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Photos: Just another fabulous weekend in Berkeley, Calif.

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Free Comic Book Day, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Associations’s spring home tour, the first ever California Bookstore Day, Hip Hop in the Park, a Nutty Run, a riot of color at the Hindu Holi Festival, and a Native American style pow wow… never let it be said that there’s nothing to do on a spring weekend in Berkeley.

Enjoy this photographic essay that represents only a fraction of what went on over the weekend in this city we all call home. … Continue reading »

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

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ART HAPPENING  It may not be the size of Oakland’s Art Murmur, but Berkeley has its own evening art outing called Second Friday Art Walk. Two cooperative art galleries and a host of cafés and shops will stay open late Friday April 12 and offer artist receptions and food and wine specials. The Firehouse North Gallery, at 1790 Shattuck, will hold a reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, to present “33 years of being Tom Franco” (above).  The ACCI Gallery, at 1652 Shattuck, will host a party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the opening of its 6th Annual Printmaking Exhibition. Nearby, the Vintage Berkeley Wine Shop at 2113 Vine Street will have a wine tasting and art show from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Time Out Quartet will perform at Oggi Restaurant, 1801 Shattuck, from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside

Were you a winner in our Caltopia raffle?

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The two days of Caltopia were quite a whirl for students, faculty and staff, as well as for exhibitors like Berkeleyside. From the tens of thousands who passed through the self-proclaimed “greatest days on planet Earth”, we were able to have conversations about local news with hundreds of people, we launched OneNews/Berkeleyside, our exciting new citizen journalism app, and we even found some potential new journalists.

But what about the Berkeleyside raffle? We partnered with a host of wonderful Berkeley businesses … Continue reading »

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Thousands of Cal students, staff flock to Caltopia

Students new and old come out in droves for the community-boosting swag-fest that is Caltopia
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UC Berkeley freshmen, some looking dazed, others excited, as well as more blasé seniors, turned out in their thousands on Sunday for Day One of Caltopia, the self-described “two greatest days on the planet”.

The event, held at the UC Berkeley Recreational Sports Facility at 2301 Bancroft Way, sees more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their wares and services to the Cal community, including the university’s staff and faculty.

It’s a combination of freebie-fest — with giveaways galore, be it bites of Clif Bars, T-shirts, pens and mouse pads and the chance to win covetable prizes like Kindles from big brand names like Pepsi  — and social mixer.

Berkeleyside made its debut at Calopia yesterday and we will be there again today. Find us at booth E104.

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UC Berkeley’s Caltopia: The ultimate Town & Gown affair

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This weekend, when around 30,000 students and faculty stroll through Caltopia, browsing the booths of more than 100 exhibitors, Berkeley’s two driving forces, the city and its university, will be pitched in perfect harmony. And Berkeleyside will be there to sing along too.

Caltopia was launched nine years ago as a way for Berkeley businesses to welcome Cal students, both current and new, back to school. The event runs on Sunday and Monday this year, and classes start up … Continue reading »

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A brotherly business: Bookstore Fantastic Comics

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When chatting with Paul Kilduff in The Monthly’s June issue about the changing face of downtown Berkeley, San Francisco Chronicle writer and Berkeleyan John King mentioned in passing the demise of Shattuck Avenue’s Comic Relief.

“…I guess the comic bookstore closed because the guy who had it forever has just run out of steam,” King said.

Far be it for us to correct the estimable Mr King, for whom we have the utmost respect, but in this case … Continue reading »

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Comic Relief spawns a second comics book store

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Another comics store is rising out of the ashes of the defunct Comic Relief.

Just six weeks after Comic Relief abruptly shut its doors, a former employee has plans to open a new store in the exact same location.

Uel Carter, who worked on and off at Comic Relief for a decade, will launch Fantastic Comics at 2026 Shattuck Avenue on May 1.

It will be the second comic store coming from Comic Relief. Jack Rems, the owner of Dark Carnival Books, bought Comic Relief’s inventory and opened a new store, The Escapist, on Claremont Avenue, on March 15th. (Rems even brought over the store’s two cats, Ash and Ember). … Continue reading »

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