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Photos: Green Day makes triumphant return to Berkeley

Green Day. Photo: Kelly Owen
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They famously got their start in the late 1980s playing local venues like 924 Gilman and Berkeley Square, and Thursday the mega-band that is Green Day made a triumphant return to their roots by playing the newly renovated UC Theatre on University Avenue.

The concert was a sell-out, as you might expect, and security, including some provided by Berkeley Police, was tight.

Almost as soon as the band took to the stage at 9 p.m. lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was referencing the band’s local credentials.

“The Representative from Alameda County has the floor,” he hollered, slightly altering a line from one of the band’s biggest hits, Holiday, which was next up on the slate. (Holiday is from the 2004 American Idiot album which went on to be adapted for the stage by Berkeley Rep in 2009.) A little later, after playing a couple of other standards, Armstrong reminded the capacity crowd about the group’s origins to much applause, shouting: “We’re fucking East Bay boys!”

If you were at the concert, tell us how you liked it in the comments (now that we have them back).

Kelly Owen took these photographs for Berkeleyside. … Continue reading »

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Produce for the people at Berkeley Bowl

Nick Christopher
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Nick Christopher moved out West in the early 90s, drawn to the punk-rock scene here he toured with a band and hung out with Green Day.

These days Christopher spends more time thinking about perfect produce than the perfect tune, as an organic produce buyer for Berkeley Bowl. He started at the Bowl as a dishwasher, and quickly worked his way through various departments, including the deli and bulk section, before rising to supervisor status.

Owner Glenn Yasuda personally trained Christopher in the fine art of selecting fruits and vegetables. The Bowl has a reputation for its large and extensive produce selection, including exotic finds like durian, carambola (star fruit) and horned melon. … Continue reading »

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Born at Berkeley Rep, American Idiot wins two Tonys

American Idiot
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Last night at Radio City Music Hall  in New York, American Idiot, the Green Day rock opera created by Berkeley Rep and debuted there last year, took home two Tony Awards, theatre’s most coveted prizes.

Christine Jones from American Idiot accepted the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Kevin Adams earned the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical.

After an introduction from the star of  American Idiot John Gallagher, who shouted out: “From Oakland, … Continue reading »

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American Idiot rocks Broadway

American Idiot on Broadway
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“American Idiot” opened last night on Broadway to rave reviews. The New York Times called it  “thrillingly raucous and gorgeously wrought.” USA Today declared it the “feel-good musical of the season.” The Washington Post called it “dazzling” and said the musical had “coolly aggressive dance steps and exhilarating songs.” And the Chicago Tribune said American Idiot “delivers a thick gorgeous head rush of a musical soundscape without current Broadway parallel.”

A group of about 10 … Continue reading »

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Will “American Idiot”, the musical, become a movie?

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Just days before American Idiot, the musical based on the Green Day album of the same name, makes its Broadway debut, rumors are swirling that Tom Hanks wants to turn it into a film.

Hanks already has plenty of experience turning musicals into mega-hits. Playtone, his production company, turned ABBA’s Mamma Mia into a movie that grossed $610 million worldwide.

“Oh, we start filming tomorrow morning,” drummer Tre Cool recently told MTV.com when asked about … Continue reading »

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