.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 Album Recorded In Oakland

Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz (aka Fantastic Negrito) has never really liked musical genres. Is he playing blues, rock, folk, funk, gospel, or country? The answer is yes. This genre line infidelity made it really tough for him to...
Jul 30, 2019

Most Important Novel Set in Oakland

Not many works of literature explore the experience of America's Native people. Of the ones that do exist, most are set on reservations or in rural areas, far away from big cities. Local Cheyenne and Arapaho author...
Jul 30, 2019

Best Place to Restock Your Zine Collection

Do-It-Yourself Magazines (DIY 'Zines) emerged when proto-punk met the Xerox machine in the late 70s and early 80s. From the creation of these first 'zines, an underground snail-mail network was formed that eventually included thousands of 'zines...
Jul 30, 2019

Best Place to Dance and Not Spend Money on Alcohol

In a world that sometimes offers little respite for the sobriety-inclined, Dance Jam Berkeley offers a refreshing alternative — dancing without alcohol or drugs. Though on the surface it looks like the straight-laced, tee-totaling, drug-free antithesis to...
Jul 30, 2019

Best Hike

Tilden Regional Park and the adjacent Tilden Nature Area is one of the most beautiful urban parks in California and therefore in the country. With more than 2,000 acres, its best hike is perhaps the Rotary Peace...
Jul 30, 2019

Best New Genre-Defying Local Group

"Feel That Again," which local trio Hello Yello released last fall, is a low key, grooving track that can't decide if it wants to be easy-listening R&B or a bitter-sweet indie-pop. It's not really either. This group...
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...
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