In many ways, the Bay Area is still struggling to recover from the housing market crisis. Although some housing prices are rising, only a few neighborhoods have returned to the peaks reached in 2006. And most of them are in Silicon Valley. Richard K. Green, director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California, told the San Jose Mercury News that, “Oakland is still dead.”
The San Francisco International Film Festival is now in full swing, with over 200 films from all over the world screening in the coming weeks. One of the Bay Area filmmakers featured this year is Jamie Meltzer. His documentary, Informant, follows the evolution of radical activist Brandon Darby who was involved in the high-profile arrest of two fellow activists during the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Yoshi’s, the Paramount, the Great American Music Hall – these are some of the Bay Area’s best-known music venues. Then, there are the less widely known, but still popular spots, like the Mission’s Red Poppy Art House, or Oakland’s Cafe Van Kleef. And then there are the places no one knows about. The places you sometimes can’t find even if you know where to look.
Today's local music is by Los Rakas. These two cousins were born in Panama, but they were raised in Oaktown, baby. You can hear them this Saturday, April 28 at the Catalyst Nightclub in Santa Cruz. Music starts at 9pm.