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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Ordinaire wine shop and bar in Oakland

Ordinaire is one of the wine bars I’ve been hoping to meet in Oakland: a place that in Italy would be a few barrels as tables in front of a shop that sells glasses and bottles of wines that aren’t saddled with corporate branding and adorned with coupon-like necklaces that say things like “92 points.”

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Be a game changer in Oakland: East Bay College Fund looking for mentors

For many of Oakland’s college-bound students, mentors play critical roles in their success. The East Bay College Fund in Oakland is seeking new mentors to assist 50 new scholars to make it through to graduation. This past...

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

The Barrel Room rolls out in Oakland

If a new wine-focused restaurant with proprietor-sommeliers who “specialize in obscurity” sounds like a great night out, then get yourself to The Barrel Room in Rockridge. Sarah Trubnick and Carolyn Johnson are in launch mode for The...

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Six Ounces to Fine – Oakland holiday! Nine wines to give and drink!

By Granate Sosnoff Oakland and nearby winemakers offer elegant and dazzling wines to choose from for your favorite people. So why not skip wine country traffic and the daunting aisles of bottles in well-lit chains, and for...

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Thanksgiving and the modern land grab (Community Voices)

By Granate Sosnoff In a short while most of America will sit down to a hearty meal commemorating the human kindness of Native Americans towards settlers to the new world. We celebrate the practice of being grateful...

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Six Ounces to Fine: Two Mile Wines from Oaklandia

By Granate Sosnoff Wine drinkers are fortunate to be in Oakland at a time when creativity, brains and urban winemaking has reached a stride of excellence. Some pretty intriguing characters are behind the scenes as well, including...

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Some like it Hot and Italian

by Granate Sosnoff and Bonnie Chan Upon first impression, Emeryville’s Hot Italian looks like a sleek chain restaurant, thanks in part to a location dominated by chain restaurants. But to our pleasant surprise and salivating appreciation, Hot...

Friday, September 20th, 2013

When did “social justice” become dirty words and “fairness” a rallying cry? (Community Voices)

By Granate Sosnoff It seems to me that many advocacy groups have strayed away from expressing analyses of race, class and gender and towards talking about “fairness” to compete for funding or appear entrepreneurial, large and inclusive....

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

“‘Cause you saw behind all the blonde to my mind” Woodminster Summer Musical Series presents Legally Blonde

It’s quite possible that you could use a night off from mentions of twerking, food instagrams and other digital musings. Even if you aren’t eleven, and part of their target audience, you can get that break by...

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Oakland’s Hopscotch makes me want to be a better person

Like Jean in the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and the actress who played her, Maggie Smith, Hopscotch is in its prime, and I hope it lasts a long, long time. I expected Hopscotch to be good,...

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