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Critic’s choice

Lecture: Disability and the Dissident Body - Ancient Jewish Resistance to Empire

Wednesday, January 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall
Ancient Jewish accounts of the Roman conquest of Jerusalem use disability to reckon with charged questions about power, violence, and resistance. Through the lens of feminist disability studies, this lecture argues that disability affords the rabbis a complex symbolic discourse with which to grapple with the power of God and the brutality of empire. Julia Watts Belser is associate professor of Jewish Studies at Georgetown University and author of numerous books on gender and disability.MORE about Disability and the Dissident Body - Ancient Jewish Resistance to Empire

Lecture: Talking to Gods, Christopher Lowman

Thursday, January 18 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
The Ainu, the Indigenous people of northern Japan, traditionally use uniquely carved prayer sticks and highly-prized lacquer bowls to send prayers and offerings to their many gods. Come learn about their stories from Christopher Lowman, PhD candidate in anthropology and contributor to the current exhibit People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World.MORE about Talking to Gods, Christopher Lowman

Curators’ Talk: Lawrence Rinder and Kathy Geritz on Way Bay

Thursday, January 18 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Navigate the evocative installation of Way Bay with BAMPFA director and chief curator Lawrence Rinder and film curator Kathy Geritz, two of the exhibition's co-curators.MORE about Lawrence Rinder and Kathy Geritz on <em>Way Bay</em>

Lecture: The Future of Humans - Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution, Jennifer Doudna and Sid Mukherjee

Thursday, January 18 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall
In honor of UC Berkeley’s 150th anniversary, the Innovative Genomics Institute is presenting a free lecture with Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna and oncologist Sid Mukherjee discussing unprecedented advancements in gene editing and the effect new technologies will have on the future of humanity.MORE about The Future of Humans - Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution, Jennifer Doudna and Sid Mukherjee

Film: Woman in the Dunes

Friday, January 19 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The sands of time have not worn away the startling beauty of Woman in the Dunes, nor answered the fundamental questions of identity and commitment the film poses. A young widow lives in a pit-house and is forced to constantly clear her pit of the sands that threaten to engulf the whole village. The villagers bring a passing entomologist, who has missed his bus home, to spend the night, and share her work. Many scenes still haunt as director Hiroshi Teshigahara reverses the metaphor of the shifting sands of fate.MORE about <em>Woman in the Dunes</em>

Reading: Way Bay Poetry Assembly

Friday, January 19 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
As part of Way Bay, an expansive network of Bay Area writers each selected one piece of their own and one by a Bay Area literary hero for a series of postcard prints made in the BAMPFA Art Lab. This event celebrates the release of the postcards with a spirited mass reading of more than a hundred poems. Come a few minutes early if you are interested in reading a poem from the collection. Bring a handwritten copy of work by a deceased Bay Area writer to be shared in the Art Lab after the event.MORE about <em>Way Bay</em> Poetry Assembly

Lecture: The Art of Handmade - A Zapotec Weaver in the 21st century

Friday, January 19 | 5-7 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez will speak about his work as an artist and the work of his community to preserve the use of plant and insect dyes, techniques that stretch back more than 1,000 years in the indigenous Zapotec tradition. The talk will open a three-day series of events which include a textile sale and natural dye workshop.MORE about The Art of Handmade - A Zapotec Weaver in the 21st century

Sale: Porfirio Gutiérrez y Familia - Textile Sale Event

January 19 – 21, 2018 every day | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Browse and purchase unique works by master dyer and weaver Porfirio Gutiérrez and his family at this three-day textile pop-up sale. This sale will occur alongside a lecture on Friday, January 19 and a natural dye workshop on Saturday, January 20.MORE about Porfirio Gutiérrez y Familia - Textile Sale Event

Film: The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, January 20 | 3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Take a trip down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, and the Tin Woodsman. In a 35mm print that celebrates its jewel-like colors and unforgettable music, this classic continues to delight all ages.MORE about <em>The Wizard of Oz</em>

Film: One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich

Saturday, January 20 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Chris Marker has crafted a cinematic psalm to director Andrei Tarkovsky in this documentary on the aesthetics, evocations, and sensibilities of one of the greatest cinema stylists of all time. Marker’s cinema essay transports the viewer into Tarkovsky’s films and uses two video shoots — a visit to the settings of The Sacrifice and a video edited on Tarkovsky’s deathbed.MORE about <em>One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich</em>

Workshop: Lichen Dye

Sunday, January 21 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This class and workshop will provide an overview and history of lichen dyes, as well as a hands-on workshop. Instructors will lead class participants on a walk in the surrounding area to look for lichens in the garden. Participants will take home instructions for dyeing with lichens as well as their samples.MORE about Lichen Dye

Film: High Sierra

Sunday, January 21 | 4 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
High Sierra ushered the gangster genre into the forties, and the gangster into the existential antihero. Humphrey Bogart’s Mad Dog Earle, hiding out in the Sierras following a robbery, is in a no-exit situation that ends in a mountain shootout. Ida Lupino is the cabaret singer who falls in love with him, attracted by their shared status as outcasts.MORE about <em>High Sierra</em>

Panel Discussion: Honoring San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Monday, January 22 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Room 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law
The Bay Area and the Berkeley Law community lost one of its shining lights when Mayor Ed Lee passed away. Lee was a graduate of Berkeley Law (Class of 1978). His career was dedicated to public service, and he made a difference in many people’s lives and in the Bay Area. Listen to a panel discussion about Ed Lee’s contributions and legacy.MORE about Honoring San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

Lecture: Visualizing the World - Storytelling with Images, Graduate School of Journalism

Monday, January 22 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
While at the J-School, students have produced outstanding, award-winning documentaries, photography and innovative multi-media projects. These works cover every topic from public health, immigration, human rights, and politics with still and moving imagery from around the world, dramatic personal narratives and visual design of data. The works use 360 video, drone photography, animation and more. Come see the best of advanced work being done at the J-School. With Graduate School of Journalism faculty Edward Wasserman, Richard Koci Hernandez, Orlando Bagwell and Ken Light.MORE about Visualizing the World - Storytelling with Images, Graduate School of Journalism

Seminar: Design Field Notes, Sara Cinnamon

Tuesday, January 23 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Product design firm LUNAR's technical lead Sara Cinnamon will speak at Jacobs Hall, sharing perspectives from her time in grad school at MIT to running her own startup in consumer healthcare to joining a world-class design firm. She is also an alumna of UC Berkeley Mechanical Engineering. MORE about Design Field Notes, Sara Cinnamon

Curators’ Talk: Lawrence Rinder and Julia White on To the Letter

Thursday, January 25 | 12 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Join director and chief curator Lawrence Rinder and senior curator for Asian art Julia White for an in-depth look at their exhibition about art that incorporates writing and letterforms as a motif or key theme.MORE about Lawrence Rinder and Julia White on <em>To the Letter</em>

Lecture: Artist Talk with Anicka Yi &emdash; Sensing as Research

Thursday, January 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor Wheeler Hall
Artist Anicka Yi will talk about her work and artistic practice as it relates to synthetic biology, bio engineering, extinction, and bio fiction. Using her 2016 Guggenheim Museum Hugo Boss Prize exhibit “Life Is Cheap” as a case study, she will examine her concept of “biopolitics of the senses,” or how assumptions and anxieties related to gender, race, and class shape physical perception.MORE about Artist Talk with Anicka Yi &emdash; Sensing as Research

Workshop: Fundamentals of Pruning

Thursday, January 25 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Learn the basics of pruning from landscape horticulturist Mathew McMillan.MORE about Fundamentals of Pruning

Film: Free Speech and Its Limits — An Unfinished Conversation

Thursday, January 25 | 7:10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The First Amendment’s protection of freedom of expression has allowed progressive voices to argue powerfully for tolerance, equality, and social change. But what happens when that freedom is used to express intolerance and hate? Charlene Stern’s documentary Near Normal Man, about her father, Holocaust survivor Ben Stern, illustrates the challenges of maintaining First Amendment rights while protecting the wellbeing of all citizens. Stern and First Amendment advocate Ira Glasser explore how the questions and challenges they faced reverberate in America forty years later. Charlene Stern, Manu Meel, and others add their voices to a discussion moderated by Edward Wasserman.MORE about Free Speech and Its Limits &mdash; An Unfinished Conversation

Exhibit: Twentysix Artists' Books

Friday, January 26 | 4-6 p.m. | 210 - Environmental Design Library Atrium Wurster Hall
Artists’ books defy conventional “reading” and involve the viewer through sight, touch and physical manipulation. Ed Ruscha’s "Twentysix Gasoline Stations" was seminal in bringing the concept of artists’ books into common consciousness. The Environmental Design Library will have several Ruscha books on hand and a number of other related works to touch, turn pages, and explore. Wine and light refreshments will be served.MORE about <em>Twentysix Artists' Books</em>

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