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Giobbi in a signature Grateful Dead t-shirt / Tomas Morgan

Hippie House Music: DJ Puts a New Spin on the Dead

By Leah Worthington

Around 11 p.m., a curly-haired woman, twinkling in a black, sequined pantsuit, took to the stage to roaring applause. A tie-dye Dead shirt peeked out underneath her jacket as she fit headphones over her ears and hit play.

“Nakata,” Roamer October 1910 Album, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Nakata’s Smile: Unlocking the Diaries of Jack London’s Valet

By Aleta George

The reference librarian slid the archival container across the counter. “This looks like a fun box to look through,” he said. I smiled behind my face mask.

Shuttered California Theater in downtown Berkeley (Pat Joseph)

A Writer Returns to Berkeley in his New Novella

By Deven M. Patel

Writer James Terry, ’92, loved Berkeley and the culture that surrounded it—all the funky moviehouses, legendary bookstores, and iconic cafes, most of which have disappeared with the times.

Paul Wonner (American, 1920–2008), North Sea Coast, circa 1954. Oil on canvas, 50 x 50 in. Private Collection.

‘Breaking the Rules’: The artists who abandoned abstraction and helped reinvent the still life

By Emily Wilson

In 1952, UC Berkeley graduate students and artists Paul Wonner and Theophilus Brown met and fell in love. 

Eastwind Books Multicultural Services

This Iconic Berkeley Bookstore Lives On After Closure

By Emily Wilson

Eastwind Books of Berkeley, which Beatrice and Harvey Dong took over in 1996 and ran until it closed at the end of April, had a mission to create a community. 

Margie Cullen

A Writer of Books Housed in Libraries

By Aleta George

Dorothy Lazard’s first library—the one that cracked open her world and made her love libraries—was the Western Addition Branch in San Francisco.

Courtesy of Micki Meng San Francisco

Converting to Feminism

By Emily Wilson

A few years ago, when Heesoo Kwon was visiting South Korea during a summer break from her MFA program at Berkeley, she found old home videos of her family.

(Illustration using Canva)

He Was British, Not Irish! And Other Things You Didn’t Know About Saint Patrick

By Margie Cullen

According to Dan Melia, there are a lot of myths about Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Phil Wong, Jomar Tagatac, and Erin Mei- Ling Stuart in The Headlands(Kevin Berne)

Sunset Noir

By Emily Wilson

Playwright Christopher Chen is a homegrown talent. Hailing from the Sunset District of San Francisco, a neighborhood his family has lived in for generations, he went on to study music composition at UC Berkeley, where he got his start in writing and directing after joining the Asian American arts group Theatre Rice.

Hu Xin writing Nushu (Feng Tiebing)

Hidden Letters: The Co-optation of a Once Secret Language

By Margie Cullen

When filmmaker Violet Du Feng, M.J. ’04, returned to China after earning her master’s degree at Berkeley, she was struck by a kind of gender inequality she hadn’t noticed before.

(Alyssa Case '18)

Saving a Language from Extinction

By Madeline Taub

90-year-old Berkeley alumna Rebecca Contopoulou speaks Greek, Italian, French, English, Spanish, and another language that sounds a lot like Spanish but is actually Ladino, a Sephardic language that traces its origins to Medieval Spain.

Neshat (right) with subject Malala Yousafzai, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize recipient (Jorge Herrerera/NPG/Camera P​ress/Redux)

Berkeley’s Women Artist Trailblazers

By Laura Smith

Berkeley claims one of the first graphic novels, famous communist sculptors, and more