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Why There’s No Gayborhood in Oakland

Oakland is third in the nation with same-sex households, but there’s no gay and lesbian district — and that’s OK since there are arguably more LGBTQ-targeted events and things to do here than ever before, and the LGBTQ community is stronger than ever.
April 04, 2019

Aimee Allison Builds the Power of Women of Color

As the she behind ‘She the People,’ Oakland’s Aimee Allison works hard to network and connect women of color nationwide to transform democracy.
April 03, 2019

Merritt College Is Training the Next Generation of Naturalists

The Oakland community college has a new program for park rangers, interpretative guides, urban farmers, environmental consultants, park managers, and more, and seeks to attract people of color.
April 02, 2019

Kaiser Permanente Plans Its Own Medical School

The Oakland nonprofit is shaking up the medical school model by opening its own new medical school in 2020 in Pasadena. Plus, KP will waive tuition for the first five classes.
April 01, 2019

Volunteers Narrowing the Achievement Gap

Reading Partners, a successful nationwide nonprofit program, strives to improve third-grade reading proficiency in low-income Oakland schools.
April 01, 2019
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Food & Drink

Leaves & Flowers Revives the Sencha Tradition

The Berkeley online and wholesale tea outfit shares its own signature blend of Kyushu-grown sencha, reviving an ancient tea tradition.
April 19, 2019

Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana Lets Tamarind Shine in Cocktails

Tamarindo Antojeria Mexicana is one of the few restaurants to celebrate this under-discussed aspect of Mexican cuisine — and even incorporates tamarind into its cocktails.
April 19, 2019

Charmed by Rico Rivera’s Almond & Oak

The future bodes well for the former Penrose when diners discover Almond & Oak’s revitalizing charms under its new chef-owner.
April 12, 2019

Stan Yee Establishes a New Park Street Hang Out

Town Tavern occupies a prime corner and space to create a community bar with drinks and bar food for his friends and neighbors.
April 05, 2019
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Arts & Culture

Omara Portuondo Steps Out of Semi-Retirement

At 88, Portuondo is still a nonpareil interpreter of boleros and fillin, a Cuban jazz style she helped introduce. She performs at The Freight & Salvage as part of what’s described as her Ultima Beso (Last Kiss) Tour. Fonseca.
April 19, 2019

New Works by Michael Levitin, Elise Hooper, and Maggie Forti

Levitin explores masculinity, Hooper embellishes Dorothea Lange, and Forti debuts her first album.
April 18, 2019

Amy Gamble’s ‘The Eulogist’ Is a Tale of a Resourceful Woman

The Bay Area author’s third novel — a work of historical fiction — relates to her own family history.
April 18, 2019

CHVRCHES Plays The Greek

The laser-drenched synthwave band with just a smidge of witch house darkness recalls giants of Britain’s 1980s synth heyday like David Bowie, the Eurythmics, and New Order.
April 17, 2019
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Life & Style

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton Urges Parents to Discuss Race

Cal psychologist Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton has a prescription for race relations discussions: Make friends that are outside your homogeneous circle.
April 15, 2019

Cascades Flow Rampant Through the Columbia River Gorge

Be prepared to fall for the area’s 77 waterfalls, comprising this continent’s highest concentration of cascades. But the Columbia River Gorge’s other natural and manmade attractions delight as well.
March 27, 2019

The Bay Area’s Latest Retail and Fashion News

Ultra Cat offers wearable art, Edo Salon opens, SF hosts Fashion Community Week, and SoleSpace goes solo.
March 27, 2019

Oakland Marathon Turns 10

Marathon runners will be crossing the Bay Bridge in both directions. The running festival also offers a 5K, team relay, half marathon, and half marathon + 5k combo.
March 15, 2019
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Home & Garden

A Ballena Bay Home Combines the Best of Land and Sea

The well-appointed Alameda manse offers modern luxury amid gardens and the bay.
March 29, 2019

New Real Estate Laws

A number of laws affecting homeowners, renters, and property owners go into effect in the East Bay and across the state in 2019.
March 28, 2019

Tips for Artfully Curating Your Home

The practice of artful arrangement, or curating, is obvious when visiting a museum and evident in almost every space we occupy — from grocery stores to fabric emporiums, and, of course, our homes. Make the most of yours.
March 26, 2019

Getting Your Home Ready for Spring

Here are some affordable tips.
February 28, 2019
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From Our Other Publications

Richmond Arts Center Tackles Nature and Culture

Here Is the Sea and Faces Without Noses, a pair of Richmond Art Center exhibitions, examine environmental and aesthetic themes. Nature and culture, again, do their eternal parallel-evolution dance, seen through sociopolitical/informational and aesthetic/poetic filters. It’s style-plus-content art that looks good and is good for us.
April 12, 2019

Katy Butler Writes About Navigating the End of Life In Her New Book

In the The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life, author and Bay Area journalist Katy Butler pools her infinitely practical and deeply human expertise to coach people on the end of their lives.
April 11, 2019

Cal Performances Hosts Alvin Ailey Dancers for 2019

Returning April 9-14 for its annual residency that began over 50 years ago in 1968, the venerable dance company brings three Bay Area premieres and some returning favorites to Zellerbach.
April 08, 2019

Volunteers Narrowing the Achievement Gap

Reading Partners, a successful nationwide nonprofit program, strives to improve third-grade reading proficiency in low-income Oakland schools.
April 01, 2019
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