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Archive for July, 2008

Another fight coming up

By awoodall

I’m trying to do a bit more coverage of boxing, which the Trib (and most papers) don’t carry much of unless it’s a big one. I’ve written a few features about women’s boxing but fans have complained about the lack of regular fight news.  So, I’d like to hear more about local fights and fighters. Anyway, the next hot fight coming up is Saturday when Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito do battle in Las Vegas. The bets are divided about which one of the top-ranking welterweights will end standing, but one prediction I heard today was whoever goes down it will be in Round 10.  
And here’s an announcement sent by Bay Area’s Ana Julaton: On Aug. 21 at the Tachi Palace Casino and Hotel in Lemoore, California: Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton (4-1-1) will be fighting knockout specialist Donna “The Nature Girl” Biggers (19-16-1) in an 8 round battle for the W.B.C. International SuperBantamweight title. See footage of her last fight  against Mexican-American Salina Jordan.
I just watched my first live MMA fight Friday, “Summer Showdown,” because three guys trained by my trainer Casey Hall at King’s Gym were on the card. In that spirit, another MMA fight night is coming up Aug. 2: Battleground. The headline fight is between Drew Fickett (34-5-0) and Antonio McKee (21-3-2). Looks like Fickett is a UFC champ while McKee is from the rival IFL camp. So the fight could be double-deep. Doors open 6 p.m. at the Fort Mason Center. Tickets available at www.going.com/scionbattleground.

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
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The Blue Candle stopped burning

By awoodall

Someone blew out the flame on Dorsey’s Locker “Blue Candle” happy hour and spoken word special the club used to host twice monthly. The party’s over, at least for now.
But the “80s Party” is still on at Sweet’s Ballroom, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. August 22. Admission is $30 but the winner of the $500 best dressed contest could chip in. 21+ only.  Too $hort is listed on flyers as a “special invited guest.” 
It’s Havanisimo every Saturday at La Taza de Cafe beginning with dinner served beginning 5 p.m and son Cubano featuring Cubanacan at 7 p.m.  Dance lessons are at 9:30 p.m. A DJ takes over at 10 p.m. 
The next day groove over to the Air Lounge for Jamboree Sundays, a chilled out drumming and drinks jam. The music is supposed to be salsa, merengue, soca, reggae and world beat.  And later — 7 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. –  to Soul Sundays at Arsimona.  (Thank you! Dancing on Sunday night!)

 

 

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
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Oakland gallery seeks artwork inspired by the Iraq war

By kbender

 

Float, the East Bay’s only therapeutic floating center, which is also a venue for up-and-coming painters, photographers, mixed-media artists and sculptors, is seeking artists and war poets for its Human Remains exhibit, which will open on Sept. 11. The gallery needs artwork influenced by the Iraq war for this one-of-a-kind show. All media types are encouraged to submit work by Aug. 11.

 

Owner Allison Walton, who opened the gallery in 2006 in a roomy live-work loft in the Cotton Mill Studios, a former cotton mill under the freeway on the Oakland-Alameda border, said “regardless of whether you are pro-war or anti-war, you can’t help but feel the emotional impact of the artists’ work. During the opening party we will assault the eye and surround the viewer with mixed media and poetry.”

For more information, email info@thefloatcenter.com.  Float is at 1091 Calcot Place, No. 116.

Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
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Looking for Mr. Right

By awoodall

I wandered over to Thursday Night Live, the twice-monthly street fest on Washington and 9th, to see how the gathering was going since it started in June.  Instead of shutting off Washington, 9th Street was closed, and guards checked IDs because the cocktails were flowing. The music wasn’t my thing but the crowd of about 100 seemed to be grooving along. More vendors with cooler goods were also on hand. My favorite was the Obama ’08 football jersey in the Raiders silver and black.  
Raj, the manager of the Washington Inn, was there sipping something fuschia colored on ice.  The speed dating club, 8Minute Dating, might start holding sessions at the hotel’s restaurant, Seison. But more about that later. 
The first Thursday Night Live was hot. Last week, the mood matched the cool weather, so I headed indoors and ran into Kevin and Dirk, co-owners of B Restaurant and Levende East (respectively), who complained bitterly about the lack of media coverage for Thursday Night Live…

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Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2008
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Yarrrrr! Pirate Night maties

By awoodall

Yarrrrr! Pirate Night at Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge
6 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge, 1304 Lincoln Ave. in Alameda.
For more info: (510) 749-0332 or visit the Web site
And did I mention it’s free?.

Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2008
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I guess she didn’t like the story…

By awoodall

A member of the Bellevue social club was most unhappy with a story I wrote a few weeks ago about the aging belle by the lake. You can read the story here and her e-mail here… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2008
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Fuel for 48-hour film frenzy

By awoodall

There was no room in today’s Trib for my advance story about the Oakland-based film crew — Step 6 Productions – competing in the 48-Hour Film Project. Look for the article tomorrow, unless space restrictions or breaking news bump it again. That said, Ericka Obenar, one of the crew’s filmmakers and an Old Oakland resident, said other teams are playing dirty by flagging Craig’s List posts canvassing for crew, cast and other logistics. So Obener is putting out the word that FOOD is particularly needed. That probably goes for the other 57 teams involved in the competition.
If you want to get involved, visit the Web site www.andactionproductions.net. Contact info is there.

Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2008
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Salsa, Rev. Motorcycle Mike and Bumpitythump

By awoodall

No shortage of weekend festivities:
ROOTS AND BRANCHES
A community-building block party with a speech from an Oakland community leader (Rev. Phil Lewis aka Motorcycle Mike) plus performances from local youth and adult artists (Bumpitythump, Gemz, Big Hurt & Banger Bananas, and gal*in_dog), live art and a free meal.
Saturday, July 19th from 2-6 pm @ the Island Park on Adeline Avenue at 61st Street in North Oakland. Free event for all ages, open to the public.
More info: http://rootsandbranchesoakland.blogspot.com/

SALSA BY THE LAKE
Oaklandish Presents: 3rd Annual Salsa by the Lake!
Come and be part of the essential ingredients for this flavorful Salsa event! LIVE Music by Orchesta Salsa Dura. This 8-man Salsa band will provide all the hard-pounding montuno and Barrio-conscious music and lyrics from the 70′s. Don’t know how to dance or want to pick up some new moves – no problem! Free Salsa lessons brought to you by the great : Isaac. Don’t want to dance? Come anyway and enjoy the view and the breezes off the Lake. At the Lake Merritt Pergola (between Lakeshore & Grand), July 20th from 2:30pm-6pm. This event is free!!

Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2008
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Free Bruce Lee Memorial Martial Arts Show

By awoodall

Bruce Lee at the Pisa TowerTo mark the death nearly 35 years ago of former Oakland resident and martial arts legend Bruce Lee passed away.  The performance will be at the Lincoln Square Gym at 10th & Harrison 5 p.m. July 20 — the day he died in 1973.

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2008
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Pirate Academy (or, how I learned to be bad)

By awoodall

Ahoy all Rascals and Rascallettes, darn those stockings, pull out the eye patches and join us July 23-27 for a fun and exciting introduction to becoming a Pirate

 
 

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2008
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