.The People Issue

Aug 14, 2019

Nick Dong

Oakland artist Nick Dong unites the joy of commitment and the grief of eternal separation in his latest endeavor, The Mendsmith Project. By forging the wedding rings of a friend whose husband had died, his metalsmith and jewelry skills create a single, tributary object; their love both tragic and...
Aug 14, 2019

Making Whatever’s in Front of Her Interesting

It's no slam to say that Jenny Odell's art is like a colossal yawn. Stretching the mandible of imagination wide, the Oakland-based artist's multi-disciplinary projects and new, well-received book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy,...
Aug 14, 2019

Best, Most Prolific Podcaster

As Game Of Thrones was in it final season, Vulture did a roundup of the 10 best GOT podcasts. Two of them were co-hosted by Oakland writer and podcaster Joanna Robinson. She even had a third one...
Aug 14, 2019

Champion of Richmond Education

Retired teacher Mike Peritz has been a local educator for more than 50 years, teaching a range of subjects with credentials for English Language Arts, Social Sciences, special education, and food service/hospitality training. Since retiring in 2001,...
Aug 14, 2019

Breaking Ground on the State of Human Communications

Anyone who's ever gotten into a political argument online may recall thinking to themselves that their opponent is just stupider than them. Behavioral scientist Juliana Schroeder's research tells her that this is a normal reaction to such...
Aug 14, 2019

Believer in Food as a Catalyst for Change

Food entrepreneurship runs in chef Rashad Armstead's blood. His great-grandmother, Sarah Rawls, opened up shop in West Oakland selling egg sandwiches made on a hot plate. From there, her restaurant empire grew to several full-service restaurants throughout the...
Aug 14, 2019

Best Street Clown

Alameda's own Kenny The Clown will do anything to make people smile. One yelper described meeting him outside of a bar and getting an earful of naked beach volleyball jokes, before Kenny pulled out a banana, with...
Aug 14, 2019

Volunteer Police Watchdog

By day, Regina Jackson is CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center, a 41-year-old nonprofit that provides enrichment programs for more than 2,000 youth and adults. But that's not all. By evening — and weekends, and probably...
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