Culture

Early Sunday morning runners were on the course for the sixth annual Oakland Running Festival .(Photo by Candese Charles)

Runners from around the world join the fun at the sixth annual Oakland running festival

Bumping music, energetic people and booths selling food were all apart of the festivities at the sixth annual Oakland Running Festival on Sunday. The day included a marathon, half-marathon, a 4-person relay, a 5k and...
Lead artist Nicole Gervacio as she explance the painting

Oakland artists create a mural project to honor women affected by violence

Oakland residents gathered in Park Community Garden this weekend to commemorate the victims and survivors of violence against women. The event, which included the unveiling of several portraits, was organized by the anti-violence group Her...
Ralph Spinelli, left, and the cover of his book, Prison As Punishment. Photos courtesy Ralph Spinelli.

Second chances: An ex-convict’s path to higher education

On an early October morning in 1990, Ralph Spinelli swung open the back door of a large restaurant as he shoved his other hand into the pocket of his lightweight windbreaker, pretending to hold a...
Musicians perform the drum call. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

West African dance takes over Oakland

For one night, dancers at Oakland’s Skyline High School transported the auditorium’s occupants to the shores of West Africa with rhythmic drumming that reverberated through the room. Dancers stomped and moved rapidly across the stage,...
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Made in Oakland: Four “maker city” stories in four objects

In her first appearance as Oakland's mayor-elect, Libby Schaaf held a press conference wearing a striking red dress, a necklace of the Oakland tree, a bamboo earrings and riding -- unforgettably -- in a fire-snorting...
Phillip Yip assembles the Oakland Tree Earrings.

The earrings: A multi-step product of Oakland’s “maker” network

The assembly of those bamboo trees on the new mayor's earlobes was an Oakland production, start to finish -- and one small product of the local "maker" culture that inspires the earrings' designer.
Members from the group Jiten Daiko perform a Japanese Taiko (Photo by Melina Tupa)

Hundreds celebrate the Lunar New Year at Oakland museum

The museum welcomed in the new year with a fun-filled festival of Chinese and other Asian traditions for the fourteenth year in a row, as hundreds of children and parents learned how to write Chinese...
Qeyno co-founder Kalimah Priforce describes the purpose of the "rite of passage" ceremony at the end of the My Brother's Keeper Hackathon. Photo by Nicole A. West

Oakland hackathon seeks to develop local talent

This weekend, 10 teams of young people—predominately African American and Latino students between the ages of 7 and 20—worked alongside designers and developers in Oakland to build innovative apps and websites to “hack” their communities.
Mokelumne art exhibition travels to Oakland to share river's beauty and raise awareness on water conservation

Mokelumne art exhibition travels to Oakland to share river’s beauty and raise awareness on water conservation

“Way beyond the water source to millions of people downstream, and water to irrigate farmland, the river is a wildlife sanctuary,” said landscape artist Julie Trail, speaking about the mystical Mokelumne River. Trail is one...