Candidate videos online from LWV

Voters still undecided about candidates in the local election can watch "Stump Speeches" by each of the contenders online at YouTube.com/lwvbae.

The two-minute videos produced by the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville in cooperation with Berkeley Community Media feature statements by candidates for mayor, council districts 2, 3 and 5 and Berkeley school board.

Council and school board candidates also discuss issues in 30- and 60-minute "Election 2012" programs on the LWVBAE's YouTube channel. On the site, scroll down to find the spot or program you want to watch.

The "Election 2012" segments are also playing almost continuously on B-TV cable channel 33 every afternoon and evening, except when city or school meetings are being televised.

Students honored for sustainability research

Three UC Berkeley graduate students have received a total of $12,500 in Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Awards in recognition of their research projects that addressed significant global concerns.

Mozziyar Etemadi and Kayvan Keshari, who worked as a team, received the $10,000 grand prize for developing a method of harvesting biofuel from algae using fiber optics, which saves energy and space. Caroline Delaire received a $2,500 runner-up award for her study about the decontamination of waterborne pathogens and arsenic from water, focusing on the West Bengal area of India.


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The program recognizes students from 17 universities around the world for research that address environmental, social and economic challenges. More information is available at www.dow.com/sustainability/studentchallenge.

Tour of historic Morgan buildings set

A tour of homes and buildings designed by architect Julia Morgan will be hosted by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association from noon to 4 p.m. Nov, 18.

Sites on the tour, being held as part of the statewide Julia Morgan 2012 Festival, will include private residences and landmarks such as the Hearst Gymnasium (her collaboration with Bernard Maybeck) and Girton Hall on the UC Berkeley campus; the Berkeley City Club; and the Bancroft Hotel, designed by Morgan's longtime associate Walter T. Steilberg.

A post-tour reception will be held at the association's McCreary-Greer House at 2318 Durant Ave.

The tour cost is $25, or $20 for BAHA members. For details or reservations visit berkeleyheritage.com, send an email to baha@berkeleyheritage.com or call 510-841-2242.

'Sound of Music' opens stage season

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" is the opening production for the fifth season at Berkeley Playhouse at the at Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave.

A cast of 40 appears in the tale of the Von Trapp family and their escape from Nazi-occuppied Austria to Switzerland.

Performances are Fridays through Sundays through Dec. 2. For tickets ($17-35) and more information, the public may visit berkeleyplayhouse.org or call 510-845-8542x351.

Program to hold 'School of Rock' concerts

Youth and adult rock bands from the BandWorks music program will be featured at a pair of upcoming concerts at Ashkenaz Community & Dance Center, 1317 San Pablo Ave.

Student performances will be from 1:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 4, with a lineup of 15 child, teen and adult bands playing classic and newer songs as well as some original works.

Three bands will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Ashkenaz.

Tickets are $5 at the door, ages 5 and under free. Learn more about BandWorks School and the School of Rock student concerts at www.bandworks.com.

Art exhibit to open at Central Library

Sumi-e and nihonga paintings by Bay Area artist Fumiyo Yoshikawa will be on display at the Berkeley Public Library Central Catalog Lobby, 2090 Kittredge St., from Nov. 5 to Feb. 3.

"A native of Japan, Yoshikawa uses traditional nihonga and sumi-e Japanese methods of ink painting originating in China with a spiritual basis in Zen Buddhism," the library notes. "This form of expressing nature's colors through shades of black ink has been popular in China, Korea and Japan for many centuries."

Yoshikawa, whose works have been widely exhibited, teaches the techniques at the Albany Community Center.

A reception with the artist will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Details: 510-981-6100 or www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

Celtic music by Scottish musician

Veteran singer/songwriter Alan Reid from Scotland and musical partner Rob Van Sante will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Garden Gate Center, 2911 Claremont Ave.

Reid was an initial member of Scotland's well-known Battlefield Band in 1969.

Details: www.gardengatecreate.com.

-- Chris Treadway and Theresa Harrington