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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

28 organizations that will connect you with Oakland’s cycling community

Bike community abounds and thrives here in Oakland and Berkeley, in part because there is such a diverse range of entry points for anyone looking to be a part of a bike-centric community. Are you a bike newbie looking to learn how to change a flat tire? The East Bay has more friendly DIY bike

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Sister Spit: The Next Generation kicks off in Oakland March 20 & 21

Old and new fans alike will be thrilled to know that Sister Spit: The Next Generation is back, kicking off its 2014 road show with three performances in the Bay Area this month: March 19 at San...

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Foodie start-up SpoonRocket offers Oaklanders mobile gourmet meals

Anson Tsui and Steven Hsiao embarked on their first entrepreneurial venture while they were undergrads at UC Berkeley. As college students themselves, they had an insider’s track into the storied economy of college students’ late-night junk food...

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Oakland Social: 50 great things to do in Oakland this holiday season

Now that Halloween stores have shuttered for another year, the holiday season is undeniably upon us — that grab-bag season of joy, anxiety, togetherness, consumer frenzy and every state of emotion in between. Whether this is your...

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Oakland Social: Bay Area Science Festival brings all of the mystery and wonder you can bear

In 2011, the inaugural Bay Area Science Festival set a standard for science festivals, with an ambitious lineup of lectures, interactive presentations, lab experiments and all-ages fun for even the most jaded of the science-fearing among us....

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Oakland Social: A place for paella in Oakland

The Valencian rice-based specialty known as paella is, to its core, a social dish: traditionally cooked over an open fire in a giant round paella pan called a paellera, the cooking of paella is an occasion to...

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Oakland Social: Litquake, the epicenter of literary celebration

As with many great ideas and ventures, the venerable Litquake festival was born in a pub — specifically, at San Francisco’s Edinburgh Castle pub, over pints between festival founders Jack Boulware and Jane Ganahl. The first version of...

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Some like it Hot and Italian

by Granate Sosnoff and Bonnie Chan Upon first impression, Emeryville’s Hot Italian looks like a sleek chain restaurant, thanks in part to a location dominated by chain restaurants. But to our pleasant surprise and salivating appreciation, Hot...

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Oakland Social: Town Business and the Oakland art hustle

“By vending my art on the streets, I am forcing myself to put myself out there and get seen by as many people as I can,” says the quote on the wall attributed to Oakland-based artist Erin...

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Oakland Social: The Octopus hugs local social life with eight open arms

In the Age of Enlightenment during 17th and 18th century Europe, the salon emerged as a social gathering hosted by a refined lady in her drawing room, to recite poetry, play music, exchange ideas, engage in healthy...

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