Update, 10.22.11: This just in from Lisa Carlson: Thursday night at Rita Moreno’s one-woman show about her extraordinary life as a performer at the Berkeley Rep, about 10 minutes into her opening, we had a strong earthquake, around 3.9, the second one of the day here — an aftershock, we were told. Loud and deep. I was sitting high up in the mezzanine, 5th row back, with three friends, George, Beth, and her husband David, and we all held hands when the quake shook us to the core. I thought this was it! We were just under those rafters… Really, if this was gonna be the end, so be it. Way to go, Lordie! Rita Moreno, exquisite and polished, sensitive and contained, and without hesitation, at age 80 – paused and asked the audience if we wanted to evacuate – or should she go on. We all applauded and yelled, “Go on!” that the show must go on, indeed. Then the stage manager’s voice came on over the loudspeaker and asked us one more time to say what we wanted. Only about three people in the full theater left at that moment. The rest of us clapped and cheered, “Go on!” What an elegant beginning!
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On the day we remember a catastrophic fire that affected many people’s lives locally, it may also pay to recall another fire which happened 68 years before.
Update, 5:36pm: The Berkeley Police Department reports receiving a “minimal” number of calls regarding ringing alarms from both community members and from various security/alarm companies’ monitoring services. There are no reports of damage or injury to this minute. BPD also did a roll call directly following the quake to check the status of each of its Officers in the field/patrol and Parking Enforcement Officers and all were OK.
Trumpeter Erik Jekabson isn’t among the Berkeley High Jazz Band’s best known alumni, but that says more about program’s glittering roster of graduates and Jekabson’s far-ranging musical interests than any deficit in talent or imagination.
The winds stopped before pushing the fire into our canyon — and that was all it took to separate us from the others.