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News & Politics

Ashley Chu Wins $40K From Amazon

The Alameda High School senior plans to major in computer science at UC Berkeley and is doing her part to bring more women into technology.
June 10, 2019

Take 5 With Otto Wright

The owner of The Local makes a hub of his coffeehouse-cafe-club.
June 7, 2019

What’s Next for Alameda Schools?

A more activist school board with interest in managing the district’s business says so long to Superintendent Sean McPhetridge.
June 5, 2019

An Artist Is Unfazed by Shakeups

Patty St. Louis started her art career working mainly with the theme of balanced stones, a signature of her work.
June 4, 2019

Kingmaker Jeff Del Bono Hands Off His Scepter

The former president of the firefighters union, the person most responsible for Alameda’s progressive tilt, surrenders his post to Patrick Corder.
June 3, 2019
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Food & Drink

Microseasonal Mago Debuts on Piedmont Avenue

A ‘Chopped’ winner and a CIA grad, Mark Liberman brings some global magic and a little wizardry to Piedmont Avenue.
June 14, 2019

Nosh Box: Battle of the Burgers

The folks at White Castle, the burger chain that has operated in the Mid West and New York for more than a century, claim Otto Krause invented the hamburger in Germany in 1891.
June 1, 2019

Bike Lane Rehash

Reader Luther Abel raises a few more points.
May 29, 2019

Home-Field Advantage Leads Robin Kim Win

The East Bay Spice Company mixologist competed with six others in three rounds to earn bragging rights as The Best Bartender in Berkeley.
May 24, 2019
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Arts & Culture

See a Found Footage Opus

Based in San Francisco’s Mission District since the mid-’80s, Craig Baldwin makes a rare hometown visit on June 15 to rattle the rafters at Shapeshifters Cinema at Temescal Art Center.
June 14, 2019

The Alameda County Fair Opens in Pleasanton

Discover old school charm in pig races and frozen lemonade, concerts, and amusement park rides.
June 13, 2019

Susan Matthews Goes Large for More Impact

The Oakland artist uses acrylic on canvas to share reflection on human existence in specific cultural contexts.
June 12, 2019

Ali O’Grady Creates a New Kind of Greeting Card

She's helping others through difficult times, one thoughtful card at a time.
June 12, 2019
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Life & Style

Constance Taylor Wants All to Know Their Natural Neighbors

The founder of Wild Oakland, Constance Taylor and some friends started California Center for Natural History, a nonprofit naturalist collective, to teach the public urban ecology.
June 14, 2019

Aging as the Next Social Revolution

Louise Aronson, M.D., professor of geriatrics at UCSF, is promoting elderhood, a period starting between 60 and 70 years of age and lasting decades and striving to remove the negative values placed on being old.
June 13, 2019

The Guide to Go-To Wildlife Watching

Animal phenomena abound in the East Bay, so here’s where to see ladybugs converging, newts migrating, and night herons nesting. Or maybe you’d rather lay eyes on grunions, tarantulas, prairie falcons, harbor seals, and other critters.
June 12, 2019

Child Care Could Get Easier for California Families

Legislation from State Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would allow larger day care centers to forego costly permits and business licenses.
June 6, 2019
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Home & Garden

The Lowdown on In-Law Units

Consider the pros and cons of renting out your in-law unit before becoming a landlord.
May 30, 2019

Ideas for the Industrial Chic Look

Think of modern industrial design as a Westernized version of the tidying up craze. It is by definition utilitarian, and clutter is replaced with overtly functional, mechanical, or sublimely purposeful items as focal points.
May 28, 2019

Architecture Mimics Origami in a Montclair Manse

Completed in 1992 by designer/builder Gary York, the four-bedroom, three-bath home at 6988 Pinehaven Road with full au pair unit on the lower floor is a geometric brainteaser.
May 27, 2019

Exterior Paint Adds Value and Protects Homes

Whether you’re selling your house and want to get top dollar, or just want to keep the place in tiptop shape, one of the best ways to start is by refreshing the exterior paint job.
April 30, 2019
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From Our Other Publications

Richmond Arts Center Tackles Nature and Culture

Here Is the Sea and Faces Without Noses, a pair of Richmond Art Center exhibitions, examine environmental and aesthetic themes. Nature and culture, again, do their eternal parallel-evolution dance, seen through sociopolitical/informational and aesthetic/poetic filters. It’s style-plus-content art that looks good and is good for us.
April 12, 2019

Katy Butler Writes About Navigating the End of Life In Her New Book

In the The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life, author and Bay Area journalist Katy Butler pools her infinitely practical and deeply human expertise to coach people on the end of their lives.
April 11, 2019

Cal Performances Hosts Alvin Ailey Dancers for 2019

Returning April 9-14 for its annual residency that began over 50 years ago in 1968, the venerable dance company brings three Bay Area premieres and some returning favorites to Zellerbach.
April 8, 2019

Volunteers Narrowing the Achievement Gap

Reading Partners, a successful nationwide nonprofit program, strives to improve third-grade reading proficiency in low-income Oakland schools.
April 1, 2019
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