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Mmmmmmm…. Energy bars……yummy…..

By kbender

OK, it’s not a vegan pizza but UC Berkeley has a new menu line up for the four remaining tree sitters: the ER Bar, a 2,400-calorie emergency ration food bar that sounds like it tastes like tree bark.  

With a 5-year shelf life (does that even outdo the Twinkie?), the bar contains no tropical oils, cholesterol, nuts or coconut and it can withstand temperatures up to 149 degrees. Are you hungry yet?

Pass on the pizza. Forget the French fries. Bypass the burgers. The US Coast Guard approved 3-day emergency ration food bar just could be the food to sustain you _ tree-sitter or not. 

“Following a UC police report that the protesters are depleting their previously stockpiled supplies, senior campus officials consulted with the campus medical director Dr. Brad Buchman and decided to provide each individual with the equivalent of 1,800 calories a day, an amount Dr. Buchman has determined to be sufficient to meet essential requirements,” according to a university statement.

The university had been sending up water and energy bars (we were told Clif Bars at , but can’t be sure) but sending up three of the 2,400-calorie bars per day will give each of the four tree sitters 1,800 calories a day, which is at the lower end of the recommended daily caloric intake for men. The bars also contain 100 percent of the Food and Drug Administration’s recommended vitamins and minerals, a university official tells me. They will cost the university about $8.50 a day. 

About three weeks ago, the university stopped allowing outside groups to give the tree sitters food because there is a court order baring people from living in trees or aiding and abetting tree sitters. This is not sitting well with tree sitters.

The university has cut traverse lines, removed wooden platforms and 22 days ago drove three hard-core sitters into one redwood. A fourth was able to sneak into the tree Tuesday.  

“The University remains committed to ending the occupation while doing everything possible to ensure no one is harmed as a result of this misguided effort to protect a 1923 landscaping project”, said campus spokesman Dan Mogulof. “If they don’t like the current conditions, there is an easy solution: they can come down and continue this protest in a manner that is consistent with the law, and respectful of the rights of others.”

And forgo the energy bars?

Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
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Something other than potato salad and fireworks

By kbender

You’ve done the parade in Alameda, you’ve had your share of deviled eggs and potato salad. Now what?

Die hard artists and their fans don’t take holidays off. Tonight, like all first Friday’s of the month, is the Oakland Art Murmur (www.oaklandartmurmur.com) art walk to 19 art and cultural venues.  There are two different times to go check out the art: 6 to 9 p.m. or 7 to 10 p.m.

It’s also the last night to see an amazing three woman show at Johansson Projects, a year-old gallery at 23rd and Telegraph that was just named best gallery by the East Bay Express.(http://www.eastbayexpress.com/bestof/best_gallery/BestOfAward?oid=776795)

The show at Johansson Projects is called Portals and it features works by Jen Stark, Anna Fidler and Jana Flynn. It will be open tonight _ Independence Day_ from 5 to 9.m. The show closes Saturday.  Below is a little description of the show, but even if you don’t really understand all the art speak, it’s really neat stuff to check out. Beats the fireworks.

“Johansson Projects presents Portals, an art exhibition that ventures into unknown, mystical apertures through spiritually charged, innovative paper creations. Offbeat, and at times explosive, Portals ignites the senses and impels the mind to investigate the dynamics of the divine.

Prompted by the inconspicuous possibilities of natural forces, Miami-based Jen Stark produces intricately hand-cut paper explosions with simply an X-acto knife, glue and an eye for evolving repetition. Stark’s remarkable ability to transform something as simple as paper into a harmonic and magical sculpture of pulsating color demonstrates her aptness at recognizing the potential in the undetected. Stark has gained the attention of several publications including Wired, Wallpaper, Ready-Made and Preen and has been named a 2008 recipient of the prestigious South Florida Cultural Consortium’s Visual and Media Artists Fellowship.

LA artist, Anna Fidler peels back the curtain from our earthly surroundings and steals us glimpses of washy, liquid landscapes indeterminable yet parallel to our own. Figures huddled together in electric-hued palates conjure fantasies of spirit rituals and mystical incantations. A polymath musician and video-maker as well as painter, Fidler received her MFA from Portland State University in 2005 and has since exhibited in Tokyo, Japan and across the United States before showing at Johansson Projects.

Carl Jung meets landscape in artist Jana Flynn. Through the use of collage, paint, thread and tea leaves, Flynn intermingles spiritual and philosophical ideologies to create miniature abstractions of vast panoramic settings as though geological backdrops to a lucid dream. Flynn’s organic approach lends viewers an introspective look into her world that generates both a feeling of boundlessness as well as gravity. A San Francisco native, Flynn lives in New York where she is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Parsons The New School.

 

 

Posted on Friday, July 4th, 2008
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July 4 Art Murmur

By awoodall

It might be July 4 Independence Day but that won’t stop the first Fridays Art Murmur gallery stroll. Mercury 20 will be open from 6-9pm and invites folks to drop by after the picnic and before the fireworks for the opening of two shows: Fields of Disturbance, paintings by Joan Weiss and Misremembering You, mixed media and sculpture by Chela Fielding.
Visit the Web site for interviews with gallery artists. Can you guess which of Mercury 20 featured artists was the nanny for a famous feminist artist? Who hopped a train and rode the grain car to Sparks and back? Check out the interviews for answers to those questions and more:
Mercury 20 is at 25 Grand Ave (at Broadway) in downtown Oakland. For more info, call Kathleen at 510-701-4620 or email mercurytwenty@gmail.com.

 

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
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O-Town CALL FOR MEDIA ARTWORK

By awoodall

The Great Wall of Oakland film submissionsTHE GREAT WALL OF OAKLAND: The City of Oakland is now accepting works for possible screening on the “Great Wall of Oakland.” This 100 by 100-foot outdoor wall overlooks the busy intersection of Grand Avenue and Broadway in the bustling center of Oakland’s Uptown District, surrounded by restaurants, condominiums and galleries… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
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Well, the missing student isn’t in the tree grove after all…

By kbender

So as it turns out, the missing Rice University student’s car that was found in West Berkeley last month was cluttered with books and notes on how to assume a new identity.  And we thought he was hiding in the tree grove at Cal.

“There was literature in the vehicle which discusses how somebody would go about pursuing a new identification or persona,” Berkley police spokesman Officer Andrew Frankel told the Houston Chronicle, which has been following every move int he case. “His prints were on everything.”

There was also a book in the car on how to live on the cheap in San Francisco.

Police discovered the 2004 silver Dodge Neon, belonging to 21-year-old Rice student Matthew J. Wilson, on the 1200 block of Allston Way in mid-June and believe it was sitting there for about a month. The car did not appear to have been dumped and had clothes and a backpack belonging to Wilson inside.

But riight away people started to speculate: could Wilson be one of the protesters that has been living in a tree grove at the UC Berkeley for 18-months?

Police now say no and have turned the car over to the family as it’s no longer considered evidence.

Still, the computer science major from Haworth, Okla. remains missing.

He was last seen on  Dec. 14, when police say he withdrew $400 from a Houston ATM. About an hour later, he took out an additional $100 from an ATM.

He then returned to his off-campus apartment that he shared with a roommate and washed some dishes. About 11 p.m., the roommate said Wilson came into the apartment with what sounded like plastic grocery bags, according to a timeline posted on the Web site findmattwilson.org.

Shortly before midnight, Wilson used a debit card to fill his Dodge neon with gas. The card was not used again.

He has not been seen since.

Rice is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Wilson.

Posted on Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
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BEST OF THE EAST BAY EXPRESS PARTY

By awoodall

To celebrate the winners of the Best of the East Bay, the Express is throwing a performing and visual arts party at the Oakland Museum on Friday, July 11, from 7pm to midnight. Headlining bands
include two of my favorites: Kev Choice and the Whoreshoes, as well as Flipper, The Uptones, Dyloot (Deep Voices), Destroyer, Monarchs, HOTTUB, Mike Glen Dinning, Brandi Shearer, DJ Malachi. Also featuring dance performances by Savage Jazz Dance, Splash Circus, 3-minute short film screenings, live art, and more.

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
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The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden Stinks!

By kbender

 

The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden will stay open until 6 p.m. on Wednesday so you can all get a giant whiff of the massive corpse flower, which has a trademark stench that has been described as smelling like gym socks, rotting flesh or an overturned outhouse. Do I have your attention? The Titan arum, affectionately named Odora by garden staff, began issuing its trademark stench before the garden opened Monday. 

“Odora is a great name for it because it’s so odoriferous,” said garden spokeswoman Janet Williams, adding that this plant’s foul smell seems even more powerful than that of its two predecessors at the garden, Titania the Titan last year and Trudy the Titan in 2005.

The rare Titan arum blossom can last up to 72 hours before collapsing. As of Tuesday morning, the blossom was still open but the garden staff was expecting it to close within the next 24 hours. Odora is not as stinky as Monday but still a stinkaroo. She’s also a big one/

When a first flower bud was identified on June 18 it was about about 28 inches tall.

Odora has now bloomed to 44 inches and can  be seen (and smelled) at the Tropical House where visitors can also see a normal typical giant leaf and last year’s 4 ft. tall fruiting stalk with ripe fruit produced from pollination of Titania (Odora’s cousin) last August. 

Along with its rather unusual odor, the titan arum has other unusual characteristics. Sometimes the plant can grow up to  2 inches every 24 hours.

Don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself.

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 1st, 2008
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Thrillville and the mob at the Cerrito

By awoodall

 Live from the Cerrito Speakeasy: THRILLVILLE presents a special holiday weekend matinee, the second annual THRILL-O-TRONIC FILM SHOW offering a cinematic smorasbord of 16mm leftovers from a half century of kitschy Americana: cartoons, scopitones, industrial films, commercials, drive-in trailers, lost TV shows and more from the collections of SciFi Bob Ekman and Paul Etcheverry, plus “Porklips Now”, the rare “Apocalypse Now” spoof from Ernie “Hardware Wars” Fosselius who will appear in person along with your hosts WILL THE THRILL and MR. LOBO (”Cinema Insomnia”), plus live theremin by Robert Silverman! OR for a change of pace, ITALIAN CINEMA NITE: UCB Italian film expert Laura Roberto hosts a special screening at 9:15 p.m. July 10 of a new print of the classic crime comedy MAFIOSO (1962).

 

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
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Eli’s will fly again

By awoodall

Here’s the lowdown on Eli’s: Two “young cool cats” just signed a lease with the owners. They plan to keep it open, have live music some nights and create a neighborhood hangout with a bar and restaurant, including lunch. So the neighbors should get a sound break and maybe even a cool spot to go to. The new operators are waiting for the previous operator Sam to hand over the liquor license (or rather sell it to them). Then they have to go through a cabaret license hearing. A sign will appear in the window of Eli’s announcing the date and location of the hearing when things get that far. If all goes well “Eli’s should fly again,” owner Mike McDonald said. He and co-owner Ron Kriss have “no interest in tearing it down.” 

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
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Eli’s coming back

By awoodall

Okay, for the record, Eli’s is not being torn down. The Craig’s List posting was bogus. No wonder no one showed up. Owner Mike McDonald just phoned this morning to say the rumor is false and a long-term lease to keep the place open is in the works. I don’t yet know what the venue will be but the main thing is Eli’s is still standing.

Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
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