Daily Archives: July 23, 2010

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.23.10

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‘Guerrilla’ Shakespeare in John Hinkel Park

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A group of UCLA acting students, who have been living communally in Berkeley for the summer, will stage a “guerrilla” performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream this weekend at the amphitheater in John Hinkel Park.

The group of 24 actors and crew are hoping to bring Shakespeare back to its roots by performing for free in an open-air setting.

“We’re doing the whole thing uncut, which is not done very much any more,” said Sam Gibbs, the director. … Continue reading »

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Man arrested after spate of arson fires

Travis Eugene Churchill
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Berkeley police have arrested a man they believe set a trash can fire on Tuesday outside of Sam’s Market on Telegraph, one of a series of nine arson fires that have been plaguing the city.

Travis Eugene Churchill, 25, has been charged with one count of arson and is being held on $50,000 bail in Berkeley City Jail.

A video surveillance camera set up outside Sam’s Market on Telegraph filmed two males walking by around 3:50 a.m. on July … Continue reading »

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Transit

AC Transit riders stymied by “sickout”

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Since Monday, riders of AC Transit buses have experienced reduced or cancelled services. According to AC Transit, the problem is an unofficial “sickout” by drivers, protesting a new contract that went into effect on Sunday. According to the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, there is no sickout and their drivers are reporting for work.

AC Transit’s Clarence Johnson, manager of media affairs, told Berkeleyside that 133 of 1,750 employees did not report for work today. He … Continue reading »

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Berkeley fields many winners in Best of Bay awards

Freight & Salvage
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Several Berkeley businesses won top honors in SFGate’s Best of the Bay Awards, which this year attracted more than 71,000 votes from readers.

The Awards are divided into 29 categories, each of which has many sub-categories, so apologies in advance if we missed some Berkeley winners — we trust you’ll inform us of any omissions.

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse placed first in two categories: Performing Arts Center and Nightlife. Berkeley Farmers Market won Best Farmers Market. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Bites: Lisa Rogovin, Epicurean Concierge

The CheeseBoard: a Berkeley tour stop.
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A former ad sales rep for Gourmet magazine (R.I.P.), Lisa Rogovin had what she calls her Eat, Pray, Love moment in 2005, meaning she left an unhappy marriage, sold the house, and embarked on a food-fueled journey around the world, visiting 14 countries (yes, India was in the mix) in seven months.

Before she left on her edible adventure, though, the food enthusiast sowed the seeds for her future happiness, both personally and professionally. She met the man who … Continue reading »

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Real estate

Berkeley 94703: the hottest zip code in the nation?

Tyler St home priced at $509,000.
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Berkeley’s 94703 zip cost is the “hottest” in the nation according to a story today in today’s San Francisco Chronicle.

This central slice of Berkeley — which runs from Hopkins to the north and Alcatraz to the south, roughly sandwiched on the west and east sides by Sacramento and MLK Jr Way — came out on top in a survey that looked for neighborhoods where homes sold above their asking prices in the second quarter of … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: Breathless

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What more is there to be said about Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (À bout de souffle)? Probably not a great deal, but there is this: recently restored and re-subtitled, Godard’s loving tribute to Monogram Pictures is getting a theatrical re-release to mark its 50th anniversary. A new print of Breathless is currently playing at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito in El Cerrito through Thursday July 29.

I first saw Breathless when I was a callow teenager, and after watching it recently … Continue reading »

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