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What happened to the Ohlone burial sites? (Community Voices)

While looking through shelves of donated books at the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, I found a comb-bound publication that looked as though it was made at Kinko's. There was a black-and-white sketch of a...
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23 gallery-opening, rockin’-out, novelty-absorbing things to do in Oakland and 1 in Piedmont, September 5 – 11

Sure, you'd expect a bunch of art openings for First Friday, and you'd be right. There's even more art action than that this week, though, and there's plenty of bonus music, wicked interesting lectures and...
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“Perched” art show in Oakland unfolds harmony of two worlds beginning Friday, September 5

At the intersection of urban life and the natural world, Oakland-based artist Cameron Thompson creates a state of mind rooted in stability and perspective. This intersection, where city commotion meets...
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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Washington had just repealed “don't ask, don't tell” as Nichole Payton and Alyah Baker brainstormed names for the retail shop of their dreams.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...
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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...
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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 year...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...