Daily Archives: July 22, 2011


The Berkeley Wire: 07.22.11

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Panel to discuss whether abstract art refutes digital age

Blue # by Eva Bovenzi, one of the paintings on exhibit at the Berkeley Art Center
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The Berkeley Art Center is celebrating the centennial of abstract painting with an exhibit curated by Peter Selz, one of the founders of the Berkeley Art Museum and an expert in German Expressionism.

On Saturday at 4 p.m., Selz will moderate a panel with several of the artists featured in Abstract Visions, including Gary Edward Blum, Donna Brookman, Bruce Hasson, Kevan Jenson, Naomie Kremer, Keiko Nelson, and Gloria Tanchelev. After the panel, each of the artists will … Continue reading »

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On the corner: Stores that bring life to our neighborhoods

Faiz Kaid manages J & B Fine Foods for his brother Ali Kassim.
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The corner store is a vital indicator of the economic, racial, and cultural makeup of any community. What people buy — whether it’s Coke or coconut water, deli meat or goat cheese, Hostess cakes or gluten-free baked goods, cheap hard liquor or expensive artisan brews — offers insight into the kinds of customers that frequent a business and their purchasing power.

For many people, the corner grocer remains their main — or only — source of sustenance. And, perhaps, equally importantly, a gathering place in a given neighborhood.

Some corner stores unapologetically flaunt booze and fast food, others offer ethnic staples or specialty foods, still others a combo of both. The products on the shelves — eclectic and quirky as they sometimes are (incense and pantyhose alongside a sea of cigarettes and processed salty or sugary food-like substances wrapped in fluorescent-colored packaging) provide clues to the character of the surrounding community. … Continue reading »

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Burst water main on Hearst causes temporary flooding

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A delivery van hit a UC water main this morning at around 10:00 a.m. at Hearst and Gayley, next to the Foothill housing complex, according to Berkeleyside reader Keoki Seu who reported that “water [was] streaming down Hearst”.

John Holland, another loyal reader, sent us the photo above, taken by Jim Richards, which provides the evidence.

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Out in Berkeley: Claudia Gómez at La Peňa

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By Andrew Gilbert

For Bay Area lovers of Latin American music who’ve been in the region for a while, the name Claudia Gómez should set hearts a flutter.

From the mid-1980s through the mid-90s, the Medellin-born vocalist was an essential part of the Bay Area jazz scene, collaborating with adventurous artists like saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh and body percussionist Keith Terry in Crosspulse.

With her fine-grained translucent voice and supple phrasing she contributed to a wide array of Latin music ensembles, while also developing into an accomplished bandleader with an exquisite book of Brazilian jazz charts. … Continue reading »

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Book details secret staircases of Berkeley and Oakland

A staircase in Berkeley. Photo: Charles Fleming
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Staircases saved Charles Fleming’s back.

In 2006, as he faced his third invasive spinal surgery, Fleming decided to walk. A longtime Los Angeles resident with a slew of best-selling books to his name, Fleming had his wife drive him down from their hilltop home in the Silver Lake district to the flats. He got out and took a few steps, which led to a few more, which led him to start walking up and down the public staircases that meander through that city’s hills. Soon the pain was gone and Fleming was a walking convert.

The excursions led to Fleming’s next bestseller, a book on the secret stairs of Los Angeles. It proved so popular that he decided to write a sequel, this time about the secret stairs of the East Bay. … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley prepared by the Berkeley Police Department. For other sources of information on crime in Berkeley see Community CrimeView and Crimemapping.com.

Sunday, July 17

Pedestrian Armed Robbery — 2600 block of Telegraph Avenue     

Two women, 29 and 33 years old  were in the 2600 block of Telegraph Avenue when they were victims of an armed robbery. It was Sunday between about 10:30 p.m. and 10:40 p.m. They returned to where they were staying, then called BPD at approximately 11:08 p.m. They told the BPD officer that a male suspect walked up to them, pointed a handgun at them and demanded cash. Both women complied and handed the suspect what money they had. Neither woman was physically injured during the robbery. … Continue reading »

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