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Archive for October, 2007

Little Berkeley House of Horrors: Taking it to the Pink

By awoodall

From the ladies in Pink

Dearest CodePINK Com Madres and allies:
CodePINK invites you to join us all day Halloween 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Real House of Horrors: Marine Recruiting Station, 64 Shattuck Square, Berkeley.

Bring your pumpkin(s) to carve into heads of horror! We’ll mount them on bamboo poles in front of the station.  Bring Real Faces of War photos, dead babies, bloodied hands/limbs for the House of Horrors. Paint R.I.P. tombstones with our Bill of Rights.
Come dressed as the Ghost of our Constitution, the cost of war, the horrors of war.
Or, come dressed as the Witch of Peace who will cast a powerful spell over these horrors.
Free face painting: peace signs, “no war”. Sign up for a 2 hour shift, drop by, come all day! Just BE there!
 
Together we WILL SHUT DOWN the Marine Recruiting Station. For more info call 510-524-2776 or email info@bayareacodepink.org.
Web site is http://www.bayareacodepink.org.
Peace, No Military Predators Team. This is the kick-off event for our “How Berkeley Can U BE” month of actions EVERY week day in front of the Marine Recruiting Station.

Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
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Battle Over the Bay

By awoodall

nextevent_071103.jpg The B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls are at it again, bringing another night of B.A.D.-ass roller derby to San Jose on Saturday (Nov. 3).

Whips, lightning fast skating, and brutal hits—watch the action on the track as the Richmond Wrecking Belles take on the Oakland Outlaws in the final game before the 2007 Season Championship Game on December 8. Halftime performance by the Devil-Ettes.

 The venue is the San Jose Civic Auditorium, 135 West San Carlos St. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Bout begins 8:30 p.m.

Tickets $15 Ages 18 and over, so bring your ID

For more information and to purchase tickets for all upcoming bouts, go to www.bayareaderbygirls.com.

Posted on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007
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Boogie the Chicago way

By awoodall

This just in from a reader about dance spots in Oakland, in response to the Friday Night Owl — http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_7223053.  Many thanks!

Hi,
I read your article Friday about places to go dancing in the East Bay. You did a really good job, however, you failed to mention Arsimona’s Bar off of 12th and Clay. On Sunday nights they offer Chicago stepping. This style of dance was made more popular by R. Kelly’s Step in Name of Love song and video. In fact, the CD which featured that song had many songs that were steppin-friendly.

You may also want to know that the cover is cheap ($5) and lessons are provided for early arrivals.

Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2007
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EastSide Story

By awoodall

building_murals.jpg A reader commented about a post — http://www.ibabuzz.com/nightowl/?p=40 – that concerned a film series at the EastSide Cultural Center. Nice to have a reminder of the events there, was the gist of the comment.

So I dug this Trib story up: “After a decade of working out of inadequate or overpriced rental space, a collective of community organizers and artists will finally make their new home in a building of their own at the EastSide Cultural Center. The cultural center is located in East Oakland’s San Antonio district, one of the city’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. The EastSide Arts Alliance, a grass-roots organization founded in 1999, owns and operates the facility…” http://www.insidebayarea.com/search/ci_4924674

Posted on Sunday, October 21st, 2007
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Hey twinkle toes

By awoodall

OAKLAND — The Night Owl could be at the Oakland International Film Festival, sipping wine at Zza’s new wine bar or learning to tango, rumba or — hottest of the hot — salsa.

But she won’t. This birdie’s wings have been clipped and all she can do is dream of flying the coop. But, you twinkle-toes can read about where some hot dance spots (for hoofing and learning) are — as well as upcoming prowling possibilities — in this week’s Night Owl. http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_7223053

Where do you go for your boogie fever? Feel free to chime in with any suggestions (one gal can only get to so many places) or favorite dancefloors.  And photos are lovely too.

Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2007
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Let me diverge…

By awoodall

It’s not all fun and games for The Night Owl…like when I saw Chip Johnson’s column in the Chron today about the ( badly run, badly conducted and badly functioning)  committee that is supposed to be watching over our Measure Y money. That’s money that comes out of Oakland residents’ pockets, in a roundabout way, for hiring more cops and supporting anti-violence programs.

In addition to covering the nightlife of Oakland, I cover crime that happens after hours. So I hear  Oaklanders talk a lot about feeling like crime ratcheted out of control in the past year or two. I decided to look at what the reality is and what the city’s response has been to the citizens’ complaints and violent crime.  In other words, what have you done for me lately?

It was a frustrating endeavor, in part because officials tried to BS me a lot, or wanted to play up what they were planning to do. Sorry, I was asking what had been done already in the past year. The facts please, not plans.

The mayor’s office wears what is equivalent to a verbal chastity belt. Or, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Or, how about this: what you don’t tell, won’t hurt us. So just keep quiet.

Measure Y money figured into the story because it was paying for people to get things done. The jury still is out on whether the money is translating into results. In part, reducing crime is a long-term process. It never ends.  But on the face of it, the facts speak for themselves.

Who is watching over the watchdogs? As Chip said in the column, the members are discouraged from doing their job because it’s too dangerous to go into neighborhoods they — via Measure Y money — are supposed to be making safer. If they don’t feel safe enough to hold night meetings in rough districts, how do residents feel? 

So, I guess that answers the question about what the city has done about crime. 

Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2007
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The press take on the mayor

By awoodall

Whoops!

I mean, the press’ take on Mayor Ron Dellums, who has been in office 200 days…as in, what is your opinion of Dellums’
performance so far, esteemed media colleague.

Ron DellumsThe Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Club Thursday is hosting a panel discussion with journalists who cover City Hall and Oakland politics, including our own Oakland Tribune reporter Kelly Rayburn.  Also on hand will be The Chron’s Chip Johnson, East Bay Express’ Robert Gammon, and, from the Berkeley Daily Planet, Jessie Allen-Taylor.

The event kicks off 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 18) at the Piedmont Gardens, 110 41st St.
Visit the Web site www.mgoclub.org for more information.

Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
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Sentenced Home

By awoodall

That’s illegal. It’s a phrase often used — illegal parking, illegal search and seizures, illegal deals, illegal actions generally. But since when are human beings illegal? That’s the question posed in a series of films that make up the mini festival, “No Human Being is Illegal” playing at the EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd.

The first film, “Fruits of War” already screened Sunday, Oct. 14. But the next one is Oct. 26. “Sentenced Home” shows the dark side of strict 1996 U.S. anti-terror immigration policies, in which even minor convictions can result in automatic deportation for permanent residents. It’s a Kafkaesque tale from the perspective of Cambodian refugees, who lived through stark, brutal terror under the Khmer Rouge regime and difficulty in U.S. ghettos, that I wrote about early this summer. Here is the Web site www.pbs.org/independentlens/sentencedhome. 

  

Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2007
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Cuba-style

By awoodall

The 45th  anniversary of the Cuban revolution — like it or not — is already passed but we can still rumba.
I didn’t make it to the Friday night Ashkenaz show for some Cuban dance and music.
Did anyone go? Would like to hear how it went. I was looking forward to the dance lessons.
Have to wait until Wednesday — the Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley offers Wednesday night Salsa lessons. OK — it’s not Cuba but still a step in the right direction. (BTW, here is a link to a story about a local woman who went to med school in Cuba: http://www.insidebayarea.com/search/ci_7116847)

Just keep traveling south. Same with a Nov. 19 event in Santa Monica.

The Los Angeles Coalition in Solidarity with Cuba presents CUBAN FILM SERIES  Special Guests:  Professor Glenn Gebhard a film professor at Loyola Marymount University, will join us for this screening.  He will be bringing Dr. Neill McCauley who was one of the very few Americans who fought with Fidel Castro’s 26th of July movement that deposed the U.S.-backed ruler Fulgencio Batista. 
“Cuba: A Lifetime of Passion”
A feature-length documentary by Glenn Gebhard highlighting current Cuba, its revolutionary past and its coming transition.   The film views behind the scene political manifestations of the Cuban Revolution rarely seen outside of the island, as well as an insider’s look at Miami.  Though a series of beautifully shot interviews and sequences, we get to know much about the current and future situation of Cuba and its revolution.  They are highlighted through the eyes of Cubans who have lived through the current Communist system as well as those who have left.  We see Cuba from the point of view of confirmed pro-Castro Communists, as well as through oppositionists in Cuba, and those who have been stranded in Miami in exile.  We also get perspective through the State Department in Washington, DC, and from known academics and authors.
 RSVP:  RachelJay@earthlink.net
$5 donation for The Cuban Five defense
http://www.freethefive.org
 

Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2007
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Baggy’s all lit up

By awoodall

Here’s a link to the Eastlake district’s pride and joy, Baggy’s By the Lake http://www.flickr.com/photos/pbo31/263824469/ sent by of our fabulous interactive genius, Flo Brown.  Check here http://www.ibabuzz.com/nightowl/?p=31 for the story about the old-time watering hole as long as you don’t call it a dive bar.

Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2007
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