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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Penrose: What’s past is prologue

I grew up in Oakland. I’ve seen a myriad of change, some good, some not. The streets of my childhood were constantly changing, adapting. To progress, to the passage of time, and even, on occasion, to the forces of nature beneath the earth’s crust. I mark many of these changes with the establishments that offered

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, 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...

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Oakland Social: Couyon brings Cajun to Eli’s Mile High Club

In his most recent book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Michael Pollan describes crackling — the scorched, brittle-like skin that comes off of a pig barbecued whole-hog over an open fire — as a “life-altering” culinary experience consisting...

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Oakland Social: Five foodie causes to sink your teeth into

Oakland has no lack of outstanding culinary events to whet the appetite of anyone who has a mouth and taste buds. This week, a handful of foodie-friendly events are sweetening the deal even more: not only do...

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Oakland Social: Five comfort food date nights in Oakland

As we come into the last days of summer and as the shadows grow long earlier in the day, I find myself craving the nostalgic heartiness of mac and cheese, pulled pork and creamy polenta — all of...

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Oakland Social: The 63rd Street Gallery artist’s life

I find this week that I don’t know what to write. The news in the world has caught up with me at last. Syrian Civil War, violence here at home, Yosemite in flames, the Fukushima power plant...

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