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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Berkeley’s Avenue of Thrills

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on December 24th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Dec. 23, 2014

ONE WEEK, RIOTS–THEN TELEGRAPH RETURNS TO “NORMAL”

Doris Moskowitz cleans up Moe's after recent protests. Photo by Ted Friedman.

Tienda Ho, formerly a few doors from Berkeley’s oldest espresso, was a classy womens’ clothes shop with a branch in Santa Barbara. “Our Berkeley customers were intimidated by the neighborhood,” a Ho owner told espresso, explaining Ho’s decision to close its Berkeley location on a block of Telegraph Ave. swollen with transients.

The Ho Location recently opened as an artsy tea purveyor. Trouble followed, last week, when an unstable Telegraph habitué harassed a tea-shop customer and followed her to the Caffe Mediterraneum.
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FIRST LOOK AT TACTICS IN BERKELEY’S FUCK THE SYSTEM PROTESTS

Posted in Occupy Berkeley, The Berkeley Scene on December 15th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Dec. 15, 2014

OCCUPY CAL REVIVES TO JOIN NATIONAL PROTESTS

Day 7, Cal Berkeley Black students--historic march through the affluent Elmwood District. Photo by Ted Friedman.

One week of protests do not a movement make. Unless this week’s protests have DNA from the long-running occupy movement of 2012–which first roused long-silent Cal Berkeley students to renewed activism.

This reporter has logged at least 30 miles walking with protestors as a photo-journalist.
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3rd Time Was The Best Time: Berkeley 4-Days of Protest

Posted in Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene, The Global Scene Through Berkeleyan Eyes on December 10th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Dec. 9, 2014

2 NIGHTS OF VIOLENCE REDRESSED BY CAL

Photo by Ted Friedman.

“The whole system is corrupt; shut it down”–a popular protest chant

Moni Law, a Berkeley activist/attorney, spoke at the start of the first night of a three-night [Update: four night] protest against questionable police tactics exonerated by grand juries.
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Demo City, USA

Posted in The Berkeley Scene on November 30th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Nov. 30, 2014

Riot watchers watching Oakland freeway riots last week watched Oakland earn the title, Demo City, USA–where an anti-property-rights-anarchist faction destroyed property and fought with cops, as America watched.

Berkeley photographers, reporters, and news editors were tuned to their police scanners to be ready if Oakland style protesters, who had had their way with cops and property in Oakland…tore up Berkeley.

A SHORT HISTORY OF RECENT TELEGRAPH AVE. RIOTS

Revived student activism. Photo by Ted Friedman.

Revived student activism began more than two years ago with Occupy Cal, as UCB outdid the local Occupy, where many local protesters left for more action in Oakland.
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Berkeley Cools, then Heats Up–Thankfully

Posted in People's Park, Telegraph Avenue, The Berkeley Scene on November 29th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Nov. 28, 2014

Telegraph Ave. Thanksgiving.Photo by Ted Friedman.

Thanksgiving Berkeley-style basked in balmy unseasonable weather, the warmest Thanksgiving in years, according to temperature averages. Although Riots ran rampant next-door in Oakland, rioters failed to march their well-trod route up Telegraph to Berkeley.

Some disappointed Berkeleyans mused that perhaps Berkeley was slipping as second Demo City in the USA, but the slippage was probably the absence of student demonstrators–who were gone for Thanksgiving.

In search of award-winning Thanksgiving Berkeley photos, this photographer promised an editor “something dramatically different.”
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Berkeley’s Sh*t on a Stick, the Sequel

Posted in The Berkeley Scene on November 26th, 2014 by admin – Be the first to comment

by Steed Dropout
Nov. 26, 2014

BERKELEY’S BURGER ROW

Photo by Ted Friedman.

Two years ago, Berkeley Reporter reported on the latest college food oddity to hit Telegraph Avenue–Sh*t on a Stick. Only we didn’t cop-out with asterisks back then. The piece developed a cult following online, where some believed every word on the stick.

Now we have another such poop-scoop, as the business on which the original story was based adopts its de-stink technology for hamburgers–sh*t on a bun.

Berkeley Reporter learned today that the business on which sh*t on a stick was based is preparing to add the Sh*tty Burger ™. The sh*t burger will go for $10.95.
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