What to Do Today: Films on Climate Change, Berlin, and Egyptian Street Culture; Plus Readings, Talks, and Discussions

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1) SECURE YOURSELF
This month’s installment of Infusion (a monthly luncheon devoted to technology) is all about security. Join security expert, former Hong Kong resident, and martial artist Thomas Parenty for a talk about protecting one’s intellectual property from an Asian perspective. The first hour of the event is an open roundtable discussion. Noon-1:30 p.m., $15 for lunch; free if you bring your own. RSVP required.

Thomas Parenty
  • Thomas Parenty

2) SOUND CITY
Berlin: Symphony of a Great City is a silent film that captured everyday life of the residents of Berlin in 1927 in a non-narrative style that mixed documentary, abstract, and expressionist modes. Watch the historic film with accompanying pianist Judith Rosenberg — part of a free UC Berkeley course that’s open to the public. At PFA; 3:10 p.m., $9.50.

3) GASSY DINNER
Readers of the Express already know that the current natural gas boom is being driven by the environmentally devastating practice known as fracking. Discuss the topic at a potluck dinner and movie screening (2010’s Gasland) with members of the Berkeley Climate Action Coalition. At the Ecology Center; 7 p.m., free.

4) THE DOCTOR IS IN THE HOUSE
Get a glimpse of the oft-overlooked lives of patients and doctors in San Francisco in A History of the Present Illness, the new book from UCSF professor Louise Aronson, which she'll discuss at a Great Good Place for Books. 7 p.m., free.

5) RADICAL CINEMA
Discover some of the thought-provoking cinema coming out of the African continent with PFA’s ongoing 2013 African Film Festival. Microphone (2010) “follows a young Egyptian who discovers a vibrant underground culture of skateboarders, hip-hop musicians, and graffiti artists.” 7 p.m., $9.50

Microphone - Official Trailer from Ahmad on Vimeo.

6) NATIVE DAUGHTER
Author Deborah Miranda weaves together history — personal and collective — in her new book Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir. Miranda, a member of the Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation of California, will read from it at Pegasus Books Solano. 7:30 p.m., free.

7) FOOD FIGHT
Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch, takes aim at corporations and their consolidation and control of our food production in her new book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food & Farming in America, and in a lecture of the same name. At Berkeley City College; 7:30 p.m., $12-$15.

8) LOCAL SOUNDS
End your day with a FREE performance by local band Lenz, which music editor Whitney Phaneuf calls “an original rock outfit in its own right.” At the New Parish with The Mallard and Casey and Brian. 8 p.m., free.

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