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 September 2014

September 2014


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September Features

Barbecuing It Up at Lake Merritt

by Elyce Berrigan-Dunlop

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,...

New Life for The UC Theatre

by Andrew Gilbert

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...

Furniture and Fixtures as Art

by Karen Granados

Wood sanders buzz and power tools whir wildly as the USS Hornet hulks in the distance and a vision of the San Francisco skyline shimmers outside a warehouse on Alameda’s former Navy base. Inside,...

Group Hugs on the Oakland Campaign Trail

by Catherine Rauch

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...

September Departments

Zennie's Rant and Some Eye Rolling

Letters and Facebook posts.

Form and Function in Home Design

by Judith M. Gallman

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...

Brooklyn Basin Changes Waterfront

by Nate Gartrell

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...

The Metamorphosis of SFMOMA

by DeWitt Cheng

With the recent gallery and nonprofit closures and downsizings, and artist evictions, the Bay Area art world is undergoing tough times. Even our traditional freewheeling Bohemian ethos looks...

The East Bay Review Debuts

by Andrea A. Firth

Over beers in a rental in Mendocino one evening, six young writers kicked around the idea of starting a new literary magazine-a journal that would publish what they liked to read, not be too...

Full-tilt Fall Arts Preview

by DeWitt Cheng, Rita Felciano, Michael Fox, Julia Park Tracey, Andrew Gilbert, and Sam Hurwitt

The fall arts season offers exciting programming across many genres.

5 Lighting Tips From the Pros

by Jeanne Storck

Most of us probably take lighting for granted. Flip on the switch, and as long as you can see what you’re doing, you’re good. But lighting can be magical. It can change the mood in a room and...

Take It Outside

by Sarah Coombs

Summer comes late to us here in the East Bay. That’s good news. It means there’s still time to prep your backyard for the next two months of typically warm weather.

Simple Redo Versus Major Overhaul

by Sarah Coombs

Interior designers are asked this question a lot, especially when it comes to kitchens: "How much can I change it without changing everything?" After all, the renovation of no other room wreaks...

Bold, Monochromatic, and Patterned

by Sarah Coombs

For years, white kitchens have reigned supreme. It’s easy to see why. They’re clean, bright, and tasteful; they’ll always be classic. But there’s a new kind of style on the block, and...

Buyers Go Condo Crazy

by Mike Rosen-Molina

Eliot Peper, 27, and his fiancée Drea Castillo, 30, moved to the Bay Area from San Diego last year when Castillo accepted a job with an architecture firm in San Francisco. At first, the couple...

Tempted by Taipei

by Ginger Dingus

Imagine steamy hot springs surrounded by luxurious spas, stunning mountain scenery, opulent temples, and exotic dining. Add eye-popping skyscrapers and trendy art in unlikely spaces. Mykonos?...

Healdsburg Is Wine Country In Miniature

by Kristan Lawson

The Wine Country’s dirty little secret is that it revolves around two incompatible activities: drinking and driving.In Sonoma County’s rural tasting rooms, the vino flows freely, and the...

Shop Eat Play in Golden Gate District

by Katie Cornell

Blink and you might miss a hive of artisan activity in the Golden Gate district, the North Oakland neighborhood that straddles the Berkeley and Emeryville borders and apparently was once known as...

Wesley Watkins Uses Jazz to Teach Democracy

by Marcus Thompson

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...

Soul Food and Tacos

by Paul Kilduff and Judith M, Gallman

People speak up about what makes the most sense.

Dragon Gate Does Street-style Taiwanese

by Derk Richardson

Deep in Dragon Gate Bar & Grille’s multisection menu, I found the dish that called my name: Idiot Noodle. It also brought to mind my friend Tim Ware’s composition, "Idiot Glee," and held out...

alaMar Docks In Uptown

by Matthew Craggs

Saucy fingers flecked with herbs and crayfish mustard tear the slippery abdomen from the carapace, the pink flesh taking a dunk in Meyer lemon pepper sauce before lips close around it, slurping the...

Cholita Linda Sets Up Permanent Home

by Elyce Berrigan-Dunlop

There are few places in Oakland that make you feel as though you’ve journeyed to a tropical beach town where the sun is shining on your shoulders and your cares are miles behind. But such is the...

Cocktails on The Dock of the Bay

by Stefanie Kalem

There's a boozy paradise brewing (or being uncorked or stirred up, depending on your preference) off the beaten path in West Oakland. Freshly settled between the Campovida wine tasting room and the...

Tis the Season for Heirloom Charentais Cantaloupes

by Cynthia Salaysay

Cantaloupes are still met with skepticism, even at farmers’ markets, perhaps due to years of eating insipid supermarket specimens. But at many market stalls, skepticism fades after a bite of...

Justin Mi and His Lobsta Truck

by Anneli Rufus

What if all the food gods got together and staged a succulence contest? Patterned after a beauty pageant, it would pit against each other the tenderest morsels of land, sea, and sky, seeking the...

Recently Visited Restaurants

Dining out in Berkeley, Temescal, Grand Lake, and Uptown

The new BAM/PFA

by Michael Fox

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 Flight Deck Takes Off

by Matthew Craggs

While San Jose Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare Santa Cruz topple under crippling financial difficulties, small theater groups in Oakland are taking off at The Flight Deck. Designed and operated...

Alameda Music Project Succeeds

by Matthew Craggs

A successful afterschool musical education program in Alameda expands to reach more underserved students.

Six Questions with Sarah Sexton

by Kyrsten Bean

Teaching emerging artists the basics of self-promotion.

This Month's Highlights

by Matthew Craggs

Dragon Boat Fest, Alameda Tourneys, Fan Alert, and Star Trails and Cocktails.

September Calendar Listings

by Matthew Craggs

A roster of events going on this month.

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