Thursday, January 31, 2008

The East Bay Today: January 31, 2008

Thu, Jan 31, 2008 at 7:33 PM

Today's Top Event: Tea and Chocolate Pairing Class at Charles Chocolates.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Epic Encounters: From Homer to Virgil and Tolkien to Peter Jackson. Lecture by Lorstem Schwartz at UC Berkeley Extension.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? B-3 Bop plays jazz at the cozy Café Van Kleef in downtown Oakland. Only $5.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out how to do the saw trick.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The East Bay Today: January 30, 2008

Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 7:14 PM

Today's Top Event: Youth Arts Festival at the Berkeley Art Center.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Breast and Cervical Cancer Presentation in English and Chinese at the Oakland Public Library, Asian Branch.

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

On the Town: Going out tonight? Drop by the Oaks Card Club in Emeryville for their 6:30 p.m. limit and no-limit Texas Hold â ~Em tournaments.

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

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Black is the new green for the Oakland A's

by Kibby Kleiman
Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Repainting the deck furniture on the Titanic is the fresh new look for the Oakland A's upon entering the '08 season. On Saturday, the locals took the field for Fan Fest in their new black togs. Based on the photos published in the Chronicle Friday (in black and white!) and Saturday (huddled together in the rain) even the ballplayers look pretty glum about it.

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Golden State retools: Webber 2.0

by Kibby Kleiman
Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 2:35 PM

The Warriors have been winning, but coach Don Nelson must think there are style points at stake. Already having cemented his legend as the mad scientist of hoops with his 7-foot point guards and last week's Bellini-esque escapade of having a dust-covered reserve from Italy put in the game to foul an opponent relentlessly for sixty seconds, Nellie has won over the intelligentsia while keeping his hard-court cred flowing like a three-on-one break.

So why Chris Webber?

It reminds me of that Twilight Zone episode, where some twisted plutocrat has invited seemingly random people to survive the coming nuclear apocalypse with him in his radiation-proof lair. Turns out the only thing the befuddled invitees had in common is that they had all slighted the genius in some minor way back in the day. Rather than grovel, they ultimately decide they prefer thermonuclear destruction more than their petulant host. Putting aside the atomic holocaust (and the fact that this invited guest is a zillionaire himself) it's as if Nelson felt compelled to spend his last coaching assignment on earth with the one guy who blew a chunk out of his largely intact legacy.

The Warriors have developed a personality, they run! they're young! they're rejects! Webber only fits into the last category after wearing out his welcome in five NBA ports o' call. The team-wrecker who inspired two generations of Warriors to write the name of traded teammates on their shoes is supposedly here to lend a veteran presence.

Nelson has played the press like a pro, and gotten the San Jose Mercury to gush: "Webber part II Let the Fun begin." If by slowing down the high-octane offense, sullying up a bouncy locker room, and forcing himself to be released sometime in April sounds like fun to you … there may be space for one more on the crashing bandwagon that Nellie built and will now destroy.

Why Nelson thinks it's now worthwhile to pave over a pothole he passed a thousand miles ago is one for his shrink. Why he would burden his good-time team with a bad-news addition is one for the season ticket holders.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The East Bay Today: January 29, 2008

Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Today's Top Event: Taking Over. Danny Hoch takes on gentrification at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's event: Life Drawing Sessions at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts.

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

On the Town: Going out tonight? It's not Oyster Night, but it'll do: "Soul Fyah" at Luka's Taproom and Lounge, featuring DJs Serg, Kool Kyle, and Juan Love spinning reggae and dancehall.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out lemurs gettin' high.

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Stab-'n'-cab

by Anneli Rufus
Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Reporting a January 24 knife-fight in the Concord station's bus zone, a witness told BART cops that the victim had fled, bleeding, in a cab. After learning more details from the taxi company, Concord police found the stabbed man "hiding in a backyard," reads the report.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

The East Bay Today: January 28, 2008

Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 6:24 PM

Today's Top Event: Tham Poong at the Institute of East Asian Studies.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Michael Krasny. Discussing his book Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life with Berkeley Repertory Theatre artistic director Tony Taccone.

Is It Dinner Yet? Express food critics recommend: Lanesplitter in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Hear the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra at the Freight and Salvage for only $7.

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

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Dellums Racks Up Credit Card Bills

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 5:03 PM

In case you missed it, the Oakland Tribune had an excellent story on Saturday, showing that Mayor Ron Dellums had racked up $31,142 in city-paid credit card bills in his first year in office. The only question is why the Trib didn't put this story by City Hall reporter Kelly Rayburn on the front page. Instead, we got a piece about Michael Vick's dogs?

-- Robert Gammon

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Friday, January 25, 2008

The East Bay Today: January 25, 2008

Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 6:26 PM

Today's Top Event: Barefoot in the Park at Live Oak Theatre.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Bamako. Documentary screening and refreshments at the EastSide Cultural Center.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critics recommend: Lagosia in Berkeley.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Here's a strange one: Improvised Octopi Night at the 8th Street Performance Space. Listen to experimental improv by local musicians Charity Chan, John Raskin, Damon Smith, Jen Baker, and Frasier/Wallace, and enjoy a feast of octopus and squid dishes.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out vintage Dave Chappelle.

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The Danger of Commerce

by Anneli Rufus
Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Robbing commercial enterprises is a kaleidoscopic career track with many fascinating options.

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