Oakland

05 Feb 2018

The Rarely Told Story of the East Bay Blues

By Chris DeJohn Mississippi, Chicago, Texas, Kansas City, and even Louisiana enjoy more association with the blues than the West Coast — but the art form holds a long, deep history in Oakland, California. Legendary singer, songwriter, guitarist and former long-time proprietor of The Boom Boom Room in San Francisco,

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29 Jan 2018

Winter Hiking in the East Bay

GUEST WRITER: AMANDA MCDOWELL Of course, it’s impossible to not yearn for the sunny patios and sandy beaches of summer, but one of the beautiful things about Northern California’s winter months is how well they lend themselves to hiking. A trek might start off a bit chilly, but considering other

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21 Jan 2018

Oakland Women’s March: “Pussy” power heads for the ballot box

If it can be said that strength is gained through adversity, than the past year under Trump has been like super food for women. And that may be his most remarkable, yet unintentional, accomplishment yet. Anger is a powerful motivator and it was that anger coupled with a growing sense

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21 Jan 2018

The Best Signs from the Bay Area Women’s Marches

Yesterday was superb. Around the world millions of women and their allies took to the streets to show Donnie and his fuckboys their utter hatred and disgust for his regime. In Bay Area cities, hundreds of thousands took part in the Women’s March and of course brought their fantastic signs.

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17 Jan 2018

A Transplant’s Take on Oakland Cuisine

OFF MENU IS SPONSORED BY EMPEROR NORTON’S BOOZELAND THE TENDERLOIN’S NEWEST HISTORIC DIVE.  HAPPY HOUR NOON – 7PM Guest writer: Amanda McDowell Growing up in the South, life revolves around eating. Between backyard barbecues and rainy days watching the Food Network, there has been no shortage of southern cuisine in my life. Because

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16 Jan 2018

Hip Hop is Everywhere in Oakland

By Amanda Davis I’ve been an avid concert-goer since about 8 years old (thanks mom!) and I’ve seen tons of artists all over California. But since moving to the Bay Area, I’ve noticed something incredibly special about Oakland’s music scene compared to other parts of the Bay. It really is

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16 Jan 2018

Oakland Digs Deep for Root Meaning of MLK Day

There were no barbecues or people lounging the day away. Instead, it was an afternoon of peaceful resistance and camaraderie in Oakland’s Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (locally dubbed Oscar Grant Plaza) with people of all shapes, sizes and shades coming together to reclaim the holiday in a way that truly

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