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Bites: OVO, Sequoia Diner, Mad Oak and more

OVO Tavern and Eatery. Photo: Kate Williams
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Openings, closings…

OVO COMES TO NORTH OAKLAND OVO, a.k.a. “Oakland’s Very Own Tavern and Eatery,” has softly opened on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in North Oakland. The new bar and restaurant is an official viewing spot for the Golden State Warriors playoff games while it continues to tweak its menu and operating hours. For now, OVO is open only from 4-9 p.m.; owner DeWayne DeGuzman aims to hold a grand opening party at the end of the month. The menu features simple bar food like tater tots, chicken wings and burgers. DeGuzman said OVO will eventually be open in the morning, with breakfast pastries from Gregory’s Gourmet Desserts and Mr. Espresso coffee. The bar has a modest selection of beers, with space for six rotating local microbrews, and a potent-sounding OVO punch (think rum and lots of fruit). OVO takes the place of Bottom of the Ninth Bar & Grill, which opened in 2013 after Looney’s BBQ closed. DeGuzman hopes the restaurant will be a lively community gathering space, and he plans on keeping the concept and menu adaptable to the changing neighborhood. “We’re going to keep it fresh, just like Oakland,” he said. Ovo is at 5319 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (between 53rd and 54th streets), Oakland. Continue reading »

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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COFFEE NO MORE  Tully’s, which has operated at the corner of Shattuck and Center Streets for 11 years, shut its doors abruptly on Sunday. Brown paper covers the windows and a sign asks patrons to visit at their San Francisco or Pleasanton stores. The Seattle-based chain has also been in financial straits for several years, according to media reports, and the Berkeley store isn’t the only closure. As part of a restructuring, stores have been shuttered  across the country.

THE DAY … Continue reading »

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Johnny Depp and Tom Waits storm through Berkeley

Johnny Depp signs autographs after talking about The Rum Diary at UC Berkeley Photo by Rashad Sisemore/Twitter
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Berkeley got a taste of Hollywood Monday night when actor Johnny Depp and musician Tom Waits rolled into town.

The pair started their night eating at Prospect restaurant in San Francisco, where they got to sample the fare cooked by the newly appointed chef Pamela Mazzola (Depp had the duck.) Then Depp went to UC Berkeley for a Q&A session about his new film, The Rum Diary. It was a private, invitation-only screening. Journalist Ben Fong-Torres interviewed Depp and the director Bruce Robinson. (See video above.)

After the 9:30 pm discussion, Depp and Waits went to the Shattuck Down Low.  The bar served a special “Hunter’s Punch,” (named after Hunter S. Thompson, a central figure in the movie) made with Sailor Jerry rum.

Depp’s movements in the Bay Area were tracked via Twitter (including some tweets from this reporter, who happened to be eating at the same restaurant in San Francisco).

RT @Frannydink: Johnny Depp may be expected at UC Berkeley tonite for Q & A about Rum Diary but he is at Prospect restaurant now w/Tom Waits (around 7:45 pm) … Continue reading »

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Out in Berkeley: Edgardo & Candela at Shattuck Down Low

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By Andrew Gilbert

Percussionist Edgardo Cambon was already a successful Bay Area bandleader when a 1989 trip to Cuba ignited his band Candela. The Uruguayan-born salsero had founded the group shortly after settling in the Bay Area two years earlier, but several days in Havana provided a lasting jolt of inspiration, and he returned home with new energy and drive sparked by Los Van Van, the Cuban band that pioneered the hard-hitting timba sound.

Edgardo and Candela have been fanning dance floor flames ever, and one of their regular spots is Shattuck Down Low, where the band performs next Wednesday. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley does comedy, goes beyond hipsters and dudes

Ali Mafi and xxx Marga, opening the xxx on Saturday night at The Marsh in Berkeley. Photo: Kent Taylor
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By Diana Arbas

It’s LGBT Pride Month, and downtown Berkeley’s coming out with a sense of humor.

The first ever Berkeley Gay Comedy Festival kicks off at The Marsh Berkeley on Saturday, June 11, and every adult — regardless of sexual orientation or hairstyle — is invited.

“Too often when you go to comedy nights you’re just going to see a certain demographic, certain age group, kind of just young white dudes,” said the Festival’s founder, Marga Gomez. But this festival is geared to people who like thoughtful, progressive comedy, she said.

A nationally celebrated comedian herself, Gomez is the force behind The Marsh’s 2011 stand-up comedy programming. Inclusiveness has always been her mission.

“The kind of comedy that I think people are used to seeing is … kind of very slacker, it’s hipster and it’s a trend,” she said.

Gomez tries to break that trend. “I have always aimed to make it inclusive for women comics and men comics, comics of every sexual orientation, trans comics. I just want great comics. There’s nothing like our show in the East Bay and probably anywhere,” Gomez said. … Continue reading »

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