Closed for eight months, the museum is completing phase one of an ambitious renovation that includes new gardens and a revamped cafe.
Category: Arts & Community
Baring soul with Rebecca Kleinmann and Tiffany Austin
Oakland flutist Rebecca Kleinmann is hosting a livestream concert Saturday with singer Tiffany Austin and friends.
With Trump’s defeat, the Grand Lake Theatre gets a new marquee message
“I’ve been waiting four years to put that message up,” theater owner Allen Michaan told us.
As Oakland-born Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris makes history, Oaklanders take to the lake to share their joy
On Saturday morning, a cheering crowd began to gather at Grand Lake Theater and beyond.
Oakland artists are projecting huge animated murals around town to help voters find ballot boxes
The Civil Rights-era inspired images gleamed from the walls of the Alameda County Courthouse Sunday night. They’ll be at Frank Ogawa Plaza Tuesday night.
In a pandemic year, Oakland’s Día de Los Muertos festival has new meaning
Our reporter reflects on what the Latinx community has lost without Fruitvale’s yearly Day of the Dead gathering.
You can still have fun on Halloween in Oakland
Some neighborhoods are responding to the pandemic with contactless trick-or-treating, while others are planning socially distanced parades.
Miss going dancing, giving hugs, and getting physical? The new issue of Umber is for you
Oakland designer Mike Nicholls on why the latest issue of Umber, the “creative thinker’s graphic journal,” focuses on sports, athletics, and movement.
A new film celebrates Lake Merritt’s 150th anniversary as the nation’s first wildlife refuge
A virtual celebration October 23 will feature guest speakers and a discussion about the ‘challenges of conservation, environmentalism, and racial justice.’
What’s an eruv? It makes life better for many Orthodox Jews, and Oakland just got one
It’s taken Congregation Beth Jacob three rabbis, the brainpower of multiple congregants, bits of wire, metal canisters, and the blessing of a consultant in New Jersey to finally construct its own eruv.
A student with ‘big, old school sound,’ Nathan Nakadegawa-Lee is one of Oakland’s new generation of jazz players
The Oakland Technical High School graduate is playing gigs around the East Bay while on a COVID-driven return home from college.
Jorge Bejarano’s ‘Town Lotería’ is a love letter to Oakland
The artist drew on his bicultural identity to put a local spin on the beloved Mexican game.
20 years of politics on the Grand Lake Theatre marquee, photographed
Two decades ago, a local photographer began documenting political statements placed on the iconic Oakland marquee by the theater’s owner.
Oakland teens are learning to code and ‘building brotherhood’ with The Hidden Genius Project
The nonprofit worked with 120 young Black men from Oakland, Richmond, and Los Angeles this summer on community-focused tech projects.
Drive-in theater on hold, but the Oakland Coliseum and Arena will become a massive voting site
Starting October 31 voters can cast their ballots in person or drive-thru and drop them off.
Chabot Space and Science Center discovering new ways to entertain local stargazers
The science and education center is physically closed, but offering an array of virtual events. The Oaklandside will join Chabot in live-streaming a Q&A with astronomers on Oct. 16.
The Afro-Cuban soul of Bobi Céspedes
The Oakland-based singer’s latest work is being broadcast as part of SFJAZZ’s ‘Fridays at Five’ series.
‘Don’t Let Me Die In Here:’ Oakland rapper Blast Holiday on San Quentin’s COVID-19 outbreak
‘Ice City’ rapper discusses the coronavirus outbreak, releasing new music, and gentrification.
Children’s Fairyland to launch ‘Celebrity Storytime’ with Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal
The two Oakland artists will co-host a virtual kickoff Sept. 26 for the park’s new digital storytelling series.
Oakland plant nurseries are booming during the pandemic
As people take comfort in gardening during the COVID-19 shutdown, these local businesses are finding ways to thrive.