Upcoming Events


Annual Purchase Award

Monday, November 1st, 2010 - Sunday, November 1st, 2015, 9-5 Monday-Friday

Emeryville City Hall
1333 Park Blvd.

In Emeryville

The lobby of City Hall in Emeryville serves as an emerging gallery of local artworks.  Since 2005, the City has acquired one work which was selected from the Annual Emeryville Celebration of the Arts Exhibit held each October.  The juried exhibit showcases the work of the many professional artists who live and work here.  With a long tradition of artists cooperative housing, Emeryville is home to large number of artists, in fact, Emeryville may boast one of the most dense artists populations per capita in the Bay Region.  Past Purchase Award acquisitions include paintings by Canan Tolon and Michael Murphy, textile by Ana Lisa Hedstrom, light sculpture by Therese Lahaie and a ceramic wall hanging by Cuong Ta.  All the works as well as installations in and around City Hall such as Roger Berry's Solar Rose can be viewed suring normal business hours when City Hall is open to the public.  Please visit soon!


Deities, Demons, and Teachers of Tibet, Nepal, and India

Friday, March 21st, 2014 - Sunday, September 14th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Joyful and sensual sculptural figures of Indian deities and dancers join radiant images of enlightened beings from Tibet and Nepal in Deities, Demons, and Teachers, which presents a rotating display of works by anonymous Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan artisans. A tenth-century sandstone figure of Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity worshipped by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists, graces the entrance to the exhibition, a site appropriate to Ganesha’s role in removing obstacles and blessing any new endeavor. Whether viewed as a cosmic dancer or a cavorting adolescent, this image of Ganesha is confirmation of the wonder and delight to be found in the sculpture and painting of these ancient cultures.

Hindus and Buddhists both revere and celebrate female deities and often depict goddesses in idealized form with exaggerated marks of beauty. In Dancing Devi, a twelfth-century buff-sandstone sculpture from central India, the beauty of the bejeweled and crowned figure is accentuated by the larger-than-life proportions of breasts and buttocks. A more reserved but no less beautifully idealized feminine form is seen in Tara, a seventeenth-century Nepalese bronze, where the figure is surrounded by a fanciful garden of birds, musicians, and garlands.

Very early images of the Buddha are rare, so it is quite exceptional that in addition to the massive bronze fourteenth-century Tibetan Buddha in the center of the gallery, this exhibition also features a stone image of a third-century seated Buddha from the Swat Valley and a tenth- or eleventh-century bronze Standing Buddha from Western Tibet. An array of bodhisattvas and attendant deities from these regions, including a painting of the Thirteenth Karmapa (at left), believed to be a reincarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, fill out the gathered celestial realm of the Buddhist cosmology.


Deities, Demons, and Teachers is organized by Senior Curator for Asian Art
Julia M. White. With some exceptions, the works in this exhibition ar

Envisioning Human Rights: The Next Generation

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 - Sunday, September 21st, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Visual art can be a powerful tool to create awareness and change in the face of both national and international human rights abuses. BAM/PFA has a long history of art and film exhibitions addressing a broad spectrum of social justice issues, and now we have teamed up with the Human Rights Center at the UC Berkeley School of Law to celebrate their twentieth anniversary with a juried exhibition of artworks by University of California students.

Envisioning Human Rights: The Next Generation includes paintings, photographs, and prints by emerging artist/activists from across the state, addressing critical human rights issues. In conjunction with this juried exhibition, we are also presenting a selection of works from the Abu Ghraib series by world-renowned artist Fernando Botero that the artist generously donated to BAM/PFA in recognition of Berkeley’s historic role in the arena of human rights. Four paintings from the same series are also on view at Boalt Hall. A related invitational exhibition, featuring works by internationally acclaimed human rights photographers who have worked with the Human Rights Center over the past two decades, will be presented at the Boalt Law Gallery in fall 2014.


Envisioning Human Rights: The Next Generation is organized by Lucinda Barnes, chief curator and director of programs and collections at BAM/PFA, and artist Pamela Blotner, curator of the Human Rights Center’s anniversary exhibitions. Members of the BAM/PFA Student Committee have also contributed to this student-focused project, especially in the areas of outreach and curatorial process.

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 - Sunday, September 14th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Forrest Bess (1911–1977) described himself as a visionary artist. His small but powerful abstract paintings, with their thick paint and handmade rough-hewn frames, are deeply personal. They draw on a vocabulary of simple biomorphic shapes and symbols the artist developed over the course of years from his recurring visions; when he awoke each morning, he would sketch the shapes he had seen on the inside of his eyelids in the twilight between sleep and wakefulness. While resonant with Modernist abstraction, Bess’s beautiful and mysterious pictures suggest a spirituality akin to indigenous religious icons.

For most of his career, Bess lived an isolated existence in a fishing camp outside of Bay City, Texas. He made a meager living fishing and selling bait. However, by night and during the off-season, Bess read, wrote, and painted prolifically. He taught himself to paint by copying the still lifes and landscapes of artists he admired, including Vincent van Gogh and Albert Pinkham Ryder. He was also interested in Symbolism, the exploration of universal truths, and particularly the writings of Carl Jung. Despite his isolation, Bess developed an underground following and was known to a number of other artists and art historians, including Meyer Schapiro, who collected his work. In 1949, he traveled to New York and met the prominent dealer Betty Parsons, who between 1950 and 1967 organized several solo exhibitions of his work at her gallery in New York, one of the most avant-garde of its time.

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible pairs Bess’s paintings, dating from 1946 to 1970, with an installation of archival materials curated by sculptor Robert Gober, titled The Man That Got Away, which illuminates Bess’s art and life. The exhibition of this piece at the 2012 Whitney Biennial renewed interest in the magnetic, compelling paintings of Forrest Bess, whose reputation had waned, along with his health, in the 1970s.


Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible is organized by

Hofmann by Hofmann

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In 1960 Hans Hofmann (1880–1966) described the just-completed painting Summer Bliss as one of his finest. At the suggestion of Erle Loran, then chair of the UC Berkeley Art Department, Hofmann offered Summer Bliss to the University in honor of professor Worth Ryder, who had passed away earlier that year. Ryder, who like Loran had studied with Hofmann years earlier in Germany, had invited Hofmann to teach at Berkeley in 1930, initiating what Hofmann later identified as his “start in America as a teacher and artist.”1

Three years later, Hofmann made another gift to the University—nearly fifty paintings representing the highest artistic achievement of his career, plus a pledge of $250,000 in support of the burgeoning University Art Museum (now BAM/PFA). At Hofmann’s request, Erle Loran was closely involved in choosing the paintings for this profoundly generous gift, selecting from among significant older works as well the strongest examples of his later practice. Although Hofmann died before the entire group was finalized, the BAM/PFA Hofmann collection, recognized as the world’s most extensive museum collection of his work, embodies the artist’s desire for it to be both excellent and comprehensive.

As we prepare to move to our new building in downtown Berkeley, it seems fitting to revisit the enduring vitality and generosity of Hofmann’s extraordinary gift. Hofmann by Hofmann focuses on the first paintings selected personally by Hofmann for BAM/PFA. Fantasia (1943), one of the earliest works, straddles a cusp between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism while also anticipating the compositional logic and push-pull spatial dynamics of his signature color plane works of the 1950s and 1960s, such as Summer Bliss. In Nocturnal Splendor (1963) and Gloriamundi (1963), two of the later canvases, Hofmann employs contrasting colors and the arrangement of shapes into expanding and contracting forces (push-pull) to create the experience of three-dimensional space. “Space,”

Looking Intently: The James Cahill Legacy

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

The late James Cahill, Professor Emeritus at UC Berkeley, was known as a brilliant scholar, exceptional teacher and writer, and extraordinary connoisseur and collector of Chinese and Japanese paintings. He began collecting in the mid-1950s as a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, where he encountered significantly undervalued Chinese paintings of the Ming and Qing periods. At the time few collectors were interested in these later paintings and fewer still understood their inherent value. But Cahill recognized their importance and so began a lifelong pursuit of fine paintings. His collection became known by his studio name, Ching Yuan Chai, given to him by his own teacher, Shimada Shujiro. As Cahill wrote, “It could be either Studio of Someone Looking into the Yuan (as I was for my dissertation) or, more prestigiously, Someone Gazing into the Abstruse.” Today paintings associated with that studio name are among the treasures that make up the core of the BAM/PFA Chinese painting collection. In fond memory of James Cahill (1926–2014), we present this selection from the collection in tribute to his tremendous generosity and commitment to Berkeley and to BAM/PFA.

Cahill, unlike some of his contemporaries as well as historic Chinese collectors, did not mark with a seal or inscription the paintings in his collection. Rather, he made his mark by donating—and encouraging others to donate—exceptionally fine paintings to BAM/PFA. This small exhibition presents just a handful of works, but they demonstrate the unparalleled range of Cahill’s collecting interests, from Summer Trees Casting Shade, a large decorative painting by Dai Jin (1388–1462), to the quietly cerebral The Zhiping Temple by Wen Zhengming (1470–1559).

Cahill frequently used the collection for teaching, engaging students in dialogue about brushwork, connoisseurship, authenticity, and condition, and looking intently at real works of art, a tradition that continues today.


Looking Intently: The James Cahill Legacy is

MATRIX 254 / Geta Brătescu

Friday, July 25th, 2014 - Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

MATRIX 254 features the work of Romanian artist Geta Brătescu (b. 1926), who has been living and working in Bucharest since the 1950s. Working across a wide range of media (graphic design, drawing, video, textiles, performance, installation, photography, and printmaking), Brătescu is a central figure in postwar Romanian art. Having exhibited regularly in Romania throughout her career, she has maintained a rigorous studio practice that continues into the present. Due primarily to Communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu’s totalitarian regime (1967–89), which suppressed the work of avant-garde artists living and working in Romania, and the subsequent political isolation of the country, Brătescu’s work was little known to international audiences until fairly recently. For MATRIX 254, Brătescu’s first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum, the artist presents a focused selection of key works made between the years 1977 and 2000.

The space of Brătescu’s studio assumes a pivotal position within the artist’s oeuvre, as exemplified in an early video, The Studio (1978), where we see the artist creating work inside this intimate room. The camera (operated by fellow artist Ion Grigorescu) pans over artworks that fill the space and captures the playful, experimental approach that characterizes her practice. Related to the performances Brătescu carried out in the studio is her frequent use of role-playing and self-portraiture, as in the photograph Mrs. Oliver in her traveling costume (1985), where she dons an alter ego. Drawing and collage have also been mainstays of her practice. In the series Memorie (Memory) (1990), Brătescu presents forty unique, abstract collages, all black and deep indigo painted on paper. Made just after the Romanian Revolution in 1989, these works subtly conjure her deep reflection on this dark period of her personal and national history.


Geta Bratescu / MATRIX 254 is organized by Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis M

Acting workshop with Golden Thread

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014 - Monday, September 8th, 2014, 3:00-6:00pm

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94705

In Berkeley

Drawing from plays by Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern American playwrights, this 9-week workshop will enhance the participants’ skills in improvisation, scene study and solo performance. The curriculum will begin with 3 sessions focused on improvisation, physical performance techniques, and stock charcaters rooted in Commedia dell Arte. Participants will apply those skills in the next 4 sessions towards dramatic text analysis, building a character, and physical story-telling. The participants will present their scenes at the final session which will be open to invited guests. By the end of the term, participants will have developed stronger improvisational skills, deeper understanding of dramatic character & text, and more confidence in self-expression.
No prior acting experience required.

Call for Entries: Collect! Free to Enter

Thursday, August 7th, 2014 - Friday, September 19th, 2014

Berkeley Art Center
1275 WALNUT ST

In Berkeley

Deadline September 19, 11:59pm
2D and 3D Media
Free to Enter

Collect! is our largest annual event and this year we are trying something new. Not only are we planning a silent auction, we are also creating a stunning exhibition and we want you to be a part of it. At our last Collect! event, over 300 collectors, curators, arts professionals and artists were in attendance. It is a terrific opportunity to showcase your artwork to new audiences and have a great time doing it.

The funds from this event directly support year-round programming, including our Programs for Young Artists at BAC as well as our exhibitions, lectures, workshops and public events.

Visit https://berkeley-art.squarespace.com/collect-call for more information and to apply.


Everything Must Go!

Saturday, August 9th, 2014 - Sunday, September 14th, 2014, Opening 6 - 9 pm

The Compound Gallery
1167 65th Ave

In Oakland

Everything Must Go! -from Grand Openings to Clearance Sales: Signs of Change
Examining the art of the “for sale” sign... Hand painted signs by some of the best Bay Area sign painters.
Featuring signs by Aaron Cruse, Ashley Fundora, Heather Hardison, Damon Styer, Scott Thiessen and Pickles!

Opening reception August 9 from 6 to 9pm
Gallery open Wednesday through Sunday noon to 7pm

Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 - Saturday, September 20th, 2014, August 22, 23, 8pm to 10pm, August 29, 30, 8pm, August 31, 2pm, September 5, 6, 8pm, September 7, 2pm, September 12, 13, 8pm, September 14, 2pm September 19, 20, 8pm

Masquers Playhouse
105 Park Place

In

A remarkable musical voyage through the career of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Weill's musical masterpieces are presented in a glorious blend of song and story that takes us from the terror of Hitler's Germany to the glamour of the golden age of the Great White Way. From The New York Times: "Weill holds a solid place in the pantheon of 20th-century composers...a harbinger of today's boundary-crossing musicians. A genius." The show includes many of Weill's most famous and beloved compositions, "Speak Low," "Mack the Knife," "Saga of Jenny," "Surabaya Johnny," and many more.

Presented by Masquers Playhouse.

$22.

Make Space

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 - Sunday, October 5th, 2014, Wed - Sun, 11am - 5pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, August 23, 5-8 PM

Berkeley Art Center is thrilled to present Make Space, a group exhibition featuring new and existing work by, Randy Dixon, Nancy Ivanhoe, Tressa Pack, Erik Parra, Dimitra Skandali. This show challenges artists to re-contextualize their art practice within the walls of the Berkeley Art Center; an art space like no other in the Bay Area.

During a time of dramatic economic and cultural shifts in the Bay Area, art spaces are closing, moving and utterly transforming in order to adapt to the changing financial and social changes of the region. However the Berkeley Art Center is a site fixed within Live Oak Park in North Berkeley. What relationship does the site of the Center, situated in a beautiful city park, have to the artwork within it? How can we consider what this art space means and how it functions within the great arts community?

Conversation with Christian Frock and Megan Wilson
Saturday, September 20, 4-6 PM
Christian Frock and Megan Wilson will come together to talk about the recent and rapid changes happening in the Bay Area’s cultural community and how it is effecting housing, work spaces and art making as a whole. Moderated by Aimee Le Duc.

Launch Your School Year Happy Hour

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014, 5-7pm

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

Enjoy drinks with Luna friends! Explore our library. Check out upcoming workshops and get collegial support! Re-connect, relax & refresh as you begin your year!

Marketing for Artist and Small Businesses

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 - Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 6:30pm-9:00pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

Learn, develop, and implement unique strategies: Stand out from the competition, and build your brand.

Taught by Zaque Eyn. Background in music and marketing of over 13 years, with clients such as: Michael Jackson, Anita Baker, The Family Stone, OK GO...
Combined with book, Mastering the Music Business, his accomplishments and achievements Enlighten you on a journey down innovation lane:

Marketing Master 4 Week Course
Students will create, build, and execute a professional marketing plan: learn innovation techniques for competing advantage, and how to make it all happen.

Week 1: The Foundation of Innovation
Week 2: Understanding your Demographics
Week 3: Innovative Advantage
Week 4: Branding Future

Course Total: $300

Blues Dance with Beyond Blues

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 - Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, 7:00 pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

Instructor: Ted Maddry (415-484-3031), with rotating guest instructors | Location: Theater Space

Join Ted and Beyond Blues every Wednesday to learn the partner dance that anyone can do! Then dance the night away, no partner required. No experience necessary. Come dance with us.

Wednesdays 7-8pm, with dancing after, till late
$6-$16 sliding scale

Animation by Laura Heit (US, 1997-2011) - Plus Special Performance!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Person with Laura Heit! Plus special performance and book signing.

“The Matchbox Shows deftly reveal the big emotions lurking within seemingly tiny details.”—The Gothamist

Laura Heit’s ingenious, do-it-yourself approach to animation takes a variety of forms and formats; her films employ puppets, hand drawing, and computer animation, as well as stop motion and a wonderful toy theater. Heit is drawn to the “deep, dark,” calamities, anxieties, and mysteries—in one film, a woman imagines being invisible, others pay tribute to 9/11 and a pioneering woman paleontologist. Heit will perform one of her Matchbook Shows, where she manipulates miniature puppets to enact a tiny cabaret, which is then projected onscreen. She will also discuss her book, Animation Sketchbooks, a beautiful revelation of the creative processes of fellow animators.

Parachute (1997), 17 mins, Color, 16mm, From the artist
Collapse (2002), 4:08 mins, Color, 35mm, From the artist
The Amazing, Mysterious, and True Story of Mary Anning and Her Monsters (2003), 8 mins, Color, DigiBeta, From the artist
Look for Me (2005), 3:35 mins, Color, DigiBeta, From the artist
The Deep Dark (2011), 7 mins, Color, Digital, From the artist
The Matchbook Shows c. 30 mins, puppet performance/live-action video

Total running time: c. 70 mins

$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

OHM Syndicate presents: GRÜV!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 - Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 8:00pm

Parliament
811 Washington St

In Oakland

GRÜV is the newest, freshest house music party in Oakland! Beats are served on THE BEST sound system in the East Bay (seriously, this custom OPUS Audio system ROCKS)!! Cool drink specials; casual vibe; smiles and good people throughout. Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday night in the heart of Old Oakland at Parliament.

Presented to you by:
OHM (Oakland House Music) Syndicate
http://www.instagram.com/GRUVoakland

Double Feature! Fear and Desire & Killer's Kiss (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1953/55)

Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Fear and Desire (US, 1953)
Kubrick’s first feature film, written by future Pulitzer Prize–winner Howard Sackler, is an existentialist exercise in the meaninglessness of war, played out in an eerie zone of suspended dread. With its skewed camera angles, occasionally clunky dialogue, and a kind of adjourned action, Fear and Desire delves into the dark abyss of martial mayhem asking us to behold humanity set free of foundational beliefs.

• Written by Howard Sackler. Photographed by Kubrick. With Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Paul Mazursky, Virginia Leith. (62 mins, B&W, 35mm, Preserved by Library of Congress, From Library of Congress)

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Killer's Kiss (US, 1955)
Ever the cunning creator, Kubrick determined what murky settings in his NYC neighborhood he could exploit for a low-budget film, then had scriptwriter Howard Sackler cast a net of words over them. The result is an ever-menacing mood piece about an exhausted taxi dancer (Irene Kane) and a has-been boxer (Jamie Smith) who must endure the jealous jockeying of a nightclub owner (Frank Silvera). But being this is a Kubrick film, albeit an early one, dancer and pugilist must duke it out as well.

• Written by Howard Sackler, from a story by Kubrick. Photographed by Kubrick. With Frank Silvera, Jamie Smith, Irene Kane, Jerry Jarret. (67 mins, B&W, 35mm, From Park Circus)

$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

The People’s Mic (In the Lounge)

Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 7:30pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

People’s Mic is a monthly event that cultivates expression reflective of its surrounding communities.Open Mic We support work that promotes critical thought, joy and inspiration. Come speak your story, share your poetry or music on the mic. Whether you are a performer or in need of inspiration please contribute your energy to this movement grounded in the power of art! (Limited amount of space on performance list please arrive early to sign up!)

Paint & Pool

Friday, September 5th, 2014 - Saturday, November 1st, 2014

SLATE Contemporary
473 25th St.

In Oakland

Come see our new exhibit featuring work by Bay Area artists Andrzej Michael Karwacki, Victor Cohen Stuart, and Lola. This exhibition highlights these artists' unique approach to painting by showcasing their modern techniques of pooling, dripping, and scraping the paint onto the surface as opposed to the traditional method of using a brush on canvas.

Ho\'okahi Pu\'uwai

Friday, September 5th, 2014 - Monday, September 8th, 2014, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

EXECUTIVE INN & SUITES OAKLAND
1755 Embarcadero

In Oakland

The Holistic Honu Wellness Center is proud to present our annual Ho’okahi Pu’uwai workshop at the Executive Inn and Suites in Oakland featuring Loea Hula, Frank Kawaikapuokalani K. Hewett and Kumu Kapa, Dalani Tanahy!
This event will be held: Friday, September 5th to Monday, September 8th.
Loea will be presenting one talk-story day (Friday) and two hula instruction days (Saturday & Sunday).
Kumu Dalani will be presenting one abbreviated class (Friday evening) and one full day (Monday). The class size is limited, please enroll early.
Classes will run 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm each day. The class fee is $150 per person per day and includes lunch.
Friday evening’s class will be 5pm to 9pm. The class fee is $50 per person and includes materials.
The Executive Inn & Suites is offering us a room rate of $115. (regular price $135. - $159.) for a City view and $125. (regular price $152. - $179.) for a Water view. The rate is the same for one or two beds. Use “Group Code” GRE310GA
For those of you flying in, the Executive Inn has a free shuttle from the Oakland International Airport.
Hotel amenities include deluxe breakfast, microwaves and mini-refrigerators in the rooms. The bartender fires up the grill every night for some amazing dinners too!
Tickets can be purchased ON-LINE through Eventbrite:
For Loea’s workshops:
http://hookahi2014.eventbrite.com
For Kumu Dalani’s workshops:
https://hawaiiankapa.eventbrite.com
For further details. check our event
website: http://hookahipuuwai.com

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case (Andreas Johnsen; Denmark, 2013)

Friday, September 5th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

“A life lived in silence is not a life,” says Ai Weiwei, the vociferous Chinese artist who has challenged the gag order of his homeland. Eighty-one days of solitary detention left him damaged but determined to pursue free expression in a country that finds its power consolidated in the muted masses. The Fake Case follows Ai in the aftermath of imprisonment and a retaliatory lawsuit meant to silence him. Still undaunted, Ai rails against injustice on the Internet and creates his politically inflected art, such as S.A.C.R.E.D., an installation comprising scaled-down replicas of his jail cell.

• Photographed by Johnsen. (89 mins, In English and Mandarin with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From International Film Circuit)

$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

East of Eden (Elia Kazan; US, 1955)

Friday, September 5th, 2014, 8:50pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

4K Digital Restoration!
"If East of Eden were remembered only for introducing to the screen its legendary star, James Dean, its place in film history would be assured. As it is, however, the techniques developed by the director (Elia Kazan) to capture and translate the actor's performance most effectively within a widescreen format also lend the film the artistic distinction of being one of the first serious attempts at a creative use of CinemaScope. (With) such devices as canting the camera to distort angles, swinging pans to sustain a sense of movement in stagy scenes, and unusually moody lighting effects, (Kazan's style was) a visual equivalent to the acting method pioneered by the Actors Studio, of which Kazan was a cofounder" (Stephen L. Hanson, International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers). Adapted from John Steinbeck's novel, the plot transposes the story of Cain and Abel to the Salinas Valley, focusing on two brothers' rivalry for their father's affection.

• Written by Paul Osborn, Guy Tomajean, from the novel by John Steinbeck. Photographed by Ted McCord. With James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Richard Davalos. (115 mins, Color, 'Scope, 4K DCP, From Warner Bros.)

$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

Flower Drum Song

Friday, September 5th, 2014 - Sunday, September 14th, 2014, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Thu & Sun 7 pm

Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park
3300 Joaquin Miller Road

In Oakland

"To create something new, we must first love what is old," claims Mei-Li in Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang's new adaptation of this Rodgers and Hammerstein jewel. The sentiment is obviously shared by the author himself, who has created something dazzlingly new while honoring the original material. Mei-Li flees Mao's communist China after the murder of her father and finds herself in San Francisco's Chinatown in the mid twentieth century. This naïve young refugee is befriended by Wang, who is struggling to keep the Chinese opera tradition alive despite his son's determination to turn the old opera house into a swingin' Western-style nightclub. A unique blending of American razz-ma-tazz and stylized Chinese opera traditions creates a beautifully theatrical tapestry. The wonderful score, by turns lushly romantic and showbiz-brassy, retains all of its luster in this lovely new version of an American classic. Mei-Li's gradual assimilation is informed by her realization that the old and new can coexist when there is respect for both.

Woodminster Summer Musicals are performed outdoors in historic Woodminster Amphitheater in beautiful Joaquin Miller Park. Come early and enjoy a picnic with your family, a walk in this hillside park, and the beautiful bay views. As the sun sets, take your seats in the amphitheater and enjoy an evening of music and magic under the stars.

Performances Sep 5, 6, 12, 13 at 8 pm and Sep 7, 11, 14 at 7 pm. Tickets $28-$59, discounts for children, seniors, groups. Kids Come Free program lets a child or teen up to 16 years old attend for free with a paying adult.

Preview Sep 4 at 8 pm, all tickets $18 at the door. (No discounts or Kids Come Free)

Portfolio Review

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 - Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 10 am - 4pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 WALNUT ST

In Berkeley


Sign up to have a 15-minute, one-on-one portfolio review with curators and gallery professionals. Current reviewers are: Chandra Cerrito, Owner,Chandra Cerrito Gallery; Ann Jastrab, Gallery Director, Rayko Photo Center; Aimee Le Duc, Executive Director, Berkeley Art Center.

Free for members with preferred scheduling
$20 for non-members

Space is limited! Reserve your slot today! visit www.berkeleyartcenter.org to register

Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1957)

Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 6:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Coming into his own with Paths of Glory, Kubrick was well aware that “for all its horror, war is pure drama.” A pasture in the German countryside was converted into a realistic World War I battlefield: dug, detailed, and preemptively devastated for some of the most cringing combat scenes ever staged. The story is based on an actual incident in the French army involving the court-martial and execution of three soldiers scapegoated for a botched attack against well-entrenched German forces. To distract from the ill-conceived assault, the commanding officers—the pompous and unfeeling General Broulard (Adolphe Menjou) and the conniving General Mireau (George Macready)—insist on this lethal punishment. Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax is the obdurate officer who challenges their scheme. A grand entry in the pantheon of great antiwar films, Paths of Glory stands beside films like All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Grand Illusion (1937), and King and Country (1964) for its on-target treatment of the terrors of war, but it stands alone for its fearless flacking of the high command and its obvious rank. 

• Written by Kubrick, Calder Willingham, Jim Thompson, based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb. Photographed by George Krause. With Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready. (88 mins, B&W, DCP, From Park Circus)

$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

100 Under 100

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 - Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 7Pm

Studio 23
2309B Encinal Ave

In Oakland

Studio 23 will be showcasing several local east bay area artists in the 100 Under 100 show on Saturday the 6th of September. Everything at this show is priced under one hundred dollars. There will be original work available as well as cards, gifts, t-shirts, magnets, limited edition prints & more.

Chill Jams. Red Wine. Eclectic Mix.

It's a great way to support local art on a tight budget.

Artists: Want to be a part of the show? Visit http://alamedaartists.com/submit_art.cfm to find out how!

This event is not actually in Oakland. It is in Alameda, an island between San Francisco and Oakland. Just a hop, skip, jump from both cities.

The Killing (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1956)

Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 8:20pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

The best plans rarely are. The Killing flaunts Kubrick’s early fixation with entropy’s reign. Whether through hubris or naïveté, his characters, in this case an ex-con named Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) and his de facto crime companions, plan for perfection, a two million dollar racetrack heist, but must deal with the dire fall-out as things come apart. Kubrick sketched out the plot, but had hardboiler Jim Thompson pen the patter. The crew is colorful: Elisha Cook plays a pasty track cashier caving to the demands of his covetous consort (Marie Windsor); Maurice, the hulking chess hustler, Randy, a crooked cop, Mike, the needy bartender, and Timothy Carey as a demented sniper round out the ring. This latter-day noir lensed by luminous Lucien Ballard loses no momentum as these average Joes explain the grim impetus for their undoing. Again, the working title, Bed of Fear, tells all: once that bed is made you’ve got to lie in it. 

• Written by Kubrick, Jim Thompson, from the novel Clean Break by Lionel White. Photographed by Lucien Ballard. With Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen. (84 mins, B&W, DCP, From Park Circus)

$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

ART BREAK DAY

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 - Friday, September 5th, 2014, 9:00am-5:00pm

Street Corner
Shattuck and Vine

In Berkeley

Take an "Art Break" with your community!

Art Break Day takes place ANNUALLY on the FIRST FRIDAY in September. Art Sites are set up in cities around the world and everyone is invited to sit down, take a break, and make art for FREE!
an infographic showing the number of people and sites served by Art Break Day created by Art is Moving

We believe a healthy, vibrant, and well balanced society is one in which everyone regularly participates in the arts. We created Art Break Day to make art accessible to a wider audience and to connect communities through art. Art Break Day is about everyone. We promote the notion that everyone is an artist and can and should create art by making it available in as many locations as possible at one time and offering an open invitation for participation. Not only is everyone given the opportunity to be an artist and create art on Art Break Day, they become a part of the social sculpture that is Art Break Day. Each art space is a blank canvas awaiting human interaction. As each participant chooses to sit down, interact with the space and one another, he acts as a brush stroke on a canvas, changing the composition of the art space, the public space, and adding to the social sculpture's composition. As artworks are created and participants install them where they choose the public space and surrounding environment witness the change. This participation in and observation of artistic creation produces a society that benefits from a culture integrated in art.

Luna Dance Institute Open House

Saturday, September 6th, 2014 - Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 9am-11am

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison St.

In Berkeley

Dance, play & have fun with your child at Luna Dance Institute's free event! Our fall open house features free creative dance and improvisation classes for all ages. Join us at 9am for dance story time in our professional library followed by free dance classes for young children up to teens. End the morning with a family dance party. Check out our beautiful dance studio located only minutes away from the Berkeley Aquatic Park and Fourth Street shopping center. Fun for all ages!

Lounge Rumba (at La Peña’s LOUNGE every 1st & 3rd Sunday)

Sunday, September 7th, 2014, 3:00pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

The Sunday Lounge Rumba has been going on at La Peña for the past 12 years and we want to see it continue. We highly encourage participants to donate to ensure that we keep this community participatory event alive!

Come enjoy the Afro-Cuban folkloric drums, dances, and songs of rumba. Rumba is the word used for a group of related, community-oriented, music and dance styles in Cuba. Rumba developed in rural Cuba, with strong influences from African drumming and Spanish poetry and singing.

Donations Encouraged.

Acting workshop with Golden Thread

Sunday, September 7th, 2014 - Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

Drawing from plays by Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern American playwrights, this 9-week workshop will enhance the participants’ skills in improvisation, scene study and solo performance. The curriculum will begin with 3 sessions focused on improvisation, physical performance techniques, and stock charcaters rooted in Commedia dell Arte. Participants will apply those skills in the next 4 sessions towards dramatic text analysis, building a character, and physical story-telling. The participants will present their scenes at the final session which will be open to invited guests. By the end of the term, participants will have developed stronger improvisational skills, deeper understanding of dramatic character & text, and more confidence in self-expression.
No prior acting experience required.

Must be 18 or older to participate.
$300

Working with Parents Lesson Study

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 - Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 4:30-6PM

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

What happens when parents have expectations about how their children "should" be dancing? How can teachers include parents in supporting students' dance learning? Share successes, challenges and lessons-learned from engaging with parents in school and studio settings. Problem-solve and envision with other experts in the field. Cash donations accepted.

Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton (Stephen Silha, Eric Slade, Dawn Logsdon; US, 2013)

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Person with Dawn Logsdon! Introduction with Antonella Bonfanti, the collection manager at Canyon Cinema, which is cosponsoring our tributes to James Broughton.

“Irresistibly playful and joyous!”—Seattle Times

James Broughton (1913–1999), the legendary Bay Area poet, filmmaker, and teacher, is known for his exuberant countercultural films that embrace spirituality and eroticism with humor and pleasure. This loving and vibrant portrait of the one-of-a-kind artist intermixes archival footage; interviews with friends, lovers, and colleagues, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti and George Kuchar; and clips from many of Broughton’s films. Our tribute continues next week with a selection of Broughton’s poetic and subversive short films. Both programs are part of a series of local events planned to celebrate the centennial of Broughton’s birth.

• (83 mins, Color, Digital, From Frisky Divinity Productions)

$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


Berkeley in the Sixties (Mark Kitchell; US, 1990)

Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Person with Mark Kitchell and Special Guests/FSM activists: Frank Bardacke & Lynne Hollander Savio.

More than a primer for a tumultuous decade, Mark Kitchell’s wide-ranging documentary is an astute distillation of an audacious effort to reinvent the terms of citizenship, from passivity before power to an insistence that every voice be valued. The place this occurred was, of course, Berkeley, but its nexus was the campus where student activism found its critical mass and its voice, boldly reified by Mario Savio in the fall of 1964. A mélange of archival footage complements contemporary interviews with some of the most prominent activists of that era, many of whom are still engaged in political work: Frank Bardacke, Jackie Goldberg, Susan Griffin, Bobby Seale, Jack Weinberg, and others. The Free Speech Movement (FSM) is the rightful centerpiece of Kitchell’s gripping portrait, but he traces its roots back to 1960 when the House Un-American Activities Committee provoked the disdain of Cal students during its San Francisco hearings. The suppression of political speech on the Berkeley campus in 1964 became the lens that refocused student ire, leading to the formation of the FSM.

• Written by Kitchell, Susan Griffin, Stephen Most. Photographed by Stephen Lighthill. (117 mins, Color/B&W, 16mm, BAM/PFA Collection)

$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

A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1971)

Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 8:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley


The Droogs are coming! Train your glazzies on the ultraviolence, unless your gulliver says bollocks. One of Kubrick’s more controversial outings, A Clockwork Orange anticipated a kind of punk anarchy coupled to the coming of Margaret Thatcher’s economic implosion in the UK. Yet at its murky bottom, it’s a chillingly precise film about free will versus state control. As the principal delinquent, Alex, played with adrenal glee by Malcolm McDowell, is the demented bad boy, an unvarnished expression of sociopathic lust. But it is the unbridled honesty of his impulses that makes Alex a charismatic leader of lesser thugs. Following an escalating crime spree that includes beating a woman to death with a huge phallus, Alex is sentenced to fourteen years in prison, but will have his incarceration reduced if he submits to the “Ludovico Treatment,” a radical form of aversion therapy. The harsh therapy leaves him “cured” of his antisocial urges, but no longer “a creature capable of moral choice.” Once again a pointed story finds itself pinned to striking visual details: Alex’s singular lengthy eyelash, the fantastical Korova Milkbar with its milk-dispensing statuary, the “lid-locks” used to keep Alex’s eyes open during therapy, the balletic slo-mo beatings. To establish the gangly gangbangers as an autonomous cohort, Kubrick enlists author Anthony Burgess’s “Nadsat,” a slangy alternative lingo. Always talking the talk, A Clockwork Orange is like a punch in the guttiwuts.

• Written by Kubrick, from the novel by Anthony Burgess. Photographed by John Alcott. With Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke. (136 mins, B&W/Color, DCP, From Warner Bros.)

$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

Sympathy for the Devil (Jean-Luc Godard; UK, 1968)

Friday, September 12th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Originally titled One Plus One, the film was re-edited and retitled by the producer, without Godard’s permission. Ill-received by both critics and public on its release, it was re-evaluated by Andrew Hussey in The Guardian: “This is one of those rare and unsettling examples of a rock film, which has all the immediacy of reportage from a distant war-zone. . . . Godard . . . briefly left Paris for London in the wake of the Paris riots of May '68 with the aim of making a film about art, power and revolution. The Stones . . . were, as Godard saw it, perfect for the role of agents of anarchy in a movie whose stated aim was to 'subvert, ruin and destroy all civilized values.' The studio scenes are punctuated by a series of set pieces—an incoherent stew of Situationism and other Sixties stuff . . . Black Panthers . . . Maoist hippies . . . a female urban guerilla. . . . (A) snapshot of a far-off, lost world where rock music is still a redemptive and revolutionary force.”

• Written by Godard. Photographed by Tony Richmond. With the Rolling Stones, Anne Wiazemsky, Ian Quarrier, Frank Dymon. (111 mins, Color, 35mm, From ABKCO Films)

$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


Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray; US, 1955)

Friday, September 12th, 2014, 9:10pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

4K Digital Restoration!
Not enough has changed to render this film outdated; it still reads as American Gothic given truth serum. Realizing CinemaScope's narrative potential, Ray effectively tore open the walls of the American home to reveal teenagers wracked by alienation and parents trapped in the cycle of their own ineffectuality. The lasting image of Jim Backus in an apron goes beyond pseudo-Freudian analysis to typify this director's rare mixture of cold criticism and sensitivity toward the problems of the American family. The film that made James Dean an emblem for an entire generation also established him as an actor of impressive depth and sensitivity. Dean's attempt to recreate a family with Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo is presented with unsentimental clarity, owing much to Dean's quicksilver timing, Mineo's knowing childishness, and Ray's compassion for that sandtrap between childhood and adulthood known as adolescence. The architectural strength of the visuals and editing is enhanced by the choice of Los Angeles hilltop locations including the Planetarium—an imposing structure that sits close to the sky, lending an ancient classicism to a fifties classic.

• Written by Stewart Stern, adapted by Irving Shulman, from a story by Ray. Photographed by Ernest Haller. With James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus. (111 mins, Color, 'Scope, 4K DCP, From Warner Bros. Restored in collaboration with The Film Foundation with support provided by Gucci and The Film Foundation)

$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

John Zurier / MATRIX 255

Friday, September 12th, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 5pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Berkeley-based artist John Zurier (b. 1956) paints abstract, luminous canvases with hand-mixed pigments that range from subtle, muted earth tones to vibrant, saturated hues. He uses a wide range of brushwork and surface treatments to draw attention to the varied textures of the canvas—often applying distemper (a tempera paint made with dry pigments in animal glue) in thin brushy layers—to capture qualities of light and the changing effects of the atmosphere. He builds compositions that are both simple and involved, paying close attention to all aspects of a painting’s construction, including the differences between cotton and linen surfaces, the weave of each canvas, and the individual properties of tempera versus oil paint. Informed by a wide range of references—Abstract Expressionism, Italian Renaissance painting, Minimalism, Japanese painting, and poetry—Zurier’s work transcends the mundane to enter an affective realm. “I’m very interested in how compositional formats and motifs and even incidents in a painting can trigger perceptual responses and associations,” Zurier says.

Born in Santa Monica, Zurier received both his BA and MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. For MATRIX 255, his first solo exhibition in a museum, Zurier debuts a new body of paintings and watercolors inspired by Iceland, where he has been traveling, teaching, and painting since 2011. Zurier’s abstractions evoke the ice, fog, wind, water, and light of the Icelandic landscape, while also tapping into more timeless, contemplative states. Icy pale blue tones predominate, revealing the infinite range of the hue, as each composition strikes a unique, sensitive chord.

2014 Northern California Renaissance Faire

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 - Sunday, October 12th, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Casa de Fruta
10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy

In

Travel back to a time where the arts flourished, people thirsted for knowledge and the awakening of the mind reigned supreme.

The Northern California Renaissance Faire, happening every weekend from September 13th through October 12th at Casa de Fruta, invites all to experience its traditional Village of Willingtown. Attendees will be transported to the era of Queen Elizabeth I as they watch exotic performances and take part in music and dance from traditional Morris and English Country, to Celtic and Gypsy Tribal.

The Faire is filled with many delightful pleasures and artisan treasures for young and old alike. Visit the Marketplace to see all the master artisans who offer the latest designs and finest hand work in blown glass, keen blades, leather-work, woodwork, jewelry and much more.

Activities, period-themed rides and performances are offered to entertain any and all age groups. Feast your eyes upon pleasures such as face painting, hair-braiding, comedy shows and fortune tellers. You might even be challenged to test your accuracy with a bow and arrow or axe throwing game.

Keep an eye out for courageous knights strapped into their heavy suits of armor as they fight for the Queen’s favor during battles of skill and might. Full contact jousting tournaments are performed twice a day in the World Tournament of Champions arena.

Let your creativity run wild by immersing yourself in Renaissance society. Dress the part by renting a costume inside the gates of The Belrose and throw out as many Huzzahs and Aye’s as you can. The Belrose offers authentic Renaissance garments to complement all taste styles and spanning the social status. You can become anyone you want from prim and proper princesses to swashbuckling pirates to colorful gypsies or royalty.

Jovial peasants, men in tights, and gleeful maidens roam the streets while you sip an ale or cider.

Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1960)

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 - Saturday, September 13th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

It is 73 BCE, and Spartacus, a Thracian slave, finds himself being trained as a gladiator in the thriving town of Capua, a day’s ride from Rome. Dimple-chinned, buff Kirk Douglas plays the proud slave who would soon lead the Third Servile War against the Roman Republic. He would also fall for the limpid Varinia (Jean Simmons), a slave herself, who would bear him a child, born into the freedom that Spartacus victoriously attained. But this modest description conceals the monumental scale of its filmic representation—a three-year undertaking, longer than Spartacus’s rebellion. Conceived as a vehicle for Douglas, the epic began with director Anthony Mann at the helm, commanding a cast that included Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, and Tony Curtis as members of the tyrannical Roman Senate. Within weeks, Mann was ditched and replaced by Stanley Kubrick who now had an emperor’s ransom, twelve million dollars, to throw at the clash of titan and slave. Epic battle scenes were added to the film’s scenario with eight thousand Spanish soldiers playing the brawny Roman legions. The story of Spartacus is much adored—the liberation of the masses, led by a humble man inspired not by ideology, but by righteous ire. When the gathered slave army finally identifies with their de facto leader, each and all decrying “I am Spartacus,” the transformation of the masses is complete. For Kubrick that transformation, artistic and otherwise, was only beginning, as his coming films would attest.

• Written by Dalton Trumbo, based on the novel by Howard Fast. Photographed by Russell Metty. With Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton. (197 mins, Color, ‘Scope, 35mm, From Universal Pictures)

$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


Let's Hear It For The Cat!

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 - Saturday, September 13th, 2014, 9/13/14, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lottie Rose Artist House
6117 San Pablo Ave

In Oakland

This is an show in the Golden Gate District of Oakland that features man and woman's best friend! The cat! We will have paintings, music, and other cat stuff. Bring you! Bring your cat! We will have cat adoptions. Colin Hurley is curating the show. His website is muddypainting.com, and paints a lot of cat paintings. There are a great deal of brilliant other painters in this show though. Ben Kish is one of them. He will be designing our flyer. We may have food, we may not. We'll see! But that's not the point of a cat art show, is it? :) Right now I, Colin Hurley, am trying to get a lot of tiny(miniature) paintings of cats done for this show. There is also going to be a chandelier that I'm selling that will be covered with cat art. Well anyhow, say your going on facebook, come celebrate with us and our love of felines, and hey, even buy everything! Either way, it'll be a lot of fun!

Presented by Firehouse Artist Collective.

Free

CPR/First Aid Workshop

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 - Saturday, September 13th, 2014, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Luna Dance Institute
605 Addison Street

In Berkeley

This half-day workshop will provide the basic skills to teach safely in any setting. No pre-requisite. $110.

She and Mr. Jones: A Bornday Celebration

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 - Sunday, September 14th, 2014, 2PM - 4PM

Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza
Shattuck Ave.

In Berkeley

September 14th marks the birthday of two contemporary musical legends: Amy Winehouse and Nasir Jones, better known as Nas. Winehouse and Jones revolutionized their respective genres of R&B and Hip-Hop and, as destiny would have it, came together to collaborate in Ms. Winehouse's final years. To celebrate the late Amy Winehouse and Nas, an ensemble of local vocalists, emcees, musicians and poets will be performing a tribute medley.

Performances by:
510traVES
Jus Tess
Karen Less
Mike Fish
Watzreal
Malika Ubaka
J. Slice IX
Skinny
a.K.aye
Hazel Rose

Accompanied by:
Multiple Organisms and DJ Wisecrack the Scribe

Andrew Masullo Gallery Talk: Forrest Bess

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 - Sunday, September 14th, 2014, 3:00pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Artist Andrew Masullo offers his personal insights into the work of Forrest Bess, who has long been one of his inspirations. Masullo’s own art has been described as ”pure painting” in the New York Times; thirty-four of his paintings were included in the 2012 Whitney Biennial.

Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible pairs Bess’s paintings, dating from 1946 to 1970, with an installation of archival materials curated by sculptor Robert Gober, titled The Man That Got Away, which illuminates Bess’s art and life. The exhibition of this piece at the 2012 Whitney Biennial renewed interest in the magnetic, compelling paintings of Forrest Bess, whose reputation had waned, along with his health, in the 1970s.

Included with BAM/PFA Gallery Admission.
$10.00 – General Admission
$7.00 – Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17)
Free for BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley Students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12 & under)

Batey Boricua (In the Lounge)

Sunday, September 14th, 2014, 3:00pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

The Bomba y Plena Workshop presents Batey Boricua! Come jam with us to some bombazo-eventBomba, Plena y Mas como siempre! Invite your family, bring your children and tell your friends. Don’t miss it! No se lo pierdan!

Suggested Donation: $5

BARBARA DANE: A Wild Woman Sings the Blues

Sunday, September 14th, 2014, 8:00pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

BARBARA DANE: A Wild Woman Sings the Blues

An evening with living legend Barbara Dane & producer Ian Ruskin
This event, celebrating the release of the 2014 radio documentary A Wild Woman Sings the Blues, will feature a couple of songs by Barbara, about 30 minutes of excerpts from the program and a Q&A with Barbara and the producer Ian Ruskin.
Barbara Dane: folk singer, blues singer, jazz singer, social activist, wife, mother, world traveler, feminist, record producer, chronic truant, maverick and general troublemaker. She sang with all the greats, from Pete Seeger to Lightning Hopkins to the Chambers Brothers to Louis Armstrong and more, and travelled the world as an independent woman and musician. The radio documentary A Wild Woman Sings the Blues takes the listener on a journey through this amazing life, from a childhood in Detroit to an eighty-fifth birthday concert at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. Join us to pay tribute to the legendary Barbara Dane!

http://theharrybridgesproject.org/wwdoc.html
http://www.barbaradane.net/Home.html

Banjo Tales (Yasha Aginsky; US, 2014) - World Premiere!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, 7:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

World Premiere! Live Music!
Traditional clawhammer-style banjo picking ain’t no technique—it’s a link to a culture, an old-timey culture, but also a regional one, populated by people steeped in more rustic ways. Yasha Aginsky’s brand-spanking-new Banjo Tales follows the legendary folklorist and string-band performer Mike Seeger (New Lost City Ramblers) as he travels through Appalachia in search of traditional banjo players. Like a present-day Alan Lomax, or even our own Chris Strachwitz, Seeger (1933–2009) sets down on a porch, in a log cabin living room, or out in a meadow, digital recorder nearby, to listen to banjo players whose styles sustain a direct link to the locale. These bucolic musicians from several generations are not intent on recapturing the culture, so much as nurturing its continuity. Among them are Tina Steffey, a teen plucker who continues despite her drop in popularity after she adopts that totally uncool instrument; the sage George Gibson, impromptu historian, who sees clawhammer surviving the changing times; Peter Gott, a Northern transplant who withdrew to the hills of Madison County to build banjos; and Rhiannon Giddens, of Carolina Chocolate Drops fame, who muses that “if we’re living in it, then we’re changing it.” Clawhammer, with its relentless rhythm sitting atop innumerable mercurial melodies, is the steady strum beneath Banjo Tales. But its mix of casually eloquent pickers sounds everything from the holler to the scholar.
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Followed by:
Musical Holdouts (John Cohen, US, 1976)
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Total Running Time: 104 mins
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$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

Pop-Up Film Festival: Short Films & Big ideas for Sustainable Food and Farming

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 6:30pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

RFMC-Screening-Invite-_-rooftop-editable RFMC-Screening-Invite-_-rooftop-editable-page-0Watch Short Films on Sustainable Food and Farming with Food First!

From oregano farmers in Mexico to seed savers in Canada, beekeepers protecting our food supply to a new generation of farmers, join Food First for a screening of the top ten finalists from the 2014 Real Food Media Contest. The shorts will highlight the diverse stories of the sustainable food and farming movement. Stay after the screening to discuss ideas, strategies, and solutions sparked from the films with Food First!

The contest is the first-ever national competition to celebrate short films about sustainable food and farming. The Real Food Media Project is a collaboration among some of the nation’s leading food and farming organizations joining together to help spread the story of our food with creative movies, this contest, a web-based action center, and grassroots events.

SNEAK PEEK INTO A FEW OF THE SHORT FILMS WE’LL BE SCREENING:
Hands in the Orchestra

Go behind the scenes in San Francisco restaurant kitchens in this rocking short about the hands who feed us. Kevin Longa, Director, Producer, Editor

Our Land: Solution to Pollution

Community members, farmers, and the EPA come together to create thriving farms out of empty lots in this example of citizen-led problem-solving. Severine Fleming, Director, Producer // Jordan Kinley, Editor, Camera

The Gift

Canadian Dan Jason is a pioneer in seed farming who shares his vision of the bounty of nature in this poetically shot short. Jean Marc Abela, Director, Camera, Editor // Senn Annis Producer, Assistant Editor // Matthew Tomlinson, Music

This event is brought to you by Food First as part of our monthly series at La Peña Cultural Center. Every third Wednesday, you’re invited to join

Films of James Broughton (US, 1948-81)

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Introduction with Janis Crystal Lipzin, Bay Area media artist and educator who taught at the San Francisco Art Institute for three decades.

Tonight’s program begins with a self-portrait of Broughton and features work from throughout his long, joy-filled career. In Mother’s Day, his first solo film and one of the first films of the San Francisco film movement, adults reenact their childhoods. Peter Kubelka called it “one of the great films in film history.” This Is It embraces philosophy, while depicting the play of Broughton’s two-year-old son. The tableaux-filled, allegorical The Bed depicts almost everything that can happen in a bed, with most everyone naked. The Gardener of Eden, filmed in Sri Lanka, pays tribute to the beauty of nature.

Together (1976), 3 mins, B&W, 16mm, From Canyon Cinema
Mother’s Day (1948), 22 mins, B&W, 16mm, BAM/PFA Preservation Print
This Is It (1971), 10 mins, Color, 16mm, From Canyon Cinema
The Bed (1968), 19 mins, Color, 16mm, BAM/PFA Preservation Print
The Gardener of Eden (James Broughton, Joel Singer, 1981), 8:30 mins, Color, 16mm, From Anthology Film Archives, New York

Total running time: 65 mins

$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

Tout Va Bien (Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin; France, 1972)

Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Introduction with Erik Ulman - a composer who teaches at Stanford and has written on Gorin’s films. He codirects the arts organization Poto.

“It’s a film about history and its power to transform the individual.”—Jean-Pierre Gorin

Godard and Gorin cowrote and codirected this 1972 feature, which, unlike their previous films together, has two famous stars in the cast—Jane Fonda and Yves Montand, both famous for their politics, as well as their films. They portray He and She: a film director who has turned to TV commercials, and an American radio correspondent in Paris. He and She become leaders of a labor uprising in a large factory in France. “A film by turns melancholy and antic, the peak of Godard and Gorin’s partnership, inspired by Jerry Lewis in general and The Ladies Man in particular” (Lincoln Center).

• Written by Godard, Gorin. Photographed by Armand Marco. With Jane Fonda, Yves Montand, Vittorio Capprioli. (95 mins, In English and French with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From Contemporary Films)

$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


Bay Area Skeptics – An Overview of Human Evolution (In the Lounge)

Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 7:30pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

This BAS features Dr. Henry Gilbert, Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at CSU East Bay.

Diane Ackerman: The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us

Thursday, September 18th, 2014 - Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 9/18/14, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

St. John's Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue

In Berkeley

KPFA Radio 94.1FM presents:

Hosted by Vijaya Nagarajan

$12 advance tickets: 800-838-3006 or independent bookstores, $15 door, KPFA benefit www.kpfa.org/events
Co-Sponsored by St. John's Presbyterian Church

"Our relationship with nature has changed...radically, irreversibly, but by no means all for the bad. Our new epoch is laced with invention. Our mistakes are legion, but our talent is immeasurable." - Diane Ackerman

"Diane Ackerman's vivid writing, inexhaustible stock of insights, and unquenchable optimism have established her as a national treasure and as one of our greatest authors...If you haven't read her previous books, you're now about to become addicted to Diane Ackerman."
- Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel

Our finest literary interpreter of science and nature, Ackerman is justly celebrated for her unique insight into the natural world and our place (for better and worse) in it. In this landmark book, she confronts the unprecedented fact that the human race is now the single dominant force of change on the planet. Humans have "subdued 75% of the land surface, concocted a wizardry of industrial and medical marvels, strung lights all across the darkness. We now collect the DNA of vanishing species in a "frozen ark," equip orangutans with iPads, create wearable technologies and synthetic species that might one day outsmart us.

Diane Ackerman has been the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. She is the author of The Zookeeper's Wife, A Natural History of the Senses, An Alchemy of Mind, Jaguar of Sweet Laughter, Dawn Light, and One Hundred Names for Love, among many other exceptional books.

Professor Vijaya Nagarajan teaches courses on Hinduism, Religion and Environment, Spiritual Autobiography, and Community Internships. Her other research projects include: On the Languages of the Commons; Tree Temples, Mangroves and Temple Forests.

Presented by KPFA Radio 94.1 FM.

$12 advance, $15 door.

2014 Pleasanton Harvest Festival

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - Sunday, September 21st, 2014, 10am - 6pm

Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave

In

The Pleasanton Harvest Festival, one of the top rated craft shows in the country, will return to the Alameda County Fairgrounds September 19-21, 2014. The event will offer over 24,000 American handmade arts and crafts. Attendees can shop original art, jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, home decor and more.

Throughout the weekend there are live musical performances, strolling entertainers, a hands on KidZone, delicious foods and fabulous prize giveaways. Once at the show, attendees can enter to win an ipad mini which will be awarded the last day of the event.

Plus, anyone who brings a non-perishable food donation to support the Alameda County Community Food Bank will receive $2 off one general or senior admission.

Don\'t miss a full day of shopping, entertainment and good old fashioned family fun at the Pleasanton Harvest Festival.

L@TE: Pharaohs: Oasiics

Friday, September 19th, 2014 - Friday, September 19th, 2014, 7:30pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Since 2008, Los Angeles–based Pharaohs (Sam Cooper, Alejandro Cohen, and their collaborators) have journeyed from sound-bending investigations to unstoppable dance-floor dominance. Get loose and bust a move to drum machine and live percussion, synthesizer and saxophone, dub delay and surf guitar.
Programmed by Andy Cabic.

$7.00 General Admission.
Free for BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

Lolita (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1962)

Friday, September 19th, 2014, 7:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Vladimir Nabokov’s literary lovechild Lolita was bound to make a sensational film, in both senses of the word. A mere stutter of a man, Humbert Humbert (James Mason) is feloniously fixated on “nymphets,” young girls hovering around the fragile age of fourteen. He meets just such an alarming siren, the fondly labeled Lolita, played by Sue Lyons, notoriously too young to see the film when first released. Yet this noxious nymphet has a second suitor, the strangely disguised Quilty, a masquerade of roles by Peter Sellers. Upon returning from Camp Climax for Girls, Lolita seduces the helpless Humbert and the rest is his story and his downfall. Kubrick's adaptation replicates the Russian writer's black humor with unblinking cool. But some of that cool is the consequence of heavy-handed censorship requiring that the more overt ogling be kept zipped. The censorship may have proved to be the film’s savior as both Humbert and the viewer must relish restraint (rather than unfettered fulfillment) in this two-and-a-half-hour teaser. Still that iconic image of Lolita peering from behind her heart-shaped sunglasses is worth the price of submission.

• Written by Vladimir Nabokov, based on his novel. Photographed by Oswald Morris. With James Mason, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers, Sue Lyon. (152 mins, B&W, DCP, From Warner Bros.)

$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

Conversation with Christian Frock and Megan Wilson

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 4 - 6 p.m.

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut St.

In Berkeley

Christian Frock, art writer and curator, and artist Megan Wilson will discuss public space, gentrification and the rapidly changing art scene in the Bay Area.

Christian L. Frock is an independent writer and curator whose practice interrogates the intersection of art, daily life and popular culture through a consideration of art in public spaces. Her curatorial enterprise, Invisible Venue, collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings. She recently began a series of articles: Priced Out: San Francisco's Changing Values and Artist Exodus.

Megan Wilson's installations and public projects use the aesthetics and methodologies of popular culture to comment on socio-economic issues such as capitalism, displacement, homelessness, corporate corruption and gentrification. Her recent focus has been on the dislocation of artists and arts non profits in San Francisco. Read her article: The Gentrification of Our Livelihoods: Everything Must Go...

FREE: donations appreciated

Conversation with Christian Frock and Megan Wilson

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 4 - 6pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut Street

In Berkeley

Christian Frock, art writer and curator, and artist Megan Wilson will discuss public space, gentrification, and the rapidly changing art scene in the Bay Area.

Conversation with Christian Frock and Megan Wilson

Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 4-6pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 WALNUT ST

In Berkeley

Christian Frock and Megan Wilson will come together to talk about the recent and rapid changes happening in the Bay Area’s cultural community and how it is effecting housing, work spaces and art making as a whole. Moderated by Aimee Le Duc

Christian L. Frock is an independent writer and curator based in the Bay Area. Frock's practice interrogates the intersection of art, daily life and popular culture through a consideration of art in public spaces. Invisible Venue, the curatorial enterprise founded and directed by Frock since 2005, collaborates with artists to present art in unexpected settings. Megan Wilson is a visual artist based out of San Francisco. Wilson’s large-scale installations and public projects utilize a broad range of pop culture methodologies and aesthetics as a point of entry and engagement for the issues she addresses conceptually.

Part of the Conversations@BAC lecture series

Dwinelle Hall Breakers Break-Dancing Workshop

Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 4:00-6:00pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

$5 at the door.

Workshop Details: Created within house parties during the 1970s in New York City, Breakin has since then evolved into a global phenomenon. This 2 hour workshop will introduce students to fundamental techniques of the dance style (toprock, 6-step, basic freezes) as well as explore the socio-economic context from which the dance was born and how it serves as a tool for self-discovery, artistic expression, personal empowerment, and community building.

About DHB: Dwinelle Hall Breakers is a CAL campus organization founded in 2012 promoting community building through grassroots Hip-Hop values; peace, love, unity, and having fun. Prior to it’s official recognition as a student club it had already built a 20 year legacy throughout the Bay Area/Worldwide b-boy/b-girl community in providing an all-inclusive space welcoming dancers to cultivate their art forms and advance their skills. Members of the club have fostered a global community with various countries such as Brazil, China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, France, Denmark, Philippines, Argentina, Cambodia, and Colombia as well as throughout the United States. The members of DHB share their passion for dance via workshops, performances, events, and facilitating the bboy/bgirl decal on campus, a student-to-student taught course that is offered throughout each semester.

Dwinelle Hall Breakers Break-Dancing Workshop

Saturday, September 20th, 2014 - Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 4:30pm-6:00pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 shattuck ave

In Berkeley

Workshop Details: Created within house parties during the 1970s in New York City, Breakin has since then evolved into a global phenomenon. This hour and a half workshop will introduce students to fundamental techniques of the dance style (toprock, 6-step, basic freezes) as well as explore the socio-economic context from which the dance was born and how it serves as a tool for self-discovery, artistic expression, personal empowerment, and community building.

About DHB: Dwinelle Hall Breakers is a CAL campus organization founded in 2012 promoting community building through grassroots Hip-Hop values; peace, love, unity, and having fun. Prior to it’s official recognition as a student club it had already built a 20 year legacy throughout the Bay Area/Worldwide b-boy/b-girl community in providing an all-inclusive space welcoming dancers to cultivate their art forms and advance their skills. Members of the club have fostered a global community with various countries such as Brazil, China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Germany, France, Denmark, Philippines, Argentina, Cambodia, and Colombia as well as throughout the United States. The members of DHB share their passion for dance via workshops, performances, events, and facilitating the bboy/bgirl decal on campus, a student-to-student taught course that is offered throughout each semester.

Giant (George Stevens; US, 1956)

Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

4K Digital Restoration!
Academy Award for Best Director!

James Dean burns through the wide Texas plains in this searing Western-style soap opera boasting an all-star cast: Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, Dennis Hopper, and Dean himself. A wealthy rancher (Hudson) brings his lovely new East Coast wife (Taylor) back home to Texas, where she soon grows disturbed by the land’s emptiness, violence, and racism. It’s a virile cowhand (Dean, of course) who most disturbs her, however, leading to an inevitable confrontation between husband, wife, workers, and family. One of the greatest American films of the 1950s, Giant was Dean’s final film; released after his death, it solidified his immortality.

• Written by Fred Guiol, Ivan Moffat based on the novel by Edna Ferber. Photographed by William C. Mellor. With Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Mercedes McCambridge. (201 mins, Color, 4K DCP, From Warner Bros.)

$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

Stand Up Sit Down

Saturday, September 20th, 2014, 8:00pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

“Stand Up Sit Down” is a live stand-up comedy and sit-down interview show hosted by socio-political comedians, Karinda Dobbins and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. Imagine if renegade comedians locked Wolf Blitzer in a broom closet and then ran CNN’s “Situation Room.” You would have the Stand Up Sit Down” show. Hosts Dobbins and Lakshminarayanan will join fellow comics on stage to cover weighty topics with a light touch. The show will culminate in a humorous discussion between the hosts and a subversive interview guest, who might be an activist, entrepreneur, artist, politician, professor, or superhero.

$12 Adv, $15 Door

Berkeley Symphony and Friends Chamber Music Series

Sunday, September 21st, 2014 - Sunday, September 21st, 2014, 5-7pm

Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

In

The Piedmont Center for the Arts will host a series of four chamber music concerts featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians and their guests. Stuart Canin, violin; Bonnie Hampton, cello; Sarah Cahill, piano. Presenting works by Thomas Adès, Beethoven, and Schubert.

One P.M. (D.A. Pennebaker; US, 1971)

Sunday, September 21st, 2014, 5:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Introduction with Tom Luddy. Producer Tom Luddy, cofounder of the Telluride Film Festival and former Pacific Film Archive director, brought Godard to Berkeley in 1968 as part of a complete retrospective .

“The footage that Pennebaker put together is wondrous on its own, as well as revealing on the subject of Godard’s artistic evolution.”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker

In the fall of 1968, Jean-Luc Godard embarked on his first American movie, One American Movie (One A.M.), a Leacock-Pennebaker production. He abandoned the project well into the shooting, and this film, One P.M., represents an edition of Godard’s rushes mixed together with footage of Godard directing the film and engaging in other activities during his stay in the United States. This assemblage of rushes and other material by D.A. Pennebaker in no way attempts to complete Godard’s film or suggest its final form. One P.M. stands on its own as a fascinating document of a film-in-progress and a prodigious cineaste at work.

• Photographed by Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Leacock, Pennebaker. With Rip Torn, Tom Hayden, Eldridge Cleaver, The Jefferson Airplane. (90 mins, Color, DigiBeta, From Pennebaker Hegedus Films)

$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


Letter to Jane: An Investigation of a Still (Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin; France, 1972)

Sunday, September 21st, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

This extraordinary little movie emerged from the then recently formed French Dziga Vertov film collective, led by Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin . . . united in a dream of a new revolutionary cinema . . . The entire premise of Letter to Jane is a deconstruction of a notorious news photograph of Jane Fonda visiting Hanoi and surrounded by Vietnamese communists. The best parts of the film function as a withering critique of the iconography of Hollywood and the (fashionably unfashionable) Hollywood star system.
• (52 mins, In English, Color, From the Reserve Film and Video Collection of the The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, permission Janus Films)
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Followed by:
Godard in America (Ralph Thanhauser, US, 1970)
Godard and J.P. Gorin travel across the United States visiting colleges and meeting with politically engaged young people.
(44 mins, B&W, 16mm, BAM/PFA Collection)

Total running time: 96 mins
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$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


Sugar in the Salt: Eli Conley, Koralie “K Sugar” Hill, and Maia Papaya

Sunday, September 21st, 2014, 8:00pm-10:00pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

La Peña welcomes our friends songwriters Eli Conley, Koralie Hill (The Skinny String Band) and Maia Papaya (Hip for Squares) as they debut their new indie folk trio, Sugar in the Salt. Opening the show will be Lost Angeles acoustic duo The Velopheliacs, on tour celebrating the release of their debut album, Hinterlands.

Sugar in the Salt is a newly formed indie folk trio featuring songwriters Eli Conley (guitar, vocals), Koralie “K Sugar” Hill (accordion, banjo, fiddle, vocals) and Maia “Papaya” Wiitala (upright bass, guitar, vocals). With their luscious three-part harmonies and swelling strings, these three friends serve up songs that will touch your salty heart and sugar up your funny bone.

Members of Sugar in the Salt have graced stages across the Bay Area including the Freight and Salvage, Cafe du Nord, and the San Francisco Trans March, not to mention countless livings rooms and protest rallies. Now they are joining forces as a queer folk band that just wants to have fun!

When Sugar in the Salt gets together to play, you can always count on a sweet time!

Make Space: Opening Reception

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 - Saturday, August 23rd, 2014, 5pm-8pm

Berkeley Art Center
1275 Walnut St., Berkeley, CA 94118

In Berkeley

Berkeley Art Center is thrilled to present Make Space, a group exhibition featuring new and existing work by, Randy Dixon, Nancy Ivanhoe, Tressa Pack, Erik Parra, Dimitra Skandali. This show challenges artists to re-contextualize their art practice within the walls of the Berkeley Art Center; an art space like no other in the Bay Area.

During a time of dramatic economic and cultural shifts in the Bay Area, art spaces are closing, moving and utterly transforming in order to adapt to the changing financial and social changes of the region. However the Berkeley Art Center is a site fixed within Live Oak Park in North Berkeley. What relationship does the site of the Center, situated in a beautiful city park, have to the artwork within it? How can we consider what this art space means and how it functions within the great arts community?

Randy Dixon’s sculptures of unrealized and unrealizable houses and buildings use the language of architecture to lure us into considering how the space around us is constructed. Dimitra Skandali and Nancy Ivanhoe, in addition to showing their own singular sculptures and installations, will be collaborating on a series of line drawings, drawn directly onto the walls, grounds and floors of BAC, that will follow the lines and shadows created by the trees in Live Oak Park beginning at the front entrance of the building and moving throughout the gallery and out to the sculpture garden. Tressa Pack’s photographs of photography equipment set up to light and frame an empty space creates an eerie value system for the ‘spacelessness’ filling up the rest of her compositions. Erik Parra will show new paintings of landscape and domestic interiors situated inside an installation of a room that could easily exist inside his paintings.

BAC executive director, Aimee Le Duc notes, “The artists in Make Space are confronting architecture as both subject and object. They will incorporate Berkeley Art Center into their installations and work – including

Pigs, Parks, and Protestors: Films by San Francisco Newsreel (US, 1968-69)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Special Guest: Bill Nichols. professor of cinema studies at San Francisco State University and an expert on Newsreel.
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Hit the streets and fight the power with three incendiary documentaries from one of the nation’s most radical filmmaking collectives. Off the Pig with Oakland’s Black Panthers, follow San Francisco State on Strike, and see a different side of People’s Park.

Off the Pig (1968), 15 mins, B&W, 16mm, From Canyon Cinema Cooperative
San Francisco State on Strike (1969), 25 mins, B&W, 16mm, BAM/PFA Collection
People’s Park (1969), 25 mins, B&W, 16mm, BAM/PFA Collection
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Preceded by:
PP1 (Donna Deitch, US, 1969).
The arrival of the National Guard at People’s Park collides with Steve Reich’s musique concrète “Come Out” and John Cage’s recitation on indeterminacy. The result is a dizzying visitation of arbitrary power. (6:30 mins, Color, 16mm, BAM/PFA Collection)

Total Running Time: c. 72 mins
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$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

Discussion Forum: Mississippi Freedom Summer

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, 6:30pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

Join us for a discussion forum – Mississippi Freedom Summer.

The Dziga Vertov Group: Lecture with clips by Jean-Pierre Gorin

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Person with Jean-Pierre Gorin!
Lifelong cinephiles, Godard and Gorin know cinema history through expansive, wide-ranging viewing, and have thought deeply about film language and the making of meaning. Their brilliance is in how they reveal their thinking through their filmmaking. After they met in 1967, Godard and Gorin began to collaborate on a series of formally and politically radical films and videos under the banner of the Dziga Vertov Group. In these often maligned but rarely seen works, they interrogate film image and sound, asking questions of cinema, history, and contemporary life—forging a new film practice. Difficult and provoking, yes, but also humorous, exhilarating, and beautiful.

Total running time: c. 90 mins

$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

Ici et Ailleurs (Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville, Jean-Pierre Gorin; France, 1976)

Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Person with Jean-Pierre Gorin!

Ici et ailleurs explores cinema's ability to record history, particularly in situations of war. In 1970, at the instigation of Fatah (the Palestine National Liberation Movement), Godard and Gorin traveled to Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria to produce a film on the Palestinian struggle, tentatively titled Jusqu'à la victoire (Until Victory). But after the attack on the 1972 Munich Olympics by the Black September group, the film changed direction. Completed in 1974 with the collaboration of Anne-Marie Miéville, the final work uses a mix of video and film footage to examine the fine line that separates struggle from terrorism, and ties what happens "elsewhere" to all that happens "here," in the typical living room of a French family hooked on television. In the dominant discourse, "here" and "elsewhere" are kept safely apart; the radical nature of the film is in its stubborn emphasis on the "and." It beckons a radical change in consciousness, in the articulation of our being in the world.

• (60 mins, In French with English subtitles, Color, Digital, From Olive Films)

$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

TMI Storytelling (In the Lounge)

Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 7:30pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

Known as the host of her own ground-breaking comedy-sketch show, Bay Area comedian storytelling series Gina Gold presents TMI Storytelling: Raw Stories, Real Spit, a monthly storytelling series.

Raw stories and real spit rule the mic during “TMI Storytelling”, an unpolished monthly show on funny, provocative topics. Bay Area comedian Gina Gold presents this comedic series which features a rotating cast of storytellers giving a unadulterated, often hard-core look at life. You’ll hear tales of heartbreak and woe, peppered with humorous asides and serious commentary from a different lineup each show. As host, Gold will keep the heartfelt and brutally honest show flowing.

$10.00 in advance

$13.00 at the door

For more info: http://tmistorytelling.com/

RE@DS: Lucy Corin & Alix Lambert

Friday, September 26th, 2014 - Friday, September 26th, 2014, 5:30pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Readings by Lucy Corin and Alix Lambert.

Lucy Corin is the author of the short story collections One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses (McSweeney's Books) and The Entire Predicament (Tin House Books) and the novel Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls (FC2). Her stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Ploughshares, Tin House Magazine, and elsewhere. She’s been a fellow at Breadloaf and Sewanee, and spent 2012–13 at the American Academy in Rome as the John Guare Fellow in Literature.

Alix Lambert directed and produced the feature-length documentaries The Mark of Cain, Bayou Blue, and Mentor. She is cocreator and codirector of Crime: The Animated Series, and creator, writer, director of the Ambiance Man series (starring Fred Armisen), both for MOCAtv. As an artist Lambert has exhibited her work to international critical acclaim. She is the author of four books: Mastering The Melon, The Silencing, Russian Prison Tattoos, and Crime. Lambert cofounded and is coartistic director of The Brooklyn International Theater Company.

RE@DS is included with L@TE admission.
$7.00 General Admission.
Free for BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.


L@TE: William Winant Percussion Group

Friday, September 26th, 2014 - Friday, September 26th, 2014, 7:30pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Master percussionist William Winant and his cohorts return to L@TE with a program of pioneering percussion music. Don’t miss this chance to hear Steve Reich’s groundbreaking, thunderous work Drumming (Parts One and Two), along with other works by Reich, Lou Harrison, Johanna Beyer, and James Tenney, in the reverberant volume of BAM/PFA.
Programmed by Sarah Cahill.

$7.00 General Admission.
Free for BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

Blue Mountains (Eldar Shengelaia; USSR, 1984)

Friday, September 26th, 2014, 7:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Digital Restoration! In Person with Eldar Shengelaia!

An inspired satire by one of Georgia’s leading directors, Eldar Shengelaia’s Blue Mountains is a charming and disarming critique of bureaucracy. In a publishing house in Tbilisi, a writer and his manuscript submission are all but ignored as the employees, a colorful cast of characters, carry on with their private affairs and outside interests, oblivious to his needs. This deftly orchestrated study of an office environment is part Jacques Tati, part Ermanno Olmi, capturing nuanced situations with an eye for humor and timing. Blue Mountains was featured this year in the classic category at the Cannes film festival.

• Written by Revaz Cheyshvili, Shengelaia. Photographed by Levan Paatashvili. With Ramaz Giorgobiani, Vasili Kakhnishvili, Teimuraz Chirgadze, Ivan Sakvarelidze. (97 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From Gosfilmofond)

$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


Twenty-Six Commissars (Nikoloz Shengelaia; USSR, 1932) with Live Music!

Saturday, September 27th, 2014, 6:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Imported Print!
In Person with Eldar Shengelaia; Judith Rosenberg on piano.

Set against a backdrop of oil derricks and sand dunes, this impressive silent-era feature about the geopolitical struggle for the control of oil fields is still relevant today. “Shengelaia went to the film factory of Azerbaijan, Azerkino, to direct Twenty-Six Commissars . . . about the 1918 defeat of pro-Soviet forces in Baku, an event that had opened the doors for British and Turkish occupants. . . . The picture’s stylish pathos and ritualism preceded the monumentalism of the late 1930s–1940s and secured it a place in the annals of Soviet cinema” (Peter Rollberg, Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema).

• Written by Amiragov, Aleksandr Rzheshevsky, Shengelaia. Photographed by Yevgeni Shneider. With K. Gasanov, Baba-Zade, Heiri Emirzade, Alekper Melikov. (72 mins, Silent with English and French intertitles, B&W, 35mm, From Arsenal)
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Preceded by: 
Work at Oil Derricks and Oil Extraction (Vasil Amashukeli, Georgia, Russian Empire, 1907).
Early imagery shot in Baku by the Georgian filmmaker and cinematographer Vasil Amashukeli. (5 mins, 35mm, From Gosfilmofond)
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Total running time: 77 mins
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$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

The White Caravan (Eldar Shengelaia, Tamaz Meliava; USSR, 1963)

Saturday, September 27th, 2014, 8:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Imported Print! In Person with Eldar Shengelaia!

A work that certainly deserves to be better known, The White Caravan has a commonality with the moral codes found in the Western genre. Against a rugged landscape and the forces of nature, a group of shepherds, led by the experienced Martia and his sons, move their flock to winter pastures. The rural way of life is contrasted with the lure of the big city, and one character’s decision to break with tradition ultimately comes to haunt him. The film makes striking use of cinematography, especially during a dramatic windstorm sequence, which also showcases expressive editing techniques. Meliava and Shengelaia’s film was entered into the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. 

• Written by Merab Eliozishvili. Photographed by Leonid Kalashnikov. With Imedo Kakhiani, Ariadna Shengelaia, Giorgi Kikadze. (97 mins, In Georgian with French subtitles and English electronic titling, B&W, 35mm, From La Cinémathèque de Toulouse)

$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

Renee Bott: Printing With Diebenkorn

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 - Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 1:30 - 3pm

Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave

In Richmond

Join Renee Bott, co-founder of Paulson-Bott Press, for accounts of masterly pursuits in the printmaking studio as she shares stories of working with Richard Diebenkorn when she at Crown Point Press.

Mexican Tardeada (In the Lounge)

Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 3:00pm

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue

In Berkeley

A monthly Sunday afternoon Mexican music jam in the café lounge. The Tardeadas are informal family-oriented gathering of musicians and Mexican music aficionados. Bring your Tejano/Norteño acordeon, guitar, bass, bajo, or percussion y aquí nos vemos!

Free/Donations requested

Repentance (Tengiz Abuladze; USSR, 1984/87)

Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 4:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Imported 35mm Print! In Person with Nana Janelidze!

In the Soviet Union, Tengiz Abuladze’s Repentance was as much an event as a film: one of the most important of the censored films to come off the shelf with the new cultural liberalization of the late 1980s, it was the first to deal with the terrors of the Stalin era. This it does in an oblique but unmistakable way—a way typical of Abuladze, whose art is one of symbolism and surrealism, with a strong feeling for the eccentricities of character. The central figure is a parody of the dictator: with attributes of Stalin—at once whimsical, vindictive, and paranoid—a Hitlerian mustache, and a black shirt à la Mussolini, he is all dictators. Soviet audiences, however, recognized the model for this portrait in Lavrenti Beria, Stalin’s much-feared head of the secret police. In the film, he is one Varlam Aravidze, mayor of a fictional city, who, when we meet him, is being ceremoniously buried. But Aravidze will not stay buried: his body keeps turning up to haunt and embarrass his son Abel, a high official in a new age. The body snatcher turns out to be a woman, Ketevan Barateli, determined to keep alive Aravidze’s memory—not as a benevolent dictator of yesteryear, but as a vicious tyrant under whom her family suffered. Abel Aravidze struggles to salvage his own career by suppressing Ketevan, but repentance is left to yet another generation, that of his son. Abuladze’s picture is at once specific to the memory of the historical horrors, and general to a Kafkaesque collective memory of tyranny.
• (153 mins, In Georgian with German subtitles and English electronic titling, Color, 35mm, From Arsenal)

$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

An Unusual Exhibition (Eldar Shengelaia; USSR, 1968)

Monday, September 29th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Person with Eldar Shengelaia!

Reflective and provocative, Eldar Shengelaia’s An Unusual Exhibition is a tragicomedy about a sculptor who, in order to feed his family, develops a niche carving tombstones bearing the likeness of the now departed. The work wryly hits home on several sensitive subjects—art practice, socialist realism, and social conventions—in a way that initially caused ripples in the official Soviet cinema establishment and ultimately established Shengelaia as an independent voice. Film historian Peter Rollberg has noted the parallels to Eldar’s brother Giorgi Shengelaia’s Pirosmani: both are “reflections on the conditions of artistic creativity, juxtaposing the needs of the family and society at large to the demands of pure artistry.”

• Written by Revaz Gabriadze. Photographed by Giorgi Gersamia. With Guram Lortkipanidze, Dodo Abashidze, Valentina Telichkina, Vasili Chkheidze. (96 mins, Dubbed in Russian with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)

$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


Bay Area Premiere! - Will There Be a Theater Up There?! (Nana Janelidze; Georgia, 2011)

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Bay Area Premiere! In Person with Nana Janelidze!

Starring one of the most popular Georgian actors, Kahki Kavsadze, and based on the true-life experiences of the Kavsadze family, this powerful film is part historical essay and part recreated biography; it uses the tragic circumstances of the twentieth century (World War II and the aftermath of the Soviet regime) as a backdrop for the chronicle of a Georgian family. Opening scenes depict a former railroad car repair plant bearing the name of Stalin; then the film proceeds to the stage of Tbilisi’s Rustaveli Theater, an apt location filled with poetic resonances for this poignant work of reclaimed history.

• Written by Janelidze, Nino Natroshvili, based on a story by Kachki and Imeri Kavsadze. Photographed by Giorgi Beridze. With Kahki Kavsadze, Nino Kuratashvili, Irakli Kakauridze, Niko Kakauridze. (55 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From the artist)
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Preceded by:
The Family (Nana Janelidze, USSR, 1985)
Originally made for TV, this slice-of-life drama reveals Janelidze’s keen eye for intergenerational family dynamics; it is lovingly made with a near-documentary authenticity. (Written by Janelidze. With Veriko Andjaparidze, Natela Mikhaldianim, Tina Mepisashvili. 25 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, Color, 35mm transferred to DVD, From the artist)
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Total running time: 80 mins
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$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

Projection Instructions: Outer and Inner Space & Christmas on Earth (Andy Warhol; US, 1965), (Barbara Rubin; US, 1963)

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Tonight we present the first of two special programs exploring “expanded cinema.”
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Outer and Inner Space (Andy Warhol; US, 1965)
“In Outer and Inner Space . . . Warhol combined experimental technology and multiscreen structure with the rigors of the traditional portrait sitting to create a multiple film-and-video portrait of Edie Sedgwick. . . . ‘Outer and inner’ refers not only to the dichotomy between Sedgwick's outer beauty and inner turmoil . . . but it also describes the two very different spaces of representation occupied by the video/television medium and by film” (Callie Angell).

• (33 mins, B&W, 16mm double projection, From MoMA Circulating Film)
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Christmas on Earth (Barbara Rubin; US, 1963)
“Hypnotic, vibrant, and shocking”—Brooklyn Rail
Christmas on Earth is a work of sexual tableaux vivants, gay and straight. Consisting of two separate reels projected one inside the other . . . it was originally projected onto the Velvet Underground as they performed during Andy Warhol Up-Tight, an early version of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable events. . . . (It) was one of the ‘60s underground movies responsible for unraveling American censorship laws. Anthology Film Archives

• (29 mins, Color/B&W, 16mm double projection, From Film-Makers’ Cooperative)

Total running time: c. 62 mins
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$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

American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 5pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection. This distinguished collection—one of the finest of American folk art in California—is due to the generosity of W.B. Carnochan and N.C. Edebo.

In the years just following the Revolutionary War, many newly minted Americans desired painted portraits for their homes in order to identify individuals, establish family legacy, and demonstrate personal and/or civic achievement. Artists usually chose to portray their subjects in conventional poses, with the greatest emphasis placed on individual facial features. Clothing and surroundings were often simple and stylized, but might include details that would have been understood at the time as signs of social status or phase of life.

The exhibition also includes a number of landscapes, ranging from pastoral scenes to views of industrial progress. View of Providence, Rhode Island, created in the mid-1820s by an unidentified artist, functions as a portrait; the coastal city is portrayed on the brink of transition from pioneer village to bustling center of commerce. With remarkable beauty and formal simplicity, the works of art in American Wonder evoke the vivid presentness of their subjects and makers.

American Wonder Folk Art Curator's Gallery Talk

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 12:15pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Exhibition organizer Lucinda Barnes, chief curator and director of programs and collections, leads an informative tour of American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection.

American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection. This distinguished collection—one of the finest of American folk art in California—is due to the generosity of W.B. Carnochan and N.C. Edebo.

The exhibition also includes a number of landscapes, ranging from pastoral scenes to views of industrial progress. View of Providence, Rhode Island, created in the mid-1820s by an unidentified artist, functions as a portrait; the coastal city is portrayed on the brink of transition from pioneer village to bustling center of commerce. With remarkable beauty and formal simplicity, the works of art in American Wonder evoke the vivid presentness of their subjects and makers.

Included with BAM/PFA Gallery Admission.
$10.00 – General Admission
$7.00 – Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17)
Free for BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley Students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12 & under)

Berkeley Symphony: Enigma

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 - Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 7-9pm

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

The new season opens with the world premiere performance of Oscar Bettison’s Sea Shaped, commissioned by Berkeley Symphony. Born in the UK, Bettison is best known for his willingness to work within and outside the confines of concert music. Violinist Jennifer Koh returns to Berkeley to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Orchestra. A favorite with Berkeley audiences, Ms. Koh is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. The evening ends with Edward Elgar’s stirring Enigma Variations. Premiered in 1899, Elgar dedicated the piece to “my friends pictured within”, each variation being an affectionate portrayal of one of his circle of close acquaintances.

Numéro Deux (Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville; France, 1975)

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

The first masterpiece of Godard’s post-Maoist period, Numéro deux (is) also his first, truly assured use of video technology. Shot on tape, released on 35mm, the movie is almost entirely images of images—set entirely inside Godard’s Grenoble studio and, with the exception of the two framing shots, played out on a pair of TV monitors. The camera never moves but the little TVs bring us everything—sports, news, music, and sex. (The film takes) as its subject the effect of modern capitalism on sex as experienced by a multi-generational working-class family crammed into an apartment in a high-rise housing project. . . . Godard uses the video camera to invent a dozen new ways of splitting the screen or layering the image. The effect is grim yet visually entrancing. The brilliance of Numéro deux lies in this strategy—Godard doesn’t allude to the media but rather he sets out to reproduce it.

• With Sandrine Battistella, Pierre Oudry, Alexandre Rignault. (88 mins, In French with English subtitles, Color, Digital, From Olive Films)

$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

Free Outdoor Screening! Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton; US, 1985)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014, 7:30pm

The Crescent Lawn
Oxford Street between Center & Addison Streets

In Berkeley

FREE outdoor screening on the Crescent lawn, Oxford Street between Center and Addison Streets!
Recommended for ages 7 & up
Pedal on over to Pee-Wee! Bike Racks courtesy of Bike East Bay.

If there’s one thing in this world Pee-wee Herman loves, it’s his bike: a forties Schwinn cruiser, tricked out with some handlebar tassels, striped saddlebags, hypno-hubs, and a growling lion’s head on the headset. Well, there’s ditzy Dottie (Elizabeth Daily) as well, but Pee-wee’s no tandem rider. When the beloved bike goes missing, Pee-wee hits the road, desperately searching for his wandering wheels. Tim Burton’s first feature film has him lubricating the lugs with some eye-popping madness. Who can forget the P.W. dance to “Tequila” or the Wee lad in chaps for his Texas bull ride? Yikes bikes!

• Written by Phil Hartman, Paul Reubens, Michael Varhol. Photographed by Victor J. Kemper. With Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger. (90 mins, Color, Blu-Ray, From Warner Bros.)

Shorts and other surprises begin at 7:30pm, followed by the feature film at 8pm.

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1968)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014, 7:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

2001 is its own “Monolith”—majestic, anomalous, indecipherable, and most certainly created by an alien intelligence. Teaming with the great science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, Kubrick set out to compose a film of “mythic grandeur,” and we are happy to report from the other side of the “Star Gate” that he succeeded. Not so much a sci-fi film, though it has the requisite techno-gadgets, as an inquiry into the origins of consciousness, Kubrick’s foray into heady mythmaking required a quantum leap in visualization. Between Douglas Trumbull’s “split-scan” psychedelia and the wizardry of the revolving Discovery interiors, the visual awe bursts like a supernova. But all this pictorial pyrotechnic was applied in the service of 2001’s cosmological probe, keeping it sharply relevant and exhilarating even in 2014. From the furred tool-wielding hominids to the “Star Child,” a transcendental fetus floating through the ether, this evolutionary parable—punctuated by the appearance of each new monolith—encourages a form of visual euphoria. Only HAL 9000’s utterance in calm, reassuring tones—“It can only be attributable to human error”—reminds us of our real-world imperfection.

• Written by Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, based on Clarke’s story “The Sentinel of Eternity.” Photographed by Geoffrey Unsworth. With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter. (160 mins, Color, ‘Scope, DCP, From Warner Bros.)

$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


Little Red Devils (Ivan Perestiani; USSR, 1923) with Live Music!

Saturday, October 4th, 2014, 6:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Judith Rosenberg on piano.

Leyda considered Little Red Devils “the first Soviet (Georgian) film to compete successfully with all foreign products on the country’s screens.” Set in the Ukraine during the Civil War, the film adopts the styles of American adventure films à la Douglas Fairbanks (and D. W. Griffith) in narrating the exploits of two daredevil teenagers (brother and sister) and a young black acrobat who volunteer as scouts in the Red Cavalry. V. Sutyrin gives an interesting portrayal of the anarchist leader Makhno, whose band of “bandits” is pursued by Budyenny’s cavalry in the film’s freewheeling recreation of historical events.

• Written by Pavel Blyakhin, Perestiani. Photographed by Alexander Digmelov. With Pyotr Yesikovsky, Sofia Zozeffi, Kador Ben-Selim, V. Sutyrin. (100 mins, Silent with Russian intertitles and simultaneous English translation, B&W, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)

$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

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1964)

Saturday, October 4th, 2014, 8:40pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In 4K Digital!


Believing that Commie-instigated water fluoridation has made him impotent, Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) launches a big SAC attack against the Soviet Union. Pretty soon President Muffley (Peter Sellers) is sitting around the war table with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a gaggle of gimcrack generals lead by "Buck" Turgidson (George C. Scott), fielding doomsday scenarios. Desperate, the prez turns to ex-Nazi physicist Dr. Strangelove (Sellers, again) who calculates that the gene pool can survive such a theoretical annihilation. Cold War camp, Dr. Strangelove's look, tightly designed sets illuminated with expressive pools of light, creates a militarized zone of otherworldliness, reifying the alienation of the high command. Kubrick's brilliant farce rejects our fear of a doomsday device—mechanical insurance that the bombs will be deployed—and instead views human snafus as the more probable terror. Adding satirist Terry Southern (Candy, The Loved One) to script deployment insured that the impact would be hilariously devastating. Whether it's Turgidson pridefully advocating restrained nuclear war, or Herr Doctor speculating about underground stud farms, the real threat orbits around a nucleus of unstable personalities. Dr. Strangelove asks, "Where are the safeguards against the militarized ego?"

• Written by Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George, based on the novel Red Alert by George. Photographed by Gilbert Taylor. With Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Slim Pickens. (102 mins, B&W, 4K DCP, From Sony Pictures)

$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

Bliss Carnochan Gallery Talk: American Wonder Folk Art

Sunday, October 5th, 2014 - Sunday, October 5th, 2014, 3:00pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Bliss Carnochan, who collected the works on view in American Wonder with Nancy Edebo between 1966 and 1975, shares his passion for and knowledge of American folk art in this informal gallery talk. Carnochan, Richard W. Lyman Professor of Humanities, Emeritus at Stanford University, will discuss selected portraits, landscapes, sculptures, and commemorative mourning pictures, and address the complex status of folk art per se and as a field for collecting.

Carnochan’s own interest in folk art began in the 1950s when he saw reproduced in a Boston newspaper a compelling family portrait by the New England artist Erastus Salisbury Field, then just acquired by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/PFA collection. This distinguished collection—one of the finest of American folk art in California—is due to the generosity of W.B. Carnochan and N.C. Edebo.

The exhibition also includes a number of landscapes, ranging from pastoral scenes to views of industrial progress. View of Providence, Rhode Island, created in the mid-1820s by an unidentified artist, functions as a portrait; the coastal city is portrayed on the brink of transition from pioneer village to bustling center of commerce. With remarkable beauty and formal simplicity, the works of art in American Wonder evoke the vivid presentness of their subjects and makers.

Included with BAM/PFA Gallery Admission.
$10.00 – General Admission
$7.00 – Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17)
Free for BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley Students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12 & under)

Comment ça va (Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville; France, 1978)

Sunday, October 5th, 2014, 5:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

A journalist, who is making a video on his newspaper’s production process, discusses the rough cut with his collaborator (played by Miéville, largely unseen). For her, it’s not going well. Why is that image used instead of this? Why is this image cut here rather than there? They realize—as Godard did so often—that they must start over, differently…. Much like Ici et ailleurs, completed two years earlier, this is a work of deconstruction, both of cinema and its processes and of the transmission (and control) of information whether via the press, a photograph, a letter, or a film.

• (78 mins, In French with English subtitles, Color, Digital, From Olive Films)

$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

Now and Then: Bay Area Student Film Festival 2014

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Person with Student filmmakers! Introduction with Student curators.

This year‘s student film festival brings together exciting new works from colleges throughout the Bay Area. They look both forward and backward in time, from Bad Connection, a collage homage to the rotary telephone, and the Cold War nightmares of Dilemmas of the Day, to a depiction of our evolving digital identity in The Password Was SNACKS. Ghost Syndrome, a portrait of a Moroccan lesbian living in the United States and My Homeland, the story of one family’s emigration from Iraq, illustrate the emotional resonances of living in-between cultures, while Heklina, Lost Cities, and Counting the Dead explore San Francisco, then and now. 

Total running time: c. 70 mins

$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

Sons and Daughters (Jerry Stoll; US, 1967)

Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

New Digital Restoration!
Special Guests: Cinematographer Stephen Lighthill, antiwar activist Michael Smith, and environmental journalist Gar Smith.

Though it inspired the political engagement of thousands of young activists, the Free Speech Movement lasted but a few months. It was quickly eclipsed by the mounting urgency of the Vietnam War as the actions of the United States escalated abroad. Founded in Berkeley, the Vietnam Day Committee, led by Jerry Rubin and others, was the first large-scale resistance to the war. Jerry Stoll’s formidable but forgotten film, Sons and Daughters, tracks a two-day protest (October 15 and 16, 1965) in which thousands of antiwar activists marched from Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus to the Oakland Army Terminal, where GIs were processed for overseas duty. Each day the marchers were callously turned away by hundreds of Oakland’s finest, along with a contingent of Hell’s Angels. This ambitious portrait of a protest follows with due intimacy the details of a demonstration, from the minutiae of mimeographing flyers and heated strategy sessions, to the public rallies—with activists like Rubin, Malvina Reynolds, Robert Scheer, Kay Boyle, and others—needed to bolster broad support. Sons and Daughters stands with the protestors, using blunt footage of the “police action” in Southeast Asia and a voice-over by Janet Pugh that empathizes with a generation disillusioned by America’s military adventures. With a soundtrack composed by jazz greats Virgil Gonsalves and Jon Hendricks, plus two songs performed by the Grateful Dead.

• Written by Stoll. Photographed by Stephen Lighthill (98 mins, B&W, DCP, From UCLA Film & Television Archive, permission Stephen Lighthill)

$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


The Sandwich Man (Hou Hsiao-hsien, Zheng Zhuanxiang, Wan Jen; Taiwan, 1983)

Friday, October 10th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Considered the opening salvo of the New Taiwan Cinema, The Sandwich Man combined three short films into a declaration of intent. Hou Hsiao-hsien’s titular tale follows a luckless young father who supports his family by dressing as a clown and wearing an advertising billboard; meanwhile, teenagers hawk Japanese electronics with tragic results in Vicki’s Hat, while The Taste of Apples shows a laborer’s taste of the American dream. All chronicle the downside of Taiwan’s economic “miracle” of the seventies, and stand now as insightful glimpses into a country in the midst of turmoil. Screenwriter Wu Nien-jen, a key figure of the movement, wrote all three of the scripts.

• Written by Wu Nien-jen, adapted from stories by Huang Chun-ming. Photographed by Chen Kun-hou. With Chen Po-cheng, Yang Li-yin, Chin Ding, Cho Seng-li. (100 mins, In Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles, Color, 35mm)

$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

Free Outdoor Screening! This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner; US, 1984)

Friday, October 10th, 2014, 7:30pm

The Crescent Lawn
Oxford Street between Center & Addison Streets

In Berkeley

FREE outdoor screening on the Crescent lawn, Oxford Street between Center and Addison Streets!

Say it loud! Spinal Tap is back, touring behind their new LP, Smell the Glove. It’s Nigel, David, and Derek, the loudest metal trio in the UK, chunkin’ anthems like “Hell Hole,” “Big Bottom,” and “Sex Farm.” Neither death nor speed metal, but something more like ore, metal before metal. Reiner’s mock-doc sticks close to the Tap as their US tour, more a de-tour, circulates through failed shows and cancellations, until they amp up the attraction with the stoner Stonehenge, a mega-Druid spectacle. Push it to eleven. Not just loud, but volumes funnier than ten. Spinal Tap: let your mullets fly.

• Written by Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer. Photographed by Peter Smokler. With Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Tony Hendra. (82 mins, Color, Blu-Ray, From Rialto Pictures)

Shorts and other surprises begin at 7:30pm, followed by the feature film at 8pm.

Cute Girl (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1980)

Friday, October 10th, 2014, 9:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Hou Hsiao-hsien made his unlikely feature debut with this breezy romantic comedy starring Hong Kong singer Kenny Bee and Taiwanese pop diva Feng Fei-fei. A tycoon’s daughter (Feng) is arranged to be married to another tycoon’s son, but she is soon distracted by the charming, more down-to-earth Daigang (Bee); misunderstandings, class divisions, and romance naturally follow. Hou chronicles their relationship with as much interest as he can muster, interspersing the commercial demands of the day—comedy bits, some spectacular polyester-based eighties fashion (Feng’s nickname as “Queen of Hats” is on full display), and many Canto-pop-driven montages—with glimpses of his own style, such as a preoccupation with child nonactors and some lingering glimpses of the rural countryside, which stands in direct contrast to the capital’s bustling, overcrowded chaos. A time capsule of Taiwanese pop culture and the era’s low-budget, star-driven approach to filmmaking, Cute Girl still holds interest for its glimpses of an emerging, industrialized Taipei, and as the beginning of Hou’s career.

• Written by Hou. Photographed by Chen Kun-hou. With Kenny Bee, Feng Fei-fei, Anthony Chan. (90 mins, In Mandarin with English subtitles, Color, 'Scope, 35mm)

$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

Three Lives: Parts 1 & 2 (Ivan Perestiani; USSR, 1924) with Live Music!

Saturday, October 11th, 2014, 5:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Judith Rosenberg on piano.

Different in tone from Little Red Devils but similar in its directorial approach, Perestiani’s Three Lives was improvised, adapted without a script from Giorgi Tsereteli’s classic novel. Distinctive location shooting, inspired compositions, and beautiful use of natural light lend an atmospheric, almost documentary quality to many scenes in this narrative that is set in late nineteenth-century Georgia. The film’s strong cast includes Nato Vachnadze in an early role as Esma, a poor tailor woman. Vachnadze was the real-life mother of Eldar and Giorgi Shengelaia and one of the screen legends of Soviet Georgia.

• Based on a novel by Giorgi Tsereteli. Photographed by A. Digmelov. With Mikheil Gelovani, Dimitri Kipiani, Nato Vachnadze. (approx. 150 mins plus 5 mins intermission, Silent with Russian intertitles and simultaneous English translation, B&W, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)

$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

TAI MURRAY, Violinist

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 - Saturday, October 11th, 2014, 7:30pm

Regents Theatre, Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Blvd

In Oakland

Appreciated for her elegance and effortless ability, Tai Murray creates a special bond with listeners through her mature phrasing and subtle sweetness. Her programming reveals musical intelligence. Her sound reflects sophisticated bowing and a perfect choice of vibrato.

Program--

Schubert: Rondo D. 895
Arvo Part: Spiegel im Spiegel; Fratres
Debussy: Violin Sonata in G Minor
Corigliano: Violin Sonata (1963)

The Case of Tariel Mklavadze (Ivan Perestiani; USSR, 1925) with Live Music!

Sunday, October 12th, 2014, 4:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Imported Print!
Lecture with Peter Rollberg; Judith Rosenberg on piano.

“(A) masterwork of emotionally compelling narrative filmmaking, indispensable for the understanding of Georgian national cinema” (Sergei Kapterev). Set in the nineteenth century, The Case of Tariel Mklavadze is more than a courtroom drama about social injustice; its innovative use of flashbacks creates a truly cinematic adaption of this literary classic. Perestiani’s direction is nuanced, including elements of subtle satire and melodrama. Filmed by the talented cinematographer Aleksandr Digmelov, who also shot Little Red Devils, and featuring Nato Vachnadze and future film directors Kote Mikaberidze and Mikhail Kalatozov as cast members.

• Written by Shalva Dadiani, Perestiani, based on A Knight of Our Land by Egnate Ninoshvili. Photographed by Aleksandr Digmelov. With Kote Mikaberidze, Nato Vachnadze, Mito Qadagidze, Mikheil Kalatozishvili (Mikhail Kalatozov). (98 mins @ 18 fps, Silent with Russian and Georgian intertitles and simultaneous English translation, B&W, 35mm, From Gosfilmofond)

$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

Operation Abolition & The Riot Makers (Fulton Lewis III; US, 1960), (Eugene Methvin; US, 1971)

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Special Guests: Christopher C. Kutz and David Lance Goines.

Two right-wing propaganda documentaries that paint the antiwar movement a deep shade of red: Operation Abolition finds “professional communists” amid a 1960 San Francisco City Hall protest, while The Riotmakers claims “Leninoids” are behind all student activism.

Operation Abolition (Fulton Lewis III, US, 1960), 41:30 mins, B&W, 16mm, BAM/PFA Collection
The Riotmakers: The Technology of Social Demolition (Eugene Methvin, US, 1971), 28 mins, B&W/Color, 16mm, BAM/PFA Collection

Total Running Time: c. 70 mins

$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

Peggy and Fred in Hell (Leslie Thornton; US, 1985-2013)

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Conversation with Leslie Thornton and Pooja Rangan. Pooja Rangan is assistant professor of culture and media at the New School in New York, and is completing a book on the humanitarian impulse in documentary.

“(Peggy and Fred in Hell) represents the most exciting work of the eighties American avant-garde that I know, a saga that raises questions about everything while making everything seem very strange.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum

In her recently completed landmark series, Peggy and Fred in Hell—worked and reworked over nearly thirty years and incorporating film and video—Leslie Thornton examines sexual differences and experiences on the edge. Peggy and Fred are two eerie children inhabiting an eerie world, the more so for its seeming familiarity. While nothing much really happens in hell—Peggy and Fred sing, dance, explore—neither does much make sense. Purposely, evocatively, Thornton creates ambiguous, puzzling images and sounds whose meanings are elusive, obscured; she presents a world where meaning is fluid rather than fixed.

• (95 mins, B&W, 16mm/Digital with Video Monitors, From the artist, BAM/PFA Preservation Print of The Prologue)

$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

An Aesthetic of Uncertainty (Leslie Thornton; US, 1983-2014)

Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Conversation with Leslie Thornton and Pooja Rangan. Pooja Rangan is assistant professor of culture and media at the New School in New York, and is completing a book on the humanitarian impulse in documentary.

Tonight's program features a selection of Leslie Thornton’s short films and digital videos that explore how the West looks at the East; how we look at animals, nature, and each other; and how technology impacts these interactions. It includes Thornton's lush and evocative Adynata, which uses excerpts from Theresa Hak-kyung Cha's Dictée and a host of well-known films to create a semiological overload. Her recent Philosophers Walk on the Sublime takes us to the Alps to talk about philosophy. For Sahara/Mohave, Thornton set out to “hone an ‘aesthetic of uncertainty’ to question our understanding of the real”—an apt description of her life’s work.

Adynata (1983), 30 mins, Color, 16mm, BAM/PFA Preservation Print
Sahara/Mohave (2006), 12 mins, Color, Digital, From the artist
SONGS One Two Three (2012), 14 mins, Color, Digital, From the artist
Binocular Menagerie (2014), 3 mins, Color, Digital, From the artist
Philosophers Walk on the Sublime (2013), 15 mins, Color, Digital, From the artist

Total running time: c. 75 mins

$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

RE@DS: Gabrielle Calvocoressi & Maggie Nelson

Friday, October 17th, 2014 - Friday, October 17th, 2014, 5:30pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Readings by Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Maggie Nelson.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing. Her poems have been featured in The New York Times, Boston Review, The Washington Post, on Garrison Keillor's Poet's Almanac, and in numerous journals. Her awards and fellowships include The Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Prize, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writers Award, a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Civitella di Ranieri fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship. She is the senior poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books. She is on the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she is the Walker Percy Fellow in Poetry.

Maggie Nelson is a poet, scholar, critic, and creative nonfiction writer. Her books of nonfiction include The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning; Bluets; Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions; and The Red Parts: A Memoir. Her books of poetry include Something Bright, Then Holes; Jane: A Murder; The Latest Winter; and Shiner. Her book The Argonauts is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in May 2015. Her awards include an Innovative Literature Fellowship from Creative Capital, an NEA Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Arts Writers grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation. She is on the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts.

RE@DS is included with L@TE admission.
$7.00 General Admission.
Free for BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.


Joseph Holtzman / MATRIX 256: Artist's Talk

Friday, October 17th, 2014 - Friday, October 17th, 2014, 6:30pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Artist Joseph Holtzman discusses his strikingly original paintings in this overview of his work.

Joseph Holtzman’s unusual artistic sensibility evolved from his close study of historical painting and his connoisseurship of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century decorative arts. His themes and motifs draw on these diverse sources as well as allude to family and friends, cultural personalities, historical figures, and literary characters. Balancing his wide-ranging references is an intensely sensual connection to paint and surface.

Holtzman (b. 1957) is highly attentive to the unique qualities of color and texture that can be expressed through the medium of paint on various grounds. His palette is fantastically rich and varied and he achieves remarkable chromatic and tonal effects by exploiting not only the transparency of the oil medium but also the unusual capacity of marble—his favorite surface—to absorb and reflect light. He pays as much attention to the tiniest details of the paintings as he does to their overall compositions. To contemplate Holtzman’s paintings is to become immersed—indeed, nearly lost—in a strange yet beautiful universe.

Included with BAM/PFA Gallery Admission.
$10.00 – General Admission
$7.00 – Non-UC Berkeley students; Senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; Young adults (13-17)
Free for BAM/PFA members; UC Berkeley Students, faculty, staff, and retirees; Children (12 & under)

Magdana's Donkey (Tengiz Abuladze, Revaz Chkeidze; USSR, 1955)

Friday, October 17th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

A first film by two young filmmakers, Tengiz Abuladze and Rezo Chkheidze , fresh out of the Institute of Cinematography in Moscow, this charming folk tale was hailed as the start of a “new wave” in Soviet cinema; winning the Grand Prix at Cannes, it was the first Georgian film to have an impact outside the USSR. In the 1890s, in a Georgian village high above a teeming town, the widow Magdana lives in a shack with her three children; walking to the town along dirt roads and rocky hillsides, she ekes out a living selling yogurt. When her children find a donkey lying by the road and nurse it to health, it seems the family’s troubles are over, but the incident serves to bring out the venality of the village leaders and the court system, which sides with the donkey’s cruel owner. In its stunning black-and-white cinematography—in which shadows spread from the bright light of the arid countryside, and silhouettes form against a cloud-cast sky—and the extreme angularity of the shooting, Magdana’s Donkey recalls the cinematographic drama of the classic Soviet silents. But here it is updated with a concern for dramatic incident and the bizarreness of local characters, and for the beauty and lasting reality of regional culture.

• Written by Carlo Gogodze, based on a novel by Ekaterine Gabashvili. Photographed by Lev Sukhov, Alexander Digmelov. With Dudukhana Tserodze, L. Moistsrapishvili, Mikho Borashvili, Nani Chiqvinidze. (67 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)

$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

L@TE: Andy Cabic and Devendra Banhart

Friday, October 17th, 2014 - Friday, October 17th, 2014, 7:30pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Longtime friends and musical collaborators Andy Cabic (Vetiver) and Devendra Banhart grab a couple of guitars and turn our atrium gallery into an intimate performance space. These two singer-songwriters formed the vanguard of an experimental and folk-influenced aesthetic that emerged in the Bay Area around the turn of the millennium. They will perform both individually and together, in a casual mix of older and newer material from their deep catalogs.
Programmed by Andy Cabic.

$7.00 General Admission.
Free for BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

Molba (Tengiz Abuladze; USSR, 1967)

Friday, October 17th, 2014, 8:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

One of the great films from Georgia and the USSR, Molba was made in 1967 but held up for foreign showings for several years as the result of attacks from “official critics” who considered that it lacked proper social consciousness. In 1975, it was featured at the London Film Festival, where Brian Baxter noted: “It has been worth the wait, since it is—quite surely—a masterpiece and one of the most strikingly original and beautiful films ever made. It is a comparatively short work, shot in the deepest blacks and almost blinding whites, tightly compressing its complex tale of love, hate, and revenge. The screenplay is taken from (two epic poems by Vasa Psavela) overlaid onto the soundtrack with a fine musical score, and supplements the sparse dialogue. Abuladze has managed to convey the ‘epic’ quality of the piece by superb use of the harsh landscapes and the integration of the characters within the surroundings. The central figure—Mindy—is a tragic, isolated figure at war with evil, in both specific and general terms. But what one finally remembers about the film is not the story, the adventure, or the moments of tenderness, but the overwhelming images: the use of shadows, the riders stumbling over rocky terrain, the girl in the shimmering white dress heading towards camera, the ritualistic hanging, the dreams and their confusion with reality.”

• Written by Arcil Salukvadze, R. Kveselava, Abuladze, based on poems by Vaza Psavela. Photographed by Aleksandr Antipenko. With Ramaz Chkhikvadze, Spartak Bagashvili, Rusudan Kiknadze, Otar Megvinetukhutsesi. (80 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, From MoMA)

$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

Joseph Holtzman / MATRIX 256

Friday, October 17th, 2014 - Sunday, December 21st, 2014, Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 5pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Joseph Holtzman’s unusual artistic sensibility evolved from his close study of historical painting and his connoisseurship of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century decorative arts. His themes and motifs draw on these diverse sources as well as allude to family and friends, cultural personalities, historical figures, and literary characters. Balancing his wide-ranging references is an intensely sensual connection to paint and surface.

Holtzman (b. 1957) is highly attentive to the unique qualities of color and texture that can be expressed through the medium of paint on various grounds. His palette is fantastically rich and varied and he achieves remarkable chromatic and tonal effects by exploiting not only the transparency of the oil medium but also the unusual capacity of marble—his favorite surface—to absorb and reflect light. He pays as much attention to the tiniest details of the paintings as he does to their overall compositions. To contemplate Holtzman’s paintings is to become immersed—indeed, nearly lost—in a strange yet beautiful universe.

Many of Holtzman’s paintings are portraits though their subjects may only emerge for him in the process of painting: Frieda (Holtzman’s mother), Monsieur de Charlus (the dissolute aristocrat in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time), Mary Todd Lincoln (“a driven decorator,” according to Holtzman), the composer Stephen Sondheim, and Holtzman’s husband, Carl Skoggard. These subjects are evoked less through accurate depictions of their bodies and faces than through settings and related objects that, like saintly “attributes,” convey symbolic meaning.

Through his highly personal and inventive engagement with painting, Holtzman has invested new life into this versatile medium while nodding to the admired forebears of his, and our, cultural past.

Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1975)

Saturday, October 18th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Picaresque? Or picturesque? Regardless, this blithely ribald tale of a young Irishmen longing to become an English aristocrat recounts with illuminating wit his well-earned comeuppance. Such lechery and larceny as he can muster gather about our lucky Lyndon, played by Ryan O’Neal, upon whose shoulders this grand adventure fits like an off-sized suit of vintage cloth. Casting about in eighteenth-century Ireland, the antihero dabbles with soldiering, sedition, and, more often, seduction in a desperate effort to transcend his impoverished ways. Narrated by a sly and prophetic observer, much of what we know of Lyndon’s rakish life might be false but the field upon which he plays strives for authenticity. Referencing the paintings of artists such as Hogarth, Reynolds, and Gainsborough, Kubrick sought to reproduce the milieu with grand factuality. Most famous is the engineering of high-speed cameras that could capture the lusty scene with only candlelight illuming. Few films can hold a candle to Barry Lyndon’s exquisite recreation of the Irish countryside and its ornate estates. Filled with ignoble duels, musty grandeur, and the hypocrisy of the besotted aristocracy, Kubrick’s flamboyant fable is like an antiquated orb held up to a dim but detailed light.

• Written by Kubrick, based on the story “The Luck of Barry Lyndon, Esq., A Romance of the Last Century” by William Makepeace Thackeray. Photographed by John Alcott. With Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger. (184 mins, Color, DCP, From Warner Bros.)

$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

Georgian Kulturfilms (USSR; 1928-34) with Live Music!

Sunday, October 19th, 2014, 4:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Judith Rosenberg on piano; Introduction with Nino Dzandzava.
Nino Dzandzava is deputy director of the Central Archive of Audiovisual Documents at the National Archives of Georgia.

This special program showcases recent efforts to digitally restore examples of the Kulturfilm boom that occurred in the late 1920s and early 1930s, films made by young cinephile directors in Soviet Georgia. Film archivist Nino Dzandzava presents and discusses four short films that she describes as “united by the concept of the body as machine. Call of the Land and You Must Reap as You Have Sown are dedicated to the urgent problems of a young socialist republic, especially the mechanization of labor on collective farms. Ten Minutes in the Morning and Collective Farmers’ Hygiene represent a state policy of promoting physical culture and exercise as a form of healthcare.”

Call of the Land (Mitsis dzakhili) (Siko Dolidze, USSR, 1928), 32 mins
You Must Reap as You Have Sown (Rasats dastes, imas moimki) (Kote Mikaberidze, Vasil Dolenko, USSR, 1930), 26 mins
Ten Minutes in the Morning (Dilis ati tsuti) (Aleqsandre Jaliashvili, USSR, 1930), 29 mins
Collective Farmers’ Hygiene (Kolmeurnis higiena) (Vakhtang Shvelidze, USSR, 1934), 17 mins

All silent with Russian intertitles and English subtitles, B&W, DCP, From National Archives of Georgia, Central Archive of Audiovisual Documents

Total running time: 104 mins

$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

The Green, Green Grass of Home (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1982)

Sunday, October 19th, 2014, 6:45pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

A key bridge between Hou’s first two commercial films and his later more personal works, The Green, Green Grass of Home finds the director working once again with Hong Kong crooner Kenny Bee, who here plays an idealistic teacher assigned to a remote rural village. Ostensibly at the helm of a romantic comedy, Hou steadfastly ignores the genre’s conventions and turns his attention from his leads to their pupils, a gaggle of distractingly cute children, and the serene beauty of the village surroundings. The film breezily floats by, warmed by a few conflicts—the kids unite to stop fishermen from dynamiting the river, the teacher courts a colleague, with predictable results—but what remains is not the plot, the romance, or the songs, but rather the essence of the place. From actors to amateurs, conventional script to naturalism, here Hou begins his escape from commercial cinema.

• Written by Hou. Photographed by Chen Kun-hou. With Kenny Bee, Chiang Ling, Chen Mei-feng, Gu Jun. (91 mins, In Mandarin with English subtitles, Color, ‘Scope, 16mm)

$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


Cheerful Wind (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1981)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s second film continues in the star-driven romance genre popular in Taiwan, but finds the director slowly beginning to assert his own style. Hong Kong singer Kenny Bee and Taiwanese pop diva Feng Fei-fei return from Hou’s debut Cute Girl, this time as a blind man and a married photographer who falls for him amid an assortment of the island’s more scenic locales (many of which Hou revisits in later films). Doe-eyed romancing and tuneful pop crooning follow, yet Hou finds the time to experiment within the genre’s framework, adding touches—a focus on children and nonactors, an attention to the natural world, a concern for the rural/urban divide—that would blossom in his later works. “I asked you to write slogans, not paint on walls,” notes a stern headmistress to Feng’s character; Cheerful Wind is Hou learning to write the slogans, while coloring in his own portraits. Soon, the slogans would be gone entirely.

• Written by Hou. Photographed by Chen Kun-hou. With Kenny Bee, Feng Fei-fei, Anthony Chan, Mei Fang. (90 mins, In Mandarin with English subtitles, Color, 'Scope, 35mm)

$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

Films of Jerome Hiler (US, 2012)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Person with Jerome Hiler!
'In the Stone House' records and recollects a period of life of four years in rural New Jersey. In the latter 1960s, two young guys with monastic leanings leave the clatter of Manhattan’s art and film scene to catch the wave of higher consciousness that was about to change the world forever to find themselves washed ashore in a place only slightly updated from 'Way Down East'. The monastic retreat quickly turned into the weekend getaway for a host of extravagant Manhattanites seeking films and fun. We learned from hitch-hiking guests that the police referred to our haven as “the stone house.” Although 'New Shores' is a completely independent project, it could also be seen as a continuation of the world of 'In the Stone House'. It affords glimpses of life led over three decades from the 1970s to the 1990s in San Francisco.

In the Stone House (1967-70/2012), 35 mins @ 18fps, Silent, Color/B&W, 16mm, From the artist
New Shores (1970-90/2012), 35 mins @ 18fps, Silent , Color/B&W, 16mm, From the artist

Total running time: c. 70 mins

$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

Every Man for Himself (Jean-Luc Godard; France/Switzerland, 1979)

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Godard called Every Man for Himself his second first film. It does leave one breathless. His first narrative feature after eight dry years is an achingly lyrical film about the selling of the self. Three non-souls—Paul Godard (Jacques Dutronc), a bespectacled videomaker working in television; Paul's lover Denise (Nathalie Baye), heading for the country; and Isabelle (Huppert), a farm girl turned city prostitute—cross paths in a nameless Swiss city. In a wonderfully wry script by Jean-Claude Carrière and Anne-Marie Miéville, the central metaphor is a Rube Goldberg–like human configuration conceived by a businessman for three prostitutes (one of them Huppert): "The image is OK," he says after much practice. "Let's work on the sound." In true Godard fashion, each character is a cipher for ideas, and each a refracted side of the director himself. While Paul looks myopically through life's lens, Jean-Luc plays dazzlingly with its beauty, fragmenting the image in frame-by-frame stop motion, savoring something that is lost to these soulless times.

• Written by Jean-Claude Carrière, Anne-Marie Miéville. Photographed by William Lubchansky, Renato Berta, Jean Bernard Menoud. With Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye, Roland Amstutz. (87 mins, In French with English subtitles, Color, 35mm, From The Film Desk)

$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

RE@DS: Brian Teare & Rocket Caleshu

Friday, October 24th, 2014 - Friday, October 24th, 2014, 5:30pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Readings by Brian Teare and Rocket Caleshu.

A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the American Antiquarian Society. He’s the author of four critically acclaimed books: The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda Award–winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses, one of Slate’s best poetry books of 2013 and a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. An assistant professor at Temple University, he lives in Philadelphia where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Rocket Caleshu, born in San Francisco in 1984, is an M.F.A. candidate in creative writing in the Critical Studies Department at the California Institute of the Arts. Rocket is also a letterpress printer and book artist, and received an A.B. from Brown University in Africana Studies.

RE@DS is included with L@TE admission.
$7.00 General Admission.
Free for BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.


L@TE: Splinter Reeds

Friday, October 24th, 2014 - Friday, October 24th, 2014, 7:30pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2626 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

This all-star quintet of Bay Area musicians breathes new life into contemporary music for woodwinds and blows audiences away. Not your grandmother’s woodwind quintet, Splinter Reeds adds bass clarinet and saxophone to the mix to create a more robust and dynamic sound. They premiere a new work by composer Marc Mellits, among other music written specifically for the ensemble.
Programmed by Sarah Cahill.

$7.00 General Admission.
Free for BAM/PFA Members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff.

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1980)

Friday, October 24th, 2014, 7:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

“A majestically terrifying movie, where what you don’t see or comprehend shadows every move the characters make.”—Martin Scorsese

Horror’s job is to startle one’s wits through the macabre or menacing. But as film historian David Thomson has noted, “horror is really for idiots and children, but horror served up for adults might be the revival of screwball.” So meet him halfway and say “The Shining is a screwball horror film, or at least screwy.” Start with a farcical situation: a dysfunctional family holes up in an unoccupied lodge, so they can reclaim their domestic unity. Throw in a dad (Jack Nicholson) prone to erratic behavior, a son (Danny Lloyd) who is a lightning rod for psychic forces, and a mom, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), prewired for hysteria. Tamp down the snowdrifts, cut the phone lines, and “Here’s Johnny.” With the farce in place, don’t forget the residue of ectoplasmic happenstance. Those ghosts of tragedies past don’t need reservations—Room 237 is theirs for the taking. Built around mishaps and manias, The Shining is a shape-shifting labyrinth of temporal switchbacks and spatial anomalies. Rooms morph, hallways fold in, and time is layered like a supernatural parfait. The virtuosic use of Steadicam blends it all into a fluid zone of enchantment with primal panic as the adhesive. Kubrick orchestrates this comedy of terrors with chthonic aplomb, relishing set pieces that totter precariously near the abyss that is family. Final definition: a screwball is a pitch with misdirection, or in this case a pitchfork.

• Written by Kubrick, Diane Johnson, based on the novel by Stephen King. Photographed by John Alcott. With Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers. (144 mins, Color, DCP, From Warner Bros.)

$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

JEANNE STARK, Pianist

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 - Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 4:00pm

First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley
2407 Dana Street

In Berkeley

Program: The first half is all about water...

Ravel: Jeux d'eau(Playing water)
Debussy: Jardins Sous La Pluie(Gardens in the Rain)(Estampes, No.3)
Debussy: Reflets dans l'eau(Reflections in the Water)(Images, Book1, No.1)
Debussy: La cathedrale engloutie(The Sunken Cathedral)(Preludes, Book 1, No. 10)

Beethoven: Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109

Eliso (Nikoloz Shengelaia; USSR, 1928) with Live Music!

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 - Sunday, October 26th, 2014, 6:30pm and 4:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

**Saturday 10.25.14 @ 6.30pm**
**Sunday 10.26.14 @ 4.00pm**

Live Music by Trio Kavkasia! Trio Kavkasia performs the West Coast premiere of a new score commissioned by BAM/PFA and adapted from traditional folk songs by Georgian music expert Carl Linich.

This historical epic evokes the tragic fate of a nation pacified in 1864 by the Tsarist Russian Empire. When authorities begin to appropriate arable lands, the peasants are forced to evacuate under terrible conditions. In the village of Verdi, we find Eliso, whose love for Vazho is encumbered by differences of class and religion. Yet the most overwhelming passion in this cherished classic is the depiction of Georgia’s majestic landscape and the deep-rooted traditions of its people. One of the great early figures in Georgian cinema, Nikoloz Shengelaia was the head of an enormously influential family of film professionals. The clan included not only his wife, the celebrated actress Nato Vachnadze, and their sons, Eldar and Giorgi, who became prominent directors; but also Vachnadze’s sister, Kira Andronikashvili, who stars in Eliso.

• Written by Sergei Tretyakov, Oleg Leonidov, Shengelaia, based on the short story by Alexandre Kazbegi. Photographed by Vladimir Kereselidze. With Alexandre Imedashvili, Kokta Karalashvili, Kira Andronikashvili. (80 mins @ 24 fps, Silent with English subtitles, B&W, 35mm, BAM/PFA Collection)

UC Berkeley students: $10
BAM/PFA members: $15
UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, disabled persons, 17 & under: $18
General admission: $20

Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1987)

Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 8:45pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

War was no stranger. Kubrick had already attacked that front in Fear and Desire, Paths of Glory, and even Dr. Strangelove. But the Vietnam War was different. It was a war run like a business with a PR firm on retainer. Ideology was a thing of the past—no great banner of justice waved in the winds of this war. Kubrick begins on Parris Island, home to the Marine Corps boot camp, singling out a platoon of young GIs, little more than unsullied ore for the smelter of combat. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, the drill instructor played by real-deal Lee Ermey, is an unrelenting brute whose sole task is to make his wards kill-ready. Assigned glib names by Gunny, the recruits—sharp-witted Joker (Matthew Modine), rustic Cowboy (Arliss Howard), and doltish Gomer Pyle (Vincent D’Onofrio)—are systematically bullied into becoming retooled warriors, relying on militarized allegiances that value virility, camaraderie, and a jocular misogyny. Properly processed, these anxious killing machines find themselves in Da Nang in 1968, just as the Tet Offensive surges across the paddies. In Full Metal Jacket, glory and patriotism are the first to fall. Without a motivating creed, the combatants don’t understand why they fight, just that they do.

• Written by Kubrick, Gustav Hasford, Michael Herr, based on Hasford’s novel The Short-Timers. Photographed by Douglas Milsome. With Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, Lee Ermey. (116 mins, Color, DCP, From Warner Bros.)

$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

KPFA On the Air (Veronica Selver; US, 2000)

Sunday, October 26th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Person with Veronica Selver and Sharon Wood! Special Guests: Former KPFA news director Alan Snitow, former KPFA station manager Larry Bensky, and Pacifica historian Matthew Lasar.

April 15 is an auspicious day—not for taxes, but as the momentous day when KPFA in Berkeley began broadcasting, sixty-five years ago. The first manifestation of Pacifica Foundation, listener-supported KPFA was the radical brainchild of Lewis Hill, who believed that radio should not be commercialized blather, but a meaningful and participatory aspect of a community’s cultural life. Though the station has undergone upheavals and each new decade seems to display some shift in political orientation, KPFA remains a through-line in Berkeley’s political history. Search local newsreel footage of the sixties, from the HUAC hearings in 1960 through People’s Park protests in 1969, and you will inevitably see KPFA’s microphones poking up from the podia. Veronica Selver’s captivating documentary richly illustrates a history few of us know.

• Written by Wood. (56 mins, Color, Digital, From the artist)
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Preceded by:
Second Campaign (Norman Yonemoto, Nicholas Urs; US, 1969)
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Total running time: c. 76 mins
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$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



The Boys from Fengkuei (Hou Hsiao-hsien; Taiwan, 1983)

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s fourth feature is strikingly emblematic of the shift (in Taiwanese cinema) towards greater naturalism and subjects dealing with youth and provincial life. The film follows the fortunes of a trio of bored teenagers who move from the small island of Fengkuei to the port of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, showing with sympathy and quiet humor a whole social stratum dispossessed of the Taiwanese economic dream and wandering aimlessly without a clear sense of purpose. Chen Kuo-hou’s striking camerawork stresses the desolate beauty of the youths’ Fengkuei existence and the more intense (but less secure) life of bustling Kaohsiung. The Baroque soundtrack...perfectly underpins the picture’s involving style, aided by a central trio of performances which mingle exuberance and naturalism in equal measure.

• Written by Chu Tien-wen. Photographed by Chen Kun-hou. With Doze Niu (Cheng-tse), Lin Hsiu-ling, To Tsung-hua. (99 mins, In Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles, Color, 35mm)

$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

Projection Instructions: Short Films (US, 1964-91)

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In the 1960s and 1970s, a number of avant-garde filmmakers moved away from standardized projection to explore “expanded cinema,” pushing the parameters of cinema as a means of expanding consciousness. In some cases this entailed using multiple projectors and formats to create one-of-kind experiences. We revisit this era, and beyond, with a selection of rarely screened double projection films, in which two images are simultaneously projected side by side, broadening the possibilities for aesthetic exploration, incorporating performance, psychedelics, and more. Also featured are single projection films that alter the cinematic experience with actions taken by either the audience or projectionist.

Opening the 19th Century: 1896 (Ken Jacobs, 1990), 9 mins, Silent, B&W, 3D, 16mm, From Film-Makers’ Cooperative
A Dance Party in the Kingdom of the Lilliput, Nos. 1 and 2 (Takahiko Iimura, 1964/66), 13 mins, B&W, 16mm double projection, From Film-Makers’ Cooperative
Third Eye Butterfly (Storm De Hirsch, 1968), 10 mins, Color, 16mm double projection, From Film-Makers’ Cooperative
Glance (Bud Wirtschafter, 1970), 5 mins, B&W, 16mm double projection, From Film-Makers’ Cooperative
Projection Instructions (Morgan Fisher, 1976), 4 mins, Silent, B&W, 16mm, From the artist
Shutter Interface (Paul Sharits, 1975), 24 mins, Color, 16mm double projection, From Film-Makers’ Cooperative

Total running time: c. 65 mins

$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

The Activist (Art Napoleon; US, 1969)

Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 7:00pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

In Person with Michael Smith!

Scorned during its day, The Activist is re-activated for your renewed perusal. Activist-turned-actor Michael Smith plays a radical opposed to the war in Vietnam in this youth-market entry, shot on the streets of Berkeley. With its street-smart lead and proximity to the antiwar protests it appropriates, A member of the Oakland Seven, “Stop the Draft” activists tried for conspiracy in Alameda County, Smith plays a version of himself, a committed Berkeley activist contesting the war in Vietnam. After a demonstration goes bad, he seeks refuge at a friend’s house and there meets Lee, played by real-life girlfriend Lesley Gilbrun. This seat-of-its-pants pic alternates between the budding romance, Lee’s fitful coming to political awareness, and plans to occupy the draft induction center and its resulting skirmish. Guerrilla theater in front of Cody’s Books, a heated encounter in the Greek Theatre, and Mike’s hippie bus passing by the Berkeley Main Post Office all collide with the harsh reality of an unjust war throwing a pall over an entire generation. The Activist does its best to infiltrate documentary footage of street protests with its own fictive frothing (which is what rankled members of the Movement). “You’re not really an activist,” Mike’s old professor tells him, “You’re a romantic.” And in the obligatory scene in which idealistic youth is soured by the wisdom of the elders, the professor continues: “It’s not City Hall you can’t fight, it’s basic human nature.”

• Written by Art and Jo Napoleon. With Michael Smith, Lesley Gilbrun, Tom Maier, Brian Murphy. (87 mins, Color, 35mm, From Universal Pictures)

$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

Special Halloween Screening! - Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick; US, 1999)

Friday, October 31st, 2014, 7:30pm

Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft Way

In Berkeley

Special Halloween Screening: Wear a Mask!


If anything, Kubrick had his eyes wide open. He’d been mesmerized by Schnitzler’s erotic novella since the late sixties, trying several times to arouse interest in the adaptation. This traumnovelle, literally “dreamstory,” involves a married couple, played by real-life duo Tom Cruise as Dr. Bill Harford and Nicole Kidman as Alice H., who free fall through a psychological landscape of libido and longing. The first steps toward their eventual plunge are delicate and untended as they tease each other with fantastical seductions and saucy dreams, all leading to that accelerating drop into appetite. For Bill, the pull is vicious; for Alice, more often she is pulled upon. Like in The Shining, Kubrick does away with the easy oppositions of fantasy and fact, favoring instead a more polymorphic perversity where pleasure penetrates all. At the much-fabled masked ball, Bill is an uninvited guest, seeking in anonymity a source for his arousal. Around him transpires a murky rite with sex as its sacrament. Or does it? And Bill is not alone behind his mask—all the globe is so disguised. And behind each mask another, or so Kubrick would tell us. In this carnal construction we call life, we conceal our true faces and the fantasies that play about them. Bill followed his sensual appetites from dreamy indulgence to novel trauma. And Alice: “The important thing is we’re awake now.” A truly erotic outing, Eyes Wide Shut is like a caution sign on the road of excess.

• Written by Kubrick, Frederic Raphael, based on the novella "Traumnovelle" by Arthur Schnitzler. Photographed by Larry Smith. With Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack, Marie Richardson. (159 mins, Color, 35mm, From Warner Bros.)

$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

Berkeley Symphony: Meet the Symphony Family Concert

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 - Saturday, November 1st, 2014, 10am and 11:30am

Malcom X Elementary School
1731 Prince Street

In Berkeley

Don’t miss these entertaining and interactive concerts introducing the various musical instruments of the orchestra. Delight in the wild antics of conductor Ming Luke and his special guest(s) as they engage and enlighten young audience members to the world of music. Fun for all ages! Concert is FREE!

Berkeley Symphony and Friends Chamber Music Series

Sunday, November 9th, 2014 - Sunday, November 9th, 2014, 5-7pm

Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

In

The Piedmont Center for the Arts will host a series of four chamber music concerts featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians and their guests. Artists: Franklyn D'Antonio, violin; Roman Fukshansky, clarinet; Eric Gaenslen, cello; Miles Graber, piano. Presenting works by John Adams, Bartók, and Brahms. Tickets are $25.

Berkeley Symphony: Sanctuary

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 - Thursday, January 15th, 2015, 8-10pm

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

Commissioned by the City of Birmingham Orchestra, Asyla was given its premiere in 1997, under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. As is typical of Adès, the title implies both a place of rest and a home for the mentally unstable, capturing the subversive tone of the piece. Berkeley Symphony is honored to introduce Bay Area audiences to this important work. One of the best-loved works in the classical music repertoire, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony premiered in October of 1843, conducted by the composer, only nine days prior to his death. Its rich melodies and passionate romanticism remain profoundly moving and provide a welcome escape from 21st century realism.

Berkeley Symphony and Friends Chamber Music Series

Sunday, February 8th, 2015 - Sunday, February 8th, 2015, 5-7pm

Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

In

The Piedmont Center for the Arts will host a series of four chamber music concerts featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians and their guests. Artists: René Mandel, violin; Peter Wyrick, cello; Markus Pawlik, piano. Presenting works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky.

Berkeley Symphony: Imagination

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 - Thursday, February 26th, 2015, 8-10pm

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

Maurice Ravel’s delightful Mother Goose Suite opens the program. A series of illustrations of French fairy tales was the inspiration behind this piece, which started out as a piano duet, then was expanded to a ballet, from which this orchestra suite was derived. Jake Heggie’s Camille Claudel: Into the Fire was premiered to great acclaim as a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and string quartet in San Francisco in 2012. Berkeley Symphony commissioned Mr. Heggie to write the orchestral version, which receives its world premiere with the enchanting Sasha Cooke as soloist. This performance closes with Brahms’ powerful Fourth Symphony, completed only a year after the premiere of his Third Symphony.

Berkeley Symphony: I'm a Performer Family Concert

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 - Saturday, April 11th, 2015, 10am and 11:30am

Malcom X Middle School
1731 Prince Street

In Berkeley

Rosin your bow and polish your horn! Get ready for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to perform alongside professional orchestra musicians! An annual tradition at Berkeley Symphony, “I’m a Performer!” family concerts are open to all music lovers, instrumentalists and singers alike. Together, you and the orchestra will perform popular tunes, including “Ode to Joy” and our signature tune, “I Am a Fine Musician.” Concerts are FREE.

Berkeley Symphony and Friends Chamber Music Series

Sunday, April 12th, 2015 - Sunday, April 12th, 2015, 5-7pm

Piedmont Center for the Arts
801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

In

The Piedmont Center for the Arts will host a series of four chamber music concerts featuring Berkeley Symphony musicians and their guests. Artists: Dan Flanagan, violin; Elizabeth Prior, viola; Jonah Kim, cello; Miles Graber, piano. Presenting works by Ravel and Fauré. Tickets are $25.

Berkeley Symphony: Homage

Thursday, April 30th, 2015 - Thursday, April 30th, 2015, 8-10pm

Zellerbach Hall
101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA 94720

In Berkeley

First produced in 1991, John Adams’ opera The Death of Klinghoffer is based on the hijacking of the passenger liner Achille Lauro by the Palestine Liberation Front in 1995, and the resulting murder of Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Mozart’s Requiem was composed in Vienna in 1791, during the last year of the composer’s life. Though considered one of Mozart’s most popular and respected works, the question remains as to how much of the music he actually completed before his death and how much was later composed by others. The Orchestra is joined by soloists from the Adler Fellowship Program of the San Francisco Opera Center and the choruses from the University of California, Berkeley.

Under Construction

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 - Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, 3pm

Osher Studio
2055 Center Street

In Berkeley

Working in collaboration with EarShot: the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and its partner organizations – the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra – Berkeley Symphony will expand its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program. Participating composers receive artistic and career guidance from Music Director Joana Carneiro and mentor composers, as well as from the orchestra musicians. Tickets are $10.

Under Construction II

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, 7-9pm

Osher Studio
2055 Center Street

In Berkeley

Working in collaboration with EarShot: the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and its partner organizations – the American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, New Music USA and the American Composers Orchestra – Berkeley Symphony will expand its Under Construction New Music Series/Composers Program. Participating composers receive artistic and career guidance from Music Director Joana Carneiro and mentor composers, as well as from the orchestra musicians.



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