Wangmo Dixey Executive Director at Dharma College
Thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions for us! Let’s start with an introduction. Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about what brought you to Berkeley and your association with Dharma College?
I am the eldest daughter of Venerable Tarthang Tulku, who is the founder of Dharma College. My father came to Berkeley in 1969. He was the first Tibetan to be naturalized as a U.S. citizen in the State of California. Ever since the late 1960s, our family have considered Berkeley to be our home.
Last July, I was asked to become the new Executive Director of Dharma College, succeeding Robin Caton. The basic mission stays the same: to introduce new ways of understanding the mind to a secular Western audience. In taking on this new position, I’ve decided to develop a new... Read more.
Sara and Ernesto Palmieri are World-Renowned Pizzaiolos at Lucia's Berkeley
It was such an honor to meet two chefs (let alone siblings!) who are masters in their field. After reading this interview with Sara and Ernesto Palmieri you'll have and even more enhanced appreciation for the authentic delicacy that Lucia's Pizzeria in Downtown Berkeley is offering to our community.
Please introduce yourselves. Where are you guys are from, what you do, how long have you been doing this, and is this your first time in America? We are Sara and Ernesto Palmieri from Nusco, a small town of 5,000 nested in the mountains near Avellino, about 60 miles East of Naples, in Italy [Ernesto] I started making pizza about 18 years ago and I opened my own pizzeria in my hometown in 2010. This is my third time in the U.S., the first 2 I went on to compete in the World Pizza Expo in Las Vegas in the Non Traditional Pizza category..... Read more.
Studio KDA is a local architectural and design firm.
Getting to know Studio KDA is such a pleasure. After reading this interview with Marites Abueg & Keith Morris, you'll recognize Studio KDA's style as soon as you walk into a room of one of their design projects.
Thank you for agreeing to answer a few questions for us! Let’s start in the beginning. Why don’t you introduce yourselves, what you do, where you went to school, and how long you’ve been designing together? I’m Marites (mary-tess) Abueg and my architect/business partner and husband of 26 years is Keith Morris. We design restaurants and all things fun and food together. We met at the University of Cincinnati’s Architecture school in the mid 80’s (and started dating our very first year!) We’ve been working and designing together since our younger daughter was born, almost 15 years ago. Two years ago Keith and I merged our firm Abueg Morris Architects with Kahn Design Associates and we’re all now Studio KDA.... Read more.
Madeleine Oldham is the Director of the Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep Theatre.
Madeleine Oldham is the Director of the Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep Theatre in Downtown Berkeley. This innovative program is the Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work and seeks to enhance and expand the way the Berkeley Rep makes theatre. Learn more about Madeleine and her theatre journey thus far!
First tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Where did you go to school? When did you first become interested in theatre?
Thanks for talking with me! I grew up in Pelham, New York, which was a 30 minute train ride to Grand Central Station. My parents took me to see Cats at the Winter Garden Theater when I was 9. I don't think I ever forgave my mother for refusing to dance with the Rum Tum Tugger, because she had a chance to be part of that magic and turned it down. But for me, it was game over. The theater bug bit hard... Read more.
Joshua Allen is a local Saxophonist
Joshua's next big show is at Studio Grand in Oakland on February 5th. He's playing with his quartet, The Deconstruction of What You Know with Henry Kaiser on guitar, and William Winant and Aaron Levin on drums!
You’ve been a fixture in Downtown Berkeley for quite a few years now. How did you get started and how would you describe your playing style?
After I left San Diego State, where I was studying Jazz performance and composition and doing extensive studio work in LA, I ended up at Sonoma State. While I was there I began studying and playing with the saxophonist Marco Eneidi. He had come back to finish his degree after having spent 20 years in.... Read more.
Nigel Sussman is a local Berkeley illustrator and muralist.
Nigel's work can be seeing throughout Berkeley and most recently in his newly published portfolio out now.
Congratulations on doing so much work around Downtown Berkeley. What do you think it is about your work that people love so much?
I like working locally because it is a really good way to give back to my immediate community in the most impactful way I know how. I like to think that my work is relatable because it is bold, whimsical and deals with universal themes like food, music, and animals... Read more.