Quirky Berkeley – the book – is out! Published by Heyday, the dare-I-say iconic Berkeley publishing house. Available all over Berkeley, and at online book dealers such as Amazon. What a perfect gift! Rush out. Check it out. Give serious consideration to buying it.
For President’s Day, a notional trip to the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento and the Dragon House – spectacular tile work and high-production-value small worlds.
Tyler Hoare, most widely known for his Snoopy and Red Baron sculptures in the Bay, has a show at the Compound Gallery in Oakland, a gallery and workshop where creativity and quirk reign. GO SEE IT.
We’ve seen his Art House – now a little bit about his life. Musician, photographer, producer of benefits, film work, talent agency, light show artist, with brushes with fame – Carol Doda, Janis Joplin, and others.
The journey of Tom Dunphy, from Maryknoll seminarian to peace activist to one-man agitprop theater as General Wastemoreland, to a quiet later life doing good work. A long strange trip.
A mash-up of old technology, ghost signs, places known by their old names – objects or names that have no real place today but remain. A great mind game – send me any you can think of that I missed please.
A return visit to the dying embers of industrial Berkeley, finishing our tour of Second Street north of University. More stunning John Storey black and white photos of a vanishing Berkeley.
For the last post of 2018, a look at the events of 1968 in Berkeley as reported by the Berkeley Barb The forces of chaos and anarchy were loosed. Hope and rage and fate coexisted.
The Quirky Berkeley year is winding down. Here for your admiration and – I hope – emulation – is another batch of quirky bathrooms. Be inspired! What’s meant to be will always find a way.
The early 1970s indoor mall at Telegraph and Blake is a magical time capsule, encapsulating a Berkeley that is slipping away. It’s facing the wrecking ball. Can’t we do better?
Found objects – trash from the streets of North Berkeley. Assembled. Photographed. The genius part – retrieved and brought home by Darwin. A cat. Through the window at night. Sadly updated here.
And, lest we forget:
The 593rd Quirky Berkeley post! Old school plus the new tendency – a little more history of unconventional Berkeley.
The greatest hits of ’17, a year in which in addition to traditional quirky material culture, I started looking at old businesses, our cultural and political elders, and the de-beautification of Berkeley.
A look back at 2016 and the most popular and significant posts from the 50+ I published. Plus – a little philosophy on how Quirky Berkeley is evolving.
A look back at the stuff I found and people I met. It was a hecka quirky year.