Author Archives: Frances Dinkelspiel

Gabrielle Selz’s ‘Unstill Life’ provides peek into the modern art world with its glamour, ambition, heartbreak

Gabrielle Selz and Peter Selz. Photo: Courtesy of Gabrielle Selz
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When Gabrielle Selz was growing up in New York in the 1960s, her house was filled with artists who have become icons of the time: Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Alberto Giacometti.

Selz’s father was Peter Selz – then a curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, a man whom the New York Times dubbed “Mr. Modern Art.” Peter Selz moved to Berkeley in 1965 to become the founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum, a position that allowed him to showcase West Coast artists. He highlighted Funk, film, and ceramicists like Peter Voulkos and Robert Arneson who were not even considered true artists at the time. Peter Selz later became project director for Christo’s Running Fence, the 24.5-mile long billowing fabric fence that ran over the Marin County hills in 1976. … Continue reading »

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4 Berkeley buildings to get upgrades after library lawsuit

Ashkenaz will use a $27,000 grant it received from the Berkeley Preservation Trust to seismically upgrade its building and help fund a new roof. Photo: Joe Balestreri
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A bell tower constructed in 1878. A nursery school built in 1927. An import-export warehouse converted into a music venue. A prefabricated panel cottage put together in 1887.

These four Berkeley structures will soon be improved, thanks to $87,000 generated by the settlement of a lawsuit between Berkeley and Concerned Library Users, a group that protested how some Measure FF library bond funds were to be used. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley zoning ballot language heading to court

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Berkeley City Councilman Jesse Arreguín filed a lawsuit against Berkeley on Wednesday seeking to overturn ballot language that will be used to describe a downtown zoning initiative.

Arreguín wants an Alameda County Superior Court judge to take up the matter immediately, since final ballot language for the November 2014 election is due Sept. 2. … Continue reading »

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Woman stabbed on AC Transit bus: ‘What did I do that made you want to murder me?’

A woman was stabbed Monday night on an AC Transit bus like this one. Photo: Paul Sullivan
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This article has been updated to include comments by the father of the alleged assailant.

Update: 8/16 If you want to help Mariah, you can made a donation at a You Fund Me site that has been set up for her. It’s like a personal kickstarter: http://www.gofundme.com/d5bars

Original Story: The woman who was repeatedly stabbed by a man when she was riding an AC Transit bus on San Pablo Avenue on Aug. 11 said she had not even noticed her alleged assailant before he pushed a knife into her eye. But she did spot the man who came to her rescue.

Mariah Elizabeth, 21, of Oakland (Berkeleyside is not using her last name) had gotten on the northbound 72M bus at 40th and San Pablo around 10:00 p.m. or so Monday. She was on her way to the San Pablo Lytton Casino. As she bounded up the steps of the bus, Mariah spotted a young man in his 20s skateboarding across the street. He, too, got on the bus. … Continue reading »

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Animal rights activists smash Star Grocery windows

The window that was vandalized at Star Grocery on Claremont Avenue. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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Two FBI agents visited Star Grocery on Claremont Avenue on Monday to investigate a broken window the government believes was smashed by animal rights activists.

The large plate glass window of the market, which has been run by the Pappas family since 1922, was smashed around 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 27, according to Nick Pappas, the store’s owner. He wasn’t aware of the animal rights connection until the FBI contacted him a few days later, he said. … Continue reading »

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Soda tax, school board race, open council seat bring campaign cash to Berkeley

The proponents of a tax on soda kicked off their campaign on Aug. 2. Photo: Berkeley vs Big Soda
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The lure of an open Berkeley City Council seat has turned the race to replace Gordon Wozniak in November into a big bucks proposition.

The District 8 race for Wozniak’s position, the city’s proposed sugar-sweetened beverage tax on distributors and the Berkeley School Board race — with four people vying for three seats — are already bringing in significant campaign contributions as the November 2014 election approaches.

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12 Berkeley stories you won’t want to miss

Tuolumne Camp's green Adirondack chairs were lost in the fire, but new chairs, built by a group of volunteers in June, now perch at the edge of the ridge that runs the length of camp.  Set at 7,400 feet, the camp looks out toward South Lake Tahoe, down at 6,200 feet and at mountains all around. Photo by Mary Flaherty
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1. Have you seen this tiny treehouse post office in Tilden?
2. Philz Coffee branch opens in West Berkeley
3. Vegan, gluten-free Sanctuary Bistro opens
4. Tuolumne camp versus Echo Lake camp: Veterans compare
5.Development may come to Spenger’s lot in Berkeley
6. Berkeley councilman faces PR man in soda tax debate
7. Mediation between school district and union fizzles
8. West Berkeley’s Pacific States Steel sold to equity firm
9. Continue reading »

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Wording of Berkeley ballot initiative headed to court

Downtown Berkeley, May 2014. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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The backers of a downtown Berkeley initiative that voters will consider in November plan to file a lawsuit next week to force the city to change the wording in the ballot measure. They contend that the summary is inaccurate, biased and misleading.

The decision to go to court was in response to Berkeley’s decision not to voluntarily change the wording of the ballot measure. City Councilman Jesse Arreguín had sent a letter on July 21 to City Attorney Zach Cowan asking for changes, but Cowan responded in a July 24 letter that he did not have the power to modify the wording. Only the Berkeley City Council, which is in recess until September, can make those changes, Cowan said.

“It is unfortunate that the City Council was not advised, at the time the biased and factually inaccurate Ballot Statement language was put forward, that such language violates legal standards,” Arreguín wrote Cowan on July 30. “In light of that omission, and given that the City Council is on recess, we have no choice but to seek judicial relief to protect the rights of all Berkeley voters to fair elections.”

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Have you seen this tiny treehouse post office in Tilden?

The Tiny Treehouse at Tilden Park. Photo: Leafcutter Designs
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Have you seen the tiny tree house hidden in the Berkeley hills?

In December, Lea Redmond of Berkeley’s Leafcutter Designs built “The Tiny Tilden Post Office” in a knothole in a tree off the Curran Path in Tilden Park. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.29.14

As Close as we came to Berkeley Kite Festival. Other fish to fry. Photo: jhk&alk

As Close as we came to Berkeley Kite Festival. Other fish to fry. Photo: jhk&alk

After staff explosion, an East Bay restaurant tries to move forward (Express)
EBMUD, Berkeley will repair sewers to keep sewage out of bay (SF Chronicle)
Armed suspect steals man’s backpack (Mercury News)
Berkeley scores with Real Madrid-Inter Milan game (Daily Cal)
Maxine Hong Kingston wins a National Medal of Arts (UCB News)
Sonoma group files suit to stop expansion of Dharma Press  (Press Democrat)
Man fights for a year to get Berkeley parking ticket refund  (ABC 7)
Successful weekend of bicycle valet parking at the Berkeley Kite Festival (Albany Strollers & Rollers)

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Soccer mania hits Berkeley, as do crowds, traffic

Around 62,000 people watched Inter Milan beat Real Madrid at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Julia Flynn Siler
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Soccer mania hit Berkeley on Saturday when Real Madrid played Inter Milan at Cal Memorial Stadium, in a game that drew more than 62,000 spectators. Inter Milan and Real Madrid tied 1-1. Then, after regulation time, Inter Milan won 3-2 in a penalty shootout.

The game practically paralyzed the streets of Berkeley as fans tried to make their way to the stadium. Traffic came to a standstill all over town on major arteries like College, Claremont, Ashby and University avenues. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.25.14

Way Back by Ned Fielden. Taken on July 14, 2014

Way Back by Ned Fielden. Taken on July 14, 2014

Homeless encampment along railroad tracks prompts concerns (Daily Cal)
Filmmaker’s look at apartheid premiers at Jewish Film Festival (SF Chronicle)
Family keeps searching for Cal student 6 weeks after he goes missing (Sacto Bee)
SF Mime Troupe plays Live Oak Park this weekend (SFMT)
UCPD enforces illegal lodging, curfew rules on campus (Daily Cal)

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Traffic delays in Berkeley expected with soccer game

Photo: Courtesy of Real Madrid
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Berkeley police are warning residents to expect road closures, traffic, and major delays on Saturday when two international teams play a soccer match at Cal’s Memorial Stadium.

Real Madrid will play Inter Milan in a 3 p.m. game. The teams are playing in the Guinness International Champions Cup, which brings eight great European squads for a round of so-called friendly matches in the U.S. Organizers expect to sell out the 60,000-seat stadium for the match, which will also be broadcast on television. … Continue reading »

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