Free Comic Book Day, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Associations’s spring home tour, the first ever California Bookstore Day, Hip Hop in the Park, a Nutty Run, a riot of color at the Hindu Holi Festival, and a Native American style pow wow… never let it be said that there’s nothing to do on a spring weekend in Berkeley.
BAHA SPRING HOUSE TOUR Maybeck, Morgan, Ratcliff… This Sunday is the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association’s annual who’s-who tour of Berkeley architecture. The 39th annual Spring Tour follows Rose Walk, which was designed by Bernard Maybeck 100 years ago. Participants will see the storybook houses that were built by the Berkeley architectural greats following the destructive 1923 fire, and will visit the beautiful secret gardens that abound in the neighborhood. Tickets cost $45 or $35 for BAHA members. A tour map, illustrated guidebook, and refreshments are provided on the self-guided walk, which lasts from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4. Be prepared to climb some stairs. (more…)
The deployment of neon-clad “ambassadors” to paint over graffiti, power-wash streets, and sweep sidewalks along Telegraph Avenue is the latest in a series of attempts to revitalize a business district which has seen better days.
Moe’s Books, Berkeley’s famous Telegraph Avenue bookstore, was yesterday honored with the installation of an historical plaque.
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. (more…)
Spring and summer mean a profusion of fresh vegetables for cooks. Moe's Books suggests some of the best books on the subject.
The explosion of interest in new and ever more complex cocktails puts us in a golden age of mixology. Moe's Books suggests some of the best books on the subject.
Stanislaw Sobolewski, cookbook manager at Moe's Books, gets lost reading three beautiful cookbooks that cover home cooking, kimchi and preserving.
JEWISH MUSIC MASH-UP How often do you get the chance to see a concert featuring a rabbi and a Christian gospel choir? Sunday sees the kick-off for the fourth Netivot Shalom Music Festival. Previously an annual event, the festival now hosts five monthly Sunday concerts featuring local artists performing a diverse array of Jewish music. It is a grass-roots effort, organized totally by volunteers, say the organizers, and they favor concerts with a twist, hence the mash-up on Jan. 20 which includes Rabbi Menachem Creditor. March 17 includes a klezmer band and two jazz big bands; and April 14 features a Grammy-winning Boys Choir, a black Jew by Choice who sings Yiddish music, and a beautiful young opera singer. Congregation Netivot Shalom is on University Ave. For more details, visit their website.
By Pete Rosos
VIDEO NO MORE After 22 years in business, Video Maniacs at 1482 University is shuttering its doors at the end of the year. Owner Henry Bhukhan said rentals are half what they were two years ago because of Netflix and online streaming. The closure leaves only two freestanding videos store in Berkeley — Five Star at 1550 University Avenue, and Blockbuster at 2390 Shattuck (near Channing). And, as we reported last month, the latter is scheduled to shut down in 2012 when a branch of Chase Bank takes over the space.
Update, 5:18pm: Writing in the Berkeley Voice, Doug Oakley reports that the owner of the Sequoia Building will begin tearing it down Monday, but it remains in danger of collapsing and is a public safety problem until that happens, according to city officials.