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Subscribe To Our New Podcast About Pot - 'The Hash'

Hi, everyone. Legalization Nation asks your forgiveness as we plug our new audio accessory to this blog: a new podcast...
East Bay Express  |  07-21-2014  |  Ear Bud

Shattuck Down Low Owner to Open Old Major’s in Downtown Oakland

Downtown Oakland’s influx of shiny new watering holes continues apace with the arrival of Old Major’s (135 12th St.), a...
East Bay Express  |  07-18-2014  |  Ear Bud

Oakland May Back New Statewide Rules for Rooftop Solar

The Oakland City Council is considering whether to back statewide legislation that would bring California closer to its solar energy...
East Bay Express  |  07-18-2014  |  Ear Bud

Friday Must Reads: A’s Owner Softens on Lease Deal; Six Californias Campaign Accused of Lying to Voters

Stories you shouldn’t miss: 1. A’s co-owner Lew Wolff softened his stance on a proposed lease deal at the Coliseum,...
East Bay Express  |  07-18-2014  |  Ear Bud

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

Woo hoo it's the weekend! Watch this video of a piglet and a pitbull becoming friends and then read our...
East Bay Express  |  07-18-2014  |  Ear Bud

Chris Kronner’s Bistro Ordinaire Is the Best Pop-Up I’ve Been to This Year

The best pop-up I’ve been to so far this year took place in the back of a wine shop, where...
East Bay Express  |  07-17-2014  |  Ear Bud

The Number of Weed Dealers in America Is ...

Roughly 77,791, according to Walt Hickey, lead writer for lifestyle at the statistics news website FiveThirtyEight.com. Hickey estimates that the number...
East Bay Express  |  07-17-2014  |  Ear Bud

Thursday Must Reads: Oakland Council Modifies A’s Lease Deal; Council Also Puts Measure Y Renewal and Ethics Measure on Ballot

Stories you shouldn’t miss: 1. The Oakland City Council approved a ten-year lease extension for the A’s at the Coliseum...
East Bay Express  |  07-17-2014  |  Ear Bud

Survey: 2 Percent of the US Identifies as Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual

About 2 percent of the US identifies as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, according to a first-of-its-kind national survey conducted by the Centers...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

The Express Wins Six Awards in National Contest

The Express has won six awards for journalism excellence in the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2014 national contest. The Express...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Mid-Week Menu: Barkada Is Closed, Shakewell Is Open, and Little Star’s Owner Gets into the Burger Business

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our roundup of East Bay food news.1) Barkada (4316 Telegraph Ave.), Temescal’s cozy bakery-turned-full-service-restaurant, closed...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

30,000+ Free Medical Marijuana Recommendations and Up to 100 pounds of Weed for San Jose

The Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition is promising free medical cannabis recommendations to 30,000-plus people and up to 100 pounds of pot as...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Cal Grads Try to Save UC Berkeley’s Peace and Conflict Studies Program

Two UC Berkeley alums are fighting to save the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) major at Cal — a program...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Judgment Day for San Jose

The city's overly restrictive medical pot rules take effect on Friday, but the ensuing chaos could actually signal progress for...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Bringing Burning Man to Berkeley

The second annual Berkeley Spark festival brings life on the playa to the city and celebrates the rise of tech...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Fishermen Divided Over New Limit Rules

The catch limit on lingcod, an increasingly popular fish, is about to go up. But some anglers and scientists think...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Skygreen Leopards

Family Crimes by Sam Lefebvre Family Crimes is Skygreen Leopards' first release since 2009, and the San Francisco outfit's eighth...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Oakland's New Playground for Artists

B4BEL4B, an experimental-art gallery in Chinatown, showcases nontraditional artists and hosts interactive installations where viewer participation is mandatory. by Sam...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Personalized Parallels

Artists Ruth Tabancay and Jann Nunn each challenge the limits of life through personalized media in their solo shows at...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Blue Skies for Black Hearts

Blue Skies for Black Hearts by Mark Keresman Music can be ephemeral or it can be timeless. In that second...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Freeman

Freeman by Adam Perry Since forming the oddball alt-rock act Ween with Mickey Melchiondo (aka Dean Ween) in eighth grade,...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Fork You

Black Fork, the 1990s hardcore band and churlish conscience of the East Bay punk scene reunites after twenty years. by...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Siddharth

An absorbing pocket drama by Richie Mehta. by Kelly Vance Mahendra Saini (Rajesh Tailang) is a "chain wallah" who makes...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

The Chamber's Flawed Minimum Wage Measure

An alternative ballot measure pushed by the chamber of commerce and backed by Oakland Councilmember Pat Kernighan is badly written...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The apocalyptic blockbuster sequel is just monkeying around. by Kelly Vance In Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

A Biased Report on the Minimum Wage?

A city-funded study that criticizes a plan to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 an hour in Oakland was conducted...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

The Fight Against Bee-Killing Pesticides

A new lawsuit challenges the state's approval of toxic neonics that experts believe are poisoning honeybees and threatening crops that...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Coming Home

As California releases more inmates to relieve overcrowding, Oakland and San Francisco have developed innovative programs to deal with the...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Letters for the Week of July 16

Readers sound off on child sexual exploitation, the Chevron refinery project, and vegan cheese. "There Is No Such Thing As...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Cuernavaca Home Cooking

For longtime caterer Dilsa Lugo, South Berkeley's Los Cilantros is the latest step in a long journey. by Luke Tsai...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

One-Night Stands

Repertory film listings for the week of July 17-23, 2014. Thursday, July 17 The Empowerment Project (90 min., 2013).… [...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Music Video Race Picks Up Speed

After matching dozens of Bay Area bands and filmmakers, the Music Video Race competition is expanding to new cities —...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Shorties

Etiquette for closeted drunks, pet jealousy, and a shiny kink. by Dan Savage Two questions, Dan. 1.… [ Read more...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

For the Love of Ancient (and Gluten-Free) Grains

Plus, Marrow closes shop, and LIBA Falafel looks to open its brick-and-mortar soon. by Luke Tsai Where there's a market,...
East Bay Express  |  07-16-2014  |  Ear Bud

Oakland to Feds: Stop Pot Raids; Feinstein: Keep Raiding

The Oakland City Council threw its support behind efforts to end the three year-long federal medical marijuana crackdown in California. Councilmember...
East Bay Express  |  07-15-2014  |  Legalization Nation

Tuesday Must Reads: Berkeley Moves Forward on Cellphone Warning Labels; Centrist Democrats Seek to Delay Cap and Trade

Stories you shouldn’t miss: 1. Berkeley officials are moving forward with a proposal that would make Berkeley the first city...
East Bay Express  |  07-15-2014  |  92510

For the Love of Ancient (and Gluten-Free) Grains

Where there’s a market, there’s a way — or so it seems when it comes to the rise of gourmet...
East Bay Express  |  07-15-2014  |  Ear Bud

Friday Must Reads: Obesity Costs Alameda County Billions Each Year; Weak El Niño Not Expected to Relieve Drought

Stories you shouldn’t miss: 1. Health-care costs and lost worker productivity related to obesity costs Alameda County more $2 billion...
East Bay Express  |  07-11-2014  |  92510

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

It's finally Friday! Time to throw a mini dance party at your desk and read our list of the five...
East Bay Express  |  07-11-2014  |  Ear Bud

Uruguay Can Grow All Its Weed on 25 Acres

Weed has to be one of the most disproportionately maligned plants of all time. All the thousands of headlines and millions...
East Bay Express  |  07-10-2014  |  Legalization Nation

Pot-Laced Sex Lube, Foria, Gets A Glowing Review

The Bold Italic’s intrepid Amber Schadenwald issued a pretty glowing review this week for the new, THC-infused sex lube Foria that we wrote about...
East Bay Express  |  07-10-2014  |  Legalization Nation

Thursday Must Reads: Quan Does About-Face on A’s Deal; Wolff Says He Has No Intention of Moving Team Out of the Bay Area

Stories you shouldn’t miss: 1.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]...
East Bay Express  |  07-10-2014  |  92510

Monumentour: My Rock, My Salvation

How this summer's Monumentour testifies to the resilient role of rock 'n' roll.
INDY Week  |  Maura Johnston  |  07-18-2014  |  Music

Pill Man

One man's fight to overcome opiate addiction.
Worcester Magazine  |  Walter Bird Jr.  |  07-18-2014  |  Drugs

Are Tiny Homes the Next Big Thing?

The blogosphere is abuzz these days with romantic visions of picturesque miniature dwellings. And a growing number of local advocates say the “tiny home movement” could help achieve a wealth of positive outcomes, from environmental efficiencies to enhanced affordability. Amid the swelling interest, however, many hurdles remain.
Mountain Xpress  |  Jake Frankel  |  07-15-2014  |  Housing & Development