Faatimah Amen-Ra A is preparing for the Women’s Premier Basketball Association’s second season. She says the pre-professional league is “vital for Oakland.”
Category: Arts & Community
After closure, Nomadic Press books find a new home
The new publisher, Black Lawrence Press, will also debut 10 new books that Nomadic—long a home for Bay Area poets and other creative writers—planned to release before it had to shut down.
Map: Places in Oakland where you can see the Hayward Fault in action
Andrew Alden’s new book, ‘Deep Oakland: How geology shaped a city,’ is a lesson on earthquakes, topography, and Oakland history.
Community rallies around Al-Maida market and restaurant after burglary
The family-owned North Oakland shop’s entrance was recently smashed apart by a truck but neighbors have rallied to support it.
This week in Oakland: Toasted Life party, and the Noname Book Club meetup
Other events include coffee and conversation with Councilmember Treva Reid, the announcement of Oakland’s new Youth Poet Laureate, and the East Oakland Futures Festival.
At Oakland’s Lux nightclub, music fans ‘battle’ to determine the best songs
The Monday night parties, hosted by DJ Slowpoke, have become a platform for up-and-coming local artists to get their tracks heard.
In a new memoir, Dorothy Lazard recalls growing up in Oakland in the 1970s
‘What You Don’t Know Will Make a Whole New World’ explores family, empowerment and Oakland history as told by The Town’s favorite librarian.
A ‘cabinet of curiosities’ bookstore is coming to Oakland
The subterranean bar and cafe Clio’s Bookshop will offer an intellectual kaleidoscope of books organized by era and an array of literary events.
This week in Oakland: Hyphy Era Tour at the New Parish, and the 23rd annual Malcolm X Jazz festival
Other events include a bulky trash drop-off, a memoir reading by Dorothy Lazard, and the closing of CAAMFest.
Learning to sew at the Depot for Creative Reuse
Local nonprofit SNE Cares and the Depot’s recent sewing classes spread skills that reduce waste and build self-reliance.
Oakland’s All Out Comedy Theater is back — with a brand new 109-seat venue
After lots of community support, the theater is bringing its stand-up and improv back to the KONO neighborhood.
Oakland’s newest soccer team is ready to make its home debut this week
Oakland’s new women’s soccer team is playing its home opener at CSU East Bay on May 13 against San Francisco’s Olympic Club.
This week in Oakland: 510 Day, Town Up Tuesday, and Oakland Soul’s home debut
Other events include the Montclair Village Restaurant Walk and a birth equity brunch at La Guerrera’s Kitchen.
‘A taste from home’: Despite a war, a small shop brings Ukrainian and Russian foods to Oakland
When Suman Acharya purchased Euromix Delicatessen in 2021, he didn’t foresee how a distant conflict would upend the global supply chain.
‘Demoralizing’: Oakland arts community let down by mayor’s budget proposal
The Cultural Affairs Division accounts for 0.362% of the City of Oakland’s budget.
Oakland Catholic Diocese files for bankruptcy due to sex abuse claims
The Diocese, which oversees Catholic churches and institutions in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, faces hundreds of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by clergy.
Oakland’s Plymouth United Church is promoting jazz and justice
Rev. Marjorie Wilkes Matthews and her congregation are placing social justice and inclusion at the center of the 120-year-old church’s mission.
Broken guitars and dirty sneakers: What does the future of repair look like in Oakland?
We asked a DIY researcher, sneaker cleaner, guitar repair person, and a knife salesman about the state of local repair shops.
This week in Oakland: Rainbow Dances, AfterGlow Chorus, and a meetup with the East Bay Photo Collective
Other events include Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Odin Mezcalería, and First Fridays.
‘This is not our fault:’ Oakland A’s fans are defending their image
Some are refusing to buy tickets while others plan a “reverse boycott.” But many die-hards are blaming Athletics owner John Fisher for the team’s likely move to Vegas.