Raw-G: the future of Oakland hip-hop? Share

Oakulture: ‘Fruitvale,’ Coogler wow Sundance; Bay Area hip-hop alive and well and more

“Fruitvale,” the debut film by Oakland director Ryan Coogler, has emerged as the 2013 Sundance Film Festival’s most buzzworthy entry. The film, a fictional account of the events leading up to the...
J Moses Ceaser (and his dog) opened The New Parkway to return a beloved community space to Oakland. Share

Oakland’s New Parkway: Building community one movie at a time

Just before 8 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I joined a long and polite line outside of The New Parkway theater at 474 24th St. in Oakland to watch the Presidential Inauguration ceremony on the big...
CB Smith-Dahl photographed by Maggie Lawson Share

C.B. Smith-Dahl: Why is Independent Local News Important?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUEZOuG9iEM Oakland Local staff writer C.B. Smith-Dahl talks about the challenges and importance of Oakland Local's independent news...
A performer at a Cuban hip-hop show at the New Parish Share

Oakulture: Martin Luther, “Migration is Beautiful,” “Fruitvale,” Shabazz Palaces (redux), why the New Parish is poppin’

Martin Luther on MLK day? In Oakland? At Yoshi’s? Yes. Count Oakulture in. It’s hard to think of a more apt performer to honor Dr. King than Martin Luther McCoy, a golden-voiced soul man who can be...
Heather Wakefield's designs emphasized themes of change and rebirth. (Photos by Bonnie Chan) Share

Oakland Social: The Crucible’s Hot Couture

Barrel-chested, long-haired and deep-voiced Steven Young looks like someone who would feel right at home wearing a mantle of pelts as an extra in "The Game of Thrones." Instead, he serves fittingly enough...
Miguel "Bounce" Perez Share

Oakulture: Alpha Omega, Bobby Seale, Shabazz Palaces, The Voice, 45 Sessions, Sanchez and “Soul Food Junkies”

Oakland’s art scene is bubbling right now. The city was just named among the Top 12 nationally by ArtPlaces, which specifically noted the Downtown/Uptown area as being particularly artcentric. That’s...
Lanesplitter is a great place for an evening beer. Share

The Art of Going Out in Oakland – Introduction

I used to feel an intense fear of missing out, known as an actual well-documented phenomenon called FOMO – the bane, in part, of adolescence, and in part of living in an intensely socially connected world....