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NOSH Weekly delivers free East Bay food stories

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Last week saw the launch of NOSH Weekly, a free weekly email that points to the best, most interesting, most mouth-watering stories about food, restaurants, chefs and more in the East Bay.

Sign up to receive NOSH Weekly: your free weekly East Bay food email

Berkeleyside launched its standalone food section NOSH in November 2012. Unlike its host, NOSH covers cities other than Berkeley — from Oakland to Kensington, scooping up El Cerrito, Alameda and Albany on the way. … 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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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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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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Commenting on Berkeleyside: A new approach

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Recently, in a New York Times Magazine article about online commenting, writer Michael Erard suggested comments might be “the most obnoxious development of the Web, the wild back alleys where people sound their acid yawps.”

Last month, YouTube took decisive action to clean up its much maligned comments section with an overhaul that uses several factors to determine which posts float to the top of the conversation.

Three weeks ago, Popular Science took what many saw as the drastic step of shutting down its Comment section altogether, explaining that comments can be “bad for science.”

Starting next week, the Sacramento Bee will temporarily drop commenting from its website. “Too many so-called trolls are using the comments to be mean, obscene or just plain rude. Too many readers are turned off by the tone and skipping comments altogether,” wrote Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar. The newspaper is using the hiatus to encourage readers to give them feedback about commenting while they review their system.

What this tells us is that many online media operations are wrestling with how to handle comments sections and the problems they can trigger. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside: A vital news resource in emergencies

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Shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday last week, people all over Berkeley suddenly caught the sharp scent of smoke in the air. Many opened their front doors and stepped outside to see if, perhaps, something in their neighborhood was burning.

Then, many turned to Berkeleyside. Our email inbox and Twitter feed began buzzing: ‘Where’s the fire? What’s that smoke?” people asked.

Senior reporter Emilie Raguso was already on the phone to Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong when the questions began to land. Within minutes she had posted the answer on Twitter and Facebook. At 2:30 p.m we published the story: “Solano County smoke blankets Berkeley with smoke.” A change in wind direction was causing pungent smoke from a large grass fire near state Highway 12 in the Suisun City area to settle over the East Bay. Instantly, more than 1,600 people were there, reading the article, and huge numbers of others followed. … Continue reading »

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Announcing Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas

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Uncharted is a two-day festival, on October 25-26, that will be filled with thought-provoking conversations, challenging ideas, and engaging experiences. It promises to be the most stimulating, provocative event to come to downtown Berkeley in many years.

What is Berkeley? It’s a city and a name with resonance worldwide. It’s pushing boundaries, challenging conventions, innovating, not being afraid to question the status quo.

It’s a storied past but it’s also very much about the present: engaged, intellectually curious people continue to make Berkeley and the Bay Area their home.

Many Bay Area residents enjoyed a taste of ‘Berkeleyside live’ with The Three Michaels last December — a hugely entertaining conversation on the Berkeley Rep stage between three prominent Berkeley authors: Michael Pollan, Michael Lewis and Michael Chabon.

With Uncharted we are taking it to the next level. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside readers: Help make the news in your city

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Berkeleyside readers:

We need your support.

Earlier this week, Berkeleyside published an article profiling a 17-year-old former Berkeley High School student who was shot and killed in East Oakland over the weekend. Berkeleyside’s Emilie Raguso took the time to speak to Olajuwon Clayborn’s friends and relatives to paint a portrait of a life cut down in its prime.

That same night, the same reporter attended the Berkeley City Council meeting until nearly midnight and then went to the scene of a car accident in west Berkeley which sent a pedestrian to hospital in critical condition.

If you’re a loyal Berkeleyside reader, you’ll know that these stories were only two of several original pieces of reporting that we have brought you in the past few days. [And, if you receive our free Daily Briefing email, you will have probably already read this open letter, so feel free to move along and read one of those great stories elsewhere on the site!]

We also told you this week about a couple in North Berkeley caught with a stockpile of weapons who had talked of “eventual war with the government.” And we trawled through a 348-page police report to publish a detailed timeline of what happened on the night in February when a Berkeley resident died while in police custody. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside is hiring: Join our ad sales team

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As we hope readers have noticed, Berkeleyside continues to grow and develop. We’re now looking for an additional advertising sales executive to join our small team, to help build Berkeleyside’s business.

Advertising is the main source of Berkeleyside’s revenues. As a sales executive for Berkeleyside, you’ll play your part in forging a future for independent, local, online news.

You’ll work directly with our ad director, Wendy Cohen, building relationships with local merchants, coming up with new revenue ideas, and collaborating … Continue reading »

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The most important stories in Berkeley in 2012

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Berkeley in 2012 was filled with drama — a contested election, a failed nomination for a new school superintendent, a few missteps by the Chief of Police, and major changes at the University of California, among other events. Here’s a recap of the issues that had the deepest impact on Berkeley, plus a few fun ones thrown in.

City Government

The year got off to a tragic start with the untimely death of 37-year-old City Clerk Deanna Despain. She fell down the stairs of her Oakland home on Jan. 8. Her husband discovered her body when he returned from a late-night meeting. Their daughter was soundly asleep upstairs. Since then, Mark Numainville has been filling in as acting city clerk. In May, after serving as interim city manager for six months, the City Council appointed Christine Daniel permanently to the job. She replaced Phil Kamlarz, who had held the city’s top job for eight years. … Continue reading »

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Images of 2012: The Berkeley year in photos

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Sometimes it’s all about the image. Berkeleyside has strived to track down and publish great photography since its inception more than three years ago. You know what they say about the worth of a picture …

As the year draws to a close, we have selected photographs for each month of 2012 to present a visual trip down Berkeley’s memory lane.

This is an opportune moment to thank all the wonderful photographers who contribute to the Berkeleyside Flickr pool and send us their images by other means. Berkeleyside would be a lesser site without you.

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‘3 Michaels’ talk writing, inspiration and Berkeley quirks

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In an evening designed to focus on the “Berkeleyishness” of Berkeley, and raise money for a great cause, three of the city’s most renowned Michaels kept hundreds of local residents laughing for the better part of 90 minutes with their wit, charm and candor. [Listen to the podcast of the evening.]

Writers Michael Lewis, Michael Pollan and Michael Chabon — all of whom live in Berkeley — answered questions from West Coast Live host and Berkeley native Sedge Thomson, who moderated “The Three Michaels: A Berkeley Conversation” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre on Monday night.

This was the third public forum Berkeleyside has put on, part of its commitment to providing quality conversations and debates on issues that matter to Berkeley, both on- and off-line. (Scroll down for a slideshow, courtesy of Pete Rosos, from the forum.) … Continue reading »

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