Update, Jan. 13, 2015: Berkeleyside followed this case through to Lamb’s sentencing. Our update on the details of this court case, including witness testimony about the double stabbing and the arson that killed a Chihuahua puppy named Midnight, can be found here.
Berkeley actor Carl Lumbly stars in SF Playhouse’s new show (San Francisco)
Fire badly damages Berkeley cottage (Tribune)
Berkeley Symphony unveils a world premiere (Mercury News)
A head for business, heart in “Great Gig in the Sky” (UCB)
“Scrapyard dogs” stuffed animals raise money for charity (Mercury News)
Meet The Rare Barrel, Berkeley’s newest brewery (Eater)
Richmond Oilers defeat Berkeley High 3-2 in soccer (Richmond Confidential)
Alameda County homeless count could reveal wrath of recession (Tribune)
UC Berkeley students initiate campaign for oil tax (Daily Cal)
Halprin’s “Parades and Changes” returns to Berkeley (BANG)
The University of California Police Department has created a new nighttime special duty unit in Berkeley to step up its efforts to address safety and security needs south of campus.
Little Shop Artisan Box threw an underground pop-up dinner last week. Michael Davidson rolled up his sleeves and joined Chef Peter Jackson in the kitchen.
THREAD LOUNGE Opening today in downtown Berkeley: Thread Lounge, an upscale fashion store offering discounted designer clothing for women, men, and children, as well as limited home furnishings. Owner Colleen Schmidt, a former buyer for Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan among others, already has two stores — in San Francisco and Chicago — and is testing the waters in Berkeley with a popup version of the bohemian-style shop in the old Fed Ex-Kinkos corner building at Shattuck and Bancroft Way. “We are like a designer sample sale,” Schmidt says. “We work with over 400 designers worldwide.” Local labels currently in stock include Laurel B (sweaters that retail for $250-$400 are $80) and Wendy Katlin ( $200-$450 tops and dresses for $50-$100). Schmidt works in partnership with her boyfriend, Jon Vohr, who creates the artwork and fixtures in the store, although Schmidt is quick to point out that the décor will be much more appealing if they decide to settle here. “Everyone asks me why I didn’t go to Fourth Street but I think there’s room for growth in downtown Berkeley. There aren’t a lot of fashion options here,” she says. Thread Lounge is throwing a “Meet & Greet” opening for the public with wine and appetizers on Thursday, Jan. 31, 7-9pm. Thread Lounge is at 2295 Shattuck Ave. Open: weekdays, 12-7, Sat. 11-7, Sun. 12-6. (more…)
The return of the Joffrey Ballet to Berkeley was a joyful reunion as anticipation turned to renewed admiration for fans of the brilliant, 57-year-old, American dance company.
A Berkeley Police Department operation in east Oakland earlier this month resulted in the arrests of four people who were charged with 12 felonies, and led to the seizure of more than 300 marijuana plants, more than $100,000 in cash, three handguns and two rifles.