Art & Culture

A Midsummer Date-Night’s Dream

Dinner and a show with California Shakespeare Theater Canvasing the Bay Area for an optimal come-out-of-Covid date night, one option shouts for attention: California Shakespeare Theater’s “Season of Shared Light” that in 2021 flings open the venue’s sweeping golden Orinda Hills backdrop and the broad outdoor Bruns Amphitheater to community groups, performing artists and cultural organizations from across the Bay Area and beyond. Customarily known as Cal Shakes, the theater company—now in its 47th season—is nationally recognized for innovative and contemporary storytelling rooted in classical theater’s traditions and literature, high-quality production values, an extensive commitment to education demonstrated through year-round programming and a popular summer conservatory, and deep investm...

Making Moves

Local creators thrive despite pandemic During the last year of the pandemic, we’ve all developed new hobbies: baking bread, making cocktails, gardening. But for the Bay Area’s Etsy sellers, “making” is more than entertainment; it’s a livelihood. During the course of the pandemic, the Bay Area’s makers devoted themselves to creating products inspired by their homes, from wine barrels to succulents, and the results have paid off—for some makers, this has been the most successful year of their business. Beth Albers and Claire Whitehead developed their Etsy Shop, Emma Claire Shop (www.etsy.com/shop/EmmaClaireShop), after meeting at their daughters’ competitive cheer competitions. The two women share an interest in design, and wanted to open a business together. Succulent globes hung up in Disn...

Best of East Bay: Arts & Culture

Best Art Gallery Round Weather   Best Ballet School Shawl Anderson   Best Cover Band Tainted Love   Best Dance Instructor Momo LeBeau   Best Indy Filmmaker Boots Riley Best Local Band BAUS    Best Media Personality: TV, Radio, Print Michael Krasny Best Movie Theater Grand Lake Theater    Best Museum Oakland Museum   Best Music Venue The Fox   Best Outdoor Art Event First Friday   Best Outdoor Music Venue Greek Theater   Best Performing Arts Center Lesher Center   Best Performing Dance Company Oakland Ballet Company   Best Place to Dance Ashkenaz   Best Record ⁄ CD Store Amoeba   Best Virtual Ballet Company San Francisco Ballet   Bes...

Best of East Bay: Cannabis

Best Cannabis Delivery   Farmacy  Best Cannabis Label   NUG Best CBD Product   Berkeley Patients Group Best Curbside Service   Harborside Best Dispensary   Berkeley Patients Group Best Edibles   Kiva

Best of East Bay: Everyday

Best AC ⁄ Heating Service   Atlas Heating & Air Conditioning Best Accountant   Deborah Fisher, Fisher & Company LLC Best Ad Agency   John McNeil Studio Best Antique Shop   Mixed Pickles Best Art Supply Store   Flax Art & Design Best Attorney—Business   Brian A. Ripley Best Attorney—Cannabis   Selna Partners Best Attorney—Civil   Emily Dahm – Bonjour, Thorman, Burns & Dahm Law Firm Best Attorney—Criminal   Lee Maranto Best Attorney—Divorce   Gerard A. Falzone Best Attorney—Family Law   Sarah Summerall Best Attorney—Intellectual Property   Brand & Branch Best Attorney—Labor & Employment   Dan Feinberg – Feinberg, Jackson, Worthm...

Best of East Bay: Food & Drink

Best Bakery   Arizmendi Bakery Best Bar   Hotsy Totsy Club Best Bartender   Den Stephens, North Light Best BBQ   Horn BBQ Best Beer Label   Fieldwork Brewing Company Best Brew Pub   Ghost Town Brewing Best Breakfast   Brown Sugar Kitchen Best Brunch   Sequoia Diner Best Burger   TrueBurger Best Business Lunch   The Trappist Best Butcher Shop   Clove and Hoof Best Cafe ⁄ Coffeehouse   Timeless Best Caterer   Market Hall Caterers Best Cheese Shop   The Cheeseboard Best Chef   Kyle Itani, Itani Ramen Best Chinese   Shan Dong Best Chocolatier   Casa de Chocolates Best Cider   Crooked City Cider Taphouse Best Cocktail...

Best of East Bay: Home Improvement

Best Appliance Store ⁄ Repair   Galvin Appliance Best Architect   Michael Robbins, Studio Robbins Cortina Best Carpet Cleaning   Larry’s Extreme Clean Best Carpeting ⁄ Flooring   The Floor Store Best Consignment Furniture   Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles Best Contractor (Residential)   Hometelligent Best Deck Builders   Robert S. Cruikshank Landscape Construction Best Electrician   Mighetto Electric Best Fence Builders   Jon Lobdell, Artisan Gates & Fences Best Home Developer   Discovery Homes Best Home Improvement Store   Metro Lighting Best Interior Designer   Jennifer Walker & Brook Bradbury, Lincoln Park Design Best Kitchen ⁄ Bath Remodeler   Hom...

Best of East Bay: Recreation

Best Bike Route ⁄ Trail   Bay Trail Best Gym   YMCA Best Health Club   YMCA Best Hiking Trail   Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park Best Horseback Riding   Five Star Equestrian Best Outdoor Adventure Tour   Bay Area Green Tours Best Park   Tilden Regional Park Best Swimming Pool   Mills College Best Virtual Cycling Fundraiser   Bay Day Challenge Best Virtual Pilates Studio   June Kamerling Pilates Best Water Sports Company   California Canoe & Kayak

Best of East Bay: Romance

Best Boudoir ⁄ Modern Lingerie Shop    A La Folie Best Boutique Hotel   Z Hotel Jack London Square Best Couples Counseling  Lucia Grauman Best Erotica Store   Good Vibrations Best Romantic Dinner   Millennium Best Staycation   Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel Best Wedding Caterer   Blue Heron Catering Best Wedding Event Planner   Chanda Daniels, A Monique Affair Best Wedding Photographer   Shoey Sindel Photography Best Wedding Reception Venue   The Terrace Room Romance Best Boudoir ⁄ Modern Lingerie Shop    A La Folie Best Boutique Hotel   Z Hotel Jack London Square Best Couples Counseling  Lucia Grauman Best Erotica Store   Good Vibrations B...

Best of East Bay: Beauty, Health & Wellness

Best Acupuncturist   Mamie Chow L.Ac. Best Alcohol ⁄ Drug Rehabilitation   AA Best Allergist   Columbia Asthma & Allergy Best Assisted Living Facility   St. Paul’s Towers Best Chiropractor   Dr. Teresa Lau, Vibrant Body Wellness Best Day Spa   Piedmont Springs Best Dentist   Oakland Eco Dental Best Dermatologist   Jason Fung, MD Best Endodontist   Jason R. Calvert DDS Best Esthetic Dentist   Lake Merritt Dental Best Eye Lash Extensions and ⁄ or Brow Enhancements   Cocoon Urban Day Spa Best Full-Service Beauty Salon   Rockridge Day Spa Best Hair Salon   Keter Salon Best Health Care Clinic   One Medical Best Home Health Care Provider   Cent...

Most Resilient City

The national press often glosses over the cultural impact Downtown Oakland has had on the world stage during the past decade. From the protest for justice for Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Nia Wilson and countless others, to being the epicenter of the global—and still growing—“Occupy” movement; the radius that emanates from “Oscar Grant Plaza” has expanded to influence everything from movies (Sorry To Bother You, Fruitvale Station, Blind-spotting, Black Panther) to the Arab Spring. Downtown Oakland is a living symbol of the cultural resilience of a land and a people undaunted by the oppressive mechanisms of control bent on global domination, even as those forces set their sights on “The Town,” acknowledging its power to instigate and inspire global transformation. In 2020, Downt...

Best of Everyday: Books We love

Best of Everyday applies to the little things that made each day of pandemic  lockdown a little more bearable: Grocery stores that limited the amount of toilet paper each customer could buy at one time, thus putting the brakes on hoarders and saving the rest of us from … using copy paper or this newspaper for purposes other than originally intended. The Bay Area’s diverse culinary industry also supported underserved communities and many, many, healthcare workers with meals; often at some cost or barely breaking even, but nonetheless doing it to keep their staff gainfully employed. And then there were books and independent booksellers. Reading became equivalent to travel. For example: In one week it was possible to journey worldwide on a research ship to an imagined alternative life wi...

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