Monthly Archives: February 2012
KPFA listeners want recall of board member [Contra Costa Times]
Counterculture art in “State of Mind” at Berkeley Art Museum [Mercury News]
UC Berkeley student in a coma after fall from frat house [Daily Cal]
Before the break: the highs and hopes of Daniel DeWitt’s life [Patch]
“Land Use” at Brower Center examines pastoral lives [SFBG]
Bicycle friendly business awards: call for entries [EBBC]
Dow Chemical gives $3.5m gift to Cal Chemistry College [Daily Cal]
Photo: Red3, by KeirL/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.
A two-alarm fire that broke out at 4:02 am this morning in a vacant, mixed use building at 833 Bancroft Way was set intentionally, according to Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Gil Dong,
There were multiple fires in the building which caused an estimated $15,000 worth of damage.
The fires were extinguished by 4:59 am, and there were no injuries to firefighers or civilians.
Because the fire department determined that the cause of the fire was arson, it has been referred … Continue reading »
Frederick Wiseman has made 37 award-winning documentaries, beginning with Titicut Follies (1967), a stark graphic portrayal of the conditions at the Massachusetts State Prison for the Criminally Insane. Now, after a long career of hard-hitting exposés, Wiseman has gone from one kind of crazy house to another – the Crazy Horse.
The legendary Paris exotic dance show, the Crazy Horse, is famous worldwide as the premier venue for sophisticated and sensual female nudity. Crazy Horse’s uniqueness is based upon gorgeous, classically trained dancers bathed in richly colored and textured lighting designs. Its luxurious setting in a group of aged wine cellars on avenue George V adds to its allure of nude chic. … Continue reading »
The growth of Greenerprinter, West Berkeley’s eco-friendly printer, serves as an object lesson in the risks, twists and turns entrepreneurial businesses need to navigate.
When Mario Assadi, founder and CEO of Greenerprinter, started the company in 1987, he had a freshly minted degree in mechanical engineering but was impatient to do something on his own. Desktop publishing — fuelled by the Apple Macintosh and Adobe PageMaker — was burgeoning, and he started a pre-press company, then called Tulip Graphics, on University Avenue.
He handled the changing technology and demand sufficiently to open another office in San Francisco in 1993, to be close to the ad agencies that were big purchasers of his services. And, like so many other businesses at the time, he found himself in the middle of the dotcom boom. … Continue reading »
Councilmember Susan Wengraf (District 6) has called a town hall meeting to discuss public safety in the wake of the Feb. 18 murder of Peter Cukor outside his home in north Berkeley. Police Chief Michael Meehan and City Manager Christine Daniel will both be in attendance, as will a supervising dispatcher, and BPD Area Coordinator Officer Byron White.
In a communication to her constituents, Wengraf wrote that she was saddened and disturbed by the murder. “The circumstances surrounding the incident have raised many concerns about safety and police protection. I have talked to some of you personally and others by email. However, given the nature of the incident, I think that a public meeting where you all have an opportunity to voice your concerns and get answers to your questions directly from the Police Chief would be in the best interests of our community.” … Continue reading »
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Update, 9:42 am: Reader “Tired” identified this sign as being on the Veteran’s Building at 1931 Center Street. Congratulations, Tired, on being this week’s winner — and hope you get some sleep soon!
Photo: Sandy Friedland.
Berkeley Lab’s JBEI spins out first biofuel company: Lygos [SF Biz Times]
Food garden planted as part of Monday’s global day of action [Campus Progress]
Two months of wine-filled Wednesdays at Claremont Resort [Robb Report]
Occupy Education protesters will march from Cal to Sacramento [Daily Cal]
Photo: Bleach white mail, by 2812 photography/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.
NEW GRILL Bye bye Ironwood BBQ, hello Suya African-Caribbean Grill at 2130 Oxford Street opposite the campus. Think skewers of meat, fish and vegetables made with a savory custom spice rub called suya pepper ($4.95 to $8.95), served with flatbread. Also: jerk chicken, roasted plantain, roasted corn on the cob, sweet potato fries, French fries, and salad. Mainly take-out with a few seating options. Opening any day now. Phone 510 981 8028. [Hat-tip: Ruth Gebreyesus]
FULL ON Summer Kitchen Bake Shop, at 2944 College Avenue, will be getting more seats (up to 33), serve beer and wine, and build a restroom after the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board gave it the go-ahead last Thursday to change from a carry-out food service store to a quick-service restaurant. The popular eatery collected more than 1,500 signatures on a petition campaigning for the change. … Continue reading »
The Berkeley High School Safety Committee is scheduled to meet today at 4:30 to discuss its school safety plan, but with the recent arrest of Billy Keys, the head of security, there is uncertainty about how to proceed.
Keys, who chaired the committee for years until this fall, was completing a statistical analysis about the number of truants, detentions, altercations, and crimes that happened in the 2010-2011 school year, information that was critical for the annual report required by the state.
“We’re kind of in a tizzy since he was putting all the data together,” said Dave Peattie, a former BHS parent who serves on the safety committee.
It’s hard to imagine Sam Fuller and Douglas Sirk sharing much common artistic ground: the former was a one-time journalist whose films were notable for their gritty and sometimes shocking realism; the latter, a German romantic whose florid melodramas seem to exist in an alternate Technicolor reality.
Believe it or not, however, the two did once work together — and the fruit of that collaboration, the black and white thriller Shockproof, will be screening at 8:40 pm on Thursday, March 1st at Pacific Film Archive as part of the series, “Dark Past: Noir Films by German Emigrés“. … Continue reading »
Once upon a time, Jane Tierney went to art school, but now she tackles art of a different nature.
Tierney is a one-woman graffiti fighting army. She regularly cleans fences and buildings around the Thousand Oaks neighborhood in Berkeley where she lives, and also patrols the shops and mailboxes in the retail corridor of Solano Avenue looking for graffiti and tags to remove.
Once a week, Tierney, who is the president of the Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association, loads up her supplies and walks her neighborhood. Armed with spray paint and cleaners, she’s on the look-out for graffiti and tags which, she says, have escalated in the area over the past few years.
“I started collecting different colors of paint and cleaners — the kind that you have to wear gloves to use. They smell really awful. Sometimes I have get businesses to close their doors while I’m working,” Tierney said. … Continue reading »
Berkeley Lab staff mentor high school girls in science [Berkeley Lab]
UC Berkeley Law School: an incubator for leaders [Chronicle]
Alice Waters has plenty on her table [Miami Herald]
UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium [Urban Sketchers SF Bay]
UC grad student found dead in apartment [KCBS]
Berkeley’s Esko Bionics sells first set of robot legs [Singularity Hub]
Photo: Moon 02.25.12, by Ira Serkes/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.
A 20-year old Cal student who fell almost three stories Saturday night after climbing down a drainpipe on the side of a fraternity suffered serious head injuries and blood loss, according to police.
The young man, whom police have not identified, fell from the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house at 2395 Piedmont Avenue around 11:34 pm when the drainpipe detached from the building. He landed in a pathway below, hitting his head and suffering other injuries, according to police.
The student showed signs of drunkenness, said police. … Continue reading »