Monthly Archives: July 2011

Local musician responds to that Whole Foods music video

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Last month we brought you news of a Berkeley boy, now living in L.A., whose clever music video about shopping at Whole Foods went viral — our story about “getting real in the Whole Foods parking lot” garnered 400 Facebook Likes alone and the video itself has notched up more than 2.3 million views on YouTube.

While the video’s subject was familiar to many Berkeley Whole Food patrons — a lack of parking spaces, some more than precious … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.27.11

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Book revisits childhood in post-60s, buzz-kill Berkeley

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When Edie Meidav was growing up, she lived on the south side of Berkeley while most of her close friends lived on the north side. Trekking across the top of the UC Berkeley campus, whether by car, bike, or foot, was a routine occurrence.

Meidav now lives in Rhinebeck, New York and teaches writing at Bard College. But she was back in Berkeley this week, tramping over familiar ground, including that route between the south and north sides of town. Meidav was here to visit her mother and to promote her third book, Lola, California.

Heralded by a reviewer in the Daily Beast as a “gorgeous, audacious novel,” Lola, California tells the story of two Berkeley girls who are so close, and whose lives are so entangled, that they create their own kind of geography. One is Rose, a foster child adopted by a liberal, single mother, and the other is Lana, the daughter of a charismatic guru-like professor with a following, who, as the novel opens, is sitting on Death Row. … Continue reading »

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Call to support ex-Cal students 2 years after arrest in Iran

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Update, 4:10pm: Reader Diana Rossi reports that she made a call to the number cited in our story below and that her experience was frustrating. We made inquiries with people close to the campaign and this is their response:

Thank you so much for the piece in Berkeleyside. I am so grateful. In terms of your [reader's] experience calling the Iranian Interests Section, it has been similar to what many others have heard. They have given excuses, told people to call other places, and said it is the wrong number to call. Please be assured that the DC office is the highest level Iranian office in the US. Our campaign the last few days has been a resounding success, which is why the Iranian Interests section has been so rude and short with callers. The best way to get through is press 2 for non Iranian citizens, 2 for general information, and 1 or 0 to speak to a representative.

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It was two years ago this month that three former Cal students were arrested in Iran and detained on suspicion of spying.

Sarah Shourd was released last Fall, but Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are still in prison and are expected to face trial on July 31. … Continue reading »

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The verdict is in: Berkeley’s best ice cream (and gelato)

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When we asked our readers last week to tell us where the best ice cream is in Berkeley, we knew you’d respond in numbers. And you certainly did: last night there were 112 comments, numerous tweets and a healthy number of Facebook Likes. What we didn’t quite expect was the distaste some people had for combining ice cream and gelato in the same survey (we do know the difference), or a significant thread on that old chestnut of why Berkeleyside works hard to avoid straying outside the city borders.

In any case, most of you concentrated on the task at hand — where can you find Berkeley’s best ice cream and/or gelato? And, in an intriguing side stream of observations, what’s the single best flavor to be found?

There were two clear winners, and appropriately, one of them is a gelateria and the other is an ice cream store. … 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, 3:20 pm: Anonymous sailor is our winner this week having correctly guessed that this is one of many at the Cal Sailing Club. Congratulations, Anonymous, on being this week’s winner.

Photo: Tracey Taylor

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.26.11

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Watch for new light installations in Berkeley

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“I feel every minute of freedom here or in Spain,” said Golsana Heshmati, a lighting designer born and raised in Tehran, Iran.

Golsana Heshmati recently moved from Spain to Berkeley to join her boyfriend and family in the United States and is already starting to make her mark on the community. In the last few weeks, she has set up three ephemeral light installations in windows in different places in Berkeley.

“I love street art because anyone can start doing it,” … Continue reading »

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In Berkeley: The lost beauty of Schoolhouse Creek

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By Neil Mishalov

Schoolhouse Creek is now mostly culverted and hidden under dirt, concrete and asphalt. It must have been a lovely sight before 1913, with its brushy banks accented by open grasslands.

The creek originally carried sediment from the quake-fractured Berkeley hills and helped form the Berkeley flatlands. It is fed by springs in the Berkeley hills, some located near the site of the Berryman Reservoir on Euclid Avenue, which travel down the Berkeley Hills and merge near the intersection of McGee Avenue and Cedar Street. The creek then continues down to the Bay between Virginia and Cedar Streets.

Before there was Interstate 80, the creek fed the south end of a salt marsh east of the current freeway. A tidal slough carried its waters north towards present-day Albany.

In 1854, an inn and general store was built on the south bank of Schoolhouse Creek, near today’s San Pablo Avenue and Virginia Street. It aimed to accommodate Gold Rush travelers as they headed to the Sierra to strike it rich. … Continue reading »

Big Screen Berkeley: The Face of Another

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Sometimes I think there might just be something to the theory of synchronicity (defined by Wikipedia as “the experience of two or more events, that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance”). What else can account for my penning consecutive reviews of films featuring prosthetic fingers?

If not synchronicity, it’s a downright spooky coincidence.

Last week’s film, Rapt, told the tale of a kidnapped man who loses a middle digit to kidnappers. That finger, of course, was not ‘real’ — a stunt digit stood in for the genuine item. In The Face of Another (Tanin no kai), a 1966 psychodrama screening at 8:35 pm on Saturday July 30th as part of Pacific Film Archive’s “Japanese Divas” series, a ‘real’ prosthesis appears, albeit in a much smaller and less significant role.

Directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara — one of the few Japanese filmmakers to work outside the studio system — The Face of Another stars Kurosawa regular Tatsuya Nakadai as Okuyama, a Japanese salary-man whose face has been horribly disfigured in an industrial accident. The film begins as he pours out his troubles to psychiatrist Hori (Mikijiro Hira), a shrink who dabbles in prostheses as a hobby. How handy! (Cue rimshot.) … Continue reading »

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Berkeley celebrates summer by celebrating outdoors

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Even though it’s been traditional summer weather in Berkeley — foggy mornings leading to sunny, but cool, afternoons, Berkeleyans are enjoying their share of outdoor activities. On Sunday, July 24 the merchants on Claremont Avenue near Prince Street set up shop outside.

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.25.11

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Metallic balloons cause Berkeley power outages

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Two separate power outages in Berkeley yesterday were caused by metallic balloons triggering shortages short circuits, according to a PG&E spokesperson.

Over 5,800 customers lost power before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, and a separate outage affected 1,000 customers just before midnight.

Power was restored to most of the customers from the earlier outage by 8:00 p.m., but some customers only had power restored at around 5:00 a.m. this morning.

According to PG&E, there were 250 … Continue reading »

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