Bygone Berkeley: Exploring History

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

When: November 15, 2022

Where: Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage 1901 Ashby Avenue Berkeley, CA 94703

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Liam O’Donoghue brings his unique and engaging take on the past to the stage, when he presents Bygone Berkeley: Exploring History.

Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage 1901 Ashby Avenue Berkeley, CA 94703

Please join KPFA at The Shotgun Players Playhouse in Berkeley on November 15th at 7:00 PM when Liam O’Donoghue brings his unique and engaging take on the past to the stage, when he presents Bygone Berkeley: Exploring History. This live and in-person performance is certain to delight not only fans of East Bay Yesterday, but history buffs of all stripes!

A sweeping collection of characters and topics ranging from Dorothea Lange and Byron Rumford to the Berkeley Pier and Telegraph Avenue

Berkeley has long prided itself as a hub of creativity and culture. But how did this relatively small city earn its globally recognized reputation as a center of influential experimentation? Who are the people and events that imbued Berkeley with such symbolic power?

Since 2016, Liam O’Donoghue has been exploring these types of questions through his KPFA program East Bay Yesterday. From the founding of the University of California to the formation of Tilden Park, O’Donoghue has sought to make the most exciting and interesting chapters of local history relevant to contemporary listeners, to use the past as a lens for understanding the current landscape of the Bay Area. Bygone Berkeley is a survey of these observations—a collection of some of the proudest achievements and most shameful chapters assembled as a narrative that attempts to make sense of Berkeley’s chaotic history.

This special presentation is hosted by KPFA and The Shotgun Players and will bring the tales of our communities to life with humor, pathos and charm.


Liam O’Donoghue is the host and producer of the KPFA radio program and podcast East Bay Yesterday and co-creator of the Long Lost Oakland map. His journalism has appeared in outlets such as SF Gate, Berkeleyside, Oaklandside, Mother Jones, Salon, East Bay Express, The Kitchen Sisters, and the syndicated NPR program Snap Judgement. In 2018, he was honored by the East Bay Express as “the best journalist-turned-historian” and presented with a “Partners in Preservation Award” from the Oakland Heritage Alliance. O’Donoghue has given many presentations on local history at libraries, schools and bookstores and throughout the Bay Area, as well as at institutions such as The California Historical Society, Oakland Museum of California, and Berkeley City Club.



Liam O’Donoghue presents Bygone Berkeley

Date: Tuesday, November 20th at 7:00 PM

Location: Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage 1901 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703

Admission: $20 with a limited number of discounted tickets available for students and fiscally challenged.


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