Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Archive for July, 2008

The Lake Merritt Monster

By awoodall

Lake Merritt MonsterThe final vote is in: Merrittzilla is the winner among names suggested by readers for the Lake Merritt monster. Out of 633 voters, 36 percent (or 228) chose the name over four others despite a last minute campaign to prevent it. More details to come in the Saturday Oakland Tribune. The picture is courtesy of The Lake Merritt Institute, which had uncovered the monster’s presence before I did (although I swear I didn’t know until after the story appeared!).

 

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
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The sweet life tonight on the big screen

By awoodall

I sort of checked out my brain along with my vacation luggage, but here we are again with some sweet news, namely that Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita is playing 7:30 p.m. at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley.  I would describe the 1960 classic this way: If Dr. LSD Tim Leary and Orson Wells had a film baby it would look like La Dolce Vita. Follow the MORE brick road for a high-brow description… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
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New stinker at the UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens

By kbender

The second giant corpse flower – Odoardo – at the UC Botanical Garden bloomed Tuesday night and is now stinking up the place something fierce. If you want to see and smell the bloom in the tropical house, you better hurry, the stench only lasts for about 12 hours and the blossom will be gone within 72 hours or so.

Odoardo  is the second titan arum to bloom this month. Earlier this month, Odora gave off a trademark stench (something like gym socks, rotting flesh or an overturned outhouse) for a few days before collapsing in a heap.

The latest titan arum, Odoardo was named after Odoardo Beccari, the Italian naturalist best known for discovering the titan arum. 

The UC Botanical Garden is at 200 Centennial Drive. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $2 for children ages 3 through 12.

Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
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Globe-trotting solar taxi makes a quick stop at Cal Monday

By kbender

Since the start of his trip last year, Swiss adventurer Louis Palmer has travelled through more than a dozen countries, including Germany, Saudi Arabia, Australia and China, showing off a zero-emission solar taxi to heads of state, environmental ministers of several countries, and officials from international organizations.

Prince Hassan of Jordan took a ride in the taxi, the solar taxi was once on display before a group of Saudi princes. It was even “inspected” by an elephant in Udaipur, India. Swiss President Michéline Calmi- Rey took a trip in the taxi while on a state visit to New Delhi.

On Monday, Palmer added Cal students to the illustrious list of people who have seen the green and clean machine. For more info. on the taxi that can travel 60 miles an hour and will visit at least 60 countries by the time it finishes its’ trip, go to http://www.solartaxi.com/mission/ Photo by Aaron Walburg.

Posted on Monday, July 14th, 2008
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Swarm on to Third Street

By awoodall

I keep forgetting to add that Swarm Gallery on Second Street near Jack London Square is supposed to be moving around the block to Third and Jefferson, where uber-developer Merritt Sher plans to open a cafe and the Hive art studios were built.  

Posted on Sunday, July 13th, 2008
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Tune in to Radio UpSurge Sunday

By awoodall

You can catch an UpSurge in the comfort of your home 8:00 PM-9:00 PM this Sunday, July 13 on the Bay Area’s Jazz Station, KCSM 91.1 FM. The program is “In The Moment” hosted by Jim Bennett. Radio is our favorite delivery system but if you are out of the Bay Area and internet streaming is your mode, go here

Posted on Saturday, July 12th, 2008
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Who’s afraid to sleep in big bad O-town?

By awoodall

I have to say that The Trappist was a little too breezy and somber for my mood last night, especially after shrimp ceviche, lychee sangria and salsa at the Cock-A-Doodle Cafe cabaret. So we headed over to one of my favorite hangouts:  The lounge in the Oakland City Center Marriott. The chilled-out bartenders, big screen TVs and brown leather sofas are inviting especially when there are no conventions in town. It was all very cool until a guy who strutted in, quickly attracting the attention of a security guard.  Why, he asked, are the Los Angeles (or let’s be honest, Anaheim) Angels staying in a SF hotel when they are in town to play the Oakland A’s? The A’s play in Oakland (O-A-K-L-A-N-D) not San Francisco and we obviously have plenty of hotels. I was sitting in one of them, for god’s sake. And it’s pretty nice.  Are a bunch of dude jock baseball players afraid of Oakland? Or just Commissioner Selig?

Posted on Saturday, July 12th, 2008
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Viva la cock in Old Oakland tonight

By awoodall

The rooster will be crowing after hours tonight in Old Oakland. The Cock-A-Doodle Cafe had a practice run last night for what will be a weekend cabaret. Tonight (July 12) is the official launch. The owners are keeping things modest to start with but chef Blanca Arechiga has plans to put in a stage, dancefloor and sofas (nothing too crazy, though) outside in the section of patio behind the painted gate. For now the patio that is normally open during breakfast and lunch has a bar serving sangria, mohitos (four varieties), wine and other libations to the beat of salsa music. The menu is a collection of tapas from Latin America such as tostones cubanos, papas a la huancaina (Peru), Guatemalan tostadas, pupusas (El Salvador). July has been a helluva month for Arechiga and co-owner/partner Ana Trujillo. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, July 12th, 2008
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Sure there’s nothing to do this summer… teens tackle 3 community projects.

By kbender

There’s a different sort of political event happening in Berkeley this weekend.

It involves five hip hop acts, one jazz band and several speakers stressing the importance of political activism among young people. Saturday’s event will be the third time Pinole activist and Jael Myrick, 23, who founded Standing To Represent Our Next Generation (STRONG) has organized rallies to get young people thinking and talking about politics.

The event Saturday is from 1 to 5 p.m. at People’s Park and will be hosted by Shamako Noble of Hip Hop Congress with performances by Ben Flowz, Pride City Purpose and The Slippery Slope among others. There will also be graffiti art on canvass, which will be auctioned off at a later event at the Greenlining Institute to raise money for STRONG’s election work this fall. There will be speeches about the need for rent control, better healthcare and how to get involved with curbing global warming. For more information, email Sergio.almonte@gmail.com.

In South Berkeley, a team of 10 young people have begun sprucing up 10 benches along the Adeline Street corridor. The group is part of a Youth Spirit Artwork project funded by several grants with support from a few Berkeley businesses. The benches are just part of the project. The students have also been decorating street barricades and traffic-turn-a-rounds with mosaics and tiles. The teens created designs for the benches as part of Youth Spirit Artwork’s urban arts training program at Berkeley Technology Academy, which involved more than 130 teens this year.

Youth Spirit Artworks involves homeless and low income Berkeley and Oakland youth, ages 16 to 25, in urban arts job training activities, including arts furniture painting and community arts activities. For information or to sponsor a bench, call Sally Hindman at 510-282-0396 or email: shindman@youthspiritartworks.org.

And lastly, eight youngsters who are charged with designing and implementing construction of the new Berkeley YMCA Teen Center have hired an architect for the project. Noll & Tam Architects, a Berkeley firm, began work with the Teen Task Force last month to plan the renovation of the PG&E service center at 2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in downtown Berkeley.

The building was donated by the electric company last October. The teens are getting hourly stipends thanks to a grant from Bayer HealthCare. The Teen Task Force, which includes 6 supervising adults, will also manage the physical renovation of the building after groundbreaking next summer. For more information, go to www.baymca.org.

Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2008
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Scouting 48 hours in O-Town

By awoodall

The 48 Hour Film Project is a national contest that takes place over a weekend. During that weekend a team of filmmakers will make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 48 hours. In 2007, some 30,000 filmmakers made films in 55 cities around the world.
We are looking for locations that we can film in, such as restaurants, bars, large homes, stores, yachts (?!?), or other locations. Our small professional crew will be filming from the early morning of the 19th through to the early morning of the 20th.
Visit http://www.48hourfilm.com to find out more about the 48 Hour Film project.
For questions, locations or to volunteer, e-mail erickafilm@yahoo or call (415) 637-7469.

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2008
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