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Workshop: Translating the Black Lives Masquerade

In this workshop, multidisciplinary dance-performance artist and creative director Rashad Pridgen will pay homage through movement to the countless lives lost to anti-black violence, racism, and police terror. MORE about <em>Translating the Black Lives Masquerade</em>

Exhibit: Women Who Figure, inspired by the mathematicians of Hidden Figures

April 24 – June 16, 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>

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: 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

Lawrence Hall of Science: Balloon-powered cars

Saturday, May 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 150 Lawrence Hall of Science
Using a balloon as your power source, design and build a working vehicle that can race down the speedway. Explore motion and energy in this program designed for families with children in grades K–8.MORE about Balloon-powered cars

Documentary: The Great Transmission

Saturday, May 27 | 1 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This award-winning documentary is the story of one Tibetan refugee lama and his efforts to preserve the sacred texts of his tradition. Witnessing the disintegration of his heritage, Tarthang Tulku dedicated his life to restoring a text tradition that was nearly lost during the turbulence of the twentieth century.MORE about <em>The Great Transmission</em>

Lawrence Hall of Science: Memorial Day at the Hall

Monday, May 29 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
Celebrate Memorial Day at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Experience the Ingenuity Lab, the Animal Discovery Room, and the Planetarium, Forces that Shape the Bay outdoor science park, and featured exhibit, Going Places.MORE about Memorial Day at the Hall

Film: Stalker Andrei

Thursday, June 1 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A writer, a scientist, and their “stalker” guide venture into a mysterious wasteland known as the Zone. “A dense, complex, often contradictory, and endlessly pliable allegory about human consciousness” (Slant).MORE about <em>Stalker Andrei</em>

Berkeley Art Museum: Free first Thursday

Thursday, June 1 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Every first Thursday is free admission day. The galleries are free all day as are the guided exhibition tours.MORE about Free first Thursday

Film: 100 Years with Juan Rulfo (Cien años con Juan Rulfo)

A very personal profile of the great Mexican author and photographer Juan Rulfo, created by his son Juan Carlos, whose film In the Pit won Best Documentary at Sundance.MORE about <em>100 Years with Juan Rulfo (Cien años con Juan Rulfo)</em>

Film: The Secret Garden

Saturday, June 3 | 3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Agnieszka Holland adapted Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved tale of an enterprising girl (Kate Maberly) who uncovers secrets at her uncle’s forbidding estate, including an abandoned garden and a neglected boy. Together the children make the garden bloom and transform the lives of all who live there. MORE about <em>The Secret Garden</em>

Botanical Garden: Herb day!

Sunday, June 4 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
Celebrate the Herb Garden collections of the UC Botanical Garden with activities for children on the lawn and special talks. Docents will explain the many uses of these extraordinary plants from dye to teas, cooking, and perfume.MORE about Herb day!

Film: Intruder in the Dust

Shot in Faulkner country—Oxford, Mississippi—this adaptation of his novel was one of the first films to break the Hollywood taboo on the subject of racism; today it shows how Faulkner is more relevant than ever.MORE about <em>Intruder in the Dust</em>

Documentary: Kedi

Wednesday, June 7 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Kedi strikes a chord: capturing the spirited character of the felines that roam Istanbul freely and depicting the beauty of the city, it touches us at a time of uncertainty in the world. MORE about <em>Kedi</em>

Botanical Garden: Free first Wednesday

Wednesday, June 7 | 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

Film: Le Samouraï (The Godson)

Thursday, June 8 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Alain Delon gives one of his best performances as “The Samurai,” so called in obvious homage to the Japanese masterless ronin who answers only to an internalized code of honor.MORE about <em>Le Samouraï (The Godson)</em>

Conference: Sculpted light in the brain

Friday, June 9 | 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. | Stanley Hall
This a one-day conference and workshop aims at fostering collaborations between neuroscientists, computer scientists, optics researchers, and other scientists who share the common interest of developing better technology to observe and control neural activity in the awake, behaving brain. “Sculpted Light” refers to a broad class of methods where light is shaped to probe neural function.MORE about Sculpted light in the brain

Special event: Full: Sun

Chris Chafe, director of Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Greg Niemeyer is a professor of new media at UC Berkeley present a hybrid music and video performance that depicts the rotation of the sun on its axis, accompanied by the sonification of observational data and cello improvisations. MORE about <em>Full: Sun</em>

Film: Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned)

Friday, June 9 | 8:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
With love but without pity, filmmaker Luis Buñuel unfolds the story of a gang of slum kids who become delinquents as a defense against poverty, lack of affection, and the cruelty of police and pederasts on the city streets. MORE about <em>Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned)</em>

Conversation: Carol Christ and David Neidorf

Saturday, June 10 | 1:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
UC Berkeley’s new chancellor and the president of Deep Springs College come together for a discussion of timely issues in undergraduate education.MORE about Carol Christ and David Neidorf