Grand/Lake

Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater pays tribute to the vaudeville

Before every 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekend screenings at Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater, Gordon Pratt pays tribute to the vaudeville–an act made obsolete by technological advancements in sound. While the ushers are still cleaning up spilled popcorn and the audience is beginning to file in, Pratt plays a few tunes on the pipe organ–a complex musical instrument, which has seen its best days fly by.

Sacred Well offers Oakland hoodoo lessons

Across the street from Lake Merritt, a small group gathers around a wooden table, writing on playing cards. A man called Briar instructs his students to write “KEEP ME SAFE” in all caps across the top of their cards. Every card is a King of Clubs, and the group uses the K’s on the cards…

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 squirrels at Lake Merritt: Toppano, the squirrel feeder and “wrangler” of the duo, brings them over with the bag of walnuts and Hale, a professional photographer, snaps their photos to be posted on social media.