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Supporting Oakland's Local Independent Businesses and Artists

Coffee Drinks and Cool Diversions at Farley’s East ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Food and Drink,Independent / Indie Business — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 7:44 am

Coffee Date meets Play Date 

While most independent coffee shops seem to cater to a bookish, adult clientele, Farley’s is focused on creating a place “where everyone is comfortable and welcome.” Farley’s second café (their first opened in Potrero Hill in 1989) is  in the up-and-coming Uptown neighborhood of Oakland, and the particularly family-friendly java stop has been appropriately dubbed Farley’s East.

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Directory of East Bay Arts + East Bay OPEN STUDIOS 2010 ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership,Events,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:48 pm

Pro Arts
Directory of East Bay Arts
+ East Bay OPEN STUDIOS 2010

Expand your Audience!
Prepare work for Sale!
Network with Artists, Patrons, Curators and Galleries!
Exhibit in the Gallery!
Oakland/East Bay Artists: Be part of the largest art event in the region. After nearly 30 years, Pro Arts’ East Bay OPEN STUDIOS continues to bring over 50,000 visitors from all over the Bay Area to local artists’ studios for the opportunity to see the best art made in the East Bay. The annual Directory of East Bay Arts extends the reach of the event and provides a year-long reference, a Who’s Who guide for artists. Artists choose “Open By Appointment Only”, or open for OPEN STUDIOS.

Artist Deadline: February 20, 2010

More Info:  http://www.proartsgallery.org/ebos/artistinfo.php

SAVE THE DATE! Open Studios is June 5 – 6 and June 12 – 13, 2010

Artist Entry Includes

* Full Color Artist Listing in 60+ page magazine (circ. 60,000)
* Inclusion on Map
* Web Page for one year with 8 images and Artist Statement
* Professional development workshops on framing, marketing and more,
* Exhibit space in the Preview Exhibition
* Online Gallery and Maps, and more

Together, the Directory of East Bay Arts and East Bay OPEN STUDIOS serve as essential resources for artists to cultivate new audiences for their work.  Spread the word! For more information, go to  http://www.proartsgallery.org/ebos/artistinfo.php

New in 2010:  Announcing Pro Arts, Berkeley Art Center and Richmond Art Center to collaborate in the presentation of the 2010 East Bay OPEN STUDIOS Preview Exhibition. This ‘living catalog’ of over 400 artworks will be shown across three of the East Bay’s most celebrated arts spaces in May/June: Berkeley Art Center, Richmond Art Center, and Pro Arts.

About Pro Arts
Pro Arts provides critical access to contemporary art in Oakland and the Bay Area through its independent curated exhibitions, capacity-building artist services, open studios, juried programs, and diverse collaborative programs. In addition to serving as an advocate for regional artists, Pro Arts offers youth and community programs to further engage art audiences that reflect innovative artistic expression, and the rich cross-section of cultures, ethnicity, age, and race in the Oakland/Bay Area. Last year Pro Arts exhibited 690 artists and produced 62 events drawing an annual audience of 65,000. Additionally, Pro Arts provides professional art services to partnering institutions, and provides fiscal sponsorship to artists.

Pro Arts supports the arts within communities by serving the ongoing needs of artists.


Neighborhood Revitalization Through Retail ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Independent / Indie Business,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 10:40 am

East Bay Express Small Business Monthly by Bernice Yeung

That there’s nowhere to shop in Oakland is a common gripe with at least a grain of truth to it. Ever try to buy a head of lettuce near the Coliseum or furnish an apartment without leaving the city limits? Established commercial districts notwithstanding, Oakland has long struggled to convince its residents to spend money within its borders.

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Are you the fiftyseven-thirtythree AMBASSADOR OF SEXY? ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Independent / Indie Business,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 11:01 am

The rules are simple. Send us your best pics with some fiftyseven-thirtythree gear and make sure they are dripping with sexy.

The fiftyseven-thirtythree staff will vote by secret ballot and choose the 1st ever

AMBASSADOR OF SEXY!!!! The Winning entry will receive the highly sought after and much coveted Japanese schoolgirl flag hoodie

more info here


Bicycle-Friendly Business Awards 2010

East Bay Bicycle Coalition Submitted by Dave Campbell

Nominations open for Bicycle-Friendly Business Awards through March 26, 2010

Know a company that super-promotes bicycling? Want to recognize them? All you have to do is…

Submit Your Nomination Today!

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Oakland Museum Online ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 3:49 pm

While the Oakland Museum is closed for renovations there are a couple of ways to visit online.

In celebration of Oakland’s 150th anniversary, the Oakland Museum of California presents over 7000 Oakland objects from its California Collections. These include historical photographs, paintings, documents, objects, all about Oakland, the city founded on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in 1852. Explore Oakland’s neighborhoods, walk the shoreline, stand atop city hall and look all around.

Go here

Dia de los Muertos (:-X

This ning site allows anyone to experience Day of the Dead all year long. Photos, blog posts, videos created in Oakland and in Mexico make up this site.

Visit here


Move to Amend ,

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Ideas,Leaders and Activists — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 10:25 am

“We the corporations”

On January 21, 2010, with its ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons, entitled by the U.S. Constitution to buy elections and run our government. Human beings are people; corporations are legal fictions. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule.

We Move to Amend.

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to:

  • Firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.
  • Guarantee the right to vote and to participate, and to have our votes and participation count.
  • Protect local communities, their economies, and democracies against illegitimate “preemption” actions by global, national, and state governments.

Signed by 40,395 and counting . . .

To read more and to sign the petition, go here


Local Designer’s Career Mushrooms on Project Runway ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:14 pm

EastBayExpress.com Ellen Cushing

Project Runway returned last night for its seventh season, and among the 16 contestants was some homegrown talent: Amy Sarabi of Oakland. According to a CoCo Times profile of her, Sarabi moved to Oakland at eighteen and studied at Diablo Valley College before graduating from California College of the Arts.

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Move Your Money to Oakland

Filed under: Community Wealth and Ownership,Ideas,News — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:10 pm


There is a new movement afoot to Move Your Money to local banks. Here’s the website with a cute movie: http://moveyourmoney.info/ This movement has been reported on in the Huffington Post, by Oakland Seen on their facebook page, and by Oakland Grown.

The Move Your Money site doesn’t cover credit unions. That’s a major omission.

So I’m starting a series about money in Oakland.  Starting with credit unions I am familiar with.

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Small, Local Retailers Had a Good Christmas

EastBayExpress.com Robert Gammon

Small, local retailers outperformed national chains during the holiday season, especially in cities that have “Buy Local” campaigns, according to a national survey by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

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