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Oakland Social: The Oakland of our peaceful dreams

Years ago, I read a blog post in the UK Guardian, in which columnist Jon Henley attempted to consume the same 12,000 calories worth of food that legendary Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps consumed every...
Antique performs at East Side Arts Alliance Share

Oakulture: My Art, My Culture deconstructs gender in hip-hop, SXSW report-back, ESAA showcases musicians, poets

There are far too few honest discussions about women in hip-hop. And even fewer are those which come from a multigenerational perspective. “My Art, My Culture,” the first installment in a new Betti...
Sal Bednarz, center, stands amidst the bustle of his Oakland cafe, Actual Cafe. (photo by Bonnie Chan) Share

Oakland Social: A week and three years at Actual Cafe

There's a mural above the indoor bike rack at Actual Cafe that reads, “We are the people in your neighborhood.” It features a delicate illustration of telephone wires and an Oakland skyline, created...
Stephani Garcia Candelaria updates traditional cumbia. Share

Oakulture: Robert Glasper, Jose James, Chinaka Hodge jazz it up in Oakland; Earth Amplified’s ‘Food Fight’

The Oakland Museum of California’s new exhibit, “Summoning Ghosts: the Art of Hung Liu,” is awesome, a must-see show--even for people who don’t normally go to museum showings. The show stands as a...
Design Action celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a retrospective at SoleSpace this month. (photos by Bonnie Chan) Share

Oakland Social: Design Action Collective celebrates 10 years of designing for change, liberation

It looked like First Friday in Uptown Oakland, though it wasn't a First Friday night. The party at SoleSpace to celebrate Design Action Collective's 10-year anniversary was packed – one might even say...
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Oakulture: Robert Glasper, Jose James, Chinaka Hodge jazz it up in Oakland; Earth Amplified’s ‘Food Fight’

Arriving at around 9:45 pm to the New Parish to see the Robert Glasper Experiment Friday night, I was greeted by a line stretching to 17th St. and a marquee which announced “sold out.” Although it took...
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Oakland Social: Juhu Beach Club’s masala madness

The first thing you'll notice when you step through the doors of new Temescal restaurant Juhu Beach Club is that, juxtaposed with wildly beautiful floral-and-macaque-themed wallpaper, the walls of the...
Ashara Ekundayo, Amber McZeal, and Lynette Gibson-McElhaney make a libation. Share

Oakulture: Respect Our City helps bring peace to First Fridays; The Coup shadowboxes SF, Berkeley’s Birdland winds down

The red outline of a neon cross from the nearby Korean Community Christian Church church emanated above 1-O.A.K.’s head like an electric halo, as the Oakland singer stood at the Telegraph and 24th St. Peace...