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For MLK Holiday, Activists Tear Down Fence and Take Over Oakland's St. Andrew's Plaza in the Name of 'Black Joy'

When the City of Oakland fenced off St. Andrew's Plaza last year, some cheered the closure. A group of neighbors...
East Bay Express  |  01-16-2017  |  Ear Bud

Town Business: Developers Quietly Lobby to Stall Hearings on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Electric cars are key to California's goals of reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality. But their widespread adoption has...
East Bay Express  |  01-16-2017  |  Ear Bud

Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee To Boycott Trump Inauguration

Rep. Barbara Lee just announced that she will be boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration and related festivities next week. "I will...
East Bay Express  |  01-12-2017  |  Ear Bud

Oakland Mayor Schaaf Issues Order Intended to Improve Safety of Unpermitted Housing While Avoiding Displacement

Acknowledging that in the aftermath of the Ghost Ship fire some property owners have evicted residents of warehouses and other...
East Bay Express  |  01-11-2017  |  Ear Bud

Trumping Science: Bay Area Experts on How Trump Will Impact Climate Change Policy and Research

Some worry that inaction — or regression — will push the planet past a point of no return. If you...
East Bay Express  |  01-11-2017  |  Ear Bud

First-Ever East Bay Brewers Festival Tickets On Sale Now

San Francisco Beer Week is nigh — and, this year, our side of the Bay Bridge is getting in on...
East Bay Express  |  01-11-2017  |  Ear Bud

Silence: The Last Temptation of Martin Scorese

Historical religious drama puts the director at cross purposes. We should take Silence seriously, because Martin Scorsese's sober historical drama...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Jim Jarmusch's Paterson By A Knockout

Director comes full circle with a cozy family portrait. Surely this must be the best of all possible worlds. In...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Mark Hummel's Ultimate Harmonica Blowout Returns to Oakland

The blues and jazz showcase will take over Yoshi's on January 20. Harmonica player, songwriter, and bandleader Mark Hummel helped...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Jim Kaiser, Eccentric Champion of Incredibly Strange Music, Dies at 46

Friends and collaborators remember the musician, record shop fixture, and label operator. Jim Kaiser, a champion of experimental music who...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Protest Trump's Inauguration in Oakland, But Please Don't Be Violent

In less than two weeks, the people will fill Bay Area streets, reclaiming Dr. Martin Luther King's radical legacy. An...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Letters for the Week of January 11, 2017

Readers sound off about "Black movies," E-40, and sports. "Black Films Matter," by Kelly Vance, Feature Story, December 28: 'There...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Berkeley Social Club Is a Different Kind of Korean Restaurant

Bang Bombs and 'Millionaire's Bacon.' The name "Berkeley Social Club" doesn't exactly scream "Korean restaurant." Then again, the last thing...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Ambushed: Contra Costa County Law Enforcement Sets Up Surprise Stings To Help Federal Immigration Agents Arrest and Deport Immigrants

"Local law enforcement should not be involved in these kinds of activities." Chris Kim thought it was unusual last year...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Bay Area Writers Resist At Starline Social Club

As soon as Trump was elected, Florida poet and VIDA: Women in Literary Arts cofounder Erin Belieu put out a...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Underground On the Water At Pier 70

To Oakland artist Constance Hockaday, there’s a simple solution to San Francisco’s seemingly intractable cultural-displacement crisis: the San Francisco Bay...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Annual ACLU Chapter Meeting with Panel on Islam in Post-Election America At St. John's Presbyterian Church

In the weeks following the election of Donald Trump, civil rights organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union reported a...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Closer At Hashimoto Contemporary

Jeffrey Cheung’s paintings currently at Hashimoto Contemporary emanate pure joy. Closer, the Oakland artist’s debut solo show at the San...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Sunday Supper for the Ecology Center At Chez Panisse

This week, the bimonthly philanthropic Sunday Suppers series, which was launched in 2014 by Oakland restaurateur Charlie Hallowell (Pizzaiolo), comes...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Dan Savage: On Etiquette and Chastity Belts

Also: I met by straight boyfriend at a gay night club. My partner and I have been playing with male...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Gunfight on Broadway Interrupts Oakland Council Committee Meeting

There was a tense standoff between renters and landlords inside Oakland City Hall today as a council committee hashed out...
East Bay Express  |  01-10-2017  |  Ear Bud

Town Business: Increasing Financial Aid for Renters Displaced Due to Code Enforcement

More Money for Renters Displaced Because of Code Enforcement: Currently, Oakland renters who are displaced because city building inspectors deem...
East Bay Express  |  01-09-2017  |  Ear Bud

Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee Refuses to Certify Trump's Electoral College Win

Congress met today to put a stamp on Donald Trump's electoral college win, but local Rep. Barbara Lee and other...
East Bay Express  |  01-06-2017  |  Ear Bud

Oakland Privacy Commission Approves Surveillance Transparency and Oversight Law

"Throughout history, surveillance efforts have been used to intimidate and oppress certain communities and groups more than others, including those...
East Bay Express  |  01-06-2017  |  Ear Bud

Do The Oakland Raiders Have A Leg To Stand On This Postseason? Bet On It.

The playoffs are a crapshoot. One of Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio’s strongest assets is his easygoing candor...
East Bay Express  |  01-04-2017  |  Ear Bud

Deadline Extended: Send Us Your 'Letters to Trump' Before the Bay Area Women's March on January 21

We've extended the deadline for our Express and KALW "Dear Donald Trump, From Women" project until January 11. Send us your...
East Bay Express  |  01-04-2017  |  Ear Bud

Anne Kirkpatrick Picked to Lead Oakland Police. Here's What We Know About Her.

Mayor Libby Schaaf is expected to announce today that Anne Kirkpatrick will become the Oakland Police Department's next police chief...
East Bay Express  |  01-04-2017  |  Ear Bud

AS B-Dama's Chicken Paitan Ramen Is the Perfect Antidote to Winter

For the noodle slurper who wants to go beyond tonkotsu. These chilly winter nights beg for bowls of hot noodle...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Making Marmalade At Preserved

Years before it seemed like everyone and their brother was selling homemade artisanal jam, Blue Chair Fruit was making a...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Ghost Ship Benefit: Exit Through the Gift Shop

At Rialto Cinemas Elmwood. It’s just over a month since the Ghost Ship fire took 36 lives and left the...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Black Artists on Art: The Origins At Joyce Gordon Gallery

In 2015, the Express published “Where Are Oakland’s Black Artists?” a story about Oakland co-curators Trevor Parham and Unity Lewis,...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Rituals of Mine Ghost Ship Benefit

At Starline Social Club. During last month’s gig at The Independent, Rituals of Mine singer Terra Lopez appeared shaken. It...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Dan Savage: How to Find an Escort

'My brother is a virgin ...' My brother is a virgin and turning 30 in a few weeks. He said...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Oakland Unified School District Reaffirms Sanctuary City Status

The resolution also includes a section encouraging charter schools in Oakland to adopt similar measures. Donald Trump's win in November...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Legalize Moana!

Disney's Polynesian toon spectacle is strangely addictive. Moana, the latest animated entry in Disney's cartoon-ethnographic female-empowerment dossier, may take a...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Almodóvar Redeems Himself with Julieta

Strong performances, newfound maturity for the veteran Spanish auteur. Remember Pedro Almodóvar? Back in 1988, the Castilian filmmaker, a former...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Be a Phool for Love at Alem's Coffee in Oakland

Across from the Temescal DMV, this spot sets hearts and tongues aflame with spicy Eritrean breakfast dishes. For many Oaklanders,...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

My Afternoon With E-40: A Day in the Life of the Bay Area's Most Prolific and Respected Rapper

'I'm not a falsified dude. I'm not a hater. I just wanna see people get money. What I want for...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Better Living Through Binging: Five Cinema Streaming Options For The New Year

From Criterion Collection to New Yorker Presents. The word "binge" means indulging to excess — it's classically associated with eating...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Letters for the Week of January 4, 2016

Readers sound off about grinches and investigative journalism. "Grinches of the Year" By Express Staff, Feature Story, December 21: Grinch...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

AS B-Dama’s Chicken Paitan Ramen Is the Perfect Antidote to Winter

These chilly winter nights beg for bowls of hot noodle soup, but there’s a certain sameness to the East Bay...
East Bay Express  |  01-03-2017  |  Ear Bud

Free the Instagrams from your iPhone with a hand-crafted frame

Like so many other smart phone users, I love Instagram. Being a visual artist, the application is a very handy and inspiring way to edit and share photos easily and save them for inspiration. I recently started printing my Instagrams, but I had a hard time deciding how to display them. I wanted to be able to easily switch the photos while also keeping up the ones I couldn't part with. The solution: I made my own interchangeable Instagram frame.
Charleston City Paper  |  Kristen Solecki  |  07-25-2012  |  Art

George Saunders Talks Fiction, Vonnegut, & Johnny Tremain

Saunders is an anthropologist of American culture who issues his findings in terms of crazily inventive fiction.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Bill O'Driscoll  |  10-01-2007  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

I Had Sex at a Swingers Club and Liked It

An inside look at Atlanta sex swingers clubs.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Melysa Martinez  |  10-18-2012  |  Sex