What an apothecary has to offer over a dispensary

BERKELEY, Calif. — In January of 2018, the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana was legalized in the state of California, opening a new market for potential users. Many people walked into apothecaries looking for cannabis, only to realize that apothecaries do not sell marijuana but instead offer a variety of non-psychoactive herbs targeted toward…

How one dancer broke out of his shell

BERKELEY, Calif.— Gizmo responds to his opponent with a series of sharp hand movements to a fast-paced beat. He incorporates contractions and twists of different limbs to articulate his intention.  Tariq “Gizmo” Witherspoon, 23, is the cofounder of The Aspects, the only street-style dance group in Berkeley. The group draws from various styles, including flex and…

“Yellow Submarine” still works — 50 years later

By today’s standards, “Yellow Submarine” might not be considered an outstanding animated movie. What it did, however, in 1968 was to inspire a new generation of interest in animation. And seen today, now in re-release nationwide to celebrate the 50th anniversary, it still keeps its charm. “Before “Yellow Submarine,” animation was a mild, goody-goody world…

YouthWorks program provides jobs for Berkeley youth

BERKELEY, Calif. — She was almost going to be cleaning up feces, cages and animals at the animal shelter, but instead Myisha Kemp spends her Saturday mornings at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market in Downtown Berkeley. Myisha Kemp, 17, works for the city of Berkeley in the YouthWorks Program. The YouthWorks program is a year-round program…

Movie review: New “Mamma Mia” exceptionally fun to watch

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” — the  sequel to the 2008 musical “Mamma Mia!” —  is a must-see. Not only for fans of the classic soundtrack and performances from the original, but also for fans of movies in general. The new movie is perfect for a little cheering up. It didn’t fail to put a smile…

Movie review: The new “Mamma Mia!” puts the music first

Almost exactly a decade after the iconic 2008 jukebox musical film, the story of Sophie, Donna and her three fathers portrayed in “Mamma Mia!” has returned to theaters with “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” The all-star cast featuring the likes of Amanda Seyfried, Julie Walters, Colin Firth and many more returns to the screen,…

Movie review: “Mamma Mia” showcases young Donna’s life

Fans of the original “Mamma Mia” will be excited to know that many of the old cast are back after 10 years, featured in the new movie, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.” All the leads — Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, even Meryl Streep — bring you back to the wonderful memories in…

At the movies: “Mamma Mia” the sequel keeps you singing

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is a sequel musical, and it keeps the singing and dancing alive. The music is surprisingly infectious and intimate in scenes featuringLily James as the young Donna, especially in such numbers as “Dancing Queen.” Both movies have a strong visual impact from stars Lily James and Amanda Seyfried’s colorful…