The Berkeley Art Center, 1275 Walnut St. in Live Oak Park, is hosting “Alt-Left: Local Treasures Artists in Conversation” from 4 to 6 p.m. May 20. The center is celebrating its establishment 50 years ago.
“Join the artists along with exhibition curator DeWitt Cheng for a fascinating conversation about left-leaning surrealism and art-making in the Trump era.
“DeWitt Cheng is an artist, collector, freelance art writer, educator, and curator based in San Francisco. His articles have appeared in such publications as Artweek, Art Ltd., Artillery, ArtNews, East Bay Express, East Bay Monthly, Sculpture, San Jose Metro, Stanford Daily, Artslant.com, ArBusiness.com, and VisualArtSource.com.”
Admission is $10 or free for center members.
A 2017 painting by Mark Bryan on exhibit at the Berkeley Art Center.
EL CERRITO — The Eagles Hall at Carlson and Central — once known as the Wagon Wheel, one of the more storied venues in El Cerrito and featuring a full bar — is hosting a comedy show on April 28 and the public is invited. Here’s the flier for the event:
The It Club at San Pablo and Central avenues in the heart of El Cerrito lives on in the memories of longtime residents. The club opened in 1938 and was the longest lasting of the city’s many celebrated nightspots, not closing until 1977. It was regionally famed as a stripper joint, but that ended in 1970, and the club carried on featuring musical acts.
If you’ve heard about it but never been there, or if you went there and want to remember what it was like, we recommend a visit to this website , created about a year ago by Tim Gatto, grandson of It Club founders Walt and Eda Gatto. The collection of photos taken inside and outside the club are priceless.
Tim posted this on his Facebook page: A little over a year ago I put together a brief website to honor the “It Club”, an El Cerrito night club owned by my late grandfather, Walt Gatto. The “It Club” operated from 1939 – 1977, and was an East Bay staple for live music and various nightlife activity. I am hoping to build it out with a more complete history including articles, but so far it’s mainly a photo archive. I consider the site a work in progress, but hoping to make it a home to a unique bit of bay area and family history. Open to any recommendations to better the site, as well as any stories from the “It Club” era. Thanks for looking! http://www.elcerritoitclub.com
We will post more about the It Club and hope you will share memories of the nightspot here and on the family’s tribute site. And we want to thank Diane Schoenstein Gatto, Tim’s mother, for contacting and letting us know about it.
RICHMOND — One of the most impressive Christmas displays you’ll see this season requires a trip to Nome — not the Alaskan city, but Nome Street, a small dead-end street in East Richmond Heights. That’s where Armando Epifani, a 17-year-old high school student, has an elaborate display that sychronizes lights and other effects — including water spouts and flame — to music.
The professionally done “Lights on Nome” production is all the doing of the young man, his father said, adding, “All I do is pay for the electricity.”
As the video below shows, the display incorporates elements of a nighttime show at Disneyland and maybe the fountains outside the Bellagio casino in Las Vegas.
Watch for yourself and consider making the trip to see it in person. Even though Christmas is over, the display continues through Jan. 6 and is in action on the hour from 5 p.m. to midnight.