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Oakland’s Giant Burgers: Winners of the cheap-burger awards

When in Doubt: Eat a Hamburger. Having a go-to burger spot may not be the most illustrious of the American privileges, but it is one of the most accessible. Why? Because burgers are cheap. That's how they...
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Oakland by the Numbers, 8/27/14 (Real Estate Edition)

Numbers speak louder than words. Their clarity, simplicity and elegance are unsurpassed, coming from a Hindu-Arabic rather than a Roman tradition. While the Romans worshiped deities with human forms, the...
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Oakland Pride to celebrate its fifth year with parade

The Oakland Pride Festival returns to Oakland for its fifth year this Sunday, with the city’s first LGBT Pride Parade also added to the event’s festivities. The parade helps celebrate the...
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16 festival-tastic things to do in Oakland, August 29 – September 4

Here in Oakland, when we sense the beginning of fall approaching, we like to cram in as many festivals as we possibly can before that happens. We've got some great ones this week--the kind we wait all year...
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Oakland pre-party for SF Zine Fest this Friday

Mystery Date zine by Oakland artist Lynn Peril On August 29th, Tilde and Libros Libres are hosting a Friday night pre-party here in Oakland as a kickoff for this weekend's SF Zine Fest. SF Zine...
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Celebrate Labor Day with bangin’ hip hop at Hiero Day

There’s a long tradition of good rap and hip-hop out of Oakland, but it’s not every day that you can experience a full day of great artists, from Oakland, around the Bay, and around the country. Enter...
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My two right hands

Abby San Juan was barely 21 when she came to work for me in the cable-television industry, in 1985. She started as a part-time receptionist; now she’s a certified meeting professional. Seventeen years...
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This Weekend in the YaY! Area thru August 31st

Happy Pride!!!!!!!  What? What!  You might be thinking didn't we just do this?  Well yes about two months ago we celebrated San Francisco Pride but this weekend we celebrate OAKLAND PRIDE which is this...
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Oysters with a uniquely Oakland view in Jack London Square

Almost once a week, after a particularly long day on the grind, when the stress starts to overwhelm me, I get a serious craving for oysters. It’s become my way of hitting the reset and regrouping. I’ll...
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Townie Bar & Restaurant: A change of pace in central Berkeley

Late last month, Townie, an American Bar and Restaurant opened half a mile down University Avenue from Cal’s campus. The space is just getting its wheels off of the ground, but is very roomy, and has a lot...