In ‘At Berkeley’ documentarian Frederick Wiseman goes to college (Boston Globe)
Peter Schrag: Has UC Berkeley mortgaged itself to football? (Sac Bee)
CLU appoints dean for Berkeley seminary (Californian Lutheran University)
Agender teen set on fire to head back to school (NBC Bay Area)
‘At Berkeley’ documentary takes uneven look at campus crisis (Daily Cal)
Aimee Le Duc is new director of Berkeley Art Center (BAC)
Zach Kline set to transfer from Cal (SFGate/Cal Bears Blog)
After lying vacant for years, work has begun on a controversial, five-story, 98-unit mixed-use housing development on a lot at the southeast corner of San Pablo and Ashby avenues.
City officials and representatives from Gerding Edlen, the developer, will host a ceremonial “turning of the dirt” ceremony Tuesday at noon. Mayor Tom Bates and Councilman Darryl Moore plan to be there, as well as Brent Gaulke, vice president of Gerdling Edlen. … Continue reading »
Saturday was Small Business Saturday. To get the word out, Looking Glass Photo & Camera held their second annual ‘Local on the Hunt’ photography scavenger tour . Berkeleyside contributing photographer Pete Rosos set out to participate with his daughter Coco and son Teo in tow. Here are the results (read the captions to see what challenge led to the creation of the image.) All are visual reminders that our local merchants are wonderful places to visit year-round, not just in the gift-buying season. … Continue reading »
In ‘At Berkeley’ documentarian Frederick Wiseman goes to college (Boston Globe)
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The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From Nov. 21-27, there were 19 burglary reports, 26 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and five stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.com. Seven robberies and 10 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.
Thursday, Nov. 21
Nine auto burglaries and one theft from a vehicle were reported: at 8:15 a.m. at Dwight Way and Telegraph Avenue; at 11:40 a.m. in the 2200 block of Ashby Avenue; at 7 p.m. in the 1200 block of Walnut Street; at 8 p.m. in the 2400 block of Jefferson Avenue; at 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of Bonar Street; two at at 8 p.m. in the 2700 block of Mathews Street; at 9 p.m. in the 500 block of Cragmont Avenue; at 9:15 p.m. in the 2400 block of Dana Street; and at 10 p.m. in the 1400 block of 67th Street. … Continue reading »
A funeral mass was held last week in Berkeley for John Paul (“JP”) Koehn, 29, who died Nov. 21 in a car accident linked to the windstorm of Nov. 21.
Koehn helped manage the family manufacturing firm, Edward Köehn Co. Inc., established in Berkeley in 1943.
Much loved by many, J.P. attended St. Mary’s High and graduated from Albany High in 2003. After graduation he studied wood working, furniture building, and worked in cabinet making for a time.
In 2005, he joined the family manufacturing firm in Berkeley as part of the third generation of Koehns. With his dad’s retirement a few years ago he assumed all sales duties and much of the management of the firm, helping it grow to its present size.
Perhaps the most important events in his life were the birth of his daughter in 2009 and the death of his older brother Michael when JP was 13. Like his folks and siblings, he never really got over Mike’s death. … Continue reading »
A 21-year-old Berkeley man was shot and injured Sunday night at the Ashby Flea Market and Ashby BART shut down for the evening.
BART police received multiple reports of gunfire at 5:54 p.m., according to BART Lt. Paul Qwan. When BART and Berkeley police arrived on the scene, however, no victim could be found, he said. The victim later took himself to an area hospital. He is in stable condition and was conscious and could talk when police arrived, according to BART Detective Sgt. Tom Smith. His injuries did not appear life-threatening. … Continue reading »
As we work off the excesses of Thanksgiving dinners and Hanukkah feasts, and anticipate still more over-indulging during the winter holidays, what better time to think about eating less? Specifically, smaller bites of the treats we love. Mary Flaherty set out to investigate local purveyors who offer wonderfully small portions of the ice creams and pastries we can’t live without. (Let us know in the Comments if you know of other East Bay spots that think small. In particular, Mary is still looking for a tidy little blueberry muffin!)
Petit croissants at La Bedaine
The mid-Solano French take-out shop La Bedaine sells sandwiches, tarts and vacuum-packed dinners, as well as pastries.
La Bedaine’s croissant ($2 — pictured above) is about half the size of most American croissants, estimates chef/owner Alain Delangle. It’s also slightly sweet. The pain au chocolate (chocolate croissant) ($2.25) is about two-thirds the size of others in the area, he said.
Asked why he makes smaller croissants, Delangle said, “I’ll show you — it’s very simple.” Reaching behind a counter, the French native pulled out a rolling pin-like device from France that rolls and cuts the croissants into a fixed size. “That’s the normal size for a French croissant.”
La Bedaine, 1585 Solano Ave. between Ordway and Peralta. … Continue reading »
The Federal Reserve Bank is a favorite whipping boy for both left- and right-wing conspiracy theorists, its role in manipulating currency — and (by extension) managing the economy — the source of endless controversy. Calls to ‘audit the Fed’ have been heard from both the Ron Paul libertarian right and the Alan Grayson liberal left, but such an audit would still be unlikely to assuage the frenzied palpitations of Alex Jones and others convinced that America’s central bank is nothing more than a tool the New World Order uses (alongside fluoridation, vaccinations, and chemtrails) to maintain its control over us.
Consequently, I anticipated Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve (a new documentary screening at Rialto Cinemas Elmwood at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday Dec. 4) with some trepidation. Watching the film until the end, I kept waiting for the penny to drop: when would narrator Liev Schreiber reveal the awful truth about our reptilian overlords inventing one fiat currency to rule them all? … Continue reading »
Review: Berkeley Rep hosts magical ‘Tristan and Yseult’ (Mercury News)
Shotaro Kamio opens Iyasare on Berkeley’s Fourth Street (Inside Scoop SF)
Catching up with Cal gymnastics (Cal Bears)
AC Transit bus burn victim home for the holidays (CBS Local)
Berkeleyside has an erratic tradition of alphabetizing our thanks each year. More than 26 things struck us this year, but, within the constraints of an A to Z, here’s Berkeleyside’s Thanksgiving alphabet. Let us know what you’re thankful for in the Comments. And Happy Thanksgiving! See you back here Monday morning.
A Ambassadors: The Downtown Berkeley Association’s Hospitality Ambassadors are a key element in the continuing improvement of downtown.
B Beer and wine: The opening of Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Room caps a year when Berkeley’s provision of both good beer and wine has been growing apace. West Berkeley’s Drinks District is becoming a real force.
C CalJulia: Several Berkeley neighborhoods are in the process of regeneration, but perhaps the most encouraging work is occurring in the Sacramento Street corridor, led in part by the CalJulia neighborhood group. … Continue reading »
After more than a year and a half of planning and building, chef Nicholas Eftimiou last night unveiled his new organic Greek restaurant, Pathos at 2430 Shattuck Ave. in downtown Berkeley.
The restaurant serves tasty Greek favorites such as Gemista (stuffed red peppers), Moussaka, and Keftedes (lamb meatballs) — as well as fresh seasonal fish and zesty salads — in an upscale rustic-meets wine country decor. At least on opening night, the atmosphere was buzzy but not over-loud (you can hear yourself think, as well as talk), and the wine list offered some interesting, reasonably priced Greek bottles that complement the food well.
The restaurant is very much a family affair. Eftimiou’s father, John, worked as the contractor on the restaurant build-out and his mother oversaw much of its design, as well as helping fine-tune the recipes, many of which originated in the kitchen of Eftimiou’s yaya (grandmother). … Continue reading »
Local businesses are hoping residents will spend their dollars at small stores in Berkeley. Why not think about visiting Solano Avenue, the Elmwood, Telegraph Avenue, the Lorin District, downtown Berkeley or Fourth Street before heading to Walnut Creek or Emeryville.
The Downtown Berkeley Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration is on Friday, Dec. 6 5:30-6:30pm at BART Plaza and includes family-friendly festivities, fresh baked goods from Paris Baguette, Almare Gelato’s famous hot chocolate, a visit from Santa Claus, and live holiday music by Berkeley Community Chamber Singers. All of which should get you in the mood for some heart-of-the-city shopping.
Many Berkeley businesses will participate in Small Business Saturday with its motto “Shop Small and Local.” The idea is to entice shoppers to purchase unique and unusual holiday gifts offered in locally owned stores rather than buy mass-produced goods offered by big-box and department stores. … Continue reading »
This weekend kicks off the 23rd year of Berkeley’s Artisans Holiday Open Studios, with more than 100 artists and craftspeople opening up their workshops and galleries to the public.
The event — which offers extensive fodder for shopping local to meet your holiday gift needs — launches Saturday, Nov. 30, and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. all weekend, and every weekend in December through the 22nd.
All manner of fine art and craft will be shown, including blown glass, functional and decorative ceramics, ornaments, Menorahs, lamps and lighting, painted and custom furniture, garden art, floor cloths, one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles, many styles of jewelry, leather bags, recycled art, sculpture, photography, paintings, mosaics, stained glass, original prints and works on paper. … Continue reading »