Arts & Entertainment

Young volunteers help loosen up the crowd before starting work on John F. Kennedy Park. (Photo by Brittany Murphy)

Community works together to rebuild John F. Kennedy Park

Almost 400 volunteers spent last Saturday rebuilding Richmond's John F. Kennedy Park. The park, wedged between John F. Kennedy High School and King Elementary, was this year's project for Make A Difference Day, a nationwide...
Shoreline Festival

North Richmond Shoreline Festival attracts, educates families

Families braved a chilly wind billowing across the bay Saturday to learn about nature conservation at the 12th annual North Richmond Shoreline Festival. The free event was held at the Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park...
Natasha Vinakor (center) sambas her way down MacDonald Avenue at the Spirit and Soul Festival. (Photo by Brittany Murphy)

Spirit and Soul festival aims to revive downtown

The seventh annual Spirit and Soul Festival filled downtown with the rhythmic beats of jazz musicians and the enticing smells of fried chicken and barbecue. Put on by the Richmond Main Street Initiative, a nonprofit...
Jonny Perez warms up in the ring before suiting up to spar. (Photo by Brittany Murphy)

Community-minded boxer seeks funding to reach national competition

Richmond boxer Jonny Perez has supported the community by helping formerly incarcerated residents readjust to life on the outside. Now, he hopes people will help achieve his goal of competing nationally.
Emmy Lou Packard exhibit

Shipyard exhibit brings wartime art to life

A new exhibition of rarely seen prints by California artist Emmy Lou Packard opened Saturday in Richmond, offering visitors a glimpse of one of the Bay Area's most noteworthy 20th century artists at work during...
A picture of Maya Cooper hangs in the music room. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

Maya’s gift to Richmond: Music therapy for people with developmental disabilities

As she gets off BART, Chloe Lipton makes her way to one of her favorite destinations: Maya’s Music Therapy Fund. Her new caretaker, Kayla Jenkins, worries that they might be going in the wrong direction. But Lipton...
Bay Area Derby Girls  kicked off their Season Opener on March 14, 2015. Photo by Nicole West

Balancing life as a roller derby girl

Huck Sinn’s life was falling apart, including her relationships. After she stopped going to grad school, she moved from San Francisco to the East Bay, where she started “dating herself.” “I was taking myself out....
Little Free Libraries

Little Free Library movement begins to blossom in Richmond

The concept is simple: a handful of books in a wooden box, mounted in a public space. The books are free. Peruse the selection. Take a book if you’d like. Leave a book in its...