Concord Celebrates 50 Years of Jazz with Concert Series Aug 1-10

Salvio Pacheco Square in downtown Concord sits across from Todos Santos Plaza, which pulsates with everything from live Latin jazz to Concord’s world champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of jazz in Concord, and in a nod to the late Montclair and Concord Dave Brubeck is being celebrated Aug. 1-10 with Take 10 — 10 days of jazz events. – Photo Courtesy of Visit Concord

EASTBAYTIMES.COM: July 12, 2019

It was the first jazz standard in the country to sell a million records. Dave Brubeck’s syncopated 5/4-time hit “Take Five” is one of the most recognized songs in the jazz genre — but did you know Brubeck’s connection to Concord helped spawn the Concord Pavilion and the famed Concord Jazz record label? Continue reading

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Happy Wanderer: Guerneville is Epicenter of Hot Russian River Culinary Scene

Old fashioned Guerneville 5 & 10 in downtown Guerneville. Photo by Ginny Prior

EASTBAYTIMES.COM: June 14, 2019

It’s the trifecta of topography — the redwoods, the river and the ocean. Add 130 wineries to the mix (from the Russian River Valley American Viticultural Area), and Guerneville comes up as the perfect setting for a culinary adventure. Continue reading

Town Crier: McCallou’s moving into new Montclair digs

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The property owners of the longtime McCaulou’s location on Medau Place in Oakland’s Montclair District and Daniel Swafford, the Montclair Village Association’s executive director, look over plans to convert the building to multiple uses during a recent broker’s open house at the property. Appearing from left are co-owner Ed Hirshberg, co-owner Barry Bennett (in tie), Leeds Real Estate President Angelina Leeds and Swafford.

MONTCLARION: March 7, 2019

The blustery month of March is bringing winds of change to Montclair. McCaulou’s 40-plus-year hillside home is becoming a multiuse space. Doesn’t sound very sexy, but it could be a game-changer for Montclair Village. Longtime landlord Ed Hirshberg attended a broker’s open house last week to discuss plans for the Medau Place landmark that his father bought in 1953. Continue reading

Town Crier: Montclair Parking Garage proves prolific mural canvas

MOP-L-PRIOR-COL-0125-1MONTCLARION: January 24, 2019

An artist once told me that everything is a canvas. Even a drab concrete slab can be transformed into an inspiring art installation. Enter the Montclair Parking Garage, which has rapidly become a kind of open-air gallery. Twelve murals — some up to 50 feet high — now adorn the ramp walls, including the latest piece by Shannon Hood and Victor Garcia. Continue reading

Town Crier: Montclair ‘heartist’s’ work being shown in San Francisco

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MONTCLARION: February 21, 2019

Who says you can’t put a price on love? Eight oversized hearts just raised millions for a Bay Area hospital — and Montclair artist Adele Gilani is pumped. You see, Gilani spent much of last fall painting a 5-by-6-foot, 400-pound sculpture for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s “Hearts in SF” fundraiser. She was chosen from a select group of artists after applying for the honor the three previous years. Continue reading

Town Crier: Go-to Montclair eatery marks 25 years

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Ginny Prior/for Bay Area News Group Italian Colors, a go-to restaurant for many Montclarions, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Guitarist Michael Wollenberg, above, who has played at the restaurant since it began, performs Christmas tunes for diners on a recent night.

EASTBAYTIMES.COM: DECEMBER 28, 2018

Italian Colors has beaten the odds. The go-to restaurant for so many Montclarions is celebrating its 25th anniversary — remarkable when you consider 90 percent of independent restaurants close during their first year and the rest last an average of just five years. For owner/chef Alan Carlson, it’s a matter of pride. Continue reading