Daily Archives: August 10, 2012


The Berkeley Wire: 08.10.12

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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:

Actor’s Ensemble of Berkeley: Noises OffAmoeba MusicAndronico’s Community MarketsBAM/PFA Summer CinemaBerkwood Hedge SchoolBerkeley Coffee & Tea FestivalBerkeley Playhouse/Willy WonkaBernardo Lopez Garden Design & InstallationBuy Local Berkeley, Cal PerformancesCarolyn Jones: The Grubb CompanyCitycentric InvestmentsContemporary Jewish Museum: Do Not DestroyDowntown Berkeley AssociationFive RestaurantFocal PointThe Grubb CompanyIra & Carol Serkes: Pacific Union/Christie’s International … Continue reading »

News group serves up hidden costs of hamburgers

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An animated short produced by the Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) that’s not afraid to address the climate-altering effect of cow farts may do more for the Meatless Monday campaign than any blundering by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Readers may recall that the USDA recently pulled the plug on an inter-office memo that suggested employees could cut their environmental impact by choosing vegetarian options once a week.)

“The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers“, which launched last week on the non-profit’s new I Files channel, takes a detailed look at the real price of cheap beef — and we’re not just talking about Americans’ ever-expanding waistlines. The video also explores the environmental and economic costs of raising cows for industrialized meat production in a country where the average person consumes three burgers a weeks. This fast-food nation, the piece also notes, chows down on three times more meat than any other country.

In its first week live, the video has been viewed more than 58,000 times. The cartoon on cows — which got picked up by outlets from “Marketplace” to Mother Jones — follows on from CIR’s previous animated short, the award-winning “The Price of Gas”.  A 7.5-minute short, “The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers,” combines entertainment and journalism to deliver an abstract, data-heavy subject for the YouTube crowd. … Continue reading »

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

Making lemonade out of lemons. Please not the bike rack in front of Mrs. Dalloways on College. It is re-purposed from old city of Berkeley parking meters. The Elmwood Neighborhood Merchants Association is hosting a "Ride Your Bicycle" to the Elmwood festival on Sat. Aug. 11. There will be sales, music, and food. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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A MUSICAL TRIPLE THREAT – Natalie Cressman has music in her genes. The jazz trombonist-vocalist-composer is the daughter of Santana trombonist Jeff Cressman and jazz vocalist Sandy Cressman. All that music growing up imbued the younger Cressman with exceptional talent, which is on full display on her just-released debut album, Unfolding. Cressman and her band Secret Garden will perform Friday Aug. 10 at 8 pm at Freight & Salvage. The evening also includes a performance show by Peter Apfelbaum, a Berkeley-bred musician, composer, who has played with many of the greats. He will be joined by drummer Josh Jones. Tickets are $22.50.

RAW, RAGGED, AND REVEALING –  Lip Service West got its start in Los Angeles but made its name in Miami where it quickly got known as “the hottest, smartest, most honest literary event in South Florida.” Think gritty, raw writing paired with live performance. Oakland’s San Pablo Arts District fund is sponsoring a Friday night performance of the group – in Berkeley. The founder, Andrea Askowitz, who wrote My Miserable Lonely Lesbian Pregnancy, will join host Joe Clifford and six other writers at 7:30 pm Aug. 10 at Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Avenue. Admission is free.Continue reading »

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Free Summer Movie Saturday on Center Street

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The second screening in this  year’s Summer Cinema on Center Street, a free outdoor movie series, takes place on Saturday August 11, at 7:30pm.

The theme of this year’s series is “cerebral cinema” and Saturday’s classic is B-movie film Donovan’s Brain (1953) which features a young Nancy Davis (aka Mrs Ronald Reagan). In the film a crazed surgeon has been extracting the brains of monkeys, keeping them alive outside their bodies. When a plane crashes nearby, the police rush the survivor to the surgeon’s lab for emergency care. Despite their best efforts, terrible tycoon Walter Donovan dies, so the scientist liberates his lobes, keeping them alive in a jar. Soon the megalomaniacal brain asserts its influence over the doctor, who must do its evil bidding. Watch the Donovan’s Brain trailer.

The movie will be projected onto the wall of the future Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive.

The Summer Movie series takes place over three weekends in August and is organized jointly by Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive and the Downtown Berkeley Association.  … Continue reading »

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Perk up at the Berkeley Coffee and Tea Festival

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Sina Carroll is a committed tea enthusiast. She travels to China twice a year to source high-end tea from local farmers and sells a wide selection through her online store Red Circle Tea. Carroll has no employees and acts as the company’s owner, accountant, and buyer; her favorite part of the job, however, is teaching others about the craft of tea making.

“I love the process of steeping tea for others,” said Carroll. “I like to show people how easy, elegant, and fun it can be to make tea in this beautiful and traditional way. The look of wonder on their faces when they see this ritual is amazing.”

Carroll’s favorite place to share her enthusiasm and meet other tea connoisseurs is the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee and Tea Festival. The second annual festival, which will be held on Saturday, August 18th at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, will feature dozens of local coffee, tea, and dessert vendors. Along with Carroll’s Red Circle Tea, other offerings will include traditional lattes from Berkeley favorite Caffe Mediterraneum, and unique Vietnamese coffee from V Café. (See below on how to win free tickets to the Festival!) … Continue reading »

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Police blotter: Recent crime in Berkeley

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July 29

Robbery, 1600 Block of Shattuck Avenue
On Sunday, July 29, 2012 at approximately 10:40 p.m., a robbery occurred in the 1600 Block of Shattuck Avenue.  The female victim was walking in the area when she was grabbed from behind by the unknown suspect.  The suspect attempted to take the victim’s purse and a struggle ensued.  The suspect did not get the victim’s purse and fled the area.  The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries during the incident. The suspect is described as a black male adult, 5’10”-6’ tall and average build.

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