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Johnny Lopez Launched TURFinc to Spread an Art Form

In 2012, Lopez started TURFinc with the goal of helping kids like him. Through the organization, beginners can learn the dance style, and experienced dancers can learn how to grow their careers and reputations.
May 20, 2019

Affordable SAT Prep for All

Khan Academy partners with College Board to close the opportunity gap on standardized college test preparation.
May 15, 2019

A Highway 1 Trip Can End Cabin Fever

The long rainy season gives way to spring, and the open road of the Pacific Coast Highway beckons from Morro Bay to Mendocino.
May 14, 2019

Take a Forest Bath to Open Your Senses

There are thousands of trained, certified guides around the world, several best-selling books have been published, and the first international forest-therapy conference will be held in July at Sonoma State University.
May 08, 2019

Concerns Surface Over Essential Oils

Endocrinologists and aromatherapists are at odds over whether lavender and tea tree essential oils cause ‘moobs.’ More consumers are talking to their doctors about it.
May 06, 2019
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Food & Drink

Home-Field Advantage Leads Robin Kim Win

The East Bay Spice Company mixologist competed with six others in three rounds to earn bragging rights as The Best Bartender in Berkeley.
May 24, 2019

Baker Marykate McGoldrick Thinks of Rhubarb in the Spring

The pastry chef uses rhubarb and buckwheat for an upside down cake that perfectly balances tartness and sweetness.
May 23, 2019

Brown Sugar Kitchen Satisfies Soul Food Cravings

The new Brown Sugar Kitchen skillfully renders chef Tanya Holland’s most iconic dishes, including her fried chicken and waffles.
May 17, 2019

Oakland’s 4505 Burgers & BBQ Roasts a Whole Hog Every Day

Chef/butcher/restaurateur Ryan Farr takes his time — sometimes as long as 18 hours — to barbecue a whole hog at his Laurel district location.
May 10, 2019
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Arts & Culture

Susan Muscarella Expands the Horizons of Jazz Education

Thanks to Susan Muscarella, California Jazz Conservatory has a storied rep as an independent music school devoted solely to the study and performance of jazz.
May 20, 2019

Flyaway Productions Tackles Women’s Issues

‘The Wait Room’ combines oral histories, music, and dance on an important topic: women with incarcerated loved ones.
May 16, 2019

‘Kings’ Exposes Some D.C. Dirty Laundry

The Ashby Stage takes up a timely topic: the corrosive effects of money on politics in Sarah Burgess’ ‘Kings.’
May 15, 2019

Indie Rock, a Techno Thriller, and Women’s Essays

Music by Victor Krummenacher, suspense from Eliot Peper, and 46 essays from women writers.
May 14, 2019
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Life & Style

Visit East Lake for Oakland Treats

Just east of Lake Merritt, discover psychics and martial arts, tattoo artists and locksmiths, crawfish and sweet and savory pies.
May 24, 2019

Make a Statement With DOPP Shoes

Oakland designer and stylist Shayla Dopp uses sustainable material to make her high-end footwear.
May 23, 2019

Beauty Abounds in Morro Bay

See ‘The Rock,’ paddle the bay, bird watch, and hike the woodlands.
May 22, 2019

More Find the Benefits of Qi Gong

Master Shi Yong Yao is a 33rd Generation Shaolin Temple Grand Master Monk. Originally from China, he now lives in Oakland, and has been hosting regular classes at the Oakland Asian Culture Center in Oakland for years.
May 22, 2019
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Home & Garden

Exterior Paint Adds Value and Protects Homes

Whether you’re selling your house and want to get top dollar, or just want to keep the place in tiptop shape, one of the best ways to start is by refreshing the exterior paint job.
April 30, 2019

Idora Park Storybook Home Goes on the Market

The quaint and affordable split-level 1,621-square-foot house in the Bushrod district is near shopping, restaurants, and businesses in Temescal and Rockridge, plus it’s near BART, bus lines, and casual carpools.
April 25, 2019

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
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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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