Daily Archives: March 3, 2010


The Berkeley Wire: 3.3.10

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Doggie High closes

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When we last wrote about Doggie High, a diner on Milvia across the street from Berkeley High, it was to laud it for donating money to a Haiti relief fund. But that looks like the final act for the lunch place, which was also something of a BHS sports museum.

A high school student told me Doggie High closed “a couple of weeks ago”. The closure isn’t surprising. Owner Vincent Trahan told the Berkeley High Jacket in January … Continue reading »

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Venus to take over Downtown restaurant spot

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While we miss Downtown, the restaurant that served us well when taking in a show at the Aurora or a set at Freight & Salvage, its forlorn facade was getting us down. The restaurant closed down last summer and plans to refurbish and reopen never materialized.

So we’re pleased to hear that the space is  getting a new tenant. The Chronicle reports that Amy Murray, chef and co-owner of nearby Venus, also on Shattuck, is taking over the space … Continue reading »

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Steve Jobs, Chekhov and Afghanistan

Steve Jobs
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Artistic Director Tony Taccone today announced the 2010-11 season for the Berkeley Rep, which includes plays about Steve Jobs and Afghanistan, Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, world premieres from Daniel Handler (better known as Lemony Snicket) and Rinne Groff, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined by Lynn Nottage, and a new play by Taccone written for Berkeley resident Rita Moreno.

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How Berkeley can you be on TV?

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Parenting prevented me from attending the Parenthood premiere bash held in — oops — Oakland not Berkeley.

So instead of viewing the pilot with local luminaries at the beautifully restored Fox Theater in downtown Oaktown, I watched the start of the series from the comfort of my couch in a modest west Berkeley cottage.

Berkeleyside readers will have read here that Oakland, not Berkeley, was the original setting for NBC’s new prime time … Continue reading »

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Police focus on pedestrians

Stop sign near where Zacharay Cruz was killed
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Just a few days after the one-year anniversary of the death of 5-year-old Zachary Michael Cruz, the Berkeley Police Department have announced a concentration on pedestrian safety this month.

Last year, 106 pedestrians were injured in collisions in Berkeley. All three of the city’s fatal collisions involved pedestrians in the crosswalks. The police effort will focus on speeding, cell phone use and pedestrian right-of-way violations, among other infringements of the law. Officers will also receive additional training on … Continue reading »

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Bancroft Library throws itself a 150th birthday party

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Attention history lovers! The Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley is 150 years old and is throwing itself a party.

The party won’t be centered around cake and candles (although there will be a reception on Friday night). Instead, it will feature scholarship, which is only fitting for one of the world’s most distinguished libraries.

Historians from around the country will present papers on March 5 and 6 on different aspects of California history. The symposium starts with a look … Continue reading »

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