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Heads up homesteaders: Crop swap launches in Berkeley

It’s that time of year when the abundance from a backyard vegetable garden can be a tad prolific. How many zucchini squash can one family eat? Or perhaps your produce problem comes from human error: you simply planted way too many onions and not enough greens.

The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

UNCHARTED FESTIVAL OF IDEAS Berkeleyside’s fourth annual Uncharted Festival of Ideas kicks off tomorrow, Friday Oct. 14, at 9 a.m. (coffee and pastries from 8 a.m.),  and runs through Saturday Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. The event — the Bay Area’s only ideas festival — is a heady mix of conversations, standup comedy, workshops, live music, dance performances, socializing, book signings, and a party in the heart of Berkeley. Guests include Mark Bittman, Eve Ensler, Jay Rosen and Jessie Bridges. There are still a limited number of tickets available, including a few special $10 tickets for the Saturday sessions (use code KPEE when buying a ticket). See Full Program / Buy Tickets. (more…)

The Berkeley Wire: 09.09.15

The It List: 5 things to do in Berkeley this weekend

THEATRE FIRST’S ‘ORLANDO’  TheatreFirst’s production of ‘Orlando’ at the Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley is getting great reviews. Robert Hurwitt said it was “another terrific play by [Sarah] Ruhl in the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Mercury News‘ Pat Craig said the production was “rollicking good fun.” Based on the Virginia Woolf novel of the same name, ‘Orlando’ tells the story of a young nobleman who is drawn into a love affair with Queen Elizabeth I. Berkeleyside is pleased to be able to offer its readers the chance to see the play for just $10 this weekend (general admission is $25/$30 at the door) and for $15 for the remainder of its run. And under-30s can pay just $10 on a usual ticket price of $15.  The play closes on Sept. 15. Simply use promo code ‘berkeleyside’ when you buy your ticket. (more…)

The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

ART OPEN HOUSE On Saturday the Berkeley Art Center, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, will host an open house and unveil its new sculpture patio. The patio will feature works by Harold Paris, Peter Voulkos, and Stephen DeStaebler. The day will also see the opening of the gallery’s new show, “Local Treasures: Bay Area Ceramics,” a bi-annual exhibition series started in 2010, featuring artists that have had a significant impact in the artistic fabric of the community. The Open House reception is on Saturday Sept. 22, 5-8 pm at the Berkeley Art Center at 1275 Walnut Street.

Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

LOCAL BREWS Peet’s Coffee & Tea has introduced two very Berkeley-centric blends: Café Solano and Café Domingo, in honor of two of their Berkeley stores on Domingo Avenue and Solano Avenue. Café Domingo is described as a smooth, balanced and medium-bodied Latin American blend “with hints of toffee sweetness and a clean, crisp finish”. While Café Solano is “a lively and aromatic medium roast coffee. Perfectly rounded with floral notes and a subtle fruit essence”. Peet’s was, of course, founded in Berkeley in 1966, and is about to open its 9th store in the city on the corner of College Avenue and Alcatraz.