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Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Oakland Drops Beats’ after party: An underground feel above the streets

The feeling of Babeland Gallery and Venue on this night, Saturday the 16th of August, is more like a house party than a traditional gig. Upstairs, No One is painting a piece, adding the beginnings of a figure in front of swirling mountain scenery. Downstairs, Odd Nosdam and JEL of ANTICON have just finished playing

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The engineer behind Fairyland’s magic

Since he was 5 years old, Kevin Cruz has been taking things apart and putting them back together again, just to see how they work. At 15, he turned his focus to cars, and a few years...

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival comes to Oakland

The 34th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) made its appearance in Oakland last week, after the San Francisco showings ended August 3. Films from the SFJFF played at The New Parkway on August 7 and...

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

How does music affect the dining experience?

By Christina Mitchell. Cross-posted from East Bay Dish. With music mentioned in a couple posts this week, I started thinking about how it affects the dining experience. I talked to food bloggers and readers who eat out...

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Good graffiti makes good neighbors in West Oakland

The trains run in West Oakland once again. That’s certainly how it feels when you face a stunning locomotive-themed mural-in-progress that spans over 8,000 square feet on the Wrist Ship Supply building. And that’s how long-time Oakland...

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

East Bay Children’s Book Project re-opens in new home (Community Voices)

Free books for children! Do you work with children in need? Do you need books? Read on! On August 19, from 3-6 p.m., the East Bay Children’s Book Project will open the doors of its brand-new home...

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Skinny & D8CH and friends bring local community and hip hop to Oakland’s Uptown

At 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 31 at The Uptown, the night felt equally like musicians playing a club as it did friends playing for each other at a house party. The venue was not packed, but...

Friday, August 15th, 2014

11 Bay Area music festivals to keep you grooving into fall

Outside Lands is over and the days are getting shorter. It might seem like the Bay Area music festival season is dwindling down. Not so. There are still almost a dozen festivals in the Bay Area that...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

27 things to do in Oakland while it’s still summer, August 15 – 21

This week feels a little like a fall preview. Oh, we’ve got some summer left, but this week, stuff to do on the weekend is outweighed by stuff to do during the week. Not entirely summer-like, Oakland....

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Sun Hop Fat and Harry and The Hitmen bring Oakland-based soul to San Francisco’s The Chapel

The bands Sun Hop Fat and Harry and The Hitmen have a few things in common. They merge different genres into creating new sounds. They are eminently danceable (albeit in different ways). They are Oakland-based, and along...

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