.Best Of Arts & Culture

Feb 23, 2021

Most Resilient City

The national press often glosses over the cultural impact Downtown Oakland has had on the world stage during the past decade. From the protest for justice for Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Nia Wilson and countless others, to being the epicenter of the global—and still growing—“Occupy” movement; the...
Jul 30, 2019

Best Hike

Jul 30, 2019

Best Comic Book Events

There are a few cool comic book shops in The Bay Area, but which one has a Green Lantern push-pin done in the style of the Run The Jewels logo? Only Cape and Cowl. The Downtown Oakland...
Jul 30, 2019

Best Gallery for People Under 30

Almost as if from under the cloak of darkness, the underground has emerged in a most unlikely place: The beer garden at Classic Cars West. In April it presented the Oaklash Drag Festival and the experimental video...
Jul 30, 2019

Best Way to Go Boating — and Support Youth Programs

How many times have you driven by Berkeley's Aquatic Park and longed to be out on the water instead of stuck in your car? Well, if you visit the park on the weekends (12 p.m.-6 p.m.) during...
Jul 30, 2019

Best Free Entertainment

What makes a city a city? That's a simple one. Live music in public spaces. We all know that Oakland has plenty of buskers and street performers ready to perform for audiences at a moment's notice. Thankfully,...
Jul 30, 2019

Best Center for Youth Activism

Though now largely forgotten, hip-hop was once strictly a vehicle for local, social change. The earliest incarnation of the form can be found in truces established by New York street gangs in the early 1980s as a...
Jul 30, 2019

Best Value in a Symphony

Self-described "part performance, part open rehearsal," Awesöme Orchestra takes a major detour from the highly refined and sometimes stuffy experiences of other symphonies. The orchestra rotates performance locations and musicians — every musician is just a volunteer...
Jul 30, 2019

Best Graphic Journal

When publisher Mike Nicholls began publishing Umber in the fall of 2017, it's hard to believe that he was already aware that he was doing something that would become historic. "I want you to feel the tooth...
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