TOTALLY RAD ART GALLERY A new art gallery has opened on San Pablo Avenue in the old Leslie’s Ceramics building. Totally Rad, run by Amber Mueller, is dedicated to exhibiting contemporary works by emerging local and national artists. On Jan. 9, 6-9 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the gallery’s new exhibition, “Daft Affect: “Dear Volunteers” showing work by Tra Bouscaren and John Schlesinger. Totally Rad Gallery is at 1212 San Pablo Ave. ( at Harrison St.). Connect with the gallery through its website and on Facebook.
SPINSKY SPIN STUDIO Back in April 2015, we brought you news of a fitness studio called Spinksy that was set to open on San Pablo Avenue. That location did not work out, according to owner Alan Sklansky. Instead, Spinksy, a fitness-based business that will offer spinning, hip-hop, hoop dancing and other fitness classes, will open at 3324 Adeline St. in Berkeley’s Lorin District shortly. Sklansky told Berkeleyside he plans to offer some free classes when the studio opens to entice people to try out the offerings. Keep an eye on the studio’s website, which is under development, for news of opening date.
INKWORKS PRESS CLOSED Inkworks Press, which has been printing “for peace and justice” for more than 40 years in Berkeley decided to close its business at 2827 Seventh St. at the end of 2015. Inkworks billed itself as “a leading environmentally and socially conscious offset printer,” and was organized as a democratically run worker collective. In an email to customers, the printing press wrote, “We are grateful that we have been able to serve you over the years.” Before it closed, Inkworks put a call out to the community to help it document the press’s printing history and its connection to the progressive community. And there’s some good news: Community Printers, a Santa Cruz-based worker-managed cooperative and union shop, opened in Berkeley at the end of December, staffed by long-time Inkworker Ranil Abeysekera.
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