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  • The feeling of Babeland Gallery and Venue on this night, Saturday the 16th of August, is more like a house party than a traditional gig. Upstairs, No One is painting a piece, adding the beginnings of a figure in front of swirling mountain scenery. Downstairs, Odd Nosdam and JEL of ANTICON have just finished playing […]

  • Since he was 5 years old, Kevin Cruz has been taking things apart and putting them back together again, just to see how they work. At 15, he turned his focus to cars, and a few years later he was off to NASCAR Technical Institute in North Carolina to learn “racing fundamentals from engines, fabrication […]

  • The 34th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) made its appearance in Oakland last week, after the San Francisco showings ended August 3. Films from the SFJFF played at The New Parkway on August 7 and the historic Grand Lake Theater from August 8 through 10. If you didn’t win tickets in our giveaway, […]

  • On August 14, 2014, Oakland’s Hack The Hood celebrated the conclusion of a six-week summer program for 23 young people who all learned how to create websites for local businesses as a way to begin to train for tech careers. The graduation ceremony was held in Oakland’s uptown neighborhood, in the new Impact HUB Oakland […]

  • By Christina Mitchell. Cross-posted from East Bay Dish. With music mentioned in a couple posts this week, I started thinking about how it affects the dining experience. I talked to food bloggers and readers who eat out regularly, and to balance it out, I asked people that actually work in restaurants. This is what they […]

  • The trains run in West Oakland once again. That’s certainly how it feels when you face a stunning locomotive-themed mural-in-progress that spans over 8,000 square feet on the Wrist Ship Supply building. And that’s how long-time Oakland graffiti artists Norman Chuck (a.k.a. “Vogue”) and Mike “Bam” Tyau like it. Before you rises a full-scale and […]

  • Michelle Romero is Claiming Our Democracy director at The Greenlining Institute, www.greenlining.org. This November, Oakland voters will have the chance to make sure the city has a Public Ethics Commission with real power needed to enforce our ethics laws. It’s about time. Other ethics commissions, such as those in Los Angeles and San Francisco, have […]

  • Free books for children! Do you work with children in need? Do you need books? Read on! On August 19, from 3-6 p.m., the East Bay Children’s Book Project will open the doors of its brand-new home in West Oakland at 955 12th Street. What do we do? It’s very simple: we give away children’s […]

  • To be “holistic” is, these days, to be soft-spoken and perfumed. This because the cynical boor that is our collective unconscious has bent the term “holistic” into an epithet for “neo-hippies seeking exotic medicines.” But this caricature distracts from the rigorous and compelling set of considerations that define holist philosophies, systems-thinking and non-western health practices, […]

  • At 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 at The Uptown, the night felt equally like musicians playing a club as it did friends playing for each other at a house party. The venue was not packed, but that did not stop the hip hop musicians on stage from demanding their audience step up and participate […]

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  • Since he was 5 years old, Kevin Cruz has been taking things apart and putting them back together again, just to see how they work. At 15, he turned his focus to cars, and a few years later he...

  • On August 14, 2014, Oakland’s Hack The Hood celebrated the conclusion of a six-week summer program for 23 young people who all learned how to create websites for local businesses as a way to begin to train for tech...

  • Free books for children! Do you work with children in need? Do you need books? Read on! On August 19, from 3-6 p.m., the East Bay Children’s Book Project will open the doors of its brand-new home in West...

  • This week feels a little like a fall preview. Oh, we’ve got some summer left, but this week, stuff to do on the weekend is outweighed by stuff to do during the week. Not entirely summer-like, Oakland. All the...

  • Oakland was home to the National Poetry Slam last week. Spoken Word poets from all around the country came to speak their craft. One of the most moving sessions was “Disability, Visible and Invisible,” and below is a poem by...

  • Ever think about how that processed sugar, white flour and trans-fat grease in fast food is not all that different than drugs? That’s the message some Oakland teenagers present in their new music video, Are You Loving It?  ...

  • This week isn’t just festive, it boasts multiple festivals of various kinds, including great food, terrific music, and even one where you can bring your dog to a museum. (No, really.) Enjoy! Friday, August 8 Dancing Under the Stars:...

  • Most kids starting kindergarten in Oakland public schools are not ready for the demands of school. What’s in their way? Hunger. Hunger and tiredness and illness, according to a report released this month. Here in America, in Oakland, hunger...

  • What better way to conclude a lovely summer in Oakland than to spend it in the company of those who love this city as much as you do, dancing to live music and dining by the water, all to...

  • It’s a sad truth that teachers dig into their own pockets to buy supplies for their classrooms, typically spending $500 a year. What if they could spend $20 instead of $90 for, say, science curriculum game apps, or $5...

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