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October 2, 2014

Lake Merrritt Barbecue Feedback

The gatherings are great but participants need to cleanup after themselves.
October 2, 2014

Zennie's Rant and Some Eye Rolling

Letters and Facebook posts.
September 3, 2014

Barbecuing It Up at Lake Merritt

At noon there’s no sign of them. By 1:30 p.m., a couple of coolers have arrived. When 3 o’clock rolls around, the grills are lit and smoking, the beers are chilling, and the Rémys unscrewed, and music is erupting along the water from Borden Way to Wayne Avenue. This is the new Sunday afternoon scene at Lake Merritt: a boisterous, crowd-filled departure from the grassy goose playground it usually is.
September 3, 2014

Brooklyn Basin Changes Waterfront

If you went to the Oakland estuary and saw Brooklyn Basin today, it might be hard to envision that this large field of dirt mounds adjacent to derelict warehouse space could one day be a neighborhood destination with as much panache as Lake Merritt or Jack London Square. But Brooklyn Basin developers envision just that: high-rise residences, peaceful parks, coffee shops, famers’ markets, and thriving marinas.
September 3, 2014

Group Hugs on the Oakland Campaign Trail

On a mild July evening outside the Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club’s Oakland mayoral endorsement meeting, competing candidates Bryan Parker and Joe Tuman looked quite chummy together as they addressed a blogger’s video camera. They were discussing their exclusion from the progressive group’s gathering, where candidates make speeches to woo endorsement votes.
September 3, 2014

New Life for The UC Theatre

The benighted and newly engaged couple of Brad and Janet, the doomed Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and the rest of the zany crew from Transsexual, Transylvania, are headed back to Berkeley. The UC Theatre on University Avenue, which hosted the longest running sequence of The Rocky Horror Picture Show midnight screenings, is going to open its doors again after 14 years, and the interactive, costumed late-night romp will once again be welcome, says David Mayeri, the board president of the nonprofit group behind the theater’s resurrection. But film will be only a small part of the offerings on tap at the new UC, which closed its doors in 2001 when Landmark Theatres balked at investing more than $1 million for seismic upgrades.
September 3, 2014

Form and Function in Home Design

Design rules our lives, especially the furniture and décor that fill our homes. Imagine if you could outfit your surroundings with one-of-a-kind designs that felt more like works of art, replacing a scratched up rocking chair with a sleek, simple stool or whimsical bench. Wouldn’t daily life be just a little better?
September 3, 2014

Wesley Watkins Uses Jazz to Teach Democracy

Back in 2009, at a White House music series event, Michelle Obama reiterated an old idea when she told guests, "There is no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble." Oakland native Wesley J. Watkins IV turned the idea into a new way to educate students.
September 3, 2014

The new BAM/PFA

Whether you’re running a museum or a pizzeria, location is paramount. Currently nestled adjacent to the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Art Museum is perfectly accessible and yet a tad out of the way, unless you’re student or faculty member. Same goes for the affiliated Pacific Film Archive, displaced from the BAM building some years ago due to seismic concerns and ensconced in a theater a few blocks west. Hence the excitement, from audiences and curators alike, about BAM/PFA’s new $100-plus-million home reuniting the two that is under construction in downtown Berkeley at the site of a former UC printing plant.
September 3, 2014