January 16, 2015
Friday, January 16 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm 
City of Berkeley Civic Center | 2180 Milvia St. 6th Floor | FREE

The City of Berkeley Public Art Program and Civic Arts Commission invite the community to the Celebration Reception for the 2014/2015 Civic Center Art Exhibition at the City of Berkeley Civic Center. The Civic Center Art Exhibition celebrates the richness of artistic production within the community featuring 37 Berkeley-based artists selected through a juried process for exhibition. The annual exhibition is produced through a collaborative effort by Berkeley Art CenterKala Art Institute, the Civic Arts Commission and Civic Arts Coordinator. Visitors can view the artwork during regular hours of operation.

Thursday, January 22 - Saturday, January 31 |
$15/$20 Prix fixe lunch | $20/$30 Prix fixe dinner

The 3rd Annual Berkeley Restaurant Week (#BRW15) is set for Jan. 22-31, with special-value lunch and dinner menus at 27 Berkeley restaurants citywide. Berkeley Restaurant Week will feature prix fixe lunch menus for $15/$20, and dinners for $20/$30, so diners can delve into Berkeley's culinary excellence and discover new favorites!  Berkeley Restaurant Week spans the wide world of flavors with food from Japan, Italy, Mexico, France, Germany, Thailand, and the Mediterranean, as well as delicious presentations of contemporary California cuisine. To further pique culinary adventurers, Visit Berkeley will give away $25 dining cards and certificates daily during the promotion via Facebook and Twitter. Participating restaurants, menu highlights and Open Table reservations are available at BerkeleyRestaurantWeek.com.

Previews Friday, January 16 - Thursday, January 22
Opening Night | Friday, January 23  Berkeley Repertory Theater | 2025 Addison St. | Playing through March 1

Are you ready for some football? American identity and our love of the game meet head-on in the world premiere of X's and O's (A Football Love Story) commissioned by Berkeley Rep and directed by Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone. Our singularly American sport is intricately woven into our culture and rituals, yet its traumatic effect on players and their families has us reexamining its place in our country's story. Playwright and football superfan KJ Sanchez, along with Jenny Mercein, brings us a fascinating and hard-hitting docudrama-based on interviews with players, their families, and their fans-that examines our country's passion for a sport that is both generous and dangerous, life-giving yet lethal. X's and O's (A Football Love Story) is as visceral, emotional, and as highly theatrical as the game itself.

More Theater Openings
Mondays, January 12 - February 9 | Josh Kornbluth's Reports from the Zen Hospice: Improvs | The Marsh Theater | 2120 Allston Way | $10

Saturday, January 24 | Opening of Bob Marley's Three Little Birds by Bay Area Children's Theatre | Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse | 2020 Addison St. | $22 Adults, $18 Children | Playing through February 15

Friday, January 30 | Opening of The Lyons | Aurora Theatre Company | 2081 Addison St. | Playing through March 1

Co-working Space News
Downtown Berkeley welcomes a new co-working space, WeWork, which opened up their newest West Coast community on the corner of Shattuck and University Ave.

Just steps from BART, WeWork offers fabulous views and amenities to support companies of all sizes, including conference rooms and lounges, weekly networking events, coffee and beer, and front desk reception. Businesses and entrepreneurs who join the WeWork community are plugged into a dynamic, global network of over 17,000 like-minded individuals, giving them a platform from which they can connect, collaborate, thrive, and succeed. After its first week of opening, over 65% of the new Berkeley site has been reserved.  Many beautiful spaces remain, and the WeWork team invites businesspeople and members of the community to tour the space and become part of the East Bay's largest collaborative work community.

Impact Hub Berkeley is kicking off 2015 by opening its doors to Bay Area professionals focused on social & environmental impact. Try coworking at cozy Impact Hub Berkeley for FREE every Friday through March - with coffee, tea, meeting space, and a personalized introduction to the community. If you're intrigued, fill out this form and indicate when you'd like to come by:  http://berkeley.impacthub.net/freeday/.

Update on Minimum Wage Changes

Critical information if you have employees in Berkeley:

As you are adjusting to the new wage levels for 2015,  you should be aware that the City's Labor Commission is beginning a process of adding additional requirements for Berkeley employers and additional benefits for employees.


They are proposing to add sick leave and health care requirements and increase and extend the new minimum wage.


Their first meeting will take place on January 21 at the Senior Center on MLK and Hearst at 7:00 pm. (see Labor Commission Meeting Announcement HERE). The process will involve hearings and discussion followed by a proposal that will go to the City Council for a vote.

SF Business Times Ad Opportunity from City of Berkeley, Office of Economic Dev.

The San Francisco Business Times will produce a special advertising supplement in partnership with the City of Berkeley, Office of Economic Development.  This 24 page supplement will feature articles on innovation and research, quality of life - arts and culture and civic engagement in the City of Berkeley.  The supplement will be inserted into the February 27th issue of the Business Times and will reach our 87,000 weekly readers.  In addition, the City of Berkeley staff will be distributing additional copies of the supplement to their clients and at various events throughout the year.  This means your advertising investment in this supplement will have a longer life and a wider reach.


You are invited to take advantage of special advertising rates that we are offering for this insert. The deadline to reserve space is February 16th.


 Print pricing for four color ads is as follows:

  • Full page:        $6,500
  • Half page:       $5,000
  • Quarter page:  $3,500
Please call Tom Van Ess at the San Francisco Business Times to reserve your space today at (415) 288-4932 or at tvaness@bizjournals.com


Michael J. Caplan                                                        Mary Huss

Economic Development Manager                                Publisher

The goBerkeley Pilot Program is coming to an end, and the City wants to hear from you about your experiences and what you think should happen next.


Please complete a feedback survey at www.goBerkeley.info/evaluationsurvey to let us know how this program worked for you - and whether goBerkeley parking and transportation efforts should continue.


goBerkeley, which will run from July 2013 to March 2015, adjusted parking prices, time limits, and parking signs to better match visitor needs, while providing free transit passes and subsidized carshare memberships to employees and residents in three Pilot Areas:  Downtown, Southside/Telegraph, and the Elmwood.  Staff have compiled the program's effects on parking and transit use, received survey feedback, and estimated the overall impacts on traffic, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.


REMINDER: Public Workshops

If you would like a chance to discuss the goBerkeley pilot program with City staff, please attend one of the upcoming public workshops.


(Note: The same material will be repeated at both workshops, so it is only necessary to attend one.)

  • January 21st from  4pm-6pm at the Berkeley Public Library Central Branch's Community Room on the 3rd Floor of 2090 Kittredge Street (at Shattuck).
  • January 22nd from  6pm-8pm at the Berkeley Public Library's Claremont Branch at 2940 Benvenue Avenue (at Ashby) in the Children's Section.

email: info@downtownberkeley.com web: downtownberkeley.com Tel: 510.549.2230