Berkeley got a taste of Hollywood Monday night when actor Johnny Depp and musician Tom Waits rolled into town.
The pair started their night eating at Prospect restaurant in San Francisco, where they got to sample the fare cooked by the newly appointed chef Pamela Mazzola (Depp had the duck.) Then Depp went to UC Berkeley for a Q&A session about his new film, The Rum Diary. It was a private, invitation-only screening. Journalist Ben Fong-Torres interviewed Depp and the director Bruce Robinson. (See video above.)
After the 9:30 pm discussion, Depp and Waits went to the Shattuck Down Low. The bar served a special “Hunter’s Punch,” (named after Hunter S. Thompson, a central figure in the movie) made with Sailor Jerry rum.
Depp’s movements in the Bay Area were tracked via Twitter (including some tweets from this reporter, who happened to be eating at the same restaurant in San Francisco).
RT @Frannydink: Johnny Depp may be expected at UC Berkeley tonite for Q & A about Rum Diary but he is at Prospect restaurant now w/Tom Waits (around 7:45 pm)
@thewalkingipod/Cam M. Got seats to see Johnny Depp at The Rum Diary screening! AWESOME!
@thewalkingipod/Cam M. Johnny Depp is in the building! The Rum Diary was really good. Depp as his witty self.
@DailyCal @J0HNNYDepp signs autographs at @UCBerkeley Monday night.
@43KIXNorCal If you are near UC Berkeley Johnny Depp is at the Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley performing with his band RIGHT NOW. No joke.
Tonight’s roll call @ShattuckDownLow Johnny Depp & Tom Waits at rum diary after party. Open rum bar. Come kick it!
@wesempire FREE PARTY AT THE SHATTUCK DOWNLOW! Few free drinks. Johnny Depp, Tom Waits and more are here! Come NOW!
@ash_trashley Friend who goes to Berkeley got Johnny Depp’s autograph, signed as Edward Scissorhands!
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