Oakland Tribune Outtakes

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Archive for January, 2008

Brooklyn in Berkeley

By awoodall

Tonight is the opening of “Taking Over,” a one-man show by Danny Hoch at the Berkeley Rep about the characters of his Brooklyn neighborhood, where the ethnic and class melting pot doesn’t melt so well. Brooklyn isn’t what it used to be and Hoch portrays the painful transition with humor and compassion. The show runs through Feb. 5 at Berkeley Rep, 2025 Addison St.  www.berkeleyrep.org.

Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
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Jazz up your Friday

By awoodall

Oakland’s own Angela Wellman (trombonist/founder of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music) will be peforming Friday night, Jan. 18, at a super-cool event called “Cultural Encounters,” which is a fancy way of saying that jazz artists were asked to compose original music inspired by works of art held by the De Young Museum in SF. Wellman chose “Imunu People-Gulf of Papua.” The line up also includes Mitch Marcus, Howard Wiley, Ben Goldberg, Marcus Shelby, Erik Jekabson, Babatunde Lea and Kasey Knudsen. Info at www.deyoungmuseum.org or (415) 750-7634 — or www.theintersection.org (415) 626-2787. Begins 6:30 p.m.

Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
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Noir Bete

By awoodall

Check out the Noir Film Festival going on Jan. 25 to Feb. 3 at the Castro in SF — 20 films in 10 days. Check out the Web site www.noircity.com for a listing and all the necessary info. The Castro is at 429 Castro St.

Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
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Looking for something femmy and brainy tonight?

By awoodall

Here’s a last-minute pick for tonight with Cathie Black the first woman publisher of a weekly when she took over the cheeky New York Magazine in 1979. She’s touting her book “Basic Black” — an account of her 40-year career, which currently includes heading Hearst Magazines and developing such trifling pubs as Cosmopolitan, Town & Country, The Oprah Magazine (which I like to call Oprah’s Ode to Herself) , Esquire and Good Housekeeping. It should be a hoot with Arianna Huffington asking the questions.   The event begins 8 p.m. at the City Arts and Lectures, Hearst Theater, 401 Van Ness. The Web site is www.cityarts.net and the phone is (415) 392-4400. Tickets are $19/CBO.

Posted on Wednesday, January 16th, 2008
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More bottles of beer on the wall

By awoodall

Night Owl reader and all around cool chick Laura Casey chimed in about her visit to The Trappist, the Belgian beer temple that opened in December.  For more about the hot spot, read The Night Owl’s Friday column in your friendly neighborhood Oakland Tribune (also online). And feel free to add your own review of The Trappist (or any other night spot). 
And keep an eye out this weekend for The Night Owl downtown story. Read all about the changes in store for the no man’s land that is 14th Street west of City Hall.  

Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
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100+ bottles of beer on the wall

By awoodall

If you want to hit THE hottest spot in Oaktown (right now) get over to The Trappist, on 8th Street in Old Oakland. I dropped by Friday night to check the pub that specializes in Belgian beer. Having spent many a day in Liege and Brussels, the thought of beer from the land of Walloons and Flanders didn’t do much for me, especially since Trappists are a contemplative Roman Catholic religious order that heeds St. Benedict (the women are called Trapistines). Trappist monksBut I’m in the minority on that one, judging from the crowds at the newly opened spot and the patrons.  Even at my salon people were gushing at the idea. “Ooh!” a woman at my salon cooed today when I combined the words Belgian and beer.  That’s her thing. It’s the Trappists’ thing too: The monks of the French St. Sixtus monastary brew the King of Beers, prized from Brussels to Boston. See what I know!
I have to say it was a weird night. I spent the evening writing up a story about the 10-year-old boy who was shot in a freak incident Thursday evening on Piedmont Avenue — he was just practicing piano when a stray bullet fired by gas station robber across the street went through the boy’s mother’s Honda, then through the music school’s wall. As I left I was trying on the phone with OPD trying to figure out if he had been paralyzed. Then I walked into the noisy, bustling, overflowing Trappist.
When I called in to my editor at 10 p.m. Children’s Hospital was announcing that the boy probably would never walk again. What a night.    

Posted on Saturday, January 12th, 2008
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The Jew of Home Depot and other picks

By awoodall

How about a little literary kultcha next week? For a trip across the Bay (you know which one), the Jewish Community Center of SF is offering “Max Apple: The Jew of Home Depot and Other Stories,” 8 p.m. Jan. 14.  The totally irreverent Apple is best known for “skewering pop culture and finding relevance in the mundane and the absurd of Jewish life,” acc. to the LA Times review of his first book of fiction in 20 years, which the satirist himself will be on hand to discuss on the 14th. 
Then, on Jan. 16 (7 p.m.), Paul Auster (who wrote the screenplay for Smoke – the  brilliant  Wayne Wang film with Harvey Keitel and Giancarlo Esposito, Blue in the Face – ditto on the brilliant but with Lou Reed and Madonna et al, and Lulu on the Bridge) will appear in the flesh for a screening of his new film, The Inner Life of Martin Frost.  Then he’ll talk about his new film. 
The JCC is located at 3200 California St., SF. The telephone is 415-292-1233 and the Web site is www.jccsf.org. Tickets cost $10 for non-members ($8 for members).  

Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2008
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To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. 80 BD

By awoodall

Oakland Celebrates the Dream Opening Ceremony Jan. 15

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Frank Ogawa Plaza, in front of Oakland’s historic City Hall, 14th Street and Broadway

Oakland, California

Free Admission Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2008
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Sam Spade — original bad-boy

By awoodall

If you need some tough-guy stuff to balance all that holiday cheer and good humor (and your hungry) go see THE original Hollywood bad-boy Bogey as SF private dick Sam Spade in the seminal noir masterpiece THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)  playing at the Cerrito Speakeasy …”the stuff dreams are made of….”).

The CERRITO SPEAKEASY THEATER — Picture, Pub & Pizza — (510) 814-2400, 10070 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito

Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2008
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ADA-compliant Night Owls

By awoodall

Hey folks. I’m looking for stories about the nightlife and disabilities for an upcoming story in the Trib. Since I’ve been on crutches I have a new angle on what it’s like trying to get around, including night spots. I also started to notice how few wheelchairs I see out at nightclubs and such. You ever notice how heavy doors are or how small bathrooms are? Imagine trying to get a wheelchair or blind person down the stairs of a club… So I want to hear from people with disabilities (wheelchairs, crutches, hearing/sight impaired, etc)  about how they navigate nightclubs, bars, lounges…even strip joints. Send your stories my way if you got ’em — either here in the comments section or to awoodall@bayareanewsgroup.com.
Let’s hear ‘em!    

Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2008
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