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"Crazy Child" writing workshops have been an inspiration for beginning and intermediate writers for many years. Join us and find out for yourself how to get in touch with the powerful creative forces inside us! More at my website: matsonpoet.com.

472 44th Street
Oakland,
CA
US

Flying Yoga owner Laura Camp draws on her experience with contemporary dance, circus aerials, and various yoga modalities to create her studio’s curriculum, incorporating elements from a number of strength disciplines to ease students into a new practice or push seasoned exercisers to the next level. Laura cultivates a noncompetitive, judgment-free atmosphere where guests can feel comfortable trying their hands, arms, and legs at Ashtanga- and Vinyasa-style yoga poses, engaging Zumba dance steps, and muscle-sculpting body-weight exercises while hanging safely from a TRX suspension system.

Throughout each class, instructors encourage pupils to modify techniques or utilize the center's posture-aiding blocks and straps to accommodate physical limitations or injury. Inside the recently renovated and expanded studio, instructors keep students engaged in workout sessions by playing music during class or ratcheting the temperature up to 90 degrees, which helps to purge bodies of toxin-laden perspiration and parasitic ice sculptures.

4308 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland,
CA
US

When 17 Jewels Salon + Spa owner Julie Stevens noticed the inscription “17 jewels” on her late grandfather’s watch, she knew she’d found the perfect name for her salon. The term refers to the jewels—typically synthetic rubies—used to craft mechanical watches that help reduce friction in the internal mechanism, resulting in precise and dependable timekeeping, even in a black hole. Not only was it a catchy name, it also stood for reliability, an ideal she hoped to bring to her salon.

Today, Julie and her team live up to that ideal with a full line of salon and spa services that beauty clients time and again using products from Kevin.Murphy, ilike Organic Skin Care, and other professional brands. All services are performed in a salon festooned with murals of bright-red flowers, a nod to Julie’s other lifelong passion: art.

4801 Telegraph Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

The cooks at Lanesplitter bake up a menu of New York–style pizzas and pocket-like calzones, and bartenders at the three pub locations pour a large selection of microbrews. An army of nearly 30 meaty, veggie, and vegan toppings stands ready to occupy thin neapolitan or thick sicilian crusts in combinations such as the herbivore's spinach, mushrooms, onions, and olives ($23.50 for a 19-inch) or the garbage pie's heaping mélange of spiced meats and crisper-drawer items ($27.50 for a 19-inch). The bar's taps have recently flowed with Racer 5 by Bear Republic, E.J. Phair's doppelbock, and hand-pumped Bombay by Boat IPA from Moonlight Brewing Company. Some locations host art openings, where diners and drinkers may admire photography, paintings, or mosaics made entirely of anchovies.

4799 Telegraph Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.

4881 Telegraph Ave
Oakland,
CA
US

[Owen Walker](http://www.insideoutimprov.com/page9/page9.html#!owen-walker/c60z has been teaching the Action Theater method for more than 15 years. Originally a visual artist, Owen found a more immediate medium?the human body?and began to experiment with physical improv as a method to further explore his creative impulses. He studied extensively with Ruth Zaporah, the guru of the Action Theater method, and he is now one of the method?s six designated senior teachers.

The Action Theater method approaches physical improvisation and theater from three angles: language, voice, and movement. Classes give special attention to being fully present, connecting with a scene partner, and urging students to focus on how they do something, rather than what they do. The end result not only can transform a student?s performance on the stage, it can also enhance everyday skills such as empathy and spontaneity. Thus, though the technique is rooted in the theater, it can also benefit non-actors, much like a playhouse?s cell-phone-activated trap door.

Though Action Theater sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available

511 48th Street
Oakland,
CA
US

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