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Critic’s choice

Open House: Spring Free Family Day

Sunday, April 22 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Bring the family and enjoy a free day of art, music and film. Make art inspired by BAMPFA exhibitions and Earth Day, tour the galleries, listen to the Alphabet Rockers, who W. Kamau Bell calls intergenerational hip-hop that “creates the soundtrack for the future we want in the world,” and a special free screening of Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon.MORE about Spring Free Family Day

Music: Wind Ensemble

Sunday, April 22 | 3 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Robert Calonico directs the Wind Ensemble in "Blast" by Edmund Campion, "The Dream of Martin Luther King" by David Conte and more. MORE about Wind Ensemble

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura

April 22 – 29, 2018 every Sunday | 2-3:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
Eerily evocative, non-linear, and movement-driven, The Dream of Kitamura tells the ghostly, mythic tale of Lord
Rosanjin, who believes he is marked for death by the demon Kitamura. His horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards — but are they who they appear to be?MORE about <em>The Dream of Kitamura</em>

Panel Discussion: Rising Tides, Rising Voices - A Panel on Climate Justice

Monday, April 23 | 6-8 p.m. | Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)
Both environmental degradation and environmental benefits are unevenly distributed along racial and economic lines. A panel will discuss these intersections, their impacts, and what we must do to ensure that the environmental movement is fighting for those most marginalized. MORE about Rising Tides, Rising Voices - A Panel on Climate Justice

Lecture: Faculty Research Lecture - Landscapes and What They Tell Us: The Shock of the Familiar

Monday, April 23 | 4-5 p.m. | Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley
William Dietrich, who joined the Berkeley faculty in 1982, will discuss his work focusing on understanding landscape evolution. He is currently director of the Eel River Critical Zone Observatory, co-founder and co-director of the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping, and a member of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover team. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences.MORE about Faculty Research Lecture - Landscapes and What They Tell Us: The Shock of the Familiar

Conference: DataEDGE Conference

Tuesday, April 24 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall
The UC Berkeley School of Information’s DataEDGE conference will bring participants up to speed quickly on the current state of the data revolution. Hear from leading experts in the field about the way organizations are using data to address business and societal issues, about the challenges of working with data at scale, and about the most pressing questions and debates facing data scientists today. This conference is not just for technologists and math geeks.MORE about DataEDGE Conference

Lecture: Mapping as Research with Trevor Paglen

Tuesday, April 24 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Osher Theater Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
To celebrate his first comprehensive artist monograph, Trevor Paglen (UC Berkeley Geography Ph.D. and 2017 MacArthur Genius Fellow) will discuss his work with ARC Director Julia Bryan-Wilson.MORE about Mapping as Research with Trevor Paglen

Film: The Manchurian Candidate

Wednesday, April 25 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Frank Sinatra and Laurence Harvey star in John Frankenheimer’s outspoken satire, based on Richard Condon’s novel. The film played with America’s oversized horror of Communist infiltration while dealing on another level with the brainwashing potential of media-induced fear.MORE about <em>The Manchurian Candidate</em>

Lecture: Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat - John Ferrari

Wednesday, April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Stephens Hall
Exploring the idea of "intimations" - social interactions that approach outright communication but do not quite reach it - G. R. F. (John) Ferrari offers a new framework for understanding different ways in which we communicate with each other.MORE about Townsend Center Berkeley Book Chat - John Ferrari

Music: Noon Concert - Gospel Choir

Wednesday, April 25 | 12 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
Music is great medicine for the body, soul and mind. Get a good dose of Gospel music that heals hurts, suffering and pain as D. Mark Wilson directs the Gospel Choir in “Be Healed!” MORE about Noon Concert - Gospel Choir

Conference: 15th Annual Sustainability Summit

Wednesday, April 25 | 2:30-4:45 p.m. | Speiker Room-Chou Hall Haas School of Business
The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability’s Summit is celebrating Berkeley's environmental achievements. Join in for a poster session and reception, remarks and award ceremony with Chancellor Carol Christ, and a keynote address by Vien Truong, CEO of Dream Corp (#GreenForAll).MORE about 15th Annual Sustainability Summit

Lecture: Pictures of a Gone City - Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area is currently the jewel in the crown of capitalism — the tech capital of the world and a fountain of wealth from the Silicon Gold Rush. So what could be wrong? Professor Richard Walker will discuss his new book, a sweeping account of the Bay Area in the age of the tech boom. Registration recommended.MORE about Pictures of a Gone City - Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

Colloquium: Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley - Foodscape Mapping Project Policy Town Hall

Thursday, April 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Tamalpais Room David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
Over 150 members of the campus community participated in data collection and visualization to create an interactive "Foodscape Map." At the Foodscape Mapping Project Policy Town Hall, understand the findings from the Foodscape map as well as the suggested policy recommendations. This audience-participatory meeting is an intentional space to bring various stakeholders from all levels of campus together in conversation, as well as engage in future action and change on campus. MORE about Building Equitable and Inclusive Food Systems at UC Berkeley - Foodscape Mapping Project Policy Town Hall

Film: A Brief History of Time

Friday, April 27 | 5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Errol Morris’s acclaimed film, based on Stephen Hawking’s book, is a humanly scaled, biographical study of a singular mind navigating a very big universe.MORE about <em>A Brief History of Time</em>

Panel Discussion: South Asian Art | Past, Present, Future - Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani and Chitra Ganesh

Friday, April 27 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | The West Courtyard & the Drawing Room The Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley
Inaugurating the South Asia Art Initiative, the Institute's new initiative focused on art and visual culture in South Asia, Rajeeb Samdani and Nadia Samdani (co-founders of the Samdani Art Foundation and the Dhaka Art Summit) and New York-based artist Chitra Ganesh discuss the past and future of South Asian art.MORE about South Asian Art | Past, Present, Future - Rajeeb and Nadia Samdani and Chitra Ganesh

Theater: The Dream of Kitamura

April 20 – 28, 2018 every day with exceptions | 8-9:30 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse
When Lord Rosanjin dreams the demon Kitamura is coming to kill him, his horror is so profound that he hires two bodyguards to defend him against his own hallucinations. But are they who they appear? Written and directed by Philip Kan Gotanda.MORE about <em>The Dream of Kitamura</em>

Film: Neruda

Saturday, April 28 | 5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Director Pablo Larraín’s film fictionalizes a portrait of Pablo Neruda, Chilean Nobel prize–winning poet.MORE about <em>Neruda</em>

Panel Discussion: Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o - Wrestling with the Devil

Saturday, April 28 | 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. | Freight & Salvage
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o will discuss the American release of Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir, including the prison experience, challenges of writing fiction under 24-hour surveillance, and the spirit of defiance that defines hope.MORE about Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o - <em>Wrestling with the Devil</em>

Panel Discussion: Viet Thanh Nguyen on Art and Politics Interviewed by Karen Tei Yamashita

Saturday, April 28 | 1:30-2:45 p.m. | Freight & Salvage
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for his novel The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen — fiction writer, essayist, activist, and UC Berkeley doctoral alum — has become an outspoken voice for refugee rights and justice for immigrants. In 2017 he received a MacArthur Genius Grant, and his work The Refugees and The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives are highly lauded. He will talk with Karen Tei Yamashita, novelist and essayist on the immigrant experience, about the role of the writer in society, the importance of art to politics, and the power of the written word.MORE about Viet Thanh Nguyen on Art and Politics Interviewed by Karen Tei Yamashita

Dance: Māori Performance with Māori Mo Ake Tonu - Hands-On at the Hearst

Saturday, April 28 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | 103 Kroeber Hall Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Enjoy a cultural presentation featuring Māori performing arts through live song and dance by San Francisco Bay Area kapa haka group, Māori Mo Ake Tonu. The Māori are the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand). The performance will include elements of waiata (songs), waiata-a-ringa (storytelling dances), poi and haka. The numbers for the performance are inspired by the taonga (treasures) in the collection at the Hearst Museum.MORE about Māori Performance with Māori Mo Ake Tonu - Hands-On at the Hearst

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