Arts & Events

Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar

By Bonnie Hughes
Thursday March 11, 2010 - 11:08:00 AM

Look here for an ongoing guide to selected arts events in Berkeley compiled by the producer of the Berkeley Arts Festival. -more-


By Steven Finacom
Thursday March 11, 2010 - 10:20:00 AM
An orange-shirted SF MOMA visitor inadvertently complements the picture he’s perusing.

Earlier this year I took a trip to see what Modern Hath Wrought. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) turns 75 this year, and is celebrating with both special and retrospective exhibitions and programs. -more-

Berkeley Was in Oscar Spotlight

Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday March 11, 2010 - 02:27:00 PM
dith Ehrlich, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America, on the way to the Kodak Theater for the Oscars with Daniel and Patricia Ellsberg. Judy's dress was designed and made in the East Bay by Devi, proprietor of Outback in Point Richmond,*with help from the LoveTribe (Outback's loyal customers). Jewelry by Clare Ullman.

The East Bay was well represented at Oscar ceremonies on Sunday. The Oscar-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America has Berkeley connections--directors Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich are both based in Berkeley. And Berkeley-based Earth Island Institute is behind the making of The Cove, which won an Oscar for best documentary Sunday night. -more-

Goodbye Videots

By Jessica Moore
Friday March 12, 2010 - 03:38:00 PM

We first met in 1997 when I moved to the Elmwood. Coming from Boston, by way of San Francisco, I was accustomed to neighborhoods where funky and fashionable apartment buildings jockey for frontage along bustling, always-entertaining sidewalk scenes. So when my husband and I moved our two-year-old marriage to this tree-lined district of Berkeley, with single-family homes cowering behind front yards of foliage, I was out of my element. -more-

Saint Patrick's Day Festivities

By Ralph E. Stone
Wednesday March 10, 2010 - 06:39:00 PM

On March 17th, the Irish, the more than 70 million world-wide who claim Irish heritage, and the Irish-for-a-day, will be lifting a pint of Guinness, or something stronger, to toast Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. I bet corn beef and cabbage will be on many a menu. And many will be wearin' the green. Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that is the day St. Patrick died; it is now celebrated as his feast day. -more-

EAST BAY THEN AND NOW: Bread and Music Were Staples of West Berkeley Block

by Daniella Thompson
Thursday March 11, 2010 - 03:09:00 PM
The former American Photo Player Company buildings, now Strawberry Creek Design Center.

Berkeley prides itself on being at the forefront of national trends. This was already the case a hundred years ago, when newfangled inventions like the automobile and the movies found receptive local entrepreneurs ready to help them along. -more-

WILD NEIGHBORS: Last of the Berkeley Parrots?

by Joe Eaton
Thursday March 11, 2010 - 08:15:00 AM

A few days ago, Ron and I were walking down San Pablo Avenue near Hearst when we heard a familiar screeching noise. We located the source in a leafless tree: a midsized green parrot with a long tail and a red face. It appeared to be a mitred conure, also known as mitred parakeet, the species that’s frequented West Berkeley for at least a couple of decades. And there was only one. -more-

Why is There No Longer an Events Calendar?

Saturday March 13, 2010 - 11:01:00 AM

Creating the very complete events calendar in the print Planet required a very substantial portion of the time of one full-time employee who is no longer working for the paper. We're trying to figure out a way to have some sort of events calendar in the future--volunteers to maintain it would be welcome. -more-