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Posted inCommunity, Nature

Bay Nature: Restitches our connection to natural world

David Loeb, publisher and editor of Bay Nature Magazine which is based in Berkeley. Photo: Diane Poslosky David Loeb, publisher and editor of Bay Nature Magazine which is based in Berkeley. Photo: Diane Poslosky No matter how grand the “internet of things” becomes, all the digital wizardry in the world will never rival the unsurpassable majesty of […]

Posted inCommunity

Neighbors petition to rename South Branch Library after civil-rights leader

The South Branch of the Berkeley Public Library: a group of neighbors would like to see it named after Tarea Hall Pittman, a civil-rights leader who lived in South Berkeley. Photo: Richard Friedman Update, April 23: The Board of Trustees of the Berkeley Public Library voted against renaming the South Branch after civil-rights leader Tarea […]

Posted inArts

Shotgun Players to create studio at old Serendipity Books

Shotgun Players is transforming the old Serendipity Books store on University Avenue into a rehearsal space. Photo: Google Images Shotgun Players is transforming the old Serendipity Books store on University Avenue into a rehearsal space. Photo: Google Images Berkeley’s Shotgun Players has purchased the building on University Avenue that once housed Serendipity Books and will turn it into […]

Posted inCommunity, Schools

Emma Goldman: Still too hot to handle? UC Berkeley set to pull plug on anarchist’s archive

Emma Goldman in a mug shot taken in 1901. Photo: Wikimedia Commons By Rebecca Spence / J Weekly As UC Berkeley celebrates the 50th anniversary of the free speech movement this month, a long-simmering feud over funding for the Emma Goldman Papers — an archival project dedicated to the life and work of the iconic Jewish […]

Posted inCommunity, Events, Housing & Development

4 Berkeley buildings to get upgrades after library lawsuit

Ashkenaz will use a $27,000 grant it received from the Berkeley Preservation Trust to seismically upgrade its building and help fund a new roof. Photo: Joe Balestreri A bell tower constructed in 1878. A nursery school built in 1927. An import-export warehouse converted into a music venue. A prefabricated panel cottage put together in 1887. […]

Posted inCommunity

In Berkeley program, teens learn the law, leadership

Mock trials presided over by an Alameda County Superior Court judge turn teenagers into attorneys and defendants for the day. Photo: Nancy Schiff Jay-Z and Beyoncé are working out their relationship problems. The celebrities — impersonated uncannily by two 17-year-olds — are pretty angry at each other. But eventually they restore their romance, thanks to […]

Posted inCommunity

At the Write Home Project, the young homeless are heard

A participant at The Write Home Project in Berkeley, which provides writing workshops, and the occasional open mic, to a community that doesn’t regularly receive these opportunities. Photo: courtesy The Write Home Project By Victor Casillas Valle Nestled behind St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, on Bancroft Way in Berkeley, is one huge set of steel steps covered […]