.Arts Feature

Mar 26, 2024

Carolina Ixta’s Debut Novel Rooted in Oakland Realness

When Carolina Ixta was a kid, she’d go get haircuts with her mom and sister at a salon in Fruitvale, at 31st and International. Her mom’s highlights would take hours and the sisters would get bored, so they’d go grab food at the Wendy’s down the street, then pick...
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Oakland Theater Project Looks to the Past, Present and Future
Mar 12, 2024

Oakland Theater Project Looks to the Past, Present and Future

The pandemic was hard on live theaters. Many small companies did not survive it. But the innovative and scrappy Oakland Theater Project was able to draw inspiration from its home, scrappy and innovative The Town, and will...
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Return to the Freight
Mar 5, 2024

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Returns to the Freight

The pure joy radiating from the members of South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo was shown to the world when the documentary Paul Simon, Graceland: The African Concert debuted in 1987. Their vocal harmonies had already received global acclaim...
Tommy Orange Writes Second Urban Native Novel
Feb 28, 2024

Tommy Orange Writes Second Urban Native Novel

The difficulty in beginning a conversation with Oakland-based, New York Times best-selling novelist and writer Tommy Orange is deciding which direction to go. We could shift into reverse and march through his earliest years, being born and raised...
AI and Sustainability Push Fashion Forward
Feb 13, 2024

AI and Sustainability Push Fashion Forward

FASHION’S FUTURE Fashion is the art medium with the biggest worldwide participation. The clothes a person wears reflect their character, even when unintentional. Someone’s favorite band can be displayed on the front of a sweatshirt, or the boots...
Library Cards Showcase Oakland Spirit
Feb 6, 2024

Library Cards Showcase Oakland Spirit

The limited-edition artwork of nine winners of Oakland Public Library’s 2024 library card contest combines to create a vibrant, celebratory mini-exhibit of the city of Oakland and its people. Honoring Black artistry, culture and history, and reflecting...
W. Kamau Bell Tests New Material at Berkeley Rep
Jan 30, 2024

W. Kamau Bell Tests New Material at Berkeley Rep

Busting down the fourth wall between performers and live audiences in a project with Berkeley Repertory Theatre after a five-year hiatus from the stage, Oakland-based, Emmy Award-winning stand-up comedian, writer, director and producer W. Kamau Bell asks...
Evie Ladin's Body Music of Women's Woes
Jan 23, 2024

Evie Ladin’s Body Music of Women’s Woes

MoToR/dance's full evening-length production, "Water in the Kettle," is a masterclass in poignant and exuberant choreography and compelling storytelling, featuring a multigenerational cast of women and additional guest musicians, and exploring the complex female in a way that's not didactic but expository, with humor, grace and tight ensemble rhythm.
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