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Re: “The Wine Mine

LOVE the Wine Mine! Fun on Saturdays and great selection. David and staff are so helpful, not only will they help you pick the wine, but I'd bet they could recommend the food to go with it and tell you how to make it!

Posted by Me! on 08/18/2011 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Thousand Oaks Art Gallery

This is a beautiful gallery with all sorts of wonderful surprises. All of the work is done by local artists. Only three store fronts down from Solano Avenue it is worth veering off the main street.

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Posted by Joan P. on 08/12/2011 at 2:27 PM

Re: “The Wine Mine

Best place to buy wine - Best place to taste wine - Best place to get advice.
David and his crew are making wine shopping fun.

Posted by Fred on 08/11/2011 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Haak Lung Chuan School of Martial Arts

I rated this school at five stars because Professor Gitlin instilled in me a life-long love of martial arts.

Unfortunately, this school is CLOSED.

Posted by n3bul4 on 08/11/2011 at 3:05 AM

Re: “100% Pure

This brand is wonderful! The shops smells delicious, the staff is very helpful & friendly, and you can try out all of the products in-store. Plus, they've always got a great deal going on...make sure you sign up for their email list when you stop by!

Posted by Sarah Woodruff on 08/01/2011 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Makin Endz Meet

I love this little store. When ever I am looking for that something to add that perfect touch to my fit I find it there. Most of the time I don't even know what exactly it is I am looking for until I see it. I have purchased three vintage clutches, a vintage black velvet dress, Crochet scarves, a fedora hot and a sweet leather jacket to name a few. The people there are down to earth and actually keep me in mind when they get things in I LOVE THAT!

Posted by Ronni Owen on 07/31/2011 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Pegasus Books Solano

Great bookstore with a knowledgeable staff.

Posted by Robin on 07/20/2011 at 2:02 PM

Re: “The Regency Ballroom

Seun Kuti New Album and Concert Review
Regency Ballroom, San Francsico 7/16/11

First things first, a Seun Kuti show will wear you out. At the end of his concert, before the encore, if you haven’t sweated out your cool, then you must not truly be alive and able to sense pure, original, African energy in, and coming out the music. The band, comprised of some serious sax and trumpet players, hypnotic dancers with memorable voices, and surrounded by elders- members of the Egypt 80 who played with Seun’s father Fela on percussions and guitars, is simply a body rocking and mind opening experience, not just a concert.

I first saw Seun live at Stern Grove in San Francisco, where he not only came out of his shirt and embodied a reincarnation of his dad in dance and in fiery lyrics, really blew the San Francisco crowd away with songs from his first critically acclaimed album, “Many Things.” The sound, the charisma, the rebel in your face stance, the tight pocket that is undeniable Afro-Beat (which I am more convinced is a blend of everything that is African and James Brown), hit me in a unique place because I knew at that moment I was hearing the closest to Fela I was every going to hear live. For the record, I’ve been listening to Fela since 1991. I first heard him through my mentor at the time Mwatabu Okantah, on his radio show Windwords which came on Sundays on Cleveland State’s Radio WCSB 89.3fm. Upside Down, Center of The World, and Mr Grammart (Calogylisationalism Is The Boss) are songs I was playing next to X Clan and Poor Righteous teachers in the early 90’s.

After Stern Grove, I immediately went out and purchased “Many Things” and been watching the moves being made, including the new deal with Knitting Factory Records, “From Africa with Fury: Rise” the new video, and the various interviews online, one which includes Seun saying his music is for “African people to wake up and solve their own problems.” His latest album and live set at The Regency Ballroom on a cool Saturday night in San Francisco is a clear indicator that Seun is just getting warmed up, he’s concerned about the same issues his ancestors were with, he’s as cold on the sax as he is in orchestrating his band and vocals, and truly, along with artists like Nneka and Blitz The Ambassador, is setting a new tone for music and politics from an African point of view.

Seun started his set, as always, by opening with a song by his dad Fela. For this occasion, Seun and The Egypt 80 chose Zombie to come out to. Incredibly hot from the onset, Seun spoke first with his horn, then with his voice, which is raspy, strong, and rich. The band is so solid that it seems almost effortless to the players, especially the two “timekeepers,” one controlling the claves and the other a shaker with serious dance moves all night which didn’t mess up his crisp white shirt. Seun came out in a fresh grey shirt and pants to match, but I knew it, and the shirt knew it too, that it was about to get sweated out because Seun moves about the whole stage with the same fervor as his dad in dance and expression. Also, I’m convinced that there is more than a performance going on because Fela’s presence was felt in the atmosphere.

Seun wasted no time and really gave a strong showcase of the music on “From Africa with Fury: Rise,” produced by Brian Eno, John Reynolds, and Seun Kuti, with additional production by Godwin Logie, and mixed by b and Tim Oliver. “Slavemasters” with lines like “Till them tire for the cheating for many many years,” shows that Seun has been in tune to global politics today and his ancestral past, with a rhythm that doesn’t just makes you dance but feel the sentiment, and the title song “Rise” should be the anthem for new Africa and freedom and not just used for soccer stadiums and sporting events. My favorite line of “Rise” have to be when he admonishes petroleum and diamond companies “wey dey use our brothers as slaves for the stones.” Other strong songs of the night were “Mr. Big Thief” and “The Good Leaf.” Seun must’ve known he was in Northern California, (maybe not after telling the crowd he was tired from the jetlag from Europe), but by the colorful smell of cannabis that hovered over the ceiling of the Regency Ballroom, the good leaf was definitely in the house. The crowd, blended with San Fran hipsters who many have just jumped on the Fela bandwagon, Africans in button ups, and everyday people who clearly knew of Fela and Seun’s musical and historical background all had the place mostly packed. (the back towards the bar was light and there was room to dance). I can’t understand for the life of me how a few people were sitting in the balcony during this electric performance, but they even looked worn out at the end of the night because of the constant original, African music.

Do yourself a favor and pick up Seun’s latest album, “From Africa with Fury: Rise,” and when you see Seun listed as coming to your city to perform, wear your dancing shoes, open your ears and be inspired, and open your eyes and witness the continuing of a family legacy of strength, power, and politics and music. His album is out on Knitting Factory Records.

Posted by TJ1 on 07/18/2011 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Oakland City Hall

it's about time mmj took their self satifaction energy and use their thoughts to TRULY dig what brought the current stoned state was borne of STATE OF EMERGENCY re med lack for the DYING & PROUD PIONEERS of the lgbt family.i hope they folow thru. bob katz you still haven't responded to a dialogue you instigated and the fallout of your in actions created quite alot of belittlement, disappointment and worthlessness in a VERY kind disabled vet of 13 + 3 yrs, and an amzing artist, whom has distributed 90% at least of his internationally displayed woodburnings (one which was made especially for your 180 degree treatment, concer, and kindness. please contact me.

Posted by donenutztreez on 07/16/2011 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Nick's Lounge


Posted by Nickslounge on 07/13/2011 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Angel Light Books

We always have a luxurious, self healing meditation, and learn a new tool for our spiritual toolbox. We heal ourselves while having fun! Come and join us!

Posted by lifeisgood on 07/09/2011 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Gaumenkitzel

Fresh and local! so far had breakfast, lunch, and (early) dinner there. While the menu reads quaint and descriptive (typically German!) all dishes were absolutely fabulous and delicious, and surprisingly reasonable.

The salmon was buttery and melting in your mouth, with a nice crispy pan-seared crust on top. The rainbow chard (usually not my taste) was surprisingly flavorful, slightly on the spicy side (good!), and with great texture.

All breakfast choices were fantastic - try the jams and meats! Delicious home-made rolls, with tasty and zesty marmelades, soft and flavorful cheeses, and buttery eggs from the oven with home-made quark. Yummi! Together with the very kids-friendly service and environment a great place to go - alone, with my family, with friends.

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Posted by Thorsten on 07/07/2011 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Sonoma Coffee Cafe

Awesome photos! They perfectly capture how I always pictured Berkeley before I moved to the bay area.

Posted by RantyPants on 07/05/2011 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Sonoma Coffee Cafe

Great show! Documentary photos of Berkeley in the 1960's,
with many shots of the response of CA Governor Ronald Reagan to
the People's Park protest - he ordered the National Guard to take
over downtown Berkeley and the UC campus. Also interesting photos of Tim Leary, dancing and music in the streets. Photos are for sale.

Posted by huaco on 07/05/2011 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Grand Tavern

Nate Barry-Stein is the Chef here.

Posted by chefnate on 07/03/2011 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Heart and Dagger Saloon

Great neighborhood bar with the East Bay's best patio. Good selection of booze for great prices and the jukebox rocks!

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Posted by liquorneck on 06/30/2011 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Cock-A-Doodle Cafe

GREAT CUBAN FOOD...RIGHT HERE IN OAKLAND!!! FInally, my prayers have been answered. A friend told me about this place, so I decided to check it out. I showed up almost at closing time and to my surprise, I was greeted warmly by Sandra and Fermin, She runs the restaurant, he cooks heavenly authentic Cuban food. And I do mean authentic. I was born in Cuba, so I know what I'm talking about. Were it not for the fact that it would have been very unseemly I would have licked the plate clean when I finished my lechon asado. We're talking lechon the way my grandmother and mother did it. Dios mio, it was good. And the tostones....ahh, I could have eaten 3 more plates of them. Sheer pefection, with a little mojo sprinkled on top! They're open for dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I can't wait to go back again and introduce my friends to this little slice of Cuban heaven in the East Bay!

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Posted by Silverlock88 on 06/25/2011 at 11:18 PM

Re: “1:AM Gallery

5 Stars because it is great for the street art aficionado and the street artists! Not only does the gallery display and sell some of the works of the up and coming street artists, they also sell materials for your bombing pleasure, from fat caps to your fave krink colors, they have the works. As if that isn't enough, if you are a graff buff but not so hot at hittin the streets, they supply the knowledge for a small price. And by they, I mean Nate1 and Novy. On top of alllll that, you can even get the crew at 1AM to hit up your not so cultured walls! So much more than just a gallery.........

Posted by AntonetteStreeter on 04/29/2011 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Zughaus Gallery

Free monthly music and art events in an intimate setting. What more can you ask for?

Posted by Nathan Lively on 04/25/2011 at 10:40 PM

Re: “PIQ

This place is just like the cafes in Florence. The food is superb! The coffee is fantastic! And I'm not even a coffee drinker. I'm totally hooked.

Posted by kyara on 04/21/2011 at 6:27 PM

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