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Posts from — June 2011

Retail revitalization for DTO?

June 10, 2011

Oaklandish’s recent announcement of a store on Broadway near 14th St is just the latest in a string of new retail establishments downtown. Concentrated in Uptown and Old Oakland, new shops and restaurants may presage a new wave of downtown retail, despite the impending closure of the Dress Barn. Here are retail businesses that have opened in the last six months.

If I’ve missed anything please let me know!

Do these new establishments represent a trend of new retail downtown? Will the new businesses spread beyond Uptown and Old Oakland? What else is in the pipeline for downtown?

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From British cooking to bizarre taxidermy – it’s First Friday in June

June 3, 2011

The sun is out and it’s First Friday in June. Never mind that the Temescal Street Fair is postponed from this Sunday due to an approaching storm – this evening is set to be cool and clear. For your art-walking pleasure, highlights from tonight’s events as well as news and views about downtown.

In conjunction with auto-happening Classic Cars West, Femme Cartel features arts, crafts, goods and music from ladies at 411 26th St.

Disco Volante steps up its art game with a “menagerie of otherworldly and hybrid creatures” in mixed media by Jaime Lakatos, titled Beastmaster II. A new happy-hour snack and a New Orleans-based big band called MJ’s Brass Boppers rounds out the evening, and there’s no cover before 9pm. 14th and Webster.

Creative Growth Arts Center will host a literary reading by Oakland School for the Arts students from 5 to 9pm, 24th and Valdez.

Library supporters plan a funeral march for literacy at the Art Murmur starting at 7pm at 20th and Broadway.

Oakland Pride hosts a fundraising dance party at the Bench & Bar tonight.

Jack London Square kicks off its seasons Dancing Under The Stars outdoor event with salsa dancing and instruction from 8:30 to 10pm, and recurring every Friday with a different genre through August.

Anglophiles will be interested to know that two of England’s hottest chefs will be cooking alongside Daniel Patterson at Plum for a special meal benefiting Larkin Street Youth Services, on June 18th.

The East Bay Express’s cover story asks what the City of Oakland is gets in return for giving away public space to farmers’ markets for free.

OaklandNorth finds delectable and disgusting nibbles in Chinatown – whose legendary Shan Dong has the “dish of the week” from the SF Weekly.

SPUR writes about the “hidden history” of the Oakland Museum.

Although Live Art Wednesdays at Levende East have ended, Old Oakland is not to be left out of the First Friday action with galleries and restaurants stuffed with art, centered around 9th and Washington. From as far as Temescal to Uptown to across downtown, art is the on the menu this Friday date night. See you in the DTO!

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