.Arts Feature

Jun 4, 2024

Home Is Where the Art Is

The concept of “home” is baked into human DNA. “There’s no place like home,” says Dorothy as she clicks her heels to return to Kansas. But, wrote seminal American writer Thomas Wolfe, “You Can’t Go Home Again.” Home can be a safe, comforting place—but for some, it’s a place of...
Carolina Ixta's Debut Novel Rooted in Oakland Realness
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...
‘Richmond Renaissance’ Vision Ignited
Mar 26, 2024

‘Richmond Renaissance’ Vision Ignited

Imagine walking up Richmond’s Macdonald Avenue, from the RYSE Center to the Richmond Museum of History & Culture, and seeing “asphalt art”—open studios and galleries, maybe even a live theater performance in Civic Center Plaza. Long-disused buildings...
Rhonda Benin Busts a Move
Mar 19, 2024

Rhonda Benin Busts a Move

NASA and private space exploration companies—listen up, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson and others—could learn a lot from Rhonda Benin. The East Bay-based jazz and blues vocalist remains, at age 69, all about discovery. Returning March 23...
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...
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