Ferlinghetti Spaghetti

A poet prevails As regards the recent passing of poet, playwright and Beat publisher, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, exiting at three digits still seems untimely for such a towering figure. This column will not be your encomium...

Cop Critics ‘Overjoyed’

Oakland police issues explored A task force created by the City of Oakland following the death of George Floyd amid calls to defund Oakland police issued a series of draft recommendations—including one to make immediate...

Native Tongue

Debajo del Agua’s acoustic hip-hop speaks to the unseen and the unheard Debajo del Agua’s new album, Mosaico, lives up to its title with a sound that’s a mash-up of hip-hop, with Latin American and...

Up Against It

Democracy struggles in contemporary China (Lost Course). Traveling rough in the Great Depression (Riding the Rails). By Kelly Vance In Jill Li’s illuminating new documentary Lost Course, a mainland Chinese fishing village is revealed as yet...

Power of The People

The Bay Area honors the Black Panthers Misfortune is a test of people’s fidelity.Those who protest at injustice are people of true merit.― Huey P. Newton, Revolutionary Suicide  From 1966, when the Black Panther Party was...

Free Will Astrology

Week of March 3 ARIES (March 21-April 19): In late April of 1969, Cambridgeshire, U.K., hosted the first-ever Thriplow Daffodil Weekend: a flower show highlighting 80 varieties of narcissus. In the intervening years, climate change...

Best Look During a Pandemic

There were endless, politically burdened, pro-or-con statements made ABOUT masks in 2020. Happily, for people choosing to MAKE a statement with a mask, the options were equally generous. A tightly curated list had the...

Alley & Vine Teeters between Posh and Popular

Foraging on Alameda Island usually starts at the Feel Good Bakery. Once inside the Marketplace on Park Street, I order a loaf of sourdough bread or a baguette, pork chops from Barons Meats or,...

Journalist Sarah Belle Lin Allegedly Shot with Rubber Bullet

Sarah Belle Lin, an independent journalist and photographer working in the East Bay, has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that she was shot with a rubber bullet by a City of Richmond...

Alameda County Rolls Out Vaccines

Employees with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department and the county’s local law enforcement agencies received their first of two coronavirus vaccines last Thursday during the first of several clinics intended to vaccinate law enforcement...

Up Against It

Democracy struggles in contemporary China (Lost Course). Traveling rough in the Great Depression (Riding the Rails). By Kelly Vance In Jill Li’s illuminating new documentary Lost Course, a mainland Chinese fishing village is revealed as yet...

Bob Hillman’s Songs for the Pandemic

Like many artists, songwriter and guitarist Bob Hillman had to spend some time adjusting to the realities of the lockdown brought about by the current pandemic. He tries to write at least one new...

Van Goat Explores Darker Sound on New Single

Oakland’s animated swing punkers Van Goat tease a darker sound in their new single, “Ain’t All That Bad,” released Feb. 6. This is their third single from the forthcoming sophomore album Nobody Cares, scheduled to...

Seize the Time

Memo to progressive-minded audiences: You might not have heard about Fred Hampton, but J. Edgar Hoover certainly did. Hoover and his army of business-suited FBI men—who tended to look the other way when white...

No Show 

Back before Covid-19 shut down the world, Oakland noise-rock quartet Nopes used to haul random books to their gigs. The books came in handy when they got to their song “Amber is the Color...

Wit, War, Chaos

The songs on Ein Klein Jukebox Baby, the forthcoming album from Oakland's Everyone Is Dirty, took shape in the dreams of the band's lyricist and violin player, Sivan Lioncub. The album title references classical music...
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