Daily Archives: July 12, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 07.12.12

Jazzschool students Colin McCuen and Rikki Gibson perform at the newly launched Downtown Berkeley Musician’s Corner in BART Plaza

New “Musician’s Corner” launches in BART Plaza (above) [DBA]
What may have led to the Community Theatre’s construction
[Berkeley Voice]
Bulb-outs and more for King School students [Patch]
Berkeley briefs: Summer Cinema on Center St set [Berkeley Voice]
Faces of Berkeley: Harry Kreisler, “Conversations with History” host [Daily Cal]

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Mayor Bates defends his handling of raucous meeting

While Mayor Bates and Councilmembers Laurie Capitelli, Linda Maio, Darryl Moore, and Gordon Wozniak stepped out of the council chambers for a recess while audience members were singing, Councilmember Jesse Arreguin clapped to "We Will Not Be Moved." Councilmembers Max Anderson and Kriss Worthington sang with the crowd. Photo: Natalie Orenstein
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Mayor Tom Bates said Thursday that the vote the City Council took on Tuesday during a raucous and unruly meeting was legal, and that he has no intention of bringing the matter back to the council, despite critics’ complaint that the vote violated the Brown Act.

Bates said that City Attorney Zach Cowan reviewed the tape of the meeting and determined that there were no violations.

“There is no need for a special meeting” to take another vote, Bates said from northern California, where he is on vacation. … Continue reading »

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David Stark Wilson: Design rooted in the great outdoors

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David Stark Wilson began designing homes when he was still very young, and the first one he built, with the help of friends and family, was for his mother. Now a sought-after Bay Area designer, Wilson is also a serious mountaineer and accomplished photographer. Broad similarities in form, color and texture between the built environment and the natural world have always permeated Wilson’s architecture. A new book about his work, “Houses: Origins,” explores how emotional responses to a building are similar to those to the natural world by pairing images of some of Wilson’s projects next to photographs of nature. Wilson lives in Berkeley, and the Berkeley hills boast several of the striking homes created by his firm, WA Design, which operates from a building he designed on Folger Avenue. Berkeleyside caught up with Wilson before he is scheduled to give a talk and sign copies of the book at Berkeley Mills on 7th Street on July 14th.

Your new book is called “Houses: Origins”. Why did you choose that title?

The design process for a given project begins with the site and the clients, but also involves the  vision of the architect/designer. That vision is developed in a large part through personal experience. My earliest and strongest experiences were all rooted in the outdoors. I realized over time that my experiences in nature had informed my design work. … Continue reading »

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Billy Buss: From Berkeley to New York via trumpet

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For talented and ambitious young musicians, the Bay Area offers an almost overwhelming array of resources. Layafette-raised trumpeter Billy Buss, who graduated from Berkeley High in 2006, took advantage of just about every program available, and he’s joined the long list of Bay Area musicians who have taken their rigorous training to New York City.

Now based in Brooklyn, Buss makes his debut at Jupiter on Wednesday July 18th with a quartet featuring Berkeley tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley, keyboardist Mike Aaberg (known for his work with Goapele, The Coup, and Lalah Hathaway), and the exceptional 19-year-old Richmond drummer Malachi Whitson, who’s in his second year at the University of the Pacific’s Brubeck Institute.

“As soon as I started playing jazz, I got myself involved in as many extracurricular programs as I could,” Buss says. “I was very lucky to have parents who were extremely supportive, who gave up a lot to be able to afford lessons and summer camps.” … Continue reading »

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