Some very Berkeley books for the holidays

On Dec. 16, Berkeleyside published the Best Books of 2016 compiled by Berkeleyside staff and community members. But there is another category of books, those about Berkeley, that is also worth noting. Here then is a list of recently published books about Berkeley that will make great gifts. Quirky Berkeley by Tom Dalzell Dalzell writes about all that […]

Tom Dalzell: The man behind new book, ‘Quirky Berkeley’

Tom Dalzell has so many passions that he has to get up at 3:30 a.m. each day to attend to them all. A highly regarded labor leader, a world expert on slang, and – in the last five years – the world’s strongest proponent of Berkeley’s quirk, Dalzell’s constellation of interests would exhaust a lesser man. […]

How Quirky is Berkeley? Buldan Seka’s ceramic friends

Buldan Seka’s giant, brightly painted, freakish ceramic sculptures have caught the eye and attention of drivers and bikers and walkers on upper Spruce Street in Berkeley for years. Her front yard is a stunning gallery of her large, ceramic works. Seka was born in Macedonia to Turkish-Yugoslavian family that moved to Istanbul at the outbreak […]

How quirky is Berkeley? Mailboxes that resemble houses

The 2010 Census reports that there were 46,029 households in Berkeley. Some households, to be sure, get their mail in banks of mailboxes that do not permit innovation in design, but there are many thousands that do. To an extent not seen in most cities, Berkeley residents see their mailboxes as an opportunity for creative expression. […]

How quirky is Berkeley? The art of Conny Bleul-Gohlke

Coming up Marin Avenue, just before Colusa Avenue on the south side of the street, you will have seen the collection of folk art: the garage door, the bench, the pigs in the ivy and the mailbox. They were designed and created by Conny Bleul-Gohlke, an autodidactic artist who came to Berkeley from Berlin with her […]

How Quirky is Berkeley? Marion Fredman’s Tunnel Rd art

It is only natural that Marion Fredman would infuse her home and garden with whimsical art, given her long association with MOCHA, the Museum of Children’s Arts in Oakland.  For years, Fredman worked at MOCHA; she still serves on the board. Over the years she has collaborated with her children and seven grandchildren to use […]

How quirky is Berkeley? Check out these dinosaurs

For the last few years, Tom Dalzell has been wandering the streets of Berkeley, camera in hand, to document all the strange, fascinating, and unusual items he can spot in yards and gardens. They range from animal-themed birdhouses to Hansel and Gretel cottages to wild lawn art to unusual signs to art cars. The only […]

Getting ahead: Artist adds fun to Berkeley streetscape

Visitors to the Elmwood shopping district on College Avenue may have spotted something a little unusual recently. While Berkeleyans are no strangers to pop-up street art — be it yarnbombed lamposts or front yard sculpture — the heads that have appeared on defunct parking meter posts there are particularly striking. Reminiscent of heads on a stake, with […]

The Berkeley Wire: 01.04.12

UC Berkeley and the public Ivies: Five lingering questions [WaPo] Diversity urged at UC Berkeley engineering school [Chronicle] Mayor’s former chief of staff starts job at Cal [Daily Cal] Seismologist on what Berkeley quakes mean [Wall Street Journal] Cal-Stanford 2012 Big Game to be played in October, not November [Cal Athletics] Police use of pepper spray […]