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After years of deferred maintenance, Berkeley asks nonprofits to pay for fixes

The Berkeley Rowing Club recently signed a 15-year lease with Berkeley for minimal rent in exchange for redoing the roof for. Photo:Berkeley Rowing Club
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After years of neglect, Berkeley has begun requiring nonprofit organizations renting buildings from the city to undertake and pay for long-deferred maintenance and capital improvements. About one dozen nonprofits have entered into lease negotiations with the Parks, Recreation and Waterfront department over the past few years. While a few of those leases have been signed, many have dragged on for two to four years and are still unsigned.

The nonprofits are facing a combined estimated repair budget of more than $2 million for their leased buildings – and some of them say they cannot afford to pay for the repairs. These deferred maintenance costs are separate from the more than $25.5 million needed to repair city-owned and occupied buildings and facilities.

All the leased facilities are located in city parks and rented by nonprofits such as the Berkeley Art Center, TheaterFIRST, the Youth Musical Theater Company, Ala Costa Services, Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program, the Berkeley Paddle and Rowing Club, The Berkeley Yacht Club, and the Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club. … Continue reading »

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First GLAS Animation Festival launches in Berkeley

Montage of Heck. Photo: courtesy Glas Animation Festival
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The very first GLAS Animation Festival opens this week in Berkeley. With screenings and related events happening at multiple sites, including Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas, the David Brower Center, Berkeley Art Center and the Firehouse Art Collective, the inaugural festival runs March 3-6.

The festival is the brainchild of Global Animation Syndicate, a Los Angeles-based grant program launched in 2014 run by animators for animators dedicated to funding “gifted, innovative, and independent animators across the globe.”

Festival director and co-founder Jeanette Bonds, an animator herself and graduate of the prestigious CalArts animation program, said they were spurred to create the festival by the relative lack of support for non-commercial animation in the U.S.

“There is a strong infrastructure to support documentaries and live-action films here,” she said, but less so for animation. The festival is part of the organization’s mission to provide a stepping stone to commercial and critical success for early- to mid-career animators.

As to why Berkeley, Bonds is emphatic: of all the cities they considered for the festival, Berkeley was by far the most welcoming. … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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DEMYSTIFYING BATS In an appropriately timed event, come learn about local bats on Saturday Oct. 31 at the UC Botanical Garden with Director of NorCal Bats, Corky Quirk. Quirk will talk about bats and discuss the harmful myths that surround these potentially cute animals. You’ll also learn the importance of bats in our environment. Live bats will be presented for viewing and discussion. Saturday Oct. 31, 10 a.m., UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Dr.. Price: $15 Adult/$10 Adult Member/$5 Youth (ages 3-17). Details on Berkeleyside’s Events Calendar.Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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NOT YOUR USUAL LIBRARY EVENT The Berkeley Public Library Foundation is holding a “spirited after-hours event” on Saturday, Oct. 10. Tall Tales & Local Ales will feature David “DJ Dave” Wittman, of “Whole Foods Parking Lot” fame (if you haven’t seen it, drop everything and watch now). Wittman will be joined by an all-star cast of storytellers, including Kay DeMartini, Scott Sanders, Saida Acevedo, Rachman Blake, Robin Claire and Berkeley High senior Lena Sibony. Musicians from the BHS music programs will perform. Local cider and beer is provided by Crooked City Cider, Hoi Polloi, Sierra Nevada, Triple Rock and Calicraft, plus home-made ginger ale, lemonade and hearty finger foods. 14-years-old and older welcome. The evening benefits “It’s Time for Central,” high-impact renovations at the Central Library, including a new space for teens, renovation of the reference room, expanded space for art installations, improved interior lighting and more. Berkeleyside Nosh is a sponsor of Tall Tales & Local Ales. Tickets are $50 for the first two, and $35 for additional tickets available online. Saturday, Oct. 10, 7-10 p.m., Berkeley Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.  … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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HENRY IV PART 1 AT JOHN HINKEL PARK Berkeley’s beautiful amphitheater at John Hinkel Park plays host to The Free Theater for four weekends, starting on Sat., July 11. The company is putting on a spartan, feisty production of Shakespeare’s play Henry IV Part 1. Just like when Shotgun mounted productions at the open-air amphitheater, it will be “pass the hat” after the show with sausages on the grill. Music will be played, swords will be clashed, and impassioned text will take hold of the space. The fledgling company is mentored by Shotgun Players as part of its Make a Difference program. Henry IV Part 1 runs through Sunday Aug. 2. Watch a video about the production, and get full details, on The Free Theater’s website. … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

This weekend, The Bay Area Book Festival will fill Downtown Berkeley with authors, readers, and, of course, books. Photo: Laughing Squid
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BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL Downtown Berkeley will be overrun by books, authors and readers this weekend when the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival comes to town. The free event spans several blocks, and sections of Allston Way, Milvia Street, Addison Street, and Kittredge Street will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The areas usually filled by cars will be occupied instead by booksellers, storytellers, artists, art installations, and more. Dozens of panels, with themes of culture, poetry, technology, and more, will be held in indoor spaces around the Downtown area throughout the day (don’t miss the Berkeleyside Uncharted panels with authors Wallace J. Nichols, Ben Parr, and Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes, moderated by Berkeleyside publisher Lance Knobel and American Oz: Berkeley and the Bay Area, moderated by Berkeleyside executive editor Frances Dinkelspiel). The stretch of Allston Way in front of Berkeley High School will be home to a food court and beer and wine garden. (On Saturday, the weekly Berkeley Farmer’s Market will be in its usual spot on Center between MLK and Milvia.) On Sunday evening, the band The Deadliners (composed entirely of authors) will play starting at 5:30 p.m. in Civic Center Park. To top it all off, on Saturday at 7 p.m. bestselling author Judy Blume will be speaking about her new adult book, In the Unlikely Event and about her experiences as a censored author. For more information, visit the Bay Area Book Festival website. (Berkeleyside Uncharted is one of the festival’s three main media sponsors.) … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

This weekend is your last chance to see Theatre First's production of Glenngary Glen Ross at Live Oak Theatre. Photo: Theater First
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GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS This weekend is your last chance to see Theatre First’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross at Live Oak Theatre, as its run has its final day on Sunday. David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about working-class real-estate salesmen trying to eke out a living in the fast-paced economy of the 1980s and claim their piece of the American Dream became an instant classic of American theatre and is regarded as one of the playwright’s best plays. For details and to buy tickets, visit Theatre First’s website or phone 510-981 8150. … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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UNCHARTED Wake up tomorrow morning and mingle with some of the most prominent and captivating thinkers across the disciplines. Berkeleyside presents the second annual Uncharted, a two-day festival jam-packed with  stimulating discussion and debate. On Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25, festival speakers and participants will gather at Berkeley Rep and Freight & Salvage to engage with big, daring, and dangerous ideas. This year’s exciting program includes musings on robotics, new energy, stereotyping, marriage equality, and 3D printing. A few one and two-day passes are still available for the extravaganza, which lasts 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with workshops, coffee breaks, and a party on Friday evening. Find out more. … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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TEEN SHREK This weekend, TeenStage will be performing “Shrek The Musical” at the Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Avenue. Based on the popular 2001 kids movie, the musical follows an ogre and talking donkey on their adventure to save a princess from a fiery dragon. TeenStage is Berkeley Playhouse’s educational program, which features kids aged 12-18. The play lasts two and a half hours and will be shown four times this weekend: 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for youth general admission and can be bought at the Berkeley Playhouse website. … Continue reading »

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The It List: Six things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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REMEMBERING HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI  Aug. 6 and 9 mark the 69th anniversaries of the nuclear bombings of the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki by U.S. armed forces, effectively ending World War II. This Friday, to commemorate these anniversaries, the Newman Nonviolent Peacemakers will be hosting a movie screening of Oliver Stone’s “The Bomb” — part of his series, “The Untold History of the United States” — followed by a discussion. The event is free and will go from 7-9 p.m. at Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way. … Continue reading »

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The It List: 5 things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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ART SHOW The Berkeley Art Center will hold its opening reception for its latest show, New Media Combinations. The show features a mix of traditional media and digital technologies that have been “merged to create new frameworks for contemporary artists interested in exploring a realm of infinite combinations.” Participating artists include Kim Anno, Rebeca Bolinger, Lia Cook, Don Farnsworth, Bella Feldman, Rupert Garcia, Talia Greene, Jeannie O’Connor and Elizabeth Sher. The free (donations accepted) event takes place Friday, Sept. 6, from 6-8 p.m. at 1275 Walnut St. … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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CYPRESS TREE STUDIOS OPEN HOUSE  Spend an afternoon at Cypress Tree Studios this Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The studio’s open house will include artwork by Sarah Winkler, Bob Bechtol, Pat Sonnino, Patricia Bruning, Thomas Richardson, and more, as well as live music from GIO, Gary Garrett and KOCH starting at 4 p.m. Food will be provided by Elite Eats Hot Dogs. More info at the event’s Facebook page. Cypress Tree Studios, 1450 Fourth Street.

RISK EXHIBITION AT THE BERKELEY ART CENTER  The Berkeley Art Center’s annual juried exhibition will open to the public this Saturday, June 29. Apsara DiQuinzio of the Berkeley Art Museum and Kimberly Johansson of the Johansson Project have selected 34 artists from a pool of nearly 250 applicants. Their work, all of which centers around the idea of risk – creating it, examining it, or even being made under circumstances of it – will be shown at the Berkeley Art Center. The exhibit runs from June 29 to August 24 at the Berkeley Art Center at 1275 Walnut St. For details, visit the Berkeley Art Center’s website.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Art Center showcases sculpture in new show

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By Marcia Tanner

One of the many aesthetic pleasures of ORIGINS:Elemental Forms in Contemporary Sculpture — a provocative group sculpture exhibition now at the Berkeley Art Center through June 9 — is the installation itself. Walking into the light-filled airy gallery, you’re confronted with an artfully composed array of three-dimensional (and a few two-dimensional) forms: large and small, inspired by geometric and organic shapes, abstract or figurative or somewhere in between, mostly using traditional materials and all crafted by hand.

The display has such visual coherence it takes a minute or so to realize that the individual works are very different from each other, and that several artists — twelve to be exact, four women and eight men, all from the Bay Area — are represented here, in mini-solo shows whose close proximity sparks a lively conversation among themselves and with the viewer. … Continue reading »

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