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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Learning to pickle with Oakland’s Phat Beetz Youth Pickle Co.

Lorena Ramos and Max Cadji want to introduce some legit Oakland culture into your diet, specifically raw pickled vegetables: fermented, sealed and sold by the Phat Beetz Youth Pickling Company (PBYPC). Just how legit? Like many of Oakland’s best businesses (see Oaklandish), PBYPC runs on a social enterprise model. Their primary business motivations are the creation

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Oakland street food: The paths to legitimacy

Along the sidewalks of Oakland’s Fruitvale district, street food vendors are busy every day selling traditional tamales, fresh fruit, corn chips and homemade ice cream. If you talk to them, you’ll learn they are also busy establishing...

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Oakland author Paul Brekke-Miesner’s ‘Home Field Advantage’

He crossed the first base line, and immediately pointed out that the baseball diamonds at Bushrod Park are named after Billy Martin. He laughed and said, “It should have been named after Frank Robinson.” His rationale was...

Friday, September 12th, 2014

It’s Mayhem 2014! Time to show Oakland musicians some (extra) love!

Calling all Oakland independent musicians and music fans! Nominations for Mayhem 2014 are open! Mayhem, formerly called Oaktown Music Festival, is a music contest that was created to highlight the talent of independent musicians who call Oakland home, and...

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

23 not-to-be-missed things to do in Oakland, September 12 – 18

This week features tons of things you’ll want to be there for, Oakland! The Crucible is always doing fascinating things with art and fire and “makership” (if that’s a word). There’s Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate. We’ve...

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

This Weekend in the YaY! Area thru Sept 14th

Holla!  It is the weekend, well at least when I like to start the weekend because I feel like the weekend should start on Wednesday.  These are some of my favorite things to do this weekend.  Check...

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Love Our Lake Day brings love and bikes to Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland September 14

In 2010, the first Oaklavia opened the streets of a very sleepy downtown Oakland on a Sunday afternoon. This year, Oaklavia comes full circle, extending Love Our Lake Day from Lake Merritt down 17th Street to Broadway...

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Oakland street food: Meet the people who make it

It’s 5:30 a.m., dark and cold. Even so, most of the approximately 200 street food vendors who sell in Oakland are already hard at work, shopping for their ingredients or slicing, mixing and cooking what they will...

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Shared rhythms and cultures: Oakland World Percussion Festival 2014

There are more than 60 different types of drums that originated from around the world. From the Nigerian-born batá to India’s tabla, and more, drums are often key in cultures musical and spiritual traditions. “When you play,...

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

What happened to the Ohlone burial sites? (Community Voices)

While looking through shelves of donated books at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, I found a comb-bound publication that looked as though it was made at Kinko’s. There was a black-and-white sketch of a Native...

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