"Mathematics, Love, and Death"

When: Wed., Dec. 1, 7 p.m. 2010

On paper, UC Berkeley mathematics professor Edward Frankel is your classic math nerd: He teaches multivariate calculus, boasts a CV that's several pages long and reads like a foreign language, sits on the editorial board of no fewer than seven mathematics journals, and is one of the world's foremost experts on the intersection of number theory, automorphic forms, and algebraic geometry. But on the side, he moonlights as -- wait for it -- an erotic film star. Frankel co-directed, co-wrote, and stars in Rites of Love and Math, an abstract 26-minute meditation on "Truth and Beauty, Love and Death, Mathematics and Tattoo," which was inspired by the Japanese cult film Rite of Love and Death. On Wednesday, Dec. 1, both films screen at Shattuck Cinemas (2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley), followed by a question-and-answer session with Frankel. 7 p.m., free. Passes available beforehand at East Bay Media Center (1939 Addison St., Berkeley) and night-of at the theater. 510-843-3699.

Ellen Cushing

Price: free

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