The East Bay Today: December 6, 2006

Today’s Top Event: American Carnival Portraits at Lucky Ju Ju Pinball Art Gallery in Alameda.

Brainiac: Learn something new every day. Today’s lecture: Meet Maxine Hong Kingston at Orinda Books, where she discusses Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, an anthology of essays that sprang from the creative-writing workshops she hosts for vets and their loved ones.

Is It Lunch Yet? Express food critic John Birdsall recommends: The Banyan Tree in Pleasant Hill

On the Town: Going out tonight? Get authentic. The down-home vibe at The Alley is a great place to meet old friends and new ones.

Hardly Working: You’ve got time. We know how to waste it. Check out the Falling Sand Game.

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