Week in events: Dec. 15 – Dec. 19

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Behold: the last week of the semester before winter break! Despite the fact that you have finals this week, you might still have some free time. If you’re stuck in Berkeley, check out these ways to enjoy the wintry beauty of the Bay Area. Monday, Dec. 15 6:30 p.m.: The
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‘Serial’ recap: 1×09

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Note: This recap contains spoilers for “Serial” up to and including episode 9, “To Be Suspected,” but does not include any spoilers beyond information outside the show. With only three episodes left of “Serial”’s first season, which is still blowing up the charts on iTunes, I doubt any last-minute revelations
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Film festivals prepare to take Bay Area by storm

Sundance season may be in full swing, but the Bay Area has some pretty awesome festivals of its own. Check out these upcoming festivals for film fanatics, all of which take place January through February. African Film Festival at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Jan. 17 –
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Rainy day Tunesday

As Berkeley is getting colder, you might notice that your mood is changing as well. Maybe it’s because the trees look greener than they ever did before or that the sun looks like a different kind of beautiful when it peeks out after a rain shower — but slower songs
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Mayhem Festival 2014 winners announced

After a monthlong submission and voting period, the folks behind Mayhem Festival 2014 have found the best music coming out of Oakland, according to 23 music industry experts and the greater Bay Area community. Winners of Oakland’s second-annual music video and song contest have been announced in all seven categories,
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Tunesday: Inspired by Treasure Island Music Festival!

For those of you who think music-festival season is over, you’re wrong. Treasure Island Music Festival is one of the best festivals in the Bay and, better yet, is on a beautiful man-made island off the coast of San Francisco. The 36-artist lineup is separated by its artists’ associated genres
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Tunesday: A walk to remember

As we all settle into our daily routines, walking to and from classes might get a little monotonous, despite how berserk we all know Berkeley can be. Sometimes the flyers on Sproul don’t do it for you. Sometimes the incense doesn’t do it for you. We understand, which is why
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Picks of the weekend: long-weekend edition!

This three-day weekend is such a tease. It’s all like, “Yo, I’m going to pull some Criss Angel “Mindfreak” shiz and cast a spell on you that tricks you into thinking that you’re back in the glory of summer, and then I’m going to smack you across the face when
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