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This year is the 50th anniversary of several important events — the Summer of Love, the Six-Day War and the release of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by the Beatles, to name three.

Music Professor Wins Prestigious Kyoto Prize

Richard Taruskin, a UC Berkeley emeritus professor of music, has won a 2017 Kyoto Prize for his contributions to the study, performance and critical discourse of early music, modern Russian music and Western music history.

“Ojai at Berkeley,” in partnership with Cal Performances, is an extension of Southern California’s annual Ojai Music Festival. The concert series ran Thursday through Saturday, hosting a broad selection of talented musicians trained in a wide variety of musical acumens.

This Berkeley Painter Is the Best Surrealist You’ve Never Heard Of

This summer, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) will be presenting the first retrospective of artist Charles Howard’s work since 1946, charting the trajectory of his

WATCH: Flashback to When the New US Poet Laureate Read at Cal

 In describing  poet Tracy K. Smith’s work, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden says: “Her work travels the world and takes on its voices; brings history and memory to life; calls on the power of literature as well as science, religion and pop culture.

Berkeley Couple Sustains Long-Running Mendocino Music Festival

Meet two of Berkeley’s best improvisers: pianist Susan Waterfall and conductor/composer Allan Pollack.

Berkeley World Music Festival is Crossroads of Musical, Social Diversity

On Saturday and Sunday, the 14th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival took place across various locations throughout the city, including People’s Park, Martin Luther King Jr.

Beyond the Book: Celebrating Literary Activism at Bay Area Book Festival

On Saturday and Sunday, Downtown Berkeley played host to the annual Bay Area Book Festival, which featured hundreds of authors and exhibitors, along with tens of thousands of visitors. This year’s theme was “Literary Activism,” in confluence with a current of social and political unrest that has accompanied a contentious election.

Melville 100 at BAMPFA Pays Tribute to French Great

Some pretty tough films were directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, the French noir specialist who was born 100 years ago this year (he died in 1973, making the most of his 55 years of hard living).

Sara ElShafie used to struggle to explain her research to her family in a meaningful way.