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Good graffiti makes good neighbors in West Oakland

The trains run in West Oakland once again. That’s certainly how it feels when you face a stunning locomotive-themed mural-in-progress that spans over 8,000 square feet on the Wrist Ship Supply building. And...
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Doing barbecue and business right at The Brick Pig’s House in Oakland

Carolyn S. Alexander, the co-owner of and chef at Oakland’s The Brick Pig’s House comes from a family of entrepreneurs. Her work is a source of abundant pleasure and pride, drawing on nearly 100 years of...
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57th Street Gallery: Where art, jazz, and community mix

On any given Monday night in Oakland, you can swing by 57th Street Gallery and listen to some great local jazz, maybe jam with some world-renowned musicians yourself. Maybe even get some birthday cake to...
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Zombies, and antlers, and lettuce, oh my! Oakland’s Pro Arts Gallery opens its Bay Area Currents 2014 show

Zombies are a “stigmatized group” and Oakland artist George Pfau is here to tell you about them. Pfau is one of eight artists showcasing his work at Bay Area Currents 2014, the annual exhibition hosted by...
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Oakland artist and entrepreneur Monique Harris: At the vanguard of art, technology, and disability

There is no denying that Monique Harris is an artist, first and foremost. I came across her artwork featured at Actual Café a few weeks ago, and I’m lucky I did. Waiting for my lunch, I found my eye drawn...
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Oakland’s original co-working space needs you

What does the Oakland Public Library (OPL) have going on that you need to know about but don’t? Chances are a whole heck of a lot. I walked into the Main Branch one recent afternoon and left with my spirit...
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New horizons in undocumented immigration in Alameda County

At its most literal, the issue of undocumented immigration is about a piece of paper. Now, in Alameda County, that rings true in more ways than one. Last month, the Alameda County Sheriff’s office issued...
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Oakland marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Last Wednesday night I attended “Freedom Summer School” in Oakland. And unlike any other class I’ve ever attended, the “students”—nearly 2,000 of them—piled into the “classroom” at Beebe...