Oakland Tribune Outtakes

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Archive for September, 2008

Hubba Hubba: That olde time religion

By awoodall

Friday, September 19th – It’s another debut!  Yes, I will be performing for the first time and with a brand new number at Hubba Hubba Revue!!!  Don’t miss this crazy collaboration as I channel my inner creationist and genuflect with a live band on stage!  And with a number that would make Sarah Palin proud *cough-cough*  Hallelujah! It’s time for…

Hubba Hubba Revue: THAT OLDE TIME RELIGION!!
Friday, September 19th, 9PM
DNA Lounge, 375 Eleventh Street, SF
$15, 21 & Up w/valid ID
($12 advance tickets at www.dnalounge.com) See more at www.hubbahubbarevue.com

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
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Tattoo You, but not too much

By awoodall

Speaking of crackdowns, the City Council will vote tonight (Sept. 16) whether to put a temporary, emergency and immediate freeze on the number of tattoo and piercing parlors. It’s their first day back on the job after summer break but evidently the vote could not wait. The city wants to create an inspection procedure to make sure the shops are not a public health hazard. It’s true the tattoo laws are lax compared to other cities and states, according to an interview with Matt Decker in SWEE(t)art. He  opened the latest shop, Premium, and said members of the tattoo community here police each other watch out for untrained artists. I don’t know if that goes for the shops out of the downtown area. Well, we’ll find out what the story is tonight.

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
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Have I got a story for you

By awoodall

That’s what they all say. But the article about the “party police” cracking down on DJs and dancing in cabarets w/out a license got a lot of attention. KTVU pulled the entire story straight from the paper, including an error in the headline introduced by an editor that the clubs were being fined (not true). The East Bay Express wrote that the Labor Day sweep sent “club maven Angela Woodall in a tizzy.” Anyone who read the article would say tizzy is a wild exaggeration. But now I know how it feels to be on the other side of the reporter’s notebook. Anyway, the Express also picked up on my story for today’s paper about a similar crackdown on big bashes involving biker clubs. Members of the East Bay Dragons, the Syndicate MG, Shadows, etc are going to ask City Councilmembers tonight to work with them on easing a requirement to obtain special permits for parties that draw big crowds. I’m talking 700+. Although the wording is not specific to biker groups, it targets them. Part of it is because they were holding these big parties downtown near newly built condos that didn’t fit with the entertainment district the city is envisioning. Loud pipes being revved and music blaring doesn’t quite work. But part of the problem is probably that a thousand or more black bikers riding through downtown makes those condo keepers a bit nervous, even though there were few incidents among all the parties this summer. Anyway, stay tuned for more of the story of Oakland shooting itself in the entertainment foot. The message is: Keep your good times outta sight and outta mind from the city officials and OPD. And make sure your permits are polished.

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
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Kensington woman helps bring home gold for women’s Paralympic goalball team

By kbender

The U.S. Paralympic women’s goalball team, made up of six women from around the country, including Jessica “Jessie” Lorenz from Kensington, has taken the gold medal in Beijing. The team beat Denmark last week in sudden overtime to play China for the gold.  Then on Satruday they beat China, 6-5, in a
sold-out Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium to win the gold medal.

 The USA led most of the first half but went into halftime tied at 3. The second half saw China put constant pressure on the USA and the relentless attacks created Chinese leads of 4-3 and 5-4. The USA kept answering and Asya Miller, who scored all 6 of the USA goal found the net for the final time with 40 seconds left. 

Lorenz, who I profiled in the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times last month, (http://www.contracostatimes.com/alamedacounty/ci_10240424 is still in Beijing, but she posted a note on Facebook to her suppoerts.

“Nothing is like standing on that medal podium and hearing our national anthem play,” she wrote. ”One oddity with having all visually impaired people on the podium was our challenge in finding the appropriate direction to gaze in to show the flag our respect. One of our players spotted it though- so there we were, left hands on heart, singing along, most  of us with tears in our eyes- for all the world to see that the USA has the best woman’s goalball team in the world.”

“I believe that athletes with visual impairments challenge society because we become what many people feel is impossible. To be the best in the world at my sport was what drove me to continue to play- and now here we are- at the top of that podium.” She said she remains in a Golden Haze.

While 4,000 disabled athletes from 145 countries have been competing in 20 sports during the games this month, the games are not broadcast on TV so you may not have been following them. They were broadcast on http://beijing.sports.pressakey.net/schedulePST.php. In addition to goalball, the games, which end with closing ceremonies on Wednesday, have included swimming, rowing, wheelchair basketball, powerlifting and wheelchair tennis.

First introduced as a demonstration event at the 1972 Paralympic Games during in Toronto, goalball’s first championship was held in 1978. Goalball became a permanent sport in the Paralympics at the 1980 games in Anaheim. But goalball’s roots go back much further.

Goalball was invented in 1946 by Austrian Hanz Lorenzen and German Sepp Reindle as a way to rehabilitate blind post-World War II veterans, according to Internet information on the sport. It is now played in 112 countries.

Players attempt to throw the ball over the goal line at the opposite end of the court, thus scoring a goal. Defenders try to gain possession of the ball by putting themselves between the thrower and the goal. When a defender gains possession, it is then his or her team’s turn to throw at the opposing team’s goal. The only time play stops is after a goal has been scored, or if the ball crosses a sideline.

The women’s team (above) is made up  of Lorenz:  Jen Armbruster, who splits her time between Colorado Springs, Colo., and Birmingham, Ala.; Lisa Banta of Boonton, N.J., and Tucson, Ariz.; Jaclyn Barnes of Wadsworth, Ill.; Asya Miller of Lapeer, Mich., and Colorado Springs; and Robyn Theryoung of Clarkston, Mich., and Colorado Springs. Except for one woman, it is the same team that competed in Athens and brought home the silver medal. What’s next for the team?  We’ll check in with Lorenz again.

Posted on Monday, September 15th, 2008
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Oakland Rocks for Change

By awoodall

For anyone who has bought tickets or is planning to attend the OAKLAND ROCKS FOR CHANGE event next Tuesday night, September 16th, the venue has been changed.  The concert has been moved indoors to the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts (formerly Alice Arts Center) at 14th & Alice. There are several parking lots surrounding this hall. Come early for food and beverages for sale before the event – and a silent auction.   Tickets & Event updates:  http://oaklandrocksforchange.com.

 *remember all proceeds will go directly to Get Out the Youth Vote in key swing states like Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2008
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NIMBY closed

By awoodall

NIMBY, the art & music warehouse down on 28th was shut down Thursday after a fire Sept. 10…Read more here. As my colleague Laura Casey put it: “Another East Bay art space gone. Boo!”

Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2008
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Breasts, Booze and Oakland’s party police

By awoodall

I didn’t even have space to get into half the details about the city’s no fun policies in today’s Night Owl backed up the “party police.” Sometimes Oakland seems to get in the way of its own success by making it hard for even its most popular venues to entertain us. First it was Oakland Metro, Oaklandish and 21 Grand that the Alcohol Beverage Action Team targeted. Last year, the squad cracked down on smoking inside and outside bars. Now it’s their attention to Mama Buzz Cafe that has people up in arms, even though the team tagged four other venues for combining DJs and dancing without having a $2,210.36 cabaret permit. It’s like we’re trapped in Elmore, Oklahoma in a scene from Footloose, as The DTO blogger Jonathan Bair put it. The situation is set to change because the law is too absurd. Even the city’s cabaret license chief Barbara Killey and ABAT’s rep agreed that something should change. (Maybe we should move fast because I heard the well-liked and respected Killey is set to retire.)
City Councilmembers, after all, changed the rule barring cabarets from operating 300 feet from a library, school or church (amen). They had to or else the Fox Theatre and Oakland School of the Arts couldn’t coexist and Cafe Trieste would have been banned from setting up shot on their spot on Piedmont Avenue. Of course, that has all been vented about on A Better Oakland. Now about the taxi problem here and that ordinance about breasts and booze…

Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2008
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Oakland Public Conservatory of Music

By awoodall

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Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2008
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Wha’s crackin in the Bay

By awoodall

41Feva” CD release party tonight at The Cellar in SF with All City crew Boo Banga, Big Rich and San Quinn, who’s joining up with Too $hort and others to register voters in the Bay Area. There’s a bunch of other parties etc. this weekend listed on the Stash Magazine Web site. See for yourself.

Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2008
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Hornucopia

By awoodall

Continuing through Sept. 14, the Hornucopia Festival features 35 horn & brass fueled bands playing at 9 different venues in the Bay Area. Local jazzers scheduled to appear include: Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Marcus Shelby, Realistic Orchestra, Tin Cup Serenade, Nice Guy Trio, Du Uy Quintet, Todd Sickafoose, Edmund Welles, Mitch Marcus, Brass Mafia and Gaucho Gypsy Jazz. For a complete festival schedule go to: www.hornucopiafestival.org

Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
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