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Celebs and regulars raise funds to keep Oakland's Alley piano bar playing + more good news around the Bay Area

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Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal are lending their spotlight to yet another cause in their hometown of Oakland: to help raise enough funds to keep the historic Alley piano bar open post-pandemic.

Plus, the Tree Twins set about spiking holiday spirit in SF, House of Prime Rib and Glide served more than 2,000 pounds of prime rib, and more happy headlines to help you kick off the new year on the right note.


Regulars fight to save beloved Oakland piano bar the Alley
, SF Chronicle

Patrons of Oakland's 87-year old piano bar The Alley—along with help from Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, who shot a Blindspotting scene there— have raised over $73,000 in a matter of days via GoFundMe to help ensure the bar safely reopens in the future. Read more.

Holiday cheer is at an all-time low. Meet the two SF residents who are trying to lift it., SF Gate

Snapping a pic of glowing, candy cane tight-clad Tree #1 and Tree #2 out and about in SF, perhaps while picking up groceries or sending that final present in the mail, is sure to lift up your spirits. Read more.


Miss Ollie's Will Transform Into a Nonprofit Focused on Providing a Platform for Black Creators, Eater SF

Instead of operating as a restaurant, starting in 2021, Miss Ollie's will become Sanctuary, and spotlight Black chefs and creatives through community-centric events. Read more.

Berkeley tailor shop sews up inspiration for Disney-Pixar's new movie 'Soul,' ABC 7 News

For Pixar's new animated movie, "Soul," animators spent hours observing the art of tailoring at Advanced European Tailoring, located on Adeline Street in Berkeley. Read more.


Glide's Christmas Eve House of Prime Rib Dinner still goes on, despite pandemic, Hoodline SF

For the 28th year in a row, House of Prime Rib cooked up over 2,000 pounds of prime rib for Glide to serve at their Christmas Eve meal service, served as takeout this year. Read more.

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