Shooting at Lake Merritt

Eli Walsh reports on the shooting that left one dead and seven injured at Lake Merritt over the last weekend. Contrary to earlier reports, Walsh notes that Oakland Police have uncovered a pattern: “This is not the first San Francisco–related group-and-gang shooting we’ve seen in the city of Oakland,” they said. “This is a problem we’ve been trying to manage for the last several months.”

Future Is Now

Lou Fancher visits Oakland's Isis Asare and her Sistah Scifi online bookstore which focuses on Black speculative fiction through an Afrofuturistic lens. "Increasing interest in readers seeking sci-fi specifically has been propelled by not only the Black Lives Matter social justice movement, but also by the genre’s elevation through scholarly attention," Asare said.

Spitting Game

Alan Chazaro sits down the rhyme artists Jwalt and Nito to discuss the history of Bay Area rap as well as how they are forging a new future for the genre as representatives of Gen Z's contribution to the form.

The Pizza Guy

Kelly Vance reviews Jafar Panahi's film ‘Crimson Gold’, the real-life story of a put-upon pizza guy that was produced, directed and edited by Panahi and entered in the 2003 Cannes Film Festival without the Iranian government’s permission

Comedy Comeback

In this week's Feature, Janis Hashe celebrates the return of live comedy shows to the East Bay with a round-up of places that are reopening to put mirth back in business.

Box Store Buds

In this week's 'Chronic Town' Dan Mitchell investigates Amazon's perplexing interest in cannabis legalization and the MORE Act. Is Amazon trying to be the 'Amazon of weed'?

Free Will Astrology

Week of June 23 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Author Albert Camus advised everyone to “steal some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self.” That’s excellent advice for you to heed in...

The Clock Is Still Ticking

Jeffrey Edalatpour visits Crockett's Wanda's Restaurant and talks with Chef Clara Yun about the benefits of baking traditional sweets for updated palates in a classic rustic setting.

Oakland’s Poet Laureate

Keith Burbank and D. Scot Miller report on Oakland's first Poet Laureate, Ayodele Nzinga, founding producer and director of the West Oakland theater company Lower Bottom Playaz, established in 1999.

Pandemic Tourism

Eli Walsh reports on California's 'Golden State Getaways' where vaccinated Californians are eligible for much-needed free vacations. In addition to multi-night hotel stays and dining and entertainment options, each vacation package also comes with a $2,000 cash prize that can be used for expenses during the vacation.

The Pizza Guy

Kelly Vance reviews Jafar Panahi's film ‘Crimson Gold’, the real-life story of a put-upon pizza guy that was produced, directed and edited by Panahi and entered in the 2003 Cannes Film Festival without the Iranian government’s permission

Rock Solid

Andrew Gilbert profiles Drummer Larry Vann and his deeply rooted ties to the Bay Area and his storied history playing with some of the most noteworthy artists in Funk, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Soul.

Where’s It Hurt?

Kelly Vance reviews Oskar Roehler’s dramatized tribute to the late filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 'Enfant Terrible' with a caveat. "Potential audiences are warned that 'Enfant Terrible' is pretty much for Fassbinder fans only, he writes. "He’s an acquired taste, and it’s plain that he doesn’t really care whether viewers 'get' his films at first glance.".

Jesse Brewster

j. poet sits down with Jesse Brewster to discuss his new album, 'Confessional', and how the musician managed to find solace during the pandemic. "After 20 years of hauling equipment around and playing gigs and running all over on tour, it was good to stop for a moment," he said.

Snip, Snip, Snip

Kelly Vance reviews Prano Bailey-Bond's 'Censor' and is particularly impressed with lead actor Niamh Algar. "Algar overcomes clichés with her performance, an unnerving portrait of an emotionally vulnerable woman with no escape valve for her fears," writes Vance.

Don’t Grow Old

Long-lost George Romero film paints a horrific portrait of senior life In 1973, five years after George A. Romero stunned the entertainment world (and scared the pants off audiences) with Night of the Living Dead,...
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