Friday, October 31, 2014

The News in Haiku: What to Do for Halloween, Gwar, and Fisting a Piñata

Because the workweek is long, but your attention span is short.

by Anna Pulley
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 10:40 AM


The News in Haiku is a weekly series in which we let you know about East Bay news, culture stories, and events you may have missed each week, all told in around seventeen syllables. If you're interested in delving deeper, simply click on the title and read the full story (or bookmark it to savor later).

Ready to dive in? Good because we know you don't have all day.

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The Weekender: This Weekend's Top Events

Extra Hefty Halloween edition!

by Sarah Burke
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Witches, zombies, and ax murderers: your weekend of mischief is finally upon us! Everyone else, you're probably just trying to get drunk in a costume. Well, we've got a whole list of events that are perfect for facilitating that, and some more that tie in food, films, books and children. In fact, this time our recs run more than twice as long as usual because we want to make sure you have a frightfully fun weekend. Sorry trick-or-treaters, you're just going to have to take candy from the bowl left in the mailbox. 

  • Iceage
For its recently released third album, Plowing into the Field of Love, the Danish punk band Iceage first offered a music video for its song, “The Lord’s Favorite.” It features the band in a sleazy desert environment — a skuzzy Vegas-playboy aesthetic — while crazed megalomaniacal boasts top vaguely Western guitar leads at a rollicking cadence. The initial shock of “The Lord’s Favorite” video is that it’s funny, something that the dour foursome, which is prone to treating interviewers curtly and employing militaristic imagery, hadn’t really done before. The next shock is that it’s a great song — brisk, balanced, and facetious but not smug, with varied and expressive vocal delivery. Overall, Plowing into the Field of Love corresponds to the pleasing departure of “The Lord’s Favorite.” It’s fitting, then, that the Danes, who play on Friday at the Elbo Room, grace San Francisco on Halloween to flaunt their new look. —Sam Lefebvre
Friday, Oct. 31, 9 p.m. $13.

Total Trash Halloween Bash 
The annual Total Trash Halloween Bash, put on with 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, promises a high level of revelry this Halloween. The two-day lineup will feature local (and some not-so-local) garage bands dressed up as more famous musicians, complete with cheesy covers. This year, the event will haunt Leo's Music Club on Halloween night with Shannon & the Clams as Metallica, Hunx as "Gayracula," and Yogurt Brain as the Smashing Pumpkins. Saturday night, the event will move to Eli's Mile High Club with headliners Phantom Surfers. — Sarah Burke 
Both shows start at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20 at

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When The Mind Splits: Processing Dissociative Identity Disorder Through Art

by Sam Levin
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Betwixt 1 - RACHEL ELISE
  • Rachel Elise
  • Betwixt 1
In this week's cover story, I profiled Elyse Winter-Volkova, a 21-year-old San Leandro woman who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, the condition formerly known as multiple personality disorder. Experts believe the disorder, also known as DID, affects roughly 1 percent of the population and most often emerges in people who have experienced severe childhood trauma, typically prolonged physical or sexual abuse. One of the leading DID experts featured in my story is Bethany Brand, a professor of psychology at Towson University in Maryland, who conducted the world's largest study on the treatment of dissociative disorders. In addition to discussing her extensive research with me, Brand helped connect me to two women in Maryland who also have DID.

One of them, 37-year-old Rachel Elise, is a fine art graduate of Towson University who now makes powerful works of art reflecting on her disorder. She gave me permission to publish some of her paintings, which she said help her work through some of the challenges of living with DID and can also be an effective tool to educate the public and raise awareness.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thieves Steal 46 Bicycles from Local Shop Bay Area Bikes

Owners thank observant community members for recovering a few of the bikes.

by Anna Pulley
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

A Brompton folding bike.
  • A Brompton folding bike.
Over the weekend, thieves broke into local bike shop, Bay Area Bikes, (2400 Broadway, Oakland) and stole 46 bicycles. Owner Glenda Barnhart wrote in an email that 15 of the bikes were "Brompton folding bikes, 20 Tern folding bikes, 2 electric bikes, and a cargo bike." The loss of the Brompton folding bikes was especially devastating for the small business, because they are the shop's biggest seller, retail for more than $1,200, and take four to six weeks to deliver.

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The Uptown Nightclub to Close Next Week

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The Uptown Nightclub to Close Next Week

Oakland nightlife fixture to shutter.

by Sam Lefebvre
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Larry Trujillo, manager and co-owner of the Uptown Nightclub (1928 Telegraph Ave.), has confirmed that the venue will close next week. A fixture of the burgeoning nightlife district in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood on Telegraph Ave., Trujillo's confirmation of the club's shuttering comes as sudden and surprising news. Trujillo said that the surf guitar icon Dick Dale’s performance on Wednesday, Nov. 5 will mark the Uptown’s final gig.

“Our lease is up and we've chosen not to renew,” Trujillo stated.

The Uptown was opened as a self-styled rock club in 2005 by Bob Fratti and Kevin Burns. The venue’s booking appeared erratic and the operation unraveled. In 2007, Larry Trujillo, who’d previously run the Blank Club in San Jose, partnered with Ray Yeh and Robbin Green-Yeh to buy the business. The new ownership quickly turned things around, benefiting from and contributing to the neighborhood's upward economic mobility. In 2008, the Express awarded the Uptown “Best Rock Club” in our Best of the East Bay issue.

Trujillo characterized the Uptown as a leading figure in the area’s nightlife upswing. “We opened before The Fox [Theater],” he said. “We've had everyone from Green Day to Ice Cube.” The venue hosts popular, free shows during First Friday festivities, along with popular recurring events such as the Hubba Hubba Revue. Earlier this year, the American Planning Association named the Uptown district one of the best neighborhoods in America.

All of which makes the sudden closure so unexpected. Trujillo characterized the closure as a practical choice, agreed upon by him and his business partners (neither of whom could be reached for this article).

“It’s a tough business generally,” he said. “This was simply a business decision.”

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Berkeley Video & Film Festival Starts this Weekend

by AJ Kiyoizumi
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 1:58 PM

  • Berkeley Video & Film Festival
The Berkeley Video and Film Festival doesn't want to support "the Hollywood-mechanism," as curator Mel Vapour said over a phone interview. This year's festival once again presents affordable screenings of independent, award-winning films at the East Bay Media Center, an intimate performance space in Downtown Berkeley. The festival begins on Thursday, Oct. 30 with student film marathons for the first three days and has additional documentary, feature-length, short, animated, and experimental films showing Nov. 2 and Nov. 6-8.

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Fox News Host to Women: Don't Vote, Go Back on Tinder!

OMG, guys. Voting is so hard.

by Anna Pulley
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM


If you need another compelling reason to participate in democracy next Tuesday, November 4 (ahem, Election Day), might we suggest you add "vote to smite Fox News" to the list? 

Recently, Fox News' The Five host Kimberly Guilfoyle (seriously, Gulf Oil?!) shared some hard-nosed advice for all the young women who might be thinking of casting a vote in the midterm elections: Don't do it. Just "go back on Tinder or," Guilfoyle told her co-hosts, and the world.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Rad Dad Magazine Looks for Funding

by Sarah Burke
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 11:46 AM

For about eight years, Rad Dad was a zine edited by local writer Tomas Moniz that published stories about radical methods of parenting. The initial goal was to start a discussion surrounding fatherhood that discarded oppressive, out-of-touch guidelines of role-modelship and took into account the pressures on actual twenty-first century dads and youth. After a while, the submission-based zine opened up to publishing work from people of all genders and family roles who had something to share regarding parenting in general. Moniz also gradually upgraded his publication of the zine— as in he stopped hand-stapling every issue himself. But, in December of last year, he made the choice to retire the the publication after its 25th issue. He decided that either Rad Dad would end, or it would grow into a full-fledged magazine. Via Indiegogo, he was able to make the latter a reality and in January of 2014, the first issue was released. 

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Live Review: Foxygen Cajoles and Confounds at The Fillmore

by George Schlesinger
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 10:06 AM

  • Alana Silva

Excess has always been part of Foxygen’s charm. Sam France, the mercurial front man, puts that on full display every time the band takes the stage. More like a seventies psych outfit than anything in the demure world of modern day indie rock, France and company come across like a shot in the arm. This is glam rock for the hipster set—raw, weird, and unpredictable.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

The Lab Hosts Capital Problems and LAFMS

The Los Angeles Free Music Society and free pancakes at The Lab this Sunday.

by Sam Lefebvre
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM

In August, storied San Francisco art and performance space The Lab hired former curator at the Berkeley Art Museum Dena Beard as Executive Director – but she isn't precious about the job title. In fact, for a $10,000 contribution to The Lab’s crowd-funding campaign, you could change the name of Beard’s official role to something like Deputy Demigod of Scree and Twee.

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