Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Old Oakland

L’Avventura rocks

By awoodall

Jeff from Fellini restaurant and coffee bar in Berkeley just released a new LP “Your Star was Shining” by his band L’Avventura (Italian of course!) It’s free  www.lavventuramusic.com   until April 30th (“Fine with us…” he says), or, if the recession hasn’t hit you too hard, you can purchase a copy at iTunes.com, emusic.com, amazon.com or cdbaby.com. To mark the CD release, the band is kicking off “The Living Room Sessions”, a series of 10 live shows, starting February 17th.   Each week, L’Avventura will be joined by a different musical guest, for an evening of “melodic retro/futurist pop music” (NME), in an intimate, atmospheric setting.  “The Living Room Sessions” offers FREE admission, early start times (running 7-9pm), easy parking, and absurdly hip vibes.  It’s an  all-ages venue too, so bring the juvenile delinquents… The location: 33 Revolutions, a cafe/wine-bar/vinyl record shop in El Cerrito (10086 San Pablo Ave.)
The dates are: Tuesday, February 24, 7-9 pm and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 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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NYE in style

By awoodall

Oakland Events isputting together a cool New Years Eve swank soiree at the Washington Inn. Check it out…

Posted on Friday, December 19th, 2008
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Oakland author, Oakland book party

By awoodall

Mark your literary calendars for Dec. 13 when the Washington Inn will be hosting a book release party for the author of How to Make a Cupcake. Correct me if I’m wrong about the title (was mentioned in passing by a third party).

Posted on Saturday, December 6th, 2008
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Election night owl

By awoodall

First of all, if you are reading this on election night STOP and go join the living at some of the local parties. Everett and Jones barbecue, for starters, has Second Street at Broadway blocked off. In the place of cars is a band that was warming up with some loud drums. Beware, however: the parking is tight down there. Walk, bus or taxi if you can (the only cab company number I know is 536-3000. If you read my blog earlier about this city’s taxi service you’ll understand). Even Sacret Heart tattoo parlor on Broadway and 7th is getting into the spirit. One of the artists did an “Obama ’08″ tat a few months ago on someone’s back. They offered to do one on the spot for me tonight but I’m working until 11:30.  This is definitely Obama territory, although I overheard a woman passing by saying “He’s not a hero. He’s just a politician.” She must be from out of town. Anyway, aside from the Marriott’s party, the Washington Inn on 10th and Washington is expecting a crowd as is nearby B Restaurant and Bar. Levende across the street is offering drink specials in honor of the occasion: Two for one drinks with your “I voted” sticker or ballot receipt up to $20. But don’t fret. Levende also has happy hour drink prices.

Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
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The beer takes the cake at Pacific Coast Brewing

By awoodall

Thursday NIght Live went out with a bang. In case you missed it, Julio Bravo had people dancing in Washington Street and I could hear his melodies from my roof. Last night just half a block away the Pacific Coast Brewing Co. had people out again drinking to the Old Oakland fixture’s 20th Anniversary and dancing to Third Eye Blind’s guitarist (or former guitarist) Kevin Cadogan. A half-dozen kids, adults and one very sauced up chick were rocking out in front of the outdoor stage and probably a good 100-150 people were crowded in the temporary beer garden set up in front of the pub.  It was quite the lugubrious block party. In case you missed it, the brewery is hosting $2.50 beers all day today (Saturday) and live music from 6 p.m. to midnight. Follow the link for the whole story, contact info, etc.

Posted on Saturday, October 18th, 2008
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Bring your passports tonight

By awoodall

….to the finale of Thursday Night Live (aka TNL — ladida) in Old Oakland and move to the salsa sounds of Julio Bravo from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. And from the organizers: Bring your Old Oakland Passports to Thursday Night Live on October 16th and enter to win a Weekend Getaway in Old Oakland! Shop, Dine and Stay Passport Package includes Two nights at the Washington Inn, dinner for two at Seison, discounts and specials from Old Oakland retailers, spa package for two. Attend TNL this Thursday and pick-up a Passport located in the beer garden. Patron one of the participating restaurants and turn it in before 8:30pm to be entered into the drawing.

Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2008
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Monday night OB

By awoodall

OB’s coffee shop on 729 Washington St. isn’t just for breakfast anymore. As tasty as the soul omelettes are, OB is serving up Monday Night Football from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The tel# is 510-268-9696 or e-mail obsgourmetcoffee@gmail.com. Also next door the Cock-A-Doodle Cafe is serving dinner.

Posted on Monday, October 6th, 2008
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Salsa night live

By awoodall

No matter how good the music is, sometimes people just don’t want to dance. Not tonight. The Thursday Night Live in Old Oakland finally got its legs with Fito Reinoso. A few of the trongs were still moving even after the Bay Area-Cuban sonero and his band stopped playing a tad bit after the 9 pm cutoff.  The players were still singing as they packed up: La la la LAA la la la.

Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2008
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Art & Soul-land

By awoodall

cherried-out Chevy at FIVEten Gallery show9th Street between Washington and Broadway exploded last night in a show of cherried-out Chevrolets, tricked-out bikes, pumping Hip-hop and crowds of young and old folks outside FIVEten Studio. The occasion was the closing of a gallery show there, a photog by the name of Deandre said. I don’t know how to spell his name but am hoping he will send some photos to do justice here to the scene Saturday night that I stumbled across on my day to B’s to catch up on some reading and talk politics with the restaurant’s best bartender (IMHO). It was the perfect cap to a long day of Art & Soul that Zoe and I partook of. We only stayed a few hours (busy day), long enough to see some righteous dance from this city’s studios: Dance-A-Vision, New World Motherlode, Sparkle, Imani’s Dream, Afta Shock, Mighty Shock and (what else) Future Shock. We walked the isles of food and craft booths, listened to the Wombats (catchy), grooved to Las Rakas and left after checking in with Agua Libre (fka OMaya). Oh, lest I forget, I ran into Joyce Gordon at her gallery on 14th Saturday afternoon. She was bleary-eyed after an opening party Friday night for her new show that features graffiti. She asked me if I had seen it. No, I hadn’t and didn’t manage to swing by yesterday and I can’t find info about it on the Web site. So we’ll all just have to check it out ourselves. And if you’re checking things out, I recommend strolling down 13th Street from Lake Merritt to Broadway. That is one beautiful street, lined with Oakland’s Beaux-Arts brick buildings, like the post office/custom house and the old Hotel Oakland, that look like they are carved out of smooth buttercream frosting. So I guess yesterday was a pretty good Oaktown kind of day.

Posted on Sunday, August 31st, 2008
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