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In the Mix

AAA’s Via magazine proclaimed The Gardens at Lake Merritt one of the top five California gardens, yet this Oakland oasis still remains a charming little secret for many locals.
May 3, 2012

Praise the Lord!

Spin the new CD by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Hear My Prayer, and enjoy the richness of 55 local voices raised together in songs of praise and glory.
May 3, 2012

Park It at a Parklet

The curbside mini-park with a beguiling name appeared in San Francisco in 2005, and rapidly spread to cities around the world.
May 3, 2012

A Little Alchemy and a Lot of Heart

What does a one-time English teacher do upon moving to Oakland and finding a tough job market? Open a most charming spice shop with his fiancé, of course. John Beaver and Erica Perez opened Oaktown Spice Shop in December to fanfare from friends and neighbors.
May 3, 2012

CK Gallery

Pass through a picturesque courtyard, climb the wooden stairs entwined with vines and emerge on a sunlit patio. Charlotte Kubiak sits on a bench outside her CK Gallery, sipping coffee.
May 3, 2012

Where It's At

Fresh out of the studio come the Hollyhocks, an Oakland-based indie band with fresh vocal harmony and sharp guitar melodies, with a debut CD, Understories.
May 3, 2012

History Lesson

In the weeks before Christmas 1886, a Swedish pastor who’d recently arrived in Oakland, scoured the streets of the young city, searching for followers.
May 3, 2012

Memory Lane

Steve Pucci has lived in Alameda his whole life and remains happily married to his high school sweetheart. He is third generation to the iconic Pucci family that for 75 years ran Joe Pucci & Son’s Seafood in Oakland.
May 3, 2012

Oakland Screenwriter

Tyler Perry and Steven Spielberg may soon have competition in the screenwriting and producing arenas if a talented Oakland woman realizes her dream.
May 3, 2012

Fashion Faire Takes Off

In a world of mass production, finding a vintage fashion piece for some fashionistas is like winning the lottery.
May 3, 2012