Jul 262013

Nice article in the East Bay Express on the history of this famed Berkeley annual event:

The annual event was started in 1986 by Tom McAllister, who set up his retail store, Highline Kites, on the Berkeley Marina in the same year. It started as a way to give back to the community while also garnering some attention for his new business, and in the first year there was an impressive, if humble, turnout of around five hundred people. Less than thirty years later, the festival brings out nearly 25 to 30 thousand people to the Berkeley Marina over its two days, making it one of the largest kite festivals in North America, and flooding the sky with soaring kites.

Image credit: highlinekites.com

Jul 182013

As viewed in the SF Bay Guardian:

“Friday Nights @ OMCA” Oakland Museum of Art, 1000 Oak, Oakland; www.museumca.org. 5-9pm, half-price admission for adults ($6); 18 and under free. This month’s theme is “Indie Rock,” so you can wager a guess as to what type of music will be filling this family-friendly night market. Also: art workshops for kids, food trucks, foodie talks, and more.

Jul 122013

Camp out at the zoo?  Could be some good fun!  From OaklandZoo.org:

Grab your tent, sleeping bag, your family, and a few friends and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. This unique program includes dinner, a nighttime guided tour of the Zoo, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activitites, storytelling, a Wildlife Theater show, a hot morning breakfast, and more. This program is available to all families in the East Bay and Bay Area. If you love nature, the Zoo, camping, and fun; this is the perfect program for you! Want to see more? Check out some photos from one of last year’s overnights.

Important InformationAge Requirements: For families with children ages 4 and older.
Program Time: 5:00pm to 10:00am the following morning.*
Program Dates: July 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10.
Program Fee: $85.00 per person for non-members / $75.00 per person for members.
All adults and children must register.

Jul 122013

From the East Bay Express and Chabot’s own website:

Weekender: This Weekend’s Top Five Events
East Bay Express (blog)
Spend your Friday evening at Chabot Space & Science Center (10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland) for their summer “Cosmos and Cocktails” program, a night of sci-fi, drinks, and great views of the Bay Area — and beyond. Friday, July 12. 7 p.m.


May 312013

East Bay Express reminds us of the celebration of the completion of the spectacular bronze sculpture in downtown Oakland commemorating champions for human rights throughout history:

Artist and businessman Mario Chiodo commemorates the completion of the historic monument “Remember Them: Champions for Humanity,” the 52′ long sculpture of 25 civil rights activists at Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park (19th and Rashida Muhammad St., Oakland).


May 312013

The East Bay Express colorfully expresses the re-opening after two years of the Gallery of California Natural Sciences at the museum:

Friday Nights @ OMCA
In case you missed it, the Gallery of California Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California is reopening after two years, and it’s INCREDIBLY AWESOME. This Friday, OMCA will have special extended hours for guests to wander in and out of their newly jazzed up natural sciences wing, which houses — among other things — a mini replica of many parts of Oakland itself. Off the Grid will be there, as will a beer and wine garden, family fun activities (gold panning!), DJ’s, and a re-screening of the much-loved Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival. Make sure to come back on Sunday — when there will be free admission — in case you miss anything amidst all the hullaballoo. 5-midnight, free. MuseumCA.org — A.G.

May 282013

Saw this article today in the SF Chronicle and was reminded that this is where I saw Star Wars when it first came out in 1977. Excerpt from the article below:

I was in the Chronicle’s basement archives last fall, looking for images of the old Fox Theatre in San Francisco, when I came across a small brown envelope with just a few words in blue marker: “Star Wars — Movie at the Coronet: Theater lines.” 

I was so excited I didn’t even wait to get to the light table that was five paces away. I pulled out a negative, held it up to one of the overhead fluorescent lights, and immediately recognized the mob of people surrounding the old Coronet Theatre on May 28, 1977 — three days after the opening of “Star Wars.” The photos were posted on The Big Event the following Thursday.

The Coronet continued to be known as “the ‘Star Wars’ theater” when it was demolished in 2007. But I was still pleasantly surprised when scores of local residents, “Star Wars” fans and Coronet employees posted comments and sent e-mails with vivid and lasting memories. I immediately planned a Pink section story and the oral history you’ll find below.

If you enjoy this project, please share it with your friends on social media, by e-mail or any other means. I’m looking forward to your Coronet/”Star Wars” memories in the comments …