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Friday, August 27, 2010

EAT REAL 2010, This Weekend at Jack London Square!

Aug 27th, 2pm-9pm, Aug 28th, 10:30am-9pm, and Aug 29th, 10:30am-5pm

Eat it. Make it. Grow it. Why choose when you can do all three? Truck loads of great food, tons of exciting demos that show the necessary food skills to survive the urban wild, performances, pop-up gardens, and more. For free.

Eat Real’s mission is to make real food as accessible and as affordable as fast food at events held in strategic communities across the United States. Eat Real’s success will be measured by increased public awareness of and respect for the craft of making good food and by the growth of green collar jobs in America’s growing regional food economies.

Eat Real’s vision is of an America where food’s crucial importance to the health of our bodies, communities and economy is universally recognized, and where access to healthy and affordable real foods is a right, not a privilege. Also, in our ideal America, food tastes a whole lot better.

Tasty, local, fresh, handmade. These are just a few words that come to mind when we talk about food at Eat Real. We'll have the Bay Area's best street food vendors cooking up their amazing (and affordable!) dishes: tacos a hundred different ways, BBQ, flat-bread, noodles, curry, falafel, ice cream and more!

All food is $5 and below.

Event Map



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Friday, August 20, 2010

Art and Soul 2010

Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22 - from Noon to 6pm

Two days packed with music, art, kids' activities and tasty food.

Art & Soul is conveniently located in downtown Oakland adjacent to the 12th Street/City Center BART station.

Entrances at: 14th Street and Broadway; 16th Street and San Pablo Avenue; Promenade beside City Center West Garage


You'll be able to purchase tickets at the gate for Saturday and Sunday.

$15 Adults and $8 seniors (65+) youth (13-17). Kids 12 and under are FREE.

Chairs and seating are available at all stages on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What to Bring

Festival Map

For a high resolution version of this map click here.

Transportation and Driving Directions

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Fire Cabaret featured PCL Rose Nisker

At last month’s Crucible Heat: A Fire Cabaret benefit featured Pacific Cannery Loft (PCL) Rose Nisker was performing flamenco  tissue aerial style dance.

In the August 15th 2010, San Francisco Chronicle, Staff Writer Carolyne Zinko [EMAIL]  wrote a article titled “Crucible benefit fans the flames of creativity.” Below are excerpts from that article.

You can sneak a lot of industrial arts - welding, blacksmithing, jewelry making, even glass blowing - into an evening with a little imagination and the right performers.

"Heat: A Fire Cabaret" paired sultry music with circus-style acrobatics, burlesque entertainers, dancers in gothic costumes straight out of "Beetlejuice" and fire. Lots of fire.

The three-night show in Oakland last month was a benefit for the Crucible, an arts education center founded in 1999 that serves 8,500 adults and students each year.

Previous fundraisers focused mostly on flames. This year's benefit was designed to counter the notion that the Crucible's mission is primarily about creating artworks that shoot fire, a la Burning Man.

Like Burning Man, the hundreds of guests attending were asked to dress in speakeasy costume, to get into the act, and many did.

"I purposely didn't wear a lot of hair spray tonight - I didn't want to go up in smoke," quipped event-goer Donna Sachet, a San Francisco drag queen clad in a short blond wig, a red fringed flapper dress and red heels.

The "Fire Cabaret" - held in the group's 56,000-square-foot warehouse on Seventh Street - featured four short musical vignettes performed on a stage that alternated with demonstrations of industrial arts by the center's faculty members in other parts of the venue.

But even the demonstrations were often paired to music, as in one room where blacksmiths pounded enormous hammers on red-hot metal, while a woman danced on a table in African print dress to several men playing rhythmic drums and shaking maracas. [MORE]

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Oakland: Coolness is a state of mind

Oakland ranks #5 for Coolness

Coolness is elusive and hard to define. To see whether perceptions of coolness matched up with reality--or at least how much fun a city offered--we compared coolness rankings against the number of bars, nightclubs, restaurants, museums, galleries, live theater venues and sports stadiums in each city, using data from AOL City Guides.

Many of the cities perceived to be cool have one thing in common: an abundance of things to do. And in a lot of cases, a city's coolness ranking aligned nearly perfectly with the number of venues…

To compile the list, market research company Harris Interactive ( HPOL - news - people ) conducted an exclusive poll for Forbes. In July Harris asked 2,104 adults from across the U.S. which of the 40 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country were "the coolest."

Metropolitan Statistical Area: San Francisco--Oakland, CA
Number of Restaurants, Bars and Clubs (Rank): 14,355 (4)
Number of Museums, Theaters, Stadiums and Arenas (Rank): 466 (4)
Number of Galleries and Concert Venues (Rank): 1,395 (3)



Friday, August 6, 2010

Looking for something to do? Check out Jack London Sq.

On August 6, the East Bay Express celebrates its winners of the 2010 Best of the East Bay readers’ poll and editors’ picks all along the Jack London Square waterfront. Over 20,000 guests are expected to attend and salute the best ideas, products and services that are borne out of the East Bay region.

This year’s Best of the East Bay Party main stage (sponsored by Amoeba Music) will feature twelve local bands: The Mighty Underdogs (made up of Gift of Gab from Blackalicious, Lateef from Latyrx and Headnodic from Crown City Rockers), Everything Must Go, Finish Ticket, Zydeco Flames, The Memphis Murder Men, Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys, Kit & the Branded Men, Bang Data, Birds and Batteries, Stone Foxes, Cheetahs on the Moon, and Fans of Jimmy Century.

Make sure to spend some time lounging in the Blues Pavilion (sponsored by the Bay Area Blues Society and Yoshi's), where the Express pays tribute to the venerable blues history of Russell City in Hayward and 7th Street in West Oakland with performances by some of the best blues musicians in the East Bay.

The Chabot Space & Science Center’s Kids’ Party Zone (sponsored by BandWorks and Bay Area Girls Rock Camp) will feature local kid bands The Vat, Poison Apple Pie, and Room 19. Performances are by members of the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp. The Kids’ Party Zone will also offer hands-on science projects and fun activities.

A DJ Stage featuring the talents of Dyloot and the Oakland Faders will evolve into a Dance Battle into the evening (sponsored by Yak Films and The People).

A world class street art show will be found at the event, including live art demonstrations from the East Bay's best artists (sponsored by 57-33 and Montana Cans). At the Gear Head Garage, you can feast your eyes on classic cars, motorcycles, and other works of art that feature gears and grease.

Don't miss the extreme sports, indie designer villages, and local restaurant vendors. It’s sure to be the region’s best party of the year.

When: Friday, August 6, 2010
Where: Jack London Square waterfront
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Admission: Free, All Ages

Getting there: BART (Lake Merritt or 12th Street stations), AC Transit, Alameda-Oakland Ferry, Broadway Shuttle, Amtrak.

Free bike valet parking provided by the East Bay Bike Coalition.

All proceeds from the bar will benefit the local nonprofit, OneCalifornia Foundation.

Discounted fares to the event are available by Amtrak: www.EastBayExpress.com/BOEBParty/Amtrak

Discounted overnight lodging is available at the Waterfront Hotel: www.EastBayExpress.com/BOEBParty/Hotel

VIP Packages for the event are now on sale: www.EastBayExpress.com/BOEBParty/VIP

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