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Oakulture: OMCA highlights “lowbrow” culture with two new exhibits

Vinyl is back. The analog music format, supplanted by the digital technology of compact discs, and then MP3s, has been making an improbable comeback. In 2013, vinyl sales rose 32% as both CD and MP3 sales...
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Oakulture: Bryant Terry’s Afro-Vegan village party; Mara Hruby’s therapeutic journey into torch

Bryant Terry’s recent book-release party for his newest cookbook, “Afro Vegan,” wasn’t just a personal triumph. It was a community celebration, an affirmation of the hard-working folks in the food...
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Oakulture: Town Futurist Sessions imagine hip-hop as ritual space; Highlights from OIFF #12; Eesuu Orundide’s bittersweet ‘Sugar’

Energy Signature@ Town Futurist Sessions Afrofuturist hip-hop in Oakland? Yes, yes, y’all. The cosmology of beats and rhymes and cyclic reality of cipher sessions has manifested through the Town Futurist...
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Oakulture: “Queendom” responds to ‘rachet rap’ and ‘hoodrat R&B’; OIFF offers a platform for developing Oakland’s indie film scene

Formerly held at Berkeley’s La Pena, “Queendom” came to Oakland for the first time this year. Produced by “Vinyl Mama” DJ Zita, a popular record-spinner who holds monthly residencies at the Layover,...
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Oakulture: W. Kamau Bell’s awkward comedy, Sheila E.’s Oakland “Fiesta,” Mi Alma Flamenca’s stylish debut, 45 Sessions turns four.

Well, that was fun. As the Spring Equinox rolled around, Oakland’s bubbling arts and culture scene found itself in full-on “turnt-up” mode, with lots of activity happening to greet the warmer weather....
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Oakulture: “Super Heroes” Project Transforms Neighborhoods Through Vibrant Murals

If you regularly drive, bike, or walk through West Oakland, you may have noticed a recent change in the visual landscape. Several streets underneath the 580 freeway overpass have been transformed from a symbol...
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Oakulture: Betti Ono, First Fridays, and the “booming” state of Oakland’s cultural arts

During her recent state of the city address, Oakland mayor Jean Quan remarked, “last year I said we were rising… now we’re booming.” A big part of that boom has been the city’s cultural arts scene,...
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Oakulture: The Coup’s Whiteboard Show at Pandora; Two New Co-Working Spaces Emphasize the Intersection of Tech and Culture

The Coup may just be Oakland’s greatest hip-hop group. Active since the mid-‘90s, they’ve amassed an enviable catalog of five very good-to-excellent albums, while growing musically and creatively during...
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Oakulture: An All-Star Benefit Elevates Oakland; A New Art Show Spotlights “Sheba”

Reality check time. Ok, so is it just Oakulture, or is Oakland’s arts and culture scene percolating at an extremely high level already in 2014? It’s just February, and hot event after hot event is making...
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Oakulture: A Too Short career retrospective; ArtComplex’s innovative installation “cross-pollinates” local artists

It’s not every day that a hip-hop legend asks you for your personal critique of a documentary retrospective of their career. But that’s just what happened this past Tuesday at the New Parkway Theater,...