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First Friday and the Fourth

July 1, 2011

This is the first night the Broadway Shuttle, colloquially known as the Free B, will run until 1am, and that’s a great excuse to spend this First Friday in the DTO. With no shortage of art and fun this evening, here’s a selected list of what to do tonight and this holiday weekend.

Hatch Gallery shows Aaron Hodges’ oil paintings inspired by images of the war in Afghanistan, while Sticks & Stones Gallery shows the work of Mark Rada, a former graffiti artists who uses unusual canvases and pigments.

The Oakland Art Murmur introduces a “quieter Saturday component,” the Saturday Stroll, to its Friday night revelry.

Oaklandish’s store opens with a beer and wine party at 1444 Broadway.

The Gods Must Be Crazy at the New Parish is a socially conscious dance party that follows last night’s lecture and discussion about art and social change. The loosely-interpreted theme of traditional African ancestor worship finds DJs and performers channeling their artistic inspirations. Jennifer Johns and Kev Choice headline an eclectic bill.

On a different side of the musical spectrum the Uptown offers a free First Friday punk and indie rock show featuring The Mumlers.

And after the holiday weekend, Free Family Fun on the Fourth at Jack London Square includes a petting zoo, circus fun, children’s art, bike rentals and bounce houses – but alas no fireworks. In other Jack London Square happenings, beginning next week, every Thursday will feature an outdoor food-themed film screening, starting with Julie and Julia.

Have fun – and I’ll see you on the B!

Next week – Public Art Update

2 comments

1 Andy K { 07.01.11 at 12:22 pm }

The no fire works is a real drag. A town the size of Oakland should have a show. Start a fund raiser – the town of Ft. Brag years ago was collecting change and such in cans placed at the check outs of local businesses.

2 dto510 { 07.02.11 at 5:59 pm }

It really is too bad that there are no fireworks in Oakland for the umpteenth year. I don’t think the problem is cost, though, it may be due to construction and fire department staffing issues.