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Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Hip hop therapy for Oakland youth begins in October

Beginning in late October and running through January, the Oakland Public Library and Oakland Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a hip hop workshop series for marginalized young men of East and West Oakland’s neighborhoods. In partnership with Oakland nonprofit Beats Rhymes and Life Academy (BRL), these workshops are therapy-based, centering around team building,

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Oakland street food: The documentary (Part 3)

“Comida Mobile” looks at the Latino experience as mirrored in the lives of pushcart vendors in Fruitvale, Oakland. Miguel Montiel grew up supporting his family’s fruit cup stand. Now helping manage the business, he remains grateful for his parents...

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

19 things to do in Oakland with traditions old and new, September 26 – October 2

This week, we have lots of traditional events. They’ve either been around for decades or are just starting out: 25th anniversary, a couple of 2nd annuals, decades-old annual, 3rd annual, first-ever, 1st annual, and of course, the...

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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 deeply entrenched in the Bay Area...

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Send off summer with the Oakland Music Festival 2014

September is music festival month in Oakland. Though not the only month with music festivals, there’s been a non-stop slew of music all over the city this month, concluding with the 2nd annual Oakland Music Festival, which...

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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 programs for at-risk and low-income...

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

This Weekend in the YaY! Area through September 27

It’s that time again for you and me to start planning our weekend calendars.  The diversity of events in the Bay is reflected every weekend in this column and I am always grateful to live in this...

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Oakland street food: The documentary (Part 2)

“Comida Mobile” explores the Latino experience as mirrored in the lives of pushcart vendors in Fruitvale, Oakland. Activist Emilia Otero has championed pushcart vending in Oakland for 17 years, fighting to legalize mobile food and providing immigrants a...

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Oakland street food: The documentary (Part 1)

“Comida Mobile” explores the Latino experience as mirrored in the lives of pushcart vendors in Fruitvale, Oakland. Born and raised in Oakland, 22-year-old Miguel Montiel operates his family’s fruit cup stand on International Boulevard, often working from 5 a.m. to 5...

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Art bargains and more at Flourish Oakland (Community Voices)

Oakland Art Murmur is gearing up for Flourish Oakland, its annual fundraising party and art auction. More than thirty works of art will be offered for sale in a silent auction, with bids starting at 50% off...

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