CHEKHOV ON CAMPUS Some of the best theater in town is put on by the students in UC Berkeley’s Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. The department is presenting Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, a classic tale of 20th-century social upheaval. This production, which opens Friday at Zellerbach Playhouse on the UC Berkeley campus and runs through Sunday, Nov. 1, is directed by senior lecturer Lura Dolas and based on a new translation by Libby Appel. “It’s a play about love and hope, fear and denial,” Dolas says, “as well as giving up treasured beliefs and ways of life, and looking to the future–rushing headlong into it.” Tickets are $13-$20, and can be purchased online through the TDPS Box Office or at the door.
When writer and artist L. John Harris had to vacate his Berkeley home for a month, he checked into the Berkeley City Club, a private social club and hotel where he is a member.
UC BOTANICAL GARDEN’S 125TH BIRTHDAY During its 125 years of existence, the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley has served as a haven for endangered plants rescued from smugglers, a lab for studying climate change, biomagnetism and hummingbirds’ territorial behavior, a seed bank, a classroom for children and an idyllic backdrop for weddings. The Berkeley garden, home to one of the oldest, largest and most diverse collections in the U.S,. kicks off its 125th anniversary celebration on Sunday, June 28, with music (by the Tiny Rock Band and The Banjo Racketeers), a beer garden featuring Trumer, cupcakes (by Kelsey Robinson of The Whole Cake), lemonade, and gelato (by Bar Gelato) at its 34-acre site overlooking San Francisco Bay. Read all about it. (more…)
The new Rockridge Food Tour stands out from the pack with its focus on the neighborhood's history and its more established food spots.
Last month, the American Institute of Architects awarded its highest honor, a Gold Medal, to architect Julia Morgan — 56 years after she had died. She is the first woman to ever be given the award.
On Saturday and Sunday a beautiful, landmarked UC Berkeley-owned building will move across town, inching its way slowly from campus on a flat-bed rig up Centennial Drive to its new home at the UC Botanical Garden in Strawberry Canyon.
A home designed by Julia Morgan is always worth a second look. The early 20th-century architect’s designs are woven into the very fabric of Berkeley, with many residential projects to her name, and two notable public buildings: the Berkeley City Club on Durant, and the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts on College.
The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association’s annual spring tour will this year focus on homes designed by architect Julia Morgan in the Elmwood and Claremont neighborhoods.
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