Daily Archives: May 24, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 05.24.11

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Four Berkeley Andronico’s face difficult conditions

Andronico's on Telegraph, one of the four stores in Berkeley. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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There are signs that Andronico’s, the local supermarket chain founded in Berkeley in 1929, faces some serious commercial problems. According to a recent report in the San Francisco Chronicle, a number of suppliers are having difficulties being paid. A commenter to Berkeleyside’s recent coverage on Monterey Market reported that two Andronico’s workers were talking about their pay checks being delayed.

Andronico’s has four stores in Berkeley: on Solano (the company’s original store), on Shattuck, on Telegraph, and on University. According to people familiar with the business, the Shattuck and Solano stores do significantly more business than the other two locations.  … Continue reading »

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Who did the street art on Center Street?

Not quite Banksy, but intriguing
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[Update, 05.25.11: Some street art is short-lived. The wheatpaste works shown here have already disappeared to be replaced by other ones. See the new works on the What I Saw in Berkeley blog.]

Here on Artside Berkeleyside, we have a soft spot for street art. Tina Zhu came across the most recent interesting examples on the enticingly plain walls of the old university printing plant on Center Street and Oxford (which, appropriately, will be the new site of … Continue reading »


Coming soon: A 3-story mural painted by city’s youth

Aambr and Jane Painting
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It will also be one of the city’s largest murals. Work has been ongoing on the three-story piece –which is on an interior stairway that faces MLK Way at the Teen Center —  for weeks.

The mural is an initiative of The True Colors Mural Project, a Berkeley City College class, and was designed with Berkeley teens from the Teen Center’s AMP council. The project was lead by Juana Alicia Arazia and her assistant Cece Carpio and is sponsored by Berkeley City College and Earth Island Institute.

This artwork is described as depicting “a world that faces environmental, social and moral challenges, while expressing the dreams and hopes of a young generation as they prepare to become the future leaders and guardians of this planet.” … Continue reading »

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Born in Berkeley: Joan Lowell

Berkeley's own Joan Lowell
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This week, Berkeleyside’s film writer, John Seal, delves into the archives to introduce us to a remarkable Berkeleyan who made her name in the movies.

Joan Lowell was born in Berkeley on November 23rd, 1902. Her film career began in 1919 at Goldwyn Studios, where she worked as an extra, and, though her earliest screen appearances are lost to posterity, she can be spotted in Souls for Sale (1923), a delightful comedy-drama about the movie business highlighted by a scene of Erich von Stroheim directing his legendary epic Greed.

Directed by Rupert Hughes, Souls for Sale relates the “Hollywood or bust” adventures of Remember Steddon (Eleanor Boardman), an unhappily married young woman with dreams of movie stardom. Remember gets her big break when the leading lady on a big-budget circus picture is seriously injured on-set, and Lowell appears as a script girl during the film’s final half hour. … Continue reading »

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