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Uncharted Ideas: Do something different this weekend

View from the University Club where the Uncharted Party will take place on the evening of October 24, 2014. Photo: UCB
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We’re expecting a host of surprises at this week’s Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas.

The festival is on Friday and Saturday at the Berkeley Rep, the Freight & Salvage and the University Club high atop Memorial Stadium. Dangerous ideas, challenging questions, laughter and amazing creativity, from both speakers and participants, fascinating people to meet and to share a glass with at the Friday evening party.

As a Berkeleyside or East Bay Nosh reader you are eligible for a discount on attendance. Just use the code BerkeleysideFriend when you register. You can buy tickets for the full two days, or for Friday or Saturday only (everyone gets to go to the party!).

What are the highlights? You’ll have to come to find out.

We’re excited about everything, from Tanya Holland on cooking with soul, to Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman on the frontiers of medicine, to gay rights pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier on the inside story of the Supreme Court case, to composer John Adams on opera and controversy, to Ken Goldberg on robotics in the cloud, to Jeff Chang on multiculturalism, to Steve Coll on the Islamic State, to Saru Jayaraman on how we treat restaurant workers, to Carl Bass on our 3-D future, to… well, you get the idea. You can scan the whole program on the Uncharted website. … Continue reading »

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Politics

Berkeleyside does not endorse candidates, measures

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From our founding five years ago, we’ve had a consistent policy on Berkeleyside of not endorsing election candidates or taking sides on local measures. We are sticking to that principle.

We do this because we’re deeply committed to providing even-handed reporting on issues and candidates. We think our journalism benefits from our determination to be unbiased.

At a bigger news organization, it’s possible to have a well-constructed separation between reporting and opinion. On a small team like Berkeleyside, that’s just not possible, so the fairness of our reporting would inevitably — and rightly — be questioned. (We do welcome opinions, however. Check out our Opinionator section for a torrent of views on the 2014 election.)

We also trust our readers. We’re confident that if we report the news in as straightforward a fashion as we can manage, we will give you the tools to make your own minds up. Why should our opinion be privileged in some special way? … Continue reading »

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Scholarships for Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas

A coffee break at Uncharted 2013, which, like the 2014 festival, will be held at Berkeley Rep and the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. Photo:
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In two weeks, on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25, the second edition of Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, will throw open its doors in downtown Berkeley. It’s going to be a an extraordinary two days of conversations on food, technology, arts, innovation, society, environment, politics, and much, much more.

Berkeleyside is producing Uncharted and is committed to having an engaged, active group of participants attend — people like our readers who are curious, opinionated, and hungry for knowledge and new ways of thinking. That is why we are offering a limited number of scholarships to ensure the diversity of the audience.

Scholarships are intended for people who can contribute substantively to the discussions during Uncharted, but would otherwise be unable to attend. … Continue reading »

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Uncharted: Whistling Vivaldi, a Memorial Stadium party

View from the University Club where the Uncharted Party will take place on the evening of October 24, 2014. Photo: UCB
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What can you expect at Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas, hosted by Berkeleyside? Here’s a taste:

  • Claude Steele will explain why an African American man whistling Vivaldi confounds white fear
  • Nobel laureate Randy Schekman will discuss what medicine is likely to conquer (and what it won’t solve any time soon)
  • Brown Sugar Kitchen’s Tanya Holland has lots to say about how female restaurateurs are treated compared to their male counterparts
  • Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton will have you rolling up your sleeves to co-create some art on sustainability
  • Pulitzer Prize winner John Adams will no doubt share his views on the furore surrounding the Met’s production of his opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer”
  • Mina Girgis will dazzle us with his audacious Nile Project, bridging cultures and politics, and
  • Adam Mansbach might tell us why his next book is called You Have to F***ing Eat!

The two-day Uncharted festival takes place on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25 at the Berkeley Rep and the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley, with a cocktail party on the Friday evening at the University Club on top of the Cal Memorial Stadium (pictured, top).

The special Uncharted early-bird price – $100 less than 2013 – expires next week, so now’s the moment to grab your tickets. … Continue reading »

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Announcing: The Uncharted Ideas Festival 2014 program

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Berkeleyside is excited to reveal the program for the second annual Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas. The festival takes place on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25 at the Berkeley Rep and the Freight & Salvage in downtown Berkeley, with a cocktail party in the middle at the University Club on top of the Cal Memorial Stadium. You may already have heard about some of the incredible speakers festival-goers will get the chance to meet. Today we announce the full program and schedule. Tickets for the two days are available early-bird rate of $290 ($100 less than 2013 prices) until Oct. 6 at www.berkeleyideas.com. Full schedule and venue details, as well as speaker biographies, are also listed there. … Continue reading »

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The B-Side: Has Berkeley lost its cool?

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The Free Speech Movement was launched in Berkeley exactly 50 years ago. From that point on, Berkeley was a beacon for young people. But what does Berkeley have to offer adventurous youth today? “Cool” is an amorphous concept, but has Berkeley lost it?

This the question that will be addressed at the second B-Side talk presented by Berkeleyside and Impact Hub Berkeley on Tuesday Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m.

For the “Has Berkeley Lost its Cool?” talk Jennifer Cogley, Sustainable Business Coordinator at the City of Berkeley, will go head to head with media relations, marketing and communications strategist Emunah Hauser in a discussion moderated by Berkeleyside co-founder Lance Knobel. This promises to be a lively debate, and one participants will be encouraged to join. … Continue reading »

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At B-Side: Implications of downtown Berkeley initiative

At the first B-Side forum co-sponsored by The Hub and Berkeleyside, participants debated the merits of this fall's downtown initiative. From left, Lance Knobel of Berkeleyside, Jesse Arreguín and Eric Panzer. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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About 50 people gathered at Berkeley’s David Brower Center last week for a discussion about the ballot initiative supporters say will put more “green” in local development, but which opponents argue will stop new projects that are contributing to a downtown renaissance and are bringing critical amenities to the city.

Berkeley Councilman Jesse Arreguín faced off against Eric Panzer, chair of Livable Berkeley and the treasurer of the group opposing the initiative. They joined Berkeleyside co-founder Lance Knobel at Impact Hub Berkeley last Tuesday evening in the first of a series of informal discussions about Berkeley issues — co-sponsored by Berkeleyside and the Hub — called The B-Side.Continue reading »

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Announcing Uncharted 2014: 2 days spent with the great thinkers of today to find out what’s coming tomorrow

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Today, Berkeleyside announced the initial speaker line-up for Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas 2014. Among those headlining the festival are Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman, Pulitzer Prize composer John Adams, marriage equality pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier,
social psychologist Claude Steele, author Adam Mansbach — as well as dozens of other “dangerous thinkers.”

Uncharted, which takes place on Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25, aims to bring participants together with some of the world’s great thinkers for two thrilling days of discussion, debate, and workshops designed to engage and inspire. Much more than a series of lectures, Uncharted is a festival of ideas.

Uncharted is offered at a fraction of the cost of other “ideas festivals.” Right now, those who register to attend can save $100 over 2013 prices.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside launches new talk series, The B-Side

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This week, Berkeleyside, in collaboration with Impact Hub Berkeley, launched a new talk series designed to facilitate conversations about issues going on right here, right now in Berkeley.

The B-Side kicks off on the evening of July 15 at Impact Hub Berkeley with a talk titled “Downtown Development Initiative: Boon or Bane?” Jesse Arreguín, councilmember for District 4, will go head to head with  planner and smart growth advocate Eric Panzer in a discussion moderated by Berkeleyside co-founder Lance Knobel. Given all the plans for downtown Berkeley, and the vocal arguments for and against them, this promises to be a lively debate, and one participants will be encouraged to join. … Continue reading »

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Community

Berkeley’s Good Shepherd Church to reopen on Sept. 21

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Nearly two years after an electrical fire destroyed much of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in West Berkeley, the congregation will finally return to their newly rebuilt space for services this fall.

The church, on the corner of Hearst Avenue and Ninth Street, plans to open its doors on September 21 for an 11 a.m. service. Afterwards, it will host a party for the neighborhood to celebrate the new space.

On arrival, however, the churchgoers may be forgiven for thinking there was never a fire at all. The exterior of the new building is identical to the old one. According to Rev. Este Gardner Cantor, the city mandated that the new exterior match the original design since the church is considered an architectural landmark. … Continue reading »

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5 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

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1. Berkeley’s minimum wage will go to $12.63 by 2016; initiative looms
2. Man falls from look-out rock on Grizzly Peak Boulevard and dies
3. Urban Adamah kills chickens despite activists’ protests
4. New Berkeley Art Museum will used salvaged trees as part of the interior
5. Two citizen’s initiatives appear headed to the November ballot

Don’t forget that Berkeleyside will be holding an Open  Office on Thursday, May 29 … Continue reading »

Berkeleyside to hold Open Office on Thursday May 29

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Berkeleyside will be holding Open Office hours on Thursday May 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at NextSpace in downtown Berkeley.

Berkeleyside readers can meet the Berkeleyside team, share ideas, grab a beer, and generally have a social time. Bring story ideas, berate us for what you feel we could do better, and tell us about the issues that matter to you in Berkeley. Hopefully many of our regular contributors — writers, photographers, designers and more — will be able to come, so you get to meet them too.

Berkeleyside was conceived as an online forum as much as an online newspaper and your input adds incalculable value to our coverage and our site. … Continue reading »

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7 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

Downtown Berkeley, May 2014. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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1. Starbucks is planning to open fourth Berkeley outlet after all
2. Debate rages over impact of green initiative on downtown high rises
3. Concern about police profiling draws crowd to NAACP forum
4. Nearly 2,000 people sign up for police text alerts
5. Police beats could get much bigger
6. Memorial Stadium to host professional soccer match this summer
7. 3-D models bring Berkeley’s train history … Continue reading »

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