Oakland Tribune Outtakes

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Archive for January, 2009

Hearts and Minds for a good cause

By awoodall

Hearts and Minds
Group Art Show by established local artists in support of the SmartMoves after-school program of the East Oakland Boxing Association (EOBA).  
Feb. 1–Feb. 28
Opening Reception and Fundraiser: 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6
 Cocktails, Hors D’Ouevres, Silent Auction, Art Sales
Location: Rhythmix Cultural Works, K Gallery, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda
Gallery K hours: Saturday – Sunday 10 – 5 pm; Monday – Thursday 6 – 9 pm
About the show ~ Hearts and Minds:

Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2009
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New restaurant/bar soon to open

By awoodall

The place has been empty for about a year (remodeling etc. I assume), but the Trio Bistro on Grand Avenue is being replaced by a “gastropub” — Sidebar — that will showcase contemporary California cuisine. Has anyone ever heard of a gastropub before?

 Sidebar opens Feb. 6, “providing the East Bay with an intriguing, urbane new dining option.” I hated to see the Trio Bistro go and I know the ladies of the bistro are not too happy about the whole thing. Anyway, here are the rest of the details about the new place… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2009
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Choose your own adventure

By awoodall

…is the name of a new show for first-time solo SWARM Gallery artist Laura Ball. Also on exhibit is Kirk Stoller’s “From Every Direction to Every Place.” The show ends Feb. 14 so take your sweetheart.

Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
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Huge Ecstasy bust in West Oakland

By Kathleen Kirkwood

In one of the largest Ecstasy seizures ever in California, 45 kilograms of the drug with a minimum street value of almost $2 million were found at a West Oakland house Friday during a series of law enforcement raids from Willits to the East Bay, authorities said Tuesday.

Besides the powder form of the drug found in Oakland, a huge manufacturing lab was dismantled in Willits in Mendocino County, and at least nine people, including the ringleader suspect from El Cerrito, his brother and two Emeryville residents, were arrested.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
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Why wait for First Friday?

By awoodall

Saturday, January 31, 3PM

Come to Swarm Gallery on Saturday afternoon to chat with Kirk Stoller about his latest stacking sculpture installation in our project space.

Kirk continues his exploration of using material and form to expose the intricacies of the world in which we exist. He is interested in narratives that are created when objects are placed next to or upon each other. This installation, “From Every Direction to Every Place,” incorporates the floor and the walls of the project space and is a rumination on the dissolution of form and the awakening to spatial consciousness that arises from it.

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
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Pinball in Oakland

By awoodall

You may or may not know that pinball is all but illegal in Oakland. So, of course, I’m writing a story about it for Friday’s Night Owl column in the paper. The culprit is a convaluted code (9.24.090) that doesn’t make much sense. So send me your pinball stories, legends, lore, movies and anything else you find interesting about the game esp. as it related to Oakland.

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
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Police search for suspect in East Oakland stabbing

By Kathleen Kirkwood

OAKLAND _ A stabbing Sunday night in East Oakland left a woman in the hospital and a suspect on the run, police said.
Just after 6 p.m. police responded to a call in the 3500 block of 35th Avenue, near MacArthur Boulevard, to find a woman suffering from multiple knife wounds. She was taken to a local hospital where she is in stable condition, police said.
Police are searching for an adult male suspect but did not have anyone in custody as of 7:30 a.m. Monday.

– By Sean Maher, Oakland Tribune, Jan. 26, 2009

Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2009
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Share stories of working on Obama campaign at new Berkeley Web site

By kbender

A former Obama presidential campaign volunteer and Berkeley man has launched a Web site, www.RealChangeStories.com, where people can post personal stories of connections and friendships forged during the course of the Barack Obama campaign.

Will it become the next Facebook or YouTube? Not likely, but the nonprofit site organizers said the site was built in the spirit of President Barack Obama’s call for serivce and civic engagement so hopefully it will get a little attention.

It is devoted to helping “volunteers share their stories about connecting personally with total strangers during the course of the campaign,” according to a statement released late last week after the Tuesday
inauguration. Organizers say each of the stories is significant for the change it represents and the future it will inspire.
“What I was most moved by, as a volunteer, were my personal one-on-one interactions with absolute strangers,” said Bill Fleig, former Obama campaign volunteer and RealChangeStories.com co-founder.
“Getting outside my comfort zone and connecting with people of all walks of life was a profoundly meaningful and life-changing experience. We felt the need to help people share how beautiful it can be to connect with others in the course of what can be exhausting, difficult, and even scary grassroots
political work.”

RealChangeStories.com is an all volunteer driven site created to enable grassroots activists as well as everyday people to share their stories about their personal connections with strangers during the course of their efforts on behalf of a cause. The site was founded by Bill Fleig, Finn Kisch, and Oliver Crow with help from many additional volunteers and contributors. Yes they did.

Posted on Sunday, January 25th, 2009
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Levende takes the plunge

By awoodall

Yes, that’s right. Levende East is opening a second place in Oakland (a third overall in the Bay Area). The new spot will be at 481 Ninth St., less than a block from its Washington Street restaurant/lounge. The city just approved the plans. Remember also that B Restaurant and Bar is teaming up with FIVEten Studio and another investor to open the danceable nightclub downtown, ERA. What financial crisis?

Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2009
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Clint Eastwood to make crowds’ day in Berkeley

By kbender

The Oscars snubbed Clint Eastwood Thursday but Berkeley will welcome him tonight during a sold-out awards ceremony at the Pacific Film Archive.

Actor and director Eastwood will receive the first-ever Berkeley Japan New Vision Award from the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies tonight for his role in creating a new vision of Japan – particularly during World War II – through his award-winning film, “Letters from Iwo Jima,” UC Berkeley officials said.

He will make comments and take a few questions.

The event is sold out but we are told there is a waiting list. Call (510) 642-3156 for more information.
The 2006 film, which is almost entirely in Japanese, tells the story of the famous one-month 1945 battle from the perspective of Japanese soldiers on the island. Civilians were evacuated before U.S. Marines arrived to capture the island’s airfields for use in a planned air assault on Japan. Of 21,000 Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima, more than 20,000 were killed.

“Letters from Iwo Jima’” was a companion piece to Eastwood’s 2006 work “Flags of Our Fathers,” which explored the same event from the viewpoint of U.S. soldiers. 

Eastwood, 78, who was born in San Francisco, is married to Dina Ruiz Eastwood, 43, but Cal officials were unsure if the former anchorwoman, who Eastwood met when she interviewed him back in 1993, would accompany him to Berkeley. The two have been married for nearly 13 years.

One place Eastwood won’t be going this year is the stage at the Academy Awards. Although Eastwood made “Gran Torino,”  one of the biggest movies of his 50-year career in show business, the drama did not score a single mention when nominations for the awards were announced Thursday, according to published reports. Eastwood has won five Academy Awards in his career.

The screenplay for “Letters from Iwo Jima” was written by Iris Yamashita, a UC Berkeley alumna, but Yamashita will not be able to attend the festivities tonight, UC official said.

Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2009
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