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First Friday with James & Evander

This Friday: free beer, truffled tater tots, and an all-vinyl DJ set. In the words of Jack London, “You take paradise. I’m going back to Oakland.” On Friday, Feb. 3rd, swing by the Oaklandish spot at 1444 Broadway between 7 and 11 for the best in Oakland-generated entertainment. This month, native sons James and Evander […]

Elizabeth Lydon’s handmade rock group

Elizabeth Lydon’s handmade rock group

As a kid, Elizabeth Lydon knew she’d be a rock star someday. And while she might not have an album and entourage, she’s an expert at making wearable geological wonders. Her jewelry features chunky, colorful stones and geodes, each one hand-picked and polished. We talked to her about in inspiration behind her own Oakland charms. […]

These veggies are too good to eat

These veggies are too good to eat

Margaret Dorfman makes jewelry and bowls that looks good enough to eat. That could be because she creates parchment using dried fruits and vegetables, then crafts them into wildly colorful and textured works of art. We talked to her about the best places to buy and eat, and wear strange fruits in Oakland. Tell us […]

Linda LaTouche: Oakland pride with a vintage twist

Linda LaTouche: Oakland pride with a vintage twist

Ever wanted to wear a little piece of Oakland near your heart? Linda Latouche can help with that. Her jewelry — from map pendants to cuff links — celebrates Town pride with a vintage twist. She specializes in affordable, kitschy-in-a-good-way pieces that liven up any outfit. Her map jewelry has been such a hit that […]

Get Down, Give Back!

Get Down, Give Back!

Get down at The New Parish on December 7th, and make the holidays a little brighter for your neighbors in need. Your ticket will help buy your fellow Oaklanders a hot meal, a safe place to sleep, and an extra present under the tree. The Town’s best talent is coming together to give back to […]

Brave Moonman’s throwback accessories

Brave Moonman’s throwback accessories

Ever wish you could return to the dawn of the digital age — the days of floppy disks and classic Nintendo? Thanks to Brave Moonman, you can shelter your gadgets and spare change in a little bit of 80s nostalgia. Oakland’s own Lindsey Porter renders the greatest hits of the era — mix tapes, pocket […]

Celebrate First Friday 11/4 at Oaklandish!

Celebrate First Friday 11/4 at Oaklandish!

This Friday night, the heart of Oakland beats on. Join us at Oaklandish HQ from 7–11pm on November 4th for our last First Friday event of 2011! This month Earshot Entertainment is helping us bring out some great MCs and singers, all performing back to back to back, with our resident DJ Dion Decibels holding […]

Heidi Cregge: capturing the tides within a frame

Heidi Cregge: capturing the tides within a frame

We conclude this week’s Live Artist profile series today with Heidi Cregge, a Hawaii-born artist and educator, who inspired by oceanic beauty.   Give us a short run down of who you are. How long have you lived in Oakland? Did you go to school for art or are you self taught? How has your […]

Nesting with live artist Alex Rosmarin

Nesting with live artist Alex Rosmarin

In our third installment of our Live Art Wednesdays artist interview series, we chat with Alex Rosmarin, the pragmatic penciler. In asking the same questions to each artist, it is interesting to see how each artist got their start just doodling very young and progressed from there. Give us a short rundown of who you […]

Alison Tharp — just one of Oakland’s creative eyes

Alison Tharp — just one of Oakland’s creative eyes

Today we continue our profiles of five artists from Live Art Wednesdays who did live sketching during our First Friday celebration at the beginning of October. Today we talk to Alison Tharp, who has an awesome piece up in our store right now, featuring imagery recalling the disaster at Chernobyl. Alison is not all heavy […]

October Artist Spotlight #1- Marcos LaFarga

October Artist Spotlight #1- Marcos LaFarga

At the beginning of October, we had five artists from Live Art Wednesdays come to do some live sketching during our monthly First Friday celebration. All month long, the five have had pieces up in our Downtown store. For these final days of October, we interview each of the artists with the same questions to […]

Local Artist Rachel-Anne Palacios Creates Oaklandish Ofrenda

Oakland-based artist Rachel-Anne Palacios has spent much of her artistic career creating Día de los Muertos inspired pieces and jewelry. She has been both lead artist and sat on the committee at the Oakland Museum for their annual Día De Los Muertos exhibits. So we thought, “Who better to design our own in-store altar?” Following […]

Calling all Oakland artisans!

Calling all Oakland artisans!

It’s still warm out, but Oaklandish HQ, is getting prepped for the holidays. Our store on Broadway doesn’t just sell t-shirts and hoodies — it’s also a showcase for Oakland-made crafts and curiosities, from socks to succulents. This month, we’re looking for town-grown gifts and goods to carry in the store from now through December. […]

First Friday Sept. 2nd!

First Friday Sept. 2nd!

Any East Bay native knows that September is when summer really starts in this town. Besides, the holiday weekend means one more day to recover from the First Friday celebrations! As always, Oaklandish HQ will be hopping on Sept. 2nd, from 7 till 11. There will be drinks, eats, and beats for all — plus […]

Ivan Lima draws all over Oakland

Ivan Lima is a master of making Oakland’s landmarks even more outlandish. He turned the East Bay into a fried egg, and made the port cranes doubly imposing. But he’s still surprised to see his designs on the street. We talked to him about Oakland design, community work, and those eternal cranes. How did you […]

Art Murmur: we have a winner!

Art Murmur: we have a winner!

It’s an official fact: Oakland has more artists per capita than any other city in the US. And one Friday a month, they emerge from their haunts to roam the streets and ply their wares at Art Murmur. But today, one artist rules them all. Rene Mijares sketched the winning design for the brand-new Art […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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