Daily Archives: June 8, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 06.08.12

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Berkeleyside says thank you to our advertisers

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Berkeleyside would very much like to express its gratitude to our current advertisers:

Amoeba MusicAshkenazBerkwood Hedge SchoolBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationCarolyn Jones: The Grubb CompanyDowntown Berkeley AssociationEcology Center StoreFive RestaurantFocal PointThe Grubb CompanyIra & Carol Serkes: Pacific Union/Christie’s International Real EstateLMi.netMarsh InteriorsMcKevitt FiatMrs. Dalloway’s Literary and Garden Arts BookstorePhoto LaboratorySutter East Bay Medical FoundationThornwall PropertiesTom Miller & Friends Lawyers, and UC Berkeley … Continue reading »


Sneakerheads hit Berkeley for coveted Kanye West shoe

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The mood was mellow outside Bows & Arrows on Telegraph Avenue this afternoon, with around 20 people camped outside the hip fashion store waiting, and waiting, for a certain coveted shoe to “drop”.

Many of those who were lusting for the new Nike Air Yeezy 2 sneaker, a limited edition shoe designed by rapper Kanye West, had been sitting in fold-up chairs in line since Tuesday — before even the store knew it would have some of the precious shoes in stock.

Vincent (no last names in the sneakerhead world — some fans had, after all, skipped work to join the queue) said he was “first in line” for one of the 18 pairs that Bows & Arrows did receive from Nike. He said given how long many in the group had been camping out, a certain camaraderie had emerged. ‘We save each other’s places when we need to go eat or catch some sleep in the car,” he said.

Sitting next to him was Bradley who had also been there since Tuesday. “Can’t you tell by the sunburn on my face?” he asked, pointing to two bright pink patches under his eyes. “And doesn’t my hair look greasy?” … Continue reading »

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Craftsman home on Arch St listed first time in 25 years

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The expansive, elegant home that has just come on the market at 1345 Arch Street looks like it has all the elements one associates with the best, quintessentially Berkeley homes. There’s the brown shingle, of course, and the many Craftsman touches, as well as artistic interiors, lots of outdoor space, and Bay views. The cherry on top is that it is walking distance to the Cheese Board and Chez Panisse.

There are 5+ bedrooms, 3½ bath, a spacious family room, flexible office/breakfast room with French doors to yard, plus room/office in basement and lots of storage. The property, which is listed at $1,595,000, has been in the same family for 25 years.

The owner, who is leaving after raising a family of four in the home, says in her letter to prospective buyers that the house was “taken down to the studs and reimagined as an arts and crafts revival.” Features include Bradbury & Bradbury wallpapers, hand-stenciling and paint finishes, historically significant tiles and handcrafted fireplaces and woodwork in the living and dining rooms. … Continue reading »

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The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

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ETHEREAL ART  Pop-up art shows seem to be all the rage these days, but don’t miss Stephen Maffin’s, which runs from June 7 through Sunday June 10 with an opening reception at 7 pm Friday at 1625 Stannage Avenue. Maffin applies a layer  of plaster to burlap and then forms it against plate glass to provide a flat, smooth ground for painting. Once dried, the working surface is sealed. After it dries, Maffin breaks the plaster surface, creating a pattern of cracks that he stains and then paints. The result is multi-layerd and a bit ethereal.

UNDER THE OAKS  There is nothing like a warm day underneath the leafy canopy of Live Oak Park in north Berkeley. This weekend, the park will come alive with crafts, food and family fun for the 42nd annual Live Oak Park Fair. Admission is free, and fair organizers have arranged from shuttle service every half hour from the North Berkeley BART station. The fair runs Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10 from 10 am to 6 pm. … Continue reading »


Police Blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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June 3:

Driving Under the Influence – Seventh Street and Bancroft Way #2012-29325
On Sunday, June 3, 2012 at about 2:39 a.m., a BPD patrol officer saw a black Honda driving at a high rate of speed south on Eighth Street from University Avenue. The Honda then failed to stop at two stop signs, then drove the wrong way around a turnabout at Allston Way and Seventh Street. The officer made a traffic enforcement stop at Seventh Street and Bancroft Way. The driver, a 24 year old Berkeley man showed signs of intoxication such as slurred speech, blood shot eyes, strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and losing balance when getting out of the car. Based on these symptoms and the driver’s performance on the Field Sobriety Tests, the BPD officer arrested the man for violation of 23152 (a)CVC and booked him into the BPD Jail. … Continue reading »

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Soul Queens on the scene: Linda Tillery and Faye Carol

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Let us now praise soulful women. Linda Tillery and Faye Carol aren’t merely charismatic singers with an encyclopedic command of African American musical idioms. They’re activists who have devoted their lives to tending the roots so that rising generations can draw spiritual sustenance from that same gloriously rich culture.

On Tuesday, a glittering cast gathers at Freight & Salvage to raise funds for Tillery, who’s facing medical bills and down-time after knee replacement surgery. The program features Tuck and Patti, trombone wizard Wayne Wallace’s Quintet, pianist/composer Rebeca Mauleon, body music innovator Keith Terry, guitarist Ray Obiedo and Caribe (which features members of Santana), and vocalists Molly Holm and Faye Carol.

“I think Linda is a warrior princess,” says Carol, a longtime Berkeleyan who is also presenting a concert at the underutilized Black Repertory Group Theatre on Sunday to raise awareness and funds for her afterschool program Music In the Community (MITC), which she’s operated on shoestring for the past decade. … Continue reading »

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