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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.”
April 22, 2015

Dining Goes to the Dogs at Underwood Cafe, Pier 29 and Elsewhere

Thanks to a new law, puppies and their parents can grace the porches of California restaurants. Lots of places are getting in on the action.
March 22, 2015

Are Too Many Downtown Oakland Night Spots Bad For Business?

Is there a downside to Oakland’s burgeoning entertainment district?
December 22, 2014

Workplace Destinations

When coworking started in the Bay Area about a decade ago, it was an experiment. The hypothesis: Independent professionals who share a flexible environment work better together than they do alone. The concept: For a monthly fee, members get access to a furnished workspace, WiFi, printers, a kitchen, and most importantly, each other.
December 01, 2014

Ecstatic Dance Equals Bliss on the Dance Floor

When venturing out for a night of Ecstatic Dance, your getting-ready routine will be a bit different. You do not need flashy clothing to pass the red rope, a pocket of cash to impress everyone at the bar, or pick-up lines to prove your unstoppable charm. It’s not that kind of party.
October 10, 2014

Barbecuing It Up at Lake Merritt

At noon there’s no sign of them. By 1:30 p.m., a couple of coolers have arrived. When 3 o’clock rolls around, the grills are lit and smoking, the beers are chilling, and the Rémys unscrewed, and music is erupting along the water from Borden Way to Wayne Avenue. This is the new Sunday afternoon scene at Lake Merritt: a boisterous, crowd-filled departure from the grassy goose playground it usually is.
September 03, 2014

Oakland Bars Ban Google Glass

On a busy Saturday night at Oakland’s Dogwood bar, a cozy Uptown haven of tasty cocktails with an accompanying buzz of conversation, a man stood on a chair peering down through his cell phone to get a good group shot of his companions. Click, click.
July 02, 2014

Bike Sharing Rides Into the East Bay

May 01, 2014

Bike Share Convert

What, it’s going to be two or three years before bike sharing hits the East Bay? I couldn’t wait, so I downloaded the official Bay Area Bike Share app and took BART to the Embarcadero Station in San Francisco.
May 01, 2014

E-cigarettes Get Trendy

As more people turn to electronic nicotine delivery systems, regulating e-cigarettes becomes complicated.
March 30, 2014