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20 things to do in Oakland that are riddled with unapologetic fun, August 1 – 7

You know what, Oakland? I'm really glad to see you getting out and having fun. Sure, there are a couple of meetings this week, but when aren't there? This is about as close to an events calendar of pure...
For Blue Monday's Jam Session, 57th Street Gallery's house band features Calvin Keys on guitar, Keith Saunders on piano, Art Maxwell on saxophone and flute, Carla Kaufman on bass, and Leon Joyce, Jr. on drums. Photo by Anna Vignet. Share

57th Street Gallery: Where art, jazz, and community mix

On any given Monday night in Oakland, you can swing by 57th Street Gallery and listen to some great local jazz, maybe jam with some world-renowned musicians yourself. Maybe even get some birthday cake to...
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Oakland Local’s top reads 7/20-7/30

The writers at OL have been hit hard by the summer and can now only write the most heart-affirming and/or fluffy and/or fuzzy Oakland stories. You as readers seem to be on the same wavelength about that. All...
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Bay Area Girls Rock Camp: Empowerment through music

Inside the assembly room of the Oakland School of the Arts, on the backside of the Fox Theater, dropped earplugs litter the floor. On one wall, a sheet of butcher paper reads out a list of camp agreements:...
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Fairyland helps Clinton close the “word gap” in Oakland and nationwide

In my life in cable television, before Fairyland, I had the opportunity to meet and chat with President Jimmy Carter, baseball great Hank Aaron, media mogul Ted Turner and his then-wife Jane Fonda, and...
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This Weekend in the YaY! Area thru Aug 3

I rarely, if ever, write about an event or interview a celeb/performer/artist that is not happening or performing during the upcoming weekend.  But this week I was compelled to make an exception because 500...
Free Juice owner Perrin Clark at 17th Street Bodega pop-up.  Photo by Laura McCamy Share

Free Juice pops up in downtown Oakland

In a tiny but shiny retail space at 352 17th Street, near Harrison in downtown Oakland, a fresh face has popped up. Working with Popuphood, which is curating retail tenants for the landlord, upstart food...
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Lost & Found: An oasis in Uptown Oakland

Now that we are positioned squarely in the middle of summer, I thought I’d focus on what’s important to the season: beer. What do all Oaklanders need to complement their summer pints? Picnic tables,...
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Liba Falafel opens Downtown Oakland’s newest foodie hotspot

On a tree-lined block of 17th Street between Franklin and Harrison in downtown Oakland, popular food truck Liba Falafel has settled into a brick-and-mortar location. Although owner Gail Lillian tried to keep a...
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Leo’s opens its doors in Oakland with music, burlesque, and more

The floors are clean and unsticky. The dressing rooms still show signs of construction. “It’s so new you can get high off the paint,” says Jamie DeWolf to the second ever audience at Leo’s, a new music...