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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>

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: 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: A Hard Day’s Night

Saturday, November 25 | 3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Richard Lester’s hyperkinetic mod documentary captures the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania.MORE about <em>A Hard Day’s Night</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>

Design talk: Tim Evatt

Monday, November 27 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall
Pixar artist Tim Evatt will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.MORE about Tim Evatt

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

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: 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

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

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

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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