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Tiny Trees, Deep Roots: The History of Bonsai in the Bay Area

To walk through the Japanese-styled wooden doors on the Northern inlet of Oakland’s Lake Merritt is to enter another world. The landscape is checkered with trees that are bent and wired to mimic what one might see in nature—that is, if everything in nature were just a few feet tall. This, the volunteer-run Bonsai Garden Lake Merrit (BGLM), is among the Bay Area’s few remaining places to celebrate the treasured ancient art form of Japanese bonsai. 

Live Music This Week: Jamie xx, Young Thug, Beirut & More

Listen up, music fans. Here are the best live shows in the Bay Area this week.

10 Tasty Vegan Eateries in the East Bay

In recent years, Berkeley and Oakland have become filled with tasty vegan restaurants. Here are 10 delicious spots you need to try if you're devoted to the meatless movement (or just like veggies a lot). 

Style Council 2015: Meet Heather Day, Abstract Artist

Heather Day is hungry for life experiences. An abstract artist with deep environmental and social awareness, she regularly escapes into the wild and silent woods or any natural spot, and seeks connections with people who inspire her.

Style Council 2015: Andre Iguodala, Warriors All-Star + Style Director

Andre Iguodala needs no introduction. The NBA All-Star and Golden State Warriors shooting guard slam-dunked his way into basketball history this June when he defended the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA championship to bring home the trophy. And he made Lebron James cry

Three Can’t-Miss Oakland Gallery Exhibits to See in October

As San Francisco artists continue to migrate across the Bay Bridge, Oakland's art gallery scene is taking off. Here are three excellent exhibits to catch this fall.

There Goes the Town: Uber Is Moving into Oakland's Sears Building

After years of speculation over who would gobble up the massive, iconic Sears building in the middle of Uptown Oakland, Uber has announced a purchase. 

Catch a Show at One of These Quirky Indie Music Joints


The Bay Area is home to some seriously iconic music venues: the Greek, the Fillmore, Golden Gate Park. But sometimes the best shows go down in the most unexpected places. Here are seven unique music joints with stories all their own. 

Welcome to the World of Organic Farm-to-Front-Door Cannabis

It’s a mellow Friday afternoon in the rugged hills of Oakland. Water trickles in the koi pond on a tree-shaded deck, and a Wheaten terrier chills at our feet. Could this day get any better? Well, there are also six grams of organic cannabis, fresh from a farm in the Emerald Triangle, en route via courier to our front door. An email confirmation says, “We hope it puts a smile on your face.” 

Three Oakland Fashion Designers to Watch

With the migration of SF's creative class across the Bay Bridge, it was meant to be that Oakland is now emerging as a Bay Area creative center. Fashion mavens rejoice: Oakland designers are applying sustainable quality and craftsmanship to modern, utilitarian wares that are perfect for wardrobe-building. Here are three of our faves.

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