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Archive for October, 2008

Tours of green and clean businesses coming next month

By kbender

If you are interested in going on the East Bay Green Tour, you should probably leave the gas guzzling SUV at home. 

 

But in Berkeley, home of one of the original biofuel stations and a place where city cars run on biodiesel and there are plenty of hydrogen powered buses, it shouldn’t be hard to find a green and clean method of transportation.

 

Tours of green businesses, restaurants, housing, energy innovators, service providers, entertainment venues and manufacturers will take place between Nov. 8 and 17. The tours will provide a chance to meet business leaders face to face and see how green businesses operate.

 

The tours are open to the public and will take place in partnership with the San Francisco Green Festival. Organizers said the East Bay _ known as the Green Corridor _ has been a hub for green and clean businesses and the  alternative energy movement for decades. 

 

Organizers of the tours said the epicenter, Berkeley, has been home to some of the most pioneering businesses and organizations in the country, including Global Exchange, Clif Bar, Chez Panisse restaurant, the Ecology Center, The Biofuel Oasis, Sun Power Corp, and Urban Ore. For questions about the tours or to register, e-mail Marissa LaManga, the owner of Rasa Travel at marissa@studiorasa.org or 510-704-0379.

 

The tours are supported by the City of Berkeley; The Ecology Center, Alameda County Green Business Program; The Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce; Emeryville Chamber of Commerce; The Sustainable Business Alliance.

Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
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The phoenix to rise in February

By awoodall

Cecily Burt has an update in today’s Trib about the Fox Theatre’s planned  grand opening — not Oct. 26 as originally hoped but in February. You can’t rush perfection.

Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
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Overheard…

By awoodall

“Is the recession hurting you?” asked an apparently tipsy customer last night to a man standing with a white plastic garbage bag outside the wrought iron fence surrounding B Restaurant and Bar. “Are you getting more than you did before?” he continued, evidently thinking that the man was taking handouts, which he denied. “I’m flat broke,” he added, to which Mr. Tipsy replied, “And that’s new?”

Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
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Hello and goodbye

By awoodall

While writing about another addition (in November) to our dining scene in Friday’s Night Owl column in the Trib I came across news that Mono in Jack London Square closed. I haven’t confirmed but the tel. number listed on the Web site doesn’t work. At first I thought maybe that is where Daniel Patterson and Lauren Kiino (two members of SF restaurant royalty) will open their restaurant Bracina mid-2009. It’s going to be in JLS. But Bracina is supposed to seat 70-80 patrons. I don’t think Mono’s space on 4th Street would fit half that. Anyway, it’s the fastest opening and closing I’ve ever heard of for a concept restaurant like that. Also coming to JLS is a bakery by Meg Ray, co-founder of the patisserie Miette now located in the SF Ferry Building.

Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
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3rd World book fair

By awoodall

Third World Book Fair is happening this weekend at the EastSide Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd.,  

noon-5pm Saturday and Sunday. The event is free.

Info: 510-533-6629

www.eastsideartsalliance,org

eastsideculturalcenter@gmail.com

Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
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The arts don’t get sacked

By awoodall

Kelly Rayburn wrote in today’s Trib that, “…the council — after hearing loudly from the city’s arts community — seemed prepared to restore some funding to the city’s Cultural Arts Program after council President Ignacio De La Fuente (Glenview-Fruitvale) and Councilmember Jean Quan (Montclair-Laurel) suggested last week that the program get the hatchet. Brunner, De La Fuente, Quan and Councilmember Patricia Kernighan (Grand Lake-Chinatown) put up a proposal Tuesday to restore $1.1 million in arts grants funding [1% of the budget], while still eliminating some jobs in Oakland’s cultural arts and public art programs. ” So there’s money but no one to spend it? Anyway, a lot of work goes into program by non-paid commissioners. Or at least I think they are unpaid.

Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
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Brass band, pink feathers

By awoodall

What: Burlesque ‘n’ Brass, featuring Hot Pink Feathers (dance) & Blue Bone Express (music)
When: Saturday Oct. 4, 2008, 9pm + Dec.6, 2008 (AND Nov. 1 ? — see below)
Where: Café Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Ave Oakland 94612
Cost: $10, 21+ Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
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Slashing arts funding in Oakland

By awoodall

The city council is talking about cutting Oakland’s Cultural Arts program, acc. to the Friday story by the Trib’s Kelly Rayburn. The proposed move, on the agenda for Tuesday’s City Council meeting (doors open 6 p.m.), is tantamount to self-mutilation if we’re supposed to be betting the revival of Oakland on entertainment, art, dining and the like…in other words, giving people a reason for moving here and giving the ones who did something to do when the sun sets. I don’t know how many complaints I’ve heard about the city’s inability to communicate across the various departments. So the head doesn’t know what its ass is doing, but the head is supposed to be capable of giving people information about its various body parts. So let me spell it out to Ignacio De La Fuente and Jean Quan, the two councilmember geniuses who put the suspension idea out there along with some other brilliant proposals. I’ll try to go slowly. Artists and the art they create need money, which the program helps provide based on qualified people making qualified judgments. The artists create a buzz that draws more people, which draws restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs to feed and water them. That means more money for the city and safer streets etc. In short, it creates a cool city. Here is a more thorough description of what the program does and the future plans, including Illuminated Oakland.  I’m no schill for the city folks but my job will get a lot duller if Quan and De La Fuente have their way (Dellums and three other members are opposing).
I don’t care how many high-rise office buildings go up, without Cultural Arts support, the city won’t be worth hanging out in and the SF shadow will just loom darker and heavier, proving the theory that Oakland survives DESPITE its leadership. Here is a link to an online petition drive and more about it all. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2008
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Voter registration open ’til midnight

By awoodall

WHAT: “MIDNIGHT MADNESS” VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE

WHEN: 5 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT TONIGHT

WHERE
: OAK STREET BETWEEN 12TH AND 13TH STREETS, OAKLAND, OUTSIDE RENE C. DAVIDSON COURTHOUSE
A unique partnership between Alameda County and AC Transit to make registering to vote as easy as possible will cross the finish line tonight at a “midnight madness” voter registration drive that will run right up until midnight, the final deadline to register to vote for the November 4 election.

Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2008
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Dead but not forgotten

By awoodall

It was about five years ago that Oakland’s art scene was buzzing enough to attract attention by outsiders — long enough for the retrospective-with-a-twist, The Dead Space Show, now at LoBot Gallery. The show retraces six galleries that have died out like some species passed over by the harsh form of natural selection that takes place in the art world. Theo Konrad Auer and SWEE(t)art publisher Obi Kaufmann team up with John Casey to provide a zine that accompanies the show.  Check it out for yourselves. LoBot is at 1800 Campbell St.

Posted on Sunday, October 19th, 2008
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