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Author Archives: Azucena Rasilla
Azucena Rasilla is a bilingual journalist from East Oakland reporting in Spanish and in English, and a longtime reporter on Oakland arts, culture and community. As an independent local journalist, she has reported for KQED Arts, The Bold Italic, Zora and The San Francisco Chronicle. She was a writer and social media editor for the East Bay Express, helping readers navigate Oakland’s rich artistic and creative landscapes through a wide range of innovative digital approaches.
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park restarts summer camp
The park is going through an internal transformation to continue serving the local community.
Skaters take over Frank Ogawa Plaza
The Oakland Rollers are part of a coalition of rollerskater, rollerblader, and skateboarder groups making noise for more recreational spaces in Oakland.
Travel is back: Here’s what to expect at Oakland International Airport
I took my first post-vaccination vacation. Here’s what it was like if you’re planning one, too.
Watch: What’s next for the arts in Oakland?
The Oaklandside’s arts and community reporter, Azucena Rasilla, spoke with Kev Choice and Favianna Rodriguez about the art scene’s future and how the community can help support it.
The Oakland Museum of California is back. Here’s a preview of what’s new
Redesigned gardens, works by local artists, and a new café led by Tanya Holland greet guests at the reopened OMCA.
Where to celebrate Juneteenth in Oakland this year
Now that the state has reopened, we compiled a list of events where you can gather in person with friends on June 19, 2021.
Cómo reportamos sobre la vida de Mario González
Nuestra sala de redacción se esfuerza por informar responsablemente y con mucho cuidado sobre la vida de aquellas personas afectadas por violencia. Queríamos compartir más sobre nuestro enfoque de esta historia.
How we reported on the life of Mario Gonzalez
Striving to report responsibly on the lives of people impacted by violence requires great care. We wanted to share more on our approach to this story.
‘Blindspotting’ TV series is a love letter to Oakland, women of color, and local filmmaking
Filmed partly in Oakland, the spinoff of the acclaimed movie makes its streaming debut on STARZ this Sunday.
Grand Lake Theater is back. A behind-the-scenes look at what’s new—and what’s exactly the same
We were on hand at Oakland’s beloved theater as it opened its doors for the first time in 15 months.
Más allá del video: La vida de Mario González
Este artículo fue traducido por Azucena Rasilla. Read in English. Nota del editor: lea más sobre como reportamos esta historia. Si fuera un domingo cualquiera, Mario González se habría levantado temprano para ayudar a su hermano menor Efraín de 23 años, que tiene autismo, a bañarse y prepararse para el día. Luego, Mario habría omelets con […]
Beyond the video: The life of Mario Gonzalez
A video of the Oakland resident’s death is all most people know of him. His friends and family remember him as a caretaker, mentor, and role model.
How Oakland’s Street Level Health Project navigated the pandemic year
As more immigrants, day laborers, and elders sought the Fruitvale nonprofit’s services, it forged new partnerships to offer mobile clinics and more.
Check out these 11 Oakland-based filmmakers
While we eagerly await the release of the locally filmed show ‘Blindspotting,’ here’s a list of projects by Oakland filmmakers you can stream right now.
Leon ‘DNas’ Sykes on 510 Day, Lake Merritt, and Oakland’s resilience
The local educator and media maker co-founded 510 Day, happening May 10, to celebrate culture in the Town.
Mexican folk art is on display at Adalynn’s Fiesta Latina
Fruitvale shop owners Rigoberto and Guadalupe Murillo started by selling spices on the street corner. Now they stock their shelves with handmade leather goods, clothing, and housewares.
A fire station at San Antonio Park? Some neighbors say no thanks
The city says it’s the best and least expensive location, but some park users say it would eliminate recreational space in a low-income neighborhood.
Ready to attend an indoor live show or an outdoor event? Here are the safety guidelines
A virtual town hall co-hosted by the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission helped to clarify some COVID safety questions.
Who will be Oakland’s Poet Laureate? The city is accepting nominations
The two-year residency begins in June. Oakland residents have until May 19 to nominate or apply.