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:


In your face!

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

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Endeavorin’ to blur the parameters of conventional (no touching, just contemplate) art, BAM invites you to chill all over its new giant curvy foam/wood installment. You don’t look impressed. We can see that “excuse me while I crawl back ‘inside the box’” look in your eyes. Wait! This might actually be awesome for your life. Equipped with power outlets, the installment serves as a study/work space for your laptop and you! read more »

Not that kind of wood! (Perv.) We mean, of course, an mtvU Woodie Award! Winning a Woodie award apparently has catapulted some of the world’s best known “little-known,” “indie and emerging” artists to even greater fame, thus rendering them useless to the hipsters of the world, and making them tons of money.

Berkeley’s own KALX has earned a spot alongside 19 other college radio stations to compete for the Radio Woodie (Best Campus Radio Station). Other nominees include our arch nemeses from across the bay (you know who we mean), Brown University, reppin’ the Ivies, and our fellow UC-ers from Santa Cruz.

The award will go to “the station out there breaking the latest, emerging music, acting as pioneers in the industry.” In other words, the station that, you know, gets the most votes wins. Voting ends Nov. 7, so make sure you swing by and make sure Stanford doesn’t beat us. Theoretically, it should be impossible since we have, like, way more students, right? Right, guys? Hello?

mtvU 2008 Woodie Awards [Web Site]