Update,01.26.12, 5:50 pm: A Bay City News report puts the value of the fire damage to Great China restaurant at $700,000. The fire also destroyed the restaurant’s stock of wine, according to Berkeleyside reader Foster, a fan of the restaurant, who writes: “James Yu, the second generation owner, said it would be six months before they will be able to reopen. James’ wonderful wine collection was lost.” (Berkeley winemaker Chris Brockman of Broc Cellars recently selected Great China’s wine list as one of his favorites, for no other reason, he said, than it was “completely unexpected”.)
Rep hosts selected shorts with Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker [Broadway World]
Haas School to inaugurate new Summer Institute [UC Berkeley]
City considers moving bank account from Wells Fargo [Patch]
Suspended Cal forward expected back next season [Chronicle]
Contention resurfaces with People’s Park maintenance [Daily Cal]
You may think you know The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White, but it’s guaranteed you will have a different take on the writing handbook classic if you attend tonight’s First Person Singular gathering at Pegasus Books on Solano Avenue.
Berkeley graphic designer and artist Diana Howard pulled out her sketchbook to capture some birds taking a snack break. “It’s that time of year again… rowdy flocks of mixed-species birds, gorging on berries even as the hawks glide above,” she writes.
Call it “beautiful decay”: these stunning photographs, taken by David Stark Wilson, show the interiors of the future home of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA).
Kriss Worthington is tired of waiting for Berkeley to ban the use of plastic bags. He plans to urge the City Council on Jan. 31 to quickly pass a new law.
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