Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

11/05/2018

The Evolution of Beauty with Richard O Prum - Reception and Book Signing

"Freedom of choice is not merely a political concept, but is an evolved feature of the social and sexual lives of...species."

The Evolution of Beauty

Richard O. Prum, Professor of Ornithology, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
Lecture and conversation with

Nicholas de Monchaux, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, UC Berkeley

5:00-6:00 pm
Reception and Book Signing
University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


6:30pm
Maude Fife Room
315 Wheeler Hall

"Beauty happens." So writes ornithologist and MacArthur Fellow Richard O. Prum in The Evolution of Beauty, a New York Times Best Ten Books of 2017. Prum argues that the spectacular physical and behavioral variety of avian beauty represents not just genetic fitness but also the evolution of form through the purely aesthetic choices of female birds. He argues that Darwin's forgotten theory of sexual selection is just as important as his theory of natural selection.

Rarely does a book on biology have such widespread influence: Prum's work is taught in art history courses as well as in science departments, his investigations of the relationships of form and function are relevant to the practice of architecture, and his examinations of sexual preferences among birds has implications for human gender relations and queer theory. He argues that sexual autonomy and agency matters to animals, from birds of paradise to human beings.

Enamored of birds since childhood, Prum is known for his work on the mating rituals of manakins and for discovering the means to determine the color of dinosaur feathers. He has conducted field work throughout the Neotropics and in Madagascar, and has studied fossil theropods in China.

Prum is Curator of Ornithology and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and has served as the Director of the Franke Program in Science and Humanities.

This talk is sponsored by
the UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH).


This event is generously co-sponsored by
The Department of History of Art Stoddard Fund
The Department of Integrative Biology
The College of Natural Resources
The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Nov 5, 5pm to 6pm, University Press Books 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

The Evolution of Beauty with Richard O Prum

"Freedom of choice is not merely a political concept, but is an evolved feature of the social and sexual lives of...species."

The Evolution of Beauty

Richard O. Prum, Professor of Ornithology, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University
Lecture and conversation with

Nicholas de Monchaux, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, UC Berkeley

5:00-6:00 pm
Reception and Book Signing
University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

6:30pm
Maude Fife Room
315 Wheeler Hall

"Beauty happens." So writes ornithologist and MacArthur Fellow Richard O. Prum in The Evolution of Beauty, a New York Times Best Ten Books of 2017. Prum argues that the spectacular physical and behavioral variety of avian beauty represents not just genetic fitness but also the evolution of form through the purely aesthetic choices of female birds. He argues that Darwin's forgotten theory of sexual selection is just as important as his theory of natural selection.

Rarely does a book on biology have such widespread influence: Prum's work is taught in art history courses as well as in science departments, his investigations of the relationships of form and function are relevant to the practice of architecture, and his examinations of sexual preferences among birds has implications for human gender relations and queer theory. He argues that sexual autonomy and agency matters to animals, from birds of paradise to human beings.

Enamored of birds since childhood, Prum is known for his work on the mating rituals of manakins and for discovering the means to determine the color of dinosaur feathers. He has conducted field work throughout the Neotropics and in Madagascar, and has studied fossil theropods in China.

Prum is Curator of Ornithology and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and has served as the Director of the Franke Program in Science and Humanities.

This talk is sponsored by
the UC Berkeley Global Urban Humanities Initiative (GUH).


This event is generously co-sponsored by
The Department of History of Art Stoddard Fund
The Department of Integrative Biology
The College of Natural Resources
The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Nov 5, 6:30pm to 8pm, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Caffe Acustico

Nov 5, 7pm to 9pm, Caffè Chiave, 2500 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Clark Coolidge

Clark Coolidge reads from Poet (Pressed Wafer) and other works.

Author of more than twenty books of poetry, Clark Coolidge has occupied a singular place in American letters since the mid-1960s. An unparalleled influence on the wider avant- garde-the Language Poets, the second and third generation New York School, and whole movements of visual artists, musicians, and linguists, Coolidge is from Providence, Rhode Island. Since 1997 he has lived in Petaluma, California.

"When I was a Poet / I had no doubt / knew the Ins & Outs of / All & Everything"--so wrote David Meltzer in the title poem of his 2011 collection, When I Was a Poet. Clark Coolidge heard this poem many times, in different versions, over the years, often as a result of giving readings with Meltzer. He began to ask himself, What is a poet? Pressed Wafer is proud to present the fruits of Coolidge's ruminations: a 310-page serial poem, the bulk of which was written between 2014 and 2016, titled POET and dedicated to Meltzer. "I give instructions in my poems / you must follow them to the ends of / tura lura independence platform / forget any leaden attempts along the way / this is fortissimo serious / there'll be no popcorn." Luckily for us, "fortissimo serious" means altogether too exuberant to pay bashful court to the muse. These delightful--and frequently hilarious--meditations on the ontologically precarious condition of poethood could only have been written by someone who has spent a lifetime productively writing and reading poems--someone, moreover, who is as uninterested in self-regard as they are in penning a lifeless line. Coolidge follows the direction of the music, keeping his poems just beyond him but within reach. "The poet steps to the beat of his own length." And his pearls of advice are beyond price: "won't get far with a title like / Heaven's Penis." You have been warned!

Nov 5, 7pm to 9pm, Moe's Books, 2476 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley

Scarlxrd


Scarlxrd (pronounced "scarlord"), is an English rapper. He is known for his experimental musical style combining elements of trap music and heavy metal. Formerly a YouTube personality, Scarlxrd began a career in music as the lead vocalist for nu metal band Myth City, before debuting as a rapper under his Scarlxrd moniker.

Nov 5, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave (Enter On Durant), Berkeley

The Milk Carton Kids, The Barr Brothers

The Milk Carton Kids are an American indie folk duo from Eagle Rock, California, United States, consisting of singers and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, who began making music together in early 2011.


Waltzing into disaster and its aftermath, The Milk Carton Kids' "All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do" arrives from ANTI- Records on June 29.

The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into the studio with them. "We wanted to do something new," Pattengale says. "We had been going around the country yet another time to do the duo show, going to the places we'd been before. There arose some sort of need for change."

"Musically we knew we were going to make the record with a bigger sonic palette," says Ryan. "It was liberating to know we wouldn't have to be able to carry every song with just our two guitars."


The Barr Brothers
To begin their third album, The Barr Brothers had to make some noise together. No plans or distractions, no preconceptions. No friends or strangers, label reps or engineers, no cellphone trills or city sound. No partners. No children. Not even any notebooks of lyrics - verses, choruses, chords preconsidered and plotted out. For the first time the band's three members - namesake siblings Brad and Andrew Barr, harpist Sarah Pagé - would go songless into studio. Empty-handed, whole-hearted, down miles of snowy road to a cabin on a frozen lake, a place full of windows and microphones and starlight and sunshine, with amplifiers in the bedrooms, theirvolumes turned up loud. They spent a whole week playing. These were improvisations lasting hours at a time - noons and midnights, dusks and dawns, a chance to remember who they were and who they were becoming. Some of this was groove: patterns inspired by India, West Africa and 808 drum machines, deeper and heavier than what they'd tried before.

Nov 5, 8pm to 10:30pm, The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, 2036 University Avenue, near Downtown Berkeley BART, Berkeley

UC Berkeley Jazz Ensembles

For 50 years, UC Jazz Ensembles has upheld the jazz performance tradition at Cal, providing student musicians with opportunities to study, appreciate, and perform jazz while making lifelong friends and engaging the campus community.

Nov 5, 8pm to 10pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley

Agave Baroque : "The Violinist With Eyes of Fire"


ATTUNED: A NON-CONCERT EXPERIENCE is the Bay Area's new and unique invitation to the world of Classical music. Curated by sister ensembles Agave Baroque and Sylvestris Quartet in collaboration with the California Jazz Conservatory, each program invites you to enjoy a cabaret-style show with a multimedia experience and narration that brings you the stories behind the music.

Arcangelo Corelli was the first true celebrity violinist, whose presence and personality were as much a part of his appeal as his playing. He assembled an orchestra of virtuosi and inspired several generations of major violinists and amateurs alike, including the young Handel, who moved to Corelli's adopted home of Rome in 1706. Agave Baroque ventures abroad to present a program of works by Corelli and composers he influenced from around the world, including music from Mexico, Sweden, China, and Russia.

"The Violinist With Eyes of Fire"

Band Members and Instrumentation
Aaron Westman, baroque violin
Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord
William Skeen, viola da gamba
Kevin Cooper, baroque guitar and theorbo

Artist/Group Bio(s)
Early Music America called San Francisco-based Agave Baroque "an energized, free-spirited group...of Californian virtuosi." Specializing in string chamber music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Agave has received numerous awards and accolades and gained local and national attention for its "powerful presence" and "emotional wallop" (-EMA), "expressive and virtuosic" (-SF Classical Voice) playing and "gorgeous" (-American Record Guide) music, as well as its growing discography. Now in its eleventh season, Agave continues its fruitful affiliations with star countertenor Reginald Mobley, California Jazz Conservatory, InterMusic SF, and Sylvestris Quartet, and continues to be a unique and innovative voice in the national chamber music community.

Artist/Group Website(s)
http://www.agavebaroque.org

Nov 5, 8pm to 10pm, Rendon Hall/Fiddler Annex @ California Jazz Conservatory 2040 Addison Street, Berkeley,