Anneli Rufus is a Berkeley resident and the author of the newly published book Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself (Tarcher Penguin 2014). Here she writes about living with low self-esteem in a city she believes doesn’t have that issue:
VIENNA PHILHARMONIC The three-day residency of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Cal Performances this weekend focuses on the centennial of the outbreak of World War I, with three concerts, a symposium bringing together scholars from both Berkeley and Vienna, and pre- and post-concert talks. Friday night’s concert, conducted by Lorin Maazel, features Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Mahler’s Fourth. Saturday night, conducted by Andris Nelsons, has Haydn’s 90th, Brahms’ Third and Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn. Sunday afternoon, Franz Welser-Most conducts the orchestra in Mozart’s 28th and Bruckner’s 6th, as well as a new composition by Viennese composer Johannes Maria Staud. The symposium, The Vienna Philharmonic 100 years after the outbreak of World War I, examines the intermingling of arts and politics, and in particular the role an arts institution can play in the course of history. The symposium and other residency events (but not the concerts) are free: RSVP to reserve your place, seating is first come, first served. Tickets for the concerts at Zellerbach Hall are available from Cal Performances. (more…)
By Varya Simpson
While the City Council unanimously passed a declaration Tuesday night asking the United States Postal Service not to sell Berkeley’s Main Post Office, an award-winning developer who specializes in historic properties says he is interested in buying the building on Allston Way.
By Shannon Miller
Teens in Berkeley will now have a new place to hang out after school.
Over the next few days more than 850 Berkeley families will find a Holiday gift in their mailboxes — a check from the Berkeley Holiday Fund, an organization which has been providing such welcome surprises for an impressive 98 years.