Friday, September 28, 2007

Buy Curious: Oakland's First Hair Show

Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 4:54 PM

This week, check out Oakland stylists as they go head-to-head in a fashion face-off to benefit needy kids, pick up a book that teaches you how to make money from your creative hobby, and discover an addictive new online program that'll change the way you dress.

SHOP TALK

Hair-Raising Event
Last December, the nonprofit performing arts center Oakland Box Theater kicked off its "Giving Back to Oakland" benefit concert series, featuring performances by Tony! Toni! Toné!, Goapele, and a fashion show. The goal: to help raise funds for Oakland nonprofits in need. This year's season starts will launch with the First Annual Oakland Hair and Fashion Show. Oakland Box Theater Marketing Director Shawn Granberry says the event will match ten local designers with ten stylists, who'll compete for the hottest look on the runway. Local hair magazine Flawless (see their models, pictured) will provide the judges, among them Suga-T. The event isn't cheap, but benefits a good cause: the Alameda County Independent Living Skills Program, which helps youth transitioning from foster care and the juvenile justice system to independent living. "When they turn 18, their benefits are cut," Granberry explained. "These are children with no mommy and no daddy."
When: Sat., Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
Where: Historic Sweet's Ballroom, 1933 Broadway, Oakland
How much it'll cost ya: $25. Buy tickets here or here. flawless.jpg

Crafty Launch
Meg Mateo Ilasco began making wedding invitations for extra cash while in grad school. Since, she's sold her business, written two books, and started a housewares and gift company. Celebrate the launch of her latest, Craft Inc., described as the "hipster business primer for entrepreneurial crafters to turn what they do for fun into what they do for money." Met the author, and pick up some crafty giveaways.
When: Sat., Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m.
Where: 111 Minna, San Francisco craft%20inc.jpg

What to Wear
No doubt you've often wondered, will these shoes go with this skirt? Or this purse with that outfit? San Jose's Jianing Hu came up with this genius online application to help with such dilemmas. It's called Polyvore, and we wished we never found it! Like an online version of paper dolls, users can cut and paste items from web pages and photos into a blank canvas, editing them to create a complete look you might find in the pages of Lucky. Though it's not entirely flawless (images are clearer if they don't have backgrounds), it's undeniably addictive. Users title their works, others comment on them, rate them, and you can post them in your blog or Facebook profile. Dressing will never be the same. What Not to Wear
Fish shoes, rat shoes, and crocks. Please. ratshoe.jpg Every Friday, Buy Curious dishes on the hottest fashion trends, news, and sales in the East Bay and beyond. If you've got suggestions for shops or Web site to feature, comments on the blog, or a burning style question you'd like us to answer in our occasional column, Buy Clueless, send them our way! BuyCurious[at]EastBayExpress[dot]com

Kay Sorg Demurrer Hearing Continued to October 19

by Rachel Swan
Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 4:54 PM

The Kay Sorg demmurrer hearing, originally scheduled for Monday, September 24, has been continued to October 19. Prosecutor Carrie Panetta of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office reported that nothing happened on September 24.

The East Bay Today: September 28, 2007

Fri, Sep 28, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Today's Top Event: Planet Drum Tour w/ Mickey Hart at Zellerbach Hall.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Bike Tour of Berkeley Worker Cooperatives. Guided tours of Missing Link bike shop, Cheese Board pizza, Nabalom Bakery, Berkeley Free Clinic, Juice Bar, and Maybeck High School.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Pomegranate in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Take a trip out to Kelly's Casino in Antioch for the 6 p.m. Texas Hold 'Em tournament.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out photos of big holes.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

The East Bay Today: September 27, 2007

Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Today's Top Event: Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity at the Chabot Space & Science Center.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Buddhism and Warfare. Lecture by Padmanabh Jaini at the IEAS Conference Room.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Kilohana Grill in San Ramon.

On the Town: Going out tonight? It's been too long since you last sang karaoke. Drop by Eli's Mile High Club for a chance to belt out some tunes with host KJ Sam.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the groovy pages of a 1975 J.C. Penney catalog.

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

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Shameless Self Promotion

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Back in August, the genius marketing team here at the Express launched "Urban Expressions," a volunteer public art project aimed at beautifying our newsstands and supporting local artists. Artists submitted concepts for the newsracks, and ten were chosen to paint their designs - using eco-friendly spray paints -- at an event in our parking lot earlier this month. The artful newsstands hit the streets this week at various locations, including near the Pro Arts Gallery at 2nd and Clay streets, Art Murmur territory at 23rd Street and Telegraph Ave, Dick Blick Art Materials across from CCA, and the Grand Lake Theater. In the meantime, check out local filmmaker Dan Gitlin's YouTube video documenting the process, featuring music by local acts Deer and Cloud Archive.

Whole Foods: Now Open for Business

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Oaklanders, rejoice! Those in the DTO no longer have to hop a bus or get in their car to get fresh, organic groceries. The new Whole Foods Market at 27th and Harrison streets finally opened its doors this morning. To celebrate, they've brought in local celebrity chef Paul Bertolli, musical entertainment, and complimentary cloth bags to the first 5,000 customers. But this isn't just any Whole Foods. According to their press release, the 55,000-square-foot store is the first ever "market hall" design, featuring a dine-in bistro, "Fresh and Wild" station, and Everett & Jones and Gelateria Naia Gelato stores. "Keeping convenience and shopping ease top priority, with a splash of intrigue, entertainment and local pride, the market hall design will allow shoppers to access all departments and exciting new venues quickly in a single loop," says the release. In addition, the store was built with sustainable principles in mind, such as the use of bamboo, aluminum, low "volatile organic compounds" paint, recycled glass countertops, composting and recycling programs. Whatevs. We're sure downtowners are happy to have a healthier - albeit a much more expensive -- alternative to the Grocery Outlet.

The East Bay Today: September 26, 2007

Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Today's Top Event: Seldom Seen Acting Company at the St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County Community Center.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Taste Your Life Through the Writing Practice at the Cecile Moochnek Gallery in Berkeley.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Juan's Place in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Better hope for a warm night at Jupiter, where Oakland "afro-jam" band the Flux perform on the patio.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out what some Chinese merchants can't say to their customers.

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

Good News, Bad News. Oakland Opera Theater's New Digs

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 12:15 AM

Bad news first: The Oakland Opera Theater was forced to move recently, just weeks before the start of a new performance, after being priced out of its previous location at 201 Broadway. According to a press release sent today, "a property tax clause in the original lease that had never been put into effect was suddenly enforced, nearly quadrupling the rent on the space the company had been leasing since its inception in 2001." The good news: Their new space at 630 3rd Street, just five blocks away, is twice as big and apparently better suited for the opera house's productions. The only caveat is it's no longer on Jack London Square's main drag, but this shouldn't surprise our readers.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The East Bay Today: September 25, 2007

Tue, Sep 25, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Today's Top Event: Michelle Tea at Moe's Books.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire at the Humanist Fellowship Hall in Oakland.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Mitama in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? With a name like the Hotsy Totsy Hillbilly Jazzbos, they've gotta be good. Enjoy their old-time country and folk for free at Julie's Coffee and Tea Garden.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. How many days do you have left?

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Friday, September 21, 2007

The East Bay Today: September 21, 2007

Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Today's Top Event: Will Bernard Band at Ashkenaz.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Mozart Dances Pre-Preformance Talk. With Cal Performances director Robert Cole and music director Jane Glover at Zellerbach Hall.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: La Piñata in Alameda.

On the Town: Going out tonight? "Rock the Tropics" - or simply shake your ass - at Conga Lounge, as DJ Tropic spins salsa, reggaetón, soca, reggae, African, bhangra, and more.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out this stupid, funny game.

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

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