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January 6, 2012

The Six Questions

Streetcolor is the renowned anonymous yarn-bomber of the Bay Area.
January 6, 2012

Where It's At

Somewhere west of Indian dholki beats, east of Arnold Schoenberg atonality, and pivoting in a realm where jazz, rock, Eastern European folk and electronica find common ground dwells Oakland’s Gojogo.
January 6, 2012

Literary Notes

Chinaka Hodge wrote her first poem at 4 years old. The 27-year-old Oakland native says, “My dad used to give me a writing journal every year.
January 6, 2012

Secret Eats

At a time when so many drive-ins that once sang the praises of America’s forward-drive, jet-age optimism — so evident in the curvaceous, soaring lines of their fun, flirtatious Googie architecture — seem to have been summarily run off the superhighway to the future, it comes as sweet relief to see Lake Merritt’s legendary Kwik Way lovingly spiffed up and gently ushered into the 21st century.
January 6, 2012

Crop Swaps

Overabundance of kale? Mountains of zucchinis? Gather up your homegrown bounty and head to the North Oakland Farmers Market (57th and Market streets) the first Saturday of every month, and you can swap yours for your neighbors’.
January 6, 2012

Jumpin’ Juniper Berries

What’s a local distiller do once it competently turns out single-malt whiskey, bourbon, vodka, tequila, liqueur, eau de vie and even absinthe? Distill gin.
January 6, 2012

Real Estate Wrap Up

3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,700-square-foot Craftsman bungalow with a detached studio cottage
January 6, 2012

Itsy Bitsy’s Tea Room

Slipping into the College Avenue jewelry shop Itsy Bitsy for a little earring therapy, you may be puzzled to find an authentic Japanese tea room nestled cozily in the back of the store.
January 6, 2012

Fresh Spin

Berkeley Ironworks staffer Scott Frye has been an avid rock climber for more than 30 years, but when his climbing cohorts laugh over his relatively new passion, table tennis, he has one response for them: “I tell them you should come and play — it’s not beer pong!”
January 6, 2012