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Re: “The Revival of Bay Area Ladyfest

Love it!! I'm so excited!

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Posted by Maria Yates on 09/12/2012 at 4:26 PM

Re: “A Decidedly Special Delivery

This was one of the most amazing, authentic experiences around art, youth and community I have witnessed in recent memory. Thousands gathered to view this space and its jawdroppingly fabulous graffiti for free, with music, beer and wine, and an electric atmosphere that should make world cultural hubs like London, Berlin and Venice blush.

A few thousand mostly young folks pullulated in the once abandoned rusty, peeling trilevel concrete and steel building that seemed happy to be a host for all this activity. The people were happy together, drowning in art in 3D, dancing, flirting, posing, snap-shooting and juggling, all of them self-regulated, well-behaved and paying close attention to what they saw.

The floor, the walls, and ceiling and all kinds of nooks and crannies were painted. Many works displayed wit, wildness and undeniable artistry. At several points, the building trembled as the trains, often themselves adorned by the same art work now housed now inside the building, roared by.

The project as a whole shows mindful foresight and planning that is rare indeed. The police and the city govt. clearly had a welcome role in facilitating this art event by keeping a very low profile and just letting folks do their stuff. And to my understanding, this was no LA style Eli Lilly funded, rarified and ultimately impotent extravaganza, but a grassroots, collaborative, kickstarter and Bay area funded. If so, we should thank everyone that helped artwork blossom before our eyes in their natural habitat in this fresh, free and provocative way.

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Posted by Vera Citizen on 09/09/2012 at 11:55 AM

Re: “The Art of Art & Soul

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Posted by Editor on 08/01/2012 at 9:52 PM

Re: “An Amusing East Bay History

A friend of mine who died last year in her nineties, used to get dragged to Idora Park by her parents. She claims it was a really boring place for kids and an excuse for their parents to schmooze (and I assume booze).

She much preferred the Fox.

Question: is the windmill next door to Steele's on Telegraph a remnant of Idora? Was the miniature golf range that closed about 20 years ago on Telegraph a vestige?

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Posted by Leonard Raphael on 07/02/2012 at 8:39 PM

Re: “A Question of Devotion

It doesn't get mentioned in this article, but Laura decided to put her career on hold to be the stay-at-home parent for Simon. Through her tireless dedication and hard work, she has been 90% responsible for getting him to this stable, relatively healthy place he his today. To learn more about the Fitch-Jenett family and their struggles raising a child with a life-threatening illness, go to

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Posted by Jaime Jenett on 05/15/2012 at 10:07 PM

Re: “The Tour de Coop

I work for Animal Place, a nonprofit sanctuary specializing in the rescue of abused farmed animals, including chickens. We operate Rescue Ranch that saves the lives of thousands of hens from the egg industry each year. We have two facilities - Vacaville and Grass Valley.

We currently have more than 1,600 hens available for adoption who were saved from starvation by a California egg farmer. Those interested in adoption can find out more here:….

I think it is important to remember that the backyard chicken movement has a dark side to it.

Rooster Chicks: Male chicks are killed or used as "packing peanuts" by the hatcheries supplying backyard chicks.

Parent Birds: They are housed inside sheds. They never see the light of day. At the young age of 18-mos-old, they are slaughtered.

Transport: Day-old chicks are shipped through the postal service with no legal oversight and often in any climate conditions, resulting in the unnecessary death of sensitive baby animals (who are never raised by their own mothers, either).

Chickens are intelligent, social animals. They can be wonderful backyard companions. Adopt, don't buy.

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Posted by Marji Beach on 05/03/2012 at 8:22 AM

Re: “Napoleon's Epic Premiere

For those who arrange weekend marathons to watch all of Star Wars, the Godfather, Dexter, or The Wire, five and half hours is nothing. The fifteen-hour production (over four nights) of Wagner's Ring Cycle was an unforgettable event in my life. Some things can be so worth the time, so there's no way I'm missing Gance's Napoleon! Thanks for the alert, Ms. Harwood!

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Posted by don menn on 03/21/2012 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Photographic Memories

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Posted by Editor on 01/07/2012 at 1:29 AM

Re: “Photographic Memories

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Posted by Editor on 01/05/2012 at 12:43 PM

Re: “Moving Memories

To clarify, Home Movie Day 2011 in Oakland will take place at the Oakland Museum of California from 11am - 5pm. The event was coordinated with Pamela Vadakan by the Oakland Standard. Check it out at…

Posted by Claire Ball on 10/13/2011 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Oakland Is Dyke Central

its okay to be a gay person but its not okay to dance in front of people as a past due gay women! chaz or is it roger! anyhow it was fun to see but mary j blige didnt do great either! hey how would you ask a gay guy to a makeout session given you are a lesbian? well could a chaz kiss a frisco kid and still come out number one? did you ever kiss a chaz? frisco kid! s.s.f.! dont forget to call back the lesbian you said could rule the world if you could get front seat to a rock concert! by the way, chaz should wear a skirt instead!

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Posted by laotra77 on 10/07/2011 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Oakland Is Dyke Central

Another great reason I cant wait to visit Jokeland in about 50 yrs.

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Posted by mztgringo on 10/07/2011 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Oakland Is Dyke Central

it's lame when lady-loving ladies are lacking. ludicrous!

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Posted by steve gates on 10/06/2011 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Brews, Brats, and Brouhaha at Oaktoberfest

Here's the FB link for the About The Music Dj and dance area *Sponsored by Oaklandish*…

Main event FB invite link here with lineup set times etc...…

Posted by Eric Groove on 09/30/2011 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Brews, Brats, and Brouhaha at Oaktoberfest


Posted by Eric Groove on 09/30/2011 at 12:30 AM

Re: “Small Dogs, Lofty Dreams


Posted by Lawngun on 08/17/2011 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Small Dogs, Lofty Dreams

Thanks for posting that, Lawngun. I agree 100%.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 08/17/2011 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Small Dogs, Lofty Dreams

About as classy as midget wrestling. The Dachshund Club of America (DCA) sez:

DCA continues to maintain that racing is bad for the breed by encouraging the breeding of dogs for that purpose rather than as examples of the breed standard recognized by the American Kennel Club. Racing also encourages the misuse of dogs not suited for this activity: Dachshunds are not designed to be a racing breed, but rather to go underground.

Posted by Lawngun on 08/17/2011 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Saved by the SPCA

Hopalong is great. One of the more reputable animal rescue organizations around.

Posted by yoyo_guru on 07/16/2011 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Countdown to Goodbye

I'm really going to miss going into space. I don't mean I really went into space, unless you count inner space. I don't. Count it, I mean. It's pretty crowded compared to outer space and you don't get to wear a cool, white suit. Well, you could wear a cool, white suit, but you'd have to hang out a chi-chi resort, which, as I understand, is pretty much unlike outer space.

On second thought, the food at a resort probably beats sucking lunch out of a tube and chasing it down with Tang. And then, there's the bar where you can pay with little plastic beads. Maybe, I just need to go to a resort and forget about this whole space exploration thing.

Posted by Lawngun on 07/06/2011 at 12:17 PM

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