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Re: “Readers Say The Darndest Things: Arts & Culture

to the chabon groupie on best local author:
He may know his way around a sentance but it takes a bit more than wordy rambling to craft a well written story worth reading. Try again. Le Guin could write circles around any of his work.

Posted by bast on 03/06/2011 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Best Creative Music and Cocktails

Eric Leppo here - I'm the bartender mentioned in the article and thought I'd take the opportunity to explain why the experimental music series started. There is also a previous article in the East Bay Express written by Nate Seltenrich that is a bit more accurate about how the music series started at the ivy room. There is a link to that article at the end of this comment.
As an experimental musician myself, I saw the opportunity to bring in bands to play on Monday evenings b.c. on those nights the Ivy was basically empty besides myself and a random drunk wandering down San Pablo who just wanted to use the bathroom. I saw this emptiness as the opportunity to build a scene and to give some musicians that were pushing the limits a chance to be heard.
Some of the first bands I booked were Colin Jones, Aram Shelton, Andrew Conklin, Dogs Playing Poker, Lucio Menegon, Free Jazz Gospel Supreme 80, Wyatt Gurp and his whole crew, Quinn... and tons more great artists.
To keep bringing the crowds back, I asked the bands who got the most people to come out to do monthlies - Lucio was amazing at promoting and called his monthly the Hootenany - he and his crew made fantastic flyers for each month's event.
Wyatt Gurp and Harbour, Aram Shelton, and Andrew Conklin also all eventualy would orcestrate their own monthly line ups.
These groups are still going strong so do your ears and mind a favor and check em out. Shout out to Ken the current bar manager at the Ivy who's helped keep the music going at Ivy after my move to Los Angeles.
PREVIOUS East Bay Express link about this series:
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/eastbay/surf…

Posted by EricLeppo on 02/10/2011 at 8:21 PM

Re: “Readers' Poll Winners: People & Places

A good publicist and a lot of relatives maybe

Posted by EastBay Rich on 01/20/2011 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Best Vintage Clothing Boutique

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Posted by Editor on 01/02/2011 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Best Antique Store: Relics at modest prices

Mixed Pickles moved to a new Oakland location at 6395 Telegraph Ave.

Posted by Talullah on 12/22/2010 at 11:22 PM

Re: “Best Converted Church

Actually, the building Marmot is in was never a church, but rather a non-demoninational chapel used for weddings and funerals called the Little Chapel of the Flowers.

Posted by teepeeok on 10/26/2010 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Best Spicy-Sweet-Hot Treat

the queen of england gives free samples of carnation coco and he likes to think of coco http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/alexsing… http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/sear…

Posted by cuandoviajes212 on 10/24/2010 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Most Reasonable Veterinary Services

Brent Martin is the best Vet EVER!!! He has taken very good care of my pets since 1984 and I have referred him to more people than he needed!! I recently had to put down my Orange male Tabby cat...Cyclone, who under Brent's wonderful care lived to be 20 years old. He put him down at our home and took him to be cremated in his favorite paw print blanket. He is the most caring individual one would ever want to meet. Thanks Brent, you are a family member to me and always will be! Julie Morton

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Posted by Cyclone's Mom on 10/15/2010 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Best Tape Loop Manipulator

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Loachfillet "Electric Pond: Solar Solution"
http://resipiscent.com/artist/view/37

Posted by Threwup on 09/21/2010 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Best Marriage of Boxing and Gardening

This is truly an oasis in the middle of industrial East Oakland. Thank you EOBA for nurturing our children!

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Posted by DJH on 09/19/2010 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Best Pâté

Best pate? Birds raised for pate are kept in small, crowded pens to limit movement. A metal nozzle attached to a pressurized hose forcefully and repeatedly injects cornmeal mush down the birds' throat. This enlarges the birds' livers to 6-8 times the normal size. The process continues until the birds are so damaged and then die a painful death. Wolfgang Puck one of the biggest producers of pate gave up making it a couple of years ago because of the cruelty. Still think there is such a thing as the "best pate. No such thing.

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Posted by naomio on 08/22/2010 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Best Ice Cream or Gelato

Lush Gelato is also open and serving many flavors at their store at the back of Epicurious Garden, 1511 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley (across the street from the Cheeseboard).

Posted by liiisa on 07/27/2010 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Best African Restaurant: Taming the devilish spices

I have yet to try the restaurant so I cannot say yea or nay. However I can say nay to the naming of the title, "taming the devilish spices". Why is the paper associating the devil with something of Africa? Regardless of one's religious leaning or lack of things associated with the devil tend to be negative. Whether written by staffer or reader I expect more from Eastbay Express.

Posted by CarlosJ on 07/27/2010 at 3:12 AM

Re: “Best Bay Area Slang Nominated as Math Nomenclature

Mark my words: The International Committee for Weights and Measures WILL accept and approve 10^27 as "Hella-". They have no reason not to. And it makes sense that the DIAMETER OF THE OBSERVABLE UNIVERSE happens to be just about exactly 1 Hellameter. Coincidence? NO WAY. BayLuv all day.

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Posted by El Jefe Helluv on 07/26/2010 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Best Stylist to Pimp Your Dreads

I love Wendy. She makes my dreads happy! If you want the best looking dreads in town she is the one you want maintaining them!

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Posted by Tasha on 07/25/2010 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Best Sports Astrologer

Andrea is a great Astrologer. She uses intuition, insight and skill to help shed light on what is really going on beyond what we may see. She has helped me with some major decisions in my life. Her compassion and wisdom combined with her sharp astrology tools have been extremely beneficial to me. I recommend her to anyone striving for right action in their life. She knows her sports, too. It's all about cause and effect, is it not?

Posted by Moon Man on 07/24/2010 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Best Middle Eastern Restaurant/Store

Indeed a great location to eat delicious Middle Eastern food and sweets. I have been going to the store since it opened. Their falafel is fried when you order it and they told me most of the things they sell (dolmas, humus, baba ganouge, tabouleh and all the dessert) is made fresh from scratch. Oasis is definetly the place to check out if you are a meat lover too. They have tastey meat wraps of shawarma or kabob and plates. I found everything reasonablly priced. You can do your grocery shopping on the other side of the store while waiting for your food.

Posted by Amilah on 07/22/2010 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Best Men's Group

These men shine the light of powerful, protective and non-violent masculinity that can change the world. Their integrity and commitment to community service and personal growth inspires my optimism for the future.
Carole

Posted by carolepert on 07/22/2010 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Best Wedding Photographer

My (new) husband and I got to see our wedding photos by Jerry and Ingrid just a few days ago. It's unbelievable how they can capture the emotions of a single day so well. Each photo was taken with such a unique perspective and eye for composition and color. Amazing. They even flew out to the east coast to do our engagement photos, which came out beautifully. Not only are they incredibly talented at what they do, they're such fun-loving, easy going people as well. I'll echo the person above, they are certainly deserving of this award. If you haven't booked a photographer yet, I can't recommend Jerry's team enough.

Posted by sarah on 07/20/2010 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Best Wedding Photographer

Jerry, Ingrid, Aubrey and Blake are amazing! Check out their work and all of the great reviews out on the net and I'm sure you'll be convinced that they are certainly deserving of this award. My fiancée and I are having our engagement shots done with Jerry in August and we couldn't be more excited. We really feel like we are buy our own personalized creative works of art.

Posted by JKross on 07/20/2010 at 11:15 AM

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