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Snapchat Lens for ARVR Women and Allies made with Lens Studio


ARVR Women and Allies is a group for women in the immersive tech industry that supports community connection, education and professional growth.

Both an online network and real-world meetup, the volunteer group is focused on increasing representation and multicultural leadership in Virtual and Augmented Reality. ARVR Women believes in immersive tech for social good. Members to come together for inspiration, encouragement and a departure from the status quo.

On Facebook @ ARVR Women https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenarvr/ 

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/arvrwomen/

Gabby La La Snow Angel We Love Kite Fest Berkeley

Trip rainbows, be one with the flowers in Snow Angel VR

Flower-power your way to another dimension in Snow Angel VR, Thursday August 16th, 6pm at NextSpace in Downtown Berkeley.

Renowned electric sitar player Gabby La La and Quirkeley Director Siciliana Trevino, funded the 360 music video collaboration for La La’s band Snow Angel, by raising $10,000 on Kickstarter back in 2016. 

The pair, who who met at CalArts in Santa Clarita, where La La studied music and Trevino studied film, are hosting Thursday’s event to thank their fans and campaign backers who made it possible for La La to complete Snow Angel’s debut album, and for Trevino to purchase some of the tech needed to develop their immersive music video, “We Love”.

The app has gone through various iterations and demos at Snow Angel shows throughout the Bay Area and LA, before it premiered at ComicCon Palm Springs’s May-hem event earlier this summer. 

On Thursday project backers will receive their KS rewards that include Snow Angel’s debut album on cassette, as well as custom cardboard viewers with a QR code that links to the “We Love” video now on YouTube.

The free reception is also a chance to experience Snow Angel VR on the Oculus Rift, Facebook’s premium VR headset, and escape into more Snow Angel 360 videos, including “Big Group Hug”

You can also check out Gabby and Siciliana’s latest collaboration, an augmented reality app with artist Bud Snow, the Oakland-based painter and muralist who produced Snow Angel’s album cover art.

Doors open at 6pm for Venus Hour, sponsored by ARVR Women and Allies, an industry support group with over 4,500 members on Facebook and where Siciliana is leading initiatives on diversity, restorative justice and…breakfast.

At 7pm Trevino will dive into lessons from Kickstarter funding, 360 video production, and app development for virtual and augmented reality, followed by a Q and A with  Gabby.

Click here to RSVP. use the access code: rainbow

NextSpace Berkeley 2081 Center Street Berkeley

Take BART to Downtown Berkeley.


#Berkeley: Restaurant Week Gaumenkitzel, Comal + Ajanta

Prepare to make reservations!

On our latest #Berkeley sponsored by Visit Berkeley we take you to three celebrated neighborhood restaurants participating in Berkeley’s 5th Annual Restaurant Week happening Thursday January 19th through Sunday January 29th.

We start at West Berkeley’s lauded Gaumenkitzel where owner and chef, Anja Voth shares what’s on their Restaurant Week menu. Next, we hop into Downtown Berkeley’s critically acclaimed Comal with Chef Matt Gandin who reveals the inspiration behind their food and cocktail program. We finish at Solano Avenue’s top-rated, Ajanta, where Pratik Thapa and his family are keeping the cooking traditions established by its founder and previous owner, Lachu Moorjani, alive.

Berkeley Restaurant Week is the best time of year to explore new and favorite restaurants, when diners can take advantage of special value menus at over twenty Berkeley Restaurants.

Bon Appétit!

BAMPFA opens in Downtown Berkeley

Downtown #Berkeley‘s abuzz this weekend with the opening of Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive‘s inaugural exhibition, Architecture of Life. The striking, idiosyncratic building designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro has 25,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space and opens to the public with Community Day starting today Sunday January 31st, at 11am.

Check out our quick montage from the member preview on Saturday featuring the Carla and David Crane Forum where two major art pieces can be seen from Center street: The temporary art wall mural by renowned Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie and the dramatic stepped seating created by Bay Area master woodworker Paul Discoe. He salvaged the wood from the Canary Island pine trees that were removed from the building prior to construction.

Charles Renfro makes a brief cameo from the press preview day.

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Photo: Siciliana Trevino

BAMPFA Director Lawrence Rinder says, “The new BAMPFA will be the architectural and cultural centerpiece of downtown Berkeley. Combining serene spaces for viewing film and art with dynamic public areas, the building will inspire audiences for generations with its fresh, imaginative design and versatility.”

The first opportunity for the public to discover the new building, Community Day is the culmination BAMPFA’s Grand Opening Week. A day (and night) of activities mark this historic occasion.

Expect music, hands-on art-making, and other fun activities. Kathryn Roszak’s Danse Lumière will perform at 11:30am and 6:30pm. For timed tickets and details visit BAMPFA’s website

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Photo: Siciliana Trevino

The new BAMFPA integrates the 48,000-square-foot Art Deco-style former UC Berkeley printing plant with a 35,000-square-foot new structure. It has two film theaters, a performance forum, four study centers for art and film, a reading room, an art making lab, a cafe and an outdoor LED screen and viewing plaza.

The first day of regular programming is Wednesday February 3rd. Architecture of Life occupies all of the gallery spaces from January 31st to May 29th, 2016. Use the hashtags

#ArchitectureOfLife and #BAMPFA when posting.

BAMPFA is located at 2155 Center St., Berkeley; one block from the downtown Berkeley BART station. Street parking, nearby garages and bike parking are available.

Free for opening celebration; regular admission prices on BAMPFA website

Info: 510-642-0808, www.bampfa.org

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25th Annual Berkeley Artisans’ Holiday Open Studios

Explore and shop local, hand-crafted, original works of art when 100 Artists and Craftspeople open their workshops and studios for the 25th annual Berkeley Artisans’ Holiday Open Studios. Beginning Saturday November 28th, and running through the next four weekends you can take a free, self-guided tour through the city’s creative spaces and hidden gems. Don’t miss it!

For more details visit berkeleyartisans.com

Featured Artists in video:
Susan Brooks 
Fuff Tabachnikoff 
Bill Burch
Alison Antelman

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#Berkeley: Jugger with the Berkeley Riot

On our latest ‪#‎Berkeley‬ we geek out over a game of Jugger with the Berkeley Riot. Thanks to Valkyrie and Evan Savage, you can play the post-apocalyptic sport invented by Oscar-nomninated screenwriter David Webb Peoples, Thursdays 5pm at Cal Memorial Glade and Saturdays, 3pm at Codornices Park. ‪3! 2! 1! #‎Jugger‬!


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The Premiere of New Mo’ Cut: David Peoples’ lost film of Moe’s Books


*** ONE NIGHT ONLY Thursday August 27th, 8pm ***

From Trash to Treasure, Reclaiming History from the Dump

(Berkeley, California) – Berkeley, home to Nobel Laureates and hotbed of social activism, sustainability, and entrepreneurialism, adds one more incredible story to its illustrious lore. New Mo’ Cut: David Peoples’ lost film of Moe’s Books  weaves together a surreal story about disparate strangers with passions for used books, filmmaking, and recycling, while reclaiming a special part of Berkeley history with footage of larger-than-life icon – Moe Moskowitz – at the grand opening of his legendary Telegraph Avenue bookstore, Moe’s Books.

From trash to treasure, this film is a philosophical musing on how beauty and value are in the eyes of the beholder, and how happenstance can occur anywhere, at any time, and interconnect lives in deeply meaningful ways.

New Mo’ Cut is an uncanny story of how Moe found his way back to his daughter Doris and their bookstore 50 years later through a salvaged film that turned out to be made by Oscar nominated screenwriter David Peoples.

The 16mm two-minute, forty-six second workprint is a time capsule of Berkeley and a peek into Peoples’ early documentary film explorations before he gained notoriety as a screenwriter rewriting Blade Runner, earning an Oscar nomination for Unforgiven, and co-writing 12 Monkeys with his wife, screenwriter Janet Peoples.

New Mo’ Cut is rooted in the Berkeley community with connections to Berkeley natives such as the Moskowitz, Peoples and the city’s venerable institutions such as Moe’s Books, Urban Ore, and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

The project was a community effort made possible by the 80 individuals and organizations who contributed to the film’s Kickstarter campaign last May. Special thanks to our sponsors including: Berkeleyside, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Quirky Berkeley and Longbranch Saloon.


THE PREMIERE OF New Mo’ Cut: David Peoples lost film of Moe’s Books will take place on Thursday August 27th at The Elmwood Theater.

7pm private VIP Kickstarter screening, 8pm General Public.  

Siciliana Trevino (Producer, Director & Editor), Michael Coleman (Director of Photography), Doris Moskowitz (Owner of Moe’s Books), David Peoples (Screenwriter for Blade Runner and Oscar Nominee for Unforgiven) will be in attendance for the VIP screening.

A digital copy of David Peoples’ found 16mm Moe Film will screen after Trevino’s 14 minute documentary.

Elmwood Theater 2966 College Avenue at Ashby
7pm: VIP Kickstarter Premiere followed by Director Q and A - invitation only.
8pm: General Public
GP Tickets: Adult $11 / Senior (62+) $8.50 / Child (11 and under) $8.50 /Students w ID $8.50

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#Berkeley: reflections on the balcony collapse

An Irish flag hangs from a railing at Library Gardens. Photo: Siciliana Trevino

Two days after the Library Gardens balcony collapsed I visited the memorial for six of its young victims. I saw the news on Twitter around 6 am the morning it happened on Tuesday, June 16th. I resisted the impulse to go there and film knowing I’d feel more like a gawking tourist than a local filmmaker.

If I find myself close to breaking news around town sometimes I’ll tweet photos. I’m not in a rush though to play citizen journalist when the story involves thirteen young adults falling from the 5th floor of an apartment complex next to Berkeley’s Central Library. I didn’t want to see one of my city’s favorite gathering spaces through the lens of tragedy and death. I didn’t want us to be responsible for losing these kids.

Nor could I look away and deny it. I turned to the city’s best news source, Berkeleyside (where I used to work) and followed the outpouring of tweets on my favorite Twitter hashtag and the #BerkeleyBalconyCollapse thread.

As the producer of Quirkeley’s video series, #Berkeley, I’m glued to Berkeley feeds on social media, scouting them for inspiration. For this Berkeley resident (who doesn’t have cable) it’s a seductive, unpredictable mosaic of local identities and places to be – or avoid. The most Instagrammed pictures of the city typically are of the Campanile, CREAM Ice cream, sunsets and squirrels. On weekends The Rare Barrel brewery and concerts at the Greek take over. Just last week the city trended when Goats Gone Wilda Berkeley Lab video of hundreds of goats crossing the road, went viral.

It’s not all peace pipes and Smoke’s Poutinerie. Berkeley’s vociferous and controversial character is world renowned, yet I’ve never seen the city impacted by a tragedy of this magnitude.

#Berkeley on social media was frenetic, simultaneously mourning “The Berkeley Six”, celebrating The Warriors championship and crucifying the New York Times for its appalling 2nd day coverage of the tragedy which appeared to blame the victims.

One of the week’s most shared images on #Berkeley Instagram was of Berkeley spelled out inside of a heart shape. Sara Prender appears to be the first to have posted the image Tuesday.

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Screenshots from #Berkeley Wednesday June 17, 2015

By Thursday the time had come for me to put away the social media filter and pay my respects to Olivia Burke, Eoghen Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcan Miller, Eimear Walsh and Ashley Donohoe. Library Gardens is two blocks from my office.

It was quiet when I arrived. A couple of news trucks were parked across the street. I purchased a generic, plastic-wrapped Wallgreens bouquet and anchored it among the growing wave of blooms, messages and flickering candles, disappointed that I didn’t bring farmer’s market flowers. I bowed my head and closed my eyes. I’ll never comprehend this loss, what the families and friends are going through or how this could happen in my town. Berkeley’s new bond with Ireland is profound. Eternal.

I heard a passing child complain to his mother that the sidewalk was blocked. Gently she said, “Listen, you need to have respect. This is a sacred space, okay? Sacred.”

I opened my eyes relieved to see more people arriving with flowers from Walgreens. The Irish flag waved in the breeze. I returned to my office and the virtual sacred space of #Berkeley.

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As many of you may have heard, an unspeakably tragic accident occurred here in the city of Berkeley. In the early morning hours during a birthday party, a fourth floor apartment balcony collapsed killing six people and critically injuring seven others. The victims had recently arrived from Ireland to spend a fun summer working in the Bay Area, and they were no older than 22. They were just kids. When I was their age I had just finished my own study abroad program in Europe. The apartment complex where this occurred is just two blocks away from my apartment – I've heard the news helicopters flying overhead since 5AM yesterday – and this evening I went to lay some flowers to show my support for the victims and their heartbroken loved ones. I was touched by the beautiful makeshift memorial that had sprung up, but I was not prepared for the overwhelming sadness I felt and could not help but cry. My heart aches for them and for the people who love them. I don't know if it'll be seen, but to the loved ones of the victims and to the country of Ireland I send my deepest condolences. I know there is nothing that could fix your broken heart, but please know you're not alone and that the entire city of Berkeley is keeping you close to our hearts. We're here for you in any way we can be. More than anything, I'm just so, so sorry. I hope one day the pain and sorrow you feel gets better. ❤️🇮🇪

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To our irish in #Berkeley, we are praying for you.

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Siciliana Trevino is Quirkeley’s Executive Producer and the Director of New Mo’ Cut: David Peoples’ lost film of Moe’s Books premiering at the Elmwood Theater August 27th, 2015.