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East Side Sushi, Anthony Lucero’s Cinematic Homage to Oakland

Anthoy Lucero brings passion to his film East Side Sushi about a single Chicana mother with aspirations as a sushi chef in East Oakland.
March 05, 2014

The Frank Bette Center at a decade.

Frank Bette was a longtime Alameda resident, a furniture maker and restorer, and an artist, although one who worked in isolation and rarely showed or talked about his work. Indeed, many of his friends were only dimly aware of his artistic production.
January 02, 2014

Michael J. Marx creates wearable sculptures.

How does an artist know when he has made it? When he is invited to participate in RAW, the swanky and exclusive artistic showcase popping up in cities worldwide? When his work is featured in an art magazine? Or when it has been stolen twice? By all these criteria, Michael J. Marx has arrived. He has been creating wearable sculptures from precious metal clay, or PMC, for 14 years, and don’t even think about calling them necklaces.
January 02, 2014

Spies, Nervous Breakdowns, and Lots of Sex.

Three new book of interest to Bay Area readers.
January 02, 2014

Excerpt from Reaching for the Moon.

"I’m glad I’m alive!" Doris Louise Bailey, a teen in the Prohibition era, writes this over and over in her diaries after a life-threatening bout of scarlet fever. But it’s also an apt summation of how she lived in the years following her brush with death. Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (1927-1929) contains Doris’s true-life adventures, breaking rules and hearts along the way.
January 02, 2014

January-February Calendar

Hot-ticket events you don't want to miss in January and February.
January 02, 2014

Echoes of 52nd Street at the 57th Street Gallery

As a young woman approaches the bandstand at the back of Oakland’s 57th Street Gallery, a veritable pantheon of jazz and R&B legends gazes down upon her. Among the immortals captured on canvas are a pensively staring Duke Ellington, a coiled Miles Davis with his horn raised mid-note, and a smoldering young Etta James who gazes impassively while Ila Cantor settles herself on a barstool with her guitar, confers with the quartet on stage, and launches into a briskly swinging version of Jimmy Van Heusen’s “Like Someone In Love.”
January 02, 2014

Free Little Libraries take off in the East Bay.

neighborhood was friendly, but full of so many different kinds of people—young students, working adults, retirees—that she sometimes felt there wasn’t much that united them as a community. So she built a library in her front yard.
January 02, 2014

Alameda’s First Husband Rod Gilmore finally gets a chance to talk football.

Oakland-bred Alameda attorney Rod Gilmore doesn’t get to talk football with his fellow Islanders much. That’s because his wife, Marie, is the mayor, and locals would rather yak it up with her about stuff like the latest graffiti abatement strategy. Sheesh. If they only knew about Gilmore’s other gig as a high-octane ESPN college football analyst. In the spirit of conversational fairness, I called out the former early ’80s Stanford defensive back recently so he could vent—about college football that is.
December 03, 2013

The return of Tony! Toni! Toné!

What to do and when to do it.
December 03, 2013