Berkeley teacher sees future for parenting mag RAD DAD

By Tara Taylor/Bring Them Along It’s hard to imagine, but there was a point in time when being a parent was a very isolating and lonely place. Parents looking for advice or community couldn’t fire up their computer and seek out a forum or mommy blog. You had one choice, mainstream media or nothing at […]

A ‘tender’ book from Berkeley’s radical Rad Dad

When Tomas Moniz, the author of the new novella Bellies and Buffalos, was in New York City a few years ago, he stopped by the mammoth American Girl doll store on Fifth Avenue. His youngest daughter had begged him to visit, part of her campaign to snare one of the pricey dolls. Moniz was astounded […]

Litquake to Berkeley: Let’s shake things up

Berkeley’s literary arts scene is about to get a huge injection of energy in the next nine days, as the Litquake Literary Festival – the largest in the West – stages two events in Berkeley. It starts on Tuesday Oct. 9 with actors reading stories out loud on the Ashby Stage and continues on Saturday […]

Berkeley poets take to the stage Saturday at festival

For the last eight years, poets from around the East Bay have been gathering each year at the Berkeley Poetry Festival. Sometimes they meet and read together on a street. Other times they gather in a television studio and broadcast two days worth of poems. On other occasions, they have recited poetry in a museum. […]

Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts

Best books of 2010: A Berkeley perspective Sylvia Brownrigg, Linda Schacht Gage, Tomas Moniz, Tom Leonard, Elizabeth Stark, Donna Corbeil, Lance Knobel and Frances Dinkelspiel select their favorite books of the year. Berkeley block by block: how diverse is the city? The treasure trove of data in the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey reveals much about the […]

Best books of 2010: A Berkeley perspective

Berkeley is a city for book lovers. There are 30 independent bookstores in the city and at least three stores specializing in rare books. Berkeley residents love their public library and check out items at a rate three times higher than other California residents. In 2008, that meant they borrowed 2.2 million books, CDS, DVDs, […]

Cartoons and comics on display at Berkeley fair

A few years ago Susie Cagle set aside her keyboard and picked up her paintbrush. After years of working as an editor and journalist, Cagle decided to try editorial cartooning, and the results have been remarkable. Her “True Stories in Words and Pictures, “ (the way she describes her narrative cartoons) have run in San […]

Lyrics & Dirges: new Berkeley reading series

For the last five years, Berkeley writer Tomas Moniz has been putting out Rad Dad, a zine that combines his take on fathering with musings about gender, race, class, politics, and other aspects of society. His drawings and discussions on how to parent in a world that often espouses values of domination and elitism have […]

The Berkeley Wire: 02.06.14

Saving the UC Berkeley library (Inside Higher Ed) Berkeley salutes folk singer Seeger (Inside Bay Area) Opinion: Berkeley students must tweet on Islamophobia (Toronto Sun) Patty Hearst kidnapped from Berkeley 40 years ago (BBC) Review: “House That Will Not Stand” at Berkeley Rep (Mercury News) Burgers star at Eureka! (SF Chronicle) Wishing Northbrae Church a […]

Comal: New restaurant takes a bet on downtown Berkeley

On Friday, John Paluska will throw open the heavy steel doors to his ambitious new restaurant, Comal, which he hopes will become a magnet for local residents and a cultural incubator. “I see it as a big tent that I hope will become the heart of the community,” he said last week as he stood […]