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Abracadabra Association

A black-waistcoated, ponytailed man pulls a ball of light from his assistant’s ear. He pulls more glowing orbs from his forehead and hands, then makes his glowing wand appear to levitate.

Self-Haters, Animal Lovers, and Trendsetters

Unworthy, Zooburbia, and This Is Oakland get mentions in Media Shelf.

This Month's Highlights

Robots, National Poetry Slam, Independence Day, Supermoons, and Classic Films.

July and August Calendar Listings

A roster of events going on this month.

Eileen Meredith Hits the High Notes

A Q&A with the Virago Theatre Company maven.

Portrait of Iconoclastic Eugene Tssui

Kyung Lee, like countless people before her, was more than impressed by her first encounter with one-of-a-kind East Bay architect Eugene Tssui.

Bochan Huy Fuses Cambodian Rock and Hip-Hop

In one video, Bochan Huy puffs a cigar and sings soulfully about luxury cars. In another, she wears shimmering traditional Cambodian costumes in scenes cross-cut with photographs of people executed by the Khmer Rouge.

Community-Minded Oakopolis

Like the rabbit hole that transported Alice, the hallway goes on and on, leading visitors to an equally curious destination at its terminus: An art gallery that is not for profit, but not a nonprofit; with time and skills donated by artists, yet it is not a collective. It has no business model to speak of, but draws its inspiration from The Big City, an installation piece created in the early 2000s by its director, Joell Jones, which included “a place where all people could gather and do creative work.” Nebulous and always evolving, it is Oakopolis Creativity Center in Oakland, aka Oakopolis Gallery.

Books on Shady Characters, Fashionistas, and Harleys

Three reads by Bay Area writers.

May Event Highlights

Editor picks for the month.