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Tales of Two Cities Episode 6: Music in the East Bay

Host, Brad Bailey, explores music ranging from innovative music education programs in Oakland to some of the city's most passionate Springsteen fans.
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Credentials rules leave some East Bay dance instructors unable to teach

Despite being one of the dance capitals of the world, with 73 public and private colleges and universities offer dance majors, for decades there hasn’t been a single-subject teaching credential in dance for the California...
Fiber Florist, otherwise known as Vivian Truong, makes everlasting flowers out of felt.  (Photo courtesy of Fiber Florist)

At “Fiber Florist,” a local artist creates everlasting bouquets

In the window display of Vivian Truong’s studio there are rose petals as soft as a newborn’s hair, tulips as vibrantly colored as wild birds, and daffodils as bright as the early morning sun. It...
Pamela Baron started the House Portrait Commission, a collection of painted homes from the Bay Area. (Photo by Libby Leyden)

Capturing Bay Area houses with watercolors and a brush

Watercolor illustrator Pamela Baron has set out to capture Oakland’s unique neighborhoods through her hand-painted images of people’s homes, a project she calls “The House Portrait Commission.”
The work of local poet Nina Lindsay will be published by Sixteen Rivers Press on April 2. Photo by Aya Brackett.

In new collection, librarian-poet pens odes to Oakland

Throughout the years, Oakland librarian Nina Lindsay shelved books, helped cardholders with reference questions, and aided children in interpreting their school assignments, sometimes with instructions from teachers that were somewhat lost in translation. As she...
Adam Hubenig is owner and designer of Gneiss Wood.

Artist’s love for driftwood anchors Gneiss Wood in Oakland

Adam Hubenig grew up in Quebec and Ontario, Canada, surrounded by lush forest, hidden brooks and rivers, with access to a secluded cabin where he could completely escape into nature. He moved to Oakland in...
Brittani Sensabaugh's "222ForgottenCities" project documents African American communities in cities around the country. Photo by Angelica Casas.

Oakland native documents forgotten communities

When Brittani Sensabaugh walks down the streets of East Oakland, she notices a combination of characteristics among those who live there—strength, struggles and power. It is those features she wants to capture in her photography....
Greeting over drinks at Sunset Magazine party

Sunset Magazine relocates to Oakland, setting sights on younger, urban readers

Sunset Magazine hosted a party in mid February to celebrate its new move, new editor - in - chief, and new direction it planned to take editorially at its new Oakland location.
Molly and Karina started a kickstarter campaign to make their dream of selling their hand blended tea by a mobile truck a reality. (Photo courtesy of Steep Tea Co.)

“Steep Jeep” is bringing a modern take on tea

Revamping an ice cream truck into a mobile tea business is just one part of Molly Gaylord and Karina Vlastnik’s vision for Steep Tea Company, based in West Oakland. They are renovating the “Steep Jeep,”...
Children's author James Kennedy poses with Newbery-winning books at the Oakland Library's Rockridge Branch on Saturday, where he held the annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Photo by Katherine Wei.

Children’s author encourages youth to get creative in videos at 90-second film festival

Wearing a shirt with ruffles running down the front and a bright golden bowtie, children’s author James Kennedy bounced up from a chair and briefly introduced a longtime children’s favorite, My Father’s Dragon, before pressing...
Mike Saidi is the owner of Helen's Flower Shop. This Valentine's Day, the shop, established first in Berkeley, celebrates its 30th anniversary. Photo by Angelica Casas.

Oakland florist celebrates Valentine’s Day with business anniversary

Mike Saidi has never received flowers from his wife on Valentine’s Day, but he would not mind it if he did. After all, Valentine’s Day is his favorite holiday and flowers are his favorite plants....
Mereth Niemoeller, a violinist for the Youth Orchestra, rehearses a piece.

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra preps for winter concert

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra will hold a winter concert on February 21 at the San Leandro High School Performing Arts Center.
Tales of Two Cities will bring you audio stories about Oakland and Richmond. Stay tuned. Design by Angelica Casas.

Introducing the Tales of Two Cities Podcast, radio stories from Richmond and Oakland

Dear Readers/Listeners, The combined staff of Oakland North and Richmond Confidential is excited to announce a new bi-weekly podcast featuring radio stories from Richmond and Oakland, as well as interviews with our reporters, community leaders and other news-worthy...