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The Berkeley Wire: 01.17.13

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Martin Luther King celebrated with Day of Service

MLK at MLK school Jan. 16
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The center of Berkeley’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday will be the awards breakfast, now in its second year, but there is a host of other activities focused on the National Day of Service. The Day of Service was started by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for his first inauguration, four years ago. This year, the official day is on Saturday, but many events are being held on Monday as well, which is both a national holiday and the date of Obama’s second inauguration.

Here are some of the main Berkeley Day of Service opportunities. Most of the links lead to signup pages for specific events. If you know of others, please let tell us in the comments below.  … Continue reading »

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

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UCPD arrests one after vandalism hate crime on campus

Li Ka Shing was vandalized over the weekend, according to the University of California Police Department. Justin C.
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Campus police at the University of California, Berkeley, have arrested one man, and are seeking another, in connection with several instances of graffiti found Saturday, authorities said.

According to police, “This crime is classified as a hate crime because while documenting the scene the officers noted derogatory graffiti towards sexual orientation.”

Saturday night at about 10:30, the University of California Police Department received a report of two males who were spray painting graffiti at the Li Ka Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences. The center, on Oxford Street near Hearst Avenue, opened this semester after its dedication in October. … Continue reading »

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Born to be Blue: Dina Maccabee plays Berkeley

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Violinist/vocalist Dina Maccabee came to Joni Mitchell relatively late, but once she discovered “Blue” the nakedly confessional 1971 album lodged deep in her musical consciousness. She had the rare opportunity to reimagine the album last year as guest curator for UnderCover Presents at Brava Theatre, an event reprised Monday and Tuesday at Freight & Salvage with the same dazzling cast of some 50 artists.

“Joni’s lyrics stand as poetry on the page; the melodies are inspired and the lyrics are inspired, but her singing is so central to her music it can be hard to separate the core melody from her vocal ornamentation,” says Maccabee, an invaluable presence on the Bay Area music scene who plays and sings in the duo Ramon & Jessica and the Real Vocal String Quartet, among other ensembles. “I was interested in whether you can you take a Joni Mitchell song and not sing it the way she does and still have it stand up.” … Continue reading »

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