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Archive for March, 2009

The best of Dick Kramer and the men’s chorus

By awoodall

The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus presents their spring concert, “The Best of Ten Years: A Dick Kramer Dedication,” on Saturday, April 4th, 7:30 pm, at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland, and Sunday, April 5th, 5 pm, at First Congregational Church in Berkeley. Visit oebgmc.org or call 800.706.2389 for details

Reserved tickets cost $20; general admission $15; seniors/students (with ID)/children 12 and younger) $12 

 

Posted on Sunday, March 15th, 2009
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Lava Nights at the Stork Club

By awoodall

March 14
The Stork Club 2330 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94612
$8
Lava Nights!
Revolution Mother (fronted by pro skater Mike V) http://www.myspace.com/revolutionmother
Who Rides the Tiger
http://www.myspace.com/whoridesthetiger
The Worship of Silence
http://www.myspace.com/theworshipofsilence
Wild Hunt
http://www.myspace.com/houndsofwildhunt

Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2009
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PECHA KUCHA NIGHT OAKLAND

By awoodall

Get to the Power Point 8 p.m. Friday 10 Bay Area Woman Artists will gather at the EastSide Cultural Center to share their Goddess Energy for a special all-women PECHA KUCHA NIGHT OAKLAND.

Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2009
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Bellevue celebrates the big 80

By awoodall

The Bellevue social Club – Oakland’s oldest existing (and only) social club — turns 80 this month. To celebrate, the grand socialite overlooking Lake Merritt will be host to events that began March 11, which was the day in 1929 the club opened as the Women’s Athletic Club. The name changed when it went co-ed. The next event is a March 22 gala dinner beginning with cocktails from 5 – 7 p.m. Wear your best vintage and put on your dancing shoes. Tickets are $65. For more info, call 510-451-1000 or e-mail reception@bellevueclub.org.

Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2009
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Ave bar and restaurant opens Saturday

By awoodall

Grand Opening of AVE.
       “One night only…the grand opening of AVE, Oaklands newest hip spot”

7 p.m. Saturday at Ave Bar and Restaurant, 2022 Telegraph Ave. 

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=56708179518&mid=1ed36cG59a71801G332156G7

 

Posted on Thursday, March 12th, 2009
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Benefit for Bay Area Performance Artist

By awoodall

Fundraiser for Hollis Hawthorne 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Slim’s, 333 11th St., SF
$20 Presale tix here: http://tickets.slims-sf.com/evinfo.php?eventid=32966
From her friends: Hollis Hawthorne is in a coma in India and NEEDS OUR HELP. The purpose of this fundraiser is to fly her home to the world-class donated care of Stanford University. Wear GOLD, our girls’ s signature color, to beam light, love, and health from here to India. Bright and blingin’ so she’ll see it through the darkness!
Hollis’ story and donations: http://www.friendsofhollis.blogspot.com/
To donate art, items, or services to the auction call Cat at 415-378-7025

Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
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Ashby Flowers to stay put after neighborhood pressure on Whole Foods

By kbender

Last week we told you that Ashby Flowers, the 50-year-old flower and plant shop at the corner of Ashby and Telegraph avenues, was being driven out of business by corporate giant Whole Food Market, which owns the shop building.

Ashby Flowers got some good news late this week– Whole Foods has dropped its plan to take over the spot with a coffee shop, according to a statement from a publicity company representing Whole Foods. ”

During our conversations with Ashby Flowers and with members of the community that began in spring 2008, it has become clear that Ashby Flowers is indeed a treasured asset to the local community and that it should remain where it is,” said the statement from Jennifer Marples with Koa Communications, a San Francisco publicity firm representing the market. “In the spirit of being a good neighbor and a community-focused business, we have decided to shelve our plans to take over the space in July 2009, and have asked Ashby to stay on.”

Ah, isn’t that nice, a corporate giant looking out for the little guys. Almost makes me want  to send them a spring bouquet.

The move to let the flower shop stay came after our blog post and involvement from the Halcyon Neighborhood Association, which covers the area including and immediately to the southwest of the Whole Foods Market on Telegraph Avenue.

Fliers about things the association is involved in go to nearby 900 households, and an electronic newsletter reaches 400 households and another 150 thought a listserv in the Le Conte neighborhood, association officials said. The association had told Whole Foods that any changed used to Ashby Flowers would be met with “strong neighborhood opposition” because it would not only kill a mom and pop business but replacing it with a coffee shop would also impact other nearby independent cafes.

The statement went on to talk about how Whole Foods Market has “always been committed to the Berkeley community,” employing more than 200 local residents, and supporting local businesses, artisans, farmers and other vendors.

“Part of that process means being a good listener. In the case of Ashby Flowers, we’ve heard what our customers and neighbors have had to say, loud and clear. We look forward to a continued relationship with this company that clearly has a loyal, local following, and we wish them great success in the future.”

Wow, maybe we should upgrade that spring bouquet to a dozen roses.

Posted on Friday, March 6th, 2009
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BAD Girls rollin’ out March 14

By awoodall

Shamrock N Roll with the San Francisco ShEvil Dead and the Richmond Wrecking Belles

San Francisco ShEvil Dead vs. Richmond Wrecking Belles on Saturday, March 14, at Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the skirmish starts at 8:00 p.m. Event is all ages with children under 5 free. Bring your ID as alcohol will be available. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. This event is expected to sell out, so buy your tickets today at www.bayareaderbygirls.com.

 

Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2009
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Tourettes without Regrets strikes Thursday

By awoodall

TOURETTES without Regrets Thursday at at the Oakland Metro

630 3rd St. @ Jefferson * Jack London Square ALL AGES * Full Bar * $10 Sign Ups 8pm * Show 8:30pm

JELLY DONUT as GAY SAILOR STRIKES!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcfipJwGANA

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Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
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Film: The Last Poets

By awoodall

Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
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