Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Archive for October, 2008

Be a Honda star today

By awoodall

Honda is filming yet another commercial in Oakland today outside of Lafayette Square, on Jefferson and 10th. Forget about parking until it’s over, though.

Posted on Saturday, October 18th, 2008
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The beer takes the cake at Pacific Coast Brewing

By awoodall

Thursday NIght Live went out with a bang. In case you missed it, Julio Bravo had people dancing in Washington Street and I could hear his melodies from my roof. Last night just half a block away the Pacific Coast Brewing Co. had people out again drinking to the Old Oakland fixture’s 20th Anniversary and dancing to Third Eye Blind’s guitarist (or former guitarist) Kevin Cadogan. A half-dozen kids, adults and one very sauced up chick were rocking out in front of the outdoor stage and probably a good 100-150 people were crowded in the temporary beer garden set up in front of the pub.  It was quite the lugubrious block party. In case you missed it, the brewery is hosting $2.50 beers all day today (Saturday) and live music from 6 p.m. to midnight. Follow the link for the whole story, contact info, etc.

Posted on Saturday, October 18th, 2008
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Bye Bye Bushie

By awoodall

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents the Bush going away parties with a Sarah Palin look-alike contest thrown in on

aN EVENING OF POLITICAL comedy

 

In four Northern California cities October 22-25

 

 •Wednesday, October 22 @ 8pm — Brava Theater, SAN FRANCISCO (Sarah Palin look-alike contest)

 

 

•Thursday, October 23 @ 8pm — Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, BERKELEY

 

•Friday, October 24 @ 8pm — Marin Center Showcase Theater, SAN RAFAEL

 

•Saturday, October 25 @ 7pm — Kuumbwa Jazz Center, SANTA CRUZ

Posted on Saturday, October 18th, 2008
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Sexiest man alive to play crafty A’s chief

By awoodall

The Variety rumor is that Brad Pitt has been tapped to play Billy Beane, the baseball chief immortalized in the book ”Money Ball” about Beane’s way with the Oakland A’s. Must be humbling.

Posted on Saturday, October 18th, 2008
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Nancy’s Zen

By cburt

Ever wondered how West Oakland’s council representative stays so mellow? Check out the story in Saturday’s Trib about Nancy Nadel’s zen-like dive into chocolate making.

Yum! I could think of worse ways to forget about the city budget mess. She launched the Oakland Chocolate Company to help poor farmers in Jamaica (where she vacations every summer) form a fair trade cooperative to get better prices for their cacao crops. She’s going to use the beans for her chocolate once they get it all set up.

In the meantime she’s spending her Sundays dipping and molding, using beans mostly from Venezuela. So crank up the reggae, mon, Nancy’s in the house. Check out her chocolate website: http://www.theoaklandchocolateco.com.

You can watch the slideshow here. Read my story here.

Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2008
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Berkeley Rep provides $6,150 bailout for high school newspaper

By kbender

Berkeley Repertory Theater will donate $6,150 to the Berkeley High School Jacket newspaper, which had been lacking funds and was threatening to fold next year.

The money was collected from audience members at the theater’s showing of the play “Yellowjackets,” which was  set around the halls of Berkeley High School and written by former school newspaper reporter Itamar Moses, now a 31-year-old New York playwright.

Theater officials will present the money from the Save the Jacket fund on Sunday night after the final performance of the play.

“We’re so proud of our patrons and so glad that we could be of help to local teens,” said Susan Medak, managing director of Berkeley Rep. “After each performance of our current show, the audience has been encouraged to help Save The Jacket through old-fashioned civic engagement: by putting donations in a coffee can on their way out of the theatre.”

Because of the infusion of money, the paper will stay afloat at least next year. It takes between $16,000 and $18,000 annually to publish the student-run newspaper, which is printed on Fridays twice a month, said business manager Stephanie Ratcliff, a senior who got involved with managing subscriptions, advertisements and other business matters this year.

The newspaper, which includes news and features about campus life, entertainment, news about local and national affairs, sports, opinion articles and photos, has been around for more than 50 years and is widely read by the student body, Ratcliff said.

It’s not surprising that the Jacket is struggling. More than 6,000 print journalists have lost their jobs in recent months, and newspaper circulation and advertising revenue are declining. Print advertising revenue in 2007 dropped 9.4 percent to $42 billion compared with the year before, according to figures from the Newspaper Association of America. That is the biggest plunge since 1950, the association reported.

For more information, or to help, call Berkeley Rep at 510-647-2900.

Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2008
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Mos Defness in Oakland

By awoodall

The Living Word Festival kicks off Friday with workshops and a lunchtime concert by Goapele, Kev Choice and Urban Word NYC in San Francisco.

Then it moves over to Saturday to DeFremery Park with Mos Def, Los Rakas and DJ Leydis and a graffiti battle, eco-summit, etc.

Photo of Mos Def by Flickr user bouzardphoto under Creative Commons license

Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2008
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Bring your passports tonight

By awoodall

….to the finale of Thursday Night Live (aka TNL — ladida) in Old Oakland and move to the salsa sounds of Julio Bravo from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. And from the organizers: Bring your Old Oakland Passports to Thursday Night Live on October 16th and enter to win a Weekend Getaway in Old Oakland! Shop, Dine and Stay Passport Package includes Two nights at the Washington Inn, dinner for two at Seison, discounts and specials from Old Oakland retailers, spa package for two. Attend TNL this Thursday and pick-up a Passport located in the beer garden. Patron one of the participating restaurants and turn it in before 8:30pm to be entered into the drawing.

Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2008
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Love Never Fails

By awoodall

…is the name of Kelvin Curry’s new show on display until Oct. 31 (boo!) at the Craft & Cultural Arts Gallery, in the atrium of the State Building, 1515 Clay St. Thursday (Oct. 18) is a reception from 5-7 p.m. with steel drummer, Harry Best, followed by an artists talk from 7 to 8 p.m. The event is part of the Third Thursdays Oakland Arts Night. FMI: 510-622-8190. FREE.

Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
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That Funky Doo Wop

By awoodall

“That Funky Doo Wop,” directed by Gerald Wright, is a walk down memory lane circa 1950s to early 1960s featuring street corner harmonies, dance crazes, love ballads and comedy. Presented Saturday by the Studio One Art Center at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St.
Doors open 7:45 p.m. Advance tickets are $20 or $25 at the door, except if you are any of the following: students, seniors and groups. For you, discounts are available. Proceeds go to support the Citywide Children’s Drama Program. FMI: 510-597-5027 or www.oaklandnet.com/parks. If you go, let me know how you liked it.

Posted on Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
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