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.
And – now – Volume 3. The gag is that we didn’t have enough material for volume 2 so we went to volume 3. Ha! Also Available all over Berkeley, and at online book dealers such as Amazon.
As therapy for my desire to acquire, I compile photos of unthemed collections I have encountered – those of Wavy Gravy and eight others.
For our notional holiday travel, we will time-travel back to 1967 and 1969 and hear about my three close encounters with Arlo Guthrie. Prepare to cringe a little along with me.
A third with Squier – a new kitten, new work, and new strange things and assemblages of strange things in his home, emphasis on kitsch. Pure Quirky Berkeley.
For 50 years – I repeat, 50 years – Al Geyer has run Annapurna on Telegraph. It’s part head shop, part import emphasis on Nepal. He is a saint, angel, martyr and holy man. The store is quirky bliss.
To borrow from the words of a spiritual, in quirk there is no east or west, no rich or poor. It’s everywhere – here in the flats, home of our vanishing economic diversity.
Five new murals – trippy, trompe-l’œil, graffiti-style and historical/glorification of Berkeley values. I love them all. They come, they go. These have come.
Kitsch. Historic photos. Folk art. Aztec and Mayan images. Bright colored tiles to die for. This is the material culture from five Berkeley Mexican restaurants. Added bonus – intermittent sound track.
Alice Schenker dug up more material from the Print Mint circa late 1960s when she had her late husband Don rocked Berkeley with posters, comics, and framing.
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.