Daily Archives: January 9, 2013


The Berkeley Wire: 01.09.13

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Berkeley faces lengthy cold snap, near-record lows

Frost. Photo: Dan Brekke
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A cold front coming through the Bay Area over the next few days is forecast to bring temperatures in Berkeley to near-record lows, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are expected to plumb the low 30s. The record low for January 10 at Oakland Airport was 26 degrees in 1949. The day’s average low is 42 degrees.

According to an NWS forecaster, the front originates in Alaska. The cold weather is forecast to last at least through the weekend. … Continue reading »

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Fated for Fado: Ramana Vieira brings Portugal to Berkeley

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When Ramana Vieira talks about the late fado queen Amália Rodrigues, her brown eyes shine and her voice takes on a worshipful tone. But her star-struck affect doesn’t mean that Vieira feels constrained by Rodrigues’s sanctified status as the embodiment of the convention-bound Portuguese song form, with its anguished disquisitions on loss, heartache and the vicissitudes of fate

“It must seem like I think Amália Rodrigues is Lady Gaga,” says Vieira, who performs Friday at La Peña. “In my world, she’s this huge entity. It’s been interesting, knowing the legacy that she left us, and trying to live up to that in this time and place.”

An American counterpart to the dazzling parade of Portuguese fadistas who have reinvigorated a tradition that was already moribund years before Rodrigues’ death in 1999, Vieira has become a leading force in spreading awareness of fado in the United States, building on the international buzz generated by stars like Misia, Dulce Pontes, Cristina Branco, Ana Moura and Mariza. … Continue reading »

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Off The Grid launches in Oakland for Museum nights

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Food truck market Off The Grid is making its first foray into Oakland with the launch of a new weekly market outside the Oakland Museum of California. The street food gathering  is part of the museum’s new Friday Nights program which will include films, live music, dancing, as well as half-price admission for adults (under-18s go free).

The final truck line-up for Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA has not been finalized, according to a spokesperson for the San Francisco based street food organization, but some of the East Bay trucks that used to be regulars at Berkeley’s Wednesday Gourmet Ghetto market (which was canceled last month), and at the Thursday Berkeley Telegraph Avenue market, will likely be there. So too will some of the perennial favorites that cross the Bay Bridge to attend Off The Grid markets in its two other East Bay venues, Alameda and Hayward, such as Gua Bao bun specialist The Chairman.

OMCA said the idea was to build on the success of a Summer Nights program that the museum has been running since 2010 and incorporate food trucks, music and other foodie attractions. … Continue reading »

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Webb Gustafson, adventurer, enthusiast, man about town

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Webb Gustafson — surfer, cyclist, skier, adventurer, comedian, public transit enthusiast and man about town — passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, December 30, 2012.

Born in Kodiak, Alaska on June 2, 1989, Webb grew up in Berkeley and was known around town for his frequent power-chair trips down College Avenue and rides on BART and AC Transit. Webb graduated from Berkeley High and enjoyed taking French and bodybuilding classes at Laney College.  … Continue reading »

Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

WIB 01.09.13

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update, 2:30 p.m.: Rich is our winner this week! The photo shows the structure/brackets holding the awning on at Half Price Books on Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley. Congratulations, Rich, on being this week’s winner!

Photo: K. Lenihan.

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