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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

"The Magic Shoes," about an Iranian boy and his Air Jordans, is one of several USC student films showing this weekend at the Berkeley Video & Film Festival. Berkeley High students can see the student films for free. Photo courtesy of BVFF
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FILM FESTIVAL The Berkeley Video & Film Festival is a two-weekend feast of independent film, and it starts tonight, Oct. 30. Each year the East Bay Media Center narrows down(but not by much!) more than 100 submissions to a spectacular and international selection of shorts, animations, documentaries, and feature films. From a global dance documentary to animated sexual organs, there’s something for everyone. It all starts with a Student Film Marathon this weekend, and Berkeley High students get in free with ID. Otherwise, tickets for each film cost $10, or $5 for students and seniors, and they’re available at the door or by calling (510) 843-3699. A $25 pass gets you access to the whole festival. All films are screened at 1939 Addison Street. … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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DAY OF THE DEAD  The 1400 block of Shattuck in North Berkeley will be the center of this year’s Dia de los Muertos celebration Friday night. Join dozens of people walking in a candlelight procession as they honor those who have passed on. There will be a community altar from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and the procession runs from 7:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There will be free face painting, mariachis, Aztec dancers, fire dancers, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. Comal, the Mexican restaurant on Shattuck Ave., will also be holding a Dia de los Muertos themed evening.

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Photo essay: Dìa de los Muertos in the Gourmet Ghetto

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Berkeley’s Dìa de los Muertos celebration in the Gourmet Ghetto Wednesday night offered music, dance, an altar to remember absent friends, weird and wonderful costumes, and food — lots of food, in fact, as the event was planned to coincide with street food fest Off The Grid. The photos here provide just a glimpse of how the evening unfolded by candlelight.

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Reminder: Dia de los Muertos in Berkeley on Wednesday

Participants at Berkeley's Dia de los Muertos celebrations last year. This year's event is Wednesday next to Off The Grid
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Halloween may be behind us, but tomorrow offers the opportunity to continue in a similar vein with the Gourmet Ghetto’s Dia le los Muertos celebration.

The event, which will be happening right next to Off The Grid in North Berkeley, is a way of remembering those who have passed on, and will be a more ambitious endeavor than in previous years.

Look out for “Ghoulish Gastronomique” menus at nearby restaurants, interactive craft stalls, a beer and wine stand, and the Con Permiso Mariachi band. A community altar, or ofrenda, is being created for and by community members who may bring photos or stories of their loved ones, candles, breads, or flowers to add to the altar. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley ramps up Dìa de los Muertos celebrations

This year, if there’s one thing Dìa de Los Muertos in the Gourmet Ghetto promises not to be, it’s low-key. “We are going all out,” said organizer Lisa Bullwinkel. The fact that the event will coincide with November 2nd’s Off The Grid, Berkeley’s popular weekly street-food fest — and takes place right next to the food trucks — should ensure a lively and engaged crowd.

Dìa de Los Muertos celebrates those who have passed on, and it has been marked in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto for the past two years. The additions to the festivities this year include interactive craft stalls, a beer and wine stand, and the Con Permiso Mariachi band. A community altar, or ofrenda, is being created for and by community members who may bring photos or stories of their loved ones, candles, breads, or flowers to add to the altar.

Masked participants at last year’s Dia de los Muertos celebration in Berkeley

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Local food names sign up for Berkeley Off The Grid truck

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Lush Gelato, voted by Berkeleyside readers as the best ice cream shop in Berkeley, will be going mobile tonight and serving its scoops from the guest truck at street food-fest Off The Grid — and a number of other local food names have signed up for future Wednesdays.

The Juice Bar Collective is planning on offering tamales for the Gourmet Ghetto’s Dia de Los Muertos celebration on November 2nd, and Berkeley’s new Local Butcher Shopopened by former Chez Panisse chef Aaron Rocchino and his wife Monica in August — will host the guest truck on November 9th. Other possibles for future dates include Guerilla Café and Taste of the Himalayas.

The truck is owned by Off The Grid and offered to guest hosts at whichever location the street food fair is taking place. Saul Deli‘s Executive Chef Peter Levitt rustled up pickle plates and potato latkes from the truck in June.

Tonight, Lush will be serving gelato and chocolate sandwiches, a special-menu item designed specifically for Off the Grid, as well as basil, fresh mint chip and salted chocolate chip gelatos. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley pulls out the stops for Dia de Los Muertos

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Berkeleysider Mark Day shot this high-definition video of yesterday’s Dia de Los Muertos parade in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood — and we think it is lovely and captures the spirit of the event very well. Thanks for sending it our way Mark.

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Join the Dia de los Muertos procession tonight

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The annual Dia de los Muertos celebration in the Gourmet Ghetto takes place this evening (see Ira Serkes‘ video from last year above to get a taste of what you’ll experience). A community altar to fallen bicyclists will be made from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Shattuck and Cedar, with community additions welcomed. A bicycle and costume contest for adults will be held at 7:30 p.m. Finally, the candlelight procession will start at 7:45 … Continue reading »

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Prepare for the Dia de los Muertos

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The Fond Farewell speakers series at Grace North Church has a timely presentation tonight. The Oakland Museum’s Lisa Lemus will be helping participants build their own Dia de los Muertos altars. Carol Redmount, professor of archaeology at UC Berkeley, will also speak about death in ancient Egypt.

If you’re interested in building your own altar, you should bring a photo of the person you are honoring and flowers, candles and other items to offer.

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