Oakland Local



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 Summer Nights at the Park series began last week and is happening every Friday through August 15 from

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Late Nite Art at Impact Hub Oakland (Community Voices)

The evening I walked into the new Implact Hub Oakland for its first Late Nite Art event ultimately became a night of many firsts. For starters, I had actually never heard of, nor celebrated, the Pagan holiday, Beltane,...

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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 dropped...

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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 justice movement, and a reminder that, sometimes,...

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Oakulture: Town Futurist Sessions imagine hip-hop as ritual space; Highlights from OIFF #12; Eesuu Orundide’s bittersweet ‘Sugar’

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 Sessions, a monthly party at the Legionnaire which envisions avant-garde, often improvised,...

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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, Lukas, John Colins, and Lazlo,...

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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. From comedy to dance, to...

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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 of urban blight...

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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, which...

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

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 their progression from the sample-and-loop aesthetics of early...

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