David Sedaris charms listeners with dark humor

Last Thursday night, David Sedaris talked pretty all over Berkeley. He started in the Berkeley Art Museum at a fundraiser-turned-cocktail party for the California College of the Arts, where the writer met with Stephen Beal —  president of CCA and Sedaris’ former art professor at School of the Art Institute
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Best of Berkeley: Best of the City

Best Place to People Watch: Sproul Plaza There is nothing like lying on the grass by Sproul Plaza when it’s a sunny day, sipping some Jamba and watching that guy in the shades juggling, while off in the near distance you can hear Yoshua yell, “Kinder, your days are numbered.”
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Zakir Hussain tells stories through classical Indian music

The fat underneath their chins sways, their heads wobble and bobble, their hands flit faster than hummingbird wings — these are men in a trance. They speak to each other without opening their mouths, but with looks and nods, with the subtle variations of the tones of their instruments. They
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It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to

Savage Heart Murmurs

To party or not to party? That is the question, I ask myself while waiting for my quasi-date on the steps of Zellerbach to watch friends wax poetic in “Perspectives.” Over Zellerbach’s whispers, the Bear’s Lair blares hyphy Lil Jon’s “Get Outta Your Mind.” It’s Friday night, and nothing else
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Stories narrated through dance at Zellerbach Hall

Introducing last Friday evening’s showing of “Story/Time,” presented by Cal Performances, Bill T. Jones strode to the center of Zellerbach stage, pausing. He made a simple request of the audience. “I would like you to do a little warm-up with me … a conceptual warm-up,” Jones began, asking the audience
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Seth Meyers performs at Zellerbach Hall

People can only handle so much wit; Seth Meyers’ performance at Zellerbach Hall had much of the audience in tears. The “Saturday Night Live” head writer and anchor of the “Weekend Update” sketch was simply too funny. It was as though he walked on with a sash full of comedy
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Piano Man

If the worlds of classical music and sports stardom were to collide, one can say that Lang Lang is the pianist version of Tiger Woods or Roger Federer. Renowned for imbuing classical piano with gymnastic dynamism, Lang Lang’s dazzling virtuosity has earned him the spotlight (including The TIME 100 Most
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