20120315_192608Emmanuel Witzthum, a Jewish artist, went from embassy to embassy trying to get in touch with different artists from different cultural backgrounds. When he reached the American embassy he was told “Sorry, we don’t support culture.” Oh god, our cowboy hats and spurs are showing as some old kranky guy yells from a bar, “We don’t take too kindly to your type…” Luckily, this image faded, or dissolved really, through Witzthum’s artistry.

On a Thursday night at the Magnes museum, another barrier was broken: the barrier between young students and old Jewish art enthusiasts. Everyone turned out for a chance to hear from the great Emmanuel Witzthum. He is a famous composer, violist, curator and lecturer, who is the artist behind the piece Dissolving Localities (details here). It is a mix of sounds, and sites from Berkeley and Jerusalem that is a pleasure for the senses. This night was particuarly special because we got to see how this masterpiece was created. read more »


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Let’s face it, as the semester progresses you will inevitably find less and less time to take advantage of the plethora of free events Berkeley has to offer (and eventually, classes where they don’t take attendance) so while you and the semester are fresh by all means take advantage, especially considering what they’ve done to our tuition:

“Google Book Search and the Future of Academic Publishing”
We can only assume this has something to do with a certain Google Books and their pending settlement that would lead them one step closer to ruling the world. The seminar will focus on “how web technologies are changing humanities research, teaching, and collaboration.” Refreshments will be served.
Monday, Feb. 8
12:00 p. m. Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall read more »


urban outfittersComing to our cultural rescue, as always. We can count on you, UO, to smooth the rough edges off of what might have once been labeled “alternative” and serve it to us, nice and convenient, on one pricey platter. Now, they’re taking their crash course in what’s cool and new in the world of indie pop culture to the web with a brand new blog! Stay tuned for daily updates on fashion and the ultra-hip happenings in cities where you probably don’t live. For example, read more »