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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 inside a restaurant. We love that they add to our festivities on First Fridays. But who are the

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....

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Poetry in Oakland: A National Poetry Slam sample

Oakland was home to the National Poetry Slam last week. Spoken Word poets from all around the country came to speak their craft. One of the most moving sessions was “Disability, Visible and Invisible,” and below is a...

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Community-building with a side of gentrification: OPD at National Night Out (Opinion)

I am a gentrifier, much like yourself, perhaps. Perhaps not. There are many types and degrees of gentrifierdom. But during my three years here in Oakland, I have spent a not-insignificant amount of time exploring, with others...

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

22 festival-heavy things to do in Oakland, August 8 – 14

This week isn’t just festive, it boasts multiple festivals of various kinds, including great food, terrific music, and even one where you can bring your dog to a museum. (No, really.) Enjoy! Friday, August 8 Dancing Under...

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