When: Aug. 9-14 2015
There are many famous examples of how East Bay residents led the way in various social movements in the 1960s, such as the Free Speech Movement on the UC Berkeley campus and the early days of the Black Panther Party in Oakland. Founded in 1965, The Berkeley Barb was an underground newspaper championing the progressive politics of the day. The publication folded in 1980 but still remains online in archival form. On BerkeleyBarb.net, one can peruse the time capsules from this influential period, including an article profiling current California State Senator Loni Hancock when she was a young activist vying for a spot on the Berkeley City Council, and a letter from Black Panther Party founder Huey P. Newton about women’s and queer liberation. The Berkeley Barb is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this month and will be the focus of a series of events, including an exhibition featuring artwork by Patricia Oberhaus, a former contributing artist to the Barb, as well as photos from the Sixties and Seventies by Harold Adler and John Jekabson. The exhibition opens August 9 at Art House Gallery (2905 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) with a potluck from noon to 3 p.m.