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The Berkeley Wire: 01.14.15

Day 13: Red of Winter by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 13, 2015

Day 13: Red of Winter by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 13, 2015

Cal goes to the Sundance Film Festival (Daily Cal)
Residents denounce downtown high-rise plan (CoCo Times)
Tiny parasite threatens native plants (KQED)
Hick shines a light on Eleanor Roosevelt’s romantic relationship (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.13.15

BART fog by Doug Donaldson. Photo taken Jan. 12, 2015

BART fog by Doug Donaldson. Photo taken Jan. 12, 2015

Teachers implore school officials not to dismantle adult education (CoCo Times)
Beloved “Brushmobile” leaving Berkeley Public Library (Patch)
Police drones trigger backlash (Bloomberg)
UC’s new provost Claude Steele offers impressions of Berkeley (UCB News)
Do you know café owner who mugged Tely mural in ’92? (Berkeley Reporter)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.12.15

Artifacts by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 6, 2015

Artifacts by Quinn Dombrowski. Photo taken Jan. 6, 2015

Berkeley passes soda tax but you’ve been likely paying one for years (Market Watch)
Miranda July: An escape artist, unlocking door after door (NYT)
Armed teens rob man near Berkeley police station (Mercury News)
Almost 79k students apply to UC Berkeley’s freshman class – a record (UCB News)
Berkeley cartoonist feels backlash after Charlie Hebdo attack (Inside Bay Area)
Berkeley clergy lead march to denounce police violence (Daily Planet)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.09.15

"Only Yellow (Winter in Berkeley) #3" By Diana Maria Rossi. Photo taken Dec. 6, 2014

“Only Yellow (Winter in Berkeley) #3″ By Diana Maria Rossi. Photo taken Dec. 6, 2014

Video: Tom Dalzell leads viewers through Quirky Berkeley (Quirkely)
Songstress Cris Williams celebrates “Changer” (Examiner)
Police arrest suspect in connection with cell phone robbery (Daily Cal)
Police arrest two suspects after man is kicked, robbed of his phone (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.08.15

On College, By William Newton. Photo taken Jan. 7, 2015

On College, By William Newton. Photo taken Jan. 7, 2015

Feminist icon Cris Williamson celebrates anniversary of landmark album (Mercury News)
Pacific Film Archive begins retrospective of the films of Billy Wilder (BAM/PFA)
What to do in Berkeley this weekend (Your Berkeley)
California Attorney General opens audit of Pacifica Foundation Radio (Daily Cal)

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Threepenny Review marks 35th birthday with new book

Wendy Lesser. Photo: Threepenny Review
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Wendy Lesser started The Threepenny Review in 1980 in Berkeley with the intent of highlighting art, literature, and music, not just in the Bay Area, but around the country. Over the years, the quarterly journal has evolved into one of the most respected, and idiosyncratic, intellectual publications in the country.

Each issue contains a broad spectrum of articles, from short pieces that look at television shows like “The Wire” and the Kirov Ballet, to longer meditations on opera, concerts in unusual places like San Quentin State Prison, birdwatching, and other pursuits. There are many poems, stories, and reviews of movies and musical performances.

The Threepenny Review is really a reflection of Lesser’s intellect and interests, according to observers. (Check out her blog, The Lesser Blog to see the vast number of opera, symphony, and other types of musical events she attends.) The author of ten books, Lesser was described in the New York Times as “an intellectual of unflinching dignity and gravitas.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.07.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.06.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.05.15

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Protesters stage ‘Black Brunch’ on Berkeley’s Fourth Street

Black Brunch. Photo:  Blake Simons
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More than two dozen African-American students, many from UC Berkeley, tried to disrupt “business as usual” on Saturday by staging a protest in Berkeley’s upscale Fourth Street shopping district.

The students, as well as some community activists, started walking through various shops and restaurants around 11 a.m. chanting, “Which side are you on, my people? Which side are you on? We are on the freedom side.” Some carried signs that read: “Sorry 4 the inconvenience, We wanna change the world,” and “RIP” showing a drawing of a young man wearing a hoodie. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 01.02.15

Happy New Year 2.0 by Kathy. Photo taken on Dec. 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2.0 by Kathy. Photo taken on Dec. 31, 2014

Berkeley renews fight to preserve historic post office (SF Chronicle)
Judge dismisses claims against police, Cal spokesman in Occupy 2011 suit (Daily Cal)
Meet the 27-year old inventor backed by Bill Gates, Peter Thiel (Fortune)
A look back: Berkeley in 2014 (CoCo Times)
All the best news from Berkeley in 2014 (Calif. Golden Blogs)
2014 in the rear view mirror (California)
A look back: Berkeley prepares for 1939 (CoCo Times)
UC Berkeley junior Apoorve Agarwal dies at 20 (Daily Cal)
Great burgers: Berkeley’s Farm Burger (Mercury News)
Time for real toilets (Friends of Cesar Chavez Park)
Glasses help color-blind see trees of green (SF Chronicle)
Becoming Richard Pryor: a book review (The Independent)
“Earth’s biggest calendar sale” – a Pegasus Books’ ritual (KQED)

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How Quirky is Berkeley? The former Rivoli Theatre

Former Rivoli Theatre, 1941 San Pablo Avenue.  Photo: John Storey
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I venture to say that most people who have driven by the 99¢ Only Stores on San Pablo Avenue just north of University Avenue have never stopped and gone inside. I further venture to say that most people who have shopped at the 99¢ Only Stores have never stopped and looked up. Those who stop and those who look up are in for a quirky treat.

The 99¢ Only Stores at 1941 San Pablo is the former home of the Rivoli Theatre, built in 1924-1925. It seated 1,402 and changed shows four times a week. As a result of changing movie-going habits, the Rivoli first limited screenings to weekends, then closed as a movie theater in the 1950s. Since then, it has been a Long’s Drugs, a Smart and Final grocery store, and now – a 99¢ Only Store. … Continue reading »

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

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BHS JAZZ ALUMNI IN THE BAY AREA Alumni of Berkeley High’s renowned jazz program are returning to their native East Bay to ring in the new year at a couple different venues. Brooklyn-based Zongo Junction, an energetic Afrobeat ensemble founded by BHS grad Charles Ferguson, will play at Leo’s (5447 Telegraph in North Oakland) on Friday, Jan. 2. The $20 show is 18+ and starts at  9 p.m. Here in Berkeley on the same night, the Chase Jackson Quintet will play at the California Jazz Conservatory (formerly the Jazzschool) at 2087 Addison St. The eponymous vibraphone player, who now lives in LA, is an alum of the BHS jazz program, and is bringing to the stage with him several other young Bay Area musicians. The $12 acoustic jazz show starts at 8 p.m. … Continue reading »

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