Upgrade: 2014 Year in Sports Year in Review

Upgrade: 2014 Year in Sports

Trading up appears to have worked for the Warriors. But for the A's? Not so much.

Year in Review

Top Beer Recommendations of 2014 from Five Local Beer Establishments

Top Beer Recommendations of 2014 from Five Local Beer Establishments

What you should be drinking this season.

Oakland Readies for Housing Boom

Oakland Readies for Housing Boom

The city has set the stage for major development in West Oakland, Chinatown, and beyond — but activists say officials have failed to prioritize affordable housing.

Downtown Oakland's Emerging Art Scene Is Thriving

Downtown Oakland's Emerging Art Scene Is Thriving

In 2014, vacant storefronts in downtown Oakland began blossoming with inclusive art spaces, adding to pre-existing spots to form a happening district.

News & Opinion

Eco Watch Hijacking Yosemite

Hijacking Yosemite

A private corporation that operates concessions at the national park claims that it "owns" the names of some Yosemite's most iconic places, including the Ahwahnee Hotel and Badger Pass.

News A Garden Thrives in Berkeley

A Garden Thrives in Berkeley

Thanks to the efforts of garden instructor Matt Tsang, students at Willard Middle School are harvesting vegetables, cooking meals, and selling them to the public.

Feature West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

West Oakland Councilmember Involved in House-Flipping Scheme

Public records show that city Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, who represents a district impacted by gentrification, used her social justice nonprofit to finance for-profit house-flipping deals in Oakland.

Letters
Letters for the Week of December 24, 2014.

Letters for the Week of December 24, 2014.

Readers sound off on police misconduct, Pandora, and Town Kitchen.

Corrections
Corrections for the Week of December 24, 2014.

Corrections for the Week of December 24, 2014.

Game Changer Fitness, Tamir Rice, and AS B-Dama.

Arts & Culture

Culture Spy 'Congratulations Pine Tree' Aims to Shake Up the Art Status Quo

'Congratulations Pine Tree' Aims to Shake Up the Art Status Quo

The local podcast seeks to radicalize the Bay Area art scene with humor (and swearing).

Visual Art Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You

Collective Stories at Mercury 20 showcases small works by local artists that form a dynamic narrative.

Theater Review: Shotgun Players' "Our Town"

Review: Shotgun Players' "Our Town"

Small town, big heart.

Staff Picks

Making Space

City Limits Gallery
Fight Club

Fight Night

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment
Savage Love
Only the Lonely

Only the Lonely

How to make it through the lonely holidays.

Free Will Astrology
Free Will Astrology

Free Will Astrology

Horoscopes for the week of December 25–31, 2014.

Food & Drink

What the Fork Best Bites of 2014

Best Bites of 2014

Fried chicken necks, convenience store sandwiches, and a whole lot of Asian comfort food.

Restaurant Review Everyday Izakaya

Everyday Izakaya

Don’t let the affordable prices fool you — AS B-Dama serves some of the best Japanese food in town.

Movies

Movie Review Big Eyes

Big Eyes

Bad taste is timeless.

Movie Review Into the Woods

Into the Woods

A tired pastiche of familiar fantasy motifs connected by a string of forgettable Broadway-style ditties.

One-Night Stands
One Night Stands

One Night Stands

Repertory film listings for the week of December 25-31, 2014.

One-Night Stands
One Night Stands

One Night Stands

Repertory film listings for the week of December 25-31, 2014.

Music

Music Top Five Local Albums of 2014

Top Five Local Albums of 2014

Albums aren't the best way to assess a year in music, but these local full-length statements aren't to be missed.

Music East Bay Producer NanosauR Eschews the Spotlight

East Bay Producer NanosauR Eschews the Spotlight

On his collaborations with Dev, eight-bit-sound, and new EP Bittersweet July, Pt. 2.

Staff Picks
The Jet Set

The Jet Set

Luka's Taproom & Lounge
Motown on Mondays

Motown on Mondays

The Legionnaire Saloon

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Crucial Local Music of 2014

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Upcoming Events

<i>Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary</i> @ Oakland Museum of California

Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary @ Oakland Museum of California

This 20th anniversary exhibition at OMCA highlights contributions from pioneers of Days...
Making Space @ City Limits Gallery

Making Space @ City Limits Gallery

<i>Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California</i> @ Oakland Museum of California

Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California @ Oakland Museum of California

Major collaboration brings together important works from SFMOMA and OMCA's collections, exploring...

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    The city has set the stage for major development in West Oakland, Chinatown, and beyond — but activists say officials have failed to prioritize affordable housing.
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    • Feel very disheartened about the lack of female artists on this list. There are many…

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Holiday Guide 2014

Your guide to the best gifts, gadgets, toys, music, and books of the year; plus holiday food and drink, snow sports, winter getaways, and more.

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