Exhibit, talk on 'Your Berkeley DNA'

The Berkeley Historical Society is opening a new exhibit, "Researching Your Berkeley DNA: Telling Your Family Story" with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. April 13 at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St.

Reception speaker Ellen Fernandez-Sacco, president of the California Genealogical Society, will "share how she combines her love of art, family genealogy, and social media to follow her family history passions."

The new exhibit and lecture series "celebrates family collections, photographs, historic maps, directories, and other resources housed in our archives. It will help you gather the information you need to find out about people, houses, neighborhoods, organizations, and your Berkeley DNA."

The exhibit runs through Sept. 13. For more details call 510-848-0181 or visit www.BerkeleyHistoricalSociety.org.

Vivian Maier exhibit at North Gate Hall

Newspaper-themed photography by Vivian Maier makes up the inaugural exhibit of the Reva and David Logan Gallery of Documentary Photography in North Gate Hall at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

The exhibit, "See All About It," opened April 2 and is on display 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

It features 25 black-and-white photos by Maier that each include a newspaper, "being read, rested on, perused in a park, displayed on a newsstand and rolled up in the basket of a delivery boy's bicycle."

Maier has gained posthumous fame as a prolific and talented but reclusive photographer who took tens of thousands of images.

"Maier produced more than 100,000 photographic negatives, and left behind hundreds of rolls of undeveloped film as well as photo journals documenting her artistic forays that began in the 1940s. Much of her treasure was auctioned off in 2007 after she failed to keep up with payments for keeping it in a storage locker. But the sale led to publication in 2009 of some of the images and almost instant acclaim for the 83-year-old recluse, who died a few months later."

Post office groups set New Deal Film Fest

The groups Save the Berkeley Post Office and the National Post Office Collaborate are hosting "New Deal Film Festival -- the 1930s, Saving America from the Great Depression" with screenings at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. April 18 and 25 at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian/Universalists, 1924 Cedar St.

The first film on April 18 will show the inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt and WPA films on the nation's unemployed to work. The second film shows the signing of Social Security, mortgage insurance, the Civilian Conservation Corps and assistance for Dust Bowl victims.

The first film on April 25 will feature New Deal artists at work in post offices and public buildings. The 8:30 p.m. screening will have "films about hope for the future and the building of community."

The festival is a benefit for the National Post Office Collaborate and the Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee, which are working to prevent the sale of historic post office buildings in Berkeley and elsewhere by the U.S. Postal Service. For details call 510-486-8010.

Historical walking tour in West Berkeley

Jana Olson leads a walking tour of West Berkeley Artisans and Industries, the next spring outing hosted by the Berkeley Historical Society at 10 a.m. April 12. The outing will cover the area west of San Pablo Avenue between Dwight Way and Ashby Avenue.

Tours are limited to 30 paying participants and prepaid reservations are required. For more details call 510-848-0181.

Art entries wanted for city exhibition

The city is seeking entries for the annual Civic Center Art Exhibition, which will feature works of about 30 artists at the Martin Luther King Civic Center Building at 2180 Milvia St. from mid-2014 to mid-2015.

Submissions are open to artists living or working in Berkeley and the deadline to enter is April 18.

Entry is free and selected artists will receive a $150 honorarium.

Details and an application are online at berkeleyart.slideroom.com.

-- Chris Treadway