As students here, the midterm season and academic grind in general have surely worn us down. We all need something new to stimulate the senses once and awhile. So if you’re in the mood for some free (free, FREE) local art and entertainment, the Berkeley Art Museum is the place to be. This fall, the BAM (an apt acronym) is putting on a variety of different events, most notably the severely underrated [email protected] Friday Nights concert series hosted in the heart of the Barry McGee art exhibition. And to top that off, it’s absolutely free to students with Cal ID! Here’s some trivia: did you know the series is in its third year? We had no idea. This could be one of Berkeley’s best kept secrets.

We got a peek at local printmaker and graffiti artist Barry McGee’s art installation, which spans three floors of the BAM. Here are some of our favorite pieces of the exhibit, to give you a taste of his distinct style:

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In your face!

Is this a real dude? You'll have to visit to find out... *wink wink*

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BPRfixed

We here at the Clog love student organizations. So, as part of a new series, we will be spotlighting a number of them in hopes of exposing them to potential members.

The first in our series will be the Berkeley Poetry Review — which, if you haven’t heard, is a lovely publication edited by students who are passionate about poetry. Founded in 1974, the magazine has published well-known poets such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Czesław Miłosz, Robert Hass, Robert Pinsky and Thom Gunn. If you are interested in poetry and in working in an editorial capacity on a literary magazine, we would like to encourage you to join!

We had the opportunity to speak with Andrew David King, the editor in chief of the Berkeley Poetry Review. He was punctual and professional in our interview. With previous issues in hand, we met over a hot coffee at the Free Speech Movement Café.

A junior originally from Hayward and a double major in philosophy and English, Andrew joined the publication through happenstance. After speaking with Cecil Giscombe, who was able to put him in contact with one of last year’s managing editors, Andrew joined the publication.

“It was a relatively small group last year, and it will probably be a small group this year,” he said. “To my knowledge, it’s always been a tight-knit organization.”

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Let’s face it: we all use the restroom. Usually, it’s quite a boring and forgettable event (hopefully), but not if you decide to do your business in the bathroom stalls of VLSB!  Every stall of the girl’s restroom is covered top to bottom with a colorful explosion of beautiful, random, funny and/or just plain odd graffiti. Ranging from a couple words scrawled in pencil to full-scale murals, this dense concentration of art begs the question: what compelled these people to adorn the stalls? Boredom? A desire to break up the bleak white stall walls? An art bug? Whatever the motive, the pieces are just plain interesting to look at! Here are some of our favorites: read more »


UC Men's OctetSproul has fallen into its rhythm, which includes — you guessed it — our beloved a capella groups. If you haven’t already, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with the campus fad no matter which performance you manage to catch in front of Sather Gate. The semester is showcasing a host of new talent, now that groups have selected their newbies, but it’s also shaking up what we’ve gotten used to over the years

UC Men’s Octet, just eight of the campus’ singing celebrities, is comprised almost entirely of new members this year. This fresh ensemble promises to delight just as much as the old, practicing ten hours a week to learn the group’s old songs as well as new ones. They even have to put extra effort into presentation. After all, those snazzy suits we see them in during large concerts don’t grow on trees. With that much work, they’re sure to find their unique sound sooner rather than later. They’ll be jumping on each other and making obscene jokes before we know it, if they haven’t started already.

If you miss some of your favorite Octets, watch out for them in neighboring groups! Jeff Nathan has transferred from the Octet into the coed cape-wearing group Decadence, and Patrick Wong has joined the coed group Artists in Resonance. Each wanted to expand their a capella experience here at Cal, moving from an all-guys group to slightly different dynamics.

If we’ve managed to bring you out of the a capella-loving closet but you have no idea where to listen in on their free concerts, we have the answers! You can plan out a week-long extravaganza.

Artists in Resonance: Mondays at 12:00 p.m.

Decadence: Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.

UC Men’s Octet: Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Drawn to Scale: Fridays at 12:00 p.m.

California Golden Overtones: Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

Noteworthy: Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

As these artists say every performance, go Bears!

Image source: Erum Khan, Daily Cal


rhinocerosLet’s face it: seeing a world-class performance of anthropomorphized rhinoceroses is on all of our bucket lists. With the legendary Theatre de la Ville coming to Zellerbach Hall on their first tour of the United States, now is our chance to cross it off! The Parisian theater company will be playing “Rhinoceros” by the famous playwright Eugene Ionesco, in a production that has been praised as “a masterpiece” by the major French newspaper “Le Monde.” It would be a shame to miss the opportunity to smugly tell our friends that we saw a one-of-a-kind performance targeted directly at our sophisticated taste when they ask us about our weekend.

All joking aside, this is a performance that any fan of theater cannot miss. As a classic of the theater of the absurd, its protagonist – an often drunk everyman character – witnesses everyone in his town turn into rhinoceroses until he is the only human left. Sounds pretty absurd, right? This allegorical premise deals with the consequences of the rise of fascism in pre-WWII Romania, where Ionesco spent a large portion of his life.

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Taylor Swift is a country musician right? We don’t really listen to anyone who has dated John Mayer. Even with our limited knowledge of her past, we did believe that she was mainly a country musician.

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girls gone wild

Apparently Girls Gone Wild is no longer just a website for lesbian sex videos, it’s also a full-blown musical coming to visit San Francisco this September. read more »


potatoes

When the Clog thinks of potatoes, we think of adorable little minions from “Despicable Me” doing a “Barbara Ann” cover set to banana and potato lyrics. And that’s about it. But for artists, the Irish staple is much more than just a tuber, it merits its own audio-visual tale. read more »


You would think that after countless Miley Cyrus scandals the media would be going crazy over her new movie LOL, but that wasn’t the case for this diva.

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bob dylan

In support of his new album, Tempest, Bob Dylan will be performing 27 shows in a month and a half. Talk about a marathon.

One of those shows includes the Greek Theater at Berkeley on Friday, Oct. 19. If you’re concerned about going to the Big Game rally though, you can catch Bob Dylan in San Francisco on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Get those tickets now ‘cuz for Bobby, they’re gonna sell fast.

Image source: Stoned59 under Creative Commons


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