Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Layover: What do you get when…

By awoodall
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 10:35 am in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife

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.

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OSA’s Cuckoo Nest

By awoodall
Thursday, March 11th, 2010 at 6:35 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Oakland nightlife

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.

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Mondary car burglary suspects arrested

By awoodall
Monday, March 8th, 2010 at 6:22 pm in Crime/Courts, Oakland Police Department

 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.

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OPD: search for suspect continues

By awoodall
Monday, March 8th, 2010 at 6:13 pm in Oakland Police Department

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.

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Responses to AC Transit story (contains adult language)

By awoodall
Saturday, February 20th, 2010 at 10:15 am in Uncategorized

Here is a smattering of the feedback to the AC Transit brawl story just over Facebook. My voicemail was nearly full. I didn’t want to write the story and it was not worth writing. But it’s goot to know what is lurking out there — racism, misogyny etc. — under the thin veil of civility. The funny thing is people are arguing that I am biased on both sides.

Rob Kiser February 20 at 9:35am

Blame the victim, why don’t you? The 67 year old white man was physically assaulted by the younger black man. It’s on the video. And yet, you blame the older man for the attack. The gall of some people. It would be different if it weren’t on video.

Rob Kiser February 20 at 9:37am

Also, you should get a new facebook photo. This one looks like you’re recovering from a bad acid trip in the Black Rock Desert.

Brandon Livingston

“yeah, like the media and its anti-white bias. you pathetic, worthless swine. ”
“I read your biased article, Angela. You and the American mass media are pathetic. You made it look like Bruso made unprovoked racial slurs and made the worthless subhuman who attacked him to be the sweet, innocent victim. Did you even watch the video? You said nothing of that fat ugly sow Iyanna Washington’s encouragement of racial violence, or the theft of Bruso’s bag. Do your superiors encourage you to write articles biased against whites, or are you just overcome with self-hate from movies and history class?
If I read that some pack animals attacked you on a bus with provocation, I would think that would be poetic justice. ”

Ben Milne:
“You’re a fucking bitch, that nigger deserved every bit of what he got.”
“Not only did that guy deserve every bit of what he got, it had nothing to do with race you biased ass.

Further, I think you will find its because a lot of people take public trans and see this sorta thing all the time, so it hits home to them. And its great to see one of those retards get their due.

Your artice was so biased its not funny. How could you see the same thing as everyone else and end up that far off… your bias is just sad”

Artie Chaffin February 19 at 11:57pm

I just finished reading your article regarding Vietnam Tom and the fight on the bus. I’m very curious why you go into such detail regarding what Tom said and did, yet sum up the racial and threatening comments made by the black guy as “ordering.” Did you happen to even watch the video? The man clearly curses and threatens the old guy for over a minute. Then he goes to the front of the bus to get away and still gets harassed by the guy. You clearly failed to mention any of that in your report. Have you everwondered why nobody believes in what reporters or journalists write about anymore? It because of pieces like yours that blatantly remove facts from a situation that people can clearly see and hear by watching a video. A video is not up to interpretation when there is sound. Please watch again, turn the sound up, look at your story and see just how pathetic of a job was done.

Ben Milne February 19 at 6:22pm

Why did you try to destroy the legacy of Epic Beard Man?

Ashlee Sullivan February 19 at 12:56pm

I feel that you incorrectly reported part of how this situation unfolded. You wrote that Bruso incensed the man by asking how much to have him spit shine his shoes. In the original video the man openly admits when asked, that he did walk by Bruso and said “Whys a brother gotta spit shine a mans shoes?”. Bruso mistook the mans instigation as an offer and even states his interest in the offer was because of a funeral he would be attending the next day. Bruso also attempted to clarify his mistake by saying “It doesn’t matter, you could be a chinaman, I’m not prejudice.”. Also he attempts to ask the man “Why are you so hostile?”.
Why were these things left out of your reporting of the situation? It seems a bit biased because of the fact Bruso has a past video. After watching the video it is obvious that even if Bruso has a short fuse, he was harassed a good deal before the argument became violent. When it did become violent, he was not the initiator of violence. Regardless of this mans past, He was not the one who started the argument. He even endured several threats of physical violence from the other man, which you also left out. I think these things are important to address, I would appreciate it if the events were more clearly reported as they actually unfolded, instead of what just sounds better when read.


Samuel Charowsky February 19 at 9:16am

Did you watch the video? If you did you’d know what really happened. While its not in it, you can tell from Bruso’s tone he thought that the black man offered to shine his shoes. You can deduce that Thomas probably had his foot in the area of the black man and the punk said something sarcastically like “You want me to shine your shoes?” then when Bruso asked how much got defensive.

After continued rudeness from the younger one, Bruso acted like the bigger man and walked away from the fight only to have Mr Uppity continue to talk shit like the tough guy he thought he was. This went on back and forth until finally the black guy walked up to the front of the bus, assaulted Bruso, and then proceeded to get his ass handed to him in a legally sound proceeding.

Now I don’t know what video you watched, if any, but if you watched that one then you’d know the ghetto punk had what was coming to him. The dumbass continued to talk shit even after getting his face pounded in. Maybe next time you’ll do your research or stop kissing the african populations ass, doubt it.

Gary O’Donnell February 19 at 2:37am

Oh and he doesnt name himself ”Epic Beard Man”, it was a named conned for him by 4chan/ebaumsworld

Gary O’Donnell February 19 at 2:36am

You’re very biased on your http://www.insidebayarea.com/oaklandtribune/localnews/ci_14429686

not one newspaper account the fact that the girl filming shouted ” say it again pinky” and ” beat his white ass”

to be thats racial hatred and also wanting a fight to happen! adding fuel to the fire, plus at the end she clearly steals the bag, and if you would do some research and go on her youtube account, look at the first comments for her apology response, she clearly states she ” wanted the black guy to win because of slavery”

Joey Neeley February 18 at 7:09pm

Your article about epic beard man doesn’t say anything about the stupid fuckin black chick that stole his bag…..wtf?

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ERA, Beer Revolution to open Friday

By awoodall
Thursday, February 4th, 2010 at 8:09 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Oakland nightlife

Once you see ERA Friday night you will understand why I have been so persistent about its opening, which is several months late (several is a polite term for it). 19 Grand Ave. Happy Hour starts 4:30 pm. Friday. Two stories, two bars, 5,000 square feet. Beer Revolution is opening tomorrow night too at 464 Third St. It’s not a pub but you can sit and sip and nibble inside or (in better weather) on the patio that has long been wasted on the closed café that the bottle-shop tavern replaces. And not to forget, tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the Fox, with festivities (including theater tours) beginning 5 p.m. at the Den. bill-brand
Speaking of anniversaries, the Pacific Coast Brewing Co. will unveil a Bill Brand Memorial Porter, named in honor of the absolutely intrepid Oakland Tribune reporter, beer aficionado and equestrian who passed away after being hit by a Muni Metro train Feb. 8, 2009. It’s okay though to drink up. Bill would have wanted everyone to have a good time.  And I think he would have loved Beer Revolution.

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Mos Def in town tonight

By awoodall
Friday, January 29th, 2010 at 3:21 pm in Night Owl

MOS DEF >>>IN CONCERT 9 pm tonight. The rapper/actor is raising money for  the California Public Education Foundation at the Shattuck Down Low lounge in Berkeley. I think this is like the fourth time he has been in the Bay Area in less than a year, New Parish being the last.

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Problem With Dragons @ Victory Warehouse

By awoodall
Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 1:00 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Oakland nightlife

 Feb. 9th At first I thought “Problem with Dragons @ Victory Warehouse” was the subject line for a City Hall v. East Bay Dragons biker club issue. Their HQ is an East Oakland warehouse…
Instead, Problem with Dragons is an East Coast band whose genre can be summed up as “gigantic, heavy-ass rock tunes.” Well, the group from Easthampton, Mass. is bringing their gigantic, heavy-ass rock tunes to Oakland’s Victory Warehouse on Feb. 9.  24th Street and San Pablo Ave. (916) 444-7914. Show begins 8pm. 16 and over only. problemwithdragons

“The sound of their fuzz bass is like uncovering a vintage MC-5 recording from a Michigan basement, dubbed over a Tijuana Brass cassette with the little plastic safety tabs punched out.”  — Tom Sturm, Valley Advocate.

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Downtown this weekend

By awoodall
Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at 2:02 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Oakland nightlife

After watching Hollywood stars get gigs on the big stage instead of real actors, I nearly cried last night during the preview of TheatreFIRST’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” Real acting by real actors.  The troupe is still working out the kinks before the Saturday opening but overall the show looks promising, especially actor Andrew Hurteau, “The Player” and head of a traveling Tragedians: Aleph Ayin, Paul Festa, John Hilinski and G. Randall Wright. They and the lead actors managed to convey the wry humor and laughable absurdity Stoppard injected into his script. In other words, they were really really funny. Tonight’s preview performance begins 7:30 p.m.  Saturday is the premier. Speaking of premiers, the Piedmont Piano Co. is hosting a grand opening today beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting all weekend with performances and toasts and pomp and circumstance at the corner of San Pablo and 18th Street. You’ll know the place by the crowds waiting to get into  Hibiscus, part of the entertainment compound filling the old Sweet Jimmie’s spot near City Hall. The adjoining New Parish nightclub started drawing people to the previously forlorn corner when it opened a few months ago. But only late nights. Hibiscus has them showing up in droves from the moment the restaurant opened last week.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” will preview Thursday and Friday. Tickets for those performances are $10. The show opens Jan. 23. Friday is “OSA Day,” when Oakland School for the Arts students will get a firsthand look at the world of professional theater during the performance and an after-show discussion. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 14. Tickets are $25 on Thursdays and $30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Go to www.theatrefirst.com for special prices for season tickets, patrons younger than 30 and seniors, or call 510-436-5085.

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Haiti benefit concert at Sweet’s Ballroom

By awoodall
Monday, January 18th, 2010 at 8:31 pm in Night Owl

It is hard to believe in a higher power when you see Haiti. Who would want to send an earthquake to test Haiti after all the island has been through — from slavery to the Duvaliers, from coups to corruption. So I haven’t been in the mood to think about entertainment because it seems self-indulgent to write about bars or whatever. The closest I came to combining the two is a concert 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Sweet’s Ballroom: the House Party Tour of Relief, with Singer D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone, Lenny Williams, Too Short, Erk Tha Jerk, The Oakland Interfaith Choir and The Pop Lyfe Project — so far.  All proceeds from the tour will go to the relief efforts in Haiti. Read more…Tickets are $20 minimum at the door.

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