Spooky season is here, and it’s looking like the kids will be able to trick-or-treat for All Hallows’ Eve this year — pandemic restrictions permitting. Brush up on your spookiest dad jokes, deck out the front yard and fill a big bowl with wrapped candies, pencils or whatever treats you can conjure up before Oct. 31.

Berkeley Forum announces fall 2021 lineup of diverse speakers, panels

The Berkeley Forum announced its fall 2021 lineup of 12 events featuring panels and speakers from a variety of different fields and disciplines.

Growing up in a Mexican household in San Diego, California, third-year UC Berkeley student Alexa Carrillo Espinoza says there was always dancing in her home. She’d always wanted to try ballet folklórico, a traditional Mexican folklore dance, but never had the chance.

When Jeremy Geffen joined Cal Performances as executive and artistic director in April 2019, he had an idea about what his first season with UC Berkeley’s performing arts presenter — the largest in Northern California — would be like.


It’s Never Too Late to Record Your First Album

“It’s Never Too Late” is a new series that tells the stories of people who decide to pursue their dreams on their own terms.

One day a couple years back, the woman who has long cleaned Russ Ellis’s house in Berkeley, Calif., showed up with a new helper. Mr. Ellis did not think to ask her name.

Now Showing: Celebrating Half a Century of Film at Berkeley

For 50 years, the Pacific Film Archive has screened everything from French New Wave favorites to activist documentaries.

When Yuriria Avila, who graduated from Berkeley Journalism in May 2021, saw Carmen Monoxide perform last year in Love for the Arts, a competition created by one of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winners, Avila couldn’t believe she hadn’t heard of the drag performer until then.

Growing up in Norfolk, Nebraska, there weren’t a lot of people of color. Often the main interactions people had with communities of color were through stereotypes they saw in media and entertainment.

Kim Nalley graduated in May 2021 with a Ph.D. in history. In her dissertation, “G.I. Jazz,” she looks at African Americans as jazz artists, as well as occupiers, in post-World War II Germany.