Art

Mike Saibi 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 Saibi 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...
A sculpture of a little girl, passed down from an art museum.

Shoppers get a preview of the treasures at 57th annual White Elephant Sale

Each year the Oakland Museum Women’s Board organizes the sale, and the proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). People donate old items, which are then sorted into different categories and sold to the...
A squirrel accepts a walnut from a lofty palm tree perch.

Squirrel photographers showcase Oakland’s furry residents in new exhibit

Hella Damn Squirrels has been in full operation since 2013. The group only consists of two people, Hale and her boyfriend Toppano, partners in squirrel photography from the very beginning. They focus solely on the...
Band students at Edna Brewer Middle School at a practice session on a Monday afternoon.

Through adversity, music programs in OUSD fight to grow

Cal’Vion Evans, an eighth grader at Roots International Academy, begins slowly, tapping the cymbals and toms with two wooden drumsticks. The drum set rests on a mini-stage, a short platform covered by a rug and...
Tom Chappelear, a mentor at Curiosity Hacked, is helping one of the kids build the base of a BattleBot.

Curiosity Hacked brings the maker movement to Oakland’s students

It is 7 p.m. and the young makers at Curiosity Hacked are swiftly moving between the laser cutter and their workbenches. This Tuesday, the kids have one mission in mind: creating BattleBots for the spring...
Details from a nicho in Rituals + Remembrances, exhibited at the Oakland Museum of California through January 3rd.

Grieving their ‘little angels’: Latina women in Oakland process the loss of their children, together

A Day of the Dead exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California highlights the work of MADRE, a local group who aims to help Latina women cope with the grief of child loss.
Vocal Rush performs at West Coast A Cappella Showcase at UC Berkeley; photo taken by Akira Olivia Kumamoto

Vocal Rush blurs the line between a cappella and activism

Founded in 2011 at the Oakland School of the Arts, the group is made up of high school students at the charter school. They have won the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA)...
In this portrait, twins Anastasia and Aja display their tattoos. The siblings were the only surviving babies of a quintuplet birth. After reuniting with Aja, Anastasia tattooed "Tisch'e" above her heart, the name of one of their siblings who didn't survive. Photo by Luisa Conlon.

Foster youth tell their stories through tattoos in the California Youth Connection’s new exhibit “Tribute”

Photographer Ray Bussolari harnesses the symbolic power of tattoos to represent the experiences of foster youth.
Oakland Technical High School was established at its current location at 42nd Street and Broadway in 1915.

Oakland Tech celebrates centennial

This year, Oakland Tech turned 100, and its alums have planned a celebration lasting an entire year. The Centennial Celebration, organized by staff, students and alumni, included a gala over Memorial Day weekend, a talent...