Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Archive for March, 2010

OSA First Friday show

By awoodall

Oakland School for the Arts must be the coolest school ever. What other school is joined at the hip with a lounge and concert venue. And this Friday the art students are joining the  Art Murmur/FF with a gallery show of their work. Since I spent several hours after work Wednesday framing some of that work I can tell you some very good pieces will be for sale in the Black Box Theatre April 2. I have my eye on a few already. Their December show was hot (musically and artistically) and I never even got close to buying my own daughter’s work (for the sake of disclosure I tell you this…). They got snapped up too fast. I think the lines will move much faster this time around with a revamped process so that buyers aren’t standing for hours to make their purchases. Anyway, the show runs from Friday until Sunday.  


April 2 First Friday Art Walk at UrbanSpace

On exhibit at UrbanSpace Gallery are modern and contemporary works by highly acclaimed artists WinstonBbranch, Sue Kahn, Gregory Edwards, Jonathan Howard, Pauletta Chanco, Judy Deim, Otto Heino, Joseph Slusky and more. Stroll through the gallery to view sculptures, ceramics, paintings, and photographs.

This First Friday will feature author and filmmaker, Robert Philipson reading from his new book Very Good-Looking Seeks Same, a funny, yet yearning and appealing, collection of poetry in the form of want-ads. Philipson’s tongue-in-cheek verses are hilarious, tragic, and will tantalize one’s imagination.

Join us for wine and cheese, laughter and fun networking at UrbanSpace, 811 Washington, in Old Oakland. 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Reading will begin at 6:15. Robert Philipson will be available to sign books.

Posted on Monday, March 29th, 2010
Under: Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Oakland nightlife | No Comments »
Leave a comment

Layover: What do you get when…

By awoodall

I do remember how to laugh. But it’s been a while. Layover’s comedy night yesterday triggered the need to make my mouth move in an upward motion instead of scowling. Granted, the acts were hit or miss as you’d expect. Anyway, the first time is always tough. Heckling is not allowed, which is a good thing for a few of the performers. (You know who you are.)
Instead the audience graciously turned their eyes skyward to give Layover’s ceiling a good inspection. Co-owner Zachary Turner watched from behind the bar, sometimes with what looked like an expression of quiet alarm. I couldn’t say for sure.  I can’t remember the names of the comedians, either. (I do recall that the woman from the Oakland Local blog made her presence known during on of the acts.)  
I was running late and I had just come from a class to see Ryan Cronin, creator of “Fear and Bloating in Las Vegas” and other mad ideas. I wrote about him when there were only two comedy venues in Oakland. Back then he described himself as the love child of Elvis and Bob’s Big Boy. Now there are at least five venues for comedy in Oakland that I can think of including  Layover, Miss Pearl’s, the Washington Inn and the Grand Lake Theatre.

Posted on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010
Under: Night Owl, Oakland nightlife | No Comments »
Leave a comment

OSA’s Cuckoo Nest

By awoodall

Tonight is opening night for the Oakland School for the Arts’ performance of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” (I can’t believe I misspelled Cookoo on Facebook!)
The show starts 7  p.m. tonight. Sorry for the late notice. Busy day. But you can catch other shows. Friday 7 p.m. Saturday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. or the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for seniors and students.  Not suited for children under 15 without adult supervision. Strobe lighting and fog will be used. Hmmm. Sounds interesting.

Posted on Thursday, March 11th, 2010
Under: Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Oakland nightlife | No Comments »
Leave a comment

Mondary car burglary suspects arrested

By awoodall

 Oakland police have arrested three people believed to be responsible for a spate of auto burglaries discovered early Monday morning. Officers Melissa Geraci, Jamin Creed, Russell Mederios and Delmar Tompkins were called out to Cleveland Avenue and Radnor Avenue on a report of a vandalism that had just occurred. There they found several vehicles with their windows smashed, police said. Officers contacted the owners of some of the victims’ vehicles and determined that several auto burglaries had occurred.
A short while later, Officers Geraci and Mederios spotted a vehicle blocking a driveway and parked the wrong way in the 600 block of Hillgirt.  Before stopping the vehicle, officers saw someone jump into the nearby bushes, police said. Officers conducted a vehicle stop and made contact with a female sitting in the driver’s seat, police said. Police said they found a man and a male juvenile male hiding in the nearby bushes. All three were detained on suspicion of auto burglary, according to police. When officers conducted a search of the suspect vehicle, they discovered items from some of the nearby auto burglaries, police said.
All three suspects were taken to the Criminal Investigation Division where they were interviewed by investigators.
Two of the suspects admitted to their involvement in the burglaries, police said. The other suspect refused to speak to investigators. The arrestees were identified as Wilber Montano, 18-years-old, Deysi Lovo, 22-years-old and a 17-year-old male, all from Oakland, according to police.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Assault Section at (510) 238-3426.

Posted on Monday, March 8th, 2010
Under: Crime/Courts, Oakland Police Department | No Comments »
Leave a comment

OPD: search for suspect continues

By awoodall

Oakland Police are asking the public’s help finding a man wanted in connection to a March 6 shooting in the 2600 block of Alvingroom Court. The man, Charles Edwards, 26, should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police. There is a no bail felony warrant for attempted murder, police said.
Officer Jeff Thomason said he is a suspect in the shooting of 19-year-old Deandre Moody, of Oakland. The two argued before the shooting. He was taken Sunday morning to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition. 
Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Sergeant Gus Galindo at 238-3821.  Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

Posted on Monday, March 8th, 2010
Under: Oakland Police Department | 1 Comment »
Leave a comment