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12:00 am

VIRTUAL “The Optimists”

January 21 @ 12:00 am
Free

2019 documentary about a Palestinian chemist who moves from his Arab village to a Jewish kibbutz in southern Israel, where the American founders vowed to “fix the world.” Available to stream through Jan. 30; live, online talk with the chemist, Tareq Abu Hamed, and filmmaker Eliezer Yaari at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Presented by Under […]

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7:00 pm

Fran Lebowitz in conversation

January 21 @ 7:00 pm
Roda Theater, 2015 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA
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$60 – $81

Author and social commentator discusses current events, politics, the media and more in six performances with a different guest each night, including: UC Berkeley prof Dacher Keltner, KQED’s Scott Shafer, documentarian Peter L. Stein and Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. Through Jan. 26.

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7:30 pm

Noir City Film Festival

January 21 @ 7:30 pm
Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA
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$15

Program includes an antisemitism-focused double feature of 1947’s “Crossfire,” about a bigoted soldier who kills a Jewish veteran, and 1948’s “Open Secrets,” about newlyweds who come upon a gang of American Nazis, plus a 2017 documentary short about a 1939 Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden. Proof of vaccination and masks required.

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