pfaOh, to be a freshman again when it seemed like the free things would never end. The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive will be hosting an event which features free pizza and classic art posters this Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m. Not only freshman, but incoming transfers can get into the event free of charge with an official Cal I.D.

After this, students as well as the public can enjoy a free movie screening. Sci-fi movie “It Conquered the World” will be shown in the sculpture garden, providing a quaint little environment in which to see the movie.

Students will also be able to ask members of the BAM/PFA Student Committee questions about the museum, as they will be present at the event. So take advantage of your first year, opportunities for free pizza sadly diminish as time goes on.

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Posters, pizza and outdoor Roger Corman movie part of BAM/PFA’s fall semester welcome for new students [UC Berkeley NewsCenter]

let's go fly a kite!

Remember that truly excellent scene from the ending of “Mary Poppins” where the entire Banks family dances around singing about kite flying? No? Well, you should watch it again, because as we said, it’s excellent.

Or, if you’d rather experience the joy of kite flying first-hand, just make your way to the Berkeley Kite Festival. You heard us right: This weekend, July 30-31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cesar E. Chavez Park (at the Berkeley Marina) will transform into a magical place full of winged things.

There’ll be plenty to do — perhaps you fancy a lesson in stunt kite flying? Maybe you want to watch the Rokkaku kite battles (we don’t know what to expect with this one, but it sounds pretty badass. If you’re a kid, take advantage of the free kite making opportunities from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you’re not a kid, you should go anyway, because this is the kind of thing that’ll bring back wonderful childhood memories of blue skies and sunny days … even for those who never flew a kite before in their lives.

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Berkeley Kite Fest [Highline Kites]

Free Art

It’s summer time and the livin’ is easy. But all this free time and easy living can make for some seriously boring days if you don’t have any plans whatsoever. Break the cycle of nothingness with a visit to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) — not only will it give you the chance to tell all your friends how cultured and worldly you are, but the deal is too good to pass up on the first Thursday of the month, every month. Free First Thursdays means that admission to the galleries (not to mention the public programs going on) will come to a grand total of $0, so no need to worry about your wallet. If you thought this was too good to be true, keep in mind that PFA Theater programs still ain’t free, but don’t let that get in the way of some good ol’ artsy fartsy time. Penny-pinchers, this one’s for you.

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Free First Thursdays [BAM/PFA]


If you’re a big fan of both cinema and Swedish mystery writing, you are no doubt aware that you’ll have to wait a few more months for the David Fincher-directed film version of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” but the Swedes are way ahead of us, and have already created movie adaptations of the entire trilogy.

You can catch a free screening of the third movie right here on campus, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. It’s all happening on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in 142 Dwinelle.

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The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest: Screening and Discussion with filmmaker Daniel Afredson [Events Calendar]

spice of life

The Spice of Life Festival in the Gourmet Ghetto

In bold defiance of our academic calendar, the world continues to bring you interesting events, and the Clog, much like Argos or Old Yeller or Lassie, will continue faithfully to report them until we go the way of  said loyal companions (that is, we die or are kidnapped or get lost or are abandoned or … you get the idea … please don’t leave us.)


Head to Lower Sproul at noon today to catch two concerts — at the same time: One of the UC Jazz Ensembles, Ted Moore’s Advanced Combo, will be performing in the Bear’s Lair, while Superb and KALX bring you upbeat acoustic indie band Blind Pilot in front of Eshleman, either an unfortunate scheduling or the promise of a cacophonous good time and certainly a livelier Lower Sproul than usual. Maybe there’ll be a showdown between the hipsters and the jazz enthusiasts! They’ll attack each other with painfully clever T-shirt slogans and suaveness! Maybe.

At night, the Berkeley Art Museum is presenting a feast for the eyes — light shows and looped film projections and such to celebrate the Pacific Film Archive’s first published book at Radical [email protected].

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This must be a week made for the cinematically-inclined: first an online movie trivia quiz and now a movie trivia night Thursday Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. on the 7th floor of Eshleman.

It’s free, folks, and you’re expected to come in teams of four (for example, Spengler, Venkman, Stantz, and Zeddemore). There will be prizes (prepare by getting that lame movie reference) and raffles.

We’ll start out with some random Clog movie trivia (which, admittedly, will be far too easy for film majors).

1) Name the movie that contains this quote: “You’re going to the cemetery with your toothbrush. How Egyptian.”

2) Which movie’s protagonist suffers from anterior retrograde amnesia?

3) Name four movies in which Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy starred opposite each other.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you probably got through those in your sleep. And since Clog trivia is completely unaffiliated with the event itself, this is no way reflects the difficulty of the questions that will be asked. But it’s a nice little warmup, and it might soothe your ego. Plus, we figure you love the smell of superiority in the morning.

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In case you all weren’t aware, thrifty is cool and reusing is the new recycling. No scratch that, reusing and recycling is the new recycling.

Fortunately, the ReUse program makes all this easy to achieve. The program collects people’s unwanted items and redistributes them for free!! And there are few things better in life than free stuff.

Other reasons to partake in reuse : 1. Less manufacturing means saving resources, and energy. 2. It’ll make you cool and smart, at the same time! Woah. 3. It’s friggin’ free. Geez.

There are locations all over campus including Dwinelle, Barrows, McCone, Le Conte and many more so not wanting to walk is not an excuse. And just in case walking is too much of a burden, ReUse now has a website.

We’re giving you the resources to get rid of old stuff, get new free stuff and do it all virtually. Like, you don’t even have to be that awake. Or sober. You can thank us later.

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Campus Website gives old stuff a new life [UC Berkeley News]

Think on it. Alright, alright. We know. Now that you’re all excited, you gots to know the deets. So in the grand(ish) tradition of the Clog “Free stuff, guys! ZOMG don’t miss it!!!1!1!” posts, we’ll be relatively brief:

What: Free Coffee Day at the BAMSCAPE!!! (BAM/PFA–Hooray! group‘s punctuation … not ours.) So, um. Free coffee? Also Wi-Fi, apparently. And a raffle for a pass that will get you unlimited access to PFA screenings for the rest of the semester.
When: This Thursday, Feb. 11 from 12-4 p.m.
Where: At ye olde Berkeley Art Museum … on and around this thing.

Get it! (But don’t forget to lose your shoes first.)

Event Page [Facebook]


Unlike Andy Samberg, we love a good handout. Admit it: so do you. Nothing beats a late night perusal of the East Bay free stuff classifieds, only to discover that the wicker daybed you always dreamed of owning has been abandoned on the corner of Shattuck and Delaware, or that three whole sets of venetian blinds are waiting to be rescued from a compost bin in Albany, or that a sofa, upholstered in purple velour and possibly infested with bed bugs, is up for grabs near Rockridge BART. Sure, it’s a gamble. But hey, it’s free. And we’re downwardly-mobile 20-somethings. And it’s a recession.

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If you’re like us and think that basically everything at Starbucks sucks except what they throw enough sugar, syrup and whipped cream at ’til it’s no longer distinguishable as coffee, then take this opportunity to tell Starbucks for yourself.

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