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Issue Archive for the Week of Jul 15-21, 2009

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Best of the East Bay

  • Best Nonprofit Event

    Walk in the Wild at the Oakland Zoo
  • Best Running Club

    Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders, Oakland
  • Best People-Watching

    Any Bus Ride on AC Transit
  • Best Urban Park

    Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
  • Best Mountain

    Mt. Diablo
  • Best Pupusas

    Maiz Restaurante
  • Best Beer Hike

    Carquinez Regional Shoreline or Martinez Regional Shoreline in Martinez to the Warehouse Cafe
  • Best Unknown Park

    Union Point Park
  • Best French Pot Roast

    Daube at Rendez-Vous Cafe-Bistro
  • Best Fossil Hunting

    Shell Ridge Open Space
  • Best View

    Lawrence Hall of Science
  • Best Toddler Park

    Virginia-McGee Totland
  • Best in the West

    Cal Women's Basketball
  • Best Art Contest

    Alameda's Sand Castle and Sand Sculpture Contest
  • Best Adventure Game

    East Bay Scavenger and Urban Adventure Race
  • Best Net Radio Hero

    Pandora's Tim Westergren
  • Best Dim Sum

    East Ocean Seafood Restaurant
  • Best Community Garden

    Alameda Point Community Garden Co-op
  • Best Crowded Library

    Asian Branch Library, Oakland Public Library
  • Best Punk Bar

    Acme Bar

Special Sections

  • Best Singer

    Stephanie Crawford
  • Best Hot Tub Scrub

    West Coast Massage
  • Best Actor

    James Carpenter
  • Best Biennial Book Sale 

    The Friends of the Free Alameda Library Book Sale
  • Best Hair Salon

    Down at Lulu's
  • Best Photographer

    Mark Read
  • Best Hipster Fanny Pack

    P.E.A.C.E. (Planetary Elements Activating Conscious Evolution) Fits
  • Best Punk Record Store

    1-2-3-4 Go! Records
  • Best Digital Artist

    JC Garrett
  • Best East Bay Book

    Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone by Beth Lisick
  • Best Chic Boutique

    Duchess Boutique
  • Best Kanji Crash Course

    Crazy for Kanji by Eve Kushner
  • Best Cultural Festival

    Oakland Greek Festival
  • Best Hat Store

    The Hat Guys
  • Best Synagogue Music

    Kehilla Community Synagogue
  • Best Hobbyist's Basement

    Berkeley Ace Hardware
  • Best Parrot Nanny

    Gayle Reece
  • Best Director

    Mark Jackson
  • Best New Space for Tots

    Lotus Bloom Child and Family Resource Center
  • Best Car Repair

    Oceanworks & Oceanworks II
  • Best Graffiti Artist

    Estria Miyashiro
  • Best Hair Alchemist

    Lisa Galipault at Tique Salon
  • Best DJ

    D Sharp
  • Best New Slang Word

  • Best Photo Lab

    Ag Photo - Digital Image Lab
  • Best Real Estate Agent

    Pam Schwartz
  • Best Cover Band

    Zoo Station: The U2 Experience
  • Best Foot Reflexology

    Ling Foot Spa
  • Best Magazine Shop

  • Best Brewery

    Linden Street Brewery
  • Best Rapper-Producer

    Erk tha Jerk
  • Best Dispensary

    Harborside Health Center
  • Best New Art Walk

    Golden Gate Gallery District
  • Best Painter

    Margaret Chavigny
  • Best Cheap Haircut

    World Cuts
  • Best Sculptor

    Michael Meyers
  • Best Antique Prices

    Red Geranium
  • Best Cultural Improvement

    Another Planet Entertainment
  • Best Band

  • Best Cheap Counseling

    Oakland Center for Holistic Counseling

News & Opinion

  • Rules of Tourism

    Since we are in the thick of vacation season and as a sort of public service, I think it's time we ...
  • Sonia versus Sarah

    Sarah Palin. Sonia Sotomayor. These two women have almost nothing in common except gender - and a little time in the ...
  • Letters for July 15
  • Letters for July 15

    Readers sound off on Zaytuna College, mixed martial arts, the use of the word "nigger," biodiesel, and more.

Arts & Culture

  • The Fire Got Bigger
  • The Fire Got Bigger

    Crucible's Fire Arts Festival moves to a new ten-acre lot this year.
  • Cutups
  • Cutups

    Anatomically incorrect works merge science and art.
  • Far and Wide
  • Far and Wide

    Minal Hajratwala set out to trace the Indian diaspora.
  • Yours for the Asking
  • Yours for the Asking

    Finger painting and visualization are toys and tools at Kerry Hargraves' "Playdates."
  • Religion vs. Sex

    How to improvise your beliefs, avoid getting smacked, and overcome intolerance.


  • One-Night Stands

    Repertory film listings for July 16-22, 2009.

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