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Music + link dump: November 21

The Seshen, an Oakland band with well-earned hype, won Best-in-Show at Mayhem — the Oakland music competition produced by Awaken Cafe and Oaktown Indie Mayhem. Check out The Seshen's video for their...
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Oakland street food: The documentary (Part 2)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95oQaUAsrh8&w=560&h=315 "Comida Mobile" explores the Latino experience as mirrored in the lives of pushcart vendors in Fruitvale, Oakland. Activist Emilia Otero has...
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Link roundup: Helping new young immigrants

If you'd like to help the 200 or more kids who escaped the violence of Central America and are trying to adjust to a new life in Oakland, these organizations and schools are hard at work to help. Two high...
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Where else to go in Oakland now that the Uptown is closed

Now that the Uptown is gone (yes, the Uptown venue on Telegraph closed November 5th, read about it here), there’s a giant guitar-neck-shaped hole in the heart of Oakland. “What are we going to do now?”...
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Oakland Alcohol: A Native’s Guide to Getting Drunk in Oakland

Or, not necessarily getting drunk, but maybe having a few drinks after work. Going out late at night to meet up with friends. Finding something to sip on while you explore our wonderful city. Or, fuck it,...
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The new social network: highlighting our “Slavery Footprint” in consumerism

What do toothpaste, your underwear, and your smartphone have in common? An interactive website created by Oakland-founded startup Made in a Free World aggregates everything you use and consume on a daily...
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Oakland’s Omni Commons space is where it’s at

The Omni Commons is probably the most exciting thing happening in Oakland right now, and it hasn't even opened yet. The simplest explanation of it: Omni Commons is an enormous old building in Temescal...
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Chris Turner on the Romantic Movement, fatherhood, and Prince vs. Elsa

It’s been 12 years since Chris Turner moved to New York to study music. Since then he’s toured the world, played with award-winning artists such as Bilal and Esperanza Spalding, and become a father twice...
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Trackademicks talks Bay Area hip hop mentality, Oakland taco trucks, and song inspirations

Last Thursday, I sat down with local hip hop artist Trackademicks at Farley’s East to talk before his upcoming set at the Oakland Music Festival on September 27. Alameda-born and Oakland-based, Tracks is...
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Illustrating community at Children’s Fairyland

On Friday, September 26, Children’s Fairyland will host its second annual "Drawn Together" event. More than 35 accomplished local artists will share their time and talent in a fundraiser for our outreach...