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February First Friday fetes Fox, vol 3

February 3, 2012

It’s First Friday once again, and the unseasonably sunny weather will probably make it a more happening time than a typical February! As usual, the happenings are concentrated in Uptown, but not exclusively. Highlights of First Friday include:

  • The Third Anniversary of the Fox Theater. Uptown’s landmark Art Deco movie palace – besides that other one – has become a beautiful anchor and symbol of the revitalized Uptown district. The Friends of the Fox celebrate its third anniversary of reopening with free theater tours from 5-9pm; and a party at the Den (1807 Telegraph Ave) starting at 9pm, featuring a DJ set by Lyrics Born, the unveiling of a new Fox-themed T-shirt by Oaklandish, a silent auction, and a book-signing of the new art and history publication entitled Oakland Landmarks.
  • The official hub of the Art Murmur’s First Friday is of course 23rd St off Telegraph, and tonight it will host a poetry wall and lion dance. See the official Art Mumur website for more.
  • Mercury Twenty Gallery (475 25th St) hosts an opening of the works of Mary Curtis Radcliff. You can see a video interview with her on her website.
  • Betti Ono Gallery (1804 Telegraph) hosts a reception from 7-10 tonight for Denver-based artist Joshua Mays, who creates prints, drawings and installations inspired by graffiti and tattoo art.
  • The Uptown (1928 Telegraph Ave) again hosts a free show for First Friday, headlined by indie-rockers Birds and Batteries, starting at 9pm.
  • The Hatch Gallery (492 23rd St) shows the ceramic works of Irwin Luckman, a carpenter and draftsman.

There will also be fun times at every downtown bar and restaurant, and if you’re looking for a break from Uptown, Old Oakland’s Pop Up Hood (9th and Broadway) is still going strong. Enjoy your artistic evening!