Happy Monday, Berkeley.
I hope you are all recuperating from a weekend out at San Francisco Pride with a good latte and some television in bed — “Queer Eye” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” are the shows I’ve been watching. Even if you didn’t attend, keep a look out for The Daily Californian’s Pride Month special content, coming out Thursday (pun unintended) in our print paper and online.
But once you can no longer justify another episode — you should be able to get pretty far into the day, since it is forecasted to be cold and cloudy, the perfect TV-bingeing weather — there are two neat lectures for you to attend (it’s cold and cloudy, after all).
Fort Mason Center will be hosting Aaron Terry in his talk, “Art in the Age of #instagood Production.” Terry will be examining the “flash and cadence” of our fast-paced media and discussing the evasion of truth in the virtual realm.
Here’s a little bit about Terry in case you need convincing that the lecture will be good. Terry received his Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute, has had his works shown in Moscow and Berlin (among other places) and is a DJ and musician in a band called Gold Wood. See one of his works in the header above!
Oh, and one more thing — the lecture is free.
But if none of that struck your fancy, there will also be a talk at the California Academy of Sciences. I know, I know — this isn’t art. But some would argue that science can inspire good art, so go for the inspiration, I suppose? If that didn’t convince you, you might be interested to know that planetarium shows take a good deal of creative design, something Carter Emmart, director of astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History, would know. He coordinates scientists, programmers and artists to produce scientifically accurate and visually immersive presentations on space. (He also has a really cool TED Talk.)
Joining him at 7:30 p.m. in the Morrison Planetarium will be Jeff Moore, a planetary geologist at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Together, they will host “Piecing Together Mars: Understanding a Sister World.” Attend to learn all things about Mars.
Tickets to the presentation are $15.
If you attend the talk at the California Academy of Sciences, get dinner at Arizmendi Bakery first, known for its fresh bread and pizzas. But be warned: The bakery closes at 7 p.m.
Then on Tuesday night, switch gears and head over to the Roxie Theater for Columbia University’s 2018 Annual Film Night. For $40 and the showing of your ID, you can attend the film night as well as a pre-reception at Bar San Pancho (where drinks and hors d’oeuvres are covered in the cost of admission). However, for those who are not 21 or older, you may purchase a $20 ticket to see the films.
The short films of the night include “Primo,” “British by the Grace of God” and “Beatriz’s House” — none of which is longer than 19 minutes. In total, the film night will span from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m., ending with a Q&A with Jack Lechner, associate professor at Columbia’s School of the Arts. The pre-reception is from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
If you couldn’t make it out to film night, or if you could and just can’t get enough of the movies, then go to the Triangle at Historic Pier 45 for Movies at the Pier on Wednesday night. This month’s movie at the pier will be “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” beginning at 8 p.m., doors at 7 p.m. You are encouraged to bring your own beanbag, and the event is free.
Spend Thursday morning bingeing some more of your favorite shows (it’s hard not to love Zooey Deschanel in season seven of “New Girl”) in open defiance of all the movies you’ve just watched. And then go over to Bindlestiff Studio to watch something live.
Queer Fuckery will present “Queer as Fuck,” a collection of short plays that range from personal to political. A list of plays can be found on the venue’s website. Additionally, Thursday’s show will be discounted.
And that brings us to the end of the week, folks. If you’ve taken all my advice, you will be thoroughly fried from all your nights out and will probably be in need of a night in. So read this article about the pros and cons of both purchased and homemade acai bowls, and then, whichever you choose, treat yourself to one. If the latter, remember that Jamba Juice closes at 7 p.m.
While you’re eating, read Nick Schwartz’s interview with Belle and Sebastian drummer Richard Colburn. Colburn talks Britpop, Brexit and cruises in this overview of the Scottish indie-pop band’s past and present.
Until next time.
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