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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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Berkeley Police work on neighborhood staging guidelines

Police from other jurisdictions provided mutual aid to the Berkeley Police Department during recent protests, and set up on McKinley Ave. Photo by
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In response to criticism about how they treated residents on McKinley Avenue in December, the Berkeley Police Department is working to establish a new set of rules for commandeering a neighborhood during large-scale protests or events.

Berkeley Police Captain Andrew Greenwood presented a proposed set of guidelines to the Police Review Commission on Wednesday night. He also apologized again for the manner in which police treated residents on McKinley Avenue, which is located right behind the Berkeley police department’s HQ, during the December “Black Lives Matter” protests.

“By failing to communicate with the neighbors ahead of time we caused a very bad situation for them,” said Greenwood. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.12.15

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Stephanie Crawford: Making herself a masterpiece

Stephanie Crawford will perform Sunday afternoon at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley
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Stephanie Crawford has performed at top jazz clubs in New York City and Paris, but since settling in the East Bay about 15 years ago she’s been one of the region’s best kept jazz secrets. In recent months lucky Cheese Board patrons have been privy to her vocal artistry (she’s there Thursday afternoon with pianist Joe Warner), but Crawford’s mainstay is the California Jazz Conservatory, where she returns 4:30 pm Sunday for a performance with Warner, ace bassist Ron Belcher, and versatile drummer Greg German.

It’s telling that the North Oakland resident has found a welcome embrace in venues run by vocalists. She was a regular at Anna de Leon’s lamented downtown spot Anna’s Jazz Island. And Laurie Antonioli, the supremely creative singer who runs the CJC’s jazz vocal program, has long championed Crawford, hiring her for gigs as a performer and teacher, where she contributes significant depth to the program. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.11.15

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‘Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles’

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You don’t need me to tell you that Orson Welles was one of the cinematic and theatrical geniuses of the 20th century. You probably don’t even need Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (opening at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas on Friday, March 13) to tell you that: even 30 years after his death, his legacy remains intact.

A giant in all respects, Welles seems as alive today as he ever was, and it’s his avuncular presence that renders this documentary worthwhile. There’s not a great deal of value in seeing that snow globe roll out of Charles Foster Kane’s hand for the umpteenth time, but to hear the great man describe it as “a rather tawdry device” is illuminating, amusing, and rather telling. … Continue reading »

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‘Blade Runner’ screenwriter made lost film of Moe’s Books

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The film of a 1965 party at Moe’s Books that was recently discovered in the Berkeley dump was made by an Academy Award nominated screenwriter who was just starting out in the business when he shot the footage.

David Peoples, who arrived in Berkeley with his wife Janet in 1959 to attend Cal, shot the film of Moe Moskowitz arriving at his store on Telegraph Avenue in a Rolls Royce, dressed in a top hat, tails, and white gloves. Peoples had not watched the film in decades, and was surprised when a friend, who had seen the footage on Berkeleyside, contacted him to say it was on the Internet.

For Doris Moskowitz, the daughter of Moe and the current owner of Moe’s Books, finding out who made the film of the legendary party was a satisfying ending to a story that began when a scavenger brought the found footage into the store in November. … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.10.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.09.15

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Update: Measles exposure at Berkeley library is ruled out

Electron microscope image of the virus responsible for measles (paramyxoviridae)
Photographer: Alain Grillet
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UPDATE, 3.9.15: The City of Berkeley’s public health department has ruled out a recent suspected case of measles at branches of the Berkeley Public Library. In a release issued today, the city wrote:

The individual suspected of possibly exposing people at the West Branch and Central Libraries last week to measles has been found to not have the virus, meaning that employees and visitors during those times were not at increased risk.

“The finding that the person was not infected with measles was confirmed through testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, one of several partner agencies that City of Berkeley Public Health works with to combat infectious diseases.

“California and the Bay Area continue to experience a measles outbreak, so individuals who are not sure whether they are immune to measles should check with their health care provider.” … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.06.15

Last Night, from the suburbs, by Film&PhotoArchivist. Photo taken March 1, 2015

Last Night, from the suburbs, by Film&PhotoArchivist. Photo taken March 1, 2015

City Council to examine report on Telegraph Channing mall (Daily Cal)
Cal unveils first-of-its-kind, 3-D-printed cement structure (UCB News)
Hills fire hazard reduction moves closer to funding (Vallejo Times-Herald)
Driver leads police on chase on I-80; stopped by heavy traffic (CoCo Times)
“Charlie Brown” isn’t just a kid’s tale in Berkeley Playhouse production (Daily Cal)

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.05.15

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The Berkeley Wire: 03.04.15

You're going out there a sapling, but you've got to come back as an orchard! By Ira Serkes. Photo taken Feb. 2015

You’re going out there a sapling, but you’ve got to come back as an orchard! By Ira Serkes. Photo taken Feb. 28, 2015

The 35 most Berkeley things that have ever happened (BuzzFeed)
Landlord loses round in court bid to shed affordable housing (IBA)
Maxwell Family Field to reopen Monday (Daily Cal)
Cal senior Reshanda Gray named Pac-12 player of the year  (Cal Bears)
SkyDeck’s new director has laser focus on start-ups (Haas Now)
In memoriam: Prof. William L. Garrison (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Talking trash? Sure, it’s Recyclemania (UCB News)
Longtime Berkeley activist Ying Lee to be honored (IBA)
Berkeley author Elizabeth Rosner to speak in El Cerrito (IBA)

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