Author Archives Ken Katz

  • Tickets are now available online for the second annual Autumn Lights Festival. This is a truly magical event that serves as a major fundraiser for the Gardens at Lake Merritt. Dates are Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 — 6:00 to 10:00 pm both nights. Here’s another photo that I took last year. I met with Raul Audelo […]

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  • Every Thursday, 7:30 – 10:00 pm: Jim Grantham’s Jazz Quartet at Monkey Forest Road. Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Davie Fest at Davie Tennis Stadium Thursday, October 3, 6:00 – 9:00 pm: First Thursdays on Grand Friday, October 4, 6:00 – 9:00 pm: First Friday Art Murmur Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, 6:00 pm – 10:00 […]

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  • After an excruciatingly long wait, Ordinaire is celebrating their Grand Opening or, as they choose to say, “L’ Opening Grande” from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. tonight. In a happy coincidence, Ordinaire and the First Thursday event are the feature story (with a big color photograph) on the front page of today’s Montclarion. Reporter J.M.Brown describes Ordinaire and […]

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  • This month’s First Thursdays on Grand art walk on October 3rd will feature several new artists and ongoing exhibits at the balance of the gallery spaces.During the month of October, the newly-opened Studio Grand at 3434 Grand will be showing Teri Saul paintings including pieces from her Water and Bicycle series. An artist reception from 6:00 – 9:00 will include live […]

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  • I typically use the empirical method when writing html code. That means, in simple terms, that I make lots of mistakes and only learn about them after the fact. Last month, this unfortunate circumstance was very much in evidence when I used an oversized image in the masthead — rendering the text unreadable for a […]

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  • If their Kickstarter campaign is successful, our Grand Lake neighborhood will be getting not one — but two Top Chef Alumni: Jennifer Biesty (Season 4) and Tim Nugent (Desserts – Season 1). For five years, they worked together respectively as executive chef and executive pastry chef at Scala’s Bistro in San Francisco. Their proposed restaurant […]

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  • FIRST THURSDAYS ON GRAND After a brief hiatus for the 4th of July, First Thursdays on Grand resumes this Thursday. Galleria Scola is continuing its exhibit of Elida’s prints and assemblages, while Rebooty will be show-casing newly-stocked, repurposed art from several different artists. At Panorama Framing, the ongoing exhibit of artwork by Raymond Wong includes a number […]

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  • I’ve long been irate over all the protest-related vandalism that’s been tearing up our downtown district — costing business owners and taxpayers millions of dollars. News that a door and three windows at Oaklandish had been broken the night before prompted me to head in that direction on July 15 – intending to help stand […]

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  • When a high school friend of mine returned from a concert in LA circa 1960, she remarked that Joan Baez was amazing but the introductory act was a weird guy that nobody had ever heard of and his lyrics were totally unintelligible. Within a very few years, Bob Dylan’s diction improved to the point that […]

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  • FARMERS MARKET With Jerry Barclay, the Chair of the Splash PadFarmers Market Advisory Council, out of town, I was invited to sit in as a community representative at a meeting a couple of weeks ago between the city and representatives from the Agricultural Institute of Marin. I can’t share the details but it does sound […]

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