Willie Nelson to open Greek Theatre season

Country legend Willie Nelson is set to kick off the 2014 Greek Theatre concert season.

The legendary singer-songwriter-guitarist, known for such immortal offerings as "Crazy," "Hello Walls," "Red Headed Stranger" and "Stardust," performs April 12.

The Texan will be joined at this show by two other critically acclaimed acts -- the Drive-By Truckers and Shovels and Rope. It's the only date on Nelson's spring-summer tour that will feature all three acts.

Tickets are $49.50 and are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.

Nelson is supporting last year's popular "To All the Girls ...," an album that features the country legend in duets with such acclaimed female vocalists as Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Norah Jones, Loretta Lynn and Sheryl Crow.

Cell phone robbery suspect arrested

A man accused of trying to rob another man of his cell phone was arrested after trying to escape from a confrontation that resulted in the robbery, police said.

Police said 36-year-old Lavar Demark Brown attacked a man who was talking on his phone at the intersection of Bancroft Way and Telegraph Avenue around 9:10 a.m. Jan. 8. The male victim was walking toward Brown when he was attacked, police said, and earlier had walked past him during his conversation.


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Brown also tried to take items from the victim's pockets, police said, but the victim broke free and ran to Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus and contacted police. A UC police officer detained Brown blocks away from the robbery, and he was positively identified and arrested a short time later, police said.

Free workshop on creating business plan

A free seminar on Successful Business Plans will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 22 in the third floor Community Meeting Room of the the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St. The session, offered by the Berkeley Public Library and the Alameda County Small-Business Development Center, "is a building block for any small business owner or entrepreneur looking for a simple way to understand how to write a business plan. It is a must for all kinds of businesses in all stages of development. Come prepared for hands-on exercises to help create an outline for your business plan."

The library has other business management resources available.

For more details call 510-981-6148.

Venues participating in Restaurant Week

It was announced that 25 restaurants will participate in Berkeley Restaurant Week, the "dine local, eat global" event that will actually be held for two weeks from Jan. 17 to 31.

Locations around the city will offer signature prix fixe lunch & dinner menus. For participating restaurants and reservation information visit http://bit.ly/19NBrfB.

Soccer club holding team tryouts

East Bay United Soccer Club is holding competitive team tryouts for the new season from Jan. 25 to Feb. 5. A schedule and tryout registration are online with more details at www. eastbayunitedsoccer.org.

Free presentation on historic Hearst Ranch

The history and sights of the sprawling 82,000-acre Hearst Ranch in Central California, which includes the landmark Hearst Castle, will be the topic of a free discussion and slideshow presented by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17.

The speaker will be Victoria Kastner, author of the book "Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy."

Admission to the talk at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., is by reservation only, which can be made at landmarkheritage@att.net.

Free 'Julius Caesar' presentation at library

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival touring company will give a free performance of of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 in the third floor Community Meeting Room at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

"The 55-minute touring production presents a cast of five professional actors in costume, with set, props, and recorded music. The performance will be followed by a question and answer session with the cast." Details: 510-981-6241.

-- Kristin Bender, Jim Harrington, Rick Hurd, Doug Oakley and Chris Treadway