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Courtesy of: Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo (District 5)

Fruitvale neighborhood hosts Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day celebration

On May 7, people gathered in Oakland’s Fruitvale district to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, commemorating the Mexican Army’s victory, despite the odds, against the French at the Battle in Puebla in 1862. The event, hosted...
Heavy metal fans crowded Rasputin Music in Berkeley on Record Store Day to see Metallica perform. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Murphy)

Despite loss of thrash metal scene in Bay Area, musicians find reasons to keep playing

In the early 1980s, the Bay Area was at the center of thrash metal music, one of the many subgenres of heavy metal. During that decade, heavy metal became incredibly popular around the world; kids...
Jason Witt, a recycling heavyweight, is one of the three people whose lives the film crew followed for over seven years. Photo by Amir Soltani/Film still from Dogtown Redemption

“Dogtown Redemption” documentary shines spotlight on local recyclers

“Dogtown Redemption,” a documentary film shot over seven years in West Oakland, follows the lives of three local shopping cart recyclers.
Coldplay's Chris Martin headlined this weekend's Notes & Words benefit concert for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland.

Benioff Children’s Hospital hosts benefit concert, Chris Martin headlines

Some 1,600 people filled the Fox Theatre for this year’s Notes & Words concert. The concert, in its seventh year, benefited the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland and featured local talent like the Oakland...
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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.