip across rural France and its working-class communities, where they meet with the locals and create installations of large-scale photographic portraits. MORE about <em>Faces Places</em>

Film: Festival Favorite Animated Films

Thursday, December 14 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Award-winning films by Polish animation artists who explore human relationships in varied and innovative ways, from uninhibited humor to surrealism.MORE about Festival Favorite Animated Films

Film: Mildred Pierce

Friday, December 15 | 4 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her driven performance in this noir melodrama that exposed the nightmare side of upward mobility and domestic virtue.MORE about <em>Mildred Pierce</em>

Dance: The Hard Nut, Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency

Friday, December 15 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years. Set to Tchaikovsky's iconic Nutcracker score, this lavish production has been charming audiences for over 25 years, delivering a pitch-perfect dose of both naughty and nice.MORE about <em>The Hard Nut</em>, Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency

Lecture: Making the Largest 3D Maps of our Universe

Saturday, December 16 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building
Dr. Josh Dillion will talk about a new technique being developed at Berkeley with collaborators around the world to use radio telescopes to make huge 3D maps of hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, to test cosmological theories. This includes building a giant array of 350 dishes – each one almost 50 feet across – in the middle of the South African desert. MORE about Making the Largest 3D Maps of our Universe

Dance: The Hard Nut, Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency

Saturday, December 16 | 2 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years. Set to Tchaikovsky's iconic Nutcracker score, this lavish production has been charming audiences for over 25 years, delivering a pitch-perfect dose of both naughty and nice.MORE about <em>The Hard Nut</em>, Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency

Dance: The Hard Nut, Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency

Saturday, December 16 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years. Set to Tchaikovsky's iconic Nutcracker score, this lavish production has been charming audiences for over 25 years, delivering a pitch-perfect dose of both naughty and nice.MORE about <em>The Hard Nut</em>, Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency

Film: Hero

Saturday, December 16 | 8:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Jet Li, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, and Tony Leung Chiu-wai propel director Zhang Yimou’s gorgeously colorful wuxia tribute. In ancient China each kingdom is at war, and three assassins battle to kill the most powerful ruler, until a simple peasant eliminates each one. Or does he? Hong Kong action choreography legend Ching Siu-Tung contributes Hero’s stunning fight scenes, while longtime Wong Kar-wai collaborator Christopher Doyle adds his exquisite cinematography.MORE about <em>Hero</em>

Film: The Passion of Joan of Arc

Saturday, December 16 | 6:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Carl Dreyer’s 1928 film focuses on the face as a landscape of the soul. Pauline Kael called it “one of the greatest of all movies.” This new digital restoration features Richard Eisenhorn’s Voices of Light score. An archival 35mm print of the film screens with live piano accompaniment on Dec. 16.MORE about <em>The Passion of Joan of Arc</em>

Dance: The Hard Nut, Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency

Sunday, December 17 | 3 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years. Set to Tchaikovsky's iconic Nutcracker score, this lavish production has been charming audiences for over 25 years, delivering a pitch-perfect dose of both naughty and nice.MORE about <em>The Hard Nut</em>, Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency

Film: Faces Places

Sunday, December 17 | 4 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Forever young-at-heart filmmaker (and French New Wave legend) Agnès Varda teams up with award-winning artist JR on a road trip across rural France and its working-class communities, where they meet with the locals and create installations of large-scale photographic portraits.MORE about <em>Faces Places</em>

Special Event: Winter Commencement 2017 and Investiture, Carol Christ

Sunday, December 17 | 10:30 a.m. | Haas Pavilion
Winter Commencement celebrates recent Berkeley graduates and the official Investiture of Chancellor Carol T. Christ. MORE about Winter Commencement 2017 and Investiture, Carol Christ

Dance: The Hard Nut, Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency

Thursday, December 21 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
What holiday season would be complete without go-go boots, dancing G.I. Joes, gender-bending snowflakes, and a spirited, slightly out-of-control family Christmas party? Mark Morris' The Hard Nut returns to Zellerbach Hall for the first time in five years. Set to Tchaikovsky's iconic Nutcracker score, this lavish production has been charming audiences for over 25 years, delivering a pitch-perfect dose of both naughty and nice.MORE about <em>The Hard Nut</em>, Mark Morris Dance Group Dance Residency

Special Event: Winter Solstice Sound Bath

Thursday, December 21 | 10-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
With the return of the sun comes a promise of renewal and growth. Attune with the natural slow, calm, inward energy of the Winter Solstice during this unique concert with live meditative sounds of quartz crystal singing bowls and finely tuned gongs within a grove of redwoods.MORE about Winter Solstice Sound Bath

Film: Throne of Blood

Saturday, December 23 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Director Akira Kurosawa’s Noh-influenced version of Macbeth relies on his own visual and cinematic invention to brilliantly evoke the Bard’s themes of destruction, guilt, and overwhelming greed. The iconic actor Toshiro Mifune stars.MORE about <em>Throne of Blood</em>

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