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Benny Green was a standout player in the Berkeley High jazz band in the late 1970s, but his formative education took place on the bandstand with Faye Carol, a veteran vocalist whose command of blues and jazz prepared the pianist for his career-making stints with jazz legends Betty Carter, Art Blakey and Ray Brown.
A Berkeley resident since the early 1970s, the Pittsburg-raised Carol has provided firm but loving guidance to hundreds of aspiring musicians over the years, which is why the Jazz Journalists Association is presenting her with a Jazz Hero award at Yoshi’s on Saturday afternoon (full disclosure: I’m a JJA member involved with planning the event).
Green was 16 when he started playing with Carol, and she made a point of featuring him at the beginning of every set.
“I’d open the show playing a trio number or two, and that was my first time getting my feet wet leading a band,” says Green, 51, who’s the first artist-in-residence at Berkeley’s California Jazz Conservatory (formerly known as the Jazzschool). … Continue reading »
Two new electric vehicle chargers open at Whole Foods (Business Wire)
UC Berkeley School of Law to offer first interactive online course (Daily Cal)
Berkeley goes there with parking (East Bay Express)
Buddhist group gets permission to expand Sonoma press (Press-Democrat)
Tilden’s Nimitz Way leads to spectacular views (SF Chronicle)
EBMUD delays rationing decision until April 22 (Co Co Times)
2 new Cal projects help university’s influence spread further (Golden Blogs)
Post office workers to protest “privatization” of post office (Patch)
David Davalos’ ‘Wittenberg’ at Aurora: a magnet for big names (SF Chronicle)
Call it a “library warming.”
As a way to celebrate the completion of its branch renovation campaign – and highlight the dozens of community programs it presents each month – the Berkeley Public Library is hosting a month-long party.
The Branch Out! celebration will bring concerts, art exhibits, pop-up libraries at food truck gatherings, a sleepover party for stuffed animals, mindfulness meditation, and that beloved event – author readings – and much more to a branch near you in April. … Continue reading »
Foiled Berkeley tree sit-in (Berkeley Reporter)
Cal Day: Experience UC Berkeley and share your story (UCB)
Berkeley sues itself over council boundaries (BANG)
Booming restaurant scene boosts downtown Berkeley (SF Biz Times)
A Star Wars themed astronomy party at UC Berkeley (Space io9)
Campus community gears up to ‘take back the night’ (UCB)
Did the Fairmont buy the Claremont for $155 million? (Travel Weekly)
Eric Allman nominated to Internet Hall of Fame (Internet Hall of Fame)
Albatross Pub celebrates 50 years (Inside Bay Area)
What you never knew about Berkeley’s bagels (Eating Berkeley)
Berkeley High ranks 619th in “most challenging high schools” list (Washington Post)
Berkeley advances citywide LED streetlight upgrade (BACC)
Micro-anxieties of UC Berkeley students (Daily Clog)
Great dishes at Comal, Ippuku, others (SF Chronicle)
Calendar change may extend Thanksgiving for UC Berkeley (Daily Cal)
A UC Berkeley student was confirmed to have measles on Friday, April 4.
The case, the second to affect a Cal student this year, comes in the midst of a high number of measles cases throughout the state. The California Department of Public Health reported Friday that there have been at least 51 cases this year so far, compared to four at the same time last year. The vast majority of cases involve those who traveled to, or were in contact with, known measles cases.
The student was isolated on April 3, soon after reporting a rash suspected of being measles-related.
The student landed on a domestic flight to Oakland on March 30, rode BART to Berkeley and attended classes April 1 through April 3. The university, and the City of Berkeley health department, have contacted students who might have been in class with the student on those days. … Continue reading »
Every week, Berkeleyside publishes dozens of articles about what’s going on in Berkeley. You’re busy — some of them might have passed you by. Here are five stories we think you’ll want to catch up on.
A powerful weather front brought thunder and lightning to Berkeley on Monday. Lightning splintered a massive redwood tree and gave a 31-year old a fright.
UC Berkeley senior Kevin Gong dies in a car accident (Daily Cal)
Berkeley professor, structural biologist Thomas Alber dies at 60 (UCB)
Modern ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ tree house in Berkeley (SF Chronicle)
15 free services you probably didn’t know UC Berkeley offered (Daily Clog)
Upping the female quotient: Berkeley edit-a-thon recruits and trains (California)
Former Berkeley planning chief gets San Francisco job (SF Gate)
It may have been April Fool’s day, but there was nothing funny about the fright Berkeley resident April Gilbert got when she spotted what she thought was a giant white rat right outside her window on Monday.
“I initially thought it was a gigantic — as in 15 to 20 lbs — white rat,” said Gilbert who lives on Russell Street. “It came up very close to my office window and sat looking at me for several minutes before waddling off along my fence. I felt a bit traumatized by the experience, especially on my namesake day, but managed to take some photos of it with my phone.” … Continue reading »
Berkeley City Forum seeks to honor Indigenous Rights (City of Berkeley)
Protesters fume over campaign financing Supreme Court decision (Mercury News)
UC Berkeley hosts robot symposium (Boing Boing)
Berkeley slaying defendants could face death penalty (CoCo Times)
Bay Area bike share may expand to Berkeley (KQED)
Berkeley’s adoption of an increased minimum wage moved a step closer this week. The City Council heard a long line of advocates urging adoption a $10.74 minimum wage for employees in Berkeley.
The City Council will have a special meeting on May 1 on a minimum wage ordinance.
The Commission on Labor’s recommendation to the Council is to set a $10.74 minimum wage (the same as San Francisco’s) for businesses with fewer than 50 employees and non-profits, to include a medical benefit requirement, and to adjust the minimum wage annually in line with CPI. For “corporate franchises” or businesses with over 50 employees, the commission recommends a minimum wage increase to “the equivalent of the Berkeley Living Wage,” which is currently $13.34 per hour. … Continue reading »
For the last few years, Tom Dalzell has been wandering the streets of Berkeley, camera in hand, to document all the strange, fascinating, and unusual items he can spot in yards and gardens. They range from animal-themed birdhouses to Hansel and Gretel cottages to wild lawn art to unusual signs to art cars. The only criterion he has: they must be quirky.
Dalzell, a labor lawyer, created a website, Quirky Berkeley, to share all the whimsical objects he has captured with his iPhone. The site now has more than 8,400 photographs of quirky objects around town as well as posts where the 30-year resident muses on what it all means. This is the second installment in the series.
In Berkeley, we like to paint. We paint fire hydrants. We paint our houses in bright and unexpected colors. We paint our cars. We paint birds and flowers on our houses. We paint our doors. And we paint our garage doors. This is not an only-in-Berkeley phenomenon, but if you were to explore Albany or Kensington or Oakland you would not see the quantity or quality of painted garage doors that you find in Berkeley.
Let’s start out with colors and shapes, a very good place to start. … Continue reading »
BAM/PFA announces temporary hiatus in preparation for relocation (Daily Cal)
A kosher winery grows in Berkeley (Jewish Daily Forward)
Berkeley’s unequal punishment of teachers (East Bay Express)
UC Berkeley computer science graduate student dies at 26 (Daily Cal)
Berkeley ranks third for healthy mid-size cities (My Life)