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Visit to SF MOMA forSaturday, January 14, 2017. Deadline December 21

SF MOMACome and join us for a one-hour private tour of the new SF MOMA by a professional art historian. (The SF MOMA was recently closed for a 3-year expansion and remodeling.) We will explore the highlights of the SF MOMA Permanent Collection, which includes painting, sculpture and works on paper from 1900 to the present. We will learn about the geographical centers and artistic trends that helped shape Modern Art. Notable works include Henri Matisse’s Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), 1905; Marcel DuChamp’s Fountain (1917/1964); and Mark Rothko’s No. 14 from 1960.


Cost: $35 includes tour and entrance fee. For SF MOMA members the cost would be $20.
When: Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
Deadline: December 21, 2016
Location: 151 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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From BART:
The museum is in walking distance from BART. The closest station is Montgomery. After exiting BART, head Southwest on Market St, turn left on 3rd Street.

The 31st Annual Asilomar Conference is coming Feb 10 – 13, 2017

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Asilomar once again beckons! Last year’s conference reminded us of the pleasures of a dialogue in the liberal arts – a conversation that flows from history to literature, from biology to design, from neuroscience to music to foreign affairs.

We have a slate of extraordinary speakers representing a broad range of disciplines and pursuits. As always, we look forward to sharing a mental workout but also to the privilege of renewing old friendships and beginning new ones – all in a location of exceptional peace and beauty. Thank you for joining us in what promises to be a lively and exhilarating exchange.

Information about the speakers is located here

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The Spirit of the Old West – at The Blackhawk Museum, Saturday, March 18, 2017. Deadline: March 1, 2017


“You come here to tell us lies, but we don’t want to hear them.” Sitting Bull

We return to the Blackhawk Museum in Danville for a very special Docent-led tour of Kenneth Behring’s collection of Western Memorabilia. The collection started when Behring was only 12 years old and found an arrowhead at his home in Pennsylvania. He eventually made his way “out west” as an adult, discovering in Cody, Wyoming a collection that more than seeded what now comprises over 9000 pieces. This is a very special exhibit at a very special museum; after the tour, consider having lunch (not included in cost) as you can return to the museum afterward – our admission covers the entire day’s visit, not just the Behring exhibit.

Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 11:00 a.m. (plan to arrive no later than 10:45 am for check-in)
Minimum: 12
Maximum: none
Deadline: March 1, 2017
Fee: $13.00 per person
Directions: From I-680 to Crow Canyon Road exit. Go east (right) on Crow Canyon Road 4.2 miles. Turn right on Camino Tassajara. The first left (at the Century Blackhawk Plaza Theater) is the entrance to Blackhawk Plaza. The second right takes you into the closest parking area. The Museum is on the hill behind the Anthropologie Building.

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Sauternes Sauternes Wines Tasting, Sunday, April 2, 2017

A very special event! Sauternesis a French sweet wine from the Sauternes region of the Graves section in Bordeaux.Sauternes is made from Sémillon, Sauvignon blanc, and Muscadelle grapes that have been affected by Botrytis cinerea (also known as noble rot).

This event is being hosted by member extraordinaire Jean James and her husband Tom James at their home in Novato who will be sharing what they learned about Sauternes when visiting the Bordeaux region in France. We will also enjoy “small bites” that complement the Sauternes being tasted.

Date: April 2, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Minimum: 8
Maximum: 18
Deadline: March 3, 2017
Fee: $10.00 per person
Directions: Take Atherton Ave./San Marin Dr. exit from Hwy. 101, and head toward San Marin Dr. Turn left onto Atherton Ave. which becomes San Marin Dr. Turn right onto San Andreas Dr. and after 2 miles, go past the first San Domingo (near the entrance to Rolling Hills Swim and Tennis Club) and turn right on the second San Domingo and then right onto San Domingo Way. San Ardo Court is the first right and #8 is on the right.

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Bancroft HotelΦBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner - Sunday, May 7, 2017

Get out your calendars!  It’s time to make sure that you have this year’s ΦBKNCA Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner blocked out!

Our meeting in May will be held from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at The Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley, the same location as last year’s meeting.  As you are aware, the annual meeting is the occasion when we celebrate ΦBKNCA’s primary mission—the awarding of scholarships and teaching excellence awards to deserving scholars and professors, fulfilling ΦBKNCA’s objective to enhance scholars’ educational and research activities and to honor those who are teaching our next generation.

For those of you who have not been able to come to the Annual Dinner before, we encourage you to do so.  In meeting some of these outstanding honorees and learning about their academic interests (as well as renewing old friendships and perhaps getting more involved in our vibrant organization, ΦBKNCA), you will be able to more fully appreciate the value of the programs we offer throughout the year: the funds generated through the Asilomar conference, the many monthly events and the direct contributions you make!  

Enjoy the food, wine and, best of all, wonderful fellowship of kindred spirits.

Social hour begins at 4:00 p.m. with a cash bar; dinner, including your choice of entrées (seafood, chicken, vegetarian), white or red house wine, will be served at 5:00 p.m.  Coffee and tea will be served with dessert.

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Cost: (per person including tax, gratuities, parking):  $65.00

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