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A young Black woman stands before a dark grey wall wearing a light grey suit and diamond earrings.
Zendaya Donates $100,000 to Bay Area Theater Company
The Oakland-born star gives back to Cal Shakes, where she began acting lessons at the age of 8.
A look from the Heavens at Northern California's freeways and the Bay beyond them.
Learn to Merge: Northern California Freeways & Culture
Painter Ira Watkins at his studio in the Hunters Point Shipyard.
Six Decades of Painting Black History
Superstar skateboarder and talented musician, Tommy Guerrero sits inside of a studio in Berkeley, wearing a black Thrasher hoodie and glasses.
Tommy Guerrero Creates Lo-fi 'Music From the Earth'
Who Pays When Oakland Is on Trial?
CLose-up of white five-point flowers with a pink center growing from bulbous green leaves.
What Jade Plants Can Tell Us About East Bay Gentrification
49 Things For San Francisco 49ers Fans to Do Before the Super Bowl
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Three men sit on a brown couch looking straight at the camera.
Oakland’s couchdate Makes Room for Creatives to Hang and Play
Seeking Adventure, African Teens Find Transcendence in ‘Io Capitano’
A woman and small child peer into the center of an enormous tropical plant.
That Stank-Ass Plant Is About to Stank Itself All Over Cal Academy’s Rainforest
a photo of the world's largest burrito in 1997 wrapping around an entire park in Mountain View, California
When a Silicon Valley Taqueria Assembled the World’s Largest Burrito
Illustration of a spread of Korean food, including fried chicken wings, kimchi stew, rice cakes in cream sauce, and bowls of white rice.
Korean Fried Chicken Is the Perfect Late-Night Bar Snack
A plaza in Oakland Chinatown decorated with red paper lanterns
Oakland Chinatown Lantern Festival Embraces Tradition, Old and New
Turntablism’s Mightiest Heroes: The Legacy, Impact and Aesthetics of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz
Turntablism’s Mightiest Heroes: The Legacy, Impact and Aesthetics of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz
How The Invisibl Skratch Piklz Put San Francisco Turntablism on the DJ Map
How The Invisibl Skratch Piklz Put San Francisco Turntablism on the DJ Map
San Francisco's Cellski Announces First-Ever Live Band Show
San Francisco's Cellski Announces First-Ever Live Band Show
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A woman dressed in a Victorian white lace dress and black choker raises a beer mug high in the air, while smiling.
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An unfinished white wall with a partial view of a wall painting of sky and buildings behind it.

Cézanne Seascape Mural Discovered at Artist’s Childhood Home

The previously unknown artwork discovered in Aix-en-Provence, France, expands knowledge of the artist's development.
A young Black woman stands before a dark grey wall wearing a light grey suit and diamond earrings.

Zendaya Donates $100,000 to Bay Area Theater Company

The Oakland-born star gives back to Cal Shakes, where she began acting lessons at the age of 8.
a photo of the world's largest burrito in 1997 wrapping around an entire park in Mountain View, California

When a Silicon Valley Taqueria Assembled the World’s Largest Burrito

A pre-Y2K burrito from Mountain View’s La Costeña once ruled the world (record).

Big Ideas, and Big Chaos from the Algorithm, in 'Big Data' at ACT

Playwright Kate Atwell explores modern society’s horrors in this world premiere starring BD Wong.
Three men sit on a brown couch looking straight at the camera.

Oakland’s couchdate Makes Room for Creatives to Hang and Play

The cozy space is building community through jam sessions, game nights and listening parties.

Seeking Adventure, African Teens Find Transcendence in ‘Io Capitano’

The Oscar-nominated 'Io Capitano' spotlights the moral choice between survival and humanity.
Illustration of a spread of Korean food, including fried chicken wings, kimchi stew, rice cakes in cream sauce, and bowls of white rice.

Korean Fried Chicken Is the Perfect Late-Night Bar Snack

Zzan’s creative K-pub food in San Francisco is a winner.
Funding for KQED Arts & Culture is provided by:

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Akonadi Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Yogen and Peggy Dalal, Diane B. Wilsey, the William and Gretchen Kimball Fund, Campaign 21 and the members of KQED.