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Archive for September, 2008

Get your groove on with Benito Cereno

By awoodall

The Bay Area’s newest Latin Groove sensation performs at the East Side Cultural Center.  A celebration of the unity between African and
Latino rhythms. Come celebrate and dance with us!
Also featuring DJ Aztec Parrot spinning Boogaloo & Latin Funk

benito

Saturday, September 13, 2008, 9pm    $12
East Side Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland (nr. Fruitvale Bart Station)
INFO: 510-533-6629

www.eastsideartsalliance.org

BENITO CERENO mixes Puerto Rican rhythms (salsa, bomba, plena and
bolero) with funk, rock, reggae, blues and other world beats to create
a unique urban-inspired danceable groove seeped in Caribbean flavor. As
a reflection of the band’s leader and lead singer, Manny Martinez, it
is the musical by-product of a New York city born Latino who spent his
formative years in Puerto Rico, and the last twenty in California. With
an all-star Bay Area cast of characters that include Fabian Paredes on
drums, Javier Navarrette on timbales and vocals, Hector Lugo on congas
and vocals, Ayla Davila on bass, Peter Meredith on keyboards, Camilo
Landau on guitar and vocals and Sandra Garcia Rivera on percussion and
vocals, Benito Cereno is a bilingual manifestation of the embracing of
cultures with no musical boundaries attached…and the insatiable
desire to get your groove on.

Posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
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David Simon unplugged tonight

By awoodall

David Simon on left

Helicopters buzzed overhead as though David Simon — heart throb of so many U.S. men living vicariously through his testosterone-tanked TV characters — needed the drama to feel comfortable in the relatively bucolic Berkeley campus. The Baltimore Sun writer and creator of the The Wire, Homicide and Generation Kill was on campus talking to Chron cop reporter Jaxon Van Derbeken about police reporting, the future of journalism and his creations (our Harry Harris was out of town and Jaxon is a UCB alum, which organized the event). It was a strange moment to hear about why Stringer Bell had to be killed off in a log cabin next to the Alumni House.
The probable answer to the future of journalism didn’t sound pretty coming from Simon, who seemed like a straight-talking kind of guy. “The whole world has A.D.D.” he said. “Witness how we got in to the war in Iraq,” he said. “I used to think if you showed someone horseshit they would call it horseshit.” Then he spent more than a decade in the trenches, watching the “low cunning of the prize culture and lack ambition for what journalism could have been.” The only way out, per Simon, is for the big guns like NYT and Washington Post to “swallow hard,” admit they made a mistake about their free online content model and make news on the Internet the norm –and make people pay for it.

Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2008
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Statfest, as in Capt. Kirk tribute

By awoodall

Over at the Cerrito Speakeasy Thursday, September 18:
Thrillville’s SHATFEST Tribute to William Shatner: WHITE COMANCHE (1967),
Pollo del Mar live on stage! $8, 9:15
Also playing, The Dark Knight (CC) 6:00
(U) Mamma Mia (CC) 7:00
(U) Transsiberian 9:45

Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2008
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Disability community active, supportive and creative

By kbender

The disabled community in Berkeley is giant, supportive of each other, active and… creative.

 

 

In case you missed it: last week, after 13 years of work, construction on the Ed Roberts Campus _ a one-stop service and transportation center for disabled people _ started. It should be open in 18 months. Jessie Lorenz, who plays goalball in Berkeley, and lives close by in Kensington, is currently competing in the Paralympic Games in Beijing. The team has already two games and hopes to bring home the gold medal.

 

 

 

This Saturday, Sept. 13, the Adult Day Services Network of Alameda County is hosting its third annual benefit to support frail elderly people and adults with disabilities. The benefit, which is called Positively Ageless _ A Celerbation of Art & Aging, will be held from  5:30 to 9:00 p.m., at 1717 Fourth Street in Berkeley. The benefit will raise funds to help elderly adults and those with disabilities. Wine and cheese tasting starts at 5:30 p.m.

 

 

The event will feature a juried art show, art created by participants in adult day programs across Alameda County, and hand-crafted quilts.  There will be a silent auction, a raffle, appetizers, wine and desserts. 

The cost for the wine tasting and event is $60. The cost for the event only is $40. Proceeds will go directly to the nonprofit organization which provides health services, social interaction and creative activities for older and disabled adults.

 

 

The daytime programs stimulate minds and bodies while giving caregivers a much needed break, agency officials said. Founded in 1993, Adult Day Services Network of Alameda County is an association of 12 agencies that collectively serve more than 1,700 people, a majority low-income, yearly. The idea is to give people programs that help them remain living at home and not in a nursing facility.

 

For more information on the Positively Ageless event and an art preview visit www.adult-day-services.org or contact us at (510) 883-0874.

Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2008
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Abraham Lopez rolls to 4-0 Friday in a First Round KO

By awoodall

In front of a packed house Friday night at the Quiet Cannon Country Club in Montebello, junior lightweight prospect Abraham Lopez thrilled the crowd with a crunching first round knockout of Las Vegas’ Omar Valencia improving his perfect record to 4-0. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2008
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Some more boxing: Ronny Rios

By awoodall

Eighteen year old amateur standout Ronny Rios has joined the professional ranks by signing a managerial contract today with the Espinoza Boxing Club, it was announced this afternoon by Frank Espinoza, President of the EBC.

Rios’ amateur career included first place finishes at the United States Men’s Nationals (twice), National Golden Gloves, World Golden Gloves, Under 19 Nationals, National Silver Gloves and the National Junior Golden Gloves. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2008
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Seven Years Later, Still Seeking Truth–9/11 Film Festival

By awoodall

 

 

 

. www.SF911truth.org
When:  Thursday, September 11, 2008 noon to 11:00 pm
Where:  Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Ave, Oakland
Who:  Richard Gage, AIA, Bay Area architect and founder of “Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth”
http://www.communitycurrency.org/filmfestival2008.html  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, September 8th, 2008
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Righteous in September

By awoodall

They’re having a community meeting today 3 p.m. over at the Black New World, 836 Pine St., to talk about the recent arrest of Nadra Foster at the KPFA studios, where she was a programmer.
And for the rest of the month, stay tuned to the EastSide Arts Alliance calendar, which is ripe with time-worthy righteous events.
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Boulevard
Oakland, California 94606
(510) 533-6629
www.eastsideartsalliance.org
eastsideculturalcenter@gmail.com

Posted on Sunday, September 7th, 2008
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Rock the Vote Bus Wednesday at the Uptown

By awoodall

Wednesday at the Uptown nightclub, The Rock the Vote Bus will be joining the Circo Rocktastico Tour to help reinforce the need for Young Latino Music Fans to vote in November. The Bus will be a fun interactive experience open to the public before & after shows with Voter Registration Bays, Guitar Hero Games, Photo Booth , PSA Recording Booth and Free Mobile Music Downloads. What the  hell is the Circo Rocktastico Tour?
Monte Negro
has joined forces with two other California-based alternative rock bands (Astra Heights, The May Fire) and MTV Tr3s to bring their diverse takes on the burgeoning Latin alternative scene to the West and Midwest for six weeks in August and September. Circo Rocktastico is the tour designed to show the natural unity of the American and Latino Indie cultures and how both influence and flow together so well, especially in a globalized world.
The Uptown nightclub is located 1928 Telegraph. The telephone # is (510) 451-8100.

Posted on Sunday, September 7th, 2008
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Rocking the art scene

By awoodall

Zines rock the art world. That’s what I wrote about in this week’s Night Owl that was held up a day because there was just no space for it in Friday’s paper. Between the resignation of the disgraced Emeryville schools’ chief to the tree sitters in Berkeley, it has been a hell of a busy week and I missed the opening party that I actually was looking forward to: A Love Supreme photo show at Bryon Malik’s studio on Market Street and maybe a few stops down on West Grand to check things out. Word is the ink will be dry on a lease to fill the space vacated suddenly this summer by Esteban Sabar. The new gallery (it’s too early to name names yet) should be open in September and ready to show in time for the October Art Murmur.

Posted on Saturday, September 6th, 2008
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