Friday, August 31, 2007

Handicap-Placard Abusers, Be Shamed

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 4:57 PM

A lot of people abuse those handicap placards for their own chintzy, lazy desires. According to an article in the Chron, the number of disabled parking placards in California more than doubled during the past decade, with one issued for every sixteen residents. Now a web site hopes to shame these abusers into coming clean, or at least getting their placard revoked. HandicappedFraud.org allows users to fill out a form reporting suspected abusers (with comments), which is then turned over to the DMV for possible fine and suspension. Though initially focused on the Bay Area, the site expanded into a nationwide effort. However, several potential East Bay offenders have popped up recently. A couple weeks ago, one Oakland driver was accused of using a deceased family member's placard. Yesterday, someone reported in Concord: "Young women, 20 something, drives a brown Lexus RX 300, parks in handicap space everyday at our office parking garage. She has no visible physical impairment, she prances out of her car everyday with no guilt whatsoever!"

The East Bay Today: August 31, 2007

Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Today's Top Event: Hit the Road, Jack at the Eclectix Gallery.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Final Friday Films . New series of screenings and discussions produced by EastSide Arts Alliance in collaboration with Huaxtec at the EastSide Cultural Center in Oakland.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critic John Birdsall recommends: Flora's Gyros and Hot Dogs in Pleasant Hill.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Drinks, jazz, and the Jessica Jones group sound just right at Anna's Jazz Island.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Living up to that "dumb American" stereotype.

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Buy Curious: Fashion & Soul

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 4:57 PM

This week: Oakland artists interpret couture for Barneys, local fashion hits the catwalk at Art & Soul, teachers get a break, and Oakland's fashionistas plot.

SHOP TALK

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Fashion Events at Art & Soul Oakland's annual music and culture fest, Art & Soul Festival, takes place this weekend. In addition to dozens of music performances, check out fashion shows featuring some local designers. Can't speak on the quality, but if it sucks, there's likely to plenty of other stuff to entertain you. Here's the lineup: Sat., Sept. 1, 2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.: Skylier Wear Collection (pictured) Fashion Show at the Plaza Stage (in front of City Hall) Sun., Sept. 2, 4 p.m.: Patricia Breedlove - Fashions by Exotica "2000" at the World Dance Stage (12th & Clay) Mon., Sept. 3, 2 p.m.: Bay Area Fashions, Headwork Designs, Master Pieces, Masthan Designs, "Lipstick" at the World Dance Stage (12th & Clay) How much it'll cost ya: $10 at the door, $5 for youth 13 to 18, free for 12 & under

Oakland Fashionistas Unite! One of our coworkers stumbled upon this MeetUp group for the "Oakland fashion industry." Sweet. The group started in June, has met three times, and already has thirty members (they seem to range from the everyday fashion obsessed to designers, models, and photographers). Looks like they're planning a fashion show and their next meeting is Sept. 11. Check it out.

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When It Pays (Er, Saves) to Be a Teacher Teaching is such a thankless job. Not only do your students hound you about grades, ask for last-minute letters of recommendations, and completely ignore everything you say, but you also get paid squat. So the folks at Jeremy's are rewarding you for your selfless deeds this weekend, by offering all pre-school, elementary, high school, and college teachers (with credentials and photo ID) an addition 40 percent off all merchandise, just in time for the new semester. With extended hours! When: Sat. & Sun., Sept. 1 & 2, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Where: 2967 College Ave., Berkeley, & Two South Park, SF

Wanted: Crafters The San Francisco Craft Mafia is looking for a few good vendors for its "Mafia Made Winter 2007 Trunk Show," which takes place in October at Golden Gate Park. They're looking for any artisans, designers, or crafters, as long as the items are handcrafted by the applicant. Deadline for applications is Tues., Sept. 4. Click here for more info:

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Submit Your Vote! Hey, the T-shirt designs for the Tobi breast cancer contest aren't half bad! We like this "Paper Cut Cut" by Courtney Chu. Click here to cast your vote by the end of the day.

Candy for Kids DailyCandy announced this week they're launching a special edition of their newsletter just for kids (well, actually for mommies that dress their kids). Get the latest on kid-friendly events, chic baby boutiques, and kidswear sample sales. Click here to sign up.

FASHANALYSIS: Style News & Views

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"Magical Outsiders"? Every once in a while, the higher-ups in the fashion industry like to pretend they're all about egalitarianism. Hence, this collection of fashion illustrations by thirteen artists from Oakland's Creative Growth Art Center, which serves physically, mentally and developmentally disabled adult artists. The illustrations, commissioned by Paper Magazine, interpret designs from the fall 2007 collections, and will be featured in a window at Barneys New York from Sept. 4 to 25, and in the September issue of Paper. "How can anyone not love seeing this world we call fashion -- which is usually such an insider's game -- so purely and gorgeously through the eyes of these magical outsiders?" said Paper's co-editor and publisher Kim Hastreiter, who's on the group's advisory board. Don't get us wrong: we think this concept is pretty cool. In fact, some of the interpretations are far more interesting than the real thing. (We especially like William Scott's total disregard for the waif-y model in favor of his curvaceous "dream girl," Yolanda Jones.) But "magical outsiders"? What are they, elves from Rivendell?

Every Friday, Buy Curious dishes on the hottest fashion trends, news, and sales in the East Bay and beyond.

"I Love You Emeryville"

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 12:13 AM

Emeryville: home to traffic jams, biotech companies, Pixar, and IKEA (not to mention the Express). Admittedly, not exactly the sexiest city in the East Bay. But times are changing. Some chap took the time to synthesize some fancy HTML coding to create a wicked-cool MySpace page devoted to the city by the Bay. Among the interests of Emeryville are the bands Poor Bailey and Audrye Sessions, and the movie Ratatouille. (We have a feeling the profile is maintained by one Scott of Poor Bailey fame). Nonetheless, the self-proclaimed "MySpace headquarters for Emeryville" elicits some genuine love for the city, as evidenced in its comments section: "Emeryville has changed so much since I moved out in 2000 ... thank god! I swear there was no food besides the Public Parket place," wrote Jamie. "Hey Emeryville, you have the best food court EVER!" gushed the band LoveLikeFire. And the incoherent: "Emeryville go'S so hard!!! yee. love ya Emeryville lol."

You've Got Stories, They've Got a Recorder

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 12:13 AM

The StoryCorps Griot Initiative started in February with the goal of collecting interviews from at least 1,750 African Americans, focusing on the experiences of World War II veterans and those involved in the Civil Rights movement. A griot is someone in the West African tradition who maintains community tradition through storytelling, music, and dance. The touring StoryCorps' GriotBooth (an Airstream trailer) is currently parked outside of Oakland's City Hall through September 19. Click here to make a reservation online, or call (800) 850-4406.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The East Bay Today: August 30, 2007

Thu, Aug 30, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Today's Top Event: Hysteria at the Aurora Theatre.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Stars of Broadway. Performer, musical director, and vocal coach Matt Johanson kicks off this fall lecture series at Contra Costa Civic Theatre.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critic John Birdsall recommends: Finfine in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Revel in soul, funk, & R&B hits of yesteryear at Pat's Bar's Old School Thursday, with DJ Mr. B on the tables.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out pics of goth day at Disneyland.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The East Bay Today: August 29, 2007

Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Today's Top Event: Matt Johanson discusses his book San Francisco Giants (Game of My Life) at the Hayward Public Library.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critic John Birdsall recommends: Grinders Submarine Sandwiches in Piedmont.

On the Town: Going out tonight? It's pub trivia night at the Pasand Lounge, with prizes and a cash jackpot for the winner.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Facebook for pets.

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You Write Too Long -- This Week's Cover Story Bite-Sized

by Kelly Vance
Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 4:57 PM

This week, "Fall Arts": We're anxiously awaiting the new Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive in downtown Berkeley, a magnificent four-story repository of art and culture designed by a leading Japanese architect - if BAM/PFA can overcome the objections of (that dreaded phrase) Berkeley preservationists. It should cost somewhere between $80 million and $120 million - the building, that is, not the brushing aside of the preservationists. Should be ready about, oh, 2012. Meanwhile, the 19th-century art of stereography - or 3D photography - is enjoying a revival in Oakland. As is the Oakland Ballet, now that founding artistic director Ronn Guidi is once again at the controls. And on the UC Berkeley campus there are hella high-tech stage plays being produced. Fine arts everywhere you look, with that all-important East Bay whiff of funk.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The East Bay Today: August 28, 2007

Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Today's Top Event: Breakdancing Workshop at the Hercules Library.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Sinan Antoon and Matthew Shenoda speak at Moe's Books.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critic John Birdsall recommends: Golden Lotus in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Get your line-dance on at Club 1220's Country Music Night.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out extreme physically modified people.

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Happy Birthday, Hyphen

by Kara Platoni
Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Hyphen magazine founder and ex-Express staff writer Melissa Hung led the Bay Area's charge to start a magazine that would attempt to relay, as the motto puts it, "Asian America Unabridged." On the magazine's fifth birthday, Hung is passing the editorial torch to Harry Mok. Interviewed by Jeff Yang for his Asian Pop column today on SFGate, Hung reflects on the ups and downs of shepherding a volunteer-run nonprofit through it's early years, the challenges of representing a diverse yet oft-stereotyped community, and how small paper publications will face the digital age. (Partial answer: blog.) It's sweet and thoughtful - check it out.

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