Collect garden seeds and Easter eggs, and listen to Gregorian chants or hip hop, all this weekend.
The new parklet, built by a Boy Scout troop, is expected to open in front of Zachary's Pizza and Pegasus Books in the next few weeks.
We've got news on Herbivore and Belli Osteria's replacements, the closure of a favorite Emeryville café, and much more in this week's Bites.
This article is brought to you by the Bay Area Book Festival.
When City Lights publishes a children’s alphabet book, you can bet that the “A” won’t stand for “airplane.” Try “Angela Davis” instead.
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. (more…)
BAHA SPRING HOUSE TOUR Maybeck, Morgan, Ratcliff… This Sunday is the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association’s annual who’s-who tour of Berkeley architecture. The 39th annual Spring Tour follows Rose Walk, which was designed by Bernard Maybeck 100 years ago. Participants will see the storybook houses that were built by the Berkeley architectural greats following the destructive 1923 fire, and will visit the beautiful secret gardens that abound in the neighborhood. Tickets cost $45 or $35 for BAHA members. A tour map, illustrated guidebook, and refreshments are provided on the self-guided walk, which lasts from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4. Be prepared to climb some stairs. (more…)
For over 30 years, a slightly eccentric Berkeley tradition has been building: flocking to Pegasus Books on Shattuck or Solano to buy a calendar on New Year’s Day. Calendars are $3.99 or three for $10 (the sale continues until the stock runs out, but “the best ones” go on day one). Pegasus dubs it “the earth’s biggest calendar sale,” but whether that’s true or not, there’s ample evidence that Berkeleyans like physical calendars even in an era when most have calendars on their smartphone and computer. (more…)
Kenneth Zamora Damacion, who worked at Pegasus Books in Berkeley for nearly 30 years, died at his home in Oakland, aged 59, on Nov. 26. Pegasus owner Amy Thomas shared the following obituary:
You may think you know The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White, but it’s guaranteed you will have a different take on the writing handbook classic if you attend tonight’s First Person Singular gathering at Pegasus Books on Solano Avenue.
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.
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”.