Monday, December 24, 2007

The East Bay Today: December 24, 2007

Mon, Dec 24, 2007 at 4:39 PM

Today's Top Event: Big Bang: New Work at Mercury 20.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: California of the Past. Digital storytelling station allows people to record personal testimonials at the Hayward Public Library.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Zachary's Chicago Pizza in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Yoshi's has you covered with Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir performing at both 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets range from $10-$16.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Send a last minute, hysterical e-card.

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

Friday, December 21, 2007

The East Bay Today: December 21, 2007

Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Today's Top Event: Cellpholocation at Lucky Ju Ju Pinball Art Gallery.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Witness. Screening and discussion sponsored by Harmony Center for the Joyful Spirit at the Neumayer Residence.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Cuvae in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Make Sultry Friday at Kimball's Carnival your destination, with DJs Lash and Fat Rob spinning R&B and soul.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the worst Star Trek fight scene ever?

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

Is a new form of racial profiling afoot?

by Anneli Rufus
Fri, Dec 21, 2007 at 4:43 PM

Are Asian pedestrians being singled out as armed-robbery targets in the same way that Asian restaurants are being targeted? On December 20, at around 8:45 a.m., a 21-year-old Asian female student was walking through the UC Berkeley campus alongside Alumni House - just a one-minute stroll below Sproul Plaza - when, according to a UC Police crime alert, "she was approached by two juveniles, a female and a male," who looked around sixteen years old. "The female suspect pointed a handgun at her and demanded her property. The victim complied with the demand." Because just snatching her stuff and terrorizing her with a gun wasn't enough," the suspects verbally threatened her and then fled," escaping detection.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

The East Bay Today: December 20, 2007

Thu, Dec 20, 2007 at 6:52 PM

Today's Top Event: Gingerbread House Party at the Habitot Children's Museum.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Computer Skills Evening Workshop at Opportunity Junction in Antioch.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Ramen House Ryowa in Berkeley

On the Town: Going out tonight? Fun with Finnoula play all your Scottish and Irish favorites at Beckett's in Berkeley.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out lol cats.

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

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The East Bay Today: December 19, 2007

Wed, Dec 19, 2007 at 6:28 PM

Today's Top Event: Big Bang: New Work at Mercury 20.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Mosaic 101: Introduction to Mosaics at the Institute of Mosaic Art.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Cafeina in Albany.

On the Town: Going out tonight? ShBoom Nightclub presents "Salsa in San Ramon," with DJs spinning salsa, cha-cha-cha, merengue, bachata, and reggaetón. Dance lessons too.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the top bigfoot stories of '07.

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The East Bay Today: December 18, 2007

Tue, Dec 18, 2007 at 6:19 PM

Today's Top Event: Duo at the Oakland Art Gallery.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Screenwriters Unite. Practice pitches, read your original screenplay, and receive and provide feedback at the Barnes & Noble in Emeryville.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: T.J.'s Gingerbread House in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Wet your whistle with the Redwing Bluegrass Band at Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out this squashable, reshapeable Japanese toy.

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

Monday, December 17, 2007

Everything Must Go!

by Kibby Kleiman
Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 7:17 PM

When the Oakland A's sent staff ace Danny Haren to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for six prospects this past Friday, it was spun as the start of the Athletics rebuilding year. We sent our best away and got back one guy with big league experience. That's this guy, Dana Eveland, who's described as a David Wells-type (read: fat, or possibly drunk) . It couldn't be because of his statistics (a 7.22 ERA and heading up each year he's been in the show). I do like the "loss with Mexicali in the Mexican Pacific League" on the resume though, that's Wellsian. But the biggest news is not the hefty lefty's size (eighteen pounds heavier on Wikipidea than on mlb.com by the way) but the weight lifted off A's fans, who no longer have to reconcile rooting for Barry Bonds, who is no more likely to join a tear-down team than chase a foul ball. A's rooters will get used to the evenings with Eveland, who had these less than inspiring words when he spoke of the trade to the Santa Clarita Valley Signal: "It's hard to say. It just happened. I don't know how I felt about it." Dana, we hear your ambivalence and want you to know we feel the same. Buena suerte, señor, and make sure that you keep that fire in your belly when you pitch against the Ciudad Obregon this week. Damned Yaquis!

The East Bay Today: December 17, 2007

Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 6:12 PM

Today's Top Event: Jewel Okawachi shares her memories of the time her family spent confined at Gila River War Relocation Center during World War II at the Albany Library.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Jewelry-Making Workshop at the Oakland Public Library, West Oakland Branch.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Jade Villa in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? It's about time you treated yourself to a burlesque show. How about "Uptown Hubba Hubba" with Hubba-Hubba Revue at the Uptown, for only $5?

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the worst band names of '07.

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Holiday Sports Wish List

by Kibby Kleiman
Mon, Dec 17, 2007 at 11:49 AM

I'm wishing that the A's stay in Oakland and that we get a minor league team somewhere within the area code.

And when we get that team, that it has promotions for adult fun too, dizzy bat races, beer batters, and skills contests that people suck at, not just mascots falling short while outrunning a tyke.

And that mascots become a more low-profile part of the game-going experience.

And that the nostalgics who want organ music take note that not even stores in the Mall have organ music, which wasn't as original or witty as you recall.

But that everyone who recalls pro football broadcasts that featured Punt-Pass-and-Kick competitions on national TV raise a Marathon Bar and a cold Cactus Cooler to their memory.

And that the best throwback of all would be the Giants scheduling a regular season series, mid-week in July against the Dodgers in Candlestick.

And that the crowds who crowd the racetrack during the summer fair season bring that same enthusiasm, insane betting strategy, and Daisy Duke denim to Golden Gate Fields any old time they want.

And that I spend all but two minutes of the 25 minutes between races picking a winner rather than armchair market the sport of Kings so that it earns its rightful place back on the local nightly news.

And that the locals didn't absolutely roll for the fact that ESPN has a SportsCenter show every hour from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and figure well, since they're covering all the sports anyway, we'll just give our sports guy about 100 seconds to not even show us any highlights from our own team's game, because of course ESPN does it - which they don't, because they spend ten minutes of their hour talking about Alex Rodriguez.

And that we come up with way better nicknames than A-Rod (A-Fraud was pretty good).

And that local sports in the newspaper stop shrinking and that Ray Ratto jumps his lazy groove of the curmudgeon who is too good for the games he has to endure and watch a game with an open mind and report it with same. And that fellow columnist Scott Ostler didn't feel like he just moved here from LA, and needed to step lightly for the first ten years of reportage. Take off your shoes, Scott, make yourself at home!

And that college football 2007 be preserved in amber starting from day one (January 1st!) so that we could watch it again.

And that when college football goes to double or multiple overtimes that the team's scoring get just one point or something (a letter?) so that we don't get wacked-out finals like 74-72 blowing the hell out of all the statistics and devaluing the real 50-47 game.

And that the Warriors take a bow for a true spontaneous sports moment circa April-May of 07.

And that when the A's offer $2 day, they offer more than about 20 seats for the general public who stand there fuming when they realize that all the two-buck seats have been sold out since February.

And that they'll make it back big time in Coliseum Dogs and foam fingers (Mmm, foam fingers…).

And that all the Bay Area college teams played one another in some kick-ass kind of pre season tournament in the Kaiser Auditorium or the like, so that St. Mary's, USF, and Cal build up a real thing.

And that the women's games were played in-between.

And that we could get Miguel Tejada back, steroids or not.

And that track and field came back in high school, college, and on the tube.

And that I can enjoy the A's while they last.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Oakland Is in the Clear (or Is That the Cream?)

by Kibby Kleiman
Sat, Dec 15, 2007 at 11:37 AM

Why were the A's left out of the reportage after the unveiling of George Mitchell' naughty and nice list? Why all the love for Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds? We began the steroid era. It was Oakland's Jose Canseco who wrote the book on the subject, it was A's MVP Jason Giambi was the first big fish who threw himself on the hook and then twisted around on it during his Yankee years. It turns out our other Most Valuable Player Miguel Tejada is on the list too.

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