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Singing at an Open Mic Night

Maya Agnew
October 22, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life, Features

This weekend I had the chance to try something new. It was fun, liberating, exciting and took me back to the days when I used to perform. Open mic, as it’s referred to, is a live show where an audience members can perform with a microphone. I have always wondered what it would be like to participat...

New Mexico Celebrates The Fun of Hot Air Ballons

Beatriz Moreno
October 14, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life

Albuquerque New Mexico holds an annual hot air-balloon festival where an assortment of colors and shapes fill the vast air from dusk till dawn and the tradition of good spirits and togetherness fill the city and the skies. “Its as if your suspended in midair motionless and weightless,” said Ca...

Fake Them Out With A Fabulous Faux

Ellen Warren
October 14, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life

Be a phony. A total faker. And you’ll be the smartest shopper in the room. Until recently, faux fur was fine _ if you wanted to look as if you were wearing a Muppet around your neck. And just a couple of years ago, you could spot someone in a pleather coat (that’s plastic “leather”) from a ...

Ohlone People, Home Again

Carole Reynolds
October 7, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life

Visitors to the 2010 Gathering of Ohlone Peoples at Coyote Hills Regional Park last Sunday were greeted by the sounds of a drum, shakers, clapper sticks, and some 40 or 50 voices singing ancient songs in an ancient tongue, and the sight of male and female dancers, in full regalia, in a moving display of...

Special Delivery: Food Trucks A New Craze

Ashley Matuszak
October 7, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life

The term “fast food” has just gotten more street cred. The term “fast food” has just gotten more street cred. Food trucks are the latest craze in food culture. What were once known as “roach coaches” now carry fresh, fast, gourmet food at low prices. With popular shows on television, su...

Beer Revolution Rotates Its Draft

Shane Bond
October 7, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life

Beer Revolution, located in Oakland at Jack London Square, is a new watering hole for the thirsty beer drinker craving something rather inimitable. The business opened up in February, with a rotating supply of fourteen draft beers that change daily. Their unique blend of brewed products offers an a...

Sour Cream Coffe Cake

Ashley Matuszak
October 7, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life

As the colder weather approaches, it is good to know a versatile dessert that is warm and spicy. Coffee cake is perfect for a little snack with coffee or tea and can even be served to company after dinner. Coffee cake, contrary to what some think does not contain any coffee, but was given the name because...

Hawaii 5-No!

Ashley Matuszak
October 7, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life

Known for it’s catchy theme music and memorable lines, Hawaii Five-0, the popular CBS series that aired from 1968-1980, has recently been revamped. The original series followed a team of Hawaii’s best police officers and their careers fighting differing kinds of criminals, from drug trafficking ...

Livermore Valley Wine Harvest Festival Draws Large Crowds

Will Thompson
September 23, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life

The 29th Annual Livermore Valley Wine Harvest Festival attracted a 
healthy crowd over Labor Day Weekend, when over 40 of the Valley’s 
wineries opened their grounds to tastings, food pairings and general 
revelry in the hot, late summer weather. For a $50 admission fee for one-day 
admission, or a $65 two-day wristband, guests could gather at Livermo...

Updated Classic: Cheesy Grits

Ashley Matsuzak
September 23, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life

Grits are a very popular Southern dish that was first thought to be eaten by the Native Americans. Grits are made from corn, and they can be either yellow or white in color, depending on if they are made from hulled corn or ground corn. Grits production is a huge business in the South. The region from ...

Adventures In Healthy Baking

Ashley Matsuzak
September 23, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life

Eating healthy is a possibility, yet, can also be quite a challenge for many people. It isn’t always easy to order a salad, or to opt for a piece of fruit instead of a bag of chips. Making better choices can contribute to individuals becoming healthier and feeling better. There are countless websites, T...

Berkeley”s Cesar Espana Caters To New Spanish Tastes

MIcheal Estanislao
August 27, 2010
Filed under Arts & Life

Dim lighting sets the mood, while a constant, exciting chatter fills the air over a gleaming glass of wine. The bustling Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley is home to Cesar, the progressive Spanish, South and Central American restaurant. Richard Mazzera, Dennis Lapuyade, and Stephen Singer are the conspirators...

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