Unveiling the Dark Romanticism Scenes of @iamthegatekeeper

To see more of Lucille’s dualistic photography, follow @iamthegatekeeper on Instagram.

“In my real life, I like to live in ‘spring,’ but through my art, I live in ‘winter,’” explains Lucille Lares-Kiwan (@iamthegatekeeper), referring to her ongoing photo project that she started after experiencing several personal tragedies. “I created Gatekeeper as sort of a personal outlet for me to channel the melancholy I felt,” says the Oakland, California-based technical designer. Despite the fact that Lucille’s alternate realities may seem dark, they have a cathartic effect, making Lucille feel lighter and lifted. “This ‘safe space’ I create in the dark atmosphere of my photos allows me to release those negative emotions. By letting go of the melancholy and sadness through my work, I’m able to move on,” Lucille says, hoping to set a positive example. “If my story can help anyone feel hopeful about their path, that would mean the world to me.”


i wrote a paper on parklets. included a bunch of pictures for your reading pleasure. (also a couple snippets on drunk drivers). feel free to use this as a shortcut to your own research, or to build upon a collection of research of newer parklets in more cities.

“This paper presents an up-to-date (until December 2014) review of parklets in the following West Coast cities: San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver. It also includes the beginnings of a parklet inventory that could be expanded upon by city and through time. Through examining case studies, this paper hopes to provide advice to people who aim to create parklets, and to cities to learn from each other in developing their parklet programs.”

west coast parklets. by dianne yee. 12.2014. [pdf]

RP Exclusive: Green Day Play Secret Show at 924 Gilman

Tonight Green Day played a secret show at Berkeley’s famous 924 Gilman, with various special guests including Operation Ivy/Rancid’s Tim Armstrong. You can check out the setlist, some pictures and videos from our night in Berkeley here by clicking “read more” below.

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Largest “Soul Train Line” in Oakland Set to Break Guinness World Record

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Blending soul, dance, and community, Oakland is set to break a new Guinness World Record for the “Largest Soul Train Line” on Saturday, June 20 at deFremery Park, 1651 Adeline St. in West Oakland.
Five hundred people are expected to participate in the Official Oak Train Line that will last nearly three hours with non-stop dancing and a live DJ. The Soul Train Line is expected to shatter the current record of 291 participants in Philadelphia in 2012…  [Read more and get details from The Post News Group.]



EL TACO BIKE - Genius. If you find yourself in downtown Oakland, California be on the look out for this eco - friendly, pollution - free, pedal powered grub! Mexican style coffee brewed with fresh cinnamon sticks, breakfast burritos, warm tacos and tortas. Follow them on twitter @ElTacoBike 

Someone do this in New York already!