Deborah Giattina

Green City: Little prefab boxes

Is this really the next wave of eco-housing?
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GREEN CITY Lately, I've been reacquainting myself with the sticky herbal side of green. Read more »

Feast: 7 locally grown bulk foods

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Think about it: every time you take a sip of Bordeaux, a fuzzy baby polar bear loses another drop of its habitat. Importing your party goods from overseas comes at a big fossil fuel–spewing cost. If you want the good times to keep rolling into the next millennium, you won't have to suffer a bit. Just stick to Napa Valley wines and local microbrews and limit your fruit and veggie intake to the produce of local organic and sustainable farms. But what about some of the bulk items you keep in your kitchen? Read more »

"Bella" epic

Anna Bella Eema is engaging and magical
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BELLA EPIC

As you walk into the theater to see Anna Bella Eema, you'll meet the play's three women seated on high stools in the midst of a found-object concert. They make sounds by swinging their arms, chomping their teeth, slurping through a straw, and rattling a hodgepodge of objects within arm's reach. Read more »

Small Business Awards 2007: Golden Survivor Award

Hoogasian Flowers
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It didn't seem like Harold and Larry Hoogasian were going to take up the family business, floristry. The brothers, exactly three years apart in age (both were born on Bastille Day), attended UC Berkeley in the '70s - Harold studied genetics; Larry majored in architecture.

But a love of the customers and the family tradition drew them back into the fold. Read more »

Open water

The case for daylighting Islais Creek
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For the casual stroller, a walk under the 101 interchange at César Chávez is none too inviting. Trucks and cars zoom off the freeway and onto the street all day long, bringing noise and exhaust with them. Read more »

Superlist No. 831: Box office steals

Theater shows that cost less than a movie
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Bertolt Brecht wanted theater to be for the people, not the power. In order for that to happen, tickets need to be cheap. Luckily, many local venues are committed to fulfilling Brecht's directive, at least in terms of money, by ensuring that their shows are accessible to people of all income levels. With these shows costing less than the latest soulless CGI flick you just saw, what's stopping you from spending the night at the theater?Read more »

Careers and Ed: Hard on the job

Getting ahead in the Bay Area's burgeoning adult-content industry
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Just a short walk northeast from the Hall of Justice in SoMa lies an internationally renowned palace of forbidden pleasure.

The nondescript four-story stone building is the headquarters for Kink, an online enterprise specializing in the production of short, sexy, streaming BDSM videos, available for a monthly subscription fee. Read more »

Eleventh-hour Christmas shopping

Getting your gift shopping done between now and Christ's birthday
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Last year you waited until you heard Santa's sleigh bells ringing overhead before you started your Christmas shopping. You ended up at the corner store purchasing smokes and PBR for your friends and loved ones. You felt about as festive as warm champagne in a can.
The fact that you're a procrastinator doesn't mean you can't round up some rockin' gifts in time to scoot them under the tree. We made the rounds and found some easily accessible shops for you to hit up. Follow our lead for 11th-hour shopping, and you'll have gifts galore without the headaches. Read more »

Goldies Dance winner Sean Dorsey

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One look at Sean Dorsey — a debonair dancer with slightly mussed hair and innovative modern dance choreographer — and two words instantly come to mind: dip me!
But watching him dance, you see more of a rough-and-tumble Gene Kelly than a gliding Fred Astaire. Which isn't to say he can't throw down a steamy tango, as he does in Red Tie, Red Lipstick, a moving pas de deux about violence against a transgender couple. Dorsey featured the piece, with narration by trans poet Marcus Van, in his first full-length show, Outsider Chronicles, staged last year at ODC Theater and soon to be remounted Nov. Read more »

Pumped!

Fast-growing Berkeley biodiesel dispensary seeks new space
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There's something about the infectious confidence of do-it-yourselfers that makes me feel like I can learn to build my own space rocket in the blink of an eye.
That's definitely the vibe I got when I pedaled up to the BioFuel Oasis in West Berkeley's light industrial district and met with three of the six women who run the worker-owned cooperative, which is doing so well it's in the market for new digs.
After pulling off the blue coveralls she wore for a Guardian photo shoot and quickly returning to a project she had going on the computer, Melissa Hardy tells me, "It's not t Read more »