Wednesday, January 26, 2011

As Mama Buzz Cafe Struggles, Artists Reach Out to Help

By Rachel Swan
Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 11:23 AM

There are probably other cities besides Oakland in which a business holding a benefit for another business is considered an act of philanthropy. Around here, it’s par for the course. Next Thursday, February 3, The Stork Club will hold a benefit for the city's beloved Mama Buzz Cafe, which was long considered an anchor for the uptown arts scene. The cafe is not in danger of closing, but it is in danger of deteriorating, said owner Jade, who organized the benefit to help fund maintenance and facade improvements. With the help of Stork Club owner Tom Chittock and a few frequent customers. The event will include a silent auction and raffle, as well as performances by Hottub, RnBMIllionaires, Man/Miracle, B. Hamilton, Dakota Slim, DJ Handsome Neto, and emcee Najee. A spirited Facebook post urged patrons to help revive the cafe that "made you a proud and jaded (pun intended) Oaklander." It went on to argue that "if it wasn't for Mama Buzz, we'd be clawing our eyes out for culture." Apparently, the decade-old coffee shop and gallery isn't just a virulent cultural incubator. It's also a necessity. Mama Buzz benefit goes down Thursday, Feb. 3 at The Stork Club (2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland). 8 p.m., $5

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