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Film: White Zombie and The Crime of Doctor Crespi
Sunday, June 26 | 5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Still image from White ZombieThe White Zombie is a sensational tale of the living dead featuring Bela Lugosi. It will be followed by The Crime of Doctor Crespi, starring Erich von Stroheim as a sinister surgeon.

 $12 General Admission,  $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons,  $7 BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley Students
Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808, or by emailing bampfa@berkeley.edu.


Workshop: Heavy breathing, public productions with Stephanie Syjuco
Sunday, June 26 | 2 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hand holding wet clayExtending through November, Heavy Breathing is a monthly series of events combining physical exercise and critical discourse by Lisa Rybovich Crallé and Sophia Wang. For the first session, an experimental workshop, artist Stephanie Syjuco leads participants through a series of physical exercises and activities to transform modeling materials into vernacular versions of iconic objects that comment upon craft, quality, and capitalism.

 $12 General Admission,  $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons,  Free BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian
Free with gallery admission. Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-0808, or by emailing bampfa@berkeley.edu.


Botanical garden: National pollinator week
June 20 – 26, 2016 every day | UC Botanical Garden

graphic for pollinator weekJoin the Garden for a series of events celebrating National Pollinator Week.



Workshop: Intro to Laser Cutting
June 25 – 26, 2016 every day | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Digital Fabrication Lab Wurster Hall

College of Environmental Design logoIntroduction to the laser cutter as a tool for cutting various materials. Become familiarized with laser cutting operations, materials, and settings; also learn to create designs using Google Draw (an open sourced designing software). You will take home a decorative acrylic etching, a monogram stamp and a lasered surface design for a box.

 $400 Cost includes: Instruction, materials needed for the builds, use of tools and all related consumables.
Register online.


Special event: Summer fun weeks
June 25 – August 12, 2016 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Kids enjoying summer fun weeksJoin us every day during summer and explore a different aspect of STEM through hands-on activities and interactive exhibits that change every week. The Hall’s Planetarium, our Animal Discovery Room, and the Ingenuity Lab will be open every day.

 $12 Adults,  $10 Children 3–18, Seniors 62+,  Free Members, children age 2 and under, UC Berkeley students and staff

Exhibit: Form Follows
June 1 – September 15, 2016 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

Form Follows showcases furniture designs from collections in the Environmental Design Archives as well as designs from students who participated in the form follows chair design competition in Spring 2016.


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Exhibit: The Papyrus in the Crocodile
May 6 – July 29, 2016 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | Bancroft Library

Students in the exhibit hallThe collections assembled by Berkeley’s many patrons and collectors over the last 150 years have formed the foundation of a wide variety of the university’s academic disciplines and institutions. Curated entirely by graduate students, The Papyrus in the Crocodile illuminates a key selection of these invaluable objects as testaments to the cosmopolitan ideologies of Berkeley’s visionary patrons, donors, and scholars.


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Exhibit: The 46th Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition
June 29 – August 7, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Installation piece from the Berkeley MFA exhibitionEach year, BAMPFA teams up with the University of California, Berkeley Department of Art Practice to exhibit the work of their graduates. This year’s MFA graduates are Isaac Vazquez Avila, Michael Berens, Lark Buckingham, José Joaquin Figueroa, Clement Hil Goldberg, and Jin Zhu. Be among the first to encounter the work of these six exceptional artists as they embark on their careers.

 $12 General Admission,  $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons,  Free BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian
Reception and Talk are included with BAMPFA gallery admission. Buy tickets by calling 510-642-0808.


Exhibit: Cecilia Edefalk
June 29 – October 16, 2016 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sculpture by Cecilia EdefalkEnjoy an exhibition of the work of Stockholm-based artist Cecilia Edefalk (b. 1954), whose work probes the uncertain nature of historical memory, time, and the visionary role of light. While Edefalk’s practice is intuitive and deeply personal, she variously explores notions of originality and multiplicity through a consistent use of repetition and seriality. Her attentive and reflective approach is evident in her paintings, photographs, watercolors, and sculptures.

 $12 General Admission,  $10 Non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons,  Free BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, retirees; 18 & under + guardian
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-0808.

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Botanical garden: California native plant sale
Thursday, June 30 | 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden

CA Native Plant Sale: Our entire California Natives propagation area will be open for the public to come shop, browse, get advice and chat with the volunteer propagators that specialize in California native plants.

 Free Event

Music: Your Song My Song + Rambling Minors
Thursday, June 30 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. | Redwood Grove UC Botanical Garden

Your Song My Song and the Rambling MinorsEnjoy a magical music experience this summer under towering redwoods in the UC Botanical Garden. In their wildly interactive shows for children and families, silly six-piece band Your Song My Song sings you through watery adventures, recycling kid revolutionaries, classic children’s books, jungle expeditions, and deep sea dives. Rambling Minors is a bluegrass band from Northern California. In 2014, Andrew Osborn, Daisy Kerr, Miles and Teo Quale (and former band member, D’Jango Ruckrich) met each other through the Kids on Bluegrass program at California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival. Snacks and drinks available; picnics welcome. Warm clothes recommended.

 $12 Adult,  $10 UCBG Member Adult,  $7 Youth 5-17yrs old,  $5 Preschool 2-5 yrs old,  Free under 5
BUY TICKETS HERE, CLICK "ONLINE"... Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-643-2755.

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Special event: Meet extreme animals
July 2 – 8, 2016 every day | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science

Kids holding a snakeDiscover the otherworldy qualities of Earth's creatures during a week of extreme animal explorations. Meet creatures with extreme qualities in the Animal Discovery Room and enjoy a free, giant bug show.

 $12 Adults,  $10 Children 3–18, Seniors 62+,  Free Members, children age 2 and under, UC Berkeley students and staff

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