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Culture, The Exhibitionist Remembering Nuestros Angelitos at the Oakland Museum of California

Remembering Nuestros Angelitos at the Oakland Museum of California

The heatwaves are beginning to subside. The days are ending earlier in darkness. Halloween takes place in less than a fortnight, and so too do the Días de los Muertos, or Days of the Dead. This is the time…
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Culture, Art California Kids: Frida and Diego Provide the Springboard for a Historical Exhibit

California Kids: Frida and Diego Provide the Springboard for a Historical Exhibit

In the monumental exhibit "Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California," one of the first works that greets visitors is Frida Kahlo's Frieda and Diego Rivera, a 1931 painting she made in San Francisco that depicts Kahlo and her husband…
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Music, Gather 'Round the Vinyl

Gather 'Round the Vinyl

In the center of René de Guzman's office at Oakland Museum of California, stacks of exhibition catalogs and trade journals form an improvised table. Crates of records rest nearby, with jackets jutting out at odd angles like the haggard shared…
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Calendar, Night&Day Picturing the Bay Bridge

Picturing the Bay Bridge

For LIFE magazine from 1936 to 1960, Bay Area photographer Peter Stackpole did everything from profiling Hollywood celebrities to going abroad and capturing the drama of wartime. The winner of a George Polk Award, he was one of the…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Head to Oakland -- Cartoonist Daniel Clowes Launches His First Museum Exhibition

Head to Oakland -- Cartoonist Daniel Clowes Launches His First Museum Exhibition

"Up until four or five years ago, I still thought of myself as a Midwesterner," says Daniel Clowes, who has called Oakland home for two decades. "I'd close my eyes and see water towers and Chicago at night. And then…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Andrew Leland Wants Nothing from You

Andrew Leland Wants Nothing from You

Former Believer magazine managing editor and sweet, funny, worrisomely intelligent man Andrew Leland is leaving the Bay Area. He just wrote to us that he's moving to Missouri, "forever"; we're busy pouting and don't even want to know why right…
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Calendar, Night&Day Forty? That's Hella Old

Forty? That's Hella Old

“Galería 4.0, a Retrospective celebrates the significant impact our querido Latino art gallery has had in putting Chicano/Latino art in the public spotlight. You could be led to think that an inexhaustible team of art enthusiasts works around the clock…
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Music, iPhones and iPads revolutionize beatmaking, piano playing, and symphony conducting

iPhones and iPads revolutionize beatmaking, piano playing, and symphony conducting

To most people, the iPhone is a cellphone with interesting extras. But to musicians like Tom Freeman, a Bay Area producer who records as Freematik, the device is a portable replacement for a roomful of music gear. Freeman made an…
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Culture, Art Courageous Vision

Courageous Vision

Elmer Bischoff is something of a local treasure, having spent all but three years of his long life (1916-1991) firmly planted in the Bay Area. "Grand Lyricist: The Art of Elmer Bischoff," a retrospective exhibition at the Oakland Museum of…
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