.Best Of Arts & Culture

Jul 20, 2022

Freight & Salvage Is East Bay’s Favorite—Again

Sponsored content by Freight & Salvage “Since its founding in 1968, the Freight & Salvage has been deeply rooted in that aspect of Berkeley’s culture that embraced freedom, justice, acceptance, collaboration and innovation,” the beloved music venue’s website says. And that goes a long way towards explaining why “the Freight”...
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...
Jul 30, 2019

Most Decadent Pool Deck

Hanging out at the — not one, not two, but three — pools at the Claremont Club & Spa, nestled in the hills on the border of Oakland and Berkeley, will transport you from the hustle and...
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