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The People’s Athletics?

September 16, 2015

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Though Oakland loves its baseball team, it’s safe to say that the Oakland Athletics’s ownership does not love Oakland.

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Obelisk for Temescal Entry? Installation Has Been Halted

June 8, 2014

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Update: The Temescal BID has agreed to halt installation and meet with local stakeholders (editor) The Temescal Telegraph Business Improvement District (TTBID) has designed and is in the process of implementing a huge gateway sign/sculpture for the Temescal Neighborhood. There was no open, competitive process for selecting an artist and the community was not engaged […]

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Bay Area Local Currency Supports Local Arts & Music

April 12, 2014

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The 25th Street Collective is an artisan-production and workshop space for slow food and slow fashion. Founder Hiroko Kurihara is a designer and well-known champion of local-made, founding both Oakland Sewn and Oakland Makers to support local manufacturing and grow Oakland’s diverse economy. On Saturday, May 3rd, the 25th Street Collective will showcase a new […]

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Leo’s Would Bring Some Needed Live Music Into the Temescal

March 28, 2014

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Ever since I moved in to the Temescal I have lamented how few live music options there are in North Oakland and South Berkeley. What makes many cities like Austin and New Orleans so enjoyable is the plethora of diverse and live music options that span genres and generations. I’ve always been a regular at […]

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My Travelversary (10 Years A Traveler)

March 9, 2014

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2014 and my 6 week trip to Myanmar (Burma) and Bali marked the 10th year that I have traveled during the winter months somewhere in the Southern hemisphere. I organize the flow of my year, knowing that I have the freedom and choice to venture to some far flung locale and then plan, organize and […]

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An Opinionated Guide to Experiencing First Fridays

September 14, 2013

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  I have probably gone to at least 25 First Fridays/Art Murmurs over the years and have watched it change and morph. I went to one large community meeting in the summer of 2012 where I advocated for the “official” street closure of Telegraph as the crowds had become so large that they were spilling […]

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The New Parkway: Eclectic Movies with an Oakland Vibe

August 1, 2013

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Some readers will fondly remember the old Parkway Theater , but if you haven’t visited the new iteration in the Uptown, it’s time to take in a film in one of the two theaters, both with relaxing cozy couches but I definitely prefer the one all on one level because it feels more intimate without the […]

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Latham Square in Downtown Could Revitalize with a Park for People

July 25, 2013

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Latham Square Plaza is a ‘Pilot Project’ Oakland is revitalizing the intersection of Broadway and Telegraph as a place for people, by redesigning the 1st block of Telegraph as a pocket park, with the road closed to cars and open to people. Between 16th St and Broadway, Telegraph Avenue will be re-invented as a larger plaza […]

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Kasper’s Korner Comes Alive at the Temescal Street Fair July 7

June 23, 2013

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Streets are for people too, and no where more so than amongst the temporary park benches, tables & chairs, plants, and street furniture at Kasper’s Korner Music & Art Pocket Park at the Temescal Street Fair, Sunday July 7, 12noon-6pm, corner of Shattuck and Telegraph. Watch this short and creative video to see how the […]

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Footloose: Why I Travel Alone

May 9, 2013

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For the last nine winters I have taken a longish trip to somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, mostly on my own. I got started on my solo trips when I decided to go to South Africa, a country that fascinated me. I harbored some of the same fears that I hear so often from friends […]

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