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King James’ Time as an Oakland Soldier

In the summer of 2001, Shrek was being shown at local theaters including Grand Lake Theatre, the one in Jack London Square, or at the old Century theatre in Emeryville — before Bay Street opened. And not too far from Emeryville, there was a kid putting on his own show, an opening act of sorts: […]

Grit Media x Oaklandish x therethere

Grit Media is a new Oakland-based media company that specializes in creating high-quality videos on global sports culture. In the coming weeks, both Oaklandish & our sister company, therethere, will be exclusively premiering Grit’s videos 24 hours prior to their official release. For all tales from the Town, we will premiere them here on the […]

Soundtrack to a Raider’s tailgate

Soundtrack to a Raider’s tailgate

If you’re a regular at the Coliseum, you know all about the electrifying moment when AC/DC’s Hells Bells begins to play. But it’s not just the one song that sends shivers up our spine and sets the Autumn Wind stirring. We’ve provided a brief list of our favorite Raiders anthems. Whether you’re at the tailgate, […]

Strange and spectacular: the 2012 highlight reel.

Strange and spectacular: the 2012 highlight reel.

At Oaklandish, we consider it our civic duty to celebrate all that is strange and spectacular about life on the Sunny Side of the Bay. These aren’t exactly news items, but they embody the Town’s unparalleled oddball spirit. So for your amusement (and in no particular order), here’s a highlight reel from the past year. […]

For A’s fans, it’s payback time

For A’s fans, it’s payback time

It has been six years since the A’s have last been to the playoffs, and on Monday night they did the unexpected and clinched their sixteenth playoff berth in Oakland. The celebration didn’t end there for the team. On Tuesday night they tied the Texas Rangers for first place of the AL West and then […]

F.M. Smith: the man, the miner, the mogul

F.M. Smith: the man, the miner, the mogul

If you live in Oakland, you’ve probably heard of F.M. Smith, the Borax King. But what was borax, and how did he become the king of it? Our headquarters are located in Smith’s old office building, and we decided to look into the story behind our original landlord. And what a story it was. Frances […]

Joaquin Miller: Oakland’s first hipster?

Joaquin Miller: Oakland’s first hipster?

Over the past year, I’ve overheard Oakland natives complaining about the influx of hipsters moving to Oakland. However, this trend is as old as the city itself. Poseurs have been coming to the East Bay since the pioneer days. Today we honor one of these famous poseurs, Joaquin Miller, on his 175th birthday. Joaquin Miller […]

stAy faithful, Oakland!

stAy faithful, Oakland!

There is a little-known secret in Oakland right now: a team that has occupied the town for 44 years is right in the middle of the playoff race. The Green and Gold are hot, and it doesn’t seem like they’ll be backing down anytime soon. This past weekend – for the first time in Athletics […]

Hairs vs. Squares: the 1972 Mustache Gang

Hairs vs. Squares: the 1972 Mustache Gang

In the early 70’s, the Athletics were the pioneers in a “hair revolution” that swept the major leagues. For decades, baseball had been a clean-shaven sport. The ban on facial hair was an unwritten rule of the game, and many teams expressly forbade their players from sporting scruff during the season. Then one day in […]

Video: Journey of a Shirt

We get it all the time. Where do we get our designs? How do they end up on t-shirts, and do those shirts give anything back to the city that inspired them? Our very talented friends at French Press Films helped us film a video that follows the journey of an Oaklandish tee, from the […]

From this store party forth

From this store party forth

Every day for the last week, people had been peeking through the windows, watching the new store rise from a pile of dust, scraps and boxes. Many of them were shocked that we were really opening on Friday, which is understandable since the bamboo floors were only installed on Friday morning. By late afternoon, the […]

Oaklandish opening celebration!

Oaklandish opening celebration!

This Friday night, the Oaklandish store opens its doors for the very first time, and all Oaklanders are invited to celebrate. This private party will be at 1444 Broadway, July 1, from 7 – 10 pm. The event is made possible thanks to over 11 years of local love from the people of Oakland. No […]

The MacArthur Maze – not for amateur drivers

The MacArthur Maze – not for amateur drivers

The MacArthur Maze (formerly known as the Distribution Structure) began as part of the Bay Bridge construction project in the 1930s. Over the years, it expanded to include the labyrinth of highway interchanges that today’s drivers know all too well. I-80, 580 and 880 come together in a big, sweeping maze just before splitting off […]

CITY OF DREAMS – an Oakland love retrospective

CITY OF DREAMS – an Oakland love retrospective

From 2000: digital slide projections celebrating folk personalities of our unsung city with 130 images from the worlds of civil liberty, science, arts, culture, sports, politics and crime. This unsanctioned public art work has been shown on the outside walls of the grand lake theater, the Oakland museum of California, the Kaiser building, and at the Oakland airport tower lounge. Images included:

King’s Boxing Gym: East Bay Boxing’s Hidden Home

King’s Boxing Gym: East Bay Boxing’s Hidden Home

On a dead end street between train tracks and 880 near Fruitvale BART, is where King’s Boxing Gym has made its home for over 15 years. If you had never been to King’s, you probably wouldn’t notice the gym entrance, barely distinguishable from the car repair garages next door. After you step inside, however, you […]

The Birth of the “Just Say No” Movement

The Birth of the “Just Say No” Movement

On a cold, rainy morning in January 1985, a group of children at Peralta Year Round School in Oakland, California were discussing drugs and peer pressure with two representatives of Oakland Parents in Action. The children viewed a film on a visit to their school by First Lady Nancy Reagan the summer before. In it, […]

"Let’s Set the Record Straight on the Mai Tai"

by Victor J. Bergeron aka “Trader Vic” I originated the Mai Tai and have put together a bit of the background on the evolution of this drink, which has earned worldwide identification and acceptance. There has been a lot of conversation over the beginning of this drink. Many have claimed credit, including Harry Owens. The […]

Oaklandish Retrospective Poster Campaign

Oaklandish Retrospective Poster Campaign

eleven 24″ x 36″ black and white designs of the patron saints and sinners of Oakland, wheat-pasted onto negative urban spaces such as underpasses and vacant buildings in 2000. These posters were part of Oaklandish’s origins as a guerrilla street art campaign. Julia Morgan “East Bay Charm” A graduate of Oakland High School, Julia Morgan […]

The Raiders Forever

“When a team plays for a city, it plays for the idea of a team and the idea of a city.” – John Krich, Bump City The Oakland Raiders will not be in the Super Bowl this year. Some combination of the Packers, Bears, Jets, and Steelers will be. The eternal journey to glory must […]

Art Rock: The Warehouse Party

Around 2001 you began to see a thriving arts based West Oakland warehouse scene, where noise experimentalism reigned. These bands defy easy summary, but are tied together by electronic influences, a progressive rock mentality, and an anything-goes aesthetic. Featuring: Numbers, Erase Errata, Deerhoof, Experimantal Dental School, Gravytrain!!!, Paris King, and Drunk Horse. 25 minute mp3 […]

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