This Week in Arts

Visual Art: Cal Day is approaching, and Saturday’s flurry of events will offer art lovers unexpected opportunities for special tours, exhibitions and demonstrations. These art-related events are not just for bright-eyed future Cal bears and their parents, but are also offered to the general public. At Free Speech Movement Cafe,
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‘Damsels’ fail to appeal to college crowd

Indie writer-director Whit Stillman returns after a 14-year absence from filmmaking with his new off-kilter comedy, “Damsels in Distress.” Like the Manhattan townhouses in “Metropolitan” (1990), an isolated setting provides much of the content for this movie. In “Damsels”, it’s Seven Oaks College where a quartet of beautiful girls set
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Iranian documentarian takes on artistic censorship

From the shackles of an oppressive ideology breaks “This is Not a Film,” which virtually redefines the meaning of artistic freedom. In 2010, Iranian director Jafar Panahi was given a six-year prison sentence and a 20-year ban from filmmaking. This film, or not-a-film, begins with Panahi on house arrest, awaiting
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This Week in Arts

Our lead critics bring you the latest and greatest in Bay Area culture for this week. Film Our very own Pacific Film Archive mixes, as it were, sound and image in the next installment of its Cine/Spin series, where Cal DJs take on films from the PFA collection. On Thursday,
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This Week in Arts

Film Peter Greenaway’s “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover” (1989) is not a movie that calls for popcorn, not only because of its twisted antics — running the gamut of blood, shit and piss — but because it is a bold, serious film. Michael Gambon plays Albert
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Visually striking film explores 19th-century brothel

When Edouard Manet unleashed his “Olympia” upon the world in 1863, the aesthetic conventions that had previously held art together were suddenly, violently flouted. A turning point for Impressionism, this oil-painted portrait depicts a fully nude, voluptuous courtesan supine on a bed. Previous paradigms of female beauty were jettisoned in
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