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  • Sony Holland
    Sony Holland performs Sunday at Berkeley's intimate, historical Maybeck Studio
    There is no shortage of intriguing performance venues across Northern California. Indeed, I find the sheer variety nearly as impressive as the overall number. We really are blessed to live in a region of the country where we can hear jazz in world...
  • Melanie O'Reilly
    Melanie O'Reilly brings Celtic jazz to Berkeley's Starry Plough
    As you might imagine from my surname, I am a proud Irish-American. Indeed, it was barely a century ago that my great-grandfather departed County Wicklow to settle in the coal fields of southeastern Pennsylvania. I can recall as a child living in...
  • Queen of the Andes
    "The Return of the Queen” to Berkeley
    Her imposing majesty Puya raimondii is known to have appeared in the United States on only two previous occasions. Better known as the "Queen of the Andes," the world’s largest bromeliad first bloomed in the University of...
  • Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas
    Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas
    Bay Area world travelers heading to Berkeley, California, as well as discriminating and curious locals should be sure to check out Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas October 24 and 25. The Bay Area’s first “ideas festival,&rdquo...
  • Eco-conscious art show opens at Expressions Gallery
    Eco-conscious art show opens at Expressions Gallery
    “Summertime Fun Recycling” opens Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave in Berkeley. Its theme is summer, and it focuses on center ecological topics such as climate changes, endangered species, and...
  • Marijuana
    Low income citizens to receive free marijuana from Berkeley, CA dispensaries
    The Council of the City of Berkeley voted on July 1, 2014 to amend various sections of the Berkeley municipal code regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. All nine members of the council were in universal agreement when they voted aye in...
  • Marijuana necklace
    Mandatory free pot on the table in Berkeley
    Marijuana has been a symbol of government over-regulation for almost 70 years. That has begun to change in recent years, with two states allowing recreational use and another 23 allowing medical use. But the left never sees freedom as its own...
  • Liv Taylor
    Livingston Taylor brings his class act to Berkeley
    Livingston Taylor spends a portion of each year on the road, beguiling audiences with his wry wit and light pop-jazz sound. Then, when he returns home to suburban Boston, he imparts the lessons learned to the next generation of performers.Taylor...
  • Galapagos Sally Lightfoot Crab
    50th Anniversary Celebration of the Charles Darwin Research Station
    Which recent scientific discoveries would most interest and surprise Charles Darwin were he alive today and updating “The Origin of the Species?”Find out Monday evening, May 12, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley at a lecture by...
  • Cyrille Aimée
    U.C. a lot of great jazz on campus in Berkeley and Davis
    Fall may seem quite a ways off this second week in May, but the performing arts series at Northern California’s two leading University of California campuses have set their schedules and both include plenty of jazz.Highlights include...
  • Reaper Bones review #142: Berkeley, Zombie Survivor
    Reaper Bones review #142: Berkeley, Zombie Survivor
    Do you have a zombie escape plan? If not, you should. But there's a saying in the apocalyptic survival biz that we use when people run for the obvious weapon established by Ashley J. Williams of "Evil Dead": Don't be a Berkeley....
  • Touring around the San Francisco Food Scene
    Touring around the San Francisco Food Scene
    For those wanting to get the insider scoop on San Francisco's foodie culture, consider booking one of these food tours. All these tours keep their size to a minimum so one feels like traveling with a group of new friends and not a tourist...
  • Frames for All fundraiser at Expressions to help homeless artists
    Frames for All fundraiser at Expressions to help homeless artists
    On Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm, Expressions Gallery, 2035 Ashby Ave. Berkeley, California, 94703 will host “Frames for All,” an event designed to raise money to help the gallery to provide such materials to homeless artists...
  • Pacific Mambo Orchestra
    News and notes: Yerba Buena Gardens series and Jazz on Fourth
    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival has announced its 2014 lineup, which you can see here.Per usual, there is plenty of jazz and Latin jazz among the series’ diverse artists.Who’s on my must-see list? Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra (May 4),...
  • Stu Allen
    Jazz and the Grateful Dead: Part 1
    The truth can now be told: Jazz made me a Deadhead.Classical, bluegrass, world beat, to be sure, all played a role in the process. But I truly believe jazz bears the primary responsibility for filling my head with a yearning for 18-minute-long...