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The Vatican Observatory and baptizing ET (Community Voices)

Did you know that the Vatican has an observatory? Or that its research center is located in Arizona? Last week I learned both of those facts, and many others, when I attended a sold-out lecture by Brother Guy...
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Oakland’s minimum wage is not a living wage (Community Voices)

This story was supposed to be about eateries and the new minimum wage. I eat out now and then. I like good food. While not a foodie per se, I know what equates good food and stellar service. When they line up,...
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Sprinkle Lab is quirky, but lucid

In the Queens D. Light music video for Love Pistol (below), the hip hop griot hunts nubile Adonises with a bow and arrow. She accepts worship from stone male statues in her chain link garden sanctuary and she...
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Oakland-based band Phosphene ready for the tracks ahead

For many, this past Valentine’s day meant chocolates, candy, flowers, explaining why you don't like Valentine's day, drinking one's sorrows away, or all of the above. For the members of the Oakland-based...
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How Do You #WearYourVoice?

Editors Note: Every Thursday, Wear Your Voice Magazine will present an image that we feel captures Oakland fashion, energy & its people. We are Oakland. We are unique. We stand against each metropolitan...
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The Oakland Neighborhood Project

Oakland Neighborhood Project A photo project that gives people in Oakland's 146 neighborhoods a chance to tell the world about where they live. ©Stephen Texeira Photography LEONA HEIGHTS Ayannakai,...
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A bird caught in Fairyland’s theater (Community Voices)

It was a lovely, springlike day at Fairyland, sunny and warm. Flowers were blooming, butterflies were flying. One little brown bird had made the very bad decision to fly into our puppet theater — right...
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Sweet treat: PieTisserie gets a storefront

Jaynelle St. Jean and two of her employees (Courtesy of Jasmin Porter) 1605 2nd Ave., Oakland, CA 94606 | 510.859.7437 | mmmpies@pietisserie.com Wednesday - Friday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. // Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8...
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Of Cupcakes and Dragons (Community Voices)

Because I run a storybook theme park that boasts nine resident dragons and hosts over 200 birthday parties a year, and because I have a degree in film and broadcasting, the fine folks at the online magazine...
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8 shows to get you out this Friday night

There’s really never a night in Oakland where there isn’t good music around the city, but this Friday the 27th is especially fantastic. Not only is Noise Pop bringing two exceptional shows to town, both...