Downtown

Children’s Hospital supporters lift their voices at benefit

The Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland hosted the second annual Notes and Words event at the historic Fox Theater in downtown Oakland. The event combined authors and recording artists for an evening of spoken word and musical entertainment to a venue of nearly 1,300 guests.

‘We Are One’ rallies in solidarity

The Alameda Labor Council organized the “We Are One” rally, which was held outside the steps of Oakland City Hall on Monday, the 43rd anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Union workers, teamsters, supporters, and demonstrators ignored the heat, carried their “We Are One” signs, and stood in solidarity against government leaders and politicians opposing union rights for union workers.

Downtown Oakland streets close for election festivities

Members of the Oakland Police Department cordoned off several streets on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for some pre-planned election night parties, as well as other less formal street celebrations, as media gathered in downtown Oakland to cover two of the nation’s most high-profile electoral contests — the California governor’s race and the fate of Proposition 19.

Nine shot at Oakland Halloween party

Bullets hit nine party-goers at a Halloween party in downtown Oakland just after midnight on Sunday, according to several media reports. At 12:01am, a gunman opened fire and hit several bystanders.

Wine tasters have nose for East Bay vintage

Think your Chardonnay has an oaky aftertaste? Try Oakland’s! Wine connoisseurs may focus on the vines of Napa County when touring California, but this weekend one group of out-of-towners found out the East Bay has a few wineries of its own.

Street chic: the faces of fashion at Art Murmur

Oakland’s Art Murmur event on Friday night focused on art of all forms. There were storyboards of comic books. There was a fawn with a surveillance camera for a head. But aside from what could be found in the galleries, the event attracted creative individuals who chose to wear their art rather than display it on a wall. Click on the article for a Flash interactive about the back stories about Art Murmur fashion.

Oakland artists try out skateboards as canvases

Art can come in a variety of forms—paint carefully brushed onto a sheet of canvas or pencil marks thoughtfully scrawled onto a piece of sketch paper. Then there are the less conventional art forms. Skateboards, for example. Or a pair of sneakers. Or knuckle tattoos. Explore an interactive profile of the artists!