Review: Michael Pollan’s forthcoming book “Cooked” (Indie Bound)
Call to end 72-hour parking limit for residential areas (Patch)
Skates’ chef discusses seafood sourcing, trends (Restaurant News)
Berkeley gala will kick off Julia Morgan 2012 festival (Mercury News)
Aaron Johnson of Monterey Fish Market dies at 39 (Lake County News)
Appeal denied in Berkeley stabbing death (SF Chronicle)
“Swan Lake” brings beauty but not tragedy to Berkeley (Mercury News)
“Acid Test” at Marsh examines Ram Dass’ spirituality (J Weekly)
School board candidates sound off on superintendent search (Tribune)
Two slates running for rent board (Daily Cal)
When it comes to the world’s most dynamic traditional Scottish music duo, everything old is new again. Over the past decade, Scottish-born fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Menlo Park-raised cellist Natalie Haas have turned the Celtic music scene on its ear with their dazzling partnership, a creative bond forged in the Santa Cruz Mountains at Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle School. While the instrumentation initially left many people scratching their heads, wondering about the lack of a piano, guitar or accordion, Fraser points out that in the 18th- and early 19th-century fiddle/cello duos were the standard combo for dances.
Moody’s Investor Services, one of the two dominant bond ratings companies, announced on Tuesday that it was reviewing the ratings of 32 California cities, including Berkeley. Three issuances by Berkeley are under review by Moody’s: the $28 million 2003 certificates of participation, the $5.8 million 2010 animal shelter financing, and the $9.1 million 1999 lease revenue bonds.
Update, 2:31pm: Authorities have determined that the mountain lion has moved on, Lab staff who had been told to shelter in place have been given the all-clear, and McMillan Road has been reopened, according to Lab spokesperson Jon Weiner.
More than a mile of Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue will be open to pedestrians, cyclists, roller-skaters, dancers, and kids on Sunday Oct. 14 — but not cars — as the city holds its first Sunday Streets event from 11 am through 4 pm.
A towering redwood tree that was to be the focal point of the garden at the new West Branch of the Berkeley Public Library was so damaged by the contractor that it will have to be taken down, library officials announced Tuesday.
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