10 date night films for the apocalypse

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Walter Wanger Productions, 1956
This Valentine’s Day love is in the air, #FlynnResignations is trending and the end of the world feels like a tweet away. Celebrate the first month of living in a post-truth, alternative fact universe with these ten movies that will really kill the mood, if not help explain WTF is going on. Thanks Hollywood.

1. American Psycho

2. Donnie Darko

 3. They Live

 4. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

 5. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

6. Aguirre, Wrath of God

7. Children of Men

8. La Jetée

9. Twelve Monkeys

10. The Terminator

BONUS: Night of the Comet

13 Berkeley Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Vanilla ice cream bombes, Ici Ice Cream. Photo: Siciliana Trevino

This week I fluttered around Berkeley snapping Instagrams of sweet local gifts and tagged many of them with the hashtag #HeartShapedBerkeley. From Whiskey tastings to tea sets, theres something fun to inspire everyone’s inner Cupid or turn Valentine’s Day into a second Halloween, if that’s your thing. Happy Valentine’s Day!

To make the heart shapes I used the free app Insta Shapes.


Chez Panisse Café Cookbook

Moe’s Books 2476 Telegraph Avenue (510) 849-2087

Owl Tea Set

Lhasa Karnak Herb Company 2482 Telegraph Avenue & 1942 Shattuck Avenue

Bear, Fox & Tiger Heads

Berkeley Hat Company 2510 Telegraph Avenue (510) 549-2955 or (510)962-4428

The Smiths on Vinyl

Amoeba Music 2455 Telegraph Avenue (510) 549-1125

Shotgun Players Theater Tickets

Shotgun Players 1901 Ashby Avenue (510) 841-6500

#love #berkeley #theater @shotgunplayers #bestofberkeley #instaberkeley #shotgunplayers #ashby

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Whiskey Flight Card

Longbranch 2512 San Pablo Avenue (510) 984-0518

Games and Puzzles

Games of Berkeley 2151 Shattuck Avenue (510) 540-7822

BAMPFA Membership

BAMPFA 2155 Center Street (510) 642-0808 

AIP and Vegan Treats

Mission Heirloom 2585 Vine Street (510)900-1307

Fall in love with @missionheirloom #berkeley #berkeleyrestaurants #gourmetghetto #vegan #avocadotart #missionheirloom

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Raspberry & Vanilla Marshmallows

Ici Ice Cream 2948 College Avenue  (510) 665-6054

#berkeley #sweets for your #valentines #iciicecream #icimarshmallows #marshmallows #happyvalentinesday #bemine

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Citrus Mango Hand-Poured Soy Candles

Old Yak Bazaar 2048 College Avenue

Emoji Socks  

Sweet Dreams 2921 College Avenue (510) 548-8697

Step up your #valentinesday #sockgame @sweetdreamstoys in #theelmwood #berkeley #heartshapedberkeley #emojisocks #socks

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Lawrence Hall of Science at Sunset

Lawrence Hall of Science One Centennial Drive 

#heartshapedberkeley #berkeley

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#Berkeley: Gift Ideas From the Gourmet Ghetto

Local ideas for last minute gift seekers!

Our latest episode of #Berkeley sponsored by Buy Local Berkeley and the North Shattuck Association takes you to the 4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting in Downtown Berkeley and guides you through some of Berkeley’s best boutiques in the Gourmet Ghetto.

Get jewelry buying tips from M. Lowe & Co.,  toy ideas from Kid Dynamo  and the best in letterpress cards and paper gifts from Twig & Fig.

Then grab a slice at the Cheese Board or a prosecco at Chez Panisse Cafe.

Merry Christmas!

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#Berkeley: Holiday Gift Guide

A long time ago in a neighborhood close, close by I was a holiday hire at the Crate & Barrel Outlet on 4th street. There among the discounted painted egg ornaments, pine-scented candles and glittering but slightly dinged picture frames, the Spirit of Christmas and the true meaning of Black Friday became my lifeblood.

I never expected it would lead to decorating Christmas windows at Macy’s Union Square, or filming the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Santa in a TV studio on 34th and Broadway. (Yes, Virginia, Santa has Justin Bieber stories.) I like the spectacle of the holidays and Christmas in New York is grand, but next to the feelings of goodwill the season inspires, I appreciate the chance to indulge the people I care about in gifts from the quirky city I get to call home, Berkeley.

But I don’t consider myself an elf, I identify more as a gift Jedi urging everyone to find the presents they’re looking for at local independent stores.

Our first episode of #Berkleley’s Holiday Gift Guide, sponsored by Buy Local Berkeley, takes me back to the street where my visual design training began. A quiet industrial area in the 90’s, 4th Street between Virginia and Hearst is now home to a trendy mix of acclaimed restaurants, coffee shops, artist supply stores, an Apple store and a salon. Their Dazzling Holiday Lights show lives by its name, inspiring ooh’s ahh’s and #FourthStreetBerkeley Instagrams. 4th Street is more inspiring than ever.

But we don’t stop there. Watch the video for gift ideas from:

4th Street’s Stained Glass Garden
West Berkeley’s Metro Lighting
Solano Avenue’s  Pegasus Books
Elmwood’s Boss Robot Hobby



Donate to the Berkeley Police Association’s Toys for Tots program!

Berkeleyside’s story on the BPA’s toy donation shortage has gone viral and is saving Christmas!

They’re reporting, “Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the department at 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Friday, Dec. 18.”

You can also donate to the Berkeley Police Association’s Go Fund Me campaign.

Games of Berkeley posted on their blog, “Anyone purchasing toys for the toy drive will get a 15% off today and tomorrow (Dec 17 and Dec 18 till 4pm). Details in store.”

Get the latest updates on Berkeleyside.

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#Berkeley: Quirky Berkeley Tour

http://youtu.be/MUwLedVrN2M Explore Berkeley’s unparalleled quirk with Quirky Berkeley blogger Tom Dalzell as he leads us on a tour of the oddest yards in Berkeley. We make stops at the fantastic sculptures of Buldan Seka, Bruce Dodd’s giant orange, and Mark Olivier’s beach detritus art. Thanks for the tour Tom! Subscribe to Quirkeley for local, fresh + organic videos every week! Follow us: https://twitter.com/Quirkeley Visit Tom Dalzell at http://quirkyberkeley.com Buldan Seka at http://buldanseka.com

4 New Year’s Eve party ideas in Downtown Berkeley and 1 in Oakland

Quirkeley_NYE2There’s no shortage of New Year’s Eve hot spots in San Francisco but if you’re in Berkeley and want to party close to home without spending a bundle on crab cakes, here are four party options happening downtown and one highly recommended comedy show in Oakland because who doesn’t want to ring in the new year laughing with Oakland-grown underground legend  Brent Weinbach and his friends? Links to special NYE menus are also listed below.

Wherever you end up on the last night of the year Quirkeley wishes you a happy 2015 filled with local, fresh + organic adventures. Party on.

bg-home11Jupiter – $10

From Jupiter’s website: Come say farewell to the old funky smelly year and ring in the shiny New Year at Jupiter, with party favors and a champagne toast, all to the grooving sounds of Oaklands own Bandulu!  Actually making their Jup debut, it was in the East wing of Berkeley’s historic Cloyne Court Hotel and Casino where Bandulu founding members, David and Alan, discovered their affinity for golden-era Funk, Soul, and Reggae music… Some years later in Oakland, California, David and Alan re-connected with some old friends, stumbled upon some new friends, and the eclectic funk group Bandulu was officially born. Come see the last of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 with your peeps at Jupiter!

home_banner_UndergroundNYEThe Underground – $20 – $30

From the Underground’s website: Celebrate 2015 NEW YEARS EVE with the Prince & Michael Jackson experience at the new Berkeley Underground Nightclub!  The music is far from the only thing happening at this party, there’s theme dancing, a face-off between guests repping The Purple One or The King of Pop, and much, much more. This is the perfect night out to lounge with your friends, make some new friends, get your drink on, dance your @ss off and have the time of your life.

LBR_NYE1-600x600-1La Botella Republic – $35

From La Botella Republic’s website: Your ticket to party blesses you with a flight of bubbles from Rack and Riddle, Mary Elke, Roederer Estate and Capitá Vidal plus festive hor d’oeuvres from our very own Chef MikeC while jamming to the groovy sounds of the one and only DJ Patrick Lotilla! It’s our inaugural New Year’s Eve Party 2014 at La Botella Republic. Spots are limited so don’t miss out!

home_banner_ComalNYEComal – $45

From Comal’s website: This New Year’s Eve, Comal will once again clear out the tables, turn up the volume on their Meyer sound system and transform into a dancehall. Doors will open at 9pm and longtime Bay Area DJ Jose Ruiz (KPFA, KPOO), who has an ongoing residency at Comal on Thursday nights, will spin his infectious mix of Latin and funk into the wee hours. All food offerings are included in ticket purchase.  All previous parties have sold out in advance, so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended


Grand Lake Theater $20 advance / $25 day of show SOLD OUT!

From Grand Lake Theater’s website: Welcome in 2015 with some of the country’s top comedic voices. All Ages (Adult Content). No Alcohol.

#Berkeley: video gift guide 2014 II

Give the best of Berkeley this holiday by shopping the city’s independent stores. #Lisa gets the top recommendations from ACCI gallery, Moe’s Books, Old Yak Bazaar and Missing Link Bicycle Cooperative. Subscribe to Quirkeley for fresh, local and organic videos every week on YouTube.

Shop small & save BIG with Buy Local Berkeley Holiday Coupons through the Chinook Book mobile app on your smartphone!

Get over 100 offers from local independent businesses for the holidays – It’s easy, just download the Chinook Book app and your free offers will load on your mobile phone.