Monday, November 5, 2012

One Man's Ride to Bike the Vote in Temescal

by Whitney Phaneuf
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Looking for the motivation to vote? To exercise? To meet new people? Oakland's Matthew Szymankowski has plenty to go around.

Say hi to Szymankowski in Temescal, between the 48th and 51st block of Telegraph Avenue, where he sets up his stationary bike in the evenings and rides to remind people to vote in tomorrow's election.

Matthew Szymankowski on his stationary bike in Temescal, reminding his neighbors to vote
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  • Matthew Szymankowski on his stationary bike in Temescal, reminding his neighbors to vote

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Art Murmur's Top Five Events

by Whitney Phaneuf
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Now that Art Murmur has become a full-fledged cultural phenomenon, there is more to see than ever. Here are our picks for the best happenings this First Friday, November 2.

Puppet Laboratory
Puppetry gets the high-art treatment at Puppet Laboratory, an evening of puppet-making and performance facilitated by Bay Area artist Erica Gangsei. Beyond arts and crafts, Gangsei will cover elements of puppet theory such as "googly eyes: yes or no?" It better be "yes." At MacArthur B Arthur. 7-10 p.m.

Artist Erica Gangsei plays in her Puppet Laboratory
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[UPDATED:] R.I.P. Rec Center Studios, Home to Sick, Sad World Parties

by Whitney Phaneuf
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 8:36 AM

See update and correction at the end of this post.

The Underground warehouse space and music co-operative Rec Center Studios (1701 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland) is getting evicted. Its final party will be tonight, Friday, November 2.

Venue to the long-running Sick, Sad World parties, Rec Center hosted hip-hop, indie, and DJ acts that included Kool A.D. (aka Victor Vasquez of Das Racist), Antwon, and Main Attrakionz. The venue's final party will feature female-led, Australian electro bands plus DJs.

Rec Center, venue to the Sick, Sad World parties, is getting evicted
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Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

by Azeen Ghorayshi
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Don't cry yet — the election's almost over! Here are the top five things you can do this weekend, besides re-watching this apt assessment of America's brutally endless campaign cycle:

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