Museum reopening opens minds

February 4, 2016 2:39 PM
Museum reopening opens minds

Something for everyone at Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive There’s more than meets the eye at the newly opened Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), on the corner of Berkeley’s Center Street and Oxford Street. In fact, the most exciting parts of the museum are what’s barely visible from the outside: intricate spiderwebs, tiny snowflakes, 16th century lace, and 25,000 square feet of gallery space, all hiding underneath its small city block footprint. That’s why—despite its peculiar quirks, and with discounted admission available for $10 with a student ID—the BAMPFA is a museum worth getting up close […]

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Macbeth gets the Hollywood treatment

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Macbeth gets the Hollywood treatment

Classic Shakespearian work gets modernized, sacrifices plot and prose for bloody battles The movie “Macbeth” succeeds as a parable of the inevitability of war. But director Justin Kurzel’s version bears little resemblance to Shakespeare’s. The screenplay is unintelligible, masked by muffled heavy Scottish brogue. But if we catch a few words suggesting a famous monologue, our minds fill in the rest. And anything the two leading actors do is worth watching. My mother used to say that a great actor can read the phonebook and make us cry. The leads are played by two of our greatest living actors, Academy […]

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Black History Month Calendar

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Black History Month Calendar
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Laney Bakery takes the cake

December 10, 2015 11:46 AM
Laney Bakery takes the cake

Culinary Arts students create confectionery ‘Pagoda’ for Nikko Hotel The Laney College Culinary Arts program creates this Japanese-inspired Pagoda out of candy and gingerbread each year for the Nikko Hotel in Oakland. It will be on display in the lobby through the holiday season.

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Black Panthers history on display

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Black Panthers history on display

Annual art exhibit returns to Laney Library until Dec. 19th The Black Panther Party (BPP) underground newspaper exhibit in the Laney College library will be on display through the end of the semester, Dec. 19. On Dec. 3, the librarians arranged a lecture to focus on the many social programs the BPP started to serve people in the community. This included and are not limited to the breakfast program for school children, free food distribution to seniors and low- income families. The BPP also organized busing program to prisons and the sickle cell education and testing campsites located throughout the […]

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Spotlight on: ‘Spotlight’

November 27, 2015 2:53 PM
Spotlight on: ‘Spotlight’

Catholic Church scandal yarn is re-woven through eyes of the reporters who broke the story Spotlight may be the front-runner for this year’s Best Picture. It is spot-on, no gimmicks storytelling at its finest. The story is David vs. Goliath but David has the most powerful stone of all…the truth. The Boston Globe takes on the Catholic Church in exposing perhaps the biggest cover up of the 21st century. Even after watching it, it is still so hard to believe that the biggest institution based on faith was a breeding ground for predators and what the church did to keep […]

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Photo Contest Winner: Joel Wiechert

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Photo Contest Winner: Joel Wiechert

Joel took this image during the Autumn Festival of Lights, held in the Gardens of Lake Merritt, on Oct 16 and 17.

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Warming up for jazz concert

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Warming up for jazz concert

The Laney College Music Department’s Jazz Orchestra (photos) and two Jazz Ensembles under the direction of Charles Gurke will perform a free concert 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in room G-189.

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Free Performance

November 13, 2015 1:28 PM
Free Performance

Laney music students Brent Elberg and Joel Reyes and theatre arts students Carla Gallardo and Rolanda Dene composed music heard during the wedding scene. The performance at 4 pm – 6 pm on Thursday, Nov. 19, is free. For ticket information, contact Lisa Evans at Levans(at)calshakes.org.

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Berkeley production of ‘The Rover’ extended

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Berkeley production of ‘The Rover’ extended

The play, set in 17th century Italy, is reknown for retelling the classics with a fresh light Berkeley’s Shotgun Players has extended their run of “The Rover” by a week, giving Bay Area theater enthusiasts a second chance at seeing the Players topical take on Aphra Behn’s classic play. Set in 17th century Naples during the Carnival Masquerade, the story follows three women: Angelica, an adored courtesan (Lauren Spencer), Hellena, a clever and “amorous” nun (Caitlyn Louchard) and Florinda, a love-struck maiden (Siobhan Marie Doherty). Doubling them is a trio of English sailors, the honorable Belville (Alex Lyndon), the foolish […]

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KQED visits Laney to hear pitches for new show

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Laney College hosted the KQED Newsroom forum on Nov. 4, inviting a community of students and educators to pitch stories for the new KQED East Bay Desk. The stories were pitched to the East Bay desk, led by Holly Kernan, executive editor, who hopes to incorporate them into the program. The East Bay Desk is comprised of new reporters, Devin Katayama and Sandya Dirksas. Kernan refers to the new reporters as the “dynamic duo,” as well as, Joshua Johnson, coordinating the on-air program called “So Well Spoken,” which consists of candid conversations on race and identity. The radio station (KQED-FM) […]

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Black Panther exhibit back at Laney

October 29, 2015 1:14 PM

A new exhibition, which highlights the role of the underground press in Civil Rights Movement and the society of the 1960s and 1970s, is taking place in the Laney College Library. Dozens of newspapers and brochures, among them the notable Black Panther and the Berkeley Barb, are being shown in the library beginning on Nov. 2. As the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers Party is coming up next year and many relevant events are taking place around the Bay Area, Laney College is participating this exhibition organized by Billy X Jennings, a former Black Panther who still remains active […]

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‘Steve Jobs’ is an unlikely delight

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‘Steve Jobs’ is an unlikely delight

The film “Steve Jobs” is the perfect storm of well-crafted directing, top-notch acting and a great script. Michael Fassbender takes on the role of the Apple co-founder and lands every subtle nuance of a brilliant man who is misunderstood but tyrannical in his quest to be understood. He is an artist, a father, a business man and most importantly (in his eyes) a visionary. The dialogue is so quick and witty—standard for an Aaron Sorkin script—that at some points it may be a challenge to keep up, but it is a challenge worth accepting. The structure of this film is […]

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Photo Essay – Autumn Festival of Lights October 16 & 17

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Photo Essay – Autumn Festival of Lights October 16 & 17

Presented by the Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt. A sold-out, two-night, community event featured installations from dozens of local artists.

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Mural welcomed all who enter EOYDC

October 15, 2015 1:38 PM
Mural welcomed all who enter EOYDC

Youth Development Center covers up old masterpiece Brooding bodies surge onto cracked streets stained with drops of ripened watermelon slices sold from a corner stand where two Mexican women chismes (gossip) after they hand you your change. Babies push babies in strollers while toothless grins peek from under blankets. Colored shapes line the streets and, for 20 years, they stretched up and painted the walls. On Aug. 16, 1995, the Summer Youth Employment Training Program (SYETP) unveiled a masterpiece of heroes, pyramids, and a colossal head. This 10-foot mural was on 82nd Street and International Boulevard, the front entrance of the East Oakland Youth […]

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