Daily Archives: September 17, 2010


The Berkeley Wire: 09.17.10

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Food takes to the streets, literally, on PARKing Day

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Today, some choice parking spots around Berkeley were commandeered and given over to less auto-oriented pursuits: sitting, eating, lounging and drinking being the main ones.

At the Cheese Board Pizza Collective in the Gourmet Ghetto two parking spaces sported several chairs, an umbrella and a few large yucca plants on a bed of bright green astro-turf. And downtown, outside Amanda’s Feel Good Fresh Food restaurant, people were enjoying lunch and afternoon drinks on Shattuck Avenue — literally — although … Continue reading »

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Berkeley sketchbook: An instant of beauty on I-80

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Surprise instant of beauty on I-80 in stopped traffic near Berkeley earlier this week . Sketch by Diana Howard.


Symphony audience open to innovative music

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Joana Carneiro is about to start her second season as the music director for the Berkeley Symphony and she told an attentive audience at the Berkeley Breakfast Club Friday morning that she has found Berkeley to be a place where people are “open to innovation.”

The presence of the university and heterogeneous community creates a sophisticated audience that is not afraid to hear new music, said Carneiro.

“When I think of Berkeley, I think of its academic excellence … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Bites: Fearless critic Robin Goldstein

Photo: Sidney Kwiram
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Robin Goldstein has the kind of pedigree that might make you expect him to be, frankly, a bit of a wine and food snob. He studied neuroscience and philosophy at Harvard, earned a law degree from Yale, picked up a cooking credential from the French Culinary Institute and added a certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust for good measure.

Oh, and did I mention he’s explored the world, and in the course of his globe-trotting written for … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Rep’s “Compulsion” is moving

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In Berkeley Rep’s wonderful Compulsion, which had its opening Thursday night, Mandy Patinkin stars as Sid Silver, a Jewish novelist and journalist trying to make sense of the Holocaust. Even though Silver served as a correspondent in World War II, he finds his words inadequate to express the devastation and cruelty expressed against the Jews of Europe.

But when his French wife (played marvelously by Hannah Cabell) hands him Anne Frank’s diary in 1950, Silver realizes he has … Continue reading »

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Berkeley High Principal Scuderi optimistic at start

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Pasquale Scuderi, the new principal of Berkeley High School, spoke last night to the PTSA. In an energetic presentation, filled with humor, Scuderi expressed his optimism about Berkeley High, while recognizing the scale of the the principal’s task at such a large, complex institution.

“I get this mix of shock and empathy in peoples’ looks,” Scuderi said. “And from hearing from very many parents I now know every synonym for being upset — distressed, troubled, … Continue reading »

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