Friday, September 21, 2007

The East Bay Today: September 24, 2007

Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Today's Top Event: Julie Potter at Priya Indian Cuisine.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Educator's Resource Fair. Opportunity for teachers and educators to find out about local resources, featuring representatives from more than 35 organizations at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: El Jarro Mexican Café in Lafayette.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Musica ha Disconnesso performs traditional Italian music at always-traditional Caffe Trieste in Berkeley.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out Simpsons scenes and their film references.

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Buy Curious: Shopping with Conscience ... and Plenty of Rum

Fri, Sep 21, 2007 at 12:14 AM

This week, Buy Curious is all about making you feeling good. Step 1: Buy eco-friendly clothes at Appel & Frank's first ever Eco-Chic Shopping Event. (No hemp sacks required). Step 2: Scour Northern California's largest tiki sale with the help of some sweet, island-inspired drinks with names like "Missionary's Downfall." Step 3: Pick up a stylin' leather jacket made from recycled Cadillac car seats. Step 4: Pose in a book celebrating the "different faces of beauty." Step 5: Shop at a co-op and pick-up items for fall at an extreme (70 percent off) sale. Prepare to get happy!

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Consciously Chic We've blogged about Appel and Frank's fabulous shopping events before. Now, check out their first ever Eco-Chic event featuring more than thirty "green" designers - among them, organic denim from Del Forte (pictured), clothes from Anna Cohen and Lovelina, jewelry from mollymdesigns and the Weekend Store, Philippines-made handbags from Bahay Bag, cards printed on recycled paper from BZBdesigns.com, organic handbags from Envirosax, enviro-friendly diapers from Gdiapers, baby clothes from Mama Cow, and sustainable dog apparel from Green Dog Designs. Top it off with organic spa treatments, "green" treats and cocktails, and an organic, fair-trade coffee lounge with furniture made from material from San Francisco's dump (presumably not so smelly). The first 300 shoppers get an all-green goodie bag. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from the event benefits Friends of the Urban Forest. When: Thurs., Sept. 27, 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Where: The Regency Center, 1270 Sutter St., San Francisco How much it'll cost ya: $10

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Forbidden Sale Alameda's Forbidden Island may just be the coolest watering hole in the East Bay (voted best tiki bar in the EBX last year). Yes, it's a tiki bar, but even if you've never understood that kitschy craze, you'll find it hard to dislike anything about this place. From its island décor to its friendly staff to its fun bar menu, the Forbidden Island promises a good time all-around (not to mention a nasty hangover the next day). This weekend, the Island hosts its second annual parking lot sale, which claims to be "Northern California's largest sale of collectible & vintage tiki, Hawaiian, rockabilly, and mid-century modern goods." Pick up art, home décor, aloha shirts, furniture, and more. Plus, there'll be a humongous tiki bar offering drink specials! (21 & over only, sorry youngsters.) When: Sun., Sept. 23, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Where: 1304 Lincoln Ave., Alameda

Want to Help Change the Face of Beauty? While scouring Craigslist the other day, we came across this post looking for women to have their photo taken for project on "different faces of beauty." According to the post, the organizers are seeking women of "all different shapes, sizes, colors, and ages to participate in a photo project focusing on the many different faces and shapes of beauty." The images will be used on a web site and possibly a book on the subject. The shoot takes place on Sat. & Sun., Oct. 6 & 7. Nudity isn't required (they ask you to bring outfits you like).

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Rolling in My '64 ... Jacket Got a fondness for cars? Well, now you can ride in style ... in a design from VIN Jackets. The leather jackets are from a new line called Platinum Dirt, and are made from recycled seats from junked cars. And just so you can feel good about your unique purchase, each coat comes with its own VIN and hoodie ornament.

Sale on Sale Afterglow's slashing its prices on already discounted items. Mention their sale email and get 70 percent off yellow tag items (orig. 50 percent off) and half off orange tag items (orig. 30 percent off). Where: 4233 Telegraph Ave., Oakland Store hours: Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun.-Tues. by appointment

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Porcelynne Co-Op Grand Reopening Party Check out goods from eleven Bay Area designers, including lingerie, jewelry, menswear, and women's clothing. All items are 10 percent off. When: Sat., Sept. 22, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Where: Porcelynne, 487 14th Street @ Guerrero, San Francisco

Every Friday, Buy Curious dishes on the hottest fashion trends, news, and sales in the East Bay and beyond. If you've got suggestions for shops or Web site to feature, comments on the blog, or a burning style question you'd like us to answer in our occasional column, Buy Clueless, send them our way! BuyCurious[at]EastBayExpress[dot]com

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The East Bay Today: September 20, 2007

Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Today's Top Event: One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now at the Berkeley Art Museum .

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: Places Seen -- Places Imagined: Reflections on Xuanzang's Xiyu-ji (Records of the Western Regions). With Max Deeg at UC Berkeley.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Dan Sung Sa in Oakland.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Check out the Spazmatics, a costumed '80s new wave band from Austin, Texas, performing at Dan's Irish Sports Bar. Yeah, they're dorky, but that's the point.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Meet little Kenadie.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Oakland Cats Need Rescuing

by Kathleen Richards
Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Wanna save a kitty or two? How about 22? Christina Gin fosters cats and is trying to help a 75-year-old Oakland woman find homes for her 22 feline friends. The elderly woman and her partner rescued many of the critters from the street, and since multiplied. But recently, her partner passed away. Now the woman, whose own health is failing, is in jeopardy of losing her home - and her cats, too. Gin fears animal control will take them away and euthanize them, since most are confined to a flea-infested, neglected home. Check out photos, descriptions, and contact information here.

NPR on Oakland's Taco Trucks

by Kathleen Richards
Thu, Sep 20, 2007 at 12:14 AM

A story on Oakland's taco trucks aired on NPR's All Things Considered earlier this week. Reporter Corey Takahashi described how rising prices in San Francisco's Mission District helped fuel the boom in the mobile food vendors in the East Bay, not to mention some bloggers who obsessed over them. Though the story was about taco trucks, Takahashi delicately skirts the issue of the "scary neighborhood" aspect when visiting Tacos el Gordo in the Fruitvale. Those gun shots he just recorded? Eh, could be the Hell's Angels backfiring.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

J-School Gets $2.8 Million

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Figuring out how newspapers will survive in the multimedia digital era has been a topic of much-heated debate, especially at journalism schools. At UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism (of which this reporter is an alum), two profs even took their opposing views to the Chron - one, declaring the end of news; the other, countering it's simply being revived. Whatever the case, the school just got a boost in its role as a multimedia training center with a $2.8 million grant over the next five years from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The foundation's Knight Digital Media Center, a partnership between Berkeley's and USC's J-schools, will train hundreds of journalists in multimedia storytelling; produce annual conferences, seminars, and workshops; and create a web portal to train more than 20,000 distance learners.

Tragic Ending

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Back on Valentine's Day, 92510 posted an item about a tear-jerking Craigslist post from a mother pleading for her daughter's biological father to step up. Well, a woman claiming to be the poster recently filled us in on her quest: She tracked the man, 33-year-old Victor Edward Burnett, Jr., down on MySpace, but he continued to ignore his fatherly duties. Then, last weekend, Burnett was killed in a motorcycle accident on Highway 80.

The East Bay Today: September 19, 2007

Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 4:57 PM

Today's Top Event: John Vlahides at the Orinda Library Auditorium.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today's lecture: All Our Little Live Things: Wildlife in Suburban Walnut Creek. With Contra Costa Times writer Gary Bogue at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Is It Lunch Yet? We recommend: Grand Taipei in Hayward.

On the Town: Going out tonight? Emeryville's Townhouse Bar & Grill's got great food, an old-timey atmosphere, and free live jazz starting at 7:30.

Hardly Working: You've got time. We know how to waste it. Check out this blog by juvenile lifers.

Feed Us: Got an East Bay news tip, photo, video, or link we need to know about? E-mail us.

Do Hippies Read?

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 4:57 PM

If they didn't, they might start now, thanks to this new tie-dye-designed Berkeley Public Library card. We're not sure if this is supposed to appeal to aging Berkeley-ites or if a librarian had a pang of nostalgia or whether there's a resurgence of tie-dye popularity amongst the youngsters (we're betting on option one or two). In any case, will it do anything to get more people to read?

Time-Lapse Video and Photos of Bay Bridge Deck Replacement

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Sep 19, 2007 at 4:57 PM

The football-sized portion of the upper deck on the Bay Bridge that was replaced over the Labor Day weekend using massive hydraulic jacks was well documented. One construction worker posted pictures of the work (and his buds) on Flickr. And the Metropolitan Transportation Commission created this nifty time-lapse video of the engineering feat as well.

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