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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

57th Street Gallery: Where art, jazz, and community mix

On any given Monday night in Oakland, you can swing by 57th Street Gallery and listen to some great local jazz, maybe jam with some world-renowned musicians yourself. Maybe even get some birthday cake to boot. That was the case one recent Monday night at the venue’s Blue Monday’s Jam Session. It was Carole’s 85th

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Photos from Pedalfest at Jack London Square

Recycled bikes, art bikes, vintage bikes, scraper bikes, even trikes, all came out to Jack London Square this past Saturday, July 26, to celebrate all things bicycle. Pedalfest, now in its fourth year, drew crowds of people...

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

25 crazy-fun things to do in Oakland with hardly any meetings at all, July 25 – 31

First off, Oakland, we double-dog-dare you to be bored on Saturday. There are some brand new and one-of-a-kind events this week, too, and so few meetings, it’s clear that the people who would normally be holding them...

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Building Oakland community during Friday summer nights

Where can you go on Friday evenings to chat with your neighbors, connect with community organizations, challenge your friends and family to a potato sack race, all while inherently fostering a safe environment? The Third Annual Friday...

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

25 things to do in Oakland that dare you to hold still, July 18 – 24

Whether biking, taking a walking tour, vibrating with sugar and delight at a celebration of ice cream, waving at the Jumbo-tron, or just sitting through a meeting, we bet you can’t hold still this week. And why...

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Local finance in the new economy: 7 essential ideas

The new economy may have startup muscles, a sustainable skeleton, web-based mobile brains and a socially responsible heart, but its blood is the same color as the old economy’s: green. Banking and finance are integral to the...

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

32 largely outdoorsy things to do in Oakland, July 11 – 17

So much biking and walking this week, Oakland! Even neighborhood meeting-y things are outside this week. Clearly, we’re supposed to go outside. Eh, let’s not fight it. Enjoy! Friday, July 11 Bike Life Exhibit Opens 5 –...

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

23 things to do in, around, and for Oakland, June 27 – July 3

Sorry, there’s nothing fun going on this week. Ha! We’re just kidding, there’s plenty–and about half of this week’s are on Friday, oddly enough, so we hope you cleared your schedule. Apparently, Oakland wants you to play...

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Oakland marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Last Wednesday night I attended “Freedom Summer School” in Oakland. And unlike any other class I’ve ever attended, the “students”—nearly 2,000 of them—piled into the “classroom” at Beebe Memorial Cathedral on Telegraph Avenue an hour early and...

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Is KPFA community radio going extinct?

With its recent street protests, office occupations, and renegade broadcasts, Berkeley’s community radio station KPFA (94.1FM) typifies what people mean when they use the word “Berserkeley.” However, these confrontations are not merely some beatnik brouhaha, but in...

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