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On The Virtue of Hooks: Talking Music with The Seshen

The Seshen members are like a big family. You know, the type of family you really, really like. It makes it easy to see why their music moves in such fluid dynamism, a feat considering the dual vocalists and a...
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Vocal Rush’s Urban Aca Artistry sends a message (Community Voices)

By Margaret Huang, co-chair of the parent APT Public Relations Committee for Oakland School of the Arts, Vocal Music Department This past weekend, Vocal Rush, an a cappella group from Oakland School for the...
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The Oakland Neighborhood Project

Oakland Neighborhood Project A photo project that gives people in Oakland's 146 neighborhoods a chance to tell the world about where they live. Bartlett (Upper Peralta Creek) Familia Aguilar. Claudia...
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“Patternscapes”, ceramic works by Tiffany Schmierer

Manna Gallery is pleased to present a selection of ceramic sculptures and wall pieces by San Francisco artist Tiffany Schmierer.  Exhibition opens Third Thursday, May 21, from 6 to 8 pm and continues to...
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Michael Chabon’s mysterious 8-year wait (hint: novel involved) (Community Voices)

I really didn’t want to hear this from someone I’d just met: “I spent $500 on an impulse buy at Children’s Fairyland’s live auction years ago, and I don’t know if I ever received what I...
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The Oakland Neighborhood Project

Oakland Neighborhood Project A photo project that gives people in Oakland's 146 neighborhoods a chance to tell the world about where they live. St. Elizabeth Madeline lives with her wife of two years...
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How Do You #WearYourVoice

Editor's Note: Every Thursday, Wear Your Voice Magazine will present an image that we feel captures Oakland fashion, energy & its people. We are Oakland. We are unique. We stand against each metropolitan...
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“Dre Area: The Mac Dre Art Show” pays homage to the late rap legend

In the years since his untimely death in 2004, Mac Dre's life has become so mythologized, and his image so widespread, that he's transformed from a pioneering local rapper into a godlike figure. A symbol of...
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New music: Yassou Benedict’s “YoungBlood” off OIM Vol. I

With the launch of OIM Records, the label has just released a track off their first album OIM Vol. I, due out in full in June. "YoungBlood" by San Francisco's Yassou Benedict starts softly and moves in waves....
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Meet the social media-savvy psychic bringing tarot to millennials

Nestled in a quiet attic room just north of the Oakland-Berkeley border, Alese Osborn's office is stuffed with personal mementos and eclectic objects that make a typical psychic's set-up look corporate in...