Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Schaaf for Mayor?

By Matt Artz
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at 4:18 pm in Uncategorized


Nothing yet from the mare’s mouth, but I had a couple well-connected people tell me Friday afternoon that Libby Schaaf is starting preparations for a mayoral run.

It’s hard to gauge political ramifications with ranked-choice voting, but a run by Schaaf could swing some money and volunteer energy away from Joe Tuman. 

Running would be a big gamble for Schaaf. She’s up for re-election to the council next year, so she’d have to give up her seat to run for mayor.

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Dinner and a movie at Breads of India

By awoodall
Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 1:25 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Oakland nightlife, Old Oakland, Uncategorized

The monthly two-for-one at Oakland’s Breads of India on Clay Street begins August 25.

A little mughlai biryani or fish tikka, maybe a cocktail from the bar and a light comedy flick from India? This month’s four-course menu features old Delhi dishes and the movie Cheeni Kum (“Less Sugar”). $40 per person. 7 p.m.

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Tuesday at the Trappist

By awoodall
Monday, August 8th, 2011 at 2:30 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Oakland nightlife, Old Oakland

This Tuesday the 9th at 7pm at The Trappistthe trappist on tap, a convergence of massive proportions, The West Coast Debut of Evil Twin Brewing, Official Wet Dream US release, Taco Tuesday & The Official Trappist Patio Opening! We will be pouring beer on the Patio (not actually on the patio itself but into your glass). Bottles of pretty much everything will also be available for here or “to go”

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Rock/lit magazine launches in Oakland

By awoodall
Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 7:09 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl

IMAG0085I like Neko Case and I have a book by one of the contributors right here on my bookshelf, so I am passing this editors’ press release because they’re setting up shop in Oakland: Alibi, a new magazine focused on literature and rock & roll, will launch this winter in Oakland. Published using a mix of traditional and innovative approaches—print, live events, the web, and mobile—Alibi will present rock music and literature side-by-side and explore their exhilarating relationship. The magazine is edited by writer Dan Stone; its board of directors includes Stone, musicians Neko Case and Zach Rogue, designer Brandon Herring, and Pixar Production Manager Jake Martin.

The first issue of Alibi will feature new work by writers Tobias Wolff, Geoff Dyer, Kim Addonizio,  Ted Gioia, A. E. Stallings, Jon Mooallem, Viva Las Vegas, and musicians Zach Rogue (from Rogue Wave), Jim White, Blake Hazard (from the Submarines; she’s also F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great-granddaughter), Kyle Morton (from Typhoon), and Laura Burhenn (from Bright Eyes, Georgie James, and the Mynabirds). Alibi’s inaugural live event will be headlined by Neko Case and a writer we will announce soon. The event will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Alibi is a registered nonprofit corporation interested in exposing youth culture to good music and books. We will give copies of the magazine to high schools and offer free student matinees of our events.Alibi is currently selling subscriptions, event tickets, and other related items through Kickstarter: http://kck.st/rpYnnK. More information can be found on our website: www.alibimagazine.com. For press interviews, quotes, and questions, please contact editor Dan Stone, danstone@alibimagazine.com.

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Oakland Cathedral Thursday night mixers

By awoodall
Friday, August 5th, 2011 at 4:30 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Oakland nightlife

Church might not be the first place you think of spending a Thursday night but saints and sinners: Enjoy live music, complimentary appetizers and a beautiful lake view every 3rd Thursday, August through October (8/18; 9/15; 10/20). 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm on the Plaza of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St (@Grand Ave), Oakland. FREE admission. Everyone welcomed! For additional info, contact 510/893-4711.

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Mezcal madness in Old Oakland

By awoodall
Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 3:12 pm in Night Owl, Old Oakland

Swan’s Market usually closes at 6 p.m. but Cosecha Cafe is having a Mezcal dinner Aug. 20 beginning 7:30 p.m. Here’s the basics from the press release: The tasting dinner includes three mezcal varities from Oaxacan artisan producer Pierde Almas and a   discussion about the history and techniques of production in the region. Chef Dominica Salomon will offer a tasting menu that compliments the vegetal, floral notes of the mezcal.

  • Tamales de Guajalote con Mole Negro (turkey and black mole tamales wrapped in banana leaves)
  • Mixed heirloom tomato and avocado salad with a green coriander vinaigrette
  • Summer squash with herbs and garlic
  • Side of frijoles and arroz
  • Flan de canela

Pierde Almas produces small-batch mezcal from agave distilled in clay pots.   They produce four varieties derived from species of the lily family: Espadín, Do-ba-daán, 100% wild Tobalá and 100% wild Tobaziche. Details Magazine rates Pierde Almas as one of the five best mezcals, “favored by Mexico’s top restaurateurs.” There are few tickets left at $45 per person (not including beer/wine and gratuity). info@cosechacafe.com

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New Oakland stadium

By awoodall
Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 5:22 pm in Coliseum

Read the latest developments in Oakland’s desire to build a new stadium.

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Boot and Shoe replaces Di Bartolo Cafe

By awoodall
Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 12:12 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Oakland nightlife

Outside Boot and Shoe Cafe

It took me forever to get this up here but just wanted to let you know there is a new cafe on Grand Avenue and it looks splendid. Boot and Shoe Service very quietly expanded into the old Di Bartolo’s and opened about two weeks ago now. The cafe is open until 3 p.m. for now. Later drinks and appetizers, as well as cafe and dessert, will be served during the dinner hour.  Like they did when they took over the restaurant portion — the first Di Bartolo holding to go — Boot and Shoe completely gutted the inside of the cafe and opened up the wall between the restaurant and the cafe. It feels like a grown up cafe instead of a laptop work cafe environment. No more sticky pastries, sloppy counters and disinterested service.

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BART releases video from July 3 officer involved shooting

By awoodall
Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 5:03 pm in Crime/Courts

See BART video that provides a partial view of the July 3, 2011 officer involved shooting on the platform of the Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station.  Today BART said it released the platform video, which contains what happened moments before the shooting, which killed 45-year-old Charles Hill.  But I still can’t find it online.

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More on Swan’s produce stand

By awoodall
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 at 12:57 pm in Old Oakland

This from the OON network: Isaac Cronin and Julia Fry, the consultants EBALDC hired to recruit new businesses for Swan’s Market, want to try again with a produce stand — but with more neighbor input first.
You can contact them at icpr1@sbcglobal.net or 415-717-4455.
They will also be at the Aug. 24 Old Oakland Neighbors
meeting, 7pm at Old Town Square. 
More about Isaac Cronin Public Relations at

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