Oakland Tribune Outtakes

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Feds to crack down on naughty bloggers

By awoodall

FTC to Investigate Bloggers Receiving Pay for Posts. The Federal Trade Commission announced plans last week to monitor blogs for payments and claims.

Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
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Lawn chairs on Times Square

By awoodall

 

I was trying to give you some NYC flavor from last night. I can’t tell if the video is wacky bc of my connection here or bc of the low light I shot the video. The streets were shut down so people parked their lawn chairs to soak in the sights.

Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009
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By awoodall

Bring some Pride to the East Bay Saturday.  The Same-Sex Pride Ball is Saturday at the Allegro Ballroom, 5855 Christie Ave.

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
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Public Works call center says hello

By awoodall

Got a problem with potholes, sewers, graffiti or sidewalks? The Public Works Dept. has a new online public works customer call center. Users can fill out an online form at http://www.oaklandpw.com/Page71.aspx or call 510-615-5566 to report problems. I heard that it worked well but maybe the comment was planted by a City Works employee (just kidding…I hope!).

Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
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Pro Arts moving

By awoodall

Pro Arts is moving from Second Street this month to downtown and re-opens June 23  in the Oakland Art Gallery with “Bay Area Currents 2009.” The artists’ reception is 5-8pm June 25. Also, the Last Fridays Concert Series picks up in the new gallery on 7:30 pm June 26. No word yet on what will replace Pro Arts that occupies the space next to Swarm Gallery, which is staying put and is ready for East Bay Open Studios 2009, which began last night. Here’s a glimpse (okay, a badly shot one…sorry) of the opening party last night at Pro Arts, when the move was announced. (Tell me too, do you think the Oaktown Night Owl moniker I am using on Twitter and Qik — see embedded logo on video below – is too annoying?)

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2009
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Art space, not car space

By cburt

So it looks like the city is moving a bit closer to the idea of using an empty lot next to the Fox Theater for public art instead of a parking lot.

Which is to say, city staff has not ruled it out as infeasible, anyway, according to an email from Jonathan Bair, chair of the city’s bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee. Bair was at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting when city staff gave an update.

Developer Forest City is supposed to build housing on the lot at 19th Street and Telegraph Avenue, but asked for an extension due to the economy. In exchange, the city asked Forest City to construct and operate a temporary parking lot there.

That idea didn’t fly with the community members who want more pedestrians and fewer cars on the streets around the Fox and other uptown venues. They lobbied City Hall and lo and behold, the council voted to let the community come up with an alternate plan.

Right now it looks like the desire is use the space to display large public art….. what better way to get pedestrians to hang around and enjoy the street-level view???

Stay tuned for updates….

Posted on Friday, May 22nd, 2009
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Esther’s Orbit Room, the last reminder of West Oakland’s heyday, has closed

By cburt

Esther’s Orbit Room, the last holdout from the days when Seventh Street was THE place to go in the Bay Area to catch well-known or up-and-coming jazz and blues artists such as Ike and Tina Turner, Ray Charles and Etta James, has finally closed its doors. And with Esther Mabry’s declining health, the club’s future is very much in doubt. Stay tuned for the story later this week in the Tribune.

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
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Parenthood filming wraps up in Berkeley but crew loses a member

By kbender

Last month, crews used Cragmont School in Berkeley as a set for filming NBC’s pilot program, “Parenthood.’ “Parenthood,” from the creators of ”Friday Night Lights” revolves around adult siblings, the Bravermans. The project is based on the 1989 movie by the same name.

Berkeley school district spokesman Mark Coplan said the view of the Golden Gate Bridge and City of San Francisco were primary reasons for crews picking the school for filming.

The filming of  ”Parenthood,” with Peter Krause and Maura Tierney, has wrapped up in Berkeley, but not without a tragedy. Nora O’Brien, the executive in charge of drama programming, died April 29 after collapsing in Sausalito, according to the Associated Press.

There were reports on the Internet that the 44-year-old O’Brien actually collapsed while filming on a set in Berkeley. Coplan said that isn’t true. O’Brien had worked for six years at NBC Universal as an executive at the Sci Fi Channel and, most recently, as vice president of drama programming for the company’s studio division, according to the AP. Reports said she suffered a brain anyeurism.

Posted on Friday, May 15th, 2009
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Best of Oakland mixer

By awoodall

3rd Annual Oakland Indie Awards “Best of Oakland”
Start Time: Friday, May 15 at 5:30pm
End Time: Friday, May 15 at 8:30pm
Where: The Crucible

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
http://www.facebook.com/n/?event.php&eid=59181026492&mid=2010e4G59a71801G33a7d3G7

Posted on Saturday, May 9th, 2009
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Cal basketball forward to show off drawings of President Obama

By kbender

Some may same that UC Berkeley basketball forward Jamal Boykin’s moves on the court are a work of art.

But another true work of art are the 44 portraits he drew of President Barack Obama and his family. It was Boykin’s New Year’s resolution to renew his passion for drawing, which he’s been doing since he was a youngster.

After drawing one picture of  President Obama in an airport on a Cal basketball road trip, he decided to make it his goal to draw 44 pictures of the 44th  president.

It’s his ultimate goal to one day be able to present the drawings to the president. But for now he will show of the color drawings, which also include Michelle Obama and the couple’s children, on Saturday, May 9 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Alphonse Berber Gallery, 2546 Bancroft Way in Berkeley. Boykin plans to speak at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The art includes photography by Cal guard Nican Robinson.

An ABC story on Boykin is here: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-fbyEZbaCk
Cal basket guard Patrick Christopher will recite poetry at the event, a fundraiser  for art supplies at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley. Boykin’s drawings will also be shown at galleries in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. in the future.
 
Boykin is a 6-7, 230-pound forward who was the California state player of the year as a high school senior. He transferred to UC Berkeley from Duke University in 2007.

Posted on Thursday, May 7th, 2009
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