Public Programs

An Evening of Love Stories

Presented by Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble

Saturday, February 13
8 - 9:30 pm
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The audience is invited to share their personal stories of love in all its colors, textures, and complexity: a first love, a best friend, a beloved pet, a long lasting love, or a cherished grandparent. The actors and musicians will instantly transform these stories into improvised theatre pieces and provide a public forum for emotions, reflections and responses.

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Merchants of Doubt Film Screening

Presented by the David Brower Center

Wednesday, February 24
7 pm
$10 General Admission / $5 Students & Teachers
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Based on the 2010 book, this acclaimed documentary lifts the curtain on pundits-for-hire paid by large corporations to cast doubt on scientific studies and spread confusion about a range of public threats, from toxic chemicals to climate change. Called “provocative and improbably entertaining” by the Wall Street Journal, the film explores the illusions created by these corporations in order distract the public from the harm their products create. The screening will be followed by a conversation on money in politics between MapLight's Pamela Behrsin and Earth Island Journal's Maureen Mitra. 

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In Defense of Food Film Screening

Presented by Impact Hub Berkeley

Wednesday, March 2
6:30 - 9 pm
$10 Advance / $12 At the Door
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Best-selling author Michael Pollan starts In Defense of Food with a simple question: "What should I eat to be healthy?" The answer turns out to be much simpler than he imagined.

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New Lights

Presented by Clerestory

Sunday, March 6
4 - 5:30 pm
$25 General / $15 Students & Seniors
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The men's vocal ensemble Clerestory presents its 10th anniversary concert, New Lights, featuring beautiful and ethereal a cappella music by living composers, including six world premieres written as gifts for this occasion. Clerestory's singers, from countertenor to bass, are veterans of Chanticleer and other Bay Area groups. The vaulted atrium of the Brower Center is an incredible space for a cappella music!

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The Wild Edge: Freedom to Roam the Pacific Coast

Presented by the Alaska Wilderness League

Wednesday, March 9
7 - 8:30 pm

Join conservation photographer Florian Schulz as he shares images and stories from his book, The Wild Edge: Freedom to Roam the Pacific Coast. Experience the gray whales, manta rays, flocks of sea birds, spirit bears and more. Shultz will be joined by writer Kenneth Brower.

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After Paris: Climate and Religion

Presented by the David Brower Center and California Interfaith Power & Light

Tuesday, March 15
7 pm
Sliding Scale $10/20/30
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What role can faith play in motivating our leaders towards sustainable change? How can faith-based work bring activists together across communities? Join us for an evening with Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-director of Yale’s Forum on Religion and Ecology, who will speak on the climate movement and faith post-COP 21.  A Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University, Tucker is the author or editor of numerous volumes on religious environmentalism. A Q&A moderated by Reverend MaAn Barcelo of the Alameda Interfaith Climate Action Network will follow Tucker's remarks. 

Photo courtesy Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

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SF Green Film Festival Screening
Presented the David Brower Center and the San Francisco Green Film Festival
Tuesday, April 19 
7 pm
$15 General / $14 Students, Seniors & Kids // $13 SF Green Film Festival Members
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In celebration of the 2016 San Francisco Green Film festival, the Brower Center and the San Francisco Green Film Festival will co-present a film touching on issues of the arctic and climate change. 

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Is Climate Change Protest Broken?

Presented by the David Brower Center

Friday, April 22
7 pm 
Sliding Scale $5/10/15
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How do activists actually create change, and how can we learn from past actions? On Earth Day 2016, join Micah White, co-founder of Occupy Wall Street, and Bay Area organizers for a conversation on the past and future of environmental protest. Widely recognized as a pioneer of social movement creation, White has been profiled by The New Yorker, and Esquire has named him one of the most influential young thinkers alive today. Drawing on thinking from his new book, The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, White proposes that a reliance on materialism, empiricism and scientism has limited the potential of environmental protest, and looks toward a social revolution for individuals, communities and the planet.

Image courtesy of Micah White

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Polar Soundscapes
Presented by the David Brower Center and Other Minds
Wednesday, May 11 
7:30 pm
$15 General / $12 Students & Teachers // $5 Kids 12 & Under

In this closing event for the Vanishing Ice exhibition, Bay Area new music organization Other Minds and the Brower Center present composer, performer, and instrument-builder Cheryl Leonard, who will create an evening concert using Arctic and Antarctic field recordings and natural-object instruments including penguin bones, dried seaweed, ice, and seashells. Leonard, with Phillip Greenlief, will perform works about polar environments and climate change including Meltwater, a delicate and innovative composition produced with icicles. Q&A with the artist will follow the performance, hosted by Charles Amirkhanian.

Image credit: Oona Stern

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