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The Berkeley Wire: 01.25.13

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Man caught after 3 tries stealing beer from Berkeley Bowl

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Berkeley police officers arrested an Oakland man after he tried three times in a single night to steal beer from Berkeley Bowl, and struggled with loss prevention officers until police arrived, authorities said.

On Monday at about 8 p.m., Berkeley Police officers were called to the grocery store, at 2020 Oregon St., for a report of a shoplifter, who later was identified as Christopher Lichty, 32, of Oakland.

Police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said Lichty first visited the store at 7:17 p.m., when he entered Berkeley Bowl and attempted to steal beer. Loss prevention officers tried to stop him and he dropped the beer and ran, said Coats via email. … Continue reading »

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Recently on NOSH: Duende, Café Raj, new openings

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Berkeleyside’s online food magazine NOSH, covering the East Bay, launched in November and publishes many stories every week on restaurant openings, ethnic food finds, news, chefs’ secrets, recipes, and much more. In case you missed them, here are some of the articles that have appeared there in the past few days:

Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening This week’s food round-up includes news of a new Ethiopian coffee spot on Grand Ave. and a sour-beer brewery coming down the pike in Berkeley.

With new restaurant Duende, Paul Canales breaks free The owner of the buzziest new restaurant in Oakland talks about why he left Oliveto to do his own thing (seen, above with his kitchen crew). … Continue reading »

Meat matters: 2 new films focus on hot issues

Ashton Kutcher is the executive producer of a mini-documentary about Bay Area butcher shops which features Berkeley’s own The Local Butcher Shop, along with 4505 Meats and Avedano’s Holly Park Market in San Francisco.

The subject of meat, America’s industrial meat system and the growing movement towards more sustainable, humane practices is a hot one right now.

On Feb. 4 UC Berkeley is hosting a free screening of American Meat a pro-farmer documentary which takes a critical look at cattle, hog, and chicken production in the U.S. and examines the viability of moving the industry over to more sustainable practices. A discussion will follow the screening, moderated by Novella Carpenter, author of the best-selling memoir Farm City and co-owner of Berkeley’s BioFuel Oasis which, as well as selling bio-fuel to cars, offers urban farming classes. … Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening, VII

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Bites is Nosh’s round-up of restaurant and bar news in the East Bay. Got a tip or a scoop? Send it our way at nosh@berkeleyside.com. Bites is produced by Nosh in collaboration with Christina Mitchell, founder of East Bay Dish.

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anfilo coffee facebookANFILO COFFEE It’s not just about the caffeine. Ambessaw Assegued and Dagmawit Bekele have been sharing a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony at the Grand Lake Farmers Market for months. Now the pair have opened Anfilo Coffee, a brick and mortar location, on Grand Avenue. The husband and wife team plan to add pastries, soups and salads, along with Ethiopian specialties like rolled injera filled with lentils or meat. The grand opening is scheduled for Feb. 1. 35 Grand Ave, Oakland; 510-828-2759.

CROSSROADS CAFE Crossroads Café is a worker-owned cooperative that recently opened in North Oakland. To show a little local love, sandwiches on the menu are all around $6 and named after nearby streets: the Market, the Adeline, the San Pablo, and so on, reports Oakland Local. The café not only shares the parking lot with the Phat Beets Farmers Market on Saturdays, it also sources produce from the farmers. The kitchen is available for the community to rent and there are plans to host events like film screenings for the neighborhood. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 942 Stanford Ave., Oakland. … Continue reading »

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Crime narratives from the Berkeley Police, Jan. 13-19

A selection of calls for service from the Berkeley Police Department. (One item, on Thousand Oaks Boulevard, does not appear on this detail of the map.) See an interactive version of the complete map here.
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The following items represent just a sampling of calls, most of which were selected by the Berkeley Police Department. See past crime blotters, including Berkeleyside’s list from last week’s calls for service.

See also Local Crime News’ regularly published list of arrests of Berkeley residents. Other sources of information on crime in Berkeley include the Police Department’s CrimeView Community and CrimeMapping.com.

From Jan. 13-19, there were 15 burglary reports, 28 auto break-in or theft reports, and six stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comNine robberies and 18 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information. … Continue reading »

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

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DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL This weekend, The Freight is hosting a three-night festival to showcase modern heirs to famed gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. The “Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival” includes a Saturday open house featuring workshops, performances, and a panel discussion inspired and influenced by the legendary jazz band, Quintette du Hot Club de France. For details of all the musicians and tickets, visit the Freight & Salvage.

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Council supports Sunday Streets, looks to find funds

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Last October, Berkeley held a Sunday Streets event for the first time, and an estimated 40,000 people flocked to Shattuck Avenue to stroll, bike and skate the length of 17 blocks enjoying the car-free environment, al fresco eating, music, yoga and chess playing. By most accounts, the event was a success, but to make it happen again this year and going forward, the organizers are asking officials to stump up the funds to cover city costs.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, officials expressed their support for the event, but were hesitant, given Berkeley’s tight budget, to commit to the full amount needed to cover city costs for a 2013 repeat performance, as well as funds for future years. They also said they were uncomfortable making financial decisions separate from the context of the rest of Berkeley’s events. … Continue reading »

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UC exhibit of botanical drawings shows eye for detail

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The UC Botanical Garden is hosting its 4th annual exhibition of botanical drawings done by members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists.

The 40 illustrators who are represented in the show have spent countless hours learning about the botany of plants and countless more transferring that knowledge to paper.

The results are finely detailed drawings that meticulously replicate nature’s complexity.

The show, titled Plants Illustrated, runs through Feb. 8. There will be a reception for the artists on Saurday Jan. 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 pm

Click here to see a slideshow of all the prints. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley school staffer assaulted, pepper sprayed

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A staff member at Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks Elementary School was assaulted while walking to her car just after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday Jan. 22.

She was approached from behind, sprayed in the face with pepper spray and her purse was stolen, according to the school’s Principal, Gayle Hughes, who sent out a note to the school community dated Jan. 23.

The victim’s car was parked on Catalina Avenue, two blocks away from the school which is on Colusa Ave. at Tacoma in north Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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