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Friday, September 19th, 2014

Short and sweet: Mission Creek Oakland, a week of great music in The Town

People stopped on their path up and down Telegraph Avenue during First Friday two weeks ago. They stopped to listen to the stage set up by Mission Creek Oakland (MCO) and Oaktown Indie Mayhem. The light was still shining as Yassou Benedict played their set which seamlessly shifted between heavy waves of guitar and drums

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

21 festivals, fancy parties, and other things to do in Oakland, September 19 – 25

There are so many festivals, kickoff parties, galas and soirees this week that they actually outnumber meetings! Oh yeah, Oakland, we know where our priorities are. Throw on something awesome and have a fabulous week! You’re probably...

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Power Up: An intimate conversation with Elaine Brown over The Black Power Mixtape

Cross-posted from Wine & Bowties. As Elaine spoke, I tried not to blink. My eyes, welled up with water, were about to burst and I didn’t want her to see a tear stream down my face in...

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Boogers, books and behavior at Fairyland

No, that headline isn’t a mistake. “Boogers, Books and Behavior: The Elementary School Mind” is the official title of a session at one of the few conferences devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature and technology. The session...

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

This weekend in the YaY! Area through Sunday, September 21

Nom, nom!  It’s a foodie weekend here in the Bay Area.  Cuisine Noir is celebrating its 5th year anniversary at the Cartoon Museum and the Eat Real Festival is going on this weekend in Oakland.  Prepare to...

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...

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...

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