Monday, December 31, 2007

The East Bay Today: December 31, 2007

Mon, Dec 31, 2007 at 4:52 PM

Today's Top Event: Paul Mooney at the Black Repertory Theater.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: New Year's Eve Flamenco Fiesta. Yaelisa performs at Cafe de la Paz in Berkeley.

Is It Dinner Yet? Check out our New Year's Eve dining guide.

On the Town: Going out tonight? See our New Year's Eve music guide for some of the best shows in the Bay Area.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the best New Year's Eve countdown, like, ever.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Friday, December 28, 2007

The East Bay Today: December 28, 2007

Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 5:18 PM

Today's Top Event: Miracle on 34th Street at the Town Hall Theatre.

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.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Jong Ga House in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Blues-rock group the Bonedrivers play a free show at popular Martinez hangout the Ferry Street Station.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out this Chinese grandma hip-hop dancer.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

New Lit Gallery in the Works

by Anneli Rufus
Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 10:24 AM

Regent Press, an East Bay publishing mainstay with more than a hundred books under its belt, is marking its thirty-year anniversary by launching a new art space, the Regent Gallery, at 48th and Telegraph (adjacent to Hooper's Chocolates) in Oakland's Temescal District.

Its grand opening on February 24 will feature the photography of Harold Adler, author of The Whole World Is Watching, and readings by two Regent authors: Jerry Beisler (whose The Bandit of Kabul - in which hippies set up camp in Afghanistan - was one of 2007's most madcap memoirs) and Marcelline Krafchik, whose The Romance of Elsewhere recounts fifty years of travel in sixty countries and encounters with a stalker, a boa constrictor, many famous people, and the CIA.

After-School Activities

by Anneli Rufus
Fri, Dec 28, 2007 at 10:22 AM

Two armed kids mugged another just off the International High School campus on December 20. Principal Carmelita Reyes reported on a Temescal neighborhood listserv: "One of my 9th grade immigrant students, a boy from the Congo, was walking along 45th Street ... when he was mugged by two older Asian teens ... at about 3:40 pm when there were plenty of people on the street. He was grabbed from behind and thrown against the fence then the attacker shoved a knife up against his side. The other attacker then pulled a gun on my student. He gave up all his valuables - wallet, iPod, and earring - without an argument."

Just that morning, Reyes had met Oakland Tech's principal, who told her "that one of her students and a custodian had been mugged at gunpoint this week. I am very worried about the crime problem," Reyes writes. "There is no reason students should be held up at gunpoint at 3:40 in the afternoon."

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Winter (Fast) Break

by Kibby Kleiman
Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 7:47 PM

College basketball without the college students? Pretty appealing actually. Not that climbing over shirtless frat boys or urging face-painted sorority sisters to actually turn toward where the game is being played isn't a charming bit of campus flava. But if groupthink of students shouting or dressed in unison doesn't add to your game experience, get thee to the court during winter break. Of course, you'll be missing the experience of standing for two full halves of basketball by students who measure their machismo by pogo-ing on their feet for two hours. If you want to sit your lazy ass down - now's the time to hit the gym.

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The East Bay Today: December 27, 2007

Thu, Dec 27, 2007 at 5:10 PM

Today's Top Event: Thursday at Word Beat at Mediterranean Cafe.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Adventures in Jewish Learning. Multi-interest day lecture series at Temple Beth Sholom.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Addis Ethiopian Restaurant in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Drop by Ashkenaz for a night stacked with local talent, including hip-hop headliner Deuce Eclipse.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the top ten viral videos of 2007.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Gray-ders

by Kibby Kleiman
Wed, Dec 26, 2007 at 5:57 PM

Anyone else around here notice that the professional football season is about done? Not for the playoff-bound, of course. And other teams even had riveting storylines in defeat: colorful insurrections, individual glories and dramas. But for fans of the Oakland Raiders? Talk about fading into the background - paint the Silver and Black a muted gray.

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The East Bay Today: December 26, 2007

Wed, Dec 26, 2007 at 4:55 PM

Today's Top Event: Cats at the Willows Theatre.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Taste Your Life Through the Writing Practice. Eight-week creative writing class at Cecile Moochnek Gallery.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: China Village in Albany.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Head outdoors with the Kurt Ribak Trio for some original jazz on the patio at Jupiter.

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

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Dinnertime Danger

by Anneli Rufus
Wed, Dec 26, 2007 at 10:36 AM

The Asian-restaurant attacks continue. On December 23, a BART police sergeant on patrol was flagged down around 8 p.m. by someone who had just been robbed at gunpoint "at a local Asian restaurant," according to the report.

The address given for the flag-down is 308 14th St. in Oakland. That's the address of Hyang Won Korean Restaurant, home of seafood noodles and bi bim bop. Police believe that the armed robbers, "two males, are the suspects in a series of robberies of Asian restaurants in the East Bay. Trains were held at 12th St. station while a search was conducted unsuccessfully."

They got away again.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

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