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Monday, September 1st, 2014

Show & Tell Concept Shop builds community in downtown Oakland

Washington had just repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” as Nichole Payton and Alyah Baker brainstormed names for the retail shop of their dreams. What’s the opposite of “don’t ask, don’t tell?” Payton mused, and so, in November 2011, the Show & Tell Concept Shop was born. “Show & Tell has always been a store that has

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Oakland Pride to celebrate its fifth year with parade

The Oakland Pride Festival returns to Oakland for its fifth year this Sunday, with the city’s first LGBT Pride Parade also added to the event’s festivities. The parade helps celebrate the Festival’s five-year anniversary, according to Oakland...

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

16 festival-tastic things to do in Oakland, August 29 – September 4

Here in Oakland, when we sense the beginning of fall approaching, we like to cram in as many festivals as we possibly can before that happens. We’ve got some great ones this week–the kind we wait all...

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Oakland Local launches “Street food: Meet the people who make it”

We rely on them to nourish us with their Tandoori chicken, grilled vegetable burritos, Chapati and lentil stews.  We count on their convenient locations when we are rushing around or just want to be outdoors instead of...

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

The cost of fighting gentrification in Oakland

The iconic imagination of social-justice movements is occupied largely with images of protest. It’s only natural. Protests draw public attention by design. But following this, the next most familiar personification of the social justice worker might well...

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

The only person qualified to make a one-man show about criminal justice in Oakland is Jinho “the Piper” Ferreira

Jinho “The Piper” Ferreira wants to take his show, Cops and Robbers, to Ferguson. Like that town this week, his show centers on an officer-involved murder. But some people in Ferguson might not want to hear what he has...

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival comes to Oakland

The 34th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF) made its appearance in Oakland last week, after the San Francisco showings ended August 3. Films from the SFJFF played at The New Parkway on August 7 and...

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Getting “real” holistic in Oakland: Worker-cooperative healers

To be “holistic” is, these days, to be soft-spoken and perfumed. This because the cynical boor that is our collective unconscious has bent the term “holistic” into an epithet for “neo-hippies seeking exotic medicines.” But this caricature...

Friday, August 15th, 2014

11 Bay Area music festivals to keep you grooving into fall

Outside Lands is over and the days are getting shorter. It might seem like the Bay Area music festival season is dwindling down. Not so. There are still almost a dozen festivals in the Bay Area that...

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

27 things to do in Oakland while it’s still summer, August 15 – 21

This week feels a little like a fall preview. Oh, we’ve got some summer left, but this week, stuff to do on the weekend is outweighed by stuff to do during the week. Not entirely summer-like, Oakland....

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