Don't be surprised if you see a bunch of women dressed as Rosie the Riveter walking around the East Bay next month.
Berkeley is a universe onto itself. Just over the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, the city of around 116,000 full-time residents (add about 36,000 people to that when University of California, Berkeley is in session) is a cornucopia of diverse cultures, restaurants, museums and attractions.
For bigtime festival-phobes among us, here are some Outside Lands alternatives to spice up the weekend.
These local jewelry designers will make sure you turn heads while wearing their handcrafted designs.
Just remember to avoid BART this weekend!
A whiff of an ocean breeze blew down the runway at California College of the Arts' senior fashion show this past spring. The wavemaker: 22-year-old Vanina Howan, whose surf-inspired thesis collection, called Seasalt, caught the eye of San Francisco design veteran Basil Racuk. A friendship was made, and a collaboration was hatched.
Filled with eclectic pieces from mid-century to modern to craftsman, these local showrooms are sure to give you a heaping dose of décor inspiration.
It's been a big month for the East Bay. Just this week, Russian billionaire Yuri Milner gave $100 million to UC Berkeley to search the galaxies for alien life, and now an anonymous donor has parted with $34 million to aide Oakland's underprivileged citizens.
Renowned research institute UC Berkeley—known for discovering countless elements and vitamins, the polio virus, and even inventing wetsuits—may be able to add another stellar category to their long list of achievements: finding aliens.