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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...