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Archive for February, 2009

Farewell to Serenader owner

By awoodall

Sad news: Bernice Silvera, the long-time owner of the Serenader bar died this week.

Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2009
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Guadalupe Hidalgo and you

By awoodall

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo — signed Feb. 2, 1848 — has a lot to do with Oakland history (start with the Peraltas) as well as the people who populate this city today. The legacy of the treaty that ended the U.S.-Mexico war and handed California to the United States lives on in many ways. So it makes sense that the EastSide Arts Alliance on Saturday is hosting a day of workshops, photo exhibit and performances with the always politically entertaining BRWN BFLO  and others…For more details Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2009
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Spenger’s fancy fish&beer feast

By awoodall

Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto is putting on a Beer Dinner February 22, beginning at 6:30 PM. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2009
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Free coffee at Berkeley cafe coming your way

By kbender

It seems strange that in a recession so many businesses _ from small mom-and-pop eateries to national chains _ would give away food and drinks. 

But that is exactly what’s happening. And on Feb. 20, Caffe Stada will give away coffee drinks all day to mark its 20th anniversary, said owner Daryl Ross, who also owns the Free Speech Movement cafe on the UC Berkeley campus. Ross expects that at least 5,000 people will converge on the cafe at 2300 College Ave. for a cup of joe.

That’s what happened on the 10th anniversary of the cafe, Ross said.  Starting Feb. 16 and continuing through the week, Strada will give away prizes, ranging from T-shirts to gift certificates for dinners at Adagia Restaurant and room nights at the Bancroft Hotel.

Ross said Strada is the birthplace of the white hot chocolate and the white mocha, a drink that now appears on coffee shop menus everywhere.

The drink brought former Vice President Al Gore to Strada during a visit to the Cal campus after his Berkeley grad aides raved about the cafe’s white hot chocolate drink, Ross said.

Ross said he doesn’t know what it’s going to cost him to serve up the free drinks. But it’s worth it because he’s rewarding his loyal customers. He estimates that the cafe has served more than 10 million people since it opened its doors in 1989. Ross isn’t the only one offering up free stuff in these tough economic times.

Earlier this week, Denny’s restaurants gave away free Grand Slam breakfasts for several hours at 1,500 locations coast to coast. Company officials estimated that some 2 million people took advantage of the free breakfast, which usually costs $5.99.

If you didn’t get your bacon and eggs at Denny’s this week, it’s not to late to get a free breakfast. IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day on Feb. 24 with a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The chain is asking for people to make donations to a local charity in lieu of paying for the hotcakes. Patrons should also call before going to make sure your location is participating in the promo.

Over the years, Ben & Jerry’s Scoop shops and Baskin-Robbins ice cream stores have rewarded customers with free scoops and cones.

Who says there’s no such thing as a free… coffee… breakfast… ice cream?

Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2009
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Loving the O

By awoodall

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/parenting/detail?&entry_id=34672 – On ode to Oakland

Posted on Thursday, February 5th, 2009
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First Fridays at Oakland’s music conservatory

By awoodall

 FirstFridays beginning 7:30 – 10:00 pm, Feb. 6 at the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
FREE-JAZZ and IMPROV OPEN STAGE OPEN MIKE!

Host: Bill Crossman, pianist & OPCM Faculty Member

Admission $5 (free for 16 yrs & under)
Musicians sign up for a 10-minute slot onstage and perform as they wish-solo, with their own ensemble, or by selecting other musicians in the room. After performing, musicians can sign up for more slots if time permits.
A piano and trap drum kit will be available.

 

Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra at the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
noon-3 pm Saturday

Then…

from 3 p.m. Sunday Oakland chamber symphony and youth orchestra rock you with everything from the 18th Century to the Harlem Renaissance.
Location: The James Moore Theater in the Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St (at 10th)
Free Admission

 And there’s more. Contact the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music by  phone: (510) 836-4649 or email:  info@opcmusic.org.

 

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
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Sheer malicious fun: Tourettes w/out Regrets

By awoodall

TOURETTES WITHOUT REGRETS
Blowing Minds Since 99′

1) TOURETTES Thurs 2/5 (kicks off at 7 p.m.)
2) EROTIC SLAM Featuring DeWolf Wednesday 2/11
3) $1000 YOUTH SLAM Prelims 2/12
4) F*CK VALENTINES DAY Psychotic Erotic Spectacular 2/14

 

From the maestro: “Hey there folks, DeWolf here. This is a huge month with a ton of exciting shows! It starts this with Tourettes this Thursday and a YOUTH SLAM where we’re giving away $1000 to poets and emcees 18 and under. If you know a talented young lyricist, send them our way! And we’re throwing our first ever F*ck Valentines Day Show with comedians, insane contests and sheer malicious fun!”

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
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Another watering hole: Ave

By awoodall

Yes, that’s right. Another restaurant/bar is opening: 2022 Telegraph Ave., thus the name, I presume. You’d have to ask owners Gairy Jacques et al of Air Lounge fame to find out for sure.

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
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Hot Friday night and more news

By awoodall

This Friday is going to be off the hook. It’s not enough that the Fox Theater is finally opening Thursday (swoon). Friday night (here is a full calendar) Social Distortion is taking the stage, followed Saturday by Michael Franti and Spearhead. Then, (my heart is pouding) Lee “Scratch” Perry – the maddest baddest reggae Kingston King who taught Master Marley a thing or two about cranking up the bass, way way up – will be standing right there Feb. 20 on the stage of the Fox. So will B.B. King, the Emporer of Blues, who is not too hip in his elder years to have a Web site, in April. Oh wait. That is so not all (should I be this excited?). Feb. 6 also is the ever-expanding First Friday and you know what that means. Every gallery, bar, restaurant, lounge and cabaret will be getting in on the act. Flora is going to be flooded along with — I presume – the Uptown, Ozumo, Mua, Luka’s, B Restaurant, Air Lounge, Levende East and every other place (Arsimona, Air Lounge etc etc etc) within a two-mile radius will too. The artsy lounge in the works in the Art Murmur heartland (Broadway and West Grand) is not yet open but Sidebar will be opening its doors Friday for the first time under the new ownership. Meanwhile, Kimball’s on Washington and 2nd streets is expanding. They want to put out tables on Washington and serve lunch and dinner. And the Cock-a-Doodle Cafe at Washington and 8th is applying for a liquor license. Now if we can just get some hotels built around here we’d be looking pretty fancy.

Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2009
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