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Exhibit: Get Dancin’ — Selections from the Collection

January 9 – March 31, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The exhibition complements a season of dance programming in the Full series of performances, which takes place in the museum on the evening of every full moon.MORE about Get Dancin’ — Selections from the Collection

Exhibit: Masako Miki / MATRIX 273

January 9 – April 28, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Masako Miki creates larger-than-life-size, felt-covered forms drawn from the Japanese folk belief in yokai (shape-shifters) who can disguise themselves in any number of different forms. Miki creates the semi-abstract, sculptural forms utilizing brilliant colors and sets them into a magical environment suggesting another reality. The installation moves from the three-dimensional forms to abstract images on the floor and walls, conveying a sense of expanding boundaries.
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Dance: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Friday, January 18 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Over its 40-year-history, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has tackled a thrilling range of repertoire, working with both veteran choreographers and fresh voices reimagining contemporary dance for new generations. For Program A, the company's dancers perform work by Nacho Duato, Crystal Pite, Alejandro Cerrudo and William Forsythe. Program B features the Bay Area premiere of a new collaboration by two choreographers redefining what it means to make dances today: Emma Portner and Lil Buck. Continues through January 20.MORE about Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Workshop:Women's March Poster Workshop with the BAMPFA Art Lab and Masako Miki

Friday, January 18 | 1 p.m. | Pier 35, San Francisco
Continuing the tradition of collaborating with artists and activists to create political poster art using the museum's Risograph print resource, the Art Lab has partnered with Bay Area artist Masako Miki to produce a new, commissioned Risograph print to coincide with the 2019 Women's March on January 19. MORE about Women's March Poster Workshop with the BAMPFA Art Lab and Masako Miki

Performance: Anna Homler/Breadwoman

Friday, January 18 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Vocalist Anna Homler presents her performance persona Breadwoman, who lives outside of time and communicates with gestures and songs in a melodic, phonetic language that is both alien and familiar. Homler collaborates with local musicians and dancers across the US and Europe to bring Breadwoman to life.MORE about Anna Homler/Breadwoman

David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano

Sunday, January 20 | 3-5 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel, husband-and-wife duo, co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo, visit with a program of three cello sonatas that highlight the mastery of the German Classical and Romantic traditions.MORE about

David Finckel and Wu Han

Lecture: Creativity — A New Approach with Stan Lai

Thursday, January 24 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Osher Theater Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Join us for the opening lecture of the spring 2019 A+D Thursdays Lecture Series, which is shaped around three key words: Creativity, Migration and Transformation. Stan Lai, co-curator of the series, is one of the most acclaimed playwrights/directors in Asia.MORE about Creativity — A New Approach with Stan Lai

Music: Kronos Quartet — Fifty for the Future

Friday, January 25 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
After 45 years spent re-inventing the string quartet, Kronos is committing to the next generation of musical innovators, with Fifty for the Future. The ambitious and much-lauded commissioning initiative returns to Berkeley, where Cal Performances is among the project’s legacy partners, with a program of new works by a diverse international cohort of composers.MORE about Kronos Quartet — Fifty for the Future

Music: Nicola Benedetti, violin; Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Sunday, January 27 | 3-5 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Scottish violin star Nicola Benedetti lends her sumptuous, gleaming tone to Bach's glorious Chaconne from Partita No. 2, and is joined by renowned pianist Alexei Grynyuk for richly Romantic sonatas by Prokofiev and Richard Strauss. She also performs the West Coast premiere of a new solo violin work by Wynton Marsalis. MORE about Nicola Benedetti, violin; Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Nicola Benedetti

Exhibit: Project “Holy Land” — Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

January 29 – June 28, 2019 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4:05 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)
For nearly two decades, Yaakov (Jacob) Benor-Kalter (1897-1969) traversed the Old City of Jerusalem, documenting renowned historical monuments, ambiguous subjects in familiar alleyways, and scores of “new Jews” building a new homeland. Benor-Kalter’s photographs oscillate between two worlds, and two Holy Lands, with one lens.MORE about Project “Holy Land” — Yaakov Benor-Kalter’s Photographs of British Mandate Palestine, 1923-1940

Lecture: Somini Sengupta | The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecturer for 2018

Thursday, January 31 | 5-7 p.m. | The Heyns Room Faculty Club
Award–winning journalist Somini Sengupta delivers the 7th Annual Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecture on the theme of Women and Leadership.MORE about Somini Sengupta | The Sarah Kailath Memorial Lecturer for 2018

Somini Sengupta

Music: Yefim Bronfman, piano

Friday, February 1 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Yefim Bronfman last graced the stages of Cal Performances with a heroic cycle of the complete Prokofiev piano sonatas. Here, he further reveals the emotional breadth of his musical temperament, in works ranging from Schumann's mercurial Humoreske, to Debussy's richly impressionistic Suite bergamasque, and Schubert's late-period gem the Sonata in C minor.MORE about Yefim Bronfman, piano

Yefim Bronfman

Performing Arts: Kodo

Saturday, February 2 | 8-10 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall
Taiko ensemble Kodo returns with Evolution, a retrospective that traces the group’s history with signature works created from the 1970s to the present.MORE about Kodo

Reading: Lunch Poems — Ari Banias

Thursday, February 7 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library
Lunch Poems presents Ari Banias, author of Anybody, which was named a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His poems have appeared in various journals and he is the recipient of numerous fellowships.MORE about Lunch Poems — Ari Banias

Music: Cantus — Alone Together

Friday, February 8 | 8-10 p.m. | First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley
In a diverse program that connects Beethoven, Bernstein, the Beatles, and contemporary works by Libby Larsen, David Lang, and Gabriel Kahane, the men's vocal ensemble Cantus sings of the challenges of connecting in our modern age.MORE about Cantus — Alone Together

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