The Firehouse Gallery North in Berkeley is a small, homely space. Its deep display windows draw passers-by into a tunnel: vaulted ceiling and walls close in, telescoping toward a vague and undefined space out back. It is not the sort of place one expects to encounter fame or greatness, but Read More… When you were 15, were you anticipating getting your license or rocking out on stage during a nationwide tour? The Daily Californian
A Berkeley middle school’s successful campaign to crowd-fund the creation of its first library is one for the books. Still in its infancy, REALM charter school was lacking a library, so its eighth grade class launched a Kickstarter campaign in March. In one month they raised the nearly $79,000 that will allow them to realize their innovative design for a room full of books and multimedia tools. Quest Foundation, a grant-making organization in Danville, contributed $30,000 in matching funds to the campaign. The ultramodern library, called “X-Space,” is the product of months of brainstorming and building in teacher Hallie Chen’s design class, Studio H. “Because we’re a new school, the instinct for students is to look around and say, ‘These are the things we don’t have yet,’” said REALM’s creativity director Emily Pilloton. Berkeleyside
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I've just persuaded Miss Alma to sing something for us." ... "Oh; would you prefer something profane or sacred?" For Tennessee Williams' centennial, Aurora Theatre's chosen something unusual--not one of Williams' most canonical plays, really, much less a blockbuster (though a movie of it does exist): The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, a reworking of the material and characters from his better-known Summer and Smoke, the film of which starred Laurence Harvey and the exceptional Geraldine Page. Berkeley Daily Planet