3254358374_e112df3cbbDo you remember reading for fun? That was nice, wasn’t it? Relive the better days of your life this week at Litquake.

What is Litquake, you ask? No it is not a literal earthquake or a natural disaster of any sort (disappointed?). It is the West Coast’s largest independent literary festival. What co-director Jane Ganahl says started as 20 authors doing 10 minute readings in Golden Gate Park, is now 850 authors at 150 events all over San Francisco and the Bay Area. The festival started last Friday but there is still plenty to go.

What does that mean, exactly? read more »

We all know Cal can build a big-ass telescope, discover radioactive elements and lead a rockin’ protest – but can Berkeley make you laugh, cry and sit at the edge of your seat? That very question was answered Friday at the annual Campus MovieFest for the low price of $3 and a homework-free Friday night.

Campus MovieFest calls itself the “The World’s Largest Student Film Festival” and allows students from over 90 schools the opportunity to make their own short films. Students are given equipment  (Mac laptops and Panasonic HD camcorders) and one week to write, direct, film and edit their own original film. Last night, read more »


Whoops, we meant the peaceful. As much as we’d love to say we came up with this witticism, you’d probably find out sooner or later what Power to the Peaceful is, mostly because this article is about the event…

Bare with us for a second, close your eyes, and mentally list 10 things your really, really like. Okay one thing we’re sure of is that free stuff was included in that list (and if it wasn’t, then what is wrong with you?! seriously). We bet you also thought of music, art, and action read more »

Nom nom nom. Over the past couple of days, we noticed a crop of port-a-potties that sprouted at various points along Telegraph Ave. and wondered why they were there. Were they an attempt to use reverse psychology on the trademark Telegraph piss smell? Or were they simply harbingers of some upcoming, traffic-blocking, semi-pointless-but-still-kinda-cool Berkeley event? The suspense was killing us.

This morning, we got our answer as the day dawned, bright and clear, on the first of three LastSundaysFests that will take place this summer. The two remaining aptly named LastSundaysFests are scheduled for Aug. 30 and Sept. 27–days which astute calendar interpreters will recognize as, well, the last Sundays of their respective months.

As far as we could tell, the event is basically like a summer version of the Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair, plus a bounce house and minus a Santa. So, you know. It all sort of balances out, we suppose.

LastSundaysFest on Telegraph [Website]

TASTYIf you didn’t get enough global culture at the Berkeley World Music Festival a couple of weeks ago, this Sunday from 12-5 p.m. is your chance to go for seconds at the Berkeley International Food Festival. The festival’s “nexus” will be at the intersection of University and San Pablo Avenues, which means you can take the 51–and you have no transportation-related excuses.

The international fun doesn’t end with comestibles. There will also be a main stage where “Grammy-nominated music sensation Johnny Polanco and his renowned LA salsa band” will be spicing up the general atmosphere, while a smattering of other world music and dance styles will be represented elsewhere.

And if world music still isn’t your cup of tea, don’t forget why you’re actually there–the food. In other words, if you attend the Berkeley Interntaional Food Festival and you leave without stuffing your face, you’ve done something horribly, horribly wrong.

Berkeley International Food Festival [Website]

Naked people! Drugs! Sex! People in completely outrageous getups! Okay, so it’s San Francisco, and this isn’t anything new, but SF’s annual LoveFest, the largest single-day electronic dance music event in America offers more nakedness, more people on drugs and uh, more outrageous costumes than usual. It’s like the city of San Francisco on acid. Actually, it really is the city of San Francisco … on acid. read more »

Got nothing penciled in for this Labor(-free) Day Weekend? In need of something excitingly delicious (or deliciously exciting) to see, hear or taste? The 8th Annual Art & Soul festival promises treats for all three senses this holiday. read more »