Masha Gessen at the Uncharted Ideas Festival in 2015. Listen to her conversation with Lance Knobel on the Uncharted:Berkeley podcast. Photo: Pete Rosos Looking for something good to listen to when driving, working out, walking the dog, or simply lounging on the couch? Berkeleyside has just released five more podcasts of the conversations that took place […]
Tanya Holland: A soul food pioneer in West Oakland
Opening two restaurants in underserved neighborhoods, Tanya Holland has had her share of challenges, but there’s no doubt people love what she’s delivering.
Local stars come out for the Berkeley Public Library
Mickey Hart and Joel Selvin at the Berkeley Public Library Foundation Authors’ Dinner on Saturday Feb. 9. Photo: Richard Friedman Mickey Hart and Joel Selvin at the Berkeley Public Library Foundation Authors’ Dinner on Saturday Feb. 9. Photo: Richard Friedman By Mal Warwick Who knew? Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart isn’t just a musician. It turns […]
Podcast: The Three Michaels in conversation
The Three Michaels — Lewis, Pollan and Chabon — entertained a large audience with stories of Berkeley and the writing life. Photo: Pete Rosos The Three Michaels — Lewis, Pollan and Chabon — entertained a large audience with stories of Berkeley and the writing life. Photo: Pete Rosos Two weeks ago, 600 Berkeleyside readers were […]
‘3 Michaels’ talk writing, inspiration and Berkeley quirks
Michael Lewis, Michael Pollan, Michael Chabon, and moderator Sedge Thomson on stage at Berkeleyside’s “The Three Michaels: A Berkeley Conversation,” at Berkeley Rep, Monday Dec. 10, 2012. Photo: Pete Rosos In an evening designed to focus on the “Berkeleyishness” of Berkeley, and raise money for a great cause, three of the city’s most renowned Michaels […]
The ‘Three Michaels of Berkeley’: Supporting, supported
When Berkeley’s three most well-known Michaels take to the stage tonight for the first time, they will be doing so to support an organization that is helping foster a future generation of enthusiastic writers. Authors Michael Chabon, Michael Lewis, and Michael Pollan, who all live in Berkeley, will appear at the Berkeley Rep in “The […]
‘Three Michaels’ sold out, last chance to snag tickets
The Three Michaels poster, designed by The M-Line. As you may have heard, Berkeleyside is organizing what promises to be a hugely entertaining evening on Monday Dec. 10. The “three Michaels of Berkeley” — Michael Chabon, Michael Lewis and Michael Pollan, all Berkeley residents — will come together for the first time to talk place, […]
Authors rally to raise funds for Children’s Hospital
Authors Michael Chabon, Kelly Corrigan, John Hodgman and Anne Lamott will appear April 28 at Notes & Words, a benefit for Children’s Hospital of Oakland.
What is it with this new generation of Jewish writers?
Rebecca Spence If nothing else, Berkeley writer Rebecca Spence has chosen an irresistible title for her Sunday talk at Afikomen: Portnoy’s Restraint: How Jewish-American Writers Have Learned to Stop Kvetching (and Love Being Jewish) Spence, who has her MFA from Bennington College and worked as the West Coast correspondent for The Forward, is writing a […]
The Escapist comic book store opens on Claremont
Enthusiasts packed The Escapist for last night's opening/Photos: Tracey Taylor The Escapist, the comic book store that rose from the closing of Comic Relief, opened last night at 3090 Claremont Avenue, a couple of doors down from Dark Carnival, the specialists science fiction, fantasy and mystery bookstore that bought the old store’s stock. An enthusiastic […]
Comic bookstore The Escapist to open on Claremont Ave.
Coming soon: The Escapist comic bookstore. Photo: Scott Mace. Michael Chabon will be happy. A new comic bookstore, whose name was inspired by a character in one of Chabon’s own novels, will open soon just a hop and a skip away from his Berkeley home in the Claremont neighborhood. Jack Rems, owner of science fiction […]
From the ashes of Comic Relief, a new store is set to rise
Dark Carnival: owner Jack Rems hopes to re-open an iconic comics bookstore. The news that iconic store Comic Relief was closing came as a shock to many, most notably the comics-loving community, but it seems a knight in shining armor may yet save the day. Jack Rems, owner of Dark Carnival, another Berkeley bookstore which […]