The roots of Berkeley’s Hillside Club, founded in 1898, go back to an unpainted redwood house built in 1895 by Bernard Maybeck, then 33. The original club members vowed to support Maybeck’s commitment to architecture in tune with the rustic surroundings. Today the club is a thriving community center, hosting concerts, wine tastings, and lectures.Read More
“Modern is not just what you live in, but how you live,” say the folks at Modern Home Tours, a nationwide firm for cutting-edge architecture, design, and lifestyle. Highlights from Modern Home’s fall tour of top-notch digs in Berkeley, Oakland, Moraga, and Lafayette are inspiration for remodelers, eye-candy for everyone.Read More
With just a few details of a controversial seismic upgrade left to complete, U.C.’s Memorial Stadium will be back in business for the Cal football team’s season opener against the University of Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 1. Go Bears!Read More
The venerable Berkeley Bowl recently opened a new outpost in West Berkeley, an airy, two-story structure wrapped in glass and metal. Many patrons can’t get enough of the large, light-filled new store with scads of parking space. Other Bowlies, though, still prefer the jam-packed original in Central Berkeley. Like it or not, the new Bowl is different than its ancestor, with more room to maneuver, more ready-to-eat items, and a cafe.Read More
Faces of the East Bay
Experts say that when caring for an elderly parent who lives far away, the most important thing is to join a support group with people experiencing the same challenges.
Rockridge residents John Bliss and Kim Thompson may live far removed the gritty flats of East and West Oakland. But this philanthropic couple see themselves as one with the citizens of Oakland, particularly those who are struggling financially, and they’re leading a campaign to get their “financially blessed” peers to invest in the community like they have by funding city programs to teach kids how to swim.
Oakland author Meredith Maran accused her father of the ultimate betrayal. Then she un-accused him. In this first-person essay, adapted from her new book, My Lie, she reveals how it all went down.