Downtown

A glimpse to an aisle at the Video Room in Piedmont Ave. on Friday December 2, 2016. (Yesica Prado/Oakland North)

Video rental, antiques, shoe repair: Old-fashioned shops struggle to hang on

A big red house stands in the middle of Telegraph Avenue, two blocks from the Berkeley border with Oakland. It resembles Santa’s workshop: fun, colorful and packed with a massive amount of “stuff.” The building...
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivers her second annual State of The City Address at City Hall.

Oakland residents weigh in on issues they believe affect the city

Reaching for the moon was the theme for Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s annual State of the City address on October 14, as she introduced the “Oakland Thrives Moon Shot,” a slate of goals to guide...
Baba Zumbi discussing the future of music on panel  to discussed Tools for the future at Oakland Music Festival panel meeting at Sole Space 1714 Telegraph ave, Oakland, CA. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Bigger than ever, the Oakland Music Festival is back for nine days

They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it but what if your goal is to transform it? After three years of steadily increasing attendance and growing popularity, Oakland Music Festival (OMF) CEO and founder...
Taylor Brown riding with group of friends on Telegraph Ave, Berkeley to honor the memory of Terrence McCrary  to Moorpark in Oakland, CA. Photo by Khaled Sayed

Oakland residents hold memorial bike ride for Terrence McCrary Jr.

It was just after 6 o’clock on Saturday outside of Bows and Arrows in Berkeley when people started pulling up with bikes. First one, then two, then three—then over a dozen. They were there for...
Baby herons are often times pushed out of their nests by their siblings, and die from the impact of the pavement.

Audubon Society rescues heron and egret chicks in downtown Oakland

The Golden Gate Audubon Society and Oakland Zoo have teamed up to rescue baby birds that have fallen from their nests. Watch members on a heron rescue mission in downtown Oakland.
Gritty City's Lindsay Krumbein and Maurice Jones, Jr. in front of a poster their new production, Much Ado About Nothing. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

Gritty City Repertory Theater creates a 1970’s-style Shakespeare for young Oakland performers

For Oakland’s artists, The Flight Deck, an arts and performance venue, is an open home. But for one theater group in particular, the space means much more than that. Tucked away in the back of...
Handwritten note by F. Scott Fitzgerald on a copy of Tender is the night. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

International antique book fair finds a new home in Oakland

The lines started early. One man asks if this is the queue for ticket holders, hoping that he is in the wrong one. To his disappointment, it’s the right line, so he waits, his anticipation...