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Steve Snider: Downtown Oakland as a venue

The guys behind the light and sound of some of Downtown Oakland’s most successful music and art venues of the early 2000’s are now setting the stage for growth in one of the core parts of Oakland–Uptown,...
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Sprinkle Lab is quirky, but lucid

In the Queens D. Light music video for Love Pistol (below), the hip hop griot hunts nubile Adonises with a bow and arrow. She accepts worship from stone male statues in her chain link garden sanctuary and she...
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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. ©Stephen Texeira Photography LEONA HEIGHTS Ayannakai,...
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Sweet treat: PieTisserie gets a storefront

Jaynelle St. Jean and two of her employees (Courtesy of Jasmin Porter) 1605 2nd Ave., Oakland, CA 94606 | 510.859.7437 | mmmpies@pietisserie.com Wednesday - Friday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. // Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8...
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Let’s fix the voter turnout gap

by Zainab Badi California is failing millions of eligible voters, many of them here in Oakland. Our state’s voter turnout in the most recent election was historically low: Only 42 percent of registered...
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Oakland by the Numbers: Shots Fired (Community Voices)

A Careful Introduction All over the world, people from Oakland meet and talk about gunshots. Stories of terror connect people, as stories of hurricanes link together islanders and tornadoes link Middle...
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Oakland at a crossroads: the Jacka’s death speaks to greater truth (Community Voices)

By Nicole Lee, lifelong Oakland resident and the Founding Executive Director of Urban Peace Movement, an organization that builds youth leadership in Oakland to transform the culture and the conditions that...
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Oakland’s new church, Oak Life, promotes spiritual inclusivity

To the members of Oak Life Church, a small weekly gathering of Oakland spirituals, Graceland isn’t just Elvis’s home in Tennessee; it’s an achievable realm accessible to anyone, including the crowd of...
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5 facts to keep in mind when dining out on the Town this Valentine’s Day

Oakland’s minimum wage increase from $9 an hour to $12.25 was passed this November by an overwhelming 82 percent of the vote. Potentially, this means more money circulating within our local economy, more...
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A guide to Oakland’s queer spaces

If you felt a twinge of sadness when word got out that The Lexington, San Francisco's "friendly neighborhood dyke bar," is closing its doors for good — or you're like me and you literally shed...