By Lance Knobel and Frances Dinkelspiel
Michael Layefsky’s passion for aerial photography was born one day in 1997 when he was taking one of his customary walks on the UC Berkeley campus and he came across “this guy flying a humongous kite on the big lawn in front of the library”.
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has selected Richmond as the site for its second campus. The Lab annnounced the news this morning on its website, saying the University of California-owned Richmond Field Station site “presents the best opportunity to solve the Lab’s pressing space problems while allowing for long term growth and maintaining the 80-year tradition of close cooperation with the UC Berkeley Campus.”
By Emily S. Mendel
On Thursday, we provided a sneak peek inside our city’s newest cultural institution. “A wonderful addition to Berkeley on several levels,” said Downtown Berkeley Association director John Caner of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life (above, photographed by Ira Serkes) which is holding an open house tomorrow, Sunday, 12-4 pm for all to visit.
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Daniela Milian-Cavenecia, a junior at UC Berkeley, has been awarded the first Zachary Michael Cruz Memorial Scholarship, which was established to preserve the memory of Zachary Cruz, who was run over and killed by a truck on a crosswalk in Berkeley in 2009 when he was five years old.
Darryl Kimble, a chef at beloved Bette's Oceanview Diner for almost 30 years, talks about diner life and what kind of restaurant he'd like to call his own.
Before photography, scientists relied on the work of botanical illustrators to document and record plants. Today botanical art is prized for plant portraits that are both elegant and technically accurate.
On Sunday, the doors will open to a new cultural institution in Berkeley. The many thousands of books, paintings, prints, textiles, and photographs that make up The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life — which was formerly located in an early 20th-century family home on Russell Street in the Elmwood neighborhood — will now be readily accessible to the public in a beautifully renovated, centrally located 25,000 sq ft space at 2121 Allston Way.
Berkeley’s Fair Campaign Practices Commission will consider changes to local campaign laws on Thursday that members hope will bring greater transparency to election finances.
If Berkeley had a hall of fame for musicians, pianist Dick Whittington would be inducted as part of the inaugural class. As an educator, presenter, and ebulliently swinging player, he left an indelible mark on the city’s jazz before decamping for the Monterey Peninsula in the mid-1990s.