Culture

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.
A mural at Oakland International reflects the diversity of the school.

Bridging linguistic barriers for parents in Oakland schools

Sury Martín and Paw Sei are part of a rapidly growing number of district parents who don’t natively speak English. According to OUSD’s fast facts website, during the 2014-2015 school year, 49.5 percent of students...
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Tales of Two Cities Episode 7: Loss

In this week’s episode of the Tales of Two Cities podcast, hosts Brad Bailey and Matt Beagle will be discussing loss, and stories about people moving on when something or someone important is taken away....
Isaiah Rivera says that working at the Town Kitchen has "saved my life". (Photo by Martti Penttilä)

Oakland small businesses honored at Work Local Awards party

Last Thursday, The Town Kitchen was awarded the “Most Community-Oriented Employer” at the Work Local Awards party. The award aims to recognize and celebrate the best employers in the Bay Area.
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...
An elephant's trunk contains over 100,000 muscles, says the sign outside its enclosure. The trunk will help the elephant eat between 200 and 300 pounds of food every day.

Oakland Zoo celebrates Earth Day

The celebration took place on Saturday, April 23, when thousands of visitors flooded through the park’s gates to watch the animals and observe the performance by Trapeze Arts Inc., a circus arts school in West...
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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.
Housing expert Betsy Morris calls tiny houses the "kittens of the housing world" — irresistibly cute.

With laws changing, tiny homes may have a big effect on housing

Making space for more people without forcing out existing residents is a key dilemma of the housing crisis, affecting cities across the Bay Area. While large apartment buildings can take years to go up, advocates...
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Africana studies community research center has a welcome debut

Guests could hear music and laughter the moment they walked through the entrance of Building L at Merritt College one chilly March evening. They were here for the community open house for the new Africana...