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

The solar calendar installation at César Chávez Park has been the target of recurring vandalism over the past few months. Photo: Chris Benton
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SPRING EQUINOX AT CESAR CHAVEZ PARK  Gather this evening at the Chavez Memorial Solar Calendar to celebrate the official arrival of spring. The event, led by Lori Lambertson of the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, will include a discussion about the “reasons for the seasons,” the Chavez virtue of HOPE, and other global spring equinox celebrations. Dress warmly: the weather is part of the experience. Friday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., sunset is at 7:15 p.m. Cesar Chavez Park, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.19.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.18.15

Mid-century modern at the magic hour by Film&PhotoArchivist. Photo taken March 11, 2105

Mid-century modern at the magic hour by Film&PhotoArchivist. Photo taken March 11, 2105

Berkeley man charged with special circumstances for security guard’s death (CoCo Times)
Guy Fieri not speaking at UC Berkeley commencement (SF Chronicle)
Police warn of recent spate of van, truck thefts (Inside Bay Area)
Council screens video of exploding oil trains (IBA)

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Work begins to transform UC Theatre into music venue

City officials, downtown business owners and others gathered with David Mayeri Wednesday for the groundbreaking for the UC Theater. Photo: Tracey Taylor
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By Frances Dinkelspiel and Tracey Taylor

The long-shuttered UC Theatre on University Avenue was buzzing again Wednesday as city officials and supporters gathered for an official groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the renovation of the former movie palace.

While David Mayeri, president of the Berkeley Music Group and the driver of the project, and others posed with gold shovels in front of the theater, the transformation of the 1917 building at 2036 University Ave. began in earnest inside with workers beginning to tear into the building’s floor with jackhammers.

Rehabilitating the theater is expected to cost $5.5 million — with a capital campaign still seeking $2 million worth of support. Mayeri and the five-strong board hope to put on their first show in the building this fall. … Continue reading »

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Remembering Lee Marsh, co-founder of the JCC East Bay

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Lee Marsh, who served on the Berkeley Planning and Waterfront Commissions and who co-founded the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, died on March 7. He was 96.

Born in Brooklyn to Russian emigrant parents in 1918, Lee lived a life of hard work and unwavering devotion to his family and community. He inspired hope, integrity and goodwill wherever he went. On the day before he died, his hospice nurse referred to him as “a ray of sunshine.”

Lee and his fellow founders of the Jewish Community Center had a vision to create an educational and cultural center for the diverse community of unaffiliated Jewish families and individuals in the Berkeley-Richmond corridor. It began in a storefront on University Avenue. Just two years later, thanks to Lee’s keen business acumen, the JCC found its permanent home on 1414 Walnut Street. Today, the JCC East Bay offers programs and services for all ages in Berkeley and Oakland, including camp and teen programs absorbed from the Oakland-Piedmont and Contra Costa JCCs when they closed. … Continue reading »

Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

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Photo: Catherine Betts.

Send your submissions for “Where in Berkeley?” to tips@berkeleyside.com. The more obscure the better — just as long as the photos are taken in Berkeley. Thanks in advance.

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.17.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.16.15

Flying Dowitchers at Aquatic Park by TJ Gehling. Photo taken March 12, 2015

Flying Dowitchers at Aquatic Park by TJ Gehling. Photo taken March 12, 2015

UC Berkeley struggles with black student admissions (ABC)
Artist’s mural in Berkeley rises with her death (SF Chronicle)
Taking comic books seriously (The Weekender)
UC Press, California Digital Library get grant to improve publication system (Daily News)
UC alumna, activist honored at state capitol (Daily News)
FAA approves industrial use of Berkeley company’s drones (SF Business Times)

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.13.15

Nabolom Bakery. Photo, taken on March 7, 2015, by Wendy Leyden

Nabolom Bakery. Photo, taken on March 7, 2015, by Wendy Leyden

Daniel Boyarin: The Talmudist, feminist, anti-Zionist, only-in-Berkeley Orthodox Jew (J-Weekly)
UC Berkeley campus housing prices rank among highest in nation (Daily Cal)
The organic epicure: Oakland’s Oliveto has a surprising Jewish backstory (J-Weekly)
Cal students aim to get more female artists on Wikipedia (Daily Cal)
What is the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board? (Daily Cal)
$2 million in funding for Skydeck-backed digital stethoscope device (UCB News)
Berkeley in moving pictures (Daily Cal)
Cancer therapy start-up Aduro Biotech  seeks $86m in IPO (SF Business Times)

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Charles Phan plans to open café at UC Berkeley

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When Charles Phan was an architecture student at UC Berkeley, he spent a lot of time in Wurster Hall.

Phan left Cal before he graduated, but he is about, once again, to spend time at Wurster, as he is planning to take over the café there in the fall serving his trademark organic, international food. It will be the famous chef’s first venture in the East Bay.

“I am 99%, not 100% sure,” Phan said about the opening. Describing his vision for the space, he said: “You walk up, you get some food. It’s affordable, it’s fast. My goal is to take care of the students.”

Robert Lalanne, the vice-chancellor of real estate at UC Berkeley, approached Phan many months ago about serving food at UC Berkeley. Phan is best known for the critically acclaimed The Slanted Door restaurant in San Francisco. Talks are ongoing, but both men told Berkeleyside they feel confident they will strike a deal. UC plans to redo the plaza outside Wurster Hall for the new café, said Lalanne. The building is named after William Wurster, the famed architect and dean of the Berkeley Architectural School, now known as the College of Environmental Design. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.12.15

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

Niyar stars as Lakshmi in the movie "Sold"
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WATCH THE MOVIE ‘SOLD’ The movie Sold, directed by Jeffrey D. Brown, has been lauded at film festivals around the globe as a searing look into the widespread practice of sexual slavery of young girls. Based on Patricia McCormick’s 2006 novel, “Sold,” the film traces the story of Lakshmi, a 13-year-old girl from Nepal. After a monsoon devastates her house, she decides she will help her family by going to work as a maid for a wealthy woman in the city. Lakshmi instead finds herself sold to a brothel, named the“Happiness House. The Berkeley Anti-Trafficking Coalition and the Institute for South Asian Studies at UC Berkeley will be showing the film Friday at 6 p.m. in Room 2040 of the Valley Life Sciences building. It stars Niyar, Gillian Anderson, and David Arquette. Brown, who plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign to distribute the film in theaters, will do a Q&A session after the screening. Suggested donation is $5. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.11.15

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