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Irish Singer Mary Black Comes to Zellerbach

Famed Irish singer Mary Black brings the music of contemporary Irish song writers to Zellerbach Hall Sunday, Oct. 25.

Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "one of the best interpretative singers around," Black consistently performs to packed audiences and has recorded a series of hit albums.

Among them are her 1991 "Babes in the Wood," which sold half a million copies; "The Holy Ground," which went platinum on the day of release in 1993; and "Circus," a 1995 album that was number one on the Irish charts and 16 on the UK charts.

At her one-evening Cal Performances engagement, Black will share -- in a voice described by the Daily Telegraph as "serene and achingly beautiful" -- songs from her repertoire as well from "Shine," her newest and some say best album yet.

For tickets, selling for $18, $24 and $30, call 642-9988.


Healing Potential of Design

Interior design consultant Victoria Stone will lead a three-hour seminar, "Creating Environments for Health and Healing," Saturday, Sept. 19, at UC Extension Center, 55 Laguna Street in San Francisco.

"This course looks beyond the functionality and aesthetics of space to identify ways to support inner life," says Stone, who began her career in occupational health and later opened an interior design studio in San Francisco. Her work includes the highly publicized labyrinth in the California Pacific Medical Center.

The seminar costs $10. For course details call 643-6827. To enroll call 642-4111 or visit Extension's web site at


New Program Brings Public Execs to Campus

A leading California municipal securities firm, Stone & Youngberg, has endowed a new program to bring top local government administrators to the campus's Institute of Governmental Studies.

Under the Stone & Youngberg California Local Executive-in-Residence program, public decision makers will receive a stipend for three weeks at the institute, where they will teach, study, write and reflect on local governance issues. The institute offers a renowned reference library and access to leading faculty experts, visiting scholars and guest lecturers.

Chief administrators from local cities, counties, special districts and regional agencies will be selected based on merit and the worthiness of their projects. The deadline to apply for the first residency, slated for winter-spring 1999, is Nov. 13.

For information phone 643-6476, fax 643-0866, email or visit the institute's web site, at


Pew Awards BAM/PFA for Student Programs

The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive has received a $500,000 grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts Program for Art Museums and Communities.

The funds will enable the museum to develop "The Time of Your Life," a program to enhance the visual literacy of campus students from a wide range of academic disciplines.

The award will help students develop and record a series of audio tours of the museum's galleries. The museum plans to enhance the student tour guide program, develop an artists' and scholars' residency program in collaboration with campus departments and expand PFA's student-curated film series.

Pew's Program for Art Museums and Communities, now in its fourth and final year, helps art museums build partnerships with their communities through programs of exceptional merit. BAM/PAF is one of only 11 museums to have been funded by the program since its inception.


National Prison Conference on Campus Sept. 25-27

Did you know the federal goverment spent $27 billion on education and $8 billion on corrections in 1980, but $16 billion for education and $20 billion for corrections in 1995?

Scholars, policymakers, activists, advocates, cultural workers and former prisoners will address this and related issues at "Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex," a national conference and strategy session to be held on campus Sept. 25-27. Education, law and policy, research and activism, abolitionist alternatives, and the media and popular culture relating to prisons will be examined at the conference.

Sponsors include the ethnic studies department and the UC Humanities Research Institute, among many others.

For information contact Critical Resistance, P.O. Box 339, Berkeley, CA 94701; call 643-2094; email, or see the web site at


They Once Ruled the Planet

"Realm of the Reptiles," a Lawrence Hall of Science exhibit opening Sunday, Oct. 4, features real live reptiles and giant robotic replicas.

Realistic crocodile, chameleon, snapping turtle and rattlesnake robots, plus live creatures and unusual specimens, highlight reptiles' diversity, adaptability and stubborn survival skills for more than 300 million years.

The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 19.

LHS is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults; $4 for children 7 to 18, seniors, and students; $2 for children 3 to 6. For information call 642-5132 or check


Interactive University Seeks Proposals

Berkeley's Interactive University Project seeks grant proposals for Internet projects that build learning communities through partnerships between the university and K-12 schools in Oakland and San Francisco.

A pre-proposal conference will be held Sept. 10 from 4:30 to 6 pm in 60 Barrows Hall.

Project proposals from departments and academic units should respond to curricular priorities and standards of the Oakland and San Francisco school districts, enhance student achievement, structure unique learning relationships between the university and K-12 students and teachers, and use the Internet to foster innovative teaching and learning practices.

Eight projects will be selected by the Interactive University Project to receive grants of up to $35,000 a year for a maximum of three years.

Grant proposals are due Oct. 9. For information about the Interactive University Project and this grant opportunity, consult the following web address:

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