Three minutes, 56 seconds of perfect yuppie angst, courtesy of the (partly) Bay-based Fog and Smog films! Choice line: "I been on edge ever since they took kombucha off the shelf."
Just a few months after bacteria-gate caused major hysteria in the Bay Area transit system, BART seats — a few of them, at least — are finally getting a new makeover. Thank local guerilla knitter Streetcolor, who launched her first city beautification project last year, by knitting sweater sleeves for signposts outside Cheeseboard Pizza and Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen. Recently Streetcolor made a fitted slipcover to put on her BART seat whenever she rides the train. It should help guard against methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or other unsavory elements — and it looks good, to boot. "I thought the clear colors would be a good contrast to the sagging grey look of the benches," Streetcolor wrote, proudly displaying her handiwork in a recent e-mail. She continued: "I know that Bart is doing many interactive seminars about new types of seats — I liked the idea of using yarnbombing to create a personal solution."
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It seems that ever since Eli's Mile High Club secured its cabaret license in early January, owner Jason Herbers has been throwing as many shows as humanly possible in the part-bar, art gallery, restaurant, tattoo shop, and music venue — making the old blues club the new go-to venue for live punk and metal shows. Lecherous Gaze — the Seventies-derived rock 'n' roll band comprised of members of Annihilation Time and fronted by singer LakisPanagiotopulos, whose baritone crooning falls somewhere in-between Danzig and Frank Sinatra — has become something of the bar's unofficial house band, playing shows at the space sometimes a few times a month. A group of solid and studied musicians, the band will aptly round out the bill when it plays along with metal riff-masters Serpent Crown and Santa Cruz doom rockers Dusted Angel, which features members of Eighties hardcore band Bl'ast. On Saturday, June 11, at Eli's Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakland). 7 p.m., $8. ElisMileHigh.com— Cassie Harwood
This just in from Karen Hester of the Temescal Street Fair, previously planned for this weekend:
Temescal Street Fair postponed to Sunday, July 10th, 12-6pm on Telegraph Avenue between 45th-51st St because of predicted storm...After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone the event as the forecast does not bode well for outdoor events.
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Happy Friday, beautiful people. Get your weekend on with help from our critics.
Jacqueline Luckett, Eva Tuschman, and Erin Van Rheenan
Seventh in the popular annual series, The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011 offers tales of lunch with a Japanese mobster, delivering a "Best Testicles" trophy in rural Serbia, camel rides, nudity, and many more adventures in Brazil, India, Cuba, Guyana, Syria, Ireland, Cambodia, and beyond. Contributors Jacqueline Luckett, Eva Tuschman, and Erin Van Rheenan bring it all back home to Books Inc. (1760 Fourth St., Berkeley) on Friday, June 3. 7 p.m., free. 510-525-7777 or BooksInc.net. — Stefanie Kalem
Due to inclement weather, the first-annual Sonoma Country Music BBQ (originally scheduled for this Saturday, June 4) has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2011. All tickets will be honored for the new date. Organized by the folks who put on the Harmony Festival, the event will be held at Sonoma County Fairgrounds and headlined by country musician Dierks Bentley.