Juhu Beach Club's Preeti Mistry is opening a second East Bay restaurant, Navi Kitchen, Blue Bottle is finally about to open in Berkeley, Bowl'd is opening a fried chicken joint, and much more.
In this week's Bites, we've got news on Meal Ticket (it's staying open), Cholita Linda (it's no longer expanding), Crêpes A-Go-Go (it's closed), and much more.
To the Berkeley of 2015, the Berkeley of the 1960s and early 1970s seems a long-gone relative. Some of us remember what it looked like, but it is a distant memory. Even so, the Berkeley of then informs both the perception and reality of Berkeley today. The intact collection of the social justice posters of the Red Sun Rising collective is a powerful reminder of those days.
Vinyl, it’s not just for DJs anymore. The Oakland Museum of California’s new interactive exhibit Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records, highlights the resurgence of the LP and the enduring appeal of leafing through a bin of albums searching for unexpected aural pleasure.
WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON UC Berkeley grad Min Kanhg is a triple-threat: composer, lyricist, and playwright. And he donned all of those hats to create Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, a musical Bay Area Children’s Theater adaptation of the beloved book of the same name. The story follows an adventurous young girl in an ancient mythical China as she and a friendly dragon set out on a quest to help her family. The music of the erhu, a two-stringed Chinese violin, accompanies the performance. Director Mina Morita is also based in Berkeley, where the show opens on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at Osher Studio on 2055 Center St. The two-hour show is recommended for children ages 7 and up. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $16 for children. (more…)
The eyes of the Bay Area have been on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge this week. The self-supported suspension span, conceived after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, took 24 years of planning and building, and $6.4 billion, to complete.
As the new, eastern span of the Bay Bridge enters its final building phase, you can’t quite see this happening today: a young man is hanging around the construction site, his cherished Leica 35-millimeter camera in hand. He’s looking for an “important subject” to shoot. A construction worker who has spotted him a few times shouts out, “hey kid, want to come out with us?” That, basically, is how Oakland boy Peter Stackpole spent two and a half years, between 1934 and 1936, documenting the construction of the original Bay Bridge. (He also shot some compelling pictures of the emerging Golden Gate Bridge.)
Hung Liu, one of the most prominent Chinese painters working in the United States today, lives locally and teaches at Mills College. The Oakland Museum of California is currently exhibiting Summoning Ghosts, the first comprehensive survey of her work (it runs through June 30), and a new show of her work, Questions from the Sky, opens today at the San Jose Museum of Art. In his review of the Oakland show in the San Francisco Chronicle, Kenneth Baker said: “The [paintings] are really something to see.”
Shortly after shuttering its North Berkeley market, food truck fest Off The Grid is popping up in Oakland with a new Friday night gathering at the Oakland Museum of California.
By Hannah Long
Richard Misrach is nothing if not patient.