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Oakulture: Respect Our City, Oakland artists take over SF, Kev Choice, ‘The Black Woman is God’

Let’s start this week’s Oakulture with an update on the RespectOurCity  campaign. You may have seen some of your Facebook friends with the ROC profile pics and status updates, and wondered, what is this...
Homestead Apothecary's proprietor, Nic Weinstein, takes his philosophy seriously. (Photo by Bonnie Chan) Share

Oakland Social: Teas, tinctures and homemade health at Homestead Apothecary

It's easy to like Nic Weinstein immediately. I first met him via email, then in person when I stopped into his Temescal Alley shop this past week to pay a visit. Wearing an easy smile and a patterned shirt...
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Oakland Social: Keep your eyes on the pies

This past week, I embarked on the beginnings of a pie journey, exploring the many nuances of the food phenomenon that is pie here in our fair city: the hot and savory, the sweet and spicy, and the beautiful...
DJ Shortkut at the 45 Sessions Share

Oakulture: 45 Sessions turns 3, Queen Ifrica, Ras Terms – plus female Black Futurists speak

DJ Platurn’s monthly DJ jamboree The 45 Session celebrated its third anniversary on Saturday. In case you just got here, The 45 Sessions’ “gotcha” is that it features nothing but 45 rpm records,...
Jaynelle St. Jean at her PieTisserie pie shop on Oak St. (photos by Bonnie Chan) Share

Oakland Social: Keep your eyes on the pies

This past week, I embarked on the beginnings of a pie journey, exploring the many nuances of the food phenomenon that is pie here in our fair city: the hot and savory, the sweet and spicy, and the beautiful...
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Oakulture: Future of First Fridays; Warehouse 416; Bryant Terry makes every second count

People are still talking about the future of First Fridays and Oakland Art Murmur, following a fatal shooting Feb. 1. Many conversations, in fact, are taking place simultaneously on seemingly every level of...
Matt Davidoff hosted the latest installment of his storytelling series on Saturday night. (Photos by Bonnie Chan) Share

Oakland Social: Storytelling for laughter, tears and the possibility of change

"I've always been a good storyteller,” Matt Davidoff said to me, hands cupped around his mug of hot tea. “We used to sit around in the dorms, like 10 years ago – we would just sit for hours and tell...
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Oakulture: In the aftermath of First Friday shooting, Oakland’s artist community searches for solutions

Last Friday’s fatal shooting at the monthly Oakland First Fridays artwalk cast a pall of gloom over what had been a celebratory, and mostly positive, event, up until then. While the death of 18 year-old...
The Whiskey Bar at F3 offered $5 whiskey on the rocks, whiskey sours, and Boston sours. (Photos by Bonnie Chan) Share

Oakland Social: F3 turns old cotton mill into one fine art night

It seemed a pretty straightforward task to find a free shuttle at a BART station. Both the F3 website and Facebook page had advertised free shuttles that would transport people from the Fruitvale BART...