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Archive for April, 2009

Latest on The Cerrito Speakeasy

By awoodall

The rumor mill is churning out tales that The Cerrito Speakeasy is closing. Not true. Neither, I am told, are the Fischers pulling out, as an e-mail authored by Kyle Fischer sent to the El Cerrito Redev Agency last week indicated. Here’s the deal…

Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2009
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Cinco de Mayo Mexi-Irish style

By awoodall

Cinco de Mayo kick-off and double CD-release party April 30 at the Starry Plough, Berkeley

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Steve Taylor-Ramírez takes his critically acclaimed Latin-infused neo-folk back to Berkeley’s Starry Plough Pub Thursday, April 30.  He brings with him Latin-inspired soul singer Pamela Parker and folk duo Misner & Smith (winners of Best Song of the Year in the 2007 West Coast Songwriters’ Competition).

Pamela Parker and Misner & Smith will each release new, highly praised CDs. Taylor-Ramírez will introduce his new musical genre, Blues Ranchera, in which the sound of the Mississippi Delta meets the mariachi spirit of Jalisco, Mex.

The details:

Thursday, April 30, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Starry Plough Pub     

3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

Cost: $7

Info: 510.841.2082 Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, April 18th, 2009
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Oakland attorney to become part of NASCAR race –for a day

By kbender

Eve Chaurand-Fraser is about the farthest thing from a NASCAR racecar driver.
She’s an attorney.

But this Saturday at the Phoenix International Raceway, Chaurand-Fraser, associate general counsel at the Oakland-based search engine Ask.com, will have her name plastered on the front of the Ask.com NASCAR racecar hood driven by Bobby Labonte, the 44-year-old Texas native who drives the No. 96 car. Millions are expected to watch the race.
Chaurand-Fraser, an Oakland woman who has been with the company for three years, gets the honor because of her “superior work” at the company, said a company spokesman.

“Eve keeps the Ask legal engine finely tuned, revved up, and race-ready. Whether it’s focusing on syndication deals, privacy policies, or partner contracts, Eve is always poised and focused on doing whatever she can to help her company and community,’’ said a statement from the company. “Eve is known to go way more than the extra mile for her team, pulling many all-nighters to work out the details on some of the trickiest and most complex deals vital to one of Oakland’s major employers.”

Wow, maybe she should drive the car after all?

Labonte, a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, comes from a racing family. His older Terry Labonte was a NASCAR driver until he retired at the end of the 2006 season. The duo are the only brothers to have both won the championship in NASCAR’s top series. Bobby Labonte is also the uncle of former Nationwide Series winner Justin Labonte.

Posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
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Queer On Their Feet is coming to Berkeley

By awoodall

An Evening of Stand-Up Comedy and Improv with Queer On Their Feet will be at Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley 1 Lawson Road in Kensington at 1:00 PM &  7:00 PM on April 19. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  College student discount $10 at the door night of the show with valid college id.  Advance tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-877-278-4842.   Buy in advance to get the discounted price! Remaining tickets will be available at the door, the night of the show. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Sunday, April 12th, 2009
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Healthy food for all

By awoodall

Oakland Food Connection’s Spring fundraiser 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18.

Host: Oakland Food Connection & Food Justice Supporters Start

Where: Mill Valley, CA

To see more details and RSVP

Posted on Sunday, April 12th, 2009
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“The talk” recession-style

By awoodall

Paying for College: Teens and parents have ‘the talk’
Youth Radio (Oakland, Calif.)
A series of stories on college and money.

Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2009
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Meridian International Sports Cafe

By awoodall

The Meridian gastropub opened recently. A 4,000 square foot restaurant, wine bar, 3,500-square-foot patio and major TV and theater set up for games. What more can you ask, discerning sports fans?

 

 

2050 University Avenue
Berkeley, California 94704(510) 705-1450   

 

Open Wednesday – Sunday 11am-11pm

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2009
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Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda

By awoodall

The Imani Community Church presents The Watoto Children’s Choir Of Uganda & The Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir In Concert 7 p.m. Saturday at the Imani Community Church, 3300 Mac Arthur Blvd. Info: 510-531-5411

A free-will offering will taken to support the touring efforts of the Watoto Children’s Choir

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2009
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Philly sword swollowing tonight

By awoodall

BETTY BLOOMERZ & THE SQUIDLING BROS
@ Cafe Van Kleef (1621 Telegraph st Oakland, CA)
6pm and 9:30pm Tonight

Straight from Philadelphia to before your very eyes the SQUIDLING BROS CIRCUS SIDESHOW invade Oakland to dazzle your senses with some of the most jaw dropping death defying feats ever performed before a live audience! See the unbelievably lovely BETTY BLOOMERZ swallow an impossibly large 28 inch sword to the hilt! Gasp in shock at the unbreakable skin that even shattered glass cannot penetrate of MATTER SQUIDLING! Witness the shock as JELLYBOY THE CLOWN performs the first-ever barside home brain surgery with a high powered electric drill… on himself! Knives, swords, broken glass, machetes, and yes even the legendary bed of nails, these twisted clowns are risking their very lives with horrific implements of pure pain to astound, shock, and amaze you!

Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
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SF tries to close Medjool rooftop bar

By awoodall

Last night was nearly perfect. I was having a drink at Medjool in San Francisco, watching the lights of the Bay Bridge sparkle over the dark mirror of the water. There was barely a breeze and the fog was held off by some magical force that descends too seldomly on the city (which is one reason I moved to Oakland). So the news that city officials are trying to close the Medjool rooftop  bar from where I was taking in the oh so charming skyline and fleeting weather shocked me out of my little paradise moment. The owners have issued a rallying cry – or rather a Facebook drive — against what they say is the SF Planning Department’s effort to shut down the roofdeck portion of the Mission District restaurant and lounge.  The department issued a notice that the rooftop violates the city planning code, which Medjool disputes. Just thought folks would want to know: info@savemedjoolsf.com. The SF Weekly posted a sort of bitchy item on their blog about it.

Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2009
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