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Fathers the focus of Nancy Rubin’s photography show

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When Nancy Rubin taught the pioneering Social Living class at Berkeley High School from the late ’70s to the ’90s, she became something of a public figure and was often asked to comment on the challenges faced by teenagers. People would say: if there was one thing that could be changed to help the kids who are getting in trouble, what would it be? Rubin was quick to point out that there was no “magic wand.” However she did have a suggestion: “Put a loving father in every home.”

That’s not to say that children can’t be raised exceptionally well by a single mom or two women, Rubin said recently at her home, where she was preparing for her first solo photography exhibition that centers on fathers. All sorts of kids do really well in all sorts of family situations, Rubin stressed. But as someone who grew up with a “wonderful, warm” father, Rubin could only wish the same for the students she was mentoring, some of whom had no relationships with their own fathers.

Rubin’s show, “Faces of Fatherhood: Celebrating Bay Area Dads” opens on Saturday June 6, with an opening reception from 6:30-8 p.m., at Berkeley’s North Branch Library, and runs until July 1. … Continue reading »

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Photos: Cal Day draws thousands to UC Berkeley campus

Cal Day 2015. Photo: Nancy Rubin
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The UC Berkeley campus was teeming with life and a host of free celebratory events on Saturday for the annual Cal Day. At its core, Cal Day is for newly admitted students, but a majority of the activities are designed to appeal to the broader community. Among the highlights this year were performances by San Francisco-based vertical dance company Bandaloop who helped mark the centennial of the Campanile by, literally, jumping off its roof. (See Cal Day’s full program.)

And, like any Cal event, there was a bit of politics on offer. Members of the Black Student Union blocked Sather Gate in the morning to protest the university environment for Black students. The BSU redirected visitors as a way of pressuring Cal Chancellor Nicholas Dirks to respond to ten demands it submitted three months ago.

Contributing photographer Nancy Rubin captured the day for us. … Continue reading »

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An end for giant North Berkeley eucalyptus

A large eucalyptus tree at King Pool is coming down this week. Photo: Mary Flaherty
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City workers began taking down a huge eucalyptus tree at King Pool in North Berkeley on Wednesday morning after it was found to be decaying at its core.

According to local resident and Berkeleyside freelance reporter Mary Flaherty, the crew was working to remove large branches from the tree and grind them up. A worker told Flaherty the work began at 8 a.m. Wednesday and would likely last for two days.

Berkeleyside reported in February on the planned removal. The tree was found to have wood fungus and decay, said city staff, and its location next to the pool and a playground thus created a dangerous situation. 

The tree was estimated to reach 140 feet, with four massive trunks.

Thursday, Robert Collier shared this photograph of the work up to that point. City spokesman Matthai Chakko said the tree will be cut down to a depth of 16 inches below ground.

Scroll to the bottom of this post for the latest photographs.  … Continue reading »

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Photos: Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area/4

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Nancy Rubin is chronicling the people of Berkeley and beyond with her project, Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area, or HUBBA. Today we publish a small selection of her extensive portfolio, the fourth time we have done so. Read our interview with Rubin in which she talks about what inspired her to start the project and its philanthropic element.

Follow HUBBA on FacebookTumblr, Twitter and Instagram to see new photos when they appear, and to read extended captions for the beautiful images shown here. … Continue reading »

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One of Berkeley’s largest trees to be cut down

The giant eucalyptus tree near King Pool that needs to be cut down. Photo: Nancy Rubin
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A giant eucalyptus tree that presides over the swimming pool at King Middle School needs to be felled due to safety concerns, according to City of Berkeley tree experts.

The tree, which sports not one, but four massive trunks, and soars to an estimated 140 feet, is much loved by regulars at the pool, and news that it will be removed has come as a blow to many.

“There’s no outrage in this story, just sadness and admiration for a truly majestic tree that has reached its end,” said local resident Robert Collier. … Continue reading »

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5 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

Inti and Pedro Carrasco. Inti is 6 months old. His name means sun in Quechuan. Pedro: “I’m from Peru and I like my culture. They were very smart. I want to show my son where I come from and teach him how to speak Quechuan. Me: “What hopes to you have for your son Inti?” “I would like him to be multilingual so he could help other immigrants.”
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Each week, Berkeleyside publishes dozens of articles about what’s going on in Berkeley. You’re busy — some of them might have passed you by. Here are five stories, including the photo feature indicated above, we think you’ll want to catch up on. 

2. Neighbors nix a new Starbucks opening in Berkeley

There will be no grande frappuccinos for local residents, and nearby Alta Bates employees and patients, after the sheer persistence of local residents and business owners saw … Continue reading »

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Photos: Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area/3

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With Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area (HUBBA for short), longstanding Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin is chronicling in wonderful images the people of Berkeley and beyond. Today we are delighted to publish another tranche of Rubin’s collection. If there’s a theme in this set, it is love — for one’s child, partner or pet.

Read our interview with Rubin in which she talks about what inspired her to start the project and its philanthropic element.

Follow HUBBA on Facebook and on Tumblr to see new photos when they appear, and to read extended captions for the beautiful images shown here. … Continue reading »

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In Berkeley: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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You knew it was cold, but did you know there was snow in Berkeley? At least there was at the Gourmet Ghetto’s annual Snow Day on Sunday. Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin stopped by and captured a lot of children — and a fair few adults — having a lot of fun. … Continue reading »

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Photos: Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area/2

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Last month, Berkeleyside introduced an exciting new project by our longstanding contributing photographer Nancy Rubin. With Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area (HUBBA for short), Rubin is chronicling in wonderful images the people of Berkeley and beyond. Today we are delighted to publish another set of Rubin’s photographs.

Read our interview with Rubin in which she talks about what inspired her to start the project and how it also has a philanthropic element. And be sure to click though to the HUBBA project on Facebook (and “like” it) to read extended captions for the photographs shown here and many more. HUBBA is also now on Tumblr. … Continue reading »

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Photos: Berkeley revels in car-free buzz of Sunday Streets

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People turned out in their thousands for Berkeley’s second Sunday Streets. There is no doubt that this city likes to go auto-free. Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin was there. (If you haven’t already done so, check out Rubin’s new photo project, Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area, launched on Berkeleyside last week.) … Continue reading »

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Photos: Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area

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Today Berkeleyside is honored to introduce an exciting new project by our longstanding contributing photographer Nancy Rubin. With Humans of Berkeley and the Bay Area (HUBBA for short), Rubin plans to chronicle in wonderful images the people of Berkeley and beyond. We present some of the first photographs to be included in the project here, and we chat to Rubin to find out more about her goals and inspiration.

Rubin is a long-time Berkeley area resident who moved here from her native Los Angeles to attend UC Berkeley, a family tradition begun in 1929. She taught for 25 years at Berkeley High School. Since retiring in 2002, she has travelled extensively, honing her photography skills. She specializes in candid shots, capturing people being themselves and the emotions of the moment.

Be sure to click though to the HUBBA project on Facebook (and “like” it) to read extended captions for the photographs shown here and many more. … Continue reading »

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Photo essay: Berkeley’s 43rd annual Live Oak Park Fair

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The 43rd Live Oak Park Fair in North Berkeley was blessed with sunshine for at least one of its two days this weekend, and a healthy turn-out of people were happy to peruse the crafts, art, and food stalls. Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin captured the mood.

See more photos on the Berkeleyside Flickr pool. … Continue reading »

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Podcast: Ain’t nobody here but us chickens

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Berkeleyside contributor John Rieger wanted to know what’s up with all the chickens in Berkeley. So he set out with Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin to find out what’s clucking.

You can find all of Rieger and Rubin’s podcasts in our new podcast collection. We will be reprising all the Rieger-Rubin oeuvre over the next couple of weeks to mark the launch of our podcast channel and as a treat for Berkeleyside readers.

If you would like to subscribe to the Berkeleyside … Continue reading »

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