Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's About to Get Real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot

by Ellen Cushing
Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Three minutes, 56 seconds of perfect yuppie angst, courtesy of the (partly) Bay-based Fog and Smog films! Choice line: "I been on edge ever since they took kombucha off the shelf."

Yarnbomber Targets BART Seats

by Rachel Swan
Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 11:18 AM

Just a few months after bacteria-gate caused major hysteria in the Bay Area transit system, BART seats — a few of them, at least — are finally getting a new makeover. Thank local guerilla knitter Streetcolor, who launched her first city beautification project last year, by knitting sweater sleeves for signposts outside Cheeseboard Pizza and Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen. Recently Streetcolor made a fitted slipcover to put on her BART seat whenever she rides the train. It should help guard against methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or other unsavory elements — and it looks good, to boot. "I thought the clear colors would be a good contrast to the sagging grey look of the benches," Streetcolor wrote, proudly displaying her handiwork in a recent e-mail. She continued: "I know that Bart is doing many interactive seminars about new types of seats — I liked the idea of using yarnbombing to create a personal solution."

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Weekender: The Top Five Things to Do Over the Next Three Days in the East Bay

Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Here's what you're doing this weekend!

Lecherous Gaze
It seems that ever since Eli's Mile High Club secured its cabaret license in early January, owner Jason Herbers has been throwing as many shows as humanly possible in the part-bar, art gallery, restaurant, tattoo shop, and music venue — making the old blues club the new go-to venue for live punk and metal shows. Lecherous Gaze — the Seventies-derived rock 'n' roll band comprised of members of Annihilation Time and fronted by singer LakisPanagiotopulos, whose baritone crooning falls somewhere in-between Danzig and Frank Sinatra — has become something of the bar's unofficial house band, playing shows at the space sometimes a few times a month. A group of solid and studied musicians, the band will aptly round out the bill when it plays along with metal riff-masters Serpent Crown and Santa Cruz doom rockers Dusted Angel, which features members of Eighties hardcore band Bl'ast. On Saturday, June 11, at Eli's Mile High Club (3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakland). 7 p.m., $8. ElisMileHigh.com— Cassie Harwood

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Temescal Street Fair Postponed

by Ellen Cushing
Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM

This just in from Karen Hester of the Temescal Street Fair, previously planned for this weekend:

Temescal Street Fair postponed to Sunday, July 10th, 12-6pm on Telegraph Avenue between 45th-51st St because of predicted storm...After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone the event as the forecast does not bode well for outdoor events.

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Weekender: The Top Five Things to Do Over the Next Three Days in the East Bay

Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 5:56 AM

Happy Friday, beautiful people. Get your weekend on with help from our critics.

Jacqueline Luckett, Eva Tuschman, and Erin Van Rheenan
Seventh in the popular annual series, The Best Women's Travel Writing 2011 offers tales of lunch with a Japanese mobster, delivering a "Best Testicles" trophy in rural Serbia, camel rides, nudity, and many more adventures in Brazil, India, Cuba, Guyana, Syria, Ireland, Cambodia, and beyond. Contributors Jacqueline Luckett, Eva Tuschman, and Erin Van Rheenan bring it all back home to Books Inc. (1760 Fourth St., Berkeley) on Friday, June 3. 7 p.m., free. 510-525-7777 or BooksInc.net. — Stefanie Kalem

The Care of Trees
For all its intellectual pretensions and wildly disparate themes — the shortcomings of language, disease as metaphor, environmentalism, philosophy and law, psychoanalysis, memory, the transience of nature — Shotgun Players' latest is, at its heart, a rather traditional romantic folk tale. But don't worry, folks: It's not quite as Seventies as it sounds. The story is about a single relationship that starts off idyllic but runs into a seemingly intractable problem. The two characters, Travis Dekalb (played by a savagely handsome Patrick Russell) and Georgia Swift (the sinuous Liz Sklar) have enough onstage chemistry to make their love scenes extremely sensual, and their arguments frustratingly realistic. They speak in a loopy, elliptical language that's supposed to highlight its own deficiencies. Videography by Ian Winters and a soundscape by Jake Rodriguez enhance Nina Ball's elaborate, tree-house set design. And, fittingly, tree metaphors abound. Through June 26 at The Ashby Stage (1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley). $17-$26. 510-841-6500 or ShotgunPlayers.org — Rachel Swan

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

This Weekend's Sonoma Country Music BBQ Postponed

by Kathleen Richards
Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Due to inclement weather, the first-annual Sonoma Country Music BBQ (originally scheduled for this Saturday, June 4) has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 21, 2011. All tickets will be honored for the new date. Organized by the folks who put on the Harmony Festival, the event will be held at Sonoma County Fairgrounds and headlined by country musician Dierks Bentley.

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