Daily Archives: June 12, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 06.12.12

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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FOURTH & U RISES Hold your breath as there is going to be a lot of activity in the next few months in the retail spaces at this complex at 2020 Fourth Street, just a brief stroll from the already busy Fourth Street shopping district. Perhaps the biggest news — to Berkeley foodies, at least — is that the much-loved and long lamented Sketch Ice Cream will be reopening at 2080 Fourth St. Eric Shelton and Ruthie Planar-Shelton closed the original Sketch three years ago so they could spend more time with their daughter. She is going to school, and they hope to open their new 1,400-square-foot space in mid-July. It will be three times larger than the last location, so, in addition to offering artisanal ice cream, Sketch will sell baked goods and candy and offer catering services as well. About 65% of the retail space in the Fourth & U complex has been leased, according to Steve Smith of Norheim & Yost. Keter Salon will also take a spot there, and the 4th Street Studio, an art gallery and shared studio space, will open in September. Rachael Adler’s Waterfront Conservatory, an actors’ training studio featuring the Meisner Technique, will also open later this year. They will join Mark Horner’s Shadow Yoga Studio at 2050 Fourth St. … Continue reading »

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Proposed sidewalk sitting ban prompts debate, protest

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Update, 4: 50 pm: At a press conference convened today at 3 pm, Mayor Bates, accompanied by councilmembers Linda Maio and Laurie Capitelli sought to reassure prospective voters on the Civil Sidewalks measure that its intent was not to criminalize the homeless, but rather “get people out of a debilitating street life and into a better future.” They announced that they would factor more time into working out how to implement the measure — moving the implementation date from March … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: “Gothic” — a scandalous good time

"Gothic": Ken Russell's 1986’s tribute to drug-fueled creativity
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The late enfant terrible of British film-making, Ken Russell, is perhaps best remembered for bringing nude male wrestling to the movie-going masses (Women in Love) and for producing a film so profane it was virtually impossible to see unexpurgated for 40 years (The Devils). Never a man for half measures, Russell’s last feature film was the inelegantly titled Whore (1991), after which he rode off into the sunset via a legendary (and abbreviated) appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in 2007.

His November, 2011 passing is acknowledged by Pacific Film Archive this Thursday, June 14th at 7:30 pm with a rare screening of one of Russell’s late period indulgences, 1986’s tribute to drug-fueled creativity Gothic. The film will be preceded by a performance by Brale, a musical group described as “the world’s only Ken Russell tribute band”.

Filmed at Hertfordshire’s magnificent Gaddesden Place, Gothic relates the mythic meeting of minds that helped spawn Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel ‘Frankenstein: or, the Modern Prometheus’. … Continue reading »

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Tech nerd, nature lover, quits job, reinvents the headlamp

Dan Freschl
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On a recent weekend, Berkeley inventor Dan Freschl could be found climbing the boulders of Yosemite while testing the rechargeable, environmentally friendly headlamp he has designed. The headlamp is the signature product of Bosavi LLC, the outdoor equipment company that Freschl founded in 2010.

Freschl’s love for the outdoors began when, as a teenager, he participated in a 22-day mountaineering and rafting trip with the Outward Bound program. After college, he worked as an engineer creating batteries for products such as pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. That work conflicted with his love for nature, however.

“When I worked for a huge corporation with about 20,000 employees, I saw how much we wasted, how much equipment we bought and then threw out, and how unhappy the people working there were.” … Continue reading »

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