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Noon concert: Delphi Trio, works by UC Berkeley faculty
Wednesday, March 4 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

The Delphi TrioThe Delphi Trio, Liana Bérubé, violin; Michelle Kwon, cello; Jeffrey LaDeur, piano, will perform three pieces composed by UC Berkeley faculty. The performance will include Cindy Cox’s La Mar Amarga, Olly Wilson’s Trio, and Max Stoffregen’s Coyote Plan.

Film: The Color of Pomegranates
Wednesday, March 4 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | PFA Theater

Poster image for The Color of PomegranatesSergei Paradjanov’s paean to his Armenian heritage is an exotic mosaic of the mystical and historical that achieves a surreal effect. In tracing the life of the great eighteenth-century Armenian poet and monk Sayat Nova through his writings, Paradjanov weaves a metaphorical short history of the Armenian nation, telling of Turkish genocide, Persian invasions, and a vast migration to the Russian section in the early twentieth century, all through daringly symbolic imagery. Beyond this the film is an extraordinary artistic rendering of ceremony and ritual, architecture, iconography, and color symbology that, even for the uninitiated, works its extraordinary magic.

 $9.50 General Admission,  $5.50 BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley Students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and youth (17 & under)

Lecture: Wendy Davis, from filibuster fame to the race for governor
Wednesday, March 4 | 4-5 p.m. | Banatao Auditorium Sutardja Dai Hall

Wendy DavisWendy Davis shot to national fame in 2013 when she took to the Texas Senate floor in pink sneakers for an 11-hour filibuster to block restrictive abortion legislation. She then became the state's first female nominee for governor since Ann Richards in 1994. Join us for a conversation about Senator Davis' journey from single mom, to Harvard Law School, to Democratic icon, and what her story can teach us about women in politics and leadership.

Lecture: Lawrence Rinder and Malcolm Margolin, a world in flux
Wednesday, March 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. | The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Rinder and MargolinBAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rider and noted publisher Malcolm Margolin engage in a wide-ranging, free-flowing dialogue about art and culture. Margolin is the founder and executive director of Heyday Books, an independent nonprofit publisher and cultural institution in Berkeley, and is the author/editor of eight books, including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco-Monterey Bay Area. Margolin and Rinder will discuss the role of imagination in social change, and the past, present and future of the arts in California.

 $5 Advance,  $7 Door
Buy tickets online.

Exhibit: SPEED, science in motion
February 7 – May 3, 2015 every day | Lawrence Hall of Science

children enjoying the speed exhibitJoin us to learn about the science, engineering, and finesse that goes into Formula One racing and find out if you have what it takes to drive a 1,400 pound car at 200 mph. This exhibit is free with admission.

Exhibit: Designing People
February 11 – May 19, 2015 every day | Environmental Design Library, room 210 Wurster Hall

The figures that inhabit architectural and landscape renderings are not the actual focus of the drawings. Homeowners, children, pets, shoppers, and condo-dwellers are included to convey the scale and functionality of a proposed design. They humanize and create an emotional appeal in what might otherwise appear to be sterile environments and allow the client to imagine how a space will be used. From the watercolor Victorian to the scalie hipster, this exhibit features more than a century of designers’ representations of people from the Environmental Design Archives.

Film: Wildest Weather in the solar system 3D
February 7 – June 12, 2015 every day | 10:30 a.m. | National Geographic 3D Theater Lawrence Hall of Science

Wildest Weather in the Solar System film stillWitness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system, shown in 3D at the Lawrence Hall of Science. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you'll be glad you live on Earth! Fly through the thick atmosphere of Venus, magnetic storms on the sun, liquid methane showers on Titan, and anticyclones whirling at hundreds of miles per hour on Jupiter.

 $4 plus admission

Exhibit: Close to home yet far away
March 2 – June 12, 2015 every day | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | 220 Stephens Hall Stephens Hall

Emiko goes to College painting by Craig NagasawaA painting can reside simultaneously in its material presence—physical, colored minerals, their arrangements on paper or silk—and its illusory presence—the evocation of illusion, forming in the viewer a convincing belief in the presence of space and time. The exchange between the real and the imagined is a perceptual experience where the personal and the public, the local and the foreign can exist simultaneously. Artist Craig Nagasawa uses the techniques of ancient Japanese painting in his work. He reconstructed these time-consuming processes as both a form of resistance to cultural erasure and an acknowledgement of the existence of a space where the personal and the public, the local and the foreign can coexist.

Exhibit: The Secret Language of Flowers
January 27 – June 26, 2015 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

Botanical drawingIn 1984, The Magnes acquired a portfolio of botanical drawings by Shmuel (Samuel) Lerner, a Ukraine-born amateur artist from California. While Lerner’s biography and many details surrounding this work remain obscure, today his drawings open for us a unique window into the landscape, the history and the languages of Israel in the period immediately following the establishment of the State. The exhibition features a selection of 26 botanical drawings from 1949, complete with the author's annotations about plants, places, and language.

Exhibit: Berkeley's Ivory Tower, the Campanile at 100
February 16 – November 2, 2015 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | Rowell Cases Bancroft Library

Campanile under constructionSather Tower, also known as the Campanile, looms large both as a physical structure and as the most widely recognized symbol of the Berkeley campus. This exhibition celebrates the centennial of the landmark through holdings from the University Archives and The Bancroft Library's manuscript and pictorial collections.

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Lunch poems: Harmony Holiday
Thursday, March 5 | 12:10-12:50 p.m. | Morrison Library Doe Library

Harmony HolidayHarmony Holiday is a poet, dancer, and archivist, mythscientist and the author of Negro League Baseball (Fence, 2011), Go Find Your Father/ A Famous Blues (Ricochet, 2014), and Hollywood Forever forthcoming from Fence in Spring 2015. She was the winner of the 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and she curates the Afrosonics archive, a collection of rare and out-of-print LPs and soundbites featuring poetry and poetics from throughout the African Diaspora, in both analog at Columbia University's music library and digitally as a Tumblr site. Her record label, Mythscience Records, is devoted to making titles from the archive available to the public by way of reissues in both vinyl and digital formats.

Film: Comfort Women Wanted
Thursday, March 5 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

Still image from Comfort Women WantedCOMFORT WOMEN WANTED brings to light the memory of 200,000 young women, known as "comfort women," who were systematically exploited as sex slaves in Asia during World War II, and increases awareness of sexual violence against women during wartime. The gathering of women to serve the Imperial Japanese Army was organized on an industrial scale not seen before in modern history.

Author talk: Dog Whistle Politics
Thursday, March 5 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Booth Auditorium Boalt Hall, School of Law

Book jacket for Dog Whistle PoliticsRejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, in Dog Whistle Politics, Boalt School of Law professor Ian Haney López links as never before the two central themes that dominate American politics today: the Republican Party’s increasing reliance on white voters and the destabilization and decline of the middle class—white and nonwhite members alike. He offers a sweeping account of how politicians deploy veiled racial messages to generate middle-class enthusiasm for political candidates who promise to crack down on crime, curb undocumented immigration, and protect the heartland against Ebola, but ultimately vote to slash taxes for the rich, give corporations regulatory control over industry and financial markets, and aggressively curtail social services.

RSVP by March 3 online.

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Theater: The Intergalactic Nemesis
Friday, March 6 | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Intergalactic Nemesis performanceThe inventive, live-action graphic novel The Intergalactic Nemesis presents the second installment of its sci-fi space monster adventure, Robot Planet Rising. The show mixes the nostalgia of radio drama-era Foley sound effects, with live music and sleek visuals of hand-drawn comics projected onto a giant screen. It all comes together to tell a fantastic tale that is long on imagination, sense of wonder, and nifty gadgets.

Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing

Film: Ashik Kerib
Friday, March 6 | 8:50-10:45 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from Ashik KeribThis is a true trans-Caucasus venture, produced by a Georgian studio and directed by an ethnic Armenian who selected Azerbaijani as the language of his film—simply because he loved the sound of it. Here is a film about art and the all-conquering power of love. Ashik Kerib, a poor singer and saz (Turkish guitar) player, when denied the hand of the woman he loves, sets out on a ten-year journey. The film recounts the adventures of the wandering minstrel.

 $9.50 General Admission,  $5.50 BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley Students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, senior citizens (65 & over), disabled persons, and youth (17 & under)

Panel discussion: Censoring Palestine at the University
Friday, March 6 | 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. | 100 Boalt Hall, School of Law

Poster image for Censoring PalestineThis one day conference will address political developments in the academy and the question of censoring and Palestine as a subject for intellectual engagement.

Noon concert: Organ and voice
Friday, March 6 | 12:15-1 p.m. | Hertz Concert Hall

photograph of Leon ChisholmLeon Chisholm, performs on the organ. Pieces include Nicolaus Bruhns Praeludium, Frescobaldi’s Bergamasca, and Buxtehude’s Passacaglia.

Katherine Gray and Ryan Hon Hsu perform with voice and harpsichord. Pieces include works by Purcell and Dowland.

Theater: Aulis
March 6 – 13, 2015 every Friday | 8 p.m. | Zellerbach Playhouse

Poster image for AulisPlaywright Christopher Chen (TDPS alumnus and Glickman Prize winner for The Hundred Flowers Project) returns to UC Berkeley with a bold new play. In this humorous, absurdist take on Euripides, King Agamemnon faces a heart-wrenching choice: Sacrifice his beloved only daughter to the gods, or condemn the entire Greek army to defeat before ever reaching Troy.

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Workshop: Wikipedia art+feminism edit-a-thon
Saturday, March 7 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

Edit-a-thon graphic posterWikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate; suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment, and the sometimes contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages. The practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge. Let's change that. Join a collaborative edit-a-thon of Wikipedia entries on subjects relating to art and feminism. We will provide tutorials for the beginner Wikipedians, reference materials, and refreshments. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation.

Film: The Passionate Thief
Saturday, March 7 | 8:40 p.m. | PFA Theater

Still image from The Passionate ThiefFor The Passionate Thief Totò was reunited with his revue costar of the forties, Anna Magnani, whom he revered. An adaptation of two novels by Alberto Moravia, this beautiful film depicts the failed illusions of two broken-down bit players at Cinecittà. The marvelous Magnani portrays a hapless would-be actress who becomes implicated in a theft by a retired extra (Totò) and a young pickpocket (Ben Gazzara) with whom she falls in love. Time Out New York called this, one of Monicelli’s most beloved comedies, “fun and frothy . . . It’s like a long night of champagne without the hangover.”

 $5.50 BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley students,  $6.50 UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Retirees; Non-UC Berkeley Students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled Persons; Youth (17 & under),  $9.50 General Admission
Buy tickets by calling 510-642-5249.

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