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World music comes to Telegraph at LastSundaysFest

Telegraph Avenue will be transformed into a stage for world music on Sunday A three block stretch of Telegraph Avenue will be transformed Sunday into an international music festival featuring live indie bands, chamber orchestras, and jazz ensembles. It’s the third annual LastSundaysFest, Telegraph Avenue’s street party, done in a way that only Telegraph can […]

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Out in Berkeley: Mawungira Enharira transports

Mawungira Enharira has sparked interest in traditional Shona culture More recent atrocities may have pushed the political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe out of the news, but the devastation wrought by the iron-fisted Robert Mugabe and his kleptocratic ZANU-PF party continues apace. During a decade of incomprehensible hardship, the spirit of Zimbabwe’s people has been […]

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More than 30 years of ‘thinking sound’ in Berkeley

Meyer Sound factory off Heinz Avenue. Photos: Meyer Sound By Robert Mills Sound is life at the Meyer Sound facility on San Pablo. The 32-year-old Berkeley business continues to churn out professional sound products for concert halls, churches and traveling bands from around the world. “We’re a family-run company, privately owned still,” said Helen Meyer, executive […]

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Has the Edible Schoolyard been in a rap song before?

Look what the dueling Whole Foods parking lot videos has spawned. The original, by Berkeley-raised David Wittman, aka DJDave (now in LA), inspired local LaeCharles’ Berkeley remix. (It also prompted Berkeley-born Delia Brown to make “Revenge of the Black Prius“). Now, in fine style, DJDave has come back with DJDave, U Not BERKELEY Enough, featuring LaeCharles. […]

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Berkeley’s Summer Cinema event kicks off on Center St

Movie-goers at the inaugural Summer Cinema event. Photo (with a Georges Seurat effect): Ira Serkes The night was less than balmy, but that didn’t deter around 250 people making their way to Center Street Saturday evening for the first of four Summer Cinema free outdoor screenings. Some participants brought their own chairs and blankets, others rented fold-up […]

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Out in Berkeley: Disappear Incompletely plays Jupiter

Rob Ewing belongs to a long, honorable and frustrating lineage of Bay Area musicians whose consistently inspired creative output is matched by a seeming indifference to self-promotion. A passionately expressive trombonist, skilled bassist, effective drummer and often brilliant arranger, Ewing has forged enduring ties with a fascinating community of musicians, artists steeped in jazz, but […]