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What can you say about jug band music? If you’re “The Christmas Jug Band,” you can say you’re the “kings of 100 percent acoustic-folk-skiffle-swing holiday high jinks.” And, really, what more can be said after that? If you like your jug band music live, head over to the Freight and Salvage in...
The Berkeley theater company Shotgun Players started performing 20 years ago in the basement of a Berkeley pizzeria. Now it’s got its own building, but the company has stuck with its founding principles: taking on little-known or brand new plays, and working hard to create theater for...
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the public debut of a man called Ishi. Ishi was Native American, a Yana from the Deer Creek area, about 150 miles northeast of Berkeley. And for the past century he’s been known as “the last wild Indian in North America.” In some ways, he...
In the battle between Bordertown Skatepark vs. Caltrans, Caltrans has won. Skateboarders who helped build Bordertown beneath a 580 freeway overpass in Emeryville showed up to video tape the demolition. In August, skateboarders also lost The Spot Skatepark to Caltrans. But, there could be another...
Early this morning at UC Berkeley, police clearned an Occupy Cal encampment which had been set up for a second time Tuesday night on Sproul Plaza. Almost all campers left voluntarily, except for two who were arrested. This the latest in a lot of action that has taken place at the campus this week:...
Early this morning, police dismantled the Occupy Oakland encampment in Frank Ogawa Plaza. KALW’s Holly Kernan called Mayor Jean Quan to find out why officials decided to clear the camp now. *     *     * HOLLY KERNAN You’ve been back and forth on whether the...
Oakland’s Prasant Radhakrishnan and VidyA provide a mix of classical South Indian sounds with American jazz. They perform live this Saturday, November 19th, at the Sangati Center on Bancroft Way in Berkeley, starting at 8pm.  
Blend together speed metal, American top 40 radio, and the music of Baghdad, and you're messing with some crazy musical chemistry. Your name might also be Alee Karim. He calls his musical potion "weird amalgamated psych-pop" and says it's basically like playing sci-fi ballads. Alee Karim and the...
In Oakland, the Occupy movement is at a critical juncture. A now-famous confrontation between demonstrators and police on October 25 involved tear-gas, less-than-lethal projectiles, and injuries to demonstrators. It also brought worldwide attention to the protest. Last Wednesday, the city’s first...
While Oakland stands in a tenuous state of peace, violence in nearby Richmond regularly grabs headlines – even within the walls of City Hall. KTVU ANCHOR: A bloody brawl that broke out inside Richmond City Hall has generated even more controversy tonight.  So far, no witnesses not even city...
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