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  • When in Doubt: Eat a Hamburger. Having a go-to burger spot may not be the most illustrious of the American privileges, but it is one of the most accessible. Why? Because burgers are cheap. That’s how they became “the burger.” And despite the allure of more recent “fancy-pants” burger trends, there are still plenty of […]

  • Numbers speak louder than words. Their clarity, simplicity and elegance are unsurpassed, coming from a Hindu-Arabic rather than a Roman tradition. While the Romans worshiped deities with human forms, the Hindus and Arabs, through meditation on the infinite, unfixed form of the divine, gave us the numbers 1 through 10, as well as the revolutionary […]

  • The Oakland Pride Festival returns to Oakland for its fifth year this Sunday, with the city’s first LGBT Pride Parade also added to the event’s festivities. The parade helps celebrate the Festival’s five-year anniversary, according to Oakland Pride board member Carlos Uribe. “As a board we decided to move forward with the parade,” Uribe said. […]

  • Here in Oakland, when we sense the beginning of fall approaching, we like to cram in as many festivals as we possibly can before that happens. We’ve got some great ones this week–the kind we wait all year for! We also have plenty of arts events to get in, so we can even personalize our […]

  • On August 29th, Tilde and Libros Libres are hosting a Friday night pre-party here in Oakland as a kickoff for this weekend’s SF Zine Fest. SF Zine Fest is a free, two-day event celebrating any and all small-press publishing endeavors: zines, comics, art books, pamphlets, letter press, and etc. While Oaklanders have always schlepped across […]

  • There’s a long tradition of good rap and hip-hop out of Oakland, but it’s not every day that you can experience a full day of great artists, from Oakland, around the Bay, and around the country. Enter Hiero Day, which is celebrating its third annual day of free music this upcoming Labor Day. The full […]

  • My two right hands

    August 27th, 2014
    My two right hands

    Abby San Juan was barely 21 when she came to work for me in the cable-television industry, in 1985. She started as a part-time receptionist; now she’s a certified meeting professional. Seventeen years later, I changed careers, taking the helm at Children’s Fairyland. For the 12 years I’ve been here, I’ve been lucky enough to […]

  • Happy Pride!!!!!!!  What? What!  You might be thinking didn’t we just do this?  Well yes about two months ago we celebrated San Francisco Pride but this weekend we celebrate OAKLAND PRIDE which is this Sunday.  Not in the mood for big crowds and hot daze, no worries plenty of things to do this weekend in […]

  • We rely on them to nourish us with their Tandoori chicken, grilled vegetable burritos, Chapati and lentil stews.  We count on their convenient locations when we are rushing around or just want to be outdoors instead of inside a restaurant. We love that they add to our festivities on First Fridays. But who are the […]

  • Almost once a week, after a particularly long day on the grind, when the stress starts to overwhelm me, I get a serious craving for oysters. It’s become my way of hitting the reset and regrouping. I’ll take ‘em just about anywhere they’re fresh, but if I can manage to have those delectable mollusks on […]

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  • Numbers speak louder than words. Their clarity, simplicity and elegance are unsurpassed, coming from a Hindu-Arabic rather than a Roman tradition. While the Romans worshiped deities with human forms, the Hindus and Arabs, through meditation on the infinite, unfixed...

  • My two right hands

    August 27th, 2014
    My two right hands

    Abby San Juan was barely 21 when she came to work for me in the cable-television industry, in 1985. She started as a part-time receptionist; now she’s a certified meeting professional. Seventeen years later, I changed careers, taking the...

  • 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...

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