Architect Julia Morgan designed the Berkeley City Club without a bar, so members found era-appropriate furnishings for Morgan's.
Opening chef Alaun Grimaud has returned to Julia's restaurant at Berkeley City Club. Come along with Nosh as we explore his new menu in photos.
With Max Halberstadt’s iconic photo of the stern, cigar-bearing Sigmund Freud hanging over the mantle, the efficient set for David Weisberg’s new play Totem and Taboo signals it’s heading into deep psychological waters from the get-go. A mashup of political diatribe, hallucinatory sitcom, and Greek tragedy, it’s a gloriously unruly three-act farce that gleefully gnaws on enough material for any three productions. I caught the Feb. 20 opening night performance, which kicks off Central Works’ twenty-sixth season, and I’m still thinking about some of the scabrous lines and and biting indictments.
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…)
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS This weekend is your last chance to see Theatre First’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross at Live Oak Theatre, as its run has its final day on Sunday. David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about working-class real-estate salesmen trying to eke out a living in the fast-paced economy of the 1980s and claim their piece of the American Dream became an instant classic of American theatre and is regarded as one of the playwright’s best plays. For details and to buy tickets, visit Theatre First’s website or phone 510-981 8150. (more…)
The death by chemical suicide earlier this week of a former UC Berkeley professor left many in the community reeling with disbelief.
Noticed some anachronistic goings-on down at the Berkeley City Club on Durant? Why, that would be because Berkeley writer/director Sean Mitchell and his production crew are shooting Witness 11, a short film based on the testimony of German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht during the height of the 1940s Red Scare.
I was a guest this morning at the Berkeley Breakfast Club, a weekly gathering of 200 Berkeleyites.