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Product Review: E-40’s cocktail, Sluricane

You did not have to tell when to go to the liquor store to pick up a bottle of E-40’s new prebottled cocktail, Sluricane. I was already there with bells on. As a long time fan of local rapper E-40’s music,...
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How do you #wearyourvoice?

Editors note: This week marks the launch of an Oakland Local and Wear Your Voice Magazine collaboration. Every Thursday, WYV will present an image that we feel captures Oakland fashion, energy & its...
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One Classic Album. One Band Per Song. A Bunch of Love for Sly & The Family Stone.

It’s a concept that began as a late-night Gchat between two friends and music lovers, Lyz Luke and Charith Premawardhana of Classical Revolution. "I was writing a press release at like 2:30 or 3 in the...
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Great programs for young people in Oakland

A new year means new opportunities for achievement and a renewed interest in hobbies that may have fallen to the wayside. January is National Mentoring Month, and as we roll out 2015, we’re highlighting a...
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Notes from Mexico to 7th Street’s Sugar Pie: Oakland Music in the News

The diversity of Oakland's music is all up in the news lately. Just take a look at these four stories which range from the symphony to hip-hop to an icon of Oakland's 7th street past to an Oakland...
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Hella Oakland Mix: 77 tracks to get you psyched about Oakland music

It’s a little grand and verbose to call the music explosion in Oakland a renaissance, but let’s just say that with all the artistic talent in Oakland, both homegrown and with influx from other parts of the...
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Attune to Fun: An Interview with Oakland’s Jennifer Johns

"I’m planning to travel around the world, chasing the sun and singing," says Jennifer Johns about her 2015 plans which include touring while working with the Ghana National Museum on Slavery and Freedom....
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My Princess President

Imagine my surprise and delight to be presented on Christmas Day with a lovely and unique gift: a photograph of President Barack Obama wearing a tiara, surrounded by similarly crowned Girl Scouts. The photo...
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Best of 2014: Top 5 Oakland culture stories

Oakland's arts/entertainment/culture scene is as vibrant, diverse, and exciting as the town itself. 2014 in Oakland has meant new books, new fashions, great shows, the National Poetry Slam, and many many...
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What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Now, there’s nothing wrong with staying in on New Year's Eve, or hanging out with a small group of friends, but sometimes it’s fun to get out and celebrate the New Year with a crowd of revelers. There are...