Author Archives: Robert Mills
This summer art began to thrive at the corner of Martin Luther King and Adeline. Every Saturday, members of Berkeley’s Firehouse Collective gather at the Firehouse Bazaar to share artwork, entertainment and food with the community.
“We’re right by the Ashby BART,” said Firehouse Director Tom Franco. “The Ashby Flea Market is happening at the same time. It’s the old police station. So we kind of jokingly call this the police house.”
Franco, along with partner Julia Lazar and members of the collective, opened the bazaar doors this summer. He said the old building is full up with painters, food artisans, ceramists, and every kind of Berkleyan. … Continue reading »
Sound is life at the Meyer Sound facility on San Pablo. The 32-year-old Berkeley business continues to churn out professional sound products for concert halls, churches and traveling bands from around the world.
“We’re a family-run company, privately owned still,” said Helen Meyer, executive vice president of Meyer Sound. “We’re still private to this day. That’s kind of a unique feature of our company.”
I sat down with the Meyers to discuss sound, local lifestyles and new technologies.
CEO John Meyer founded the company in 1979 after he and Helen attended an inaudible Donovan concert at the Oakland Coliseum. When they sat down to take in the performance from one of their favorite folk singers, the couple soon realized they couldn’t hear a thing.
“It was barely louder than if someone was just there without anything,” John said. “Everyone in the audience was dead quiet and we still couldn’t hear. We said, ‘there’s got to be a better way.’ ” … Continue reading »
Rats and other rodents are out and about. The cunning, nocturnal critters seem to grow in numbers during the hot summer nights, and Berkeley residents can do their part to cut down on their nighttime scavenging.
“We need to remind the community that there are things they can do to eliminate outside food, water and places where rodents can live,” said Manuel Ramirez, general manager of the city’s Environmental Health Department. “We respond everyday to overgrowth of vegetation, and we … Continue reading »
The sun blessed Berkeley gardeners with heaps of homegrown produce this summer. To address burgeoning baskets, Councilmember Max Anderson announced the addition of the the Lorin Station Crop Swap this Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m.
The one-hour, edible-garden swap hosted by Transition Berkeley and The Victory Garden Foundation at the corner of Alcatraz and Adeline is free to the public. Attendees lacking in produce are encouraged to bring something else (aside from money) in the spirit … Continue reading »
Chez Panisse is turning 40! Here’s a timeline [SF Gate]
Cal practices in full pads for the first time [Cal Bears]
Annie’s shifts headquarters to Berkeley [SF Business Times]
5 colleges get awards for Defense Department work [Sacramento Bee]
Disapproval of Memorial Stadium construction continues [Daily Cal]
9/11-style plot one of many revelations in new book about Jim Jones [Bay Citizen]
Photo by Dyannaanfang/Berkeleyside Flickr pool
UC Berkeley grad spots $2 trillion S&P debt downgrade error [SF Gate]
Berkeley man plans two-month trip along Pacific Coast Trail [SJ Mercury]
Jewish students sue UC Berkeley for allowing “violent anti-Semitic attacks” [SF Weekly]
Berkeley and Oakland come to the table [Mother Jones]
UC Berkeley Extension becomes IIBA endorsed education provider [Business Wire]
Berkeley theater keeps an open mind [The Wall Street Journal]
Photo: Berkeley Puzzle by Tracy McBride/Berkeleyside Flickr pool
Cafe Gratitude sued for labor-code violations [East Bay Express]
Off The Grid announces its biggest ever food truck event [Bay Citizen]
Berkeley Lab and campus researchers honored for information technology innovation [Daily Cal]
Bay Area Muslim community celebrates Ramadan, holds open house [KQED]
DOE awards $7 million to advance fuel cell, hydrogen storage research [Sustainable Business]
Cal freshmen defenders make case for playing time [SF Gate]
Photo: bike_rack01 by Pete Rosos/Berkeleyside Flickr pool
Max Good and Nathan Wollman’s new documentary, Vigilante Vigilante, focuses on a little known aspect of the street-art scene. Rather than exploring the work of street artists like Banksy or Richard Hambleton, and the many artists who have followed in their wake, the new film shines a light instead on taggers’ most outspoken adversaries.
“It’s not a graffiti movie in the traditional sense,” Wollman said. “It’s not stereotypical. It’s more about human behavior.”
The documentary chronicles the lives of “buffers” – impassioned vigilantes who combat graffiti with more graffiti.
Good and Wollman fell into the turf war when they noticed recurring silver blotches on Berkeley buildings and street signs. The dripping silver paint markings were not city-regulated, yet they appeared with some regularity.
Curiosity turned into obsession once the two men began pointing hidden cameras at fresh Berkeley tags, waiting to capture the elusive “Silver Buff” on camera. … Continue reading »
BART is running in Berkeley again [Daily Planet]
Men’s basketball announces 2011-12 schedule [CalBears]
Berkeley lab-led team works on storing CO2 underground to extract electricity [Physorg]
Donkey & Goat tasting room now open Friday and Saturday [Local Wine Events]
Faithful observe Ramadan in Berkeley and East Bay [Patch]
Recent analysis finds City Council paid more than state guidelines suggest [Daily Cal]
Farmer specializes in vinegar at Berkeley Farmers’ Market [Teen Observer]
Photo: Berkeley Neon Jazz Aurora-3 by Ira Serkes/Berkeleyside Flickr pool
Cal baseball coach Esquer agrees to 5-year deal [SFGate]
Cinnaholic’s one year anniversary [Cinnaholic]
Berkeley mom wants to open Albany pot club [Oakland Tribune]
New campus beverage contract with Pepsi is likely [Daily Cal]
AileyCamp at UC Berkeley keeps kids on their toes [SFGate]
Families of missing Baja fishermen fundraise to continue search [Patch]
Berkeley-based JCCSF creates new job: chief Jewish officer [J-Weekly]
Photo: Stairs near Sather Tower by DanGillaspia/Berkeleyside Flickr pool.
Bay Area boaters and aquatic enthusiasts can look forward to fun in the water this Saturday at the third annual Paddle and Picnic hosted by the Berkeley Racing Canoe Center (BRCC). The free event will feature dragon boat rides, live music, kid’s crafts, an ice sculptor, a raffle and a silent auction at Berkeley Marina.
BRCC will provide a barbecue lunch for $10, and all proceeds and donations will go toward the center’s dragon boat team, Continue reading »
Will Crum refuses to stop rocking – at least for a year anyway. The Berkeley guitarist and rock singer pledged to play one guerrilla rock show per day for 365 days.
Twenty-five days in, Crum, alongside drummer Danny Hodge, is on track with his goal. The rockers play obscure venues, plugging amplifiers into outdoor outlets and sometimes sneaking into buildings to borrow power.
“We’ve played at an Ikea or Rite Aid and other places,” Crum said. “We’ve crashed the San Francisco Art Institute or Berkeley University [sic] or anywhere that’s an interesting place to have music.”
Crum posts all of his shows to his Facebook page the next day. His friend Joe W. Shapiro and his girlfriend Jean McCloskey help capture the footage.
There are only a few rules to the experiment: play one show per day, play random places and play without a generator.
“We find a place we want, then we always find a power outlet,” Crum said. “Sometimes there’s one on a roof and we have to climb up there and do it.” … Continue reading »