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Re: “Oakland Playwright Says Berkeley Rep Theatre Discriminated Against Black Audience Members

I am sorry this happened to Juanita and her friends. I hope Berkeley rep reflects on the situation to avoid this in the future, and considers the constructive suggestions for making the theater more welcoming to diverse audiences.

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Posted by Candy Wright on 07/15/2015 at 12:05 AM

Re: “Oakland Playwright Says Berkeley Rep Theatre Discriminated Against Black Audience Members

I have been ushering at Berkeley Rep since 1999 (a volunteer position) and have seen a great variety of performances covering a multitude of races and cultures. I have never seen seats reserved with people's names. All the tickets have seat #s printed on them. If I understand correctly, you were given free tickets that had the words "general admission" printed on them. I think the usher was trying to find good seats for you, but was unable to give you seats reserved for crew members. I doubt anyone considered your race when they found seats double booked. For all I know, the tech crew could have been black.

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Posted by annkatz on 07/14/2015 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Oakland Playwright Says Berkeley Rep Theatre Discriminated Against Black Audience Members

HOGWASH. Any excuse to call something racism. Someone cut in front of me while I was driving. Racism. HOGWASH.

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Posted by Garry Ovalbach on 07/14/2015 at 5:25 PM

Re: “Oakland Playwright Says Berkeley Rep Theatre Discriminated Against Black Audience Members

I don't believe this was racial at all. I think that if the patrons had been whites the same would have happened.

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Posted by Anna Avellar on 07/14/2015 at 2:01 PM

Re: “When The Mind Splits: Processing Dissociative Identity Disorder Through Art

Beautiful Art! My Girlfriend/life partner has DID and we have been through a lot together! At times I was afraid but She and I are still together! I understand a good deal about how DID works.

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Posted by Rodney Ford on 07/10/2015 at 6:19 PM

Re: “This Weekend's Top Five Events

And this!

Posted by Danielle Cohen on 07/10/2015 at 4:50 PM

Re: “This Weekend's Top Five Events

the Bay area, the rich parts anyway, is all about smug and pretentious

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Posted by Alan Lopez on 06/13/2015 at 1:26 PM

Re: “This Weekend's Top Five Events

This is the weekend's top five events? This all sounds terrible. Smug, pretentious and not woth anyone's time or money. Un-fun. Uninteresting.

1 Black Panther Party / food as revolution
2 lyrics grappling with colonialism
3 Ideas in Feminist Media / multimedia “kitchen sink”
4 A 'collaboratively promiscuous avant-garde percussionist'
5 A glowing green fog of smugness

So awful. Sorry Game of Thrones has never been better and if anyone hasn't seen this season, check that out instead. Or clean your garage. Or anything but these lame 'events'.

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Posted by brutus Shamon on 06/12/2015 at 12:42 PM

Re: “Cal Grads Fund Selfie Stick Alternative in 16 Hours

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Posted by Editor on 06/08/2015 at 5:05 AM

Re: “Michael "Mike-o the Psycho" Montano of Filth Died Last Monday

I miss you so much hun! RIP

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Posted by Debbie Beech on 06/07/2015 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

Take heart, Powell's will be a good custodian of the Shakespeare and Co. heritage. They are the largest and finest used bookstore in the country and we, in Oregon, are proud that they're here and soon to be there in my much- loved Berkeley.

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Posted by Betsy Fielding on 06/05/2015 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Sunset Magazine Finds New Horizons in Jack London Square

Walter Street? Really? Come on, you guys. You're local press. Get it right. And if that's not possible at least fix it faster than this.

Posted by Don Howe on 06/04/2015 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

It is at moments like this that I feel relieved I am away from my beloved Berkeley and spared the agony of bearing witness to Berkeley's most prized cultural artefacts being dismantled. I could have wept the day Cody's on Telegraph closed years ago. Then Black Oak moved to San Pablo. Make no mistake, I am as much culpable as all of you bibliophiles are. We all succumbed to the siren call of Amazon, when we could all have pitched in and helped to preserve these stores. They were a vital gateway to culture and what was happening in the wider world. I spent so much time in these bookstores, invariably overspending way beyond my means, and I don't regret it one bit. Every time an independent bookstore closes, the community loses a bit of its soul, its heart.

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Posted by Ashfaque Swapan on 06/04/2015 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Michael "Mike-o the Psycho" Montano of Filth Died Last Monday

Rest in peace brother

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Posted by Rocky Holmen on 06/04/2015 at 2:13 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

Now there is no reason for me to go to Berkeley. I walked over there yesterday only to find it closed. I live in Oakland 13 1/2 mile walk round trip I'm really bummed. I've been going there for 30+ years.

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Posted by Larry Guevara on 06/04/2015 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

Sounds more like he sold the stock on hand to set up for the renovation process.

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Posted by Christian Keller on 06/03/2015 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

Exit, pursued by a bear.

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Posted by Rod Bauer on 06/03/2015 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

What a good end for a wonderful store./business. Sorry to see it go, hope long time employees are considered but how wise Jon Wobber is to step aside in a timely way. Smart man.

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Posted by Julia Crookston on 06/03/2015 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Shakespeare & Co. Books Abruptly Shutters After 51 Years in Berkeley

WhenI was there in 65-66 I discovered Doc Savage in that book store. My favorite store was the comic book store on the corner Grove and Shattuck - Castro's

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Posted by Robert Sezak on 06/03/2015 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Did Punk Break? Green Day Played Gilman Last Night (Photos)

In this case Gilman should of went 18 plus. Since all the American Idiot kids parents bought them tickets so the real GD fans that actually followed their career could of went. These American idiot kids suck. They don't even know who Operation Ivy is or even Rancid for that matter. They know Blink 182, Good Charlotte and Simple Plan and they think that's "Punk Rock"
I on the other hand liked Green Day when my sister had a Kerplunk Cassette and I was 12 years old. I remember being excited when I seen Longview on MTV. I did not have any feelings like "they sold out" I was happy GD was making new music and I could actually go to the store and get it and my friends now knew who they were. The difference between myself a once 12 year old GD fan is I was also into Bands Like Screeching Weasel, Fifteen, The Queers and Ramones. I followed Green Day through the real popular years like Dookie and was with them when people forgot about them like when Nimrod first came out...Then Time of your life came out but for REAL Green Day fans that was not a new song...No, that was a B Side off of Brain Stew single which was on Insomniac. So when all of sudden hat song was everyones Prom song it made me sick but I would still wave the Green Day flag. Then WARNING comes out and everyone forgets about Green Day BUT NOT ME. No, WARNING to me was one of my favorite GD records but it looked dark for the bands future. When I would bring the WARNING CD to my friends house they would say "Green Day is still around?" But I loved that album... Then years went by and all of sudden these "punk" bands were flowing on MTV and the REAL Green Day did not fit in, They did not have eyeliner, they did not wear skinny jeans, Nope Billie Joe just wore his high waters. And suddenly GD was "old" BUT THEN here comes American Idiot. Green day suddenly did not look like the band I had been following for over a decade. They had a complete make over, they looked like all those "punk" bands on MTV. They suddenly hitched onto the popular thing to do at the time that caused controversy and attack The President George Bush. Suddenly now Hot Topic was carrying Green day American Idiot underwear. American Idiot was the most over the top commercial. Green Day now was not my band that I have been supporting. It was taken over by these 12-16 year old kids who would write "Punk Rock" on their arms with a sharpie. It was like the band I loved was gone and replaced by people that kind of looked like them but they had makeup on. No longer the Green Day sound. I was all for Green Day trying different things like they did on WARNING but to completely sell out for the HOT TOPIC crowd broke my heart. Green Day suddenly were cool again, I could no longer see them at a place that held 1000 people, now I had to see them at these huge arenas. One thing I also lost was the Live Green Day shows. Back before American Idiot Green Day would have really cool opening bands like The Riverdales, bands that REAL GREEN DAY FANS loved! That all ended with American Idiot know we were force fed some band that was a major label was just trying to push like My Chemical Romance...I even enjoyed when Green Day went on Tour with The Living End but no more of those kind of bands. Now it was all about the eyeliner bands..I'm 33 years old now, I watched Green day grow up and I grew up with them. I watched them become fathers as I became a father myself. Make no mistake about it Green Day was basically my entire teenage life and adult life.. Those American Idiot "punk" Yuck, kids stole a piece of myself and stole my band.. I'm hoping Green Day one day goes back to being themselves again. Because these American Idiot kids are now dwindling down. There are still a huge group still around but as time passes the numbers are falling and as time passes I'm still here with MY band Green Day..I supported them in any way possible through out the dark days but I would not give 1 dollar during the American Idiot days. Here's to hoping Green Day made enough money and they can be real again. UNO, DOS,TRE I believe had some great songs on there and showed a glimmer of hope..
One thing is certain. I'm never leaving, that would be like abandoning my life. Oh on a side note for real GREEN DAY FANS. Mr T Experience, The Queers and Screeching Weasel are touring this summer!

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Posted by Jonas SteVens on 05/31/2015 at 10:13 AM

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