View from the University Club where the Uncharted Party will take place on the evening of October 24, 2014. Photo: UCB
View from the University Club where the Uncharted Party will take place on Friday Oct. 24. Photo: UCB
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The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is this weekend’s hottest ticket.

We’re expecting a host of surprises at this week’s Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas.

The festival is on Friday and Saturday at the Berkeley Rep, the Freight & Salvage and the University Club high atop Memorial Stadium. Dangerous ideas, challenging questions, laughter and amazing creativity, from both speakers and participants, fascinating people to meet and to share a glass with at the Friday evening party.

As a Berkeleyside or East Bay Nosh reader you are eligible for a discount on attendance. Just use the code BerkeleysideFriend when you register. You can buy tickets for the full two days, or for Friday or Saturday only (everyone gets to go to the party!).

What are the highlights? You’ll have to come to find out.

We’re excited about everything, from Tanya Holland on cooking with soul, to Nobel prizewinner Randy Schekman on the frontiers of medicine, to gay rights pioneers Kris Perry and Sandy Stier on the inside story of the Supreme Court case, to composer John Adams on opera and controversy, to Ken Goldberg on robotics in the cloud, to Jeff Chang on multiculturalism, to Steve Coll on the Islamic State, to Saru Jayaraman on how we treat restaurant workers, to Carl Bass on our 3-D future, to… well, you get the idea. You can scan the whole program on the Uncharted website.

Along with the great conversations, there’s a full menu of entertainment, good food and drink, and a party at Cal Memorial Stadium — after all, it’s a festival not a conference. Look forward to roots music’s Nell Robinson and writer Joyce Maynard, a capella group Vocal Rush, author Erik Tarloff, guitarist Calvin Keys, and much more.

Watch the video above to see Uncharted curator Lance Knobel chatting with Frank Mallicoat on KPIX5’s Bay Sunday about the thinking behind the festival and what participants can expect.

Do something different this weekend.

See the full Uncharted program
View the speaker line-up
Watch a 1-minute video about Uncharted
Uncharted on Facebook
Twitter (@UnchartedIdeas)

Buy your tickets (Use the BerkeleysideFriend code to register for a discount)

Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is organized by Berkeleyisde. For full details, and to buy your tickets, visit

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