Daily Archives: July 14, 2012


Best of Berkeleyside: This week’s most popular posts

Off the Grid debuted on Telegraph Avenue on Thursday evening, attracting large, enthusiastic crowds. Photo: Nancy Rubin

Tuesday’s City Council meeting proved to be particularly heated. Opponents of the sit-lie ordinance filled the council chamber and their singing led Mayor Tom Bates to call for a vote without further discussion. Read both our account of the meeting and the mayor’s explanation of his actions. The hundreds of comments on the two posts (here and here) are worth perusing to get a sense of arguments on both sides of the issue.

It’s heartening to have good news to report from Telegraph Avenue. Off the Grid, the weekly food truck fiesta, opened its new Telegraph location on Thursday night, and were rewarded with happy crowds sampling the delicious wares.

The London Olympic Games will have a host of Cal Bears, competing for a number of different national teams. But behind the scenes, Cal’s Cindy Chang has the crucial role of chief medical officer for Team USA, leading a roster of 80 medical professionals.

The week ended on a sad note with the death of a cyclist injured in an accident at Bancroft and Fulton on Friday afternoon.

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Adopt a pet: Doot Doot, an affectionate calico cat

Doot Doot
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By Kirsty Maurits

Doot Doot! All aboard the kitty train. Destination: Your heart.

Doot Doot is a wonderful calico kitty with loads of personality. She’s affectionate and loving, and at three-years old, she’s playful and energetic, too! She’s been at the shelter for a month now, and she’d love to be part of your family and have a forever home with you. Ideally, she would do best in a home without small children, and where she can be the only cat, as she can be ever-so-slightly moody at times (but can’t we all?).

Make room in your life today for Doot Doot — you won’t regret it! More photos of Doot Doot can be found at the Berkeley Animal Care Services Facebook page, and if you’d like to get up close and personal, you can visit her in person at the shelter on Second Street in Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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

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PREPARE TO BE BEWITCHED   Thaisa Frank’s short fiction has been captivating readers for decades, even before the publication of her highly regarded and widely translated novel Heidegger’s Glasses. Now Frank has collected 61 old and new stories in Enchantment: New and Selected Stories, published this week by Berkeley’s Counterpoint Press. As Booklist puts it:”The title of this collection hints at its contents — delectable stories with touches of the surreal as well as many plot twists and surprises. From short-short story to novella, each narrative demonstrates mastery of the genre.” Frank will be reading from Enchantment at Mrs. Dalloway’s on College Avenue at 7:30 pm on Friday, July 13.

A SALUTE WOODY GUTHRIE  In 1988, Peter Glazer, the chair of UC Berkeley’s Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, wrote a musical based on the life and songs of Woody Guthrie. Almost 25 years later, Woody Guthrie’s American Song has been performed hundreds of times, on stages from Seattle to New York. Glazer himself has directed the award-winning play 25 times and his latest interpretation is playing at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House until July 22. On Saturday, July 14, the 100th anniversary of Guthrie’s birth, Glazer and the cast from the musical will hold an open house from 1 to 5 pm and perform some classics like “This Land is Your Land.” There will also be a discussion of Guthrie with Glazer. The Freight is also displaying the first public exhibit of The Kids Write to Woody . . . Woody Writes Back, letters Woody Guthrie wrote in the summer of 1955 when he was bed-ridden with Huntington’s Disease at Brooklyn State Hospital. A few dozen children attending a summer camp outside St. Louis had sent post cards to Guthrie, and he answered each one individually. … Continue reading »

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