By Tina Zhu
Sometimes I think there might just be something to the theory of synchronicity (defined by Wikipedia as “the experience of two or more events, that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance”). What else can account for my penning consecutive reviews of films featuring prosthetic fingers?
Even though it’s been traditional summer weather in Berkeley — foggy mornings leading to sunny, but cool, afternoons, Berkeleyans are enjoying their share of outdoor activities. On Sunday, July 24 the merchants on Claremont Avenue near Prince Street set up shop outside.
This time last year it was a demolition site. Today, the new five-story Helios building in downtown Berkeley stands tall — and vibrant — at 2151 Berkeley Way at Shattuck, not yet complete, but well on the way.
John Jekabson may have missed the summer of love, but he was in the thick of the “Seven Days of May” which saw Berkeley occupied by the National Guard under a state of emergency in 1969.
This year marks the 100th birthday of the menagerie carousel in Tilden Park and the public is invited to celebrate the anniversary on Saturday August 13th.
This year, the American Institute of Architects is launching an East Bay Home Tour to complement those it already organizes in San Francisco and Marin. The new tour, which takes place on August 13, features eight distinctive homes, five of which are in Berkeley — a sign, perhaps, that the city is alive and kicking with creative energy in the field of architecture.
Where’s the best ice cream in Berkeley? As soon as we posed the question, we started to receive your votes — as well as more questions. Is it right to conflate ice cream and gelato? What about sorbet? Can we stray over the Berkeley border if an ice cream parlor has captured our hearts? The winner will be announced next week.
Life on the corner: Meet the owners of your neighborhood stores The corner store is a vital indicator of the economic, racial, and cultural makeup of any community. Berkeleyside kicks off its series on Berkeley corner stores profiling five near the Ashby corridor.
On Berkeley trails: After the poop scoop, why not the poop pick-up? A seemingly innocent question by a Berkeleyside reader prompted 115 comments here and another 101 over on SFGate where we posted the story. Who knew dog leave-behinds could provoke such passions?
Berkeley cannabis lawsuit reveals bitter infighting The news about a split between Berkeley Patients Group and a high-profile employee unsettled Berkeley’s medical cannabis community. We followed up with a story asking whether the city’s new cannabis body provides more accountability.
Berkeleyside would like to take a minute to express its gratitude to our current advertisers: Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Amoeba Music, Barbara Hendrickson/Just Sell My House, Bernardo Lopez Garden Design & Installation, Cal Youth Camps, Carolyn Jones at The Grubb Company, Dan Suich, Donkey & Goat Winery, Downtown Berkeley Association, Energy Upgrade California, Focal Point, Gather, Gemz, The Grubb Company, Hotel Shattuck Plaza/Five Restaurant, Moe’s Books, Photo Laboratory, SF Mime Troupe, Telegraph Berkeley, UC Berkeley Extension, and UC Berkeley Optometry. We encourage our readers to patronize these local businesses whose business we very much appreciate.
The corner store is a vital indicator of the economic, racial, and cultural makeup of any community. What people buy — whether it’s Coke or coconut water, deli meat or goat cheese, Hostess cakes or gluten-free baked goods, cheap hard liquor or expensive artisan brews — offers insight into the kinds of customers that frequent a business and their purchasing power.
A delivery van hit a UC water main this morning at around 10:00 a.m. at Hearst and Gayley, next to the Foothill housing complex, according to Berkeleyside reader Keoki Seu who reported that “water [was] streaming down Hearst”.