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09 Jul 2011

FREE: Temescal Street Fair

Disregard the date on the poster. They rescheduled to tomorrow. Temescal: It’s that slice of Oakland that’s just north of MacArthur BART and south of Berkeley city limits. Still don’t get the picture? It’s the neighborhood that’s home to both Bakesale Betty and Lanesplitter’s. Ah, now you see. Come out

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08 Jul 2011

Broke-Ass Day Trip: Russian River Tubing

The Bay Area is, undeniably, the shit; we have bomb-ass food, cool museums, an awesome bar scene — the list goes on. But the weather? Well, it leaves something to be desired (and I’m aware that I hold the minority opinion on this). Coming from the East, the toughest adjustment

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03 Jul 2011

4th of July Fireworks and Stuff, East Bay Style

Hey, I’m a grown-ass woman, and I still love watching a good fireworks show on the 4th of July. Unfortunately, our options in the East Bay are limited. For reasons unbeknownst to me, Jack London Square is not hosting a display this year. And Alameda supposedly has a huge parade

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30 Jun 2011

Five Summer Movies to Avoid

Ah, summer blockbusters: They have a reputation for being especially vapid. Often visually overcooked with little or no story line, it seems as though Hollywood collectively decided that the best medicine for the heat is to flood your brain with total garbage. Remember The Last Airbender? How about You Don’t

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25 Jun 2011

Today and Tomorrow: Get Your Art On for FREE

Do you like art? No? Well, uh, wanna spend a weekend in the sun after toiling away at your job all week? Yeah, I thought so. Today and tomorrow in Oakland, the Pacific Fine Arts Festival will invade Montclair Village and display the works of artists from all across the

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18 Jun 2011

Today: Doughnuts, Beers, and Dads

If your dad is Homer Simpson, he’s gonna go crazy for today’s event at Urban Indigo. And if your dad isn’t Homer Simpson, well, chances are he can’t say “no” to tasty treats. Today, Urban Indigo is hosting a FREE doughnuts-and-beer event in their store to say “thanks” to papas

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16 Jun 2011

Thoughts on Traveling Alone

Even Einstein was a self-professed “lone traveler”. You’re in a strange town or city all by yourself. Maybe you’re “on business” (Doesn’t that sound douchey?) or attending a mandatory family reunion. Either way, chances are your Holiday Inn room smells like human piss, and you may or may not have

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