New crop swap comes to Berkeley’s Lorin District

The sun blessed Berkeley gardeners with heaps of homegrown produce this summer. To address burgeoning baskets, Councilmember Max Anderson announced the addition of the the Lorin Station Crop Swap this Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m. The one-hour, edible-garden swap hosted by Transition Berkeley and The Victory Garden Foundation at the corner of Alcatraz and […]

Lemons, loquats and greens: Berkeley crop swap kicks off

As predicted by Berkeleyside readers, lemons were, indeed, in abundant supply at the first Berkeley Crop Swap organized by Transition Berkeley Monday night at Ohlone Park. Under a fog-filled sky there wasn’t a ripe tomato in sight, though you could pick up tomato starts. Nonetheless, a couple of dozen local residents happily exchanged home-grown goodies […]

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. Help is on the way. Beginning next Monday night […]

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, […]

The Berkeley Wire: 09.09.15

Berkeley ranked top public university by U.S. News (UCB News) Nationally ranked poets appear at Holloway Reading Series (Daily Cal) Hotel Durant changes hands (SF Business Times) Balcony collapse tragedy remembered at start of Irish school year (Irish Times) Housing Advisory Commission talks about affordable housing (Daily Cal) Edward Burtynsky uses photography as advocacy (IBA) […]

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 […]

What’s new in East Bay food, XXII

A new gluten-free sandwich company, two new cafes and a restaurant… all the food news that’s fit to print.

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 […]

Max Anderson kicks off Council re-election campaign

In a campaign kickoff filled with poetry, tears, fried chicken, Acme bread, and a huge Sweet Adeline’s chocolate cake, Max Anderson launched his third bid for City Council Sunday night. Dozens of local politicians, union activists, and residents of south Berkeley gathered at La Peňa Cultural Center to show their support for Anderson, who has […]

Top food stories from Berkeley in 2011

Food writer Sarah Henry reviews the year in all things edible in Berkeley.

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 […]