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Friday
Dec032010

sidebar

Nearby CB2 Berkeley, Sidebar was founded by three friends who share their culinary passions and talents by serving Mediterranean bistro fare and comfort foods with new twists.

Find them at 542 Grand Avenue in Oakland and order the ‘pisco sour’—voted the best of the east bay in 2009.

Thanks to florence, berkeley store manager, for the tip and to anne-marie at sidebar for the great photos.

Friday
Nov192010

our neighborhoods: berkeley

photo courtesy of: Ian Ransley Design+Illustration

In “It Came From Berkeley”, author Dave Weinstein documents the often colorful stories of how this college town contributed to American society city through its involvement in the development of the atom bomb, wet suits, hot tubs, listener-sponsored radio, bicycle boulevards…

Berkeley’s bordered by Oakland and Emeryville to the south, and Kensington and Albany to the north. The west and east borders are the natural landscapes of the San Francisco Bay and the Berkeley Hills.

photo courtesy of: brainchildvnIncorporated on April Fool’s Day in 1878, Berkeley is a blend of this and that—the hills and the flats, east and west—which come from the city’s split personality. Originally conservative—the city voted itself an ‘alcohol-free zone’ in 1899—and although its always had new ideas, today it’s known as one of the most liberal cities in America.

The mid to late 1800s were a boom-time for all of California as gold rushers arrived and technological advances came with them. The Transcontinental Railroad ended in Oakland, electric lights were in use by 1888, telephones had already been installed and electric streetcars replaced horsecars on Telegraph Avenue. Two hundred years later, Berkeley pioneered traffic calming through bicycle boulevards and is one of the safest cities in the country to bike around.

The private College of California created a street grid in 1866 that became Berkeley’s modern street plan, but a collaboration with the State of California was necessary to complete it—so the public University of California came to be and it’s where many progressive ideas are fostered. Robert Gordon Sproul, University President from 1930-1958, transformed it during his tenure with his energetic spirit and dedication—both the plaza and administration building bear his name in gratitude.

At the onset of World War II, the Bay Area became home to industries and residents who were influential in it—such as the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond and U of C Professor J. Robert Oppenheimer, Director of the Manhattan Project.

As social issues emerged in the 1950s and 60s—a strong ‘freedom of thought’ movement rose in response to the McCarthy hearings, the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement sparked protests—all gained support here as ‘hippies’ spilled over from San Francisco. Activism is still in the campus blood as crowds gathered recently to protest budget cuts and tree-sitters rejected an athletic training center in lieu of hundred year old trees.

Don’t miss the Berkeley Kite Festival in late July and we bet many will sad to know the ‘How Berkeley Can You Be!? Parade’ is no longer. Some natives who may remember one of those 13 parades: Francis Ford Coppola, Allen Ginsburg, Whoopi Goldberg, Patty Hearst, Phil Lesh, Timothy Leary, Richard Prior, Cindy Sheehan, Rita Moreno, Joe Satriani, Richard Gere, Adam Duritz, Robert Crumb…

photo courtesy of: yummyporkyCredited as the birthplace of ‘California cuisine’ since Chez Panisse opened in 1971 and Whole Earth Catalog from 1969-1998, it’s now headquarters of Clif Bar and home of the Berkeley Bowl.

Cody’s Books, 1956-2008, was a pioneer—one of the first to sell paperbacks which students could better afford, in fighting censorship, and as a safe haven for student activists. Today, CB2 is honored to be in the space which was such an important part of Berkeley’s history.

photo courtesy of: brainchildvn

Thanks to ciaran, berkeley sales associate, for contributing.

Friday
Oct082010

pride festival weekend: atlanta

What: Atlanta Pride Parade 2010
When: Sunday, October 10, 1:00pm kickoff
Where
: Marta Civic Center Station to Piedmont Park via Peachtree Street

Now that your spirit’s stoked from Thursday’s Pride at the Hide kick-off party, check out the 40th Annual Pride Festival featuring 17 live performers on two stages and scores of market vendors.

Sunday, remember to set your alarm to arrive for the Parade by 10:30am if you’re a participant—no later than 1:00pm if you’re cheering from the sidelines.

On your way there, why not rev up your iPod to Jake’s mix tape made especially for the event.

Tuesday
Oct052010

morgans

In our neighborhood, Morgans is the creation of Barclay Graebner—who opened her first place in SoBe, Blu Dog Bakery, at the age of 19.

She’s also formed a food cooperative for vegans and vegetarians and at the same time discovered a 1930’s breezy duplex in the Wynwood district which became home to Morgans, specializing in modern, home-style comfort food. mmm mm!

Thanks to tameeka, store manager south beach miami, for this submission.

Friday
Sep102010

our neighborhoods: lincoln park

photo courtesy of: egotechnique.photo courtesy of: southie3

The neighborhood of Lincoln Park was once native, mid-western prairielands scattered with Indian settlements. When Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, CB2 Lincoln Park may have been just out of bounds at 800 W. North Avenue—on the northside of the boundary street.

Illinois being the birthplace and ‘Land of Lincoln’, the park was named in his honor not long after his assassination. Framed by Diversey Parkway and North Avenue on the north and south, and the Chicago River and Lake Michigan to the west and east, the area still includes acres of parklands—Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

In the 1920’s and 30s, Chicago acquired its gangster reputation since the notorious Al Capone and John Dillinger called it home. For the filming of “Public Enemies” in 2008, the Biograph Theater—where Dillinger watched “Manhattan Melodrama” the night he was shot—and a stretch of Lincoln Avenue were brought back in time for the true to life shoot-out finale between Johnny Depp and Christian Bale with Marion Cottilard in the wings. Long gone were the midnight runs of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a costumed audience waiting to participate.

In 1974, The Steppenwolf Theatre Company—whose name came from a book one of the founders read—performed their first plays in a northern suburb. In 1991, its current home was built in the backyard of CB2 and they often use our furniture on stage. Known for its thought-provoking scripts, many of the nine original members—including Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney, Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich—are still involved and sometimes perform with the company.

The Second City—where Blues Brothers Dan Akryod and John Belushi performed improv—is where many comedians got their start, including Jim Belushi, Bill Murray, Eugene Levy, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, John Candy, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Dan Castellaneta, Chris Farley, Steve Carell, Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Jane Lynch…

Farther east, just before Lake Shore Drive and the North Avenue Beaches, is the Chicago Historical Museum. It’s a treasure trove of historical information, home to sports jerseys worn by Michael Jordan and Ernie Banks, and features objects that aren’t just about Chicago—they’re items that originated here which later became classic national brands. Including the Veg-O-Matic (1961), Rock-Ola juke box (1950), Lava Lites (1970), and—invented by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright—Lincoln Logs (1955).

photo courtesy of: (nutmeg)photo courtesy of: whgrad