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Open House Report: An Astounding Little Craftsman House in Berkeley

Open House Report: An Astounding Little Craftsman House in Berkeley

If you've only got time for one open house this weekend, this almost-untouched little redwood cottage on Ashby Avenue in the Elmwood neighborhood gets our vote.

2821 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, $729K
Built in 1907 and almost untouched since, this Craftsman Style cottage hasn't been on the market in five decades, and yes, it needs some serious updating, but at least you won't have to rip our someone else's misguided attempts. While there's no indication from the realtor who the architect might have been, the carpenters of this 4-bed, 1.5-bath house deserve some credit as well.

Berkeley-Born Artist Aaron Nagel: Figurative Bad Boy

"I just have a preference for dark and somber, rather than light and serene." The perfect precurser for local artist Aaron Nagel's aesthetic. Nagel's moody oil paintings are created within a small bedroom in the charming area near Grand Avenue in Oakland yet his work speaks volumes. Or rather, whispers in your ear in a sultry voice.

Berkeley's Potash Tracks an Abuse Victim's Road to Freedom in 'Crime After Crime'

In 1983, Compton resident Deborah Peagler was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for arranging the murder of Oliver Wilson, the man who abused her, forced her into prostitution and molested her daughters. Nearly 20 years later, after California legislators passed a law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence victims to reopen their cases, her case became a cause, quickly adopted by two land-use attorneys (Berkeley’s Joshua Safran and Nadia Costa) determined to see her freed.

Estate Sale Report: A Hoarder's Paradise in Berkeley?

To be honest, I don't know if the owners of this Berkeley apartment building were technically hoarders. But I do know this: When Rick Hudson of Hudson's Antiques & Estate Liquidation says you have to see an estate sale to believe it, you better take notice. This man doesn't exaggerate.

Berkeley Rep's Latest: How to Write a New Book for the Bible

Adam and Eve managed to get their kids banished from the Garden of Eden, and parenting in religion has been going downhill ever since. How To Write a New Book for the Bible is award-winning playwright Bill Cain’s flashlight into the grand religious and theatrical traditions of familial blame. 

Rita Moreno’s Life Without Makeup at Berkeley Rep

Struggling artists, take heart. Rita Moreno - one of the few performers to line her shelves with an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and two Emmys - labels her early Hollywood career as “horrifying.” Tony Taccone, writer of Ms. Moreno’s new one-woman show at Berkeley Rep, says “There’s a lot of humor in failure.” Meaning, you get to laugh and be buoyed by the thought that one of the most lauded performers in show business history spent time swimming around in the primordial Sea of Failed Attempts. Just like the rest of us. 

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play "A Delicate Balance" Comes to Berkeley's Aurora Theatre

American playwright Edward Albee, perhaps best known for his theatrical productions of The Zoo Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and Lolita, brings his Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Delicate Balance to Aurora Theatre.

UC Berkeley's Botanical Garden: The Bay Area’s Coolest Living Museum for Kids

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids. Read the full article here.

Museums are always a favorite way to spend an afternoon – set your sights on a living
 museum, where everything on display has its place in nature. The UC Botanical Garden is one such location, with over 13,000 different kinds of plants spread across 34 acres. And this Berkeley garden has oodles of fun stuff in store, especially for families.

Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive Celebrates the Cult of George and Mike Kuchar

San Francisco underground filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar, longtime champions of B-movie sleaze and campy, made-on-the-cheap melodrama, have influenced cutting-edge auteurs as stylistically diverse as John Waters, Andy Warhol and Atom Egoyan.

Beginning Friday and running through Saturday, June 25, the twins and their winking parodies of horror and sci-fi will take center stage at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, where the Cult of the Kuchars will feature roughly two-dozen productions culled from more than half a century of their wonderfully strange cinematic endeavors.

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