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'I'm Going To Get My Gun': Event Organizers at Ghost Ship Accused Derick Almena of Theft, Threats

Derick Almena, operator of the Oakland warehouse that burned on Friday, killing at least 36 people, was accused last year...
East Bay Express  |  12-05-2016  |  Ear Bud

Couple In Charge of Ghost Ship Lost Kids to Child Protective Services While Living in Oakland Warehouse

The couple in charge of the Ghost Ship warehouse lived there with their three children — and had their kids...
East Bay Express  |  12-05-2016  |  Ear Bud

Operator of 'Ghost Ship' Lived Inside Site of Oakland Warehouse Fire with Wife, Children, Was on Probation

Derick Ion Almena was the man behind Ghost Ship, the venue inside the Oakland warehouse where a deadly fire killed...
East Bay Express  |  12-04-2016  |  Ear Bud

Officials Continue to Search Oakland's Ghost Ship Warehouse, 36 Fire Victims So Far

Update: More victims identified on Monday night: Em Bohlka, 33, Oakland, Calif. Micah Danemayer, 28, Oakland, Calif. Chelsea Dolan, 33,...
East Bay Express  |  12-04-2016  |  Ear Bud

'I Genuinely Thought I Was Going To Die': Reddit User Describes Terrifying Escape From Oakland Warehouse Fire

It's worth sharing this terrifying account by a Reddit user of their escape from last night's Oakland warehouse fire. The...
East Bay Express  |  12-03-2016  |  Ear Bud

Artists Who Survived Oakland Warehouse Fire Discuss The Tragedy, Those Missing, Need for Safe Underground Spaces

Bay Area party promoter and record label owner Nihar Bhatt says he arrived at Ghost Ship last night at 11:15...
East Bay Express  |  12-03-2016  |  Ear Bud

Was Operator of Oakland Warehouse Fire Venue 'Warned' of Safety Issues, 'Illegal' Construction, Danger?

Derrick Ion Almena allegedly operates the Ghost Ship venue and Satya Yuga art collective, the site of last night's Oakland...
East Bay Express  |  12-03-2016  |  Ear Bud

Oakland Warehouse Fire: 'It Was A Tinderbox. I Don't Recollect Anybody Coming Out.'

Oakland Fire Department says that nine were killed in the blaze, more than 30 missing. Seung Lee arrived at GhostShip...
East Bay Express  |  12-03-2016  |  Ear Bud

Building Engulfed by Deadly Oakland Fire Had Pending Habitability Complaints

At least nine people are confirmed dead and several dozen are missing after a fire ripped through the the "Ghost...
East Bay Express  |  12-03-2016  |  Ear Bud

Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

'On Christmas Day I’m being evicted. Can you believe that?' Jahahara Alkebulan-Ma'at couldn't believe it: His landlord recently gave him...
East Bay Express  |  12-02-2016  |  Ear Bud

Oakland Landlord Evicts Tenant, Then Hangs Pro-Trump Billboard on Building

Jahahara Alkebulan-Ma'at couldn't believe it: His landlord recently gave him an eviction notice, for Christmas Day, then decided to hang...
East Bay Express  |  12-02-2016  |  Ear Bud

Local Green Energy Authority Quietly Launches in Alameda County

The Oakland City Council voted last Tuesday to become part of a regional green energy authority, joining twelve other cities...
East Bay Express  |  12-01-2016  |  Ear Bud

Oakland Ethics Commissioner Accuses Officials of Abusing Access to Free Warriors and Raiders Tickets

Last night, an Oakland Public Ethics Commissioner said he's certain that officials are abusing the privilege of free tickets to...
East Bay Express  |  12-01-2016  |  Ear Bud

Mid-Week Menu: Ozumo, Curry Corner, and Taste of Africa Close

1) Big news in Uptown Oakland: Ozumo Oakland (2251 Broadway), perhaps the city’s quintessential power lunch spot, closed last week...
East Bay Express  |  12-01-2016  |  Ear Bud

Berkeley's TheatreFirst Explores Slavery During the Revolutionary War with VS.

Through December 17. In VS., the second play of TheatreFirst’s new season, everyone chases freedom — and nobody finds it...
East Bay Express  |  12-01-2016  |  Ear Bud

Alameda Health System Leaders Say Hospitals Are 'Safe Spaces' for Undocumented Immigrants

At their board meeting this evening, trustees of the Alameda Health System, which operates the county's public hospitals, affirmed that...
East Bay Express  |  11-30-2016  |  Ear Bud

Five Years At Citizens Engagement Laboratory and Aggregate Space

On Friday, two exceptional — although very different — Oakland art institutions are both celebrating five year anniversaries. CultureStrike, an...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

A Gefilte Manifesto-Inspired Dinner At Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen.

If your idea of Jewish food hasn’t moved beyond your bubbe’s gefilte fish recipe or the oversized pastrami sandwiches at...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

Gameheads’ Oakland Video Game Fest At Kapor Center for Social Impact.

Talking about diversity in the video-game industry has become a poisoned well in recent years thanks “Gamergate.” The video-game industry...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

Touch On: Aesthetics in the Art, Politics, and Ontology of Touch

At SOMArts. Although the typical rule in exhibition settings it “Don’t touch the art,” Touch On is intended to inspire...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

Howard Zinn Book Fair At San Francisco City College

One of the Bay Area’s many annual celebrations of independent publishing and thought, the Howard Zinn Book Fair touches down...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

Catered to You in Uptown Oakland Serves a Fish Sandwich Worth Saving

As the neighborhood changes, Teena Johnson's takeout window looks to stay competitive. The fish sandwich at Catered to You (1711...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

Dan Savage: My Boyfriend Can't Stop Fiddling With His Penis

Fiddle me this. My boyfriend of almost two years is wonderful, and we have had very few issues. But there...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

On Class, Race, Culture and the Anti-Trump Movement

Battle lines are being drawn: between those who say Trump's win was about economics, and those who say it was...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

Will Oakland Arts Organizations Find A Home at the Rehabilitated Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center?

As plans solidify for the refurbished civic center, some performing arts and music leaders are skeptical. The Oakland Symphony sometimes...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

Letters for the Week of November 30, 2016

Readers sound off about protesters, animal welfare, and city infrastructure. "Lawyers Guild Decries Oakland Police's 'Brutal' Tactics Against Trump Protesters"...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

The Isaan-Style Larb at Larb Thai Food & Tapas Is a Knockout

Funky, fiery regional Thai in El Cerrito. At first glance, Larb Thai Food & Tapas looks like the type of...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

Casey Affleck A Misfit Again in Manchester By The Sea

Approach with caution. Once again we find Casey Affleck cast as a confirmed misfit. This time, in Kenneth Lonergan’s iffy...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

Oakland Rapper Yared Kiflai Drops Debut Single, EP Coming Soon

Rising Oakland rapper Yared Kiflai broke into a huge smile as he sat down for a recent interview with the...
East Bay Express  |  11-29-2016  |  Ear Bud

In Uptown Oakland, Catered to You Serves a Fish Sandwich Worth Saving

The fish sandwich at Catered to You (1711 Telegraph Ave.), a no-frills takeout window in Uptown Oakland, is deceptively modest...
East Bay Express  |  11-28-2016  |  Ear Bud

Town Business: Green Energy and Jobs; State of Refuge; Public Bank

Donald Trump, perhaps the most conflicted, verbally abusive, narcissistic, misogynistic, unqualified man ever elected president of the United States, has...
East Bay Express  |  11-28-2016  |  92510

Warren Beatty’s Portrait of Howard Hughes, Rules Don't Apply Crashes on the Runway

Even before we sit down in the theater, there’s a musty smell about the project. From the cabinet of curiosities...
East Bay Express  |  11-28-2016  |  Ear Bud

Art Gallery Grifter: How White Walls Owner Justin Giarla Scammed Artists Out Of Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars, Then Disappeared

'I thought I knew how widespread it was, but I really had no idea.' A moment of rage overtook Oakland...
East Bay Express  |  11-23-2016  |  Ear Bud

An East Bay Food Gift for Every Budget

Hot sauce stocking-stuffers and freezers full of meat. We live in one of the food capitals of the world, which...
East Bay Express  |  11-22-2016  |  Ear Bud

The Express' Holiday Gift Guide 2016

For giving in Oakland, Berkeley, and beyond. We figured you'd need some help. So, we came up with 25 giving...
East Bay Express  |  11-22-2016  |  Ear Bud

Hats! Where to Buy Them For Every Person in Your Life.

It's a mad, mad, mad hat world. What do you grab when the top of your head feels cold, the...
East Bay Express  |  11-22-2016  |  Ear Bud

Charity Giving and Volunteer Opportunities in the East Bay this Holiday Season

From donating to the food bank to helping at shelters, there's no excuse not to give money or time. The...
East Bay Express  |  11-22-2016  |  Ear Bud

A List of Rad Books for Children from 2016

'Tis the season to give a kid a book. If you are the kind of grown-up who buys a book...
East Bay Express  |  11-22-2016  |  Ear Bud

A Guide to Buying Locally Crafted Spirits in the East Bay

Drink like a local. It's the holidays in the Bay Area, which means you might be scrambling to buy the...
East Bay Express  |  11-22-2016  |  Ear Bud

Six Nonfiction Books to Give for Holiday Gifts

From labor history to displacement, must reads for the gift-giving season. Receptacle for Intellectual Nausea: The Sick Bag Song by Nick...
East Bay Express  |  11-22-2016  |  Ear Bud

Celebrating Holiday Persimmons (And How to Eat Them)

If you have the space, plant a treet. They are not good until they be rotten," is how Thomas Harriot,...
East Bay Express  |  11-22-2016  |  Ear Bud

Seven East Bay Holiday Gift Ideas ... For Your Pets and Pet-Loving Friends

From badass collars to pet portraits. Let's be honest: For many people, their pets are the most important companions in...
East Bay Express  |  11-22-2016  |  Ear Bud

Combat Seasonal Depression With Seriously Cheap Holiday Cheer

My family is 940 miles away as the Google Map flies, and the familiar trappings of my Christmases -- and it's time to mark my own territory for the yuletide.
Willamette Week  |  Saundra Sorenson  |  12-05-2007  |  Shopping

Giving It Away Can Pay

RCRD LBL lets advertisers support the artists so consumers don't have to.
Chicago Reader  |  Miles Raymer  |  03-03-2008  |  Music

Wicked Good

Dancing the evil Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty is a real drag.
Monday Magazine  |  John Threlfall  |  02-27-2008  |  Performance