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Re: “Encuentro

It was amazing! 3 time customer!!!
last time I was there they said they were closing :( and becoming a 'Van' cool :) I'll look for them the next time I am in Oakland, which I hope is soon!
The Artichoke Bean Baked thing was a Vegan Orgasm!!!

Posted by Chris Carlton on 01/20/2012 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Marica

I've eaten everywhere, and I love Marica's. They do wonderful fish, are fairly priced, and have a wonderful wait staff who make the dining experience terrific. Zagat rates them a 27 on food, which is only one star less than chez panisse and stars ahead of Oliveto, Bay Wolf, etc. It is a great local place to eat.

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Posted by Steven Mendelson on 01/19/2012 at 1:25 AM

Re: “Highwire Coffee Roasters

The owners are a coffee and tea dream team with over 50 years combined experience. Rich, Robert & Eric love nothing more than meeting customers and sharing their love of fine coffees and teas. You won't meet three nicer people and can ask them any questions, whether you are a seasoned Third Waver or an occasional decaf drinker.
The pastries from Starter Bakery are the best around - the Kouign Amann is a bit of heaven.
Keep your eyes on Highwire, great things are coming from these guys. They care about their customers and what they brew the cup.

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Posted by Sharon Goldey on 01/08/2012 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Saturday Night Special: East Bay Open Mic

Eat more! Drink more! Watch more TV! Procrastinate! Avoid the gym!
Resolutions are made to be broken.

That's why the theme for our January 2012 (optional) writing challenge is:

Join us on the last Saturday of every month for an evening of literary performances with featured readers, drink specials, and an open mic. We'd love to hear your poems, stories and comedic sketches on our optional monthly theme (or any topic). As ever, there will be some ridiculous prizes to celebrate your creative efforts. Or, you can just sit back, sip the tasty beverage of your choice, and enjoy the show!

Our January features are: LJ Moore & Chanel Timmons

14 open mic slots. Sign-up starts at 7pm and closes at 7:30pm when the reading starts. Each reader will have 3-5 minutes maximum.

But bring CASH if you want to buy drinks

Hosted by Hollie Hardy & Tomas Moniz

Season 2 upcoming dates:

January 28 (featuring: LJ Moore & Chanel Timmons)
February 25 (featuring: Camille Dungy & Tess Taylor)
March 31
April 28
May 26

RSVP here:…

Join our fan page, where you can also find more details and photos from past events here:…

Posted by Hollie Hardy on 01/07/2012 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

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Posted by Editor on 12/21/2011 at 3:41 PM

What a fun place! Beautiful, unique art work and crafts. Great place to go shopping for the holidays. ALL LOCAL!
I love Chaparral City Studio Art Gallery! Friendly, inviting atmosphere.
515 9th Street
Old Town Oakland (Off Broadway)

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Posted by Nancy Winkel on 12/11/2011 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Tomboy

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Posted by Editor on 12/08/2011 at 6:36 AM

Re: “En las Manos de las Mujeres

This is a rare opportunity to see museum quality traditional crafts and folk art by master Mexican craftswomen, two of whom will be present at the exhibit. Don't miss it!
One correction: For more info. go to or or call (510) 526-6395

Posted by Peggy Stein on 12/01/2011 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Windsurfing Lessons

Cal Sailing Club is the best deal on the bay if you want fun, safe, cooperative windsurfing and sailing. All the teachers are volunteers, the club is a non-profit, and members fix the gear and provide free sailing Open House events and free sailing for disadvantaged youth groups in summer. Thanks to grants from the State Department of Boating and Waterways, the gear is superb--nice wide, stable windsurf boards with lightweight, easily handled sails, and modern trainer sailboats with nimble controls and forgiving handling. Plus the club has a "refugee kitchen" where hungry windsurfers and sailors gather for food and homebrew. If you just want to learn windsurfing, and want a pro to get you carving jibes fast, a windsurf program like Alameda Boardsports, ABK, or Delta Windsurf is great. But for a fun intro to windsurfing, Cal Sailing Club offers the best deal on the bay.

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Posted by Peter Kuhn on 11/17/2011 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Live Oak Theatre

Best place in town.

Posted by Rose Anne Raphael on 11/03/2011 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Codornices Park

I was impressed by what an excellent play/performance art this was. The cast members were all very engaging. The story is the Sumerian version of the classic Persephone myth but they made it fresh and compelling. Some of the interactive pieces worked and some fell flat; one based around writing & leaving personal memories inside the shrine of Inanna was very moving to me. I had zero expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. This company has a lot of talented people.

Posted by Carolyn Said on 10/30/2011 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Merrily We Roll Along

Really enjoyable evening of local musical theatre. Live orchestra is tops. At the heart are inspired, well directed performances, and a very clever story of three friends beginning in 1976 with the action going in reverse back to 1957. Sondheim tunes are great. Poignant, sophisticated, and entertaining. Thursday, 10/20 will offer $10 rush tickets to teen (age 19 and below). In addition: Friday 10/21 and Saturday 10/22 at 7:30pm.

Posted by Lauraso on 10/19/2011 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Merrily We Roll Along

This is a powerful production that you won't want to miss this weekend. It is beautifully performed by young, exuberant,and extremely talented actors who burst onto the stage. I felt lucky to see this show last weekend and wanted to recommend it to people to try to catch it on the last weekend of its run. I've heard that the show on Thursday night which will offer discounted tickets for teens.
This is a great opportunity to see an amazing production of a rarely seen Sondheim musical at a great price.

Posted by Lisl Gershon on 10/18/2011 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Merrily We Roll Along

I had the opportunity to see this wonderful,rarely produced Sondheim show at the Sunday matinee this past weekend. I had to recommend this event to other people because it was so incredible. There are only three more performances so I suggest you get tickets as soon as you can. This show has an exuberant and amazingly talented cast of young performers and the music is haunting and beautiful. The story is so poignant, it really makes one think about one's life as the characters move backwards in time to their youth when they were idealistic and starry eyed. A beautiful theme and a reminder to try to rememember our ideals and goals and aspirations from our youth and to live them throughout our lives.
I really recommend that you try not to miss this show!

Posted by Deborah Wilder on 10/17/2011 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Bumps & Gaps

Hadley Williams innovative range of materiality combined with a minimalist approach form wonderful viewing experiences. She is an artist to watch!

Posted by Peter Hayes on 10/14/2011 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Peerless Coffee

Excellent coffee, friendly staff!

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Posted by David Pauley on 10/10/2011 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Diego El Cigala

Spanish Gypsy singer just nominated for his third Latin GRAMMY
Bay Area debut and first major North American tour

TIckets Only Available online at
or by phone at (800) 838-3006
(Tickets not available through Cal Performances)

"When I listen to him, it warms my heart." - Paco De Lucia
"a conjurer of impulsiveness and abandon." - The New York Times

The Bay Area is thrilled with the news of Diego el Cigala's much anticipated debut here this Fall. Noted as a pioneer for his unique approach to Latin American music forms such as the bolero, tango and Afro-Caribbean jazz, Cigala has deep roots in the culture of Spanish Gypsy flamenco. As explained by Josh Kun in the New York Times, Cigala is able to "enter flamenco into conversations with other traditions without ever sacrificing its distinctive identity." He won his first Latin GRAMMY for Bebo & Cigala: "Lagrimas Negras," hailed by critic Ben Ratliff of The New York Times as Album of the Year and "one of the great new cross-pollinating documents of Latin music." And then he went on to win another for a more flamenco-oriented CD "Picasso en Mis Ojos" which featured guests such as the legendary Paco de Lucia and Latin jazz master Jerry Gonzalez. Returning to the bolero, his 2008 project "Dos Lagrimas" united him with giants of Cuban percussion Tata Guines and Changuito and established his ongoing collaboration with the musicians who will be appearing with him at Zellerbach: guitarist Diego del Morao, pianist Jaime Calabuch Jumitus, percussionist Sabú Porrina and Cuban bassist Yelsy Heredia. Just nominated for yet another Latin Grammy, his latest album "Cigala & Tango" marries "Spanish flamenco with the equally gritty and powerful South American tango." (The Observer, UK). "It works effortlessly," says Felix Contreras of NPR who describes it this way: "it's a cross-genre type thing. It's as if John Legend made a blue grass album and killed."

Cigala's first major North American tour will include stops in Los Angeles, Berkeley, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Vancouver, Toronto and New York City from October 20 through November 6, 2011.

Cigala Video Clip: (Bebo y Cigala)

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Posted by lanina on 10/04/2011 at 7:34 PM

Re: “East Bay Mini Maker Faire

This is a great event for anyone with an inquisitive mind, not just children! If you're a maker, crafter, hacker, shopper, foodie, music-lover, or just want something fun to do, this is the event for you.

Posted by Catcel5 on 10/04/2011 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Toro Y Moi

Bass Drum gonna tare skins and pound skulls

Posted by dyslexic on 09/28/2011 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Bumps & Gaps

A meditation on reclamation of the often discarded and commonly used goods of the 21st century.

Posted by Jen Jastrab on 09/27/2011 at 8:45 PM

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