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 May-June 2011

May-June 2011


May-June 2011, Volume 8, Number 3

May-June Features

Cooking for the Road in Uptown Oakland

by Kathryn Jessup

What one finds at Hibiscus is the very personal expression of one woman: chef Sarah Kirnon.

Townhouse Transformation

by Tiffany Carboni

Minnesota native Scott Vrchota fortuitously found and fell in love with Alameda 25 years ago, thanks to a business trip. Since then, he recalls, "I had always kept Alameda in the back of my mind."

The Way They Roll

by Marcus Thompson II

Imagine if people didn't wait until they achieved "success" to start contributing to their neighborhood. How would the world look if people served in their communities throughout their youth, if...

May-June Departments

Secret Eats

by Kimberly Chun

How to reconcile the many-splendored wilderness of cuisines in the Bay Area? Oakland restaurateur Kanitha Matoury has found a way.

Just Desserts

by Anna Mindess

After a long run in San Francisco, Just Desserts quietly slipped into a 65,000-square-foot baking facility near Oakland airport in 2003 that currently turns out 6,000 cakes a week in classic...

Media Shelf

by Judith M. Gallman

New Releases from the Bay Area

Where It's At

by Kimberly Chun

It takes a brave rapper to dub himself a jerk, but then Erk Tha Jerk (nee Kevin Allen) has plenty of reason to swagger.

Charismatic Keeper

by Christopher Danzig

Zachary Dupra grew up an animal lover, with lots of pets, safari wallpaper and holidays spent in the Adirondack Mountains.

Let There Be Light

by Linda Childers

Alameda Artisan Graces the East Bay with Stained Glass Masterpieces

Houses of Worship

by Christopher Danzig

Passing by Temple Sinai — even without knowing what it is — you might subconsciously notice something grand and historic about the large beige dome near Webster and Broadway.


by Christopher Danzig

On a crisp February afternoon after a morning of hard rain, large swaths of Oakland smelled damp and fresh. But the air in West Oakland, as it often does, reeked faintly of diesel exhaust.

A Haven in Hard Times

by Ann Leslie Davis

During the Great Depression, from 1929–39, America’s million or more homeless survived in “Hoovervilles,” flimsy shantytowns of cardboard and wooden crates, often located close to a soup...

She's Got the Whole World in Her Hands

by Anna Mindess

As reference librarian of the Main Library’s Oakland History Room, Dorothy Lazard’s job description should read: detective, historian, mediator and family therapist.

Maddie's Fund to the Rescue

by Susan E. Davis

East Bay residents thinking of adopting a dog or a cat in the near future may want to wait until the weekend of June 4th and 5th, when the second annual Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon will be...

Taking Back the Pole

by Karen T. Hartline

Once upon a time, a strip club owner decided to put a pole on a dance floor and forever stigmatized twirling around in a circle. But thanks to Kinetic Arts Center, the strong, confident and...

The Six Questions

by Ginny Prior

He’s a husband, father and an avid cyclist who, along with his friend and business partner Thierry Attias, owns one of the world’s top professional cycling teams – UnitedHealthcare Pro...

Picture This

by Christopher Danzig

Dozens upon dozens of hiking trails cut their way across the Oakland hills, each with its own natural surprise. But the quarry hidden within Sibley Regional Park offers one of Oakland’s...


by Christopher Danzig

Eco-Friendly Sustainsia Reshapes the Home Office


by Jeff Diamond

A Primer on the Wines of the Loire Valley

Taste of the Town

by Derk Richardson

Hudson Destined for Success as a New-American Brasserie

In the Kitchen

by Roy Creekmore

Good and Good for You


by Ann Leslie Davis

Robles-Wong Lawsuit Challenges Education Funding

Out on the Town

by Linda Leonard

Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger and conductor Maria Schneider brings her superb, 21-piece jazz orchestra to Zellerbach Hall.

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