• Big Screen Berkeley: Boxing Gym

    A letter published in the March 1929 issue of Motion Picture Magazine asked: “Why in the world does anybody want to see life represented on the screen as it is? How can they stand to see anything so monotonous? We all see these commonplace things every day of our lives and when we go to the theatre we want something unreal and beautiful to give us courage and hope to face the trials of this drab world of ours…So please, Mr. Directors, give us not life as it is but life as we would like it to be…”

  • Clouds part for solstice eclipse in Berkeley

    For the astronomically inclined, the cloud cover most of yesterday was depressing. Last night’s total lunar eclipse looked like something that would only be seen through other people’s pictures (and, since it was visible throughout the U.S., someone was guaranteed a clear view).