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

Linda and the Cultural Heritage Tour
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SPIRITUALS AS SACRED MUSIC The Second Annual Black History Month Celebration on Sat. Feb. 28 will be a lively affair, with a program emphasizing the history of African-American spirituals as sacred music. The program at the Florence Schwimley Little Theater, 1936 Allston Way, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., will feature musical performances by some of the region’s most accomplished performers. Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Tour, a “Grammy-nominated, percussion-driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African-American roots music,” is the headliner. Othello Jefferson, Diamano Coura West African Dance Company, Berkeley High African American Dance Troupe, Sister’s Keeper, and James Daley will also be there. There will be a “Black Invention” display featuring 20 artifacts. There will be booths with food. … 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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Video: 36 hours in Berkeley, California

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This week, the New York Times turned its attention to Berkeley for its regular “36 Hours in…” series. It’s not the first time the city has been viewed through this lens. It was also featured in 2003.

This time, however, they also created a video to give readers a sense of life in the city (scroll down to watch it).

Many favorite local businesses and organizations are featured it the video and the accompanying article, including the Tilden Steam Train, the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley’s Hearst swimming pool, Alchemy Collective, La Botella Republic, Cheese Board Collective, Chez Panisse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Comal, Ici, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Ippuku, Elmwood Café, Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore, and the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association. (Prizefighter cocktail bar also sneaked in, although it is actually in Emeryville.) … Continue reading »

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

The artists of The Possible gather on the rug at the Berkeley Art Museum. Photo: Fritz Haeg
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THE POSSIBLE CLOSING CEREMONY The closing ceremony for ‘The Possible,’ an exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, will begin this Friday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. ‘The Possible’ re-imagines the museum as the locus of an ever-evolving artistic projects that connects the artists with the community. This final celebration of creative spirit will draw together artists from around the Bay Area. There will be music, dancing, and ceremonies honoring those who made the whole exhibition, well, possible. Tickets are $7. It should be noted that there will also be a free garden bazaar on Sunday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where the gallery will be ceremonially emptied. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way. (Read our review of ‘The Possible.’)

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

Lawrence Hall NOVA Making Stuff
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JOAN LA BARBARA Some say Berkeley is still stuck in the ’70s. Music fans who wish that were the case should head to the L@TE event this Friday, March 14. It’s been 38 years since experimental musician Joan La Barbara performed her “Circular Song” at BAM/PFA in 1976, and she’s back for round two. The piece is a presentation of the award-winning artist’s expansive repertoire of vocal techniques, including circular singing, glottal clicks, and split-tone multiphonics. The $7 show starts at 7:30 p.m. at 2626 Bancroft Way. … Continue reading »

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

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FINAL COUNTDOWN Classical music concerts often have some programmatic idea: works that influenced each other, or pieces that provide an interesting tonal contrast. But The Opus Project has a particularly audacious notion: its Saturday night concert features 21 Opus 5 pieces by composers ranging from Stravinsky to Cage to Britten (it’s the centennial of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring — an Opus 5!). The multi-media Opus 5 follows on, unsurprisingly, from Opera 1 through 4 (pedantic, moi?). The earliest work on Saturday will be a movement from Schoenberg’s Peleas und Melisande; the most recent Rabbits Frolicking Through the Meadow by 20-year old Anthony Ragus, composed this year. Opus 5 is at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue. Tickets are from $10.  … Continue reading »

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Police find evidence of arrows shot in Berkeley Hills

Police say this arrow struck an 8-year-old girl at the Lawrence Hall of Science on Tuesday. Photo: UCPD
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Authorities handed out fliers and made multiple visits to neighbors near the scene of a shooting on Tuesday that sent an 8-year-old girl to the hospital with an arrow through her leg.

Janet Gilmore, a UC Berkeley spokeswoman, said Wednesday via email that there have been no updates or arrests in the investigation.

A flier dated March 26 that was handed out by members of the University of California Police Department included a photo of the arrow, described as a 20-inch crossbow arrow, that struck the girl. … Continue reading »

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Girl shot with apparent crossbow arrow at museum

A 2009 image of the fin whale model at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Hat4Rain
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Update, 4:30 p.m. Authorities said the arrow recovered in Tuesday morning’s shooting incident appears to be a type that would have been used with a crossbow. “It’s shorter than the typical arrow would be that’s used with a bow,” said Lt. Marc DeCoulode of UCPD. “I’m not an expert, but that’s what I’m being told.” Decoulode said police don’t yet know if Tuesday’s shooting is connected with an incident in late October, in which a doe appeared to have been shot with an arrow and was wandering in the Berkeley hills. “I don’t know if somebody is hunting, or if it was somebody just out indiscriminately taking target practice,” he said. Police are planning to return to the neighborhood Tuesday to speak with residents who may have been working during the morning’s investigation.

The San Francisco Chronicle has identified the girl as a third-grader from San Rafael who was at the museum on a class field trip. … Continue reading »

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An unusual New Year’s greeting from the Hall of Science

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It’s no secret that Michael Layefsky takes terrific aerial photos of the Berkeley landscape. In 2012, he had two shows in Berkeley – one at the Main Library and one at the Picturish Gallery. Berkeleyside also published a large portfolio of his work shot with a camera flying 150 feet in the air.

Layefsky and the staff at the Lawrence Hall of Science teamed up to make this valentine of a video to usher in the … Continue reading »

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Play is vital: finding more play and toys in Berkeley

The entrance to The Ark Toy Store on Fourth St. Photo: Steveanne Auerbach
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“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw

Play is alive and well in Berkeley! But not everyone realizes how important playtime is to improving well being, reducing stress, and increasing joyfulness.

We know children and adults need plenty of time to play, using all the senses, stretching the imagination, and making time to be creative. Everyone benefits from varied outdoor play that expands activity, increases use of large muscles, … Continue reading »

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Fly me to the moon, or at least show me a total eclipse

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Did you see this morning’s total lunar eclipse? Ira Serkes did and shot the beautiful photo above from the Berkeley hills at 6:00 am today. “Kudos to the inspired person in the parking area playing Sinatra’s ‘Fly Me To The Moon’,” he writes.

Meanwhile, Aaron Glimme was pointing his camera downwards to take the picture below of lunar eclipse viewers at the Lawrence Hall of Science.

The total lunar eclipse lasted 51 minutes, and, as the earth’s shadow blocked the moon, it took … Continue reading »

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Is this a Death Cap? Mushrooms: the good, bad, and ugly

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This weekend saw a veritable mushroom extravaganza in Berkeley, as the Lawrence Hall of Science hosted the 42nd Annual Fungus Fair. Over two days, no stone, log or root was left unturned in order to bring to the public’s attention the fascinating and abundant life of beautiful, tasty, inedible, and downright poisonous fungi.

In the marketplace, visitors were offered the chance to buy chanterelles and tree oysters; there were educational displays and talks on urban foraging and fungimental mycophagy — as well as a lecture entitled “Spores Illustrated”; cooking demonstrations; and make-your-own mushroom kits.

Kids painted cardboard mushrooms in the family center, while in an adjacent room, a booth showcased psilocybin varieties, otherwise known as magic mushrooms, or shrooms.

At the Mushroom Identification table, Erin Page Blanchard was on hand as part of a team of experts willing to identify fungi brought in by members of the public.Continue reading »

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Dinosaurs return to Berkeley, this time with new roars

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By Robert A. Mills

Dinosaurs rule at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. And the roaring, slashing, chomping monsters of the “Dinosaurs Unearthed” exhibit have undergone major renovation.

In addition to sensor-activated roars, the animatronic models received some cosmetic makeovers.
Designers developed the new models based on recent discoveries by paleontologists, said Lawrence Hall Communications Director Janet Noe.

“There are a few that have feathers and fur which is sort of a recent finding – that not all dinosaurs were necessarily cold-blooded,” Noe said. “They didn’t all just have scales.” … Continue reading »

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