Daily Archives: April 12, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 04.12.12

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Mothers come together, create Berkeley ‘hacker’ space

The women in Mothership Hacker Moms gather together in their space on Adeline
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They call themselves the Mothership HackerMoms, but they are not referring to breaking into distant computers and tinkering with code.

In their definition, a Hacker Mom is a “bad ass,” who is “creative, curious, inventive, indie, artsy/crafty, designy/techy, visionary, outspoken, scrappy,” and much more.

The “do it yourself/I can do anything” attitude was on full display Wednesday morning in a light-filled, bright white storefront on Adeline Street in Berkeley. A group of six women, all mothers of young children, some pregnant with their next, gathered around a long table, creating together.

Babies crawled on the ground. Toddlers ran around. Infants suckled. But while the children were playing or seeking nourishment, their mothers knitted, focused on writing their screenplays and essays, and strategized about tonight’s open house where mothers will be shown how to make industrial hula-hoops. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley district votes to fund at-risk edible programs

Edible schoolyard Malcolm X
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Late last night, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board voted to authorize funding up to $350,000 for three elementary schools — Malcolm XRosa Parks, and Washington — that were in danger of losing their gardening and cooking programs for the next school year.

The move came as welcome news for all those involved in the programs and anyone who champions teaching children to eat, grow, and cook their greens.

“The Board showed a remarkable commitment to edible education by continuing to fund the garden and cooking programs at Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Washington next year,” said Leah Sokolofski, who supervises the program for the district. “The decision is dependent on the district receiving Network for a Healthy California funding. We are still waiting for more information to be released about the Network funding. The district’s current Network contract continues through September 30, 2012.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley sings, Jazzschool is hub that makes it happen

becca stevens
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The word is out on the musicians’ grapevine. When it comes to vocals, the Jazzschool has become an invaluable forum for transmitting the tradition and presenting many of the most creative singers on the scene.

This weekend’s programming makes the case, with two rising stars from New York City offering concerts and workshops. Sachal Vasandani, a Chicago native who has quickly established himself as one of the most confident young male singers finding inspiration in jazz, performs Friday night and presents a vocal skills master class on Saturday afternoon.

With three releases on Mack Avenue since 2007, Vasandani has displayed a sharp ear for interesting material, a warm, deep-grained tone, and supple, relaxed phrasing at even the briskest tempos. He’s joined Friday by prodigious saxophonist Dayna Stephens, a Berkeley High grad who’s become a major force in New York City despite dealing with a life threatening medical condition. … Continue reading »

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