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Cooking School Berkeley: Hands-on Cooking Classes & Team-Building. Since 2005

Now thru End of December
Kitchen on Fire North
1509 Shattuck Ave. (map)
At Kitchen on Fire® you will laugh, learn and eat fantastic food amongst new friends. Our vision is to enrich your life with home-cooked meals enjoyed with family and friends, through fun and educational hands-on cooking classes, private cooking parties and health talks taught by top chefs and nutrition professionals. We demystify home cooking, entertaining and delicious healthy eating!

We focus on high quality seasonal ingredients, minimal preparation and maximum flavor. Armed with tips and techniques from our chefs, you'll be on fire in your own kitchen making fabulous meals! Prefer we come to you? We cater as well!

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Holiday Gifts and Fine Art at Celebration of Craftswomen

Friday, Nov 27 - Sunday, Nov 29
Herbst Pavilion
Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd (map)
San Francisco
You can get all your holiday shopping done in one fell (or felt!) swoop at Celebration of Craftswomen, a gigantic arts and crafts show.

Featuring over 150 women artists, this event brings together ceramics, enamels, fibers, glass, jewelry, paintings and soaps under one roof at at Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Be prepared to check everyone off your shopping list -- you'll find gourmet gifts for the hungry folks in your family -- and you just might find a one-of-a-kind leather bag for yourself, too. This annual event benefits The Women's Building, a community space that supports self-determination, gender equality and social justice.

Celebration of Craftswomen

Holidays at Bay Street!

Friday, Nov 27 - Tues, Dec 22
Bay Street Mall
5616 Bay St. (map)
Bay Street is set to transform into a Winter Wonderland this December making it the perfect place to enjoy holiday shopping. Throughout the season, Bay Street’s North Pole House will host Santa who will pose for photos with little ones and hand out FREE candy canes and festive coloring books to his visitors. Carolers will add to the festivities as they stroll Bay Street performing holiday favorites for all to enjoy.

From popular year-round retailers to a fun holiday pop-up, Bay Street is the perfect place for holiday shopping this season! Visits with Santa are free with the option to purchase photos. For the complete Santa schedule and additional information, visit or follow at, and

Celebrate Plaid Friday with SunGrown Specials at Harborside!

Friday, Nov 27
Harborside Health Center
1840 Embarcadero (map)
The bright summer sun allows our SunGrown cannabis to flourish and reach its full potential. The 2015 harvest is in and it’s worthy of a celebration.

Join us this Friday for incredible deals on some of our best SunGrown products, including $150 ounces, $25 eighths, 25% off Kiva edibles and Gold Drop concentrates, and much more (while supplies last).

Harborside Health Center

Shop Local. Sweat Local. Share Local.

Friday, Nov 27
12:01am - 11:59pm
Hot Spot Yoga Oakland
530 24th Street #100 (map)
Oakland-Grand Lake
Hot Spot Yoga Oakland wants to give the gift of vibrant health to you and your fam this holiday season! This Plaid Friday you can score a 10 class package for only $100 bucks!

With a maximum of 3 per person, you can purchase one for yourself, one for your bestie and one for your boo!

Win Win! Share the love! Buy here

Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios!

Saturdays & Sundays, Nov 28-Dec 20 &
Monday, Dec 21 - Thursday, Dec 24
A Free Self-Guided Tour of 100 Professional Artisan Workshops and Galleries - The Artists Invite you In!

Over 100 artists and craftspeople at studios, workshops and galleries in Berkeley open their doors to the public during the 25th Annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios offering you one of the best ways to shop local!

Weekends, 11-6 p.m., November 28 - December 20
+ Monday 12/21- Thursday 12/24

The Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios map will be printed weekly during the event in the Express.

Bring More Art Into Your Life.
Handcrafted in Berkeley!

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Oakland Cottage Industry's 2015 Holiday Artisan Show

Saturday, Nov 28
Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church
4101 Park Blvd. (map)
Featuring goods made by local artists and craftspeople.

Our aim continues to be showcasing all the talent and skill that is thriving in our community.

See what's being made in your neighborhood!

Oakland Cottage Industry

Anti-Shopping Swap at Awaken Cafe!

Saturday, Nov 28
Awaken Cafe
1429 Broadway (map)
Don’t shop, swap! This Saturday at Awaken Cafe, skip the shopping malls and hit your closets! Why spend money on brand new stuff, when the stuff you want might be hiding in someone else's closet! Swap books, toys and clothing in good condition. Please bring only high quality items you no longer want. You must bring an item to swap in order to participate. Limit 5 items per category per person for give or take. See you Saturday for our anti-shopping event!!

Creative Growth Holiday 2015: The Great Escape

Friday, Dec 4
5:30 - 9:00pm
510-836-2340 x15
Creative Growth Art Center
355 24th St. (map)
A shopper’s paradise featuring original artwork: textiles, ceramics, rugs, wood, prints and more! Art books, limited edition merchandise and live music food and drinks.

All proceeds benefit Creative Growth artists and programs.

355 24th Street, Oakland
Gallery hours: M-F 10-4:30 / Sat. 10-3

Don't miss Tony Award-winner Stew at the Curran!

Thursday, Dec 3 - Saturday, Dec 5
Curran Theatre
445 Geary Street (map)
San Francisco
Tony and Obie Award-winning writer/perform Stew, Tony nominee Heidi Rodewald, and their band The Negro Problem bring Notes of a Native Song to the Curran stage as part of Curran: Under Construction series.

Audiences will sit on stage with the artists in an intimate new musical experience that pays homage to the great African American writer and activist, James Baldwin. Through a collage of songs, text, and video, Notes of a Native Song brings to life Baldwin’s brave and visionary proclivity for airing uncomfortable truths as celebratory events of poetry and beauty.

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Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Holiday Concert!

Saturday, Dec 5
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway (map)
The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC), under the direction of Terrance Kelly, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a special wall-shaking Holiday. Just added to this spectacular event as host, is the renowned celebrity of stage and screen, Carl Lumbly. OIGC is proud to have Lumbly as MC this year; Lumbly’s prolific career includes over 50 credits in television, film and theatre, as well as extensive critical acclaim.

This will be a Gospel music extravaganza not to be missed with performances by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Youth Choir, Community Choir and a special performance by the Alumni Choir.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

Palestinian Holiday Crafts Bazaar!

Saturday, Dec 5 & Sunday, Dec 6
Middle East Children's Alliance
1101 Eighth St. (map)
An extraordinary array of stunning items – unique holiday gifts that support programs serving Palestinian children.

Olive Oil, Embroidery, Hand-woven Rugs, Jewelry, Olive Oil Soap & Palestinian Dead Sea Products, Scarves & Shawls, Keffiyehs, Ceramics, Olive Wood Products, Children’s Toys & Clothing, Cookbooks & Kitchenware! – Plus delicious Arabic food and coffee!

Saturday, December 5 – 10am-5pm
Sunday, December 6 – 11am-3pm

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Olate Dogs - Winner of America's Got Talent - at Bal Theatre!

Saturday, Dec 12
BAL Theatre
14808 East 14th St. (map)
San Leandro
The Olate Dogs are the winning participants from Season 7 of America's Got Talent, scooping up the $1,000,000 prize and headlining The Palazzo in Las Vegas.

Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics and humor. They command Standing Ovations performing at high profile sporting events nationwide, including NBA, College Division 1, WNBA and MLB. They are also seen on National Television for programs such as FOX’s Cause for Paws, the TODAY Show and the Tonight Show.

Discounted $25 tickets for Kids, general admission only.

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45th Annual KPFA Winter Crafts Fair!

Saturday, Dec 19 & Sunday, Dec 20
10am - 5pm
Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbour Way South (map)
Richmond & El Sobrante
KPFA Winter Crafts Fair showcases the handmade work of 200 artists at this annual event benefiting KPFA 94.1 FM Public Radio.

Introducing “Conversations in Fiber” - a quilt exhibition and sale.

Gourmet food by Up & Under Pub, pastries by Sweet Inspiration Bakery, plus beer and wine.

Live music…visit

Craneway Pavilion is on the Waterfront - 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA 94804. 10 minutes from Berkeley & 5 minutes from Richmond/San Rafael Bridge.

General Admission $12; Senior/Disabled $8; Youth are Free. Free Parking. Free Shuttle from Richmond BART Station.

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Win Tickets + Meet & Greet to Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen!

Sunday, Jan 17, 2016
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway (map)
We want to send you and a friend to the show AND meet and greet with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen! Email “Deep Talk” to for your chance to win.

AC2- An Intimate afternoon with Anderson Coper and Andy Cohen!
Join Cohen and Cooper for an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable afternoon of conversation. The late night talk show host and the journalist, longtime friends, interview each other and take questions from the audience. It's a live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events. Sunday, January 17 at The Paramount Theatre 3pm.

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