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Functional Beauty: New OMCA exhibit showcases the life and...

‘The goal of “Edith Heath: A Life in Clay” is, obviously, to showcase Heath’s artistry; her work’s clean, simple forms and glazes that enhance the clay’s textures. “But we want to go beyond,” Johnson said, “and talk about her personality and her processes.”’

Foodie Nation: Understory provides delicious cuisine with a side...

"Understory also provides pop-up opportunities for local chefs through their partner organization Oakland Bloom," writes Jeffrey Edalatpour in our Taste feature story.

Out of His Mind: Michael Pollan digs deeper and...

"'This Is Your Mind' isn’t simply an excuse for Pollan to get tripped-out and talk about it, or to display his rocketing curiosity and considerable intellectual energy," writes Lou Fancher. "It is a book that presents, and leaves for readers to consider, valuable questions: about presumptions they may hold, and embedded taboos relative to a sedative—opium—that has in recent history been transformed by a pharmaceutical company into a destroyer of human lives."

Food for the Soul: East Bay food producers make...

Shana Bull writes, "The East Bay is a hub for businesses that give back to the local community. Whether it’s TCHO Chocolate or Third Culture Bakery—both in Berkeley, with a location in Walnut Creek opening soon for the latter—working with farmers who pay their employees living wages, or Rubicon Bakers in Richmond providing employment to those in need of a second chance, many East Bay business owners understand that their company culture, and how they treat their employees, vendors and community, matters.".

Not-So-Still Life With Figs: Legendary fruit thrives in the...

Janis Hashe waxes eloquent on the abundance of figs in the East Bay and her ongoing competition for them with starlings, "the trashy relatives of the bird kingdom, as they start another round of Starling Wars."

Top That: Soul Slice brings Southern flair with unique...

Jeffrey Edalatpour dines at Oakland's latest pizza innovators, Soul Slice, and speaks with owner Karter Louis about adding a touch of soul to the traditional pizza from crust to toppings.

Perfect Pet Picks

It's not too late to find the ideal gift for your adored pet, be...

Gourmet Gifts

The onerous shuttering of Bay Area restaurants during the pandemic offers few restitutions and...

Gift Local

Let's imagine this holiday gift-giving worst case scenario: Like any Covid-fearing citizen, you've remained...

Ideas for the epicures and aesthetes in your life

Gifts for Cooks Since almost everyone is doing more cooking right now, gifts for kitchen...

The Best Bars for Reuniting Your Crew

It's the holiday season, which means that for those of us who grew up...

Confederates and Immigrants, Punks and Riot Grrls

Cantoras By Carolina de Robertis Alfred A. Knopf; 336 pages; $26.95 With Cantoras, Oakland writer Carolina...

A Guide to the East Bay’s Best Holiday Desserts...

The Best Holiday Desserts You Can Buy The holiday season is upon us, and even...

Collecting Birds, Making Chocolates, Fighting Bandits, and Other Pursuits

People love games — both playing them, and giving them as gifts. We have...

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