Public Programs

Susan Casey: Voices in the Ocean

Presented by the Earth Island Institute’s International Marine Mammal Project; Doubleday; Diesel, A Bookstore; and Sharon Donovan Book Production and Promotion

Wednesday, September 9 
6 pm Reception, $50 RSVP via email (optional pre-event)
7 pm Presentation, Free RSVP

Susan Casey, author of the New York Times bestseller Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins, will be in conversation with staff members of Earth Island Institute's International Marine Mammal Project. Audience Q&A, book signing, and refreshments to follow. Advance registration is required for the intimate wine and hors d’oeuvres pre-event reception with Susan Casey in the Hazel Wolf Gallery.

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Bands at Brower: Heartache Sisters

Presented by the David Brower Center

Thursday, September 10
7 pm Gallery Viewing Hours
8 pm Heartache Sisters

$10 Advance // $12 Door
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Bands at Brower continues in September with the Heartache Sisters, a folk-pop duet blending roots and rock rhythms, multi-instrument virtuosity, and searing close harmony singing. Described as “Shovels and Rope crossed with Loretta Lynn,” Heartache Sisters are proud to bring their unique brand of dynamic songwriting and powerful, emotional performance to the Brower Center. 

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Art/Act Award Reception and Fundraiser with Edward Burtynsky

Presented by the David Brower Center

Thursday, September 17
7 - 9 pm
$250 per person

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We invite you to join the Board of the David Brower Center and Art/Act Host Committee for an exclusive reception honoring Edward Burtynsky on the occasion of his Art/Act Award and Exhibition. In the tradition of the Art of Advocacy, we gather to present the Art/Act award to a master photographer who "teaches us to see," building awareness and engagement about the impact of industry on the natural world. Burtynsky's work calls upon us to see more deeply and more broadly, and we invite our community to celebrate this singular insight. Both Burtynsky and honored guest Malcolm Margolin will speak, addressing the intersections of beauty and activism, and the way in which Burtynsky's work illuminates the complexities of modern production and consumption.

Hors d’oeurves and beverages will be served; cocktail attire requested. All proceeds support the Brower Center’s acclaimed art exhibitions and community programs.

Image credit: photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco 

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Opening Reception and Edward Burtynsky Lecture

Presented by the David Brower Center

Friday, September 18

6 - 7 pm Edward Burtynsky Lecture
$10 Advance // $12 Door (ticket includes opening reception)

7 - 9 pm Opening Reception
Free, $10 Suggested Donation

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Edward Burtynsky is best known for his large-format photographs of industrial landscapes and his capacity to draw our attention to impacts and images which we may not otherwise see. The launch of this exhibition will include a free public reception for the Brower Center audience. In his ticketed lecture, Burtynsky will discuss his body of work focused on the rich textures of the industries we depend upon, along with the contradictory forces driving contemporary consumption. The lecture will be followed by a short Q&A.

Image credit: photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco 

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Koreans and Camptowns: Mixed-Race Adoptees and Camptown Connections

Presented by the UC Berkeley Center for Korean Studies and Me & Korea

Saturday, September 26
9 am - 5 pm 
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The Center for Korean Studies and advocacy group Me & Korea present a conference about the camptowns that developed alongside American military bases in Korea during and after the Korean War. The conference aims to spotlight the intersection of American military presence and Korean society, focusing on the lives of people who lived in the camptowns and the historical context surrounding the overseas adoption of thousands of mixed-race children. The event will include academic presentations, a short film, an activist panelist talk, a photo exhibit, and a live musical performance.

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Bands at Brower: Conspiracy of Beards

Presented by the David Brower Center

Friday, October 9
7 pm Gallery Viewing Hours
8 pm Show
$10 Advance // $12 Door
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The Bands at Brower gallery music series continues this fall with San Francisco’s Conspiracy of Beards, a 30 member male choir that performs dynamic, original, a cappella arrangements of the poetic songs of Leonard Cohen.

Well dressed in suits, ties, and the occasional fedora, the choir brings an energized live choral music experience out of churches and tabernacles and into the taverns, art houses, and theaters of the Bay Area and beyond. Transforming Cohen’s lyrics and simple melodies into complex 4- and 5-part harmonies, and with a wide variety of small ensemble and full choir pieces, Conspiracy of Beards achieves a sound that is both robust and tender, exposing the emotion and comedy behind Cohen's words.

Beer, wine, and specialty cocktails will be available for purchase.

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A Just Transition: Refineries to Renewables

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with the Sunflower Alliance

Tuesday, October 27
7 pm
Sliding Scale $2-10
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Do you know if your home lies within an oil train blast zone? How many people in your community have suffered health issues related to Bay Area refineries? Oil travels through the Bay Area every day -- where does it come from, and where does it go?

Most Bay Area residents are not aware of the extent to which their homes, workplaces and local communities are affected by local refineries and refinery-related transport. In this interactive conversation, Bay Area "refinery row" residents and energy visionaries will offer testimony on their shared work toward a sustainable energy future. Together we'll consider what speeds a just transition from fossil fuels, what we can learn from local actions and partnerships, and what justice has to do with all of this. Open to the public, this event will offer learning and re-engagement opportunities for activists, politicians, community leaders, energy consumers, and the general public. 

Image credit: Drew Dellinger

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An End to the Age of Entitlement

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with RSF Social Finance, the Yggdrasil Land Foundation and Berkeley Food Institute

Saturday, November 7
1-5 pm Conference
5-6 pm Reception

Free, $10 Suggested Donation, RSVP Required
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In this half-day conversation, we will address one of the most pressing issues of our time: working land and access to it. How can we find a way to transform the way that land is considered as a commodity to one in which land is our common wealth to be stewarded in the spirit of community? John Bloom, author of “An End to Age of Entitlement,” will provide leading thoughts on reconsidering land ownership, use, and community. Speakers will include Kate Danaher, Lending Manager at RSF Social Finance, Jered Lawson, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Pie Ranch, and Nathan Sayre, Associate Professor of Geography at UC Berkeley.

Image credit: ibz_omar, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license
 

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Bands at Brower: Rob Reich

Presented by the David Brower Center

Friday, November 13
7 pm Gallery Viewing Hours
8 pm Show

$10 Advance // $12 Door
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For this special evening of Bands at Brower, Rob Reich has composed one long continuous piece of music for accordion, vibraphone, clarinet, guitar and electronics, with accompanying visual projections. Special guests will include Ila Cantor on guitar and Ben Goldberg on clarinet. The evening will be a unique immersive audience experience, a candle-lit meditation on the approaching night.
 

Beer, wine, and local cocktails will be available for purchase.

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Mapping the Cybernetic Supernode

Presented by the David Brower Center in partnership with Empire Logistics

Monday, November 30
7 pm
Free; $10 Suggested Donation

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How do products move through our spaces, and why does it matter? This evening program will explore the global supply chain and the Bay Area's position as a key technology hub -- or "supernode" -- that powerfully shapes how goods are produced, circulated, and consumed throughout the world. Empire Logistics will showcase new mapping and diagramming tools, and offer a closer understanding of local and global supply chains for artists, activists, researchers and consumers themselves.

Image credit: Michael Wilson

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Manufactured Landscapes: Documentary Screening

Presented by the David Brower Center

Wednesday, January 27
7 pm
$10 Advance / $12 Door // $5 Students & Teachers
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Acclaimed documentary Manufactured Landscapes chronicles the work of Edward Burtynsky as he photographs the evidence, effects, and massive scale of China's industrial revolution. According to the Boston Globe, "Manufactured Landscapes is a mesmerizing work of visual oncology, a witness to a cancer that's visible only at a distance but entwined with the DNA of everything we buy and everywhere we shop."

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