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Archive for October, 2008

There is life at Mandela Co-op

By cburt

So, I wandered by the Mandela Foods Cooperative storefront earlier this week, and lo and behold, the doors were open and construction workers were busy laying concrete inside.

People have been wondering when, or if, the co-op will ever open, so it’s good to see something happening there. Part of the problem was it took way too long to get permits. Co-op director Nathan Cheng told me before the August groundbreaking that they had applied in March and didn’t get approval until summer.

Obviously the planned September opening was delayed, but now at least it seems as though things are moving pretty fast. The electrical and plumbing are in, and as soon as the concrete work is done, the sheetrock crew will move in to finish the interior walls.

The co-op has its share of naysayers, but I can tell you that even when nothing visible was happening at the storefront, the worker/owners were meeting once or twice a week for months to get trained on all aspects of running a business. Let’s hope that translates to success.

It's not open yet, but things are taking shape inside the Mandela Foods Cooperative on Seventh Street.

It's not open yet, but things are taking shape inside the Mandela Foods Cooperative on Seventh Street.

Interior shot of work being done inside the Mandela Cooperative market
Workers are laying concrete inside the Mandela Foods Cooperative on Seventh Street. The plumbing and electrical are installed, next comes the sheetrock.
Steve Nillson of El Sobrante is laying concrete in the Mandela Cooperative market storefront. The plumbing and electrical is in, sheetrock is next.

Steve Nillson of El Sobrante is working for the Dieden Company, laying concrete in the Mandela Foods Cooperative storefront on Seventh Street.

Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2008
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Mea culpa, or misplaced commas?

By cburt

In a former blog post about the Community Development Block Grant meeting fiasco last month, I mentioned that former District 3 candidate Sean Sullivan was there as well as blogger V Smoothe – both elected to the CDBG community board for West Oakland, btw. Some folks may have gotten the impression that Sullivan and Smoothe were vocal opponents of a plan to direct CDBG funds to the West Oakland Teen Center. V Smoothe assures me they were not.  You can check out her blog to get the details of that meeting.

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2008
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Trick-or-drink: Baggy’s

By awoodall

Baggy’s by the Lake is going all out tomorrow night for Halloween. Mike the owner is already busy decorating and planning the annual party complete with a door prize for the costumed and a grand prize (perhaps a bar tab, dear drinkers) for the best costume.  No fair giving hints what last year’s costume prize winner was dressed as. But the address is 288 East 18th St. (East side of Lake Merritt near the Parkway) Doors open 4 p.m.  As Mike put it: “It’s always pretty lively down here.”

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2008
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A SWARM of changes

By awoodall

I was looking for some art-world gossip a couple weeks ago so I stopped by SWARM Gallery to find a sleep-deprived Svea in the midst of several new ventures. She is moving the gallery around the corner to a much larger space on Third and Jefferson. The artist studios, however, will stay behind. Hopefully whoever takes over the Second Street space will keep the studios going. She’s also launching a consulting business for new commercial buildings that need art to hang on the corporate walls. And she was preparing for the Art Basel in Miama, an annual art exhibition on a scale the Bay Area could only dream of. That’s the cool thing about Los Angeles and Miami Beach and other brash new-money kind of cities: Adventurous buyers and fearless exhibitionism. Who should stop by but Metrovation developer Merritt Sher, who helped start SWARM and is opening a wine bar on 3rd and Jackson (hopefully I got the location right this time). I think it’s going in the ground level of the condos on the corner there. But I’m not sure and can’t remember the name (sorry!). It struck me how many restaurants are being built into condos. The arrangement makes sense but I’m getting nostalgic for the eclectic free-standing establishments that fill every available crack in New York.   Maybe it’s this weather.

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2008
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Reverie

By awoodall

Opening Reception at the Mercury 20 Gallery (25 Grand Ave.) Friday, November 7 from 6:00–9:00pm (in conjunction with First Friday/Oakland Art Murmur). Meet the artists at the Art Murmur’s new Afternoon After reception, Saturday Nov. 8th from 12-4pm. The meditative and visionary work of East Bay artists Tarra Lyons and Anna Vaughan comes together in a joint exhibition of new work titled Reverie… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2008
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Angry Tired Teachers

By awoodall

 the Angry Tired Teachers, a band made up of Bay Area educators playing their latest “hit” single for Barack Obama entitled, “Get Up Stand Up for Barack” as heard on KPFA radio and Youtube.WHAT:           MOMS for OBAMA NATIONAL RALLY DAY ~ SF Bay Area


WHERE:          Dolores Park, San Francisco 

WHEN:           Saturday November 1 at 12:00 – 2PM

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2008
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And another new eatery…

By awoodall

I don’t travel to the tip of Piedmont Avenue often but I was passing by on the way to the Mountain View Cemetary for a story (for Halloween of course. So original!) when I spotted a sign for Scopa, what I guess will be a new restaurant in the ground floor of Il Piemonte “Tuscan-inspired” condos. How appropriate. Someone was just talking about a new restaurant opening up there, across from the tiki lounge where the old Kings X used to be.  We were trying to recall the name. Jojo, Dopo, Xyclo…(Okay, there’s also Bay Wolf, Cesar, etc. I hope the condos have a gym.) 
Scopa is the name of an Italian card game. I thought the restaurant might be an offshoot of the Scopa in Healdsburg, but they said no. Nothing is listed on the Web site.

Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2008
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Dub Culture

By awoodall

Feel the love at the “Dub Culture sessions”  described as a new experience in modern roots reggae. Every first Sunday 9 p.m. at Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley. All ages welcome for $5 a pop.

Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
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Trick or treat for democracy

By awoodall

“This Halloween: Trick-or-Vote for Democracy:” Young and old dressed in costumes will be knocking on doors in Oakland as part of the nation’s largest non-partisan get-out-the-vote canvass.
WHEN: October 31. The event starts at 4:30pm at East Side Arts Alliance, 2277 International Boulevard in Oakland.  DOORKNOCKING will go from 5:00-7:00pm.  Youth and volunteers will be passing out voter guides on Propositions 4, 6, 8 and 9.  SPOOKY HALLOWEEN PARTY will go from 7:00-9:00pm at East Side Arts Alliance to debrief the experience and celebrate.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
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601 City Center striptease

By awoodall

I am not so sure how I feel about the beheamoth going in near my place, but thankfully far enough away that the contstruction is only mildly annoying. Anyway, here’s a strip tease as they dust flies in the shadow of downtown O. http://www.601cityc enter.com/ pdf/retail_ floorplate. pdf

Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
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