Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Star Trek Beyond

2016/PG-13/130 minutes
Capt. Kirk and his crew are marooned on a remote planet after the Enterprise is attacked by a dictator named Krall.

Jul 17, 5:30pm to 7:40pm, Berkeley Public Library: Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705, United States

Brandon Brown presents The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America's First Moon Missions

Brandon Brown presents The Apollo Chronicles: Engineering America's First Moon Missions, a uniquely earthbound story of space travel that follows a handful of surviving engineers from the time through their longest days, tightest deadlines, and most confounding challenges.

[Brown] has captured the soul of what was arguably the most challenging and significant engineering accomplishment of the 20th century...a great read for all audiences...I learned things about `my era' that I never knew!"--Gerry Griffin, Former Director of the Johnson Space Center, and former flight director for the Apollo Program

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 7:30pm

The moon landing of 1969 stands as an iconic moment for both the United States and humankind. The familiar story focuses on the journey of the brave astronauts, who brought home Moon rocks and startling photographs. But Apollo's full account includes the earthbound engineers, mounds of their crumpled paper, and smoldering metal shards of exploded engines. How exactly did the nation, step by difficult step, take men to the Moon and back?

In The Apollo Chronicles, fifty years after the moon landing, author Brandon R. Brown, himself the son of an Apollo engineer, revisits the men and women who toiled behind the lights. He relays the defining twentieth-century project from its roots, bringing the engineers' work and personalities to bright life on the page. Set against the backdrop of a turbulent American decade, the narrative whisks audiences through tense deadlines and technical miracles, from President John F. Kennedy's 1961 challenge to NASA's 1969 lunar triumph, as engineers confronted wave after wave of previously unthinkable challenges.

Brown immerses readers in key physical hurdles--from building the world's most powerful rockets to keeping humans alive in the hostile void of space--using language free of acronyms and technical jargon. The book also pulls back from the detailed tasks and asks larger questions. What did we learn about the Moon? And what can this uniquely innovative project teach us today?

Brandon R. Brown is a Professor of Physics at USF. His research includes work on superconductivity and sensory biophysics. He enjoys writing about science for general audiences, including articles and essays in New Scientist, SEED, and the Huffington Post, as well as a biography, Planck, that won the 2016 Housatonic Award for Nonfiction.

Jul 17, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Mrs Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave, Berkeley

Lyrics & Dirges: A Monthly Reading Series

Featuring a mix of prominent, emerging and beginning writers. Lyrics & Dirges aim is to highlight various forms of writing in an effort to spotlight the diverse literary community of the Bay Area. Hosted and curated by Sharon Coleman and Mk Chavez.

July's readers are:
Judy Bebelaar
Aileen Cassinetto
Maya Khosla
Camille Norton
Fátima Policarpo

Judy Bebelaar's poetry has been published widely in magazines and online, and has won many awards, most recently a first prize, two thirds, and the Grand Prize in the Ina Coolbrith Circle Poetry Contest. Her work is also included in many anthologies, among them The Widows' Handbook (foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsberg) and River of Earth and Sky. Walking Across the Pacific is her first poetry chapbook. And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown, non-fiction, is about the students from Peoples Temple she and co-author Ron Cabral came to know before most of them were sent to Jonestown. Ron and Judy were recently named Library Laureates 2019 by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Aileen Cassinetto is the third Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, the first Asian American appointed to the post. She is the author of Traje de Boda (Meritage Press, 2010) and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems (Our Own Voice & Little Dove Books, 2018), as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books' acclaimed Locofo series.

Maya Khosla, Sonoma County Poet Laureate (2018-2020), has written a new collection, All the Fires of Wind and Light, inviting readers to find themselves in the wild - even in the most challenging times. Drawing from personal history, ancestry, and from explorations ranging from the Bay of Bengal to the Sierra Nevada, Cascades Mountains and beyond, these poems take readers into worlds that are all but hidden, among "the best-kept secrets of our forests," and sometimes all but crushed. In moments, her work shows sudden flares of understanding about the sheer scale of fragmentation, even disappearance. And yet these poems are "fortified by nutrients and hope" in the powers of rejuvenation. She has also written Keel Bone (winner, 2003 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize), Heart of the Tearing (poems from Red Dust Press), and Web of Water (Golden Gate Parks Press).

Camille Norton's new book of poems is A Folio for the Dark. Her first collection, Corruption, was a National Poetry Series winner. She has worked collaboratively with artists and composers since the early 1990's when she co-edited Resurgent: New Writing by Women, an anthology of experimental writing by women in literature, film, and the visual arts. Her poem "The Prison Diary of Bartlett Yancey Malone" was published in The Best American Poetry 2010.

Fátima Policarpo is a Portuguese-American writer. Most recently, her work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Luso-American Foundation. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter and Fourth Genre. She is presently working on a nonfiction manuscript about language and women's bodies that explores the roots of various forms of violence against women.

Jul 17, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Pegasus Books Downtown 2349 Shattuck Ave Berkeley