Kaia Diringer has worked as Berkeleyside’s photo intern for the past four months. One of her last assignments, which she chose herself, was to shoot at the Golden Gate Fields racetrack on the Berkeley-Albany border. Here, she writes about her impressions of the track, which she visited several times over the course of a few weeks:
With some gorgeous fall weather, it was a weekend of outdoor pursuits in Berkeley with the Spice of Life Festival in the Gourmet Ghetto, Off The Grid at Golden Gate Fields, and a general appreciation for the beauty of the nature that surrounds us. Here’s a taste of all of the above by Berkeleyside contributing photographers Nancy Rubin, s. jo., Ira Serkes, D.H. Parks, and seaangle12.
As the Berkeley Lab rolls into town this week to hold three public meetings about a second campus, there has been a lot of speculation about which community will be the best cheerleader. The bar has already been set high: Richmond had drummers and dancers perform at its meeting, Oakland put forward its mayor, and Alameda had a packed house.
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has selected six sites in six East Bay cities as the possible location of a second campus, Berkeleyside has learned.
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory received a fourth Berkeley proposal for a new campus – the old Marchant Building on San Pablo Avenue near Ashby Avenue.
Shooting a movie on location simply wasn’t necessary during Hollywood’s Golden Age—the period from the late 1920s through late 1950s when the studio system was firmly in control of American film production. Whether a film was set in the back alleys of Old Shanghai, the drawing rooms of modern-day London, or the dachas of Imperial Russia, there was a set on the back-lot—or at worst a location a few hours drive away—that could fill in and provide a reasonable facsimile of the real thing. Which makes it all the more surprising that MGM chose to film exteriors for the fourth of their popular Thin Man series, Shadow of the Thin Man, right here in Berkeley, U.S.A.
Neighboring Albany is engaged in a comprehensive public process to look at the future of its waterfront, called Voices to Vision. Next Tuesday night, the program is looking for the views of non-Albany residents. Since the Eastshore State Park runs through Berkeley and Albany, and part of the land on which the troubled Golden Gate Fields sits is part of Berkeley, Berkeley residents should be interested in expressing their views.
The 2010 horse-racing season began in late December at Golden Gate Fields, with the next significant live race scheduled for Martin Luther King Day.