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For the Berkeley Rep revival of 'Angels in America,' the play is the thing

Students - get tickets to 'Angels in America' by the Berkeley Repertory Theatre through the student arts access app!

SAN FRANCISCO — What’s the best way to diversify our galleries and museums, considering art by white men takes up so much space, crowding out works by people of color and women? Monica Westin, an art writer and fine arts professor at the California College

Summer reading, Berkeley style

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the dystopian novel about a dark time in America’s future and those who resist, leads this year’s summer reading list at UC Berkeley.

Longtime Friends and Bay Area Locals Team Up for a New BAM Exhibit

At first glance, the work of Alicia McCarthy and Ruby Neri couldn’t be more different. McCarthy’s intersecting swaths of color, “weaves” as she calls them, are hypnotizing and prismatic, calling to mind 1960s Op Art.

Michael Pollan, on science, psychedelics and the human mind

“Your book is a trip!” says Deirdre English, lecturer in the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, as she opens a conversation with Michael Pollan about his new book, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.

Hidden Treasures: Take Home a Masterpiece from Doe Library

Compared to the opulent and tranquil UC Berkeley Morrison Library, the modest adjoining art storage room, at first glance, isn’t much to write home about.

Hearst Museum opens digital portal to its entire collections

UC Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, whose world-class collections range from Egyptian mummy sarcophagi to Peruvian textiles to Native American baskets, has opened a digital portal to expand public access to its collections of more than 3 million objects, photographs, films and sound recordings.

Lil B gives eclectic talk, shows eclectic art at BAMPFA

Museumgoers were still perusing Lil B’s seemingly unspectacular exhibited collection — a series of iPhone photographs and crayon-drawn pictures ripped from a sketchbook — when the indoor stage at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, or BAMPFA, was flooded with ominous techno music.

UC Berkeley student Ellis Newton talks DJing in the Bay Area

Name: Ellis Newton (Stage name Versâam)

Age: 22

Hometown: Long Beach, California –– a bustling LA County city that, despite its eclectic music scene, is not where Newton found his musical inspiration. The Bay Area inspired Newton to become serious about his music.

Goosebumps and godsends in Berkeley Rep's 'Angels in America'

Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes” opened Saturday, with a magnificent all-day run of its two parts, “Millennium Approaches”and “Perestroika.” The opening was at once joyous and life-affirming, a performance deeply committed to its own history.