Entertainment

Top Choice Basketball in Oakland

Golden State Warriors

If it’s hoops you must have, then it’s the Warriors for you. Originally from Philadelphia, this team moved across the bay from San Francisco in 1971. Today they play at Oracle Arena (next to the Coliseum). The Warri…
Top Choice Theater in Oakland

Fox Theater

A phoenix arisen from the urban ashes, this restored 1928 art-deco stunner adds dazzle and neon lights to Telegraph Ave, where it's a cornerstone of the happening Uptown theater and nightlife district. Once a movie …
Football in Oakland

Oakland Raiders

With three Super Bowl championships, the notorious bad boys of the National Footbal League (NFL) have had ups and downs over the years, but they still have the staunchest, rowdiest fans in the western US. The team u…
Theater in Oakland

Paramount Theatre

This massive 1931 art-deco masterpiece shows classic films a few times each month and is also home to the Oakland Symphony (www.oaklandsymphony.org) and Oakland Ballet (http://oaklandballet.org). It periodically boo…
Jazz in Oakland

Yoshi's

Yoshi’s has a solid jazz calendar, with talent from around the world passing through on a near-nightly basis. It’s also a Japanese restaurant, so if you enjoy a sushi dinner before the show, you'll be rewarded with …
Baseball in Oakland

Oakland A’s

When the San Francisco Giants are away, the Oakland A’s are usually home, which expands the possibilities for those desperate for a summer baseball fix. The A’s most recent World Series pennant came at the Giants’ e…
Cinema in Berkeley

Pacific Film Archive

A world-renowned film center with an ever-changing schedule of international and classic films – cineastes should seek out this place. The spacious theater has seats comfy enough for hours-long movie marathons.
Cinema in Oakland

Grand Lake Theatre

Once a vaudeville theater and silent-movie house, this 1926 beauty near Lake Merritt lures you in with its huge corner marquee (which sometimes displays left-leaning political messages) and keeps you coming with a f…
World Music in Berkeley

La Peña Cultural Center

This fun-loving, warmhearted community center presents dynamic dance classes and musical and visual arts events with a peace and justice bent. Look for a vibrant mural outside and the on-site Mexican cafe, perfect f…
Live Music in Berkeley

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

This legendary club has almost 50 years of history and is conveniently located in the downtown arts district. It features great traditional folk, country, bluegrass and world music and welcomes all ages, with half-p…