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New Yorker artist Eric Drooker: A small giant in our midst

If you passed Eric Drooker, 58, on the streets of Berkeley, you wouldn’t guess from his slight build and unassuming manner that he’s a giant in certain circles. Among other things, Drooker is a regular cover artist for The New Yorker, he collaborated with the late poet Allen Ginsberg, and he won the American Book Award for his 1992 work Flood! A Novel in Pictures.

Op-ed: Sophie Hahn is exceptional, and just what Berkeley needs

For too long, Berkeley’s City Council has been mired in timid, incremental politics. The council majority has dragged its feet on important issues, to the detriment to those most in need, and to the frustration of all who want Berkeley to reclaim its place as a progressive and environmental leader. Luckily, in District 5, we have the opportunity to choose excellence, by electing a candidate with the experience, knowledge, dedication and vision to move Berkeley decisively forward: Sophie Hahn.

The Berkeley Wire: 09.09.16

‘Caught’ at Ashby Stage (East Bay Express)
BUSD reviews plan to end racial predictability in academics (Daily Cal)
Some changes in Berkeley add charm to alum’s memories (LA Times)
Berkeley’s Counting Crows return to Bay Area (Palo Alto Online)
Left Margin LIT, a new literary hub, opens in Berkeley (SF Chronicle)
Berkeley Rep presents world premiere of “Last Tiger in Haiti’ (Broadway World)
Magnes exhibit highlights rich Jewish life in Venice Ghetto (J Weekly)
Vandals confront College Republicans, tear up Donald Trump cutout (College Fix)
Berkeley Law, community, campus administration hold town hall (Daily Cal)
In startup sweepstakes, it’s Cal versus Stanford (UC Berkeley)
Berkeley’s 60s radical roots show in major British exhibit (UC Berkeley)
City of San Francisco and UC Berkeley to continue collaborating on ‘smart cities’ (UC Berkeley)
Berkeley biotech startup will move into West Berkeley building (Daily Cal)
Bay Area musicians do flood relief bayou-style (The Advertiser)

KlezCalifornia: Yiddishkeit comes to North Berkeley

No one is ever going to mistake the Gourmet Ghetto for the Pale of Settlement, but this weekend the JCC East Bay turns the neighborhood into a vibrant outpost of Yiddish culture. KlezCalifornia, the festival that celebrates the music, dance, poetry, and humor of Eastern European Jewry, returns to Berkeley on Saturday and Sunday with a jam-packed series of workshops, talks and performances.

The Berkeley Wire: 08.27.15

UC alumni arraigned on charges of insider trading (Daily Cal)
“Fear the Walking Dead” and the Berkeley connection (CoCo Times)
Berkeley: A Look Back. University pledges national security support (CoCo Times)
“Living by the Book” exhibit at Magnes explores Jewish bible (UCB News)
Zut allures but doesn’t deliver (Express)
Theater companies embrace female-driven plays for fall (Express)
Berkeley agency responds to bias complaint (Bay Area Reporter)