Daily Archives: May 4, 2011

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The Berkeley Wire: 05.04.11

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Sell-out at Yoshi’s raises funds for BUSD jazz programs

The sax players in the Longfellow Jazz Band wail at Yoshi's. Photo: Doris Moskowitz
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Yoshi’s in Oakland, a legendary venue for the best in jazz, was packed on Monday night. The boisterous, enthusiastic crowd had come to hear the jazz bands from Longfellow and Willard middle schools. Fan — and mother of a baritone sax player — Doris Moskowitz reports that $1,200 was raised for the middle schools’ jazz program. More photos below the fold. … Continue reading »

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UC Berkeley hunger strike enters eighth day

From the left, Claire Buss, Zoila Lara-Cea, and Kevin Sazo are three of seven hunger strikers entering their eighth day of protesting recent cuts to the Ethnic Studies department at UC Berkeley. Photo: John C. Osborn
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Zolia Lara-Cea considers UC Berkeley home, and the staff and faculty in the Ethnic Studies department family.

On Tuesday, Lara-Cea, a third-year Ethnic Studies student, switched between studying material for an upcoming final and talking with joy about her long history with UC Berkeley outside of California Hall yesterday. Seven days without nourishment did little to crack her spirit, and, despite her fatigue and the speed with which her heart beat even after walking a short distance, she spoke with a clear, coherent purpose.

“Even though you’re physically hurting, you need to make sure your spirit is in good shape,” Lara-Cea said. “They’re [staff/faculty in department] part of our family. An assault on them is an assault on our family.”

Lara-Cea is one of seven people now entering their eighth day without eating to protest the controversial consolidation of Ethnic Studies with other social science programs, resulting in staff reductions and the demotion of faculty to half-time. Despite camping out on the lawn for a week, and issuing a set of demands, students have yet to reach a deal with administrators. … Continue reading »

From Ecuador, via war-torn Iran, to melting-pot Berkeley

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In a little shop that carries a medley of middle eastern foodstuffs on San Pablo Avenue, Jeannette Jafarzadeh hands me a piece of warm flatbread straight from the oven. Her melodious voice has an indefinable accent, but warmth clearly emanates from her dark brown eyes.

We have chatted before, during my trips to the Middle East Market, which she owns with husband Mehrdad, when I have gone there to pick up ingredients like rose-water or her sesame sprinkled flatbread.

I know that the gracious 51-year old was born and raised in Ecuador, but I’ve always wondered how she became an expert Persian bread-baker?

Sharing a cup of tea at a table in the little café at the back of the store, I ask about the missing chapter in her story and the question unleashes a torrent of memories. … Continue reading »

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Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

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

Update, 6:45pm: It took all day, but finally Keithskinner Public correctly identified this as being in the front yard of a home in the 2200 block of Summer Street, south side. Congratulations Keithskinner Public on being this week’s winner!

Photo: Wnewton1948.

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