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Saturday, December 21, 2019

Winter Weeks

Special Event | December 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020 every day with exceptions |  Lawrence Hall of Science

 Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS)

The Hall’s annual Winter Weeks celebration is back!

Celebrate the holiday season and the start of the new year with two weeks of scientific exploration at UC Berkeley's public science center.

Enjoy all your favorite activities and exhibits—such as the Animal Discovery Room, Ingenuity Challenges, and the Planetarium—every day during Winter Weeks. Plus, experience some of our newest...   More >

Women's Basketball vs. Kentucky

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | December 21 |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts Kentucky at Haas Pavilion.

24 Frames

Film - Feature | December 21 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kiarostami’s final, posthumously released work strips cinema down to its essence: a single frame, creating a hypnotic meditation on image making and the act of seeing that pays tribute to both cinema and the great director’s other passion, photography. Beginning from a philosophical query—“What happens before and after a photograph is taken?”—24 Frames presents twenty-four short motion pictures,...   More >

Women's Swimming & Diving vs. San Jose State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Swimming & Diving | December 21 | 9 a.m. |  Spieker Aquatics Complex

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Swimming & Diving hosts San Jose State at Spieker Aquatics Complex.

December Commencement

Special Event | December 21 | 9-11 a.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 University Development and Alumni Relations

$10 General Admission

  Tickets go on sale October 22. Buy tickets by calling Cal Athletics Ticket Office at 510-462-3277, or by emailing Cal Athletics Ticket Office at ato@berkeley.edu

SOLD OUT: Winter Solstice Sound Bath

Special Event | December 21 | 10-11 a.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Attune with the slow, inward energy of the Winter Solstice during this special concert of quartz crystal singing bowls and finely tuned gongs within Julia Morgan Hall, designed in 1911 by Julia Morgan and lined with natural redwood.

$25, $20 Garden members

  Buy tickets online

Science Lecture - How do you feel?: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Itch, Touch and Pain

Lecture | December 21 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Diana Bautista, Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Humans rely on the sensations of itch, touch and pain for a broad range of essential behaviors. For example, acute pain acts as a warning signal that alerts us to noxious mechanical, chemical and thermal stimuli, which are potentially tissue damaging. Likewise, itch sensations trigger reflexes that may protect us from disease-carrying insects. Despite these essential protective functions, itch...   More >

Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Itch, Touch and Pain

Varda by Agnès

Film - Documentary | December 21 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A cinema institution unto herself, the delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda conducts a personal career retrospective as only she can: with accomplished skill, inimitable charm, wit, reverie, and copious wonder. The many outlets of her boundless creativity (photography, art, filmmaking, and architecture) coalesce as Varda shares insight into her artistic fancies and flights in the many projects of...   More >

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 3 – December 29, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plants from around the world, learn about the vast diversity in the collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission. Advanced registration not required

Tokyo Twilight

Film - Feature | December 21 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Yasujiro Ozu’s last black-and-white film finds him in an unusually melodramatic mode. Set among the twilit interiors, dingy bars, and mahjong parlors of Tokyo’s seedier quarters, the story tells of two sisters living with their father. The elder has fled an unhappy marriage; the younger, unmarried, is rapidly sliding into delinquency and worse. When the sisters discover that their mother,...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

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