Pope Benedict XVI resigns today, and the tributes are rolling in.
The New Yorker's satire column posted a story about an imaginary Oakland rapper named Pope Emeritus threatening to sue retiring pope Benedict XVI for trademark infringement. Bonus points for author Andy Borowitz resurrecting the word "wack." Read it here.
Following in the grand tradition of East Bay athletes, defensive tackle Desmond Bryant was arrested in Miami earlier this week after "going to a neighbor's house inebriated and causing a commotion." Which, as we've established, would be more-or-less par for the course, were it not for the fact that the mugshot he subsequently took is basically the most amazing thing ever. Behold, via raiders columnist Victor Cotto:
An experimental show like Noise Pop’s Opening Night at Rickshaw Stop is a gamble: The distorted guitar feedback, disturbed vocals, and grinding percussion are either ultimately fascinating or alienating to an audience. With four acts on the bill, last night was a mixture of grating and gratifying, but those who endured to watch Kim Gordon’s post-Sonic Youth project Body/Head witnessed the range of emotion this music can convey.
I'm in love with the oat scones from Arizmendi Bakery (I've had them for breakfast the past three mornings in a row). With a hot cup of coffee in the morning, it's about as close as I come to nectar and ambrosia before noon on a work day. — Lenika Cruz
Luke’s already said basically everything that needs to be said about Miss Ollie’s, but I’d like to add that I went there recently and was literally moved to tears by the fried chicken. Like, WATER CAME OUT OF MY FACE UNBIDDEN BECAUSE THIS PIECE OF MEAT WAS SO GOOD. You need to go. — Ellen Cushing
As our nation's poet laureate Rihanna once said, "Cheers to the freakin' weekend/I'll drink to that/yeaheahahhh." Let's get to it:
Whole Hog Dinner
Pig out at Oliveto on Saturday, Feb. 23, when Executive Chef Jonah Rhodehamel presents the final night of the restaurant's fourteenth annual Whole Hog Dinners. Porcine fare includes a spit-roasted whole leg, tongue-ear-jowl antipasto, pancetta-wrapped sardines, boudinnoir, pork-kidney salad, charcoal-grilled pork heart, and more, made from many whole hogs including a Hungarian Mangalitsa. 5:30 p.m., dishes priced à la carte. Oliveto.com — Anneli Rufus
Here's the new music in my headphones this week.
Atoms for Peace — AMOK
Because every artist needs a dancey side project, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist Flea, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich got together to form Atoms for Peace. The band's debut album AMOK is streaming on its website and we'll have a review in the February 27 issue of the Express.
1) WORKING-CLASS HERO
UC Berkeley graduate Archie Green devoted his life to documenting the traditions, music, and culture of working people. He helped establish the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and became one of the most pioneering folklorists and labor historians of the 20th century. Author Sean Burns will read from his book about Green’s life, Archie Green: The Making of a World Class Hero, today at University Press Books. 6 p.m., free.
1) THE FUTURE ON TWO WHEELS
Among the many accomplishments of The East Bay Bicycle Coalition: the creation of Bike to Work Day; the allowance of bikes on BART, ferries, and East Bay buses; and, most recently, another pilot week (in March) allowing bikes on all BART trains, regardless of the commute time. Hear EBBC Executive Director Renee Rivera discuss the future of transportation in the East Bay at a talk today, part of the OLLI@Berkeley lecture series. At Freight & Salvage; 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m., free for OLLI @Berkeley members and UCB faculty, staff, and students (with ID), $10 general admission at the door.
1) SOUNDS OF PURIM
In conjunction with the Magnes museum’s opening exhibition Case Study No. 3 | Sound Objects, which looks at the role of sound-emitting objects during synagogue rituals, “Purim: A Diaspora Story in Jewish Art and Folklore,” a lecture by Hebrew University of Journalism professor Shalom Sabar, will discuss the meaning and relevance of Purim through the material objects that have come to represent it. At Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life; 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., free.
This week's snack find: roasted chestnuts, sold at a little stand inside Richmond's Pacific East Mall, near the entrance to the 99 Ranch Market — just $3 for a 1/4-pound sack. These are little fellas — no bigger than acorns — but the meat is very, very sweet, and they'll still be warm if you go early enough in the day. The best part is that these are the easiest-to-peel chestnuts I've ever encountered: Press hard enough on the right spot, and the whole shell comes off all at once with a satisfying little pop. (Fair warning: I left without thinking to ask whether the stand is open every day of the week, or whether it's only there during the winter months. So I wouldn't risk making a special trip, but I will say this: These are the perfect little thing to munch on while braving the 45-minute wait for weekend dim sum at Daimo or Saigon Harbor.) — Luke Tsai