Berkeley Pot Doc

Posted in The Berkeley Scene on March 3rd, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Mar. 2, 2015

SCORING IN BERKELEY’S POTSTERDAM

Doc. Bladgley--South side's savior. Photo by Ted Friedman.

Used to be, you were at the mercy of your pot dealer. Your dealer would routinely leave town.

Now you frequent a “dispensary” where you don’t score pot, or god forbid–dope. It’s medicine now.

But to score, you have to see a pot (M.D.) doc.

If you live near Berkeley’s. Potsterdam (pronounced Amsterdam), near Parker/Telegraph next door to a dispensary–you’re easily potted.
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Berkeley’s Good/Bad Cops and Me

Posted in Med Heads & Cafe Culture, Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on February 24th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Feb. 23, 2015

BERKELEY REPORTER IN RESTROOM BEEF WITH POLICE AT CAFFE MEDITERRANEUM

Photo of good cop investigating me for illegal photography, Cafe Med.
Photo by Ted Friedman.

Those cops coming through the doors of the Caffe Mediterraneum, as they do hella lot–those cops were coming for me.

Minutes earlier, I had been photographing upstairs at the Med. I have been publishing my photos–in several Berkeley publications–of inside the Med,since 2011; my eye caught a strange scene at the restroom upstairs. Med owner Craig Becker was seemingly about to enter an occupied restroom with his master key. He didn’t knock.
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Hippy Graveyard Too Big To Hide

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on February 20th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Feb. 19, 2015

BIG BERKELEY-INN STORY WAS KNOWN FOR MONTHS

Hippy Graveyard. Photo by Ted Friedman.

A recent news story that the Berkeley Inn site, an eyesore since it burned thirty years ago–was about to be developed–long after Heaven and Earth had tried…that story was born on Telegraph Avenue and almost stayed on the avenue.

When a diligent local reporter [not me] broke the story, the gossip-mill was shocked. Shocked to think all those rumors were true.

Development of the eye-sore site into student apartments will, reportedly, trickle-down from U.C. Berkeley builders.

Rumors of U.C. Berkeley eating the town are handed out on the South side like salted peanuts. Cal is now poised to dine on the Berkeley-Inn site. The myth is winning, as Cal, reportedly, will build student apartments on the site of a beatnik hotel that was destroyed by fire thirty years ago.
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Just a Postage Stamp Beat

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on February 17th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Feb. 16, 2015

BERKELEY SOUTH SIDE BEAT IS SMALLER THAN LIFE

Who hung this--a 40 year first--on my Berkeley Telegraph Ave. beat?
Photo by Ted Friedman.

At fifteen square feet, this newspaper beat could be the smallest in the world.

To worsen matters, there’s not much really happening here at Telegraph/Haste, the host of Telegraph Avenue. Two TeleHaste construction projects–vital to the survival of lower Telegraph–are clanging and buzzing forward.
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How Not to Get Gassed in Berkeley

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on February 9th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Feb. 8, 2015

Gassed in Berkeley. Photo by Ted Friedman.

How not to get gassed in Berkeley? Stay home or bring a gas mask, or neckerchief-mask soaked in vinegar, vaseline, milk or lemon juice. Try to disguise your gas protection so you are not singled out for your Mick Jagger’s “fair share of abuse.”

Berkeleyans and Cal students, who were gassed and clubbed recently at the height of the Ferguson, Mo. protests on Telegraph Avenue, may have wandered distractedly into the vortex of the protest–where they were dosed.

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Beloved Mural Packs It In

Posted in People's Park, Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on February 5th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Feb. 4, 2015

Take-down on Telegraph. Photo by Ted Friedman.

The other Peoples Park Mural; you’ve passed it every time you visit Telegraph Avenue. the mural is the work of Edithe (“Edy”) Boone, 77, who installed it, overlooking the burned-down Berkeley Inn site at Telegraph/Haste, early in the 1990s.

The Berkeley Inn, destroyed by fires in 1986, was a bohemian be-hive on Telegraph Ave.
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U.C. Berkeley’s Bold New Moves

Posted in The Berkeley Scene on January 29th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Jan. 27, 2015

Two new U.C. buildings hit Berkeley streets. Photo by Ted Friedman.

Even the best developments have their inevitable downsides.

The inevitable down-side to U.C. Berkeley’s Lower Sproul Development appears to force the new Eshelman Hall out into the street, give or take a few feet. The former Eshelman Hall (1965-2013) was set well back from the street–discreetly.
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Berkeley Sunset Boulevard Sequel

Posted in Film Reviews, The Berkeley Scene on January 16th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

Prelude to a sequel

Berkeley Sunset Boulevard Sequel

by Steed Dropout
Jan. 16, 2015

WILDER PFA FEST WOWS BERKELEY

[Editor's note: in keeping with a Berkeley Reporter tradition, we are celebrating Berkeley's latest PFA Wilder film festival with our sequel to Wilder-Brackett's Sunset Boulevard.]

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JOE GILLIS RETURNS FOR HIS CLOSEUP

Joe Gillis is not dead. It’s not that he survived swimming in Norma’s pool while full of lead from her gun; In the sequel, he gets off Sunset before she can plug him–”back to that copydesk in Dayton.”

He tells Betty to write him at the Dayton Noodle, or whatever, and hitchhikes out of Hollywood, just in time. “This place can kill your soul,” he mutters. He describes his Hollywood career to the truck driver, who drives Gillis as far as Denver.
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Do You Know Berkeley Cafe Owner Who Mugged Teley Mural in ’92?

Posted in People's Park, Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on January 12th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Jan. 12, 2015

BERKELEY REPORTER APPEALS TO READERS

Do you know this man? Sketch by Martin Schwartz. Photo by Ted Friedman.

If you recognize this man, who opened a short-lived cafe at what is now Amoeba, in 1992–please let us know.

Berkeley Reporter’s previous piece reported an attack on Berkeley’s Peoples Park iconic mural on Amoeba’s North wall, at Haste and Telegraph. Now we seek more info on an attack on the mural in 1992.

Tentative info from knowledgeable sources has provided this much background:

In 1992, a quarrelsome South side character (Saladin?) opened a restaurant (Marrakech?) in what is now Amoeba, an independent music and video emporium. The would-be restaurateur was known as a South side trouble-maker even before he donned his chef’s outfit.
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Peoples Park Mural Mugged

Posted in People's Park, The Berkeley Scene on January 5th, 2015 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Jan. 5, 2015

SPRAY-PAINT VANDALS VICTIMIZE THE PEOPLES

After the attack. Photo by Ted Friedman.

Say it ain’t so, Joe.

It stood for forty years on the North wall of Berkeley’s Amoeba Music, Telegraph and Haste. It was as reliable as grandfather’s clock–a tribute to the founding of Berkeley’s Peoples Park, 1969, and those who founded it, blisters and all.

The “Peoples” in People’s Park became an intentional editors’ nightmare when park founder’s left out the possessive in Peoples, “because no one owns it,” I was told. The mural depicting all that had seemed an aging sacred cow of Berkeley.
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