Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Archive for August, 2008

BYO radio

By awoodall

Radio Regatta 2007From Oaklandish: Sunday, August 17, 2008 from noon to 5pm @ the Lake Merritt Sailboat House we will be chillin’ and drifting lakeside… Take advantage of: 1/2 off boat rentals! Rowboats, sailboats, kayaks, and paddle boats. Free pontoon rides & gondola service! (space limited). Linden Street Brewery will be pouring their famous Common Lager to quench your thirst.
Live FM micro broadcast featuring: DJINTI, BLACKHEART, BOBBY PERU, DJ MarMar and DJBASTA spinning some summer jams. ((BYO radio)) to listen in while boating.
Come out to see old friends and meet new ones! ** FREE FOR ALL AGES**
Map and directions
Pics from last year
Email if you’d like to help out with decorating, signing people up for boats, handing out water, etc.

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008
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Angela Davis then and now

By awoodall

I have been thinking a lot about the upcoming elections and democracy in the United States. Some of my thoughts were sparked, or more accurately intensified, by the weekend of Aug. 1, which I wrote about in the following blog entry because I was covering a Night Owl event that was intensely political and thought provoking. Art and resistance together. The entry turned out way too long for one post so I am breaking it into sections.
Aug. 1: The recreation Saturday of a 1969 Angela Davis speech in the same West Oakland park she spoke 29 years ago stirred political tensions – exactly what it was supposed to do.
Even the park’s rightful name – Bobby Hutton or DeFremery – appeared to be a long-simmering point of contention that flashed last night, Friday, between artists, “community members” and activists on hand to discuss the Port Huron Project.
They gathered at the Oakland Museum, which got folks warmed up with a screening of “Chicago 10,” a documentary about the mockery of a trial that followed the police riot in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. In those days, convention delegates chose presidential candidates.
Angela Davis made the 1969 speech two weeks after Bobby Seale was chained and gagged during the Chicago trial.
My blood freezes every time I see footage of herds of police closing in on protesters with clubs and tear gas. “I think that film can ignite and inspire people,” said Black Panther Minister of Culture, Emory Douglas, who was on hand Friday for the screening. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008
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Tranny Shack Kiss-Off bash

By awoodall

Heklina\'s Kiss-Off party Aug. 23Adieu to our favorite drag party host, Heklina, who brought you the Tranny Shack. He began with glam punk rock and ended as a drag queen institution. Also performing: Her majestry Justin Bond, Lady Bunny, Ana Matronic, Lady Miss Kier. The Kiss-Off bash begins 9 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Regency Center, 1290 Sutter St., San Francisco. Admission is $35-$45.

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008
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Grown & Sexy do-gooders tonight

By awoodall

A MUSIC & FASHION COMMUNITY BENEFIT
COME OUT AND SUPPORT LOCAL BAY AREA NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: ELLA BAKER CENTER, YOUTH UPRISING AND VISION OF LA MODA
Grown & Sexy Inc. along with JE Media Group presents GOOD: A Music & Fashion Community Benefit on tonight, Aug. 15, at Historic Sweet’s Ballroom, Oakland. This is a fundraiser event and all proceeds will go to three local Bay Area non-profit organizations including the Ella Baker Center, Youth Uprising and Vision of la Moda.  “The three organizations that we have chosen to benefit from this fundraiser are effecting huge positive change in the community through their programs & services,” said Carlita Franz, CEO of Grown & Sexy Inc. “Not only do we want to support them with the finances necessary to continue to empower our youth & community but we have created an opportunity for everyone involved to build strong bonds with our Bay Area community as everyone is donating their time, services or money.”
The event will be a night of music & fashion featuring talented performances by the sultry songstress Netta Brielle (Def Jam Mega Star Search Winner), the multi-talented musician Kev Choice & the soulful hip hop head Boondox. Featured fashions include Effie’s Heart, J. Richell & Pink Lemonaid.  There will be a silent auction that will feature sponsors, which include 6 Flags Discovery Kingdom, the Oakland A’s, & The Cheesecake Factory. 
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on going.com. Ticket price of $20 or more will be accepted as a donation to the organizations involved. For more information, please visit myspace.com/GOODcause or phone (707) 479-8514.

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008
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Black Panthers strike again

By awoodall

The Lower Bottoms’ impresario Marcel Diallo has been masterful about bringing Oakland’s past and present together. Little surprise then that he is behind the show “Black Panther: The Cultural Ministry of Emory Douglas” that opens Aug. 22 and runs until Sept. 26 at the Cannery, 1200 Pine St. “We have to have some white walls, sometimes,” Diallo said after Douglas, who served as the Panthers’ minister of culture from 1967 to the 1980s, spoke at the Oakland Museum a couple weeks ago. No pun intended (I commented the show was fancy) I assume, from Diallo, founder of the Black New World and Cornelia Bell’s Black Bottom Gallery, whose walls are not as boomer-style as the Cannery lofts.  So just to let you know in advance, an opening night reception will be held at the lofts, 1200 Pine St: A conversation with Emory Douglas, a performance by Diallo & Co. Pluse a special cultural presentation. Prints and books will be available. FMI: 510-451-4661.   

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2008
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Midsummer theater & tap fest

By awoodall

A couple misc. items:
Stepology: the Bay Area Tap Festival and Rhythm Exchange concert performance is this weekend, Aug. 15 and 16, in San Francisco. And the Central Works playhouse in Berkeley is close to wrapping up a month of summer performances of the play “Midsummer/4.” Curtains close on this piece Aug. 24.  

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2008
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Lucha libre & Mexican metal cojones

By awoodall

Yeah! Sunday night luchadores and the Mexican metal band Savage Machiine take the New Oakland Metro stage (630 3rd St.) for a double-dose of adrenaline and cojones…well, we hope the latter comes in pairs. Although some of the Mexican masked  Lucha Libre wrestlers battling it out Sunday could change that.  Doors open 5:30 p.m. Bell time is 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $10; $13 at the door. Info: 510-395-5122.  Tickets: Acapulco Records 3509 International Blvd., Oakland 510-533-2009; in Newark, La Casita Chilanga, 36601 Newark Blvd. Tel: 510-790-7100.

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2008
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The Kaiser Center open again?

By awoodall

City officials say that they are in talks with a management group that would operate the Kaiser Convention Center, closed since late 2005 when City Administrator Deborah Edgerly recommended turning off the subsidy spigots and closing the entertainment colossus. But a new chapter for the venerable 90+ year old auditorium could begin as soon as two weeks from now. READ more about it in this week’s Night Owl… 

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2008
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Loud & Proud: O-town Black LGB film fest

By awoodall

 

It’s loud, it’s proud, and there’s always a crowd! THE OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL BLACK LESBIAN GAY BI-SEXUAL FILM FESTIVAL begins Thursday, Aug. 14 to 17.
Complete program info here:

www.clubrimshot.com/filmfestival.html
$10 separate admission

Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2008
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Best bar manager, an Oakland hombre

By awoodall

SF Magazine’s best bar manager is Thad Vogler of the new Camino on Grand Avenue and Beretta on Velencia Street across the Bay because “he sprearheaded a renaissance of traditional cocktails and small-batch artisinal spirits.” His resume also includes Flora over here and other high profile restaurants in San Francisco. Several other East Bay restaurants were on the magazines “Where to eat now” list: Vics Chaat House, Sea Salt, Angeline’s Luisiana Kitchen and Maritime (thankfully they have painted over the hideous aqua blue and green stripes on the facade) in Berkeley, and in Oakland Cafe Madrid, Cesar, Di Bartolo, Flora, Franklin Square Bar, Jojo, Levende East, Mono, Oliveto (with a scathing review), Pizzaiolo, Seoul Gom Tang, Somerset and Wood Tavern.

Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2008
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