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Kaleidoscope will merge coffee and storytelling

Storyteller and barista Cassie Cushing. Photo courtesy: Cassie Cushing
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Point Richmond has the Richmond Plunge, Keller beach, an historic downtown, and a vibrant local arts scene. But it has lacked its own dedicated, independent coffee shop — until now.

Meet Cassie Cushing, a barista and trained storyteller who moved to the Bay Area from Phoenix in 2012. Cushing is in the midst of building her dream coffee shop smack dab in the middle of the Point Richmond historic district. The shop, called Kaleidoscope, will serve great coffee, of course, but it will also be much more than a watering hole — it will also be home to performers of many stripes. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Community Media puts spotlight on local stories

Berkeley Community Media is waiting for your story. Photo: Michael Vaughn
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Starting Sunday, public access station Berkeley Community Media is inviting city residents to “come on down” to share stories, jokes, songs and more.

“We really want to give Berkeley residents a voice,” said Michael Vaughn, an operations manager for the station, Channel 28 on Comcast. (It also streams live online.) “We want to know: what’s going on? What is their concern? They may have an idea about the community. They may have an idea for the world.”

“Story Sundays” will run Sundays through November, from noon to 3 p.m. If the effort takes off, it will continue on a monthly basis in December, said Vaughn, who also teaches world literature and composition at Berkeley High School.

The public access station has a membership program, but participation in Story Sundays is free and open to the community, no membership is required. The station has been around since 1994, and offers workshops and events, along with studio space and equipment use. (Community members maintain the copyrights to their own work, but grant the station first-airing rights.) … Continue reading »

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