Took #ASynesthetesAtlas out on the road for 12+ dates this year (Colorado, Midwest, East Coast) but wanted to end 2023 w/shows on the home front. #TheaFarhadian (violin, electronics) & #DeanSantomieri (resonator guitar, electronics) have been generous w/their time, we've rehearsed, we're stoked about tonight's #EastBay gig @ #ShapeshiftersCinema.
Shapeshifters is literally a mom & pop venue; pop runs a microbrewery in back & libations are always A+. Come see/hear/taste.
Delia I'm toying with the idea of setting up a scope at the RR bart tomorrow, Jupiter and Saturn will be around, will you?
Adrianna, I'm thinking around Dec 15 to bring a scope into SF, it'd be a first quarter moon, about the only easy thing in the sky to photograph.
Once a year we hold our annual meeting, open to members interested in hearing what the Board of Directors has been working on. This is also your chance to join the Board. There are positions available.
Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12th at 6PM and will run approximately two hours. It’s held at the Sun Gallery and will also be on line via Google Meets. Check back closer to the date for the link to the virtual meeting.
Help me out, Oakland/East Bay bike tooters
I’m looking for the best route from South Berkeley to Oyster Bay Park in San Leandro
I took the northern route Google suggested (screenshot) and it wasn’t great. I didn’t mind the traffic, but very poor pavement and lots of debris
Is it worth going down to Jack London and following the waterfront?
Is there anyway to cut through Alameda?
I normally try to keep Sun Gallery posts on the Sun Gallery account but I'm duplicating the post here because I'm actually one of the teachers for this upcoming class.
I normally paint chickens but it's November, so we'll be painting a very silly turkey. To put some culture behind him, we're doing an homage to van Gogh's Starry Night.
Class is on Saturday November 18th from 9 to 11 PM. Cost is $30 per person or $50 for a couple.
Bring your own drinks. We provide the art supplies.
Sign up at sungallery.org or in person at the gallery.
We have another sip and paint coming up. As it's November, we're doing a turkey themed piece inspired by van Gogh's Starry Night.
Class is on Saturday, November 18th from 9 to 11 PM. You bring the drink of your choice and we provide the art supplies.
This one will be a wet on wet style of acrylic painting, co-taught by Sarah Sammis and Carla Dozier.
$30 per person or $50 per couple.
Sign up at sungallery.org or in person at the gallery.
Here are some more pieces available for purchase during the Day of the Dead show:
1. El Catrin - Acrylics and Ink - Paola Lopez Flores - $285
2. La Catalina - Acrylics and Ink - Paola Lopez Flores - $285
3. Calavera de Azucar de la Vida - Digital Print - Kyla Claudine Ramos - $75
4. Mi Amigo Moreno - Textile and Mixed Media - Christine Bender - $75
These are some of the pieces that are on display and for sale at the Sun Gallery during our Day of the Dead show.
1. A Life and Death Struggle - Steven Bales - $150
2. Tribute to Matisse's Wife - Dayle Angelica Achilles - acrylic and paper - $400
3. Valerie in Bloom - Patricia Sobin - oil on canvas - $130
4. Time to rake the Leaves - Molly Dolly - acrylic paint - $300
Friday afternoon bike ride.
#MtDiablo basking in the late-afternoon sun.
* Seeing two young families with photographers out on the fire roads (probably taking pictures for their holiday cards)
* A tarantula crossing the road at #BorgesRanch
1. Adding your labor-power! We have a discord and weekly video hangouts where we support each other's skill development while moving the projects forward!
2. Chipping in a few bucks to our #OpenCollective: https://opencollective.com/zinc-community#category-CONTRIBUTE
None are free until all are free!
Saturday, October 28th at 1pm, join us for a Halloween Kidical Mass in downtown Berkeley! Meet at Allston & Milvia—costumes encouraged but not required. We'll ride to Cedar Rose Park where an ice cream truck will be waiting. Pleas register—it's free but will help us plan: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-kidical-mass-tickets-738618617167 #KidicalMass #EastBay #Berkeley #BikeTooter
On Saturday, October 28th, we're holding a Halloween Kidical Mass in Berkeley, starting at City Hall at 1p and ending at Cedar Rose Park (where an ice cream truck will be waiting!). Costumes encouraged but not required. Join us to celebrate biking with kids, to support biking infra in Berkeley, and to have a blast. Sign up here for reminders and updates! Hope to see you there (I'm coming as Obi-Wan…). https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-kidical-mass-tickets-738618617167 #Berkeley #EastBay #BikeTooter #Cycling #RoadSafety #Halloween
East Bay! It's a Halloween Kidical Mass! Saturday, October 28th, 1pm, meet at Allston Way & Milvia Street (next to City Hall and the Saturday Farmer's Market). We'll ride out at 1:15pm, and there will be an ice cream truck waiting at the end of the ride. Costumes encouraged! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/halloween-kidical-mass-tickets-738618617167
Reserve your spot for our upcoming Sip and Paint.
October 12, 2023: 7-9PM
You'll paint a leaf in the rain to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
You bring the booze. We provide the art supplies.
Purchase tickets at www.sungallery.org or call us at 510.581.4050
Reviving the Oakland paper: "Street Spirit" will not go gentle into that good night
"In April, Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) — a Berkeley-based nonprofit that offers art and job training for homeless youth and runs a tiny house village — announced that it could no longer afford to act as Street Spirit’s publisher after assessing its financial standings, leading the paper to eventually halt printing altogether July 1....
...Without a source of funding, the paper’s leadership has pivoted to grassroots fundraising. The hope is that the community can raise enough money to get the paper back in print — a figure that Alistair Boone, the paper’s editor-in-chief of five years, places at $250,000.
“I had to decide if I was just going to kind of let the paper close or if I was going to try to do something with it,” she said."
As part of this year’s @BikeEastBay Biketopia event, you can bid on an auction item for me to help you organize and lead a bike event or protest! I’ve done a set of these in Berkeley and would love to help you get your bike community activated. Check out the other great items for bid, too! https://event.gives/biketopia2023/items/348682 #BikeTooter #KidicalMass #EastBay
@DeliaChristina @colburn #EastBay Delia imma pull out one of my big scopes down at Marston Campbell Park (corner of West and 16th Street) for an old friend and her neighbors this Thursday the 21st at 7PM, weather permitting should get a good look at the first quarter moon and Saturn.
If I'm feeling energetic I'll bring a big scope down to the Rockridge Bart station sidewalk this wednesday the 20th, seven-ish, northeast corner of Keith and College. Got a few friends in that area too.
I can pick up the missus from Bart at the same time then 😉
The James Hunter Six - “Satchelfoot” (2016)
English R&B / soul singer and his awesome band play rhythmically inventive music that show off a bunch of musical styles, like on this strutting, steamy instrumental with its Latin rhythms, razor-sharp guitars, and horns all vying for domination while the organ and sax solos steal the show!
They’re playing tonight at the Cornerstone in Berkeley (h/t to @sfbayshows for the tip!)
Just happened to be in "downgtown" Concord today in the area of Todo Santos Plaza.
Walked into this courtyard at the Salvio Pacheco Square (a multi-business/office structure) located to the northwest of the plaza (on Salvio St) and found this very attractive fountain there.
The Concord Visitors Center is located in the courtyard and the fountain is surrounded w/tables where you can chill out reading a book or trolling Mastodon SFBA.
It was a very pleasant setting.
I almost never sign up for any group activities, but I did sign up for this ride tomorrow from Bay Fair BART to the #SanLeandro part of the Bay Trail, organized by @BikeEastBay. 12 flat miles, with a focus on bike/walk access to the waterfront. If any #Oakland #EastBay #SFBA cyclists want to join, we'll meet at 12:30 and ride at 1. I'll be on a white bike with bullhorn handlebars and wearing a black helmet, if you want to say hi or punch me in the face or whatever else. #BikeTooter
An off-leash Pom ran up on Benson to sniff his butt while we waited for a light to change and freaked him out? Got him excited? Hard to say. I still can't read whether he's playful or freaked out when another dog approaches him.
Most of the time, he's indifferent.
Unless you're a cat, crow, pigeon, or squirrel. And now owl. Oh, or a peacock. (Saw him, too, btw. Just sitting in someone's yard like a beautiful bird vase.)
We passed an apartment building, and as we walked past their open garage space, we encountered two women (they had a Bestie vibe) at a little cafe table, two chairs, a little striped blue rug, some music, and some chilled sparkling adult beverages. It was a whole thing. A Parisian bistro in a parking space.
This is amazing, I said as I walked by. They laughed. I loved that for them.
#OTD August 22, 1995
East Bay ska-punk band Rancid released their third LP, “And Out Come The Wolves”
The early to mid 90s was a crazy time in the music biz. It happens every decade I guess. Major labels trying to capitalize on the ascendent sounds of the day. Rancid is a great example. The name of this album is in reference to all the major labels that pursued the band (they stayed on their current label, Epitaph).
I like Rancid’s previous iteration, Operation Ivy, but didn’t really get into their first two albums. I was focused on other stuff at the time. But this one drew me in with its improved production quality and some cool tunes like “Time Bomb” and “Roots Radicals”.
It’s admittedly quite derivative. They get called a Clash ripoff often. But for me it’s the energy and the way they make clear their musical influences, ultimately transcending them and delivering great, hook-filled pop punk songs.
"We call on elected leaders to address real causes of deadly collisions: road design."—Joint statement from Active #SanGabriel Valley, Bicycling #Monterey, Bike #Bakersfield, Bike #EastBay, Bike #LA, Bike #SanLuisObispo County, Bike #Sunnyvale, #California #Bicycle Coalition, California #Walks, #Claremont Streets For People, #Ecology Action, #Marin County Bicycle Coalition, MOVE #SantaBarbara County, #Napa County Bicycle Coalition, #Pasadena #CompleteStreets Coalition, #Sacramento Area Bicycle #Advocates, #SanDiego County Bicycle #Coalition, #SanFrancisco Bicycle Coalition, #Shasta Living Streets, #SiliconValley Bicycle Coalition, #Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, and #StreetsForAll.
Hey #Berkeley, please save the date for a #KidicalMass: Saturday, September 23rd, 1pm. If you have kids in a Berkeley school and would be willing to help me get the news out about this event, or would be willing to help ride along and keep the group safe, could you drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org? Our Kidical Mass last spring was a success (>100 riders!) because people at many schools got involved. Thanks! https://twitter.com/WalkBikeBerk/status/1638217743437807616 #BikeTooter #Cycling #EastBay
Hazmat evacuation in San Pablo today could last up to 24 hours.
Clean-up at the home of an ex-chemist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, called 911 when they discovered numerous chemicals stored haphazardly in a shed.
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East Bay Cargo Bike rally! July 15th! #EastBay #Berkeley #Emeryville https://xtracycle.com/blogs/news/july-cargo-bike-party-berkeley-to-emeryville
Jesus. My 'liberal' NIMBY-esque neighborhood of Rockridge is starting civilian 'safety' patrols. WTF.
From the Q&A in the local newsletter:
"What will the driver do if they see an incident in progress? - Our drivers' primary duty is to observe, support, report, and when necessary serve as expert witness. When they see unusual activity, rather than make assumptions, they approach the scene in a friendly manner and ask if someone requires assistance before determining the next best response."
I wonder how much time their civilian drivers have spent interrogating their 'assumptions.'
Help defray the costs for a local small business becoming a worker-owned collective! Nick’s Pizzeria in Oakland is asking for donations to help their team take on collective ownership of this long-established business. https://www.gofundme.com/f/nicks-become-worker-owned
This weekend is *def* sundress weather.
Walked down to meet a friend for coffee in a short dress+Birks+Benson and felt all kinds of ways:
The sun on my face (I wear sunblock now!)
The air on my legs
The poop bag in my hand. SIGH.
The goofy dog on another long sniffari.
It's a good start to a long weekend!
Walk around #Oakland's Lake Merritt with Andrew Alden, the author of Deep Oakland.
"Coming up this Saturday: a geologist's walk around Oakland's #LakeMerritt"
TIA for boosting
San Jose Animal Care and Services is full, and they're calling for help from the Bay Area community to adopt or foster one of their animals.
San Jose ACS no longer has the capacity to take in healthy dogs or cats. As of Tuesday, the animal shelter has more than 900 animals, with 745 of them being kittens.
"And while that old Berkeley is never coming back — any more than any bygone world — we all want to grow old among loved ones and familiar faces. So there’s just something inescapably painful about an economy that makes this impossible for all but the superrich — a place where a vast majority of local children know they will have to leave as soon as they grow up."
On Berkeley, high-density housing, and parking lots, from the NYTimes' #California issue: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/30/magazine/housing-berkeley-yimby-fight.html
Spotted a bald eagle while on a walk along the Bay Trail today! I had read that there was a nesting pair at the golf course nearby, but their nest is 100 feet up (30 meters) up a tree. Cool to one hanging out on the shore. Photo is a little fuzzy because we didn't want to get too close. #photography #BaldEagle #bird #birding #BayArea #EastBay
We are engaged in an active search for a Founding Chief Executive Officer for the #PublicBank #EastBay. Please read the position announcement and share it with people you know who might be qualified and interested. #BIPOC, other #POC, #women, and other marginalized candidates encouraged to apply!
Blindspotting Season 2 starts tonight at 9PM!
This show REALLY speaks to me. East Bay urban experience, vibe of #SorryToBotherYou
Many local Oakland landmarks, inside jokes, the kind of people I've known, things I've experienced.