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A rendering of Nido's Backyard. Image: Nido's Backyard

A rendering of Nido’s Backyard, which will likely open this December at 104 Oak St. in Oakland. Image: Nido’s Backyard

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NIDO CHANGING MENU, OPENING SECOND RESTAURANT Oakland’s Nido restaurant announced some big news this week. Co-owners Silvia and Corey McCollow told Inside Scoop that they are planning to open a second restaurant, Nido’s Backyard, in December, up the street from their original spot, and, because this project will take up great amounts of their time, they are handing the reins of Nido over to executive chef Jose Ramos. (We profiled Ramos in a story in February.) Silvia McCollow will continue to “oversee the overall culinary vision,” writes the Scoop, but Ramos will be in charge day-to-day. This culinary vision includes a new menu that includes rotating, sharable small street-style antojitos like grilled corn equites and grilled blue corn squash blossom quesadillas, plus a few rustic family-style Mexican entrees like pork carnitas and grilled octopus. As far as Nido’s Backyard, the new restaurant will focus on food cooked on an outdoor wood-fired adobe grill. Corey McCollow described the menu to the Scoop as “Mexican barbecue food:” tacos, quesadillas and slow-cooked meats. Nido’s Backyard will also have two bars, one of which the McCollows plan to use as a pop-up venue for aspiring bartenders. In addition, the McCollows hope to attract local vendors and live musicians to showcase and play their work at the restaurant. Nido is at 444 Oak St. (between Fourth and Fifth streets), Oakland. Connect with the restaurant on Facebook and TwitterNido’s Backyard will be at 104 Oak St. (at Embarcadero), Oakland.Continue reading »

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2 Berkeley men picked up in murder bust; 1 still wanted

Tyrone Terrell. Photo: OPD
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Two Berkeley men have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Oakland earlier this month, and a third is still being sought by police.

The Oakland Police Department announced the Berkeley arrests, along with the arrests of two other men, from Richmond and Vallejo, Thursday morning in a press conference.

Police said the men are part of a gang called the 5 Finga Mafia, which is active in Berkeley and Oakland, according to media reports.

Arrested from Berkeley were 20-year-old Derrick McFadden and 23-year-old Aoderi Samad. It’s not the first time police have linked Samad to a shooting; he was arrested in Berkeley in 2013 when he reportedly opened fire on another man after a case of mistaken identity.

Police also arrested Kermit Tanner, 20, of Richmond and Anthony Wilson Jr., 25, of Vallejo.

All four arrests took place last week, July 21.

Police are still looking for a fifth man, 23-year-old Tyrone Terrell, who is from Berkeley but has ties to Sacramento, too. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. (Berkeley police identified him in 2011 as having been involved in a shoot-out on Sacramento Street.) … Continue reading »

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After 19 months, Elmwood Theatre finally changes marquee

The marquee of the Elmwood Theatre has been changed after 10 months. Photo: Joey Brite
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The Babadook is gone. So are Gone Girl, Boyhood, and Nightcrawler.

Nineteen months after Cal-OSHA informed Rialto Cinemas Elmwood that employees should not change the movie titles on the marquee until a safe way to do it could be found, the letters spelling out film titles on the marquee have finally been switched out.

A contractor removed the old titles on Monday. The Art Deco-style marquee now has a much more generic message: “Berkeley’s Independently Owned Movie Theatre. Great Movies and More,” reads one portion.  … Continue reading »

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The Berkeley Wire: 07.28.16

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See Sojourner Truth’s ‘calling cards’ at BAMPFA

Carte de visite of Sojourner Truth, 1863; albumen print mounted on cardboard; 4 x 2 1/2 in.; BAMPFA, gift of Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby.
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By Joel Bahr

Patrons of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive will get a chance to meet abolitionist, women’s rights activist, speaker, entrepreneur, runaway slave and illiterate memoirist Sojourner Truth in a new exhibit that opened Wednesday. Or at least they’ll get to meet the peripatetic truth-teller the same way most 19th-century Americans did — through small rectangular photographs called cartes de visite.

Cartes de visite are small, 2½- by 4-inch pieces of cardboard adorned with a photograph that functioned in a similar capacity to modern-day business cards. Invented in France in 1854, the carte de visite quickly became popular in the U.S., and were utilized by abolitionists like Truth to disseminate their message.

Before becoming an abolitionist and activist, Truth was born Isabella Baumfree, a slave in upstate New York who actually learned how to speak Dutch before English. A mother of five, Truth stayed in New York until 1826 when, at age 30, she ran away with one of her children. In 1843, she took the name Sojourner Truth, and spent the rest of her life advocating for the abolition of slavery and for women’s rights, as well as teaching skills to freed Southern slaves.

Truth was a formidable speaker, and her speech given at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron in 1851 — which would eventually come to be known as “Ain’t I A Woman”— is to this day one of the most iconic pieces of women’s rights rhetoric. … Continue reading »


Sex offender set to enter plea after stalking, threats

Carl Jones. Photo: Megan's Law database
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A convicted sex offender who left “disturbing” notes for a Berkeley woman he met through Alcoholics Anonymous is set to enter a plea Monday after being charged with stalking by the Alameda County district attorney’s office.

According to court papers, 58-year-old Carl Jones left notes for the woman in early July after they met at AA in June and “developed a friendship to help each other with recovery.”

Police say Jones called the woman repeatedly in June “to the point where it became uncomfortable,” so she told him to stop. They had “several heated conversations,” and he stopped calling by the end of the month.

On July 3, however, the woman found what police described as “a disturbing note” from Jones that had been left in her fence, according to court documents.

The next day, a neighbor approached the woman with “a second disturbing note” from Jones, police said. The woman told neighbors what Jones looked like, and they later saw him walking in front of her house, on 67th Street between San Pablo Avenue and Sacramento Street, on two occasions.

According to police, in the second instance, Jones walked up the woman’s driveway, opened her side gate and went into her backyard.

A neighbor and others caught Jones and held him until police arrived, and he was arrested just before 9 p.m. July 4. … Continue reading »

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How did Berkeley wine store accrue $70M in debt?

In December 2011, John Fox was all smiles as he held large scissors to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Premier Cru's new retail store at 1011 University Ave. Photo: Premier Cru
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John E. Fox, the embattled owner of the bankrupt wine company Premier Cru, often liked to run his business close to the edge, according to interviews with former business colleagues.

To provide coveted wine to his international clientele, Fox was constantly on the prowl for wine bargains. This led him to strike deals with people selling wine on the “gray market,” outside the channels set up by many European wine houses.

And when Fox would order wines from legitimate distributors around the country, he would delay paying for his orders as long as possible, even though California law requires wine purchases to be settled within 30 days, according to one business associate. This delaying tactic angered so many people that many were gleeful when the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced in February it was investigating whether Fox ran a Ponzi scheme.

Read more about Premier Cru on Berkeleyside.

“There were a lot of smiles on faces when they heard that he was going down,” said Jim Elder, a vice-president of marketing and operations for The Sorting Table, a Napa-based wine importer and distributor. “There were a lot of smiles in the wine industry. He had screwed a lot of people, whether he didn’t pay them or always paid them late… To me, it’s karma.” … Continue reading »

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Noah Garabedian, Democratoz are Berkeley bound

The four amigos known as Silver City Bound play Freight & Salvage on Sunday. Noah Garabedian, Sam Reider, Will Clark and Justin Poindexter. Photo by Toby Silverman.
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Noah Garabedian had no way of knowing it at the time, but his degree in ethnomusicology turned out to be ideal training for his gig in the jazz-steeped Americana band Silver City Bound.

The Berkeley-raised bassist was establishing himself as a top-shelf New York freelancer about four years ago when he got a call from a Bay Area acquaintance, San Francisco-reared pianist/accordionist Sam Reider. Reider and his musical partner, guitarist Justin Poindexter, were expanding their combo Tres Amigos, which had honed a singular sound drawing on bluegrass and western swing, Gulf Coast grooves and jazz. Now known as Silver City Bound (“We got tired of people thinking it’s a Mexican music band,” Reider says), the quartet makes its Berkeley debut at 7 p.m. Sunday at Freight & Salvage (they also perform Saturday at the Stanford Jazz Festival with special guest Ben Flocks on tenor saxophone).

In many ways the band started to fully realize its potential in 2013, when the U.S. State Department selected the Amigos as cultural ambassadors, which led to a six-week tour of China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. Interacting with local musicians as much as possible, the band found its wide open aesthetic made it possible to trade tunes and jam with wildly divergent artists. In Cambodia, they connected “with a classical Khmer group, these great musicians with a tradition that uses some improvisation,” says Garabedian, 31. “It was mostly strings and flutes and zithers and some percussion and vocals. Each song painted a cinematic soundscape of a bizarre western movie. We’d play a slow blues, and out of nowhere these zithers and flutes would pop up. … Continue reading »

The Berkeley Wire: 07.27.16

A scene at a Berkeley beach by Mohan Ajmani

A scene at a Berkeley beach. Photo: Mohan Ajmani

Elmwood Theatre can change marquee (East Bay Times)
Three Cal alumnae hold senior positions on Clinton campaign (California)
Muffled corners; Berkeley City Ballet (East Bay Express)
Inexpensive eating spots in Berkeley (Eating Berkeley)
27 people associated with Cal’s journalism school nominated for Emmys (Daily Cal)

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Berkeley police officers revive unresponsive 4-month-old

Berkeley Police station. Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Two Berkeley police officers helped save the life of an infant who stopped breathing earlier this month, and the boy is now in stable condition at a local hospital, authorities said this week.

On July 8, police were called to a home in the 2100 block of Fifth Street for a child in distress, a 4-month-old boy who was unresponsive, said Sgt. Andrew Frankel, Berkeley Police spokesman.

When officers got to the home, no one would answer the front door, which was locked. So Officer Ken Tu jumped the back fence to get into the house through the rear, Frankel said.

Officers found the child’s grandmother and she led them to the boy’s bedside. They sent her to unlock the front door so the Berkeley Fire Department could get inside once they arrived.

The baby wasn’t breathing, so Tu began to perform CPR.

A short time later, to relieve Tu, Officer Chris Flores took over chest compressions, and the baby began taking short, inconsistent breaths but was still unresponsive. Flores then started rescue breathing — administering breaths in between chest compressions. … Continue reading »

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Fire calls: Blaze at Berkeley dry cleaner causes $100K in damage; man rescued from water at marina

Authorities responded to a fire at Martinizing Dry Cleaning early Tuesday. Photo: Ky Le
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A burglar alarm at a dry cleaner in Berkeley brought authorities to investigate what turned out to be a fire inside the University Avenue shop earlier this week.

The fire, at Martinizing Dry Cleaning, 1319 University, caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, according to the Berkeley Fire Department.

Deputy Fire Chief Donna McCracken said police were dispatched at 12:24 a.m. Tuesday for a motion sensor that had been triggered on the burglar alarm.

When police arrived, they found a fire burning inside the business, which is about three blocks east of San Pablo Avenue. The call was upgraded to a fire incident at 12:27 a.m. BFD was dispatched at 12:29 a.m. … Continue reading »

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Bones of missing UC Berkeley student found in Marin

Shuqin Zhang. Photo: BPD
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A 22-year-old UC Berkeley student who had been missing since January has been confirmed by authorities to have died in Marin County.

Two sets of bones found on a beach in April were recently confirmed to have been a DNA match for Shuqin Zhang, who disappeared about a week after New Year’s, authorities said this week. Police described the young woman at that time as “missing and at risk” and were concerned for her mental health based on reports that she had been struggling with depression.

Authorities began to look for Zhang in January after she failed to board a flight home to China, the Berkeley Police Department said at that time. On Jan. 9, authorities found Zhang’s 2012 white Mercedes and some of her possessions on a cliff near the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Despite an extensive search, no other signs of her were found.

Marin County Chief Deputy Coroner Darrell Harris said Wednesday that hikers on the shoreline at Drakes Beach on April 23 came upon some scattered bones they believed might have been human. They took photographs and sent them to park rangers three days later. Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: ‘Phantom Boy’

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Like many adults, I really enjoy a good children’s film. Now that my nest is thoroughly empty, however, I have far fewer opportunities (or imperatives!) to scope them out.

Of course, the emphasis must always be on ‘good’ – not an adjective to be applied lightly in the broad church of cinema, especially when it comes to kiddie flicks (I will never fully recover from my exposure to Baby Geniuses). So I was quite excited to see that Phantom Boy, a new animated feature from the creators of 2014’s Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris, will open at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas on Friday, July 29.

Unlike A Cat in Paris, there are no anthropomorphized animals to be found in Phantom Boy. The film’s characters are (almost) uniformly human: Leo, a young boy suffering from a serious illness (presumably, though not explicitly, cancer); Tanguy, a wheelchair-bound police officer; Mary, a spunky young journalist voiced by Audrey Tautou; and a super villain with a yappy dog (non-talking variety). … Continue reading »

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