EAT, DRINK, READ In an impressive show of collaboration, three Elmwood merchants have joined forces to organize an “Elmwood happening” on Sunday Sept. 9th. “Moveable Feast” starts at Summer Kitchen Bake Shop at 4:00pm with a menu of small plates inspired by the new book “Ripe: A Fresh, Colorful Approach to Fruits and Vegetables”. Author Cheryl Sternman Rule and food photographer Paulette Phlipot will give a talk on getting started in food writing and photography at Mrs Dalloway’s bookstore at 4:30pm; then there will be a photography exhibit and wine reception at art gallery Collector at 5:00pm. For details, see Elmwood Happenings. Tickets available at Mrs. Dalloway’s (510-704-8222). (Update: 1:35pm: Two readers have won the two tickets Berkeleyside was giving away to this event. Thanks to those who participated!)
TAKE A BREAK FOR ART Lisa Rasmussen and Lauren Odell Usher have a vision: to create a global tradition of the world sitting down together to make art. Towards that goal, the two artists have created Take 5: Art Break Day where, on the first Friday in September, communities set up public art stations where people can stop by to draw, paint, doodle, or do other creative endeavors, all for free. The day isn’t quite global yet, but it is growing with locations in the Bay Area, Malibu, and Americus, GA. In Berkeley on Friday Sept. 7, the group will be setting up in the Gourmet Ghetto on Shattuck and Vine from 9 am to 5 pm. Take a break from quotidian tasks and stop by to make art. The first 1,000 participants will get a free gift. … Continue reading »
It’s all about small-batch, locally roasted brews at Alchemy Collective Café on MLK at Adeline. Photo: Joel Ramirez
The news that an award-winning pastry chef would be opening a new bakery in the space occupied for 38 years by The Bread Garden in Berkeley’s Claremont neighborhood was greeted with unanimous approval. “Cannot wait,” said reader Annie Painter. Frank Sally hopes to open Fournée Bakery before year-end.
Local business happenings are always a hit with our readers, and the reports in this week’s Shop Talk — including news of a new Greek restaurant, the closure of Zaika on University, and the arrival of a new coffee cart at Whole Foods — proved as popular as ever.
In the same vein, Sarah Henry’s profile of Alchemy Collective Café (pictured above) prompted insightful comments and positive feedback. “Good work fellas! Keep it up!”, said RedMilitant of the six baristas who are helping perk up a Berkeley neighborhood in transition. … Continue reading »
MO’WHAT? Mo’Fone‘s funky brand of jazz might sound like it comes from New Orleans, but don’t be deceived. The trio’s roots are right here in the Bay Area, and the group is playing at Berkeley’s own Jupiter on Saturday Aug. 18 from 8 pm to 11 pm. A unique combination of two saxophone players and one drummer, the Mo’Fone men play energetic, danceable jazz that Consequence of Sound described as “downright mesmerizing.” Best of all, the show’s free!
NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS UC Berkeley’s annual welcome extravaganza is back for its 10th anniversary this Sunday Aug. 19 and Monday Aug. 20. Caltopia—the self-proclaimed “two greatest days on planet Earth”—boasts dozens of booths set up by local businesses and community organizations, live music, and boatloads of free goodies. And we’re not just talking keychains and water bottles—there’s a Droid up for grabs. Originally created as a showcase for Cal’s Recreational Sports department, Caltopia has morphed into an anticipated event for students and community members alike. … Continue reading »
A MUSICAL TRIPLE THREAT – Natalie Cressman has music in her genes. The jazz trombonist-vocalist-composer is the daughter of Santana trombonist Jeff Cressman and jazz vocalist Sandy Cressman. All that music growing up imbued the younger Cressman with exceptional talent, which is on full display on her just-released debut album, Unfolding. Cressman and her band Secret Garden will perform Friday Aug. 10 at 8 pm at Freight & Salvage. The evening also includes a performance show by Peter Apfelbaum, a Berkeley-bred musician, composer, who has played with many of the greats. He will be joined by drummer Josh Jones. Tickets are $22.50.
RAW, RAGGED, AND REVEALING - Lip Service West got its start in Los Angeles but made its name in Miami where it quickly got known as “the hottest, smartest, most honest literary event in South Florida.” Think gritty, raw writing paired with live performance. Oakland’s San Pablo Arts District fund is sponsoring a Friday night performance of the group – in Berkeley. The founder, Andrea Askowitz, who wrote My Miserable Lonely Lesbian Pregnancy, will join host Joe Clifford and six other writers at 7:30 pm Aug. 10 at Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Avenue. Admission is free. … Continue reading »
The second screening in this year’s Summer Cinema on Center Street, a free outdoor movie series, takes place on Saturday August 11, at 7:30pm.
The theme of this year’s series is “cerebral cinema” and Saturday’s classic is B-movie film Donovan’s Brain (1953) which features a young Nancy Davis (aka Mrs Ronald Reagan). In the film a crazed surgeon has been extracting the brains of monkeys, keeping them alive outside their bodies. When a plane crashes nearby, the police rush the survivor to the surgeon’s lab for emergency care. Despite their best efforts, terrible tycoon Walter Donovan dies, so the scientist liberates his lobes, keeping them alive in a jar. Soon the megalomaniacal brain asserts its influence over the doctor, who must do its evil bidding. Watch the Donovan’s Brain trailer.
The movie will be projected onto the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive.
The Summer Movie series takes place over three weekends in August and is organized jointly by Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and the Downtown Berkeley Association. … Continue reading »
This year’s Summer Cinema on Center Street, a free outdoor movie series, kicks off tonight, Saturday August 4, at 7:30pm.
The films, which are being projected onto the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, are all in the classic B-movie “mad scientist” genre.
Tonight’s screening is The Atomic Brain, in which an aging spinster finances the brain transplant experiments of a deranged scientist in the hope that her brain can be transplanted into the body of a younger woman.
The Summer Movie series takes place over three weekends in August and is organized jointly by Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and the Downtown Berkeley Association. The event was launched last year and proved immensely popular, drawing up to 400 people to the Bank of America parking lot for each screening. … Continue reading »
MEMORABLE CONVERSATIONS Sedge Thomson is Berkeley’s own unsung hero. As the long-time host and creator of West Coast Live, a two-hour show broadcast every Saturday on KALW, Thomson has highlighted the work of hundreds, even thousands, of writers, musicians, and artists. Thomson spends hours preparing for his productions, and his questions and interviews are regarded as among the most penetrating on the radio. This Saturday marks the last of four live broadcasts from Freight & Salvage. This week, starting at 10am, Thomson interviews Eddie Meidav, author of Lola, California, Karl & Carl, the music duo Meisner & Smith, and Mike Greensill on piano. Tickets are $15. … Continue reading »
Demented surgeons who know no bounds, crazed doctors keeping brains alive, abductions and decapitations – you can tell Steve Seid had an enormous amount of fun putting together the program for this year’s Summer Cinema on Center Street, a free outdoor movie series which kicks off on Saturday August 4.
“I wanted something different from common currency films. I wanted to pull out some of our more disgraceful examples,” he says, laughing.
Seid, Video Curator at Pacific Film Archive, delved into the museum’s 18,000-strong collection of films to come up with his selection of 16-mm prints for the series, which takes place over three weekends in August and is organized jointly by Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and the Downtown Berkeley Association. The event was launched last year and proved immensely popular, drawing up to 400 people to the Bank of America parking lot for each screening.
The films, which will be shown on the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, are all in the classic B-movie “mad scientist” genre. … Continue reading »
The finale of Center Street Summer Cinema, a free outdoor movie series launched this year by the Downtown Berkeley Association and sponsored by Berkeleyside, was deemed a success.
An estimated 500 people turned out to see The Big Lebowski, a quintessential Berkeley movie if ever there was one, which was shown on the side of the future Berkeley Art Museum in the Bank of America parking lot.
Before the feature, participants enjoyed free entertainment from Oakland’s Fire Collective … Continue reading »
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Tonight sees the grand finale of Center Street Summer Cinema, an outdoor movie series in downtown Berkeley sponsored by Berkeleyside.
The Big Lebowski will screen on the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum in the Bank of America parking lot at around 8:30pm.
Before the main feature starts, from 6:00pm onwards, moviegoers are encouraged to eat al fresco, enjoy musical entertainment — from Laura Weinbach of Foxtails Brigade on violin and the Fire Arts Collective – enjoy pre-movie … Continue reading »
A three block stretch of Telegraph Avenue will be transformed Sunday into an international music festival featuring live indie bands, chamber orchestras, and jazz ensembles.
It’s the third annual LastSundaysFest, Telegraph Avenue’s street party, done in a way that only Telegraph can do. The festival’s motto is “The World Comes to Telegraph.” In addition to a plethora of bands, there will be delicious street food, crafts, and offerings from the dozens of shops that line the street.
The festival … Continue reading »
We’ve had The Princess Bride, Pixar’s Up, and Raiders of the
Lost Ark – and every week the number of participants has swelled at the Center Street outdoor Summer Cinema series, as people take advantage of a pedestrianized street, great food and drink options and a free movie screening.
Saturday sees the grand finale with The Big Lebowski showing on the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum in the Bank of America parking lot.
“We’re expecting … Continue reading »