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Represent your Oakland education, get a discount!

Represent your Oakland education, get a discount!

Calling all Oakland educated / Oakland educators! Ever since settlers first camped out on the East Bay mudflats, Oakland has shaped some of the brighest, boldest minds in the West. In gratitude, all Oaklandish students and teachers are entitled to a hefty Oaklandish store discount in the month of August. Got a school ID in […]

First Friday, Aug. 5th!

First Friday, Aug. 5th!

Our last party was so much fun, we couldn’t have just one! This First Friday, from 7 – 11, Oaklandish artist Rafael Casal and the Getback will be rocking Oaklandish headquarters at 1444 Broadway. Thanks to our friends at Linden Street Brewery and Urban Legend Cellars, the locally-fermented wine and beer will be flowing all […]

Jack London square: Kitchen of Champions

Saturday, July 23rd in Jack London Square… Over 40 of the Bay’s finest dining establishments will be heading over to Jack London square to compete in a night of old-school culinary bravado. This delicious smackdown begins at 4:30 and runs till 7:30. The competition will be judged by culinary all-stars like Alice Waters, Robert Egger, […]

Temescal: A fair to remember

Temescal: A fair to remember

On July 10th, the Rig rolled up Telegraph Avenue for the Temescal Street Fair. The day couldn’t have been brighter, and the citizens of Oakland brought the charm in full force. The Hoodslam wrestlers drew cheers for their good-natured smackdowns, Seven Salon beautified the masses with custom hair feathers, and ODALC’s photo booth churned out […]

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 […]

Temescal Street Fair & Oaklandish County Fair

Temescal Street Fair & Oaklandish County Fair

The Rig will be rolling up Telegraph Ave on Sun, July 10th for the Temescal Street Fair. As always, there will be fresh gear for sale at the Oaklandish County Fair, along with thrilling performances, novel activities, and the presentation of the Oaklandish Innovator Awards. The festivities kick off at 12 and run till 6. […]

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 […]

Art Murmur beats louder

Art Murmur beats louder

At 5 years old, Oakland Art Murmur beats louder than ever. On July 1, the Oaklandish store opening will be just one event in another dazzling First Friday lineup. The usual roster of galleries and vendors will be open for business and merriment — but this is an especially good month for original Oakland style. […]

An Oaklandish special announcement!

An Oaklandish special announcement!

Temescal Street Fair

Temescal Street Fair

UPDATE: Looks like we’re in for a stormy weekend, so the fair is now postponed until July 10th. Check back soon for a list of attractions for the new date. The Rig will be rolling up Telegraph Ave on Sun, June 5th for the Temescal Street Fair. We’ll have fresh gear for sale at the […]

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 […]

Oakland Rap Tracks Vol. 1

More well documented is Oakland’s contribution to Hip Hop. These tracks were unavoidable during the golden age, when these beats were heard booming out of car trunks city wide. (Before the early 90’s no-cruising laws were passed). There are way too many influential artists to fit in one mix, so here we just started with […]

East Bay Thrash Metal

East Bay Thrash Metal

In the 80’s Heavy Metal music began to get harder & faster, as local bands were inspired by their punk compatriots. The all ages night club ‘Ruthie’s Inn’ was a breeding ground for this musical fusion, dubbed ‘Thrash Metal.’ At this time the members of Metallica lived together in a house in El Cerrito, and […]

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