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Against the Grain

Denise DeRose’s exquisite handbags don’t come from a fabric-strewn atelier. They’re born in her Oakland wood shop. DeRose is one of the only artisans in the country turning wood into wearable art.
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

Spice is Nice

Heaping bowls of onions, tomatoes, lemons and shiny green jalapenos dominate the wooden tables, while the key ingredients — powdered brown and red spice blends — wait quietly in smaller containers.
May 3, 2012

Oakland Shakes Up the Disney Channel

From the time she was a little girl, Zendaya Coleman had dreams of stardom. Growing up in the world of theater, Coleman accompanied her mom, Claire Stoermer, to the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, where she worked as a house manager.
May 3, 2012

Media Shelf

New Books from the Bay Area
May 3, 2012

Social Transformer

The latest passion of Oaklander Marc Bamuthi Joseph — playwright, poet, director, essayist, choreographer, father, educator, actor and social activist — combines art, social and environmental activism.
May 3, 2012

The Broadway Shuttle

It’s 10:15 a.m. on a Wednesday when an empty Broadway Shuttle (the Free B, according to Meet Downtown literature) approaches the curb at Third and Broadway.
May 3, 2012

The 6 Questions

Most of us know flash mobs as those random spectacles of synchronized dance seen on TV and in commercials.
May 3, 2012

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