As students here, the midterm season and academic grind in general have surely worn us down. We all need something new to stimulate the senses once and awhile. So if you’re in the mood for some free (free, FREE) local art and entertainment, the Berkeley Art Museum is the place to be. This fall, the BAM (an apt acronym) is putting on a variety of different events, most notably the severely underrated [email protected] Friday Nights concert series hosted in the heart of the Barry McGee art exhibition. And to top that off, it’s absolutely free to students with Cal ID! Here’s some trivia: did you know the series is in its third year? We had no idea. This could be one of Berkeley’s best kept secrets.

We got a peek at local printmaker and graffiti artist Barry McGee’s art installation, which spans three floors of the BAM. Here are some of our favorite pieces of the exhibit, to give you a taste of his distinct style:


In your face!

Is this a real dude? You'll have to visit to find out... *wink wink*

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The San Francisco skyline has been glowing a lurid orange of late, and we thought, “Wow! The whole city is prepping for Halloween!” But no, Coit Tower and City Hall and random insignificant condominium buildings were not orange for Halloween. Fail.

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Cyclists dress up for the the Halloween Critical Mass.


Learn how to swing dance and watch/ join in when Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” comes on at Lindy at Fright on Upper Sproul tonight, attend a Dia de los Muertos ceremony in the Student Union’s Multicultural Center or experience the audio-visual feast that is BAM’s [email protected] series at their All Hallow’s Eve PartyHauntology. There’s also the usual assortment of frat parties all weekend, Halloween-themed for the occasion, such as Sigma Phi’s Dawn of the Drunk.

In case you missed the Zombie walk earlier in the week but still want to get your gore on and walk stiff-legged with the deadest of them, you’ve got your chance tonight! A zombie walk will wind its brief way through the Mission to end at a “Zom Prom.” Also, cyclists always dress up for the Critical Mass right before Halloween, rain or shine, which means attendees not only enjoy seeing a lovely display of creativity but also impressive balance and physical prowess (it can’t possibly be easy to cycle when you’re a banana or a lobster or a flower or naked).  You can also learn about the haunted history of the SF City Hall at a Ghost Walk brought to you by the folks at City Guides.

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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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NYMPH performs tonight in the Berkeley Art Museum.

We know it’s midterms season, but you’ve got to take a study break some time, and what better way than by taking a look at the Clog’s weekly guide on what to do over the weekend (and then,  you know, going out and doing it)?


It’s Homecoming weekend! We’re sure you’ve already heard about the many planned festivities, so shake off those anti-establishment post-protest blues and arm yourself with some school spirit for the legions of parents, siblings, and Bruin fans about to descend upon Berkeley. Or don’t, and go to Dog Night with NYMPH at the Berkeley Art Museum instead: A celebration of our furry friends (per Japanese Edo period edict) with NYMPH performing psychedelic, avant-garde music within the cavernous concrete museum as Daniel Jay projects accompanying visuals involving/related to/inspired by dogs. (Awesome? Possibly.)

If you just want to get away from it all, Two Blocks of Art will be taking over the Central Market area (and by two, they mean ten) and, unusually, black people will be dancing. No, really, we’re not being racist: read more »

cherry blossomIt’s no secret that the Berkeley Art Museum is majorly underappreciated by Cal students.

Why? We’re not so sure.

We tend to think of the museum as that funny-looking grey building that we walk past all the time, when, in fact, BAM has some pretty legit stuff. For instance, BAM’s newest exhibition, “Flowers of the Four Seasons,” boasts a fantastic selection of Japanese art from the equally underrated Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture.

The exhibit features work from Japan’s Edo period, and has already received some pretty favorable reviews. And if you’re thinking that it’s just a bunch of precious flower paintings, think again — the Clark Center is sharing a broad range of sculpture, ceramics, basketry, and yes, the occasional scroll painting for your viewing pleasure.

Image Source: joka2000(out) under Creative Commons
Clark Center’s Japanese Art Blooms in Berkeley [SF Chronicle]


So the BAM has been having a rough time lately. First they wanted to build a new space and they hired architect Toyo Ito to help them. Then, whoops, they discovered it was “prohibitively expensive” and they ended their relationship with Ito, deciding instead to relocate to Center and Oxford in downtown Berkeley. And now they’re looking for architects again.

Don’t get too excited, though, freelance architects (oh yeah, we know you’re out there)–they’ve already solicited 10 firms and they are naming their designer in June. They’re being adorably coy about the solicited firms, but they will confirm that read more »


Perhaps you’ve been to a Worth Ryder gallery opening to check out your friend’s staticky TV hanging from a wire (art.) Perhaps you’ve been to BAM’s Friday [email protected] Nights series to observe your favorite group of people in its natural habitat. Perhaps you’ve seen that one decrepit but insanely well dressed old dude positioning himself odd and still on Sproul (performance art.) But we bet you’ve never seen professor art. Holy crap – now (through December), on campus, is your chance! read more »

Everyone and their mother’s nazi memorabilia will tell you that in addition to being a vegetarian, a momma’s boy and an occasional cocaine abuser, Adolph Hitler was a painter. Yeah. That’s right. Who’s goosesteppin’ now, Josef Mengele?

Perhaps lesser known is a body of work produced during the Third Reich by Adolph’s cat counterpart, HitlerCat. In celebration of this much overlooked assemblage of cat still life, BAM has agreed to showcase the collection in a special ONE DAY retrospective. Today, Thursday, April 1.

Be there, or be a good for nothing dog.

Image Source: aemkei under Creative Commons

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]


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
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