The Cal Bears in a bewildering variety of sports, sure. Kite flyers at Cesar Chavez Park. Lycra-clad pelotons up the wazoo toiling up Claremont canyon. There’s no shortage of sporting folk to see in Berkeley. But I didn’t expect this:
Pete Madsen’s Thanksgiving weekend ended abruptly this morning when he discovered three precious guitars were stolen from his music studio at 3501 Adeline Street. A working musician, writer, and teacher, Pete performs frequently throughout the Bay Area and teaches finger-style guitar at the 5th String. Audiences see his early blues, ragtime, and slide guitar performances frequently at Berkeley’s restaurants and coffeehouses.
Thanksgiving is just a brief memory away and now it is time for Christmas. The Claremont Hotel has put up an enormous gingerbread house in its lobby to usher in the holiday season. This picture is deceptive because it doesn’t show how large the house it.
The New York Times today takes a look at the controversy surrounding The Berkeley Daily Planet and its attitude toward Jews and Israel.
A number of Berkeleyside’s contributors are flying today to visit relatives for Thanksgiving, so posting here will be light to non-existent.
The city of Berkeley traditionally has acted as though its downtown bore no relation to UC, despite their shared border. The university repaid the favor by treating downtown like a back alley, necessary but of little note.
Here is the complete text of the email Chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s sent today to the UC Berkeley community:
Last week, Berkeley High’s School Governance Council rejected a controversial schedule change. If you thought that was the end of the matter, you might be wrong.
Former Berkeley police chief Douglas Hambleton (above) will be recognized for his distinguished community service at a meeting tonight at which Oakland’s newly crowned police chief, Anthony Batts, will talk about his plans for the city.
Scores of people were out early Saturday to stock up on fresh, local food for Thanksgiving. I was especially struck by the abundance of pumpkins and squash on display.