the ultimate mother: Octomom will, unfortunately, not be coming to Walnut Creek on May 12 as originally planned.
Yes, hold back those tears.
As a "joke," Vice Ultra Lounge, a jamming club in Walnut Creek, hired Nadya Suleman, the infamous mother of 14, to host a special "Moms' Night Out" event on that date. In case you aren't up on your multiple-birth news, Suleman gained worldwide fame after she delivered octuplets in January 2009. She already had six kids at home.
After Vice club organizers saw a recent report and photos on the celebrity news website TMZ -- taken by Suleman's hairdresser -- of the inside of the house and what appeared to be the children living in squalor, the club decided to cancel Octomom's visit.
"We originally booked her two months ago as a joke to host a party Mother's Day weekend, when she was in need of money to help support her kids," said Matt DeLima, club manager. "There are pretty disgusting allegations in the report, and we do not feel comfortable having her at our establishment."
The allegations led to a social services visit to Suleman's home that basically cleared the mother of 14, who then made the rounds on TV shows to claim she had been set up by the hairdresser, according to media reports.
But don't worry -- while Octomom may be out, DeLima says the special moms' party will rock on.
EATING LIKE IT'S 2000: The Eye got a taste of the past when boxes of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts appeared in the newsroom Monday, marking the reopening of the chain's Concord store that had closed a few years earlier in the midst of what seemed a nationwide backlash against the iconic glazed treats.
Few companies outside Silicon Valley seemed to rise as quickly, and fall as suddenly, as Krispy Kreme in the early 2000s. Crowds swarmed to store openings, and its stock became a Wall Street darling after the company went public in 2000. Before iPods and iPhones, it was the Krispy Kreme that seemed ubiquitous in the hands of a junk food-crazed nation.
But with doughnuts, too much of a good thing can spell trouble. People eventually got their fill, and stores -- including the one in Concord's Willows Shopping Center -- started closing as quickly as they opened.
Now, Krispy Kreme seems to be banking on an Apple-like comeback. Based on the lines of cars seen at the Concord store's drive-through last week, it may be on to something. We're watching the stock price, and our waistlines.
DIVINE INTERVENTION: State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier may not know how his colleagues will vote on a bill to provide help for homeowners fighting foreclosure, but he's confident someone's on his side. Before stepping to the podium during an April 16 news conference to discuss the bill, the Concord legislator noticed six local ministers standing in a row behind him.
"Well, I guess I've got the Lord behind me," he joked. DeSaulnier paused, then looked upward, saying: "I hope I don't get struck by lightning for saying that."
There was no offense taken by any of the ministers, as the Rev. Dr. Mario Howell compared the issue to Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Howell called DeSaulnier "Moses" and his staff attorney "Joshua" to illustrate the point.
ART FOR THE AGES: A Caltrans art contest to design medallions that will adorn the $391 million Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore has a high-powered judging panel. Now if East Bay students just will enter by the deadline of 4:30 p.m. May 7.
Among the judges are Catherine Kniazewycz, the University of California director of architecture; Karen Geer, a board member for the Art Deco Society of California; Erik Mortensen, the Bedford Gallery public art program coordinator; and Lisa Wrenn, features editor for Bay Area News Group.
But hardly any East Bay students have entered so far.
"It's not unusual," said Caltrans spokeswoman Ivy Morrison, "for the entries in contests like this to come in at the last minute."
Winners get prestige and a permanent showcase for their work but no cash.
Beauty in the eye of the reporter: Under a bright sun and amid a cool, salt-tinged breeze rolling in from the nearby Pacific Ocean, The Eye was reminded of the beauty of nature and allure of the oft-derided journalism profession.
The setting was a cattle ranch in the tiny town of Tomales in Marin County, where owner Loren Poncia and his family raise cows in humane, sustainable ways in an environment with million-dollar views and acre upon acre of glimmering green pastures.
The Eye was there to report on a story about the increasing popularity in the East Bay of meat from sustainable sources, and notes were being jotted down inside the barbed wire with an eye on the 300 surrounding cows.
Poncia's phone rang in the middle of the field, and it happened to be one of The Eye's sources, a meat man from The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley.
"Any advice for the reporter in the pasture?" Poncia asked the butcher.
"Tell him to watch where he steps," the butcher said, laughing loud enough to be heard a few feet from the phone.
And with a look to the shoes, the oft-derided journalism profession seemed a bit less alluring.
Staff writers Elisabeth Nardi, Craig Lazzeretti, Denis Cuff, Paul Burgarino and Tim O'Rourke contributed to this report.