Daily Archives: February 8, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 02.08.11

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Signs of spring come early in Berkeley

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The warm weather we have been enjoying recently has brought out the early bloomers. Berkeleysider and landscape architect Robert Trachtenberg sent in these photographs — and provided the precise identification for the blooms. “I just wanted to share a few beauties I see daily in my neighborhood,” he says. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyans add to West Berkeley debate in novel forum

West Berkeley Carleton St
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Tonight will see part two of public hearings on proposals which could see West Berkeley transformed, and many residents are making their views known on “open town hall” site Peak Democracy.

More than 200 people have so far left comments on a forum set up by councilmembers Laurie Capitelli, Susan Wengraf and Gordon Wozniak, which leads with the question: “Should the City Council amend West Berkeley zoning to allow conversion of warehouse and/or wholesale spaces to other uses including research and development (R&D)?”

The proposed changes would relax protections that have been in place for years over what types of business the city allows within the West Berkeley industrial area, which has tended to focus on fast-disappearing manufacturing spaces. In particular, they would open up the area to research and development outfits. Some people who oppose the changes are concerned that an expansion of residential development could dramatically increase property values to the point of pushing out small businesses. … Continue reading »

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Handmade, unique books at Codex Book Fair

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Nasshan was so intrigued by this notion of communication and what it said about society that he took dozens of pictures of various telephone poles. He has combined those photos with velum pages printed with his thoughts in a spectacular five-run $500 edition of Data Mining: Telegraph Avenue.

Nasshan and his wife Sylvia Schreiber, the owners of Einhand Press, were among dozens of publishers exhibiting books on Monday at the Codex Book Fair, now being held in the Pauley Ballroom at UC Berkeley. Every two years, those who make and sell handmade, distinctive, books come together for an international conference on the art, craft, and economics of fine bookbinding. Started by Peter Koch, a printer who uses old presses in the Bancroft Library to teach students how to make handmade, hand bound books, the Codex Book Fair has become one of the most significant fairs of its kind in the world, drawing people from as far away as France, German, Mexico, and Canada. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley sketchbook: the Northern Flicker bird

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Berkeley designer Diana Howard has spotted this bird several times in her garden recently. She says it’s been identified as a Northern Flicker.

See Howard’s previous sketches published on Berkeleyside here.

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Big Screen Berkeley: Outside the Law

Jamel Debbouze, Sami Bouajila, and Roschdy Zem in "Outside the Law"
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Hors-la-loi (Outside the Law), the latest film from iconoclastic French director Rachid Bouchareb, was originally mooted for a Bay Area run last November, but its release was abruptly and mysteriously cancelled at the last minute. Since then, a lot has happened: the winds of revolution once again began blowing through the streets of North Africa, and the film was nominated for an Academy Award. Outside the Law’s distributor, Cohen Media Group, clearly knew something the rest of us didn’t.

Now scheduled to open this Friday, February 11 at the Shattuck Cinemas, Outside the Law begins in 1925, as colonial authorities evict an Algerian family from the land they have farmed for as long as anyone can remember. This appalling injustice provides a searing life lesson for the family’s three young children, who grow up to become the film’s mid-century protagonists: eldest brother Abdelkadir (Sami Bouajila), a radical newly released from jail after serving time for his political activities; Messaoud (Roschdy Zem), a solider in the French army newly returned home from a tour of duty in Indochina; and apolitical runt of the litter Said (Jamel Debbouze), who’s more interested in his fledgling career as a boxing promoter than he is in revolution. … Continue reading »

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