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Literature and language conundrums at Pegasus tonight

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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.

Like all the events in this monthly series, this one promises to shake up your view of traditional book readings.

Orchestrated by Joe Christiano, who has worked at Pegasus since 1991, the performance will include a dramatization of The Elements of Style as well as songs from Schoolhouse Rock performed by Karla Kane and The Definitive Articles.

First Person Singular, which made its debut in August 2010, is “a performance series that means to redefine not only the literary event but the literary as such” (or so said Greil Marcus in The Believer). Last year, Christiano told the East Bay Express that he aimed to “bring something to the bookstore that was as compelling and cathartic as a night in the club or a night at the theater”.

The series, which this year is entitled  “2012: Apocalypse Not Now Season”, places special emphasis on the richness, variety, and vitality of the American voice — from August Wilson to Warren Zevon, from a 60′s girl-group song recital to an all-female reading of Glengarry Glen Ross. The beautiful poster artwork that accompanies the series is also worthy of note. … Continue reading »

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Were you a winner in our Caltopia raffle?

Baskets filled to the brim with gift certificates and pizza for a year from LaVal's
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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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