View from the University Club where the Uncharted Party will take place on the evening of October 24, 2014. Photo: UCB
The view from the University Club where the Uncharted Party will take place on Friday this week — and, yes, there will be a screen showing the Giants game at the venue! Photo: UCB

Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas kicks off tomorrow, Friday, at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Berkeley. If you haven’t got your ticket yet, there is still time to do so.

Berkeleyside is organizing Uncharted for the second year running. Not only is the festival going to be an amazing two days — ask anyone who attended last year — it’s also one way Berkeleyside, which delivers oodles of free, original news reporting every day to the Berkeley community, aims to become a sustainable business in the long term.

But you’ve probably heard enough from Berkeleyside about Uncharted. Here’s a sample of what others are saying:

San Francisco Magazine: Go Do This: Berkeleyside’s Festival of Ideas

Thinking is — how do we put this? — hard. So you can imagine the difficulty in pulling off something billed as a “Festival of Ideas,” especially in a place like Berkeley, where every day is kind of a festival of deep thoughts. But that’s just what Berkeleyside is attempting with its second annual Uncharted festival this weekend. “A dinner party is a good metaphor,” says Lance Knobel, the site’s co-founder. “There’s no science to it — it’s an art” … Unlike TED talks — Uncharted is programmed as a series of conversations, rather than lectures. Read the full story at San Francisco Magazine.

Contra Costa Times: Berkeley-Second ‘Festival of Ideas’ sets out for new horizons

The “genius” of [Uncharted], held primarily at and near Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St., might be … chef Tanya Holland, author Adam Mansbach, physician and professor Daphne Miller, scientist Jennifer Doudna, Qeyno Labs co-founder Kalimah Priforce — or it might be you. That’s because Uncharted is unscripted and spontaneous, Berkeleyside co-founder Lance Knobel said. Read the full story at Contra Costa Times.

San Francisco Chronicle: Berkeley’s Uncharted fest unites innovators in quest for ideas

One of the festival highlights is Friday’s program “The Colorization of America,” Jeff Chang in conversation with Adam Mansbach. Mansbach may be best known as the author of the New York Times best-seller “Go the F— to Sleep,” but his earlier novel “Angry Black White Boy, or The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay” is taught at more than 80 universities and was a Chronicle Best Book of 2005. Read the full story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Berkeleyside’s Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas is in downtown Berkeley on Oct. 24-25. Buy one- or two-day pass at

Once you have reserved your ticket, simply pick up your festival pass at the festival. Registration for both days of the festival — Friday Oct. 24 and Saturday Oct. 25 — is at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, CA 94704. Passes for those who have bought tickets can be picked up from 8am-4pm on Friday and from 8am-2pm on Saturday. Tickets also can be bought at the registration desk on both days.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...