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Shrines of Bicycles and Booze

Oakland has long tradition of makeshift roadside memorials featuring idiosyncratic symbols that honor the person who died.

Little Tibet By the Bay

Richmond is now the hub for Tibetan Americans living in exile in the Bay Area.

Co-Living the Open Door Way

It’s like being housemates with a common vision.

Mad for Mah-Jongg

The ancient Chinese tile game sees renewed popularity in the East Bay.

Living Small

Oakland’s first micro apartments are coming to the Nook on Valdez.

The Urban Wine Movement Heads to Richmond

Kevin and Barbara Brown of R&B Cellars, along with Jeff Cohn of Jeff Cohn Cellars, are bringing new life via wine, cider, and beer to the waterfront.

Movie Theater Chains Imitate Mom and Pops

They’re trying to get more butts in seats by letting patrons watch, say, The Big Short with a Blue Moon in hand. Whether it’s working is another question altogether.

Hayward Is Chic But Not Too Chic

The next big low-key thing is Hayward, thanks to a burgeoning downtown with healthy nightlife and other crowd magnets.

Look Who’s Partying in Oakland Now

More San Francisco residents are heading east to Oakland for food, fun, even work.

Fantastic Negrito Earns the Limelight

Xavier Dphrepaulezz is an Oakland musician whose star seems to be rising, thanks to beating out 7,000 other contestants from around the world for NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert Contest.”