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For all you zine lovers

Get ready all you zine readers! From Friday, a zine mart will be at the Berkeley Art Museum for only two weeks featuring over 2,000 zines from around the world. For those of you who aren’t zine savvy — “zines are basically self-published information with writing about everything and anything,” said Rock Paper Scissors volunteer Marella Pederson. She said that zines can teach you “how to write a book, make your own farm, about composting, how to get your music…

A poignant stop war sign at Webster and 49th

On the corner of Webster and 49th, adjacent to the Oakland International High School campus where refugee students from all over the world work towards a better future, this stop sign art is just a little bit more poignant than it would be elsewhere.

Best? Fire?

The Best Equipment Company, on San Pablo Avenue, began in 1958. Deep red and yellow painted signs caught my eye. “Best? Fire?” That’s what the sign says. Now, I know where to go to get my very own fire extinguisher.

Poetry and science collide

On Tuesday, the Julia Morgan School for Girls welcomed Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston, co-editors of the new children’s poetry book The Tree That Time Built: A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination. Hoberman is the author of over 40 children’s books and is the National Children’s Poet Laureate, while Winston is a cultural anthropologist and teacher. At the middle school, located on the Mills College campus, were 120 sixth and seventh grade girls eager to hear excerpts from…

The sun sets…

It was almost 5:30 p.m. when I caught the sunset peeking through the telephone poles near 67th Street and San Pablo Avenue.  

Scene & Heard: The Kingfish

The recently re-opened Kingfish Pub & Café on Claremont Avenue east of Telegraph is essentially a squat, low-ceilinged fisherman’s hut inexplicably marqueed with a large ad for 7-Up. The paint-job is marine green—pretty much the color of Ariel the mermaid’s tail—with white trim. There are the requisite neon window hangers advertising Camel cigarettes, Corona, Sierra Nevada, and of course Pabst. There’s a couple 8.5×11 printouts also posted to the façade, directing patrons where to smoke (by the standing ashtray several…

Scene & Heard: 61st Street and San Pablo: Hidden Treasures

At first glance, it looks like junkyard, but on the corner of 61st and San Pablo sits a unique jumble of treasures. When I first arrived a baby carriage caught my eye. The place has variety; from children’s toys and dishes to rims and furniture. But, unfortunately, when it rains, it pours at the San Pablo Flea Market, and much of the merchandise was wet from the weather. But it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth the digging,…

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