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Lineup for Spring 2013 L@TE Season Unveiled

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(From top to bottom) New Diaspora, Anna Halprin: Parades and Changes, Rock N Roll "Flea Market"

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Berkeley, CA, January 30, 2013 — The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive released its spring 2013 line-up for L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA. The much-lauded after-hours performance program returns with a typically eclectic schedule, melding dance, theater, music, and more. The season’s highlights include a concert by an all classical-guitar ensemble, a closing performance of an iconic postmodern dance work, a live-band mash-up of the music of Bob Dylan and Prince, appearances by boundary-busting vocal virtuosos, innovative theater groups, and mind-expanding laptop musicians—plus a lunchtime rock ‘n’ roll swap meet.

Guest programmer Sarah Cahill continues her acclaimed series of new musical happenings at L@TE with evenings featuring the innovative eight-piece Pacific Guitar Ensemble, bi-continental electroacoustic music and sampling pioneer Carl Stone, and an eco-conscious collaboration between composer and vocal performer Pamela Z and video artist Christine McPhee.

BAM/PFA’s Sean Carson programs a not-entirely quiet series of events in conjunction with BAM/PFA’s major spring exhibition Silence. An unlikely live mash-up of the music of Prince and Bob Dylan by all-star Bay Area funk band PC Munoz’s Singing Blood, a new performance by innovative homemade instrument performance project Thingamajigs with the Dandelion Dance Theater, and an evening of reworked scenes and songs from popular musicals by the UC Berkeley student theater group BareTroupe, will stretch conventional understandings of what silence can mean.

East Bay choreographer, dancer, and punk rocker Brontez Purnell, who performed at L@TE in 2011, returns to host three stellar events. New Diaspora promises to explore the work of “artists hailing from diverse dimensions of the African diaspora.” Part party, part recital, part family reunion, Other Dancers brings together some of the area’s most innovative dancers and performers. Finally, Purnell transforms Gallery B into a Rock N Roll “Flea Market” for a one-off E@RLY: Sundays @ BAM/PFA event that will feature pop-ups from several local record sellers, publishers, zines, as well as musical sets by Warm Soda and High Anxiety.

Legendary choreographer Anna Halprin will present the final stagings of her most iconic dance work Parades and Changes at BAM/PFA as part of the MATRIX exhibition program, including a special L@TE performance. Programmed by BAM/PFA curator Dena Beard, the work was previously performed at BAM/PFA in 1970 to open the current building. The BAM/PFA Student Committee teams up once again with video curator Steve Seid for BAM/PFA’s annual Cine/Spin extravaganza. A fleet of student DJs will transform vintage Buster Keaton and other slapstick silents, mixing beats new and old.

To view the L@TE and E@RLY schedules online visit: bampfa.berkeley.edu/late

L@TE AND E@RLY CALENDAR

Pacific Guitar Ensemble
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
February 1, 7:30 p.m.
This “eclectic group of pluckers”—eight virtuosos of classical guitar, including ensemble founders David Tanenbaum and Peppino D’Agostino—supplements nylon strings with steel, combines electric basses with seventeenth-century theorbos, and throws in an oud for good measure. Tonight they join forces to tackle a wide variety of music, including Steve Reich’s seminal Electric Counterpoint, as well as works by Sérgio Assad, Terry Riley, and Astor Piazzolla. Programmed by Sarah Cahill.

Doors 5 p.m.

Anna Halprin: Parades and Changes
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Friday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.
Visionary choreographer Anna Halprin performs a new version of her iconic work Parades and Changes, her final staging of the piece that formed the foundation for her subsequent career. For this last staging, Halprin is reunited with her original composer, electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick, longtime collaborator and lighting designer Jim Cave, and choreographer and associate director Shinichi Iova-Koga. Programmed by Dena Beard.

Parades and Changes will also be performed separately on both Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Doors 5 p.m.

BareTroupe
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Friday, February 22, 7:30 p.m.
Join us for an unquiet evening of music, theater, and video in this first of three L@TE events presented in conjunction with the exhibition Silence. UC Berkeley’s own BareTroupe performs a selection of scenes and songs that touch upon themes of quietude and isolation, featuring extended excerpts from Spring Awakening. Instrumentalists Rio Vander Stahl and Alia McKean combine forces with dance group The Defiance Project to explore the use of silence in the music of Bach and Arvo Pärt. And an experimental video work by Christopher Ariza abducts, obstructs, and obscures media newsfeeds. Programmed by Sean Carson

Doors 5 p.m.

Carl Stone: Fujiken
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Friday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
“King of Sampling” and pioneer of electroacoustic music Carl Stone returns to BAM/PFA, laptop in hand, performing a concert of ear-bending and mind-expanding works under the umbrella title Fujiken (富士軒). The vast, multichannel soundscapes will take advantage of the atrium gallery’s unique architecture and acoustics, enveloping the audience in sound. The New York Times calls Stone's music "a powerful stimulant with lingering euphoric effects."

Prior to the L@TE performance join us for Surrounded by Soundscapes: Charles Amirkhanian, Bernie Krause, Walter Murch. In this conversation, composer Amirkhanian, soundscape ecologist Krause, and film editor and sound designer Murch consider the environmental implications and artistic possibilities of aural landscapes and ambient sounds.

Also preceding the L@TE performance is RE@DS: Lauren Levin & Zoe Tuck: Levin wrote Working (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), Song (The Physiocrats), Keenan (Lame House Press) and Not Time (Boxwood Editions). She coedits the Poetic Labor Project blog and the journal Mrs. Maybe. Zoe Tuck’s work can be found in the forthcoming anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics.

Doors 5 p.m. / RE@DS 5:30 p.m. / Soundscapes Conversation 6 p.m.

Positively Alphabet Street
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
Programmed by Sean Carson
The lyrics of Bob Dylan set to the music of Prince? Or the lyrics of Prince set to the music of Bob Dylan? The Bay Area all-star band PC Munoz’s Singing Blood mashes up the folk and the funk in a unique project that pays tribute to both American masters simultaneously. Plus chamber music from the Rio Vander Stahl ensemble focusing on silence in music from Handel to Saariaho, a poetry reading from Kayla Krut, and a newsfeed-based video work by Christopher Ariza. Presented in conjunction with Silence.

Preceded by RE@DS: Lauren Shufran & Sirama Bajo: Lauren Shufran is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Cruz, where she is studying French and English sonnet sequences and religious enthusiasm during the English Civil War. She received her M.F.A. from San Francisco State University in 2008. Her book Inter Arma is forthcoming from Fence Books. Sirama Bajo is an immigrant poet. She lives with her partner in Oakland where she ponders the question, "What does it mean to live on Ohlone land?"

Doors 5 p.m. / RE@DS 5:30 p.m.

Thingamajigs: )MA(
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Friday, April 5, 7:30
Programmed by Sean Carson
Thingamajigs Performance Group, East Bay mainstays of the homemade instrument underground, bring us )MA(, a new performance inspired by the exhibition Silence. Thingamajigs, joined by special guests Dandelion Dance Theater, use concepts from Noh theater, focusing on the spaces between notes, distances between parts, and a musical vocabulary of invisible actions. In addition, Rio Vander Stahl’s chamber ensemble explores the introspective stillness in Schumann's first string quartet, and a video piece from Christopher Ariza presents the “animated information abduction and reduction” of broadcast news.
Prior to the L@TE performance join us in the Silence galleries for Ear Side Out: Sound Performances by Loren Chasse and Jacob Kirkegaard. Sound artist and educator Chasse and Silence artist Kirkegaard will combine ambient recordings of the gallery space, otoacoustic emission recordings, and real-time interactive performance for a singular listening experience. Chasse and Kirkegaard create a multilayered aural experience as they respond to the space and each other.
Doors 5 p.m. / Sound Performances 6:00 p.m.

Pamela Z and Christina McPhee
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Friday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Programmed by Sarah Cahill
The boundary-busting vocal virtuoso Pamela Z, hailed by the LA Times for her “expertise in blending new technologies and the ancient, organic qualities of voice,” teams up with an ensemble of musicians and acclaimed video artist Christina McPhee. Inspired by upheavals in the earth’s ecosystem, their collaborative work, Carbon Song Cycle, includes texts, melodic motifs, and images derived from scientific data concerning the carbon cycle and stories related to environmental balance and imbalance.

Preceded by RE@DS: Jennifer Manzano and Wendy Trevino: Jennifer Manzano makes, works, writes, designs, cares, and lives in the East Bay. She is the author of the chapbooks Model, making, and things like holding a mouthful (of). Wendy Trevino lives and works in the Bay Area. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the American Reader, Mrs. Maybe, LIES, OMG!, With + Stand, Abraham Lincoln, Try!, and West Wind Review.

Doors 5 p.m. / RE@DS 5:30 p.m.

Cine/Spin
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
Programmed by Steve Seid with the BAM/PFA Student Committee
Cine/Spin, our student DJ extravaganza, is back and making tracks, train tracks in the form of Buster Keaton's The General. Set during the Civil War, this silent film comedy known for its loco motion has Keaton as a Confederate railway engineer in hot pursuit of his much-adored train, General, stolen by Union soldiers. Our squad of DJ accompanists won't be whistling Dixie when they begin bombarding The General with some twenty-first century tracks of their own. Several silent slapstick shorts will sidetrack the evening with more DJ derailments. This slaphappy event will have slapstick activities and refreshments—expect a great punch. 

Doors 5 p.m.

New Diaspora
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Friday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Programmed by Brontez Purnell
This event explores the work of artists hailing from the diverse dimensions of the African diaspora. Traditional forms honor stolen ancestors and become a springboard for something new: entertainment as a form of community healing and education. The night consists of performances by Rotimi Agbabiaka, Colette Eloi, Ernesto Sopprani, Anne Martine Whitehead, Jocquese Whitfield, and Brontez Purnell and Company. Poetry by Joshua Merchant and KinFolkz and a dedication to the late Ed Mock by Amara Tabor Smith. DJ Set by Black (Hella Gay Oakland Dance Party).

Preceded by RE@DS: Youth Speaks: For over fifteen years, Youth Speaks has been empowering a young generation of Bay Area leaders, artists, and activists through poetry. Isa Nakazawa (the creative force behind webzine Buggin' Out) leads this Youth Speaks workshop, using art and film as inspiration for a new spoken-word performance.

Doors 5 p.m. / RE@DS 5:30 p.m. / DJ 6:30

Other Dancers
L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Programmed by Brontez Purnell
Part dance party, part performance, and part family reunion, Other Dancers brings together cutting-edge experimental dancers and performers from the Yay Area and beyond. The line between artist and audience blurs, and the intrinsic value of movement is explored. Performances by Jenny Marie Hoff, LoveWarz, Kelly Rafferty, Mica Sigourney, Sophia Wang, and Hentyle Yapp. Also expect a film by Nina Haft and a participatory dance class led by Jesse Hewit. DJ Sets by Josh Cheon (Dark Entries Records) and Robert Yang (a.k.a. Robot Hustle).

Preceded by RE@DS: Lindsey Boldt & Cheena Marie Lo: is the author of the plays "Dating by Consensus" (with Steve Orth) and "Oh My, Hell Yes" and coeditor of Homage to Etel Adnan. Cheena Marie Lo co-curates the Manifest Reading Series in Oakland.

Doors 5 p.m. / RE@DS 5:30 p.m. / DJ 6:30 p.m.

Rock N Roll “Flea Market”
E@RLY: Sundays @ BAM/PFA
Sunday, May 12, 12 p.m.
Programmed by Brontez Purnell
The Bay Area has long boasted a bold and majestic history of punk and rock’n’roll music. We honor rock devotees with a good old-fashioned record swap. Expect tables by Maximum Rocknroll magazine, Make-A-Mess Records, Fuzz City Records, Southpaw Records, 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, and a handful of rock artists that also deal in other media such as publishing, visual art, recording, and organizing. Plus live music by Warm Soda and High Anxiety and a DJ set by Ian Baldridge.
Doors 11 a.m.

L@TE and E@RLY Tickets
Admission to L@TE and E@ARLY is $7; free for BAM/PFA members and Cal students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are available exclusively to members, students, faculty, and staff until one week before each event, at which time they go on sale to the general public.

Advance tickets for members available online, in person at the BAM/PFA admissions desk, and by phone. Cal students, faculty, and staff may obtain advance tickets at the BAM/PFA admissions desk with valid Cal ID. If a show is sold out, rush tickets may be available at the door beginning at 8 p.m. Please note that there is limited seating at L@TE and E@RLY events.

Support
L@TE
and E@RLY are made possible in part by the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees. Special thanks to promotional sponsor Amoeba Music.


More Online
For updates and advance tickets, visit bampfa.berkeley.edu/late.

About BAM/PFA
Founded in 1963, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is UC Berkeley’s primary visual arts venue and among the largest university art museums in terms of size and audience in the United States. Internationally recognized for its art and film programming, BAM/PFA is a platform for cultural experiences that transform individuals, engage communities, and advance the local, national and global discourse on art and ideas. BAM/PFA’s mission is “to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film.”

BAM/PFA presents approximately fifteen art exhibitions and 380 film programs each year. The museum’s collection of over 16,000 works of art includes important holdings of Neolithic Chinese ceramics, Ming and Qing Dynasty Chinese painting, Old Master works on paper, Italian Baroque painting, early American painting, Abstract Expressionist painting, contemporary photography, and video art. Its film archive of over 14,000 films and videos includes the largest collection of Japanese cinema outside of Japan, Hollywood classics, and silent film, as well hundreds of thousands of articles, reviews, posters, and other ephemera related to the history of film, many of which are digitally scanned and accessible online.

Berkeley Art Museum Information
Location:
2626 Bancroft Way, just below College Avenue across from the UC Berkeley campus.

Gallery and Museum Store Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Open L@TE Fridays until 9 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Information: 24-hour recorded message (510) 642-0808; fax (510) 642-4889; TDD (510) 642-8734.

Website: bampfa.berkeley.edu

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