• Signs of spring come early in Berkeley

    The warm weather we have been enjoying recently has brought out the early bloomers. Berkeleysider and landscape architect Robert Trachtenberg sent in these photographs — and provided the precise identification for the blooms. “I just wanted to share a few beauties I see daily in my neighborhood,” he says. (more…)

  • Two years ago when Reinhold Nasshan came to Berkeley from his home in Laudau, Germany, he was struck by the telephone poles of Telegraph Avenue. Many of them were dotted with posters and others were covered with staples once holding up posters. What a strange way of communicating, thought Nasshan. The telephone poles are meant to send messages, but it is a people-less communication.

  • Big Screen Berkeley: Outside the Law

    Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law), the latest film from iconoclastic French director Rachid Bouchareb, was originally mooted for a Bay Area run last November, but its release was abruptly and mysteriously cancelled at the last minute. Since then, a lot has happened: the winds of revolution once again began blowing through the streets of North Africa, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award. Outside the Law’s distributor, Cohen Media Group, clearly knew something the rest of us didn’t.