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Film: Bob le flambeur (Bob the Gambler)

Saturday, June 24 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
An aging safecracker and compulsive gambler, Bob (Roger Duchesne) lives by night and sleeps by day, and thrives on his nostalgia for the prewar gangster milieu, before the infiltration of the Gestapo upset the delicate balance between cop and criminal. MORE about <em>Bob le flambeur (Bob the Gambler)</em>

Exhibit: People Made These Things

April 12 – December 17, 2017 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 102 Kroeber Hall Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think critically about how perceptions of makers have varied in different times and distant places. The newly redesigned space, replete with warm woods and comfortable seating areas, creates a pleasing environment for audiences of all kinds.MORE about People Made These Things

Gallery talk: Apsara DiQuinzio on Charles Howard

Curator Phyllis C. Wattis presents an overview of the painter Charles Howard's life and art, focusing on his working through and between Surrealism and abstraction.MORE about Apsara DiQuinzio on Charles Howard

Film: Rashomon (In the Woods)

An act of violence is replayed through the eyes of witnesses and protagonists, each seeing a different thing in Akira Kurosawa's landmark film.MORE about <em>Rashomon (In the Woods)</em>

Exhibit: Collecting in the Bancroft tradition

April 21 – August 1, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Gallery Bancroft Library
For the first time in many years The Bancroft Library presents an exhibition of recent additions to its major collections. The exhibition also includes recently rediscovered masterpieces carefully collected in years past. Gold-Rush-era memoirs
and advertisements, early editions of William Langland and Jane Austen, “branded” books from 18th c. Mexico, and David Johnson’s photographs of the African American community in San Francisco after World War II are but a few of the items featured.
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Exhibit: Women Who Figure, inspired by the mathematicians of Hidden Figures

April 24 – August 31, 2017 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | Mathematics Statistics Library (100 Evans) Evans Hall
Inspired by the book and film Hidden Figures, this exhibit focuses on the four women at its center and other women who have made important contributions to mathematics throughout history. The exhibit includes biographies about and books by these women - from Hypatia in 5th Century Alexandria to Maryam Mirzakhani in present-day America - as well as other books about African-Americans and women in mathematics from the Mathematics Statistics Library and other campus libraries.MORE about <em>Women Who Figure</em>, inspired by the mathematicians of <em>Hidden Figures</em>

Botanical Garden: Butterfly walk

Tuesday, June 27 | 3-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Sally Levinson, volunteer propagator, docent and 'caterpillar lady,' guides a walk through the Botanical Garden in search of butterflies.

Space is limited on a first-come basis. Children welcome. Free with garden admission.MORE about Butterfly walk

Film: Léon Morin, Priest (Léon Morin, prêtre)

Wednesday, June 28 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The spiritual desolation wrought by the Occupation has rarely been so sensitively delineated as in this portrait of a town suddenly exposed to its underlying social disarray. The vigor of Jean-Pierre Melville’s filmmaking, from crane shots and quick pans to caressing close-ups of obscure objects of desire, gives this contemplative film a thrilling beauty.MORE about <em>Léon Morin, Priest (Léon Morin, prêtre)</em>

Artist’s talk: Ugo Rondinone

Wednesday, June 28 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ugo Rondinone will speak about his ​2010 exhibition The Night of Lead, which was ​organized by the Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Castilla y León in Spain.MORE about Ugo Rondinone

Outdoor concert: Left Coast Ensemble

Thursday, June 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble communicates with audiences through inspiring performances of new and old chamber music. The ensemble’s twelve musicians, many of whom have played together since the 1980s, perform in different combinations, using strings, winds, guitar and piano to present a wide range of repertoire.MORE about Left Coast Ensemble

Film: The Hidden Fortress (Kakushi toride no san-akunin)

Toshiro Mifune manages to be both heroic and self-mocking in his role as a most unorthodox and loyal retainer to a now defeated lord, attempting to escape with his princess charge into safe territory. They are joined by two comical farmers who alternately help and hinder their efforts. (If all this sounds strangely familiar, that may be because George Lucas borrowed heavily from The Hidden Fortress in making Star Wars.) MORE about <em>The Hidden Fortress (Kakushi toride no san-akunin)</em>

Botanical Garden: Free first Wednesday

Wednesday, July 5 | UC Botanical Garden
Every first Wednesday at the garden is free admission day. The 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species. Organized geographically, the garden features 9 regions of naturalistic plantings from Italy to South Africa, along with a major collection of California native plants. MORE about Free first Wednesday

Lecture: Folk textiles of Japan with Yoshiko Wada

Saturday, July 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Renowned textile scholar Yoshiko Wada presents the folk textiles of Japan, with a focus on the use of plant fibers and dyes. Her illustrated talk will cover history, culture and preparation of textiles throughout Japan.MORE about Folk textiles of Japan with Yoshiko Wada

Documentary: Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo

Sunday, July 9 | 6-8 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
This documentary tells the story of indigo, a blue
 dye that has captured the human imagination for millennia. It features people who are reviving indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, improve the environment, and bring beauty to the world. MORE about <em>Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo</em>

Outdoor concert: Pre-Bastille Day with Le Jazz Hot + Fabrice Martinez Trio

Thursday, July 13 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden
Join us for a special benefit concert event that supports our education programs. The evening features cocktails, French wine, special bites, a silent auction and sensational music by Le Jazz Hot (of The Hot Club SF) and Fabrice Martinez Trio.MORE about Pre-Bastille Day with Le Jazz Hot + Fabrice Martinez Trio

Botanical Garden: Carnivorous plants

Saturday, July 15 | 10-11 a.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Discover some of the fascinating and beautiful plants that can eat insects. Get up close and learn about the amazing leaf adaptations at this family event.MORE about Carnivorous plants

Lawrence Hall of Science: Ice cream day

Sunday, July 16 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Celebrate National Ice Cream Day by using chemistry to create your own frozen treat. Then enjoy the classic Bay Area taste of Fenton’s Ice Cream.MORE about Ice cream day