Mario and Erma DeLucchi were running late to the auction. It was 1978, and the historic Fox Theater in Oakland was going up for sale at any moment. One company wanted to turn it into a parking lot, but the DeLucchi family were determined to save it. Mario dropped off his wife so she could get inside while he searched for parking. She arrived just in time to win a bid on the Fox for $340,000.
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).
Piedmont Avenue, with its vibrant mix of locally-owned shops and famous ice cream shops, offers plenty of opportunities for a day of fun. Whether it’s strolling through a graveyard, catching a flick at Oakland’s oldest theater, or sipping scorpions under the watchful eye of an animatronic hula dancer, the stretch of street between Pleasant Valley Ave. and MacArthur Blvd. offers a healthy mix of places to chow down, cut loose, and spend some cash.
Chances are that you're already familiar with the delights of Temescal Alley. But while you're making your way over for doughnuts and handmade jewelry, don't neglect the other shops and restaurants making this North Oakland neighborhood the charming locale that it is. From vintage wares to stinky cheese and stiff drinks, there's something for everyone.
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.
Listen up, music fans. Here are the best live shows in the Bay Area this week.
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.
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.
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.