Daily Archives: February 23, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 02.23.11

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We recently reported on Berkeley indie band Roosevelt Radio and their bid to win the chance to work with legendary producer Don Was. The five members of the band went to Los Angeles to compete in the Gimme The Gig competition on February 17. Berkeleyside reader Scott Empringham was there and reported that “These guys did awesome!” They didn’t win, however.

Lead singer Ben Ross got in touch to bring us up to speed. “The LA trip was a blast,” he wrote. “We didn’t win the finals, unfortunately, but we made it onto primetime TV.” To find out who did make it to the top, the KTLA special is airing Saturday 26th at 8pm. Ross also wanted to let us know that Roosevelt Radio has just launched a web series on YouTube — first up: How to be Emo. And if you want to see the band in the flesh, they’re playing the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco on March 2 at 9pm

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In a jam: June Taylor talks citrus on Martha Stewart TV

June Taylor, Berkeley preserve makers, on Martha Stewart TV today.
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Berkeley’s very own June Taylor shows the world how to make sweet-and-tart Meyer lemon candy on Martha Stewart’s Citrus Show today.

She will also share the recipe for candied Meyer lemon peel and give away some of her organic candied citrus peel.

The British-born Taylor runs her business from The Still-Room, a kitchen and storefront space on Fourth Street in West Berkeley. She has practiced preserving for more than 20 years and is as interested in the history … Continue reading »

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Slim council majority for changing West Berkeley zoning

Workers at Artwork Foundry on Heinz fill casts with molten bronze/Photo: John Osborn
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After three marathon public hearings, a narrow majority of the Berkeley City Council supports lifting protections on zoning in West Berkeley.

The council voted 5-4 Tuesday night to have staff report back on impacts within 30 days once 100,000 sq. ft. of protected warehouse and manufacturing space have been converted to new uses. Four members — Jesse Arreguin, Max Anderson, Kriss Worthington and Linda Maio — opposed the measure, seeking instead a plan that would set a cap of 100,000 sq. ft. for changes to currently protected properties. The impact study — supported by Mayor Tom Bates, Darryl Moore, Gordon Wozniak, Laurie Capitelli and Susan Wengraf — was an attempt to answer concerns about changes.

The vote last night is the first of many stages that will lead to a council vote on a final ordinance. … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Have a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update, 12:45: Erin Rhoades figured out that this is part of the colorful façade of Color Loom at 1425 Fourth Street. Congtratulations, Erin, on being this week’s winner.

Photo: Tracey Taylor.

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Berkeley Lab’s Saul Perlmutter wins Einstein Medal

Physicist Saul Perlmutter from Berkeley Lab/Photo: LBNL, Roy Kaltschmidt
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Saul Perlmutter, a professor of physics at UC Berkeley and part of the Physics Division at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, has been awarded this year’s Einstein Medal, presented by the Albert Einstein Society. The medal was awarded for “discovering the acceleration of the universe” through the observation of very distant supernovae. Perlmutter shares the award with Adam Riess of the Space Telescope Science Institute and John Hopkins University.

Perlmutter is the leader and cofounder of the International Supernova Cosmology … Continue reading »

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