When artists can record albums on their laptops, recording in a professional studio is now more the exception than the rule.
Since Fantasy Studios moved to Berkeley in 1971, the company has produced numerous Academy Award-winning films and gold and platinum records.
The 2017 Berkeley Film Foundation grant cycle is open until May 5
Around 90 people lined up at a May 5 Berkeley City Council meeting to discuss community benefits. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel The Berkeley City Council took its first steps Tuesday to prioritize which community benefits it will require from developers, and affordable housing and local union jobs were the top priorities. Council members said other priorities […]
An image from Riding My Way Back, one of the films supported by the Berkeley Film Foundation. Photo: Riding My Way Back It’s 342 miles between Berkeley and Hollywood, but on Oscar night, Sunday, Feb. 22, that distance will be shortened for those who flock to the live Academy Awards telecast at A Night in […]
Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell sings opera, Jewish cantorial music and Yiddish art songs. His Convergence will be performed at the Jewish Music Festival this weekend. Photo: Anthony Russell CONVERGENCE One of the highlights of this year’s Jewish Music Festival will be Sunday night’s performance of Convergence by Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, together with Bay Area […]
12 Years a Slave, one of the movies nominated for an Academy Award this year. The ceremony will be screened on Sunday, March 2, at Berkeleywood, a benefit for the Berkeley Film Foundation. Photo: oscar.go.com The Oscars are coming to downtown Berkeley this year for the first time with a glitzy new event at the […]
Hundreds of people came to the 12th annual Berkeley Authors’ dinner on Sat. Feb. 8. Photo: Richard Friedman Hundreds of people came to the 12th annual Berkeley Authors’ dinner on Sat. Feb. 8. Photo: Richard Friedman Berkeley, a literary city if there ever was one, celebrated local authors, readers and the renovation of its branch […]
Matthew Boger (left) and Tim Zaal in a still from Facing Fear. Photo courtesy of Jason Cohen Productions. At age 13, Matthew Boger was banished from his mother’s Northern California home for being gay. To stay alive, the teenager prostituted himself on the streets of Hollywood, where, one night in 1980, he was brutally beaten […]
Saul Zaentz. Photo: The Saul Zaentz Company Saul Zaentz, who produced three Academy Award-winning films and whose Fantasy Records building on Tenth Street in Berkeley became an international center for music and filmmaking, died in San Francisco on Friday at the age of 92. His death marks the end of an era that started in […]
Connie Field (right) and Gregory Scharpen: the pair are making a documentary about Berkeley music pioneer Don Buchla Connie Field can usually be found on the front lines of social struggle. From her classic 1980 documentary The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter to last year’s seven-part PBS series on the global movement to […]
Photo: Manny Hernandez NEW AMSTERDAM COFFEESHOP New Amsterdam Coffeeshop has closed after three years at 1952 University Ave. Its owners sent out a letter to customers and posted a sign on the door explaining they wanted to “spend more time with their boys.” “We never imagined that our little homemade restaurant would be so busy or popular or loved,” they […]