NOVEMBER 2007

Concrete pour at the Bowl--a Bob Kubik photo

 

 

 

 

11/1/07

Last week of October, in Bob and Carol's Pumpkin Patch

this CEID two-year-old was already taken with photographer, Cindy

 

Check out École Bilingue's Halloween Parade.

 

 

 

 

11/2/07

John Phillip's friend and client, harpsichordist JungHae Kim emails

I cordially invite you to come to the Ensemble Mirable concerts.

Baroque Concerti with Ensemble Mirable Chamber Orchestra , Saturday, November 10, 2007, at 7:30 PM at Mission Blue Concert Serie, Mission Blue Center, 475 Mission Blue Drive, Brisbane, CA 94005.

Ensemble Mirable with soloists: Janet See, Baroque Flute; Carla Moore, Violin; Joanna Blendulf, Cellist; JungHae Kim, Harpsichord perfrom Brandenburg Concerto No.5 BWV 1050; J.S. Bach Violin Concerto in a minor BWV 1041; J.S. Bach Flute Concerto RV428 "Il Gardellino"; Antonio Vivaldi, Cello Concerto in g minor.

You can order tickets here

The same concert can be hear on Sunday, November 11, 2007, at 7:00 PM at the San Jose Chamber Music Society, Le Petit Trianon Concert Hall, 72 N. Fifth St., San Jose 95112. Tickets are available by calling 408-286-5111

In 2004 JungHae was Scrambled Eggs

Babe of the Year

 

And recently, JungHae released her solo harpsichord CD, The Virginalists. Of it a reviewer writes "This collection of works by Byrd, Farnaby, Sweelinck and others may owe its existence to the restless work of a rebellious and wealthy prisoner. The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book was compiled by Francis Tregian (1574-1618) in the last decade of his life and is well known for the famous but probably apocryphal story that it was compiled while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Wherever it was assembled, the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is a great repository of musical heritage, and this compilation of music from it by harpsichordist JungHae Kim is a beautifully elegant celebration of its more complex variations. Ms. Kim is well known for her work with Ensemble Mirable and many other period instrument groups, but in her solo work you can realy appreciate how fresh, relevant, and virtuosic her style is; these piece don't sound stuffy for even a moment--they're graceful, poignant, and renewing."

More important these selections, JungHae's favorites, are filled with song, played with passion and make you feel good. And though often technically demanding they are not academic--they're fun to hear. Check them out at Magnatune here.

JungHae is also the harpsichordist on one of my favorite cello and harpsichord recordings, the Triemer Cello Sonatas. Here she plays along with long-time friend, cellist Joanna Blendulf. Tune filled, played with exciting embellishment, and perfect ensemble, I've been in love with this production since its 2003 release. I still am. Also available through Magnatune.

Buy one for yourself and give many others as Christmas presents.

 

 

Our Janine Johnson, harpsichordist emails

I am giving another house concert in two weeks, this time all Bach. The inspiration for the upcoming program fell in my lap, so to speak. I'd purchased a facsimile of Bach's Clavierbung III for the Duets, only to discover a wealth of fabulous organ music, much of which I have heard and loved in concerts. The temptation was too great to not attempt these on the harpsichord. After a rather lengthy stretch of practicing (and stretching of hands) I am finally happy with the following program.

Much is written about the organization of these works (which I fear I changed for the recital), their symbolism, use of numerology, and so forth, but all that aside, these are truly Bach at his best and most passionate. Counterpoint lovers will revel in the complexity of many of these works, and those who love Bach's more lyrical side will also be moved. How Bach can interweave so many voices, often in strict canon, and yet produce a whole which is enjoyable with no knowledge of this, is of course part of his genius. I have been relishing this music myself, for many months now, and am eager to share it!!

I expect you have never heard these (except the duets) on harpsichord, so unless you frequent organ recitals, this will likely all be new. I promise it is fabulous on the harpsichord! Those pieces requiring pedals took some, but not much rewriting, and I made sure to keep the Cantus Firmus (chorale melody) intact. I think you will like the results.

The concerts are Saturday November 10th at 10:30 AM, and Sunday November 11th, at 3:00 PM at my house in Berkeley. Please RSVP, as space is limited. $10.00 suggested donation.

 

PROGRAM

Preludium pro Organo Pleno
Fuga a 5 (St. Anne)

Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit (Cantus Firmus in Soprano)
Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist
Duetto IV

Allein Gott in der sei Ehr (CF in Alto)
Fuga super Jesus Christus unser Heiland a 4
Duetto II

Vater unser im Himmelreich
Kyrie Gott heiliger Geist a 5 (CF in Basso)
Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam (CF in pedal)

Intermisison

Duetto III
Dies sind die heilgen zehen Geboth (CF in canon)
Fugetta super Dies sind die heiligen zehen Geboth

Kyrie Gott Vater in Ewigkeit
Duetto I
Fugetta super Wir glauben all an einen Gott
Vater unser im Himelreich (CF in canon)

 

Janine's Bach Goldberg Variations recording is available through Magnatune.

 

 

 

École Bilingue and Potter Creek's own Libby Bundsen emails about her music

Hi Ron,

Just to let you know, we have three new songs on the Foggy Gulch MySpace
page!

The Foggy Gulch Band is delighted to announce the availability of three
new songs in the Foggy Gulch...

I'll Fly Away, the 1929 Albert Brumley classic, sung by the Foggy
Gulch Chorus of Jenny, Evan, and Libby.

It Rains Everywhere I Go, a song so pretty it can't possibly be that
sad, can it?! Lead vocal by Libby.

Wayside/Back In Time, an a cappella version of the Gillean Welch tune
by Jenny.

Libby

 

 

And a mid-West reader emails a link to more music with, Del McCoury Band Performs in Studio 4A.


 

Pete Hurney phoned to tell me about the KALX Pledge Week--now through Sunday from 6:00 AM to Midnight at 90.7. It's their Forty-Fifth Anniversary. Listen and pledge OR call (510) 642-5259 and pledge. You get tee-shirts and stuff OR a 45 RPM record.

 

 

Martin picked up his-now-his 1962 Jawa 250 motorcycle from me this morning--it has only 700 original miles. And Merryll's crew helped load it into Martin's Volvo 18-wheeler. Out here on a run to Modesto, he's taking it back to add to his collection in Chicago.

 

 

John and Suzanne just returned from almost three weeks touring Spain and Germany. Their vacation began with John presenting a paper on an antique Spanish harpsichord in Garrucha, Andalusia.

 

 

CEID Director, Jill Ellis emails

A CEID employee [college graduate from Mills College] is seeking a house-share or room-to-rent.

If you can help, email Jill

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/4/07

Swerve

has also had its concrete pour

 

 

 

 

as Acme Bread

was framed

 

 

Bayer has had another larger crew policing their 8th and Dwight parking facility.

 

And the French School's plants have been groomed and weeded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/5/07

Want to see lots of different folks playing Pete's ukes? Check out Geralyn's Hot Pohaku Nights.

 

 

Halloween Night, a vandal pitched a rock thru the window of Little Bill's motor-home. It was parked on Grayson and he was in it. Biker, Little Bill's about 6'8".

 

I'm told that also on Grayson west of 7th, a Mercedes sedan with it motor idling was driven off Professional Tree Care's lot. It was later found wrecked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/5/07

"Professor fights for free love in classes: Faculty member at UCLA argues that rules against faculty-student romance violate freedom" writes Larry Gordon in our Times.

 

"Device created for 'red wine headache'" reports the AP's Marcus Wohlsen.

"The effects are all too familiar: a fancy dinner, some fine wine and then, a few hours later, a racing heart and a pounding headache. But a device developed by University of California, Berkeley, researchers could help avoid the dreaded 'red wine headache.'

Chemists working with NASA-funded technology designed to find life on Mars have created a device they say can easily detect chemicals that many scientists believe can turn wine and other beloved indulgences into ingredients for agony."

 

"Professor, 81, proves brain stays young: Anatomy instructor says diet, exercise, newness, challenge and TLC is her formula for stronger life" writes the Times' Dave Newhouse. "Marian Diamond changed science. She discovered in the mid-1960s that while the body ages, the brain doesn't have to grow old."

 

 

"New Center for Islamic Studies aims to build understanding:Institute to be a resource for Bay Area Muslims"
reports the Times' Rebecca Rosen Lum.

"When students - Muslim, Christian or Jewish - come to his classes on Islam, professor Munir Jiwa expects tough questions."

 

 

"Economy remains solid: Employers add twice as many jobs in October as economists expected; unemployment rate unchanged at 4.7 percent" writes the AP's Jeannine Aversa.

A housing collapse and a mortgage meltdown haven't stopped the nation's job machine from chugging ahead."

 

"Bank of the West sidesteps housing meltdown, posts gains: Profit is up because firm avoided subprime loans, spokeswoman says" reports George Avalos in our Times.

 

"Histories of Berkeley homes tucked safely away" writes the Times' Nilda Rego.

I could scarcely believe my eyes. In my hands I held a photo of the house that I grew up in Berkeley."

 

 

"A grisly victory Bears needed: Defense steps up, shuts down Cougars" writes Jonathan Okanes of the Times.

Cal entered Saturday's game against Washington State witha three-game losing streak, so the Bears decided to do something different.

They won with defense."

 

 

East Bay Nursery has it Holiday lights up.

 

 

Canned Food has Danish Choice Raspberry Preserve on sale. Made from a Old World recipe, it's more subtle than most New World efforts. Quite delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

11/6/07

"Local man carves way into the air" writes Kristofer Noceda of the Oakland Tribune.

A yellow model airplane sits atop Larry and Sophie Himenes' residence on Via San Ardo [in San Leandro]. The wooden carving is one of four model planes that greet guests upon entering the home. But the yellow craft, a C-47 transport, holds special meaning for both Larry and Sophie. It commemorates the couple's 50th wedding anniversary."

 

 

Matier & Ross report "Feds go after wildly successful medical pot sellers 'They're just a couple of nice kids from Berkeley who wound up being the victims of their own success' [said their attorney]."

 

"Community to team up on graffiti problem:City looks for faster response, tougher penalties in a
program modeled after San Jose venture"
reports Katherine Tam of the Times.

Like a persistent pest, graffiti has found its way onto nearly every surface in Richmond. It's been sprayed on walls, splashed on fences, etched on glass and scratched onto utility boxes. Some report finding it on trees.

But a team of city officials and residents thinks it has a solution.

A committee charged with improving the city's aesthetics is proposing to hire consultants who helped eradicate 99 percent of San Jose's graffiti by corralling 3,000 volunteers, removing markings within 48 hours and toughening the law so the punishment fits the crime."

 

 

The Wall Street Journal reports "Bayer will pull anti-bleeding drug Trasylol from the U.S. amid evidence of a higher risk of death than rival drugs."

 

The Journal also reports "Citigroup . . .is set to disclose that it will increase by $8 billion or more the write-downs it has taken in recent weeks" from losses in mortgage related securities." Citicorps CEO, Charles Prince resigned as a result (cause?).

 

"Bank worries haunt global markets" reports BBC News.

"Credit concerns are sweeping Asia as well as the US and Europe Stock markets have fallen across Asia and Europe as confidence in the US banking sector was dented further by the resignation of Citigroup's boss."

 

PBS Lehrer News speculates that the next CEO to go will be Bear Stearns, James Cayne.

 

 

"Housing crisis hits credit union: Delinquent mortgages cause Cal State 9 to be placed in
conservatorship; institution says insured funds are secure"
reports the Times' George Avalos.

The financial failure of Cal State 9 credit union stunned some members Monday and left others surprised the company had become the latest firm to be engulfed by the widening mortgage morass."

 

 

11/6/07-cont

Yesterday morning a cement truck clipped a parked SUV while turning the corner of 7th and Grayson.

 

The "siding" is up on Ruth and Marvin's building.

 

Yesterday, among the lunch guests at 900 where Merryll and grandchildren, our Director of Economic Planning and some French School staff. This morning found our Director of Public Works having breakfast there with a friend--also there today for breakfast were Bob and David.

 

900 was tagged this morning--twice along the building-west-side.

 

It's hard to find someone to work on an old vehicle--and even harder to find someone reliable and honest. Gerard took his 1966 Chevy pickup to our Laurie Bright for a brake job. But it needed more than new brake-shoes. All four drums were replaced along with brake-shoes. "Like new!" reports Gerard. Laurie's shop is at 2626 San Pablo and his phone is (510)-843-5797

 

 

"Agency wants to put out wood fires: Bay Area air quality district proposes rule to ban indoor burning
on 'Spare the Air' nights"
reports the Times' Denis Cuff.

"Igniting a public health war on smoke, the Bay Area's air pollution agency proposed Monday to ban wood fires on bad-air nights and to bar new installations of open hearth fireplaces in homes and buildings."

 

"Turning cows to currents: Biogas created from manure in state can generate electricity for
thousands of homes"
writes Janis Mara of our Times.

"On a Petaluma dairy farm underneath a dark gray tarpaulin, cow manure is producing one of California's newest sources of renewable energy -- biogas."

 

 

Daily newspapers post drop in circulation over 6 months: Major players report average decrease in readers of 2.6 percent" reports our Times' Barbara E. Hernandez.

"Circulation fell 2.6 percent at major U.S. daily newspapers in the six months ended in September, according to figures released Monday, the latest decline as readers continue to migrate to the Internet for news, information and entertainment."

 

 

 

 

 

11/7/07

"Organic food is healthier" reports the Guardian's Ian Sample.

"Some organic foods, including fruit, vegetables and milk, may be more nutritious than non-organic produce, according to an investigation by British scientists.

Early results from a Pound 12m study showed that organic fruit and vegetables contained up to 40% more antioxidants than non-organic varieties, according to Professor Carlo Leifert at Newcastle University, who leads the EU-funded Quality Low Input Food project.

Larger differences were found in milk, with organic varieties containing more than 60% more antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, he said.

Antioxidant-rich food is often promoted as healthier because in lab tests the compounds neutralise free radicals that are thought to contribute to ageing."

 

 

 

 

 

11/8/07

Kimar emails

I had a GREAT lunch Tuesday at 900 Grayson--duck breast, perfectly cooked, fanned out on a bed of babygreens with fingerling potatoes cooked in the duck grease with a perfect crispness. With this came mini-veggies, a few carrots and a few white beets, beautifully arranged. Over the duck was a light unthickened pomegranate pan-sauce and a light sprinkling of pomegranate seeds. The presentation was beautiful and the dish perfectly executed.

 

 

Our Doug Herst is on the Seacology Board of Directors.

Seacology "is the world's premier nonprofit, nongovernmental organization with the sole and unique purpose of preserving the environments and cultures of islands throughout the globe."

Doug recently returned from a trip to Indonesia. Here are some excerpts from their Newsletter about the trip.

"A Seacology expedition recently returned from visiting several project sites in Indonesia. The first stop was Pangalingan Village, on Manado Tua island. Here Seacology funded the construction of a new primary school in exchange for the protection of 118 acres of pristine rainforest and 160 acres of coral reef fringing the island.

The next stop was Waifoi Village in the breathtakingly beautiful Mayalibit Bay on Waigeo Island. Seacology approached all nine villages along this 123,000-acre bay and asked them what they would like in exchange for banning commercial fishing in the bay. Each village asked for s'mething different ranging from paved walking paths to toilets to solar powered radios. Chief Silas Louw stated that "The government has provided us many things but seldom what we ask for. We are so pleased that Seacology provided us exactly what we want and need and that you tied it into conservation of our bay which is critical to our future.'

Seacology also worked with three villages on Kofiau Island. We provided medical equipment and school supplies in exchange for a commitment to protect 41,360 acres of marine area."

Board member Doug Herst spoke . . . to thank the villagers for their commitment to protect their seas.

 

 

City Planning Department has a website update. Check it out here.

 

 

"Most opt not to pay for digital Radiohead album: Radiohead lets fans decide how much to shell out; 62% paid nothing" writes the AP's Alex Veiga

"Radiohead let its fans decide how much to pay for a digital copy of the band's latest release, "In Rainbows," and more than half of those who downloaded the album chose to pay nothing, according to a study by a consumer research firm.

About 62 percent of the people who downloaded 'In Rainbows' in a four-week period last month opted not to pay the British alt-rockers a cent. But the remaining 38 percent voluntarily paid an average of $6, according to the study by comScore Inc.

Radiohead broke with its past practice of releasing its music in CD format and through a major record label when it released its seventh studio album online itself. The biggest wrinkle was the band's decision to let fans pay as much or as little as they wanted to download a copy."

 

 

 

 

11/9/07

Merryll's

house and workshop are being extensively redone

 

 

Marvin just returned from Chicago and he met Denny Abrahams on the flight there. Denny was going to Chicago for the SOFA Art Fair--so was Marvin.

And last night at a party, Marvin met my old college friend, Phil Makanna. Haven't seen Phil in decades--now he's a well-known aviation photograper. Check his work out here.

 

 

Autoweek reviews the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show with "Japanese blend eco-friendly and fun."

 

 

 

 

 

11/12/07

Our Annie K emails

My story Googling Her Birth Parents in the Nov. 11 Chronicle Magazine is now online!

Enjoy!
Annie

Also check out Annie's Website
here.

 

 

"Theater aims to inspire youths" writes Doug Oakley in our Times.

"Hoping to draw at least a few kids away from television, the Internet and video games, a Berkeley woman has started a new theater company aimed at children and families.

Elizabeth McKoy, who is financing the startup of the Berkeley Playhouse, will use aspiring child actors and adult professionals in about three performances a year.

The first show, 'Seussical the Musical,' opened Thursday at the Ashby Stage and runs through Dec. 2. The show draws from different Dr. Seuss stories and carries a message about the power of independent thinking, self-confidence and respect for the environment."

 

 

"Solar installation plan gets official go-ahead: Council approves program to help property owners install energy
systems, allowing repayment over 20 years"
reports Kristin Benderpn the Times.

"Getting energy-saving solar panels on your house or business without going broke is set to get a lot easier in Berkeley.

The City Council unanimously approved a first-of-its kind program Tuesday night to help property owners install solar energy systems by tacking the cost on to their property tax bills over a 20-year period."

 

 

Bob sent an email to members of the Design Review Commission about the proposed Pardee and San Pablo Ave project

My wife and I object to its design for several reasons

1. density - 10 units is too much for this very narrow lot,

2. height - it will tower over its neighbors,

3. congestion - Pardee is a very narrow street, the transmission shop across from this proposed development regularly has cars delivered to it by tow trucks and flatbeds which would block access to the development's garage.

4. It is a 10 unit condo that pretends to have a "live/work" unit in the back - far away from the street. . . . The intent of the Mixed/Use bonus was to provide ground floor commercial uses along San Pablo Avenue. This . . . "live/work" unit doesn't meet that intent nor is it consistent with the purposes of the district.

 

 

UC Berkeley prepares to remove tree-sitting protesters near stadium writes the Chroncile's Carolyn Jones,

"Two fences. A court order. More than 200 citations. Rain. Cold. Heckling from football fans. Excruciating boredom. And still, almost a year after they clambered up the oaks and redwoods next to Memorial Stadium, the Berkeley tree-sitters remain undaunted in their perches."

 

 

"USC run game too much for Cal" writes Jonathan Okanes in the Times.

"Cal's improved defense did almost everything it could to help the Bears make up for a disappointing season. But there was just one person they couldn't stop -- Chauncey Washington."

 

 

 

"Tuskegee Airmen, once disgraced, now embraced" reports the Tribune's Dave Newhouse.

Once segregated, now celebrated, the Tuskegee Airmen are striving to understand this sudden altering of perspective and the unexpected outpouring of affection that has them somewhat mystified, yet gratified.

'We're probably the hottest group in the country,' said Woodie Spears of Hayward, his voice a mixture of excitement and bewilderment."

 

 

"Cal State 9 hit skids in past 3 months: Institution posted $9.1 million in losses the first six months of
2007; in 9 months, losses were $45.9 million"
reports the Times', George Avalos.

The red ink that has drenched the balance sheet at Cal State 9 credit union, which was taken over by state regulators last week, increased fivefold in the past three months, a fresh indicator of the financial problems that have hobbled the housing market.

During the first nine months of 2007, Cal State 9 lost $45.9 million. That was far more than the $9.1 million in losses for the East Bay credit union during the first six months of this year, according to a new report on file with the National Credit Union Administration.

State regulators forced Cal State 9 into conservatorship and turned over operational control of the company to the National Credit Union Administration on Nov. 2. Regulators and credit union officials have been working to ease the fears of Cal State 9 members and to seek a potential buyer or other financial partner for the fallen company.

 

 

 

 

11/14/07

Pete's Potter Creek rain gauge showed .9 inch from Saturday afternoon through Sunday.

 

 

"Children's center will look east" writes our Times" Hilary Costa.

"A group seeking to build a children's museum and family resource center in Brentwood will hold an open meeting Thursday night to try to gauge community interest in the project.

Gina Moreland, founder and executive director of Berkeley's Habitot Children's Museum, and Steffany Lohn, founder of Find a Way Foundation of Brentwood, are seeking community input on their plan to build a 10,000- to 20,000-square-foot Habitot location in downtown Brentwood."

 

 

"Tree sitter injured in 30-foot fall: Man using a suspended rope to reach the ground breaks
arm, leg"
reports Kristin Bender of the Times.

"A tree sitter who was using a suspended rope to leave the oak grove near Memorial Stadium on Sunday night fell at least 30 feet to the ground, breaking an arm and a leg, a tree-sit supporter said Monday."

 

 

11/15/07 and following are here



Berkeley Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.


Take time to report crime!

All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

Officer Andrew Frankel, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 AFrankel@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Ryan Lau, aid to Darrell Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darrell Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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