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Fifth Year of First Fridays

January 7, 2011

Today, the first Friday of 2011, is the fifth anniversary of the monthly celebration of arts and culture known as the Art Murmur, which began in January 2006. The event has grown from a few participating galleries to include institutions like the Oakland Museum, and art galleries and performance spaces have opened in the blocks surrounding Mama Buzz Cafe, where the Art Murmur was planned. With 23rd St closed to traffic on First Fridays since 2007, this loosely-organized event draws thousands of people to Uptown. Today, the fifth anniversary of the Art Murmur features art shows in the evening and music at night.

Here’s some highlights to help you plan your evening:

The map of participating galleries
Free indie-rock show at the Uptown
Funk Revival Orchestra does a tribute to Roy Ayers at New Parish
Burning Man artist David Best speaks at the Oakland Museum
Art Murmur After-Party with DJ Joe Quixx at Era
Art show and after-party at The Den at the Fox
Spice Monkey joins First Friday with live music and extended hours

In addition, the Pacific Coast Brewery has re-opened after a renovation.

See you in Uptown!

1 comment

1 gwen { 01.07.11 at 5:03 pm }

Don’t forget the free burlesque at Stork Club!
http://www.storkcluboakland.com/Flyers/2011/flyer003.html