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2852046160_fd7ca28a8f Hello, Deli!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/10/08

Los Angeleans and New Yorkers have to suffer deli withdrawal when they come to the Bay Area. We try, but the outlets of Max’s chain and the Famous Deli in Marin County aren’t always nearby. When visiting the various museums of the East Bay, take solace in Saul’s (1475 Shattuck), a long-time source of Jewish and Eastern European food in Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. Good-for-the-soul, bad-for-the-arteries specialties are all there, like the area’s best reubens, corned beef and pastrami. The more he... [more]

Minna_jx_nov_hph_fin_hires Fabulous Animals   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Henry Gunderson, Matthew Hart, Scott Hewicker, Alison Kendall, Josh Keyes, Alexis McKenzie, Lisa Ostapinski, HILARY PECIS, Christopher Russell, Colleen Sanders, Andrew Schoultz, Amanda Smith, Casey Jex Smith, Hannah Stouffer at 111 Minna Gallery November 6th, 2008 - November 29th, 2008
Posted 11/10/08

Co-curator Lisa Ostapinksi and Gabe Scott lined this downtown gallery/performance space with works that for the most part emphasize fabulous animals. Over the mike-stand cluttered stage is a billboard sized mashup of Ol’ Abe and New Hope: Barackraham Lincolnbama. Hannah Stouffer’s gouaches on colored paper have dueling skeletons of mermaids, minotaurs and werewolves, doubled and trapped in the coils of transparent serpents. Josh Keyes presents a realistic wolf, hunched and bristling over the di... [more]

Tomlavin_militarycementary Loss   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tom De Carlo, Beth Kientzle, Eric Larson, Thomas Lavin, Erin Malone, Charlotte Niel, Heather Polley, Angelika Schilli, Kirk Thompson at Berkeley Art Center November 2nd, 2008 - December 7th, 2008
Posted 11/10/08

It’s a somber time of year, and this show reflects November’s waning light. Entering, one passes a Day of the Dead altar for the late Jill Berk Jimenez of the BAC, who died suddenly last month. Dominating the gallery’s one room is Thomas Lavin's approximately 4 X 3’ archival print War Memorial, depicting a military cemetery, as if lit by a full moon. A velvet covered table stands in front of it, where visitors to leave flowers. Erin Malone's camera studies freeway sites where traffic deaths occurred. The fat... [more]

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Posted 10/30/08

A. G. Ferrari. 688 Mission Street.   This upscale Italian deli anchors the t-shaped strip of museums at 3rd and Mission. It's one  of a dozen-something outlets in the Bay Area. This branch serves the area's condos as a quick-stop market, selling olive oil, pasta, sauces and bottles of Italian wine in the $15-$60 range. In day-time, it's teeming with office workers seeking sandwiches that are grilled on fresh-baked panini or flatbread. Try one of the dozen "Panini Speciali"; the #5 Toscano ($7.9... [more]

Afghan_gold05_sm The Golden Years   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Exhibition at Asian Art Museum October 24th, 2008 - January 25th, 2009
Posted 10/29/08

What the centuries couldn't erode, the Taliban destroyed during their puritan reign. Some 2500 pieces from the National Museum, Kabul were destroyed, even as the building itself lost its roof and windows to bombs. But much was hidden by brave curators, who saved the treasures of Afghanistan's history from the mullahs. Among the earliest pieces on view at the Asian Art Museum are crumpled fragments of golden bowls from 2000 BC, left behind after a farmer cut them into pieces with an axe to sh... [more]

17 Black in Color   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Exhibition at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) October 17th, 2008 - January 11th, 2009
Posted 10/29/08

  Morehouse College professor John Hewitt and his librarian wife Vivian assembled this important collection of African American artists. Some threads tie the works together. Several of the artists were WPA muralists, and devotees of Diego Rivera. One, Elizabeth Catlett, started a co-op for Mexican graphic artists. Still others found their vision of liberation in Caribbean art.   Especially touching are the lithographs by John T. Biggers, showing a paradise for black families, embracing i... [more]

Bogart_bacall_monroe2-tn Eat in the Dark   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/16/08

Cerrito Speakeasy Theater, 10070 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito Once, El Cerrito was sin city, a honky-tonk town just across the county line from Alameda County. After the war, the small town was mostly cheaply-built housing for returning vets. Now, it's a village getting some destinations including Eclectix Gallery. The Parkway Speakeasy Theater of Oakland manages this completely renovated, 1930s two-screen theater showing an ever-changing bill of second run and classic movies. Food includes the best p... [more]

Strangebrewcardfront Boo!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Tricia Anders, Michael Arbulu, Barry Barnes, Therese Brown, Chris Buzelli, Chris Coles, Gary Comoglio, Kristen Cumings, Alicia DeBrincat, David Habben, Randall Heath, Rey Hernandez, A. Johnson, Eric Joyner, Aunia Kahn, Kerry Kate, Craig LaRotonda, Paul Lewin, JB Lowe, Erin Mayo, Katie McCann, Seth McClenahan, Iggy Medeiros, Marco Mejia, Valery Milovic, Mark Mothersbaugh, Fletcher Oakes, Eric October, Bradley Platz, Diego M. Rios, Joshua Robinson, Michael Roman, Saratoga Sake, Junkyard Sam, Isabel Samaras, Pfeiffer Sisters at Eclectix Gallery October 3rd, 2008 - November 2nd, 2008
Posted 10/16/08

Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year, so this nearly 3-year-old gallery/boutique (fairly analogous to LA's La Luz de Jesus), has packed in 60, nearly holiday-themed prints, constructions and canvases in the top half of its new split-level space. Below, are antique and contemporary objects d'arte including vintage Hawaiiana, hip trinkets, books, clothes and crafts from Michouacan. Among the works upstairs is Tricia Anders' homage to ‘60s decorative art: louche ladies with psychedelic Be... [more]

_mg_3813 Mixed Emotions   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show at Oakland Art Gallery October 16th, 2008 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 10/16/08

  This oddly-shaped space is directly across from the Oakland City Hall and a few steps from the 12th Street BART station. Aimee Reed juried this selection of a dozen local artists, who work in a rich mix of mediums. "Sophie" and "Elizabeth" (both 2008) are Andrea Land's two c-prints of girl children on the verge of adolescence, caught in an instant of some foreboding. "Complicated and somewhat troubled," is the way Land describes these models; the girls recline or stand, clutching small, indistinc... [more]

320418 Spice Where You Least Expect It   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/11/08

Picante, 1328 Sixth Street, Berkeley (510) 525-3121. Monday-Friday 11-10, Sat-Sun 10-10. www.picante.bizAn inexpensive Mexican restaurant on a semi-industrial side-street off Gilman Ave. The décor is colonial, with tiles, folk art and a leafy sideyard for sampling a margarita. The pluses: the best Mexican food in Berkeley. The pork and beef is from Niman Ranch, and the usual dishes are done unusually well, including carne asada, cerviche and an array of burritos. Here, are two of Oaxaca famous... [more]

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Group Exhibition at Asian Art Museum September 5th, 2008 - March 1st, 2009
Posted 10/11/08

"Arts of the Islamic World From Turkey to Indonesia," through March 1 at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, is a rich yet compact survey at the museum's second floor Japanese collection. Yes, there are ceramics: thick, glazed star-shaped tiles from the 1200s; small translucent bowls and a cartwheel-sized plate from Turkey, many hundreds of years old and decorated with blue delphiniums. And there are several outstanding examples of calligraphy, including an illuminated and gilded Koran from 15... [more]

Mahjong_fanglijun_untitled In the Shadow of Mao   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Group Show at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive September 10th, 2008 - January 4th, 2009
Posted 10/11/08

If the just-closed "Half-Life of a Dream" show at SFMOMA whetted your appetite for Chinese contemporary art, BAM's "Mahjong: Art Film and Change in China" will leave you stuffed. Former Swiss ambassador to China, Uli Sigg, loaned out his collection for this three-story survey of sculptures, paintings, prints and mixed media pieces. It begins with melodramatic social-realist work.  Brawny yet rosy-cheeked workers harrow a coal mine, or build an aqueduct with the strength of their backs. In an al... [more]

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