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Aug 23, 2023

Fall Into Arts

The East Bay delivers art and culture After suffering enervating, zombie-inducing online and hybrid performances during the pandemic, live shows are once again the norm. Thank the gods and goddesses of art and entertainment! To celebrate, the Fall Arts Preview centers on in-person opportunities. A few venues continue to offer...
Aug 23, 2023

Liquid Life

Aug 23, 2023

Kronos Quartet

Dec 7, 2022

Last Minute Gifts

A festive guide to ethically sourced retailers in Oakland  Holiday season is here. *Bells jingle softly in the distance; steam rises off a cup of hot chocolate.* A miraculous and much-needed week or two of rain, nippy temperature...
Nov 9, 2022

Presents Moment

Go for the outside-the-gift-box with East Bay local treasures Ring-a-ding-ding! Get your shopping chops warmed up, because the holidays are upon us. Buying locally, as we know, supports local businesses, is better for the environment, is more fun—and...
May 25, 2022

Critical Viewing: Essential documentaries to watch this summer

The documentary art form has evolved into an everyday tool to learn about and understand the world. True, sometimes people just need to take a load off and melt their brains with a streaming bonanza of light summer...
May 11, 2022

Korean Superette Is Simply Super: Go for the imported snacks and banchan or sit...

Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman is a favorite recent read of mine. In the novel, a woman comes to the conclusion that she is the soul of the convenience store in which she works. Her identity isn’t...
May 11, 2022

Souley Vegan: Tamearra Dyson expands her menu and her business

The tragic and blessed life story of Tamearra Dyson is baked into every Southern Staples Bowl served up daily at Souley Vegan, her downtown Oakland restaurant. The signature bowl, an intriguing, multi-textured blend of crunchy fried tofu, buttered...
Mar 16, 2022

A New Beginning at Nuevo Sol: Chef Gilberto Monroy can poach a perfect egg...

My keen sense of déjà vu kicked in this weekend while I was eating brunch at Gilberto Monroy’s Nuevo Sol. The plate of lemon ricotta pancakes I ordered looked exactly — and I mean exactly — like...
Mar 16, 2022

Tech and Terroir: Fern Stroud’s diverse talents grow Black Vines

The Black Vines Festival celebrated a jubilant, yet carefully safe, return to a live event late last month. The 11th annual festival hosted 400 sippers, noshers, art-lovers and networkers—half of capacity at Berkeley’s CIEL Creative Space. “The energy...
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