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Gotanda’s ‘Dream of Kitamura’ redux

The UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performances Studies is staging The Dream of Kitamura, award-winning playwright Philip Kan Gotanda’s early imagining of what theater might resemble for a young Asian American artist.

Bay Area Book Festival is back in Berkeley, April 28-29, for fourth year

The Bay Area Book Festival is back for its fourth year on the weekend of April 28-29, taking over streets, parks, indoor venues and outdoor stages in downtown Berkeley, with the goal of taking a deep dive into books, literature and all things related to the written word.

The women’s rights movement in the 1960s empowered women to work outside the home, but they were facilitated by the employment of women who have gone completely unnoticed and unrecognized in the battle for women’s equality — nannies.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Cal Celebrate 50 Years Together

When the Alvin Ailey dancers are in the house, Zellerbach can feel more like a church than a theater. When the doors open, the audience members file in like parishioners. Some are regulars, while others are first timers, but when the curtain comes up it doesn’t matter.

For Cal Performances, it’s hard to remember a time without the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The dance company first leapt onto the Zellerbach stage at UC Berkeley in 1968, and has been back every year since to perform a weeklong repertoire, lead workshops and participate in public forums on the campus.

Turning sticks and stones into art books

Lauri Twitchell does more than manage UC Berkeley’s 10.5-acre Blake Garden in the hills above campus. She often extends its life in the form of books that she assembles from the teaching facility’s rocks, redwood bark and other natural objects.

Film festivals, of course, provide an excellent opportunity to see a lot of smaller independent (and largely non-American) features from around the world — films otherwise unlikely to get a general release in the United States or a box office boost at Golden Globes or Oscar time.

LIVVIA balances being Berkeley student, rising stardom

Olivia Christensen is just your average UC Berkeley senior. She loves Harry Potter, suffers through economics midterms and listens to Coldplay casually.

How the Body Makes Marks: Toward a Somatic Shift in Architecture

We experience architecture with our whole bodies, not just our eyes. However, contemporary architecture is commonly and increasingly designed for visual impact and without regard for the rest of the body.

University of California Men’s Octet doo-wops its way to championship

There’s an old A. B. Chase piano in practice room A of the Cesar Chavez Student Center, where Berkeley’s premier performance groups and musical ensembles convene to forget their meticulous obsessions over GPAs and focus instead on beautifully arranged melodies and steps.