Come July 1, rent for legendary “straight edge” East Bay venue 924 Gilman will be scaled up almost three grand. That’s an extra 31 grand a year. Well shoot, landlord. That’s not very punk of you.

Gilman is offering merch for kindhearted philanthropists willing to throw down $25 dollars or more for the cause. If there are any old Billie Joe Armstrong cassettes rattling in your sock drawer, it’s safe to say you owe these guys a buck or two. Help them make ends meet.

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924 Gilman’s Future in Jeopardy? [East Bay Express]


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When we saw “Berkeley” on the front cover of The New York Times’ Weekend Arts section, we thought, “Hey! That’s us,” and then dove into a rut of deep self-consciousness. It’s not often that we have so many upper-right-coast eyes peering in our direction. Leave it to hotshot local yokel Billie Joe Armstrong. His theatrical excursion is out and the reviews are in. Drum roll, please: read more »


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Believe it or not, plays don’t seem to fare all that well in dismal economic climates. Fortunately, our good ol’ Berkeley Rep just received two generous donations

The Affair of the Necklace move in support of its upcoming world premiers. Breathe easy kids, with the help of the Phyllis C. Wattis foundation and The Edgerton Foundation, Green Day’s American Idiot Sydney aka Hard Eight trailer

and Naomi Iizuka’s slightly less fourteen-year-old-friendly Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West

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Flight from Ashiya film will go forth as anticipated. read more »