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The It List: Five Things to do in Berkeley this weekend

IMAGINE NONVIOLENCE In response to the March 16 shooting at the club, which injured two employees, and violence in general, Ashkenaz is sponsoring an event called “Imagining Nonviolence” on Friday April 19. “This event explores, celebrates, and shares numerous ways that we heal from violence, individually and within community. Starting with a hands-on healing art workshop, participants will […]

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Molly Holm: Permission to soar

Molly Holm performs at Freight & Salvage on Sunday, Apr. 21, to mark her debut CD. Photo: Irene Young Molly Holm has lived a lifetime in between starting to record her debut CD Permission and its release last February. The Berkeley jazz singer, an esteemed educator and important collaborator with Bobby McFerrin and Terry Riley, […]

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Police release name of Ashkenaz shooting suspect

Ashkenaz’s rustic-looking building on San Pablo. Photo: Jeremy Brooks The Berkeley Police Department has released the name of one of the alleged shooters from Saturday morning’s robbery at the Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center, which sent two people to the hospital with serious injuries from the shooting. On Tuesday evening, police publicly identified the […]

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Two Ashkenaz employees shot during robbery

Ashkenaz’s rustic-looking building on San Pablo. Photo: Jeremy Brooks Ashkenaz’s rustic-looking building on San Pablo. Photo: Jeremy Brooks Two employees of Ashkenaz were shot and seriously injured early Saturday morning during an armed robbery of the popular dance center at 1317 San Pablo Ave., currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. Two people with guns walked into the crowded […]

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Zongo Junction: Drawing inspiration from Berkeley roots

The 12-piece Brooklyn Afrobeat band Zongo Junction plays hard-hitting West African funk inspired by grooves emanating from Nigeria, Ghana, and Benin, but the group’s roots extend directly to Berkeley. Founded by drummer Charles Ferguson after a six-month sojourn in Ghana, the band features several of his fellow Berkeley High jazz band buddies, including keyboardist Eli […]