With a spray can in hand, a student intern focuses intently on completing the Wrist Ship Supply mural. Photo by Anna Vignet. Share

Good graffiti makes good neighbors in West Oakland

The trains run in West Oakland once again. That’s certainly how it feels when you face a stunning locomotive-themed mural-in-progress that spans over 8,000 square feet on the Wrist Ship Supply building. And...
Mallary McHenry and Chris Walonski at Oakland's poetry slam Share

Poetry in Oakland: A National Poetry Slam sample

Oakland was home to the National Poetry Slam last week. Spoken Word poets from all around the country came to speak their craft. One of the most moving sessions was "Disability, Visible and Invisible," and...
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Quick-serve Taiwanese lunch opens in Uptown Oakland

By now, employees, patrons, and residents of Uptown Oakland have certainly grown accustomed to the unending parade of new lunch spots opening shop beneath their windows. The small area surrounding the...
Oakland's new guidebook will officially launch this Saturday, June 21, in Old Oakland. Share

These are Oakland: An everyone guide (Community Voices)

There are several Oaklandisms that hit me when I visit home: sunny glints on loose hair, swinging gaits, razzing trunk beats and wafts of aromatic smoke. Twice a year I return from my western outpost to...
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Black & Brown Unity Short Film Showcase kicks off at Youth Impact HUB Oakland (Community Voices)

By Gino Pastori-Ng This month, the Beloved Community Event Series continues at Youth Impact HUB Oakland with the Black & Brown Unity Short Film Showcase, which highlights multicultural,...
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Oakland teens need books too (Community Voices)

A month or so ago, it started going viral on Facebook: list ten books that made a deep impression on you, and tag ten friends. I must have been tagged at least ten times. As I read my friends’ lists, and my...
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Oakland is my beach (Community Voices)

By Regina Jackson, President and CEO, East Oakland Youth Development Center Oscar Grant, Devonte Riley, Phillip "Tooda" Wright: the list goes on. The nation is on high alert. Protests in Ferguson and...
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About minimum wage and Lift Up Oakland (Community Voices)

By Sal Bednarz, owner of Actual Cafe & Victory Burger I’ve been giving some thought to the issue of increasing minimum wage since various initiatives started circulating earlier this year, and I...
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A bit of Burning Man in Oakland

Have you ever wondered where Oakland’s Burning Man artists go to unwind? The answer: to the Gardens at Lake Merritt, where every autumn, they display their wildly creative inventions in an oasis-like setting...
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20 eclecto-licious things to do in Oakland, October 3 – 9

We've all noticed what an eclectic place Oakland is. It's not just the contrasts here, it's the possibility of contrast and compliment that keeps us all so interested and engaged. A peek behind the scenes here...