Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The East Bay Today: October 31, 2007

Wed, Oct 31, 2007 at 4:55 PM

Today's Top Event: Halloween!

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Quilombo Communities of Rio de Janeiro. Ancestor night and diaspora talk by Robert King at Oakland Public Conservatory of Music.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Rustica in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? It's Lion Rock night at Club Oasis, meaning resident DJs Riddm, Rocker-T, Kurious, Dubrocker, Yao Chris, and Jah Yzer will spin roots, dub, and dancehall for your pleasure.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the coolest 3-D pumpkin carvings ever!.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The East Bay Today: October 30, 2007

Tue, Oct 30, 2007 at 4:55 PM

Today's Top Event: Don Lattin. Former Chronicle religion reporter discusses his new book Jesus Freaks at Cody's Books.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: The Challenge of Inequality and Glocal Capitalism to US Democracy. With Richard B. Freeman in the Lipman Room at UC Berkeley's Barrows Hall.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Genova in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Don't miss the instrumental surf sounds of acclaimed Arizona group the Swamp Coolers at the Huddle in Fremont.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out these amazing aerial photos.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

The East Bay Today: October 29, 2007

Mon, Oct 29, 2007 at 4:55 PM

Today's Top Event: Jan Stensland discusses how to build "green and healthy homes" at the Kensington Library.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: From Heart to Hand. Teens discuss their recent trip to Brazil, plus a screening of Quilombo Country at Oakland Public Conservatory of Music.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Tropix in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Warm up your singing voice, then head to the Oakland Metro for TomKat's Open Mic.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out this squid with human-like teeth.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

The East Bay Today: October 26, 2007

Fri, Oct 26, 2007 at 4:55 PM

Today's Top Event: Angela Wellman Group at Anna's Jazz Island.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Castrato de Luxe: Blood, Gifts, and Goods at UC Berkeley's Morrison Hall.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Nan Yang in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Eagles Hall in Alameda presents the Zydeco Flames, plus a dance lesson at 8 p.m.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Vice TV.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

The East Bay Today: October 25, 2007

Thu, Oct 25, 2007 at 4:55 PM

Today's Top Event: Budget Rock at the Stork Club.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Gerald Schumacher discusses behind-the-scenes hostage recoveries in Iraq at the International House.

Is It Dinner Yet? We recommend: Long Life Vegi House in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Make Oakland's Nomad Café your destination for the Bocalicious! Spoken Word Swap Meet, hosted by Andrej.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out twenty things you didn't know about.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The East Bay Today: October 24, 2007

Wed, Oct 24, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Kickoff Celebration for Edible Rooftop Garden and Living Classroom. Sponsored by Oakland Food Connection and Bay Localize at E.C. Reems Academy of Art and Technology.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Mitama in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Should be a warm one, so why not make one last visit to Jupiter's patio this fall, and enjoy the jazzy sounds of Mysterioso.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out bad Halloween costumes.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The East Bay Today: October 23, 2007

Tue, Oct 23, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Today's Top Event: Jane Booth at Books Inc.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Poetry Flash Presents Alta Ifland and Gary Young. At Berkeley City College.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Sushi King in Alameda.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Penchant for '80s pop culture? Then stop by the Pasand Lounge in Berkeley for cheap drinks and '80s movies and TV shows on display at "'80s at Eight."

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Scott Wade's Dirty Car Art Gallery.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

The East Bay Today: October 19, 2007

Sat, Oct 20, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Working Girls: Women's Cultural Production During the Interwar Years. Two-day conference on what it means to be a woman working in the arts at Saint Mary's College.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Battambang Restaurant in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? It's a Sultry Friday at Kimball's Carnival, with DJs Lash and Fat Rob spinning R&B and soul.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out bad album covers.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

The East Bay Today: October 18, 2007

Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Act Against Torture Presents Ghosts of Abu Ghraib. Screening of the documentary by Rory Kennedy at Muckrakers Cafe.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Like Chinese food and great jazz? Sounds like you have a date with Jazz Mine at King Tsin Chinese Restaurant in Berkeley.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the receipt museum.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pro- and Anti-War Demonstrators Go Toe-to-Toe in Berkeley

by Wendy Patterson
Wed, Oct 17, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Members of Move America Forward, a conservative pro-war group, staged a noon rally today in downtown Berkeley in support of the U.S. Marine Recruiting Center, which "has been besieged by anti-military protestors," according to their press release. Their arch nemesis, the anti-war group Code Pink, has been showing up to protest the center daily for the past few weeks.

Melanie Morgan, who cohosts a vitriolic talk show every morning on KSFO Radio, and is the chair of Move America Forward, led the crowd of about a hundred flag-waving supporters, who seemed to be mostly middle-aged and from outside of the area.

Code Pink was slightly outnumbered, but made up for it with equally loud chanting.

[More photos after the jump.]

The two camps were at first on the same side of Shattuck Avenue, nose to nose, yelling at each other and waving their respective signs. But Berkeley police quickly separated them following a scuffle between the opposing sides.

The Code Pinkers continued their chants from the other side of the street as traffic crawled through the middle. "U.S. out of Iraq!" "Stop the war!" "Bring the troops home!"

The Move America Forward crowd focused largely on their disgust for Code Pink. "Code Pink are the traitors of America!" Morgan yelled into a microphone.

"We're here to tell Code Pink to go straight to Hell!"

"Code Pink Stinks!"

Supporters held signs, including "Code Pink: White on the Outside, Red on the Inside" and "Osama says Vote Democrat."

Across the street, and dressed all in pink, Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin said, "There's a lot of angry people over there with PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder], you know, Vietnam Vets. They have become the fringe; they now realize that Americans support our side."

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