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Two chances to see jazz pianist Myra Melford in Berkeley

One of the pleasures of jazz is that it’s possible to experience the music’s most profound improvisers in grand concert halls and storefront dives, some times in the same week. Take pianist Myra Melford. Last month, the pianist performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra when Wynton Marsalis’s big band kicked off its home season in New York performing her rambunctious tune “The Strawberry” (she joined the orchestra in Oakland last week, reprising the arrangement at the Paramount Theatre).

Handlebar and Bacano Bakery closures, more

Two big closures to announce this week. Berkeley's Handlebar will shutter at the end of the month — but it will reopen. Emeryville's Bacano Bakery, however, is closed permanently.