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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. […]

Fairyland For Grownups! Friday 9/30!

Fairyland For Grownups! Friday 9/30!

During daylight hours, Fairyland is off-limits to grownups. Anyone who wants to enter the park has to arrive with a kid in tow. But not on Sept. 30th. For one night only, Oaklandish and Fairyland are teaming up to host a night of pure imagination, for adults only! Ever wanted to drink a beer atop […]

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 […]

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 […]

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