Posts from — February 2012
February 10, 2012
Our humble central district is perhaps more peaceful and more quiet than it has been recently, yet more loudly buzzing with positive energy and new attractions.
The year is starting strong for investors in downtown’s older commercial buildings, as the San Francisco Business Time reports. Several office buildings have traded hands recently as busineses seeking space are taking advantage of good deals. This will hopefully presage continued strong employment growth downtown, as the City and private businesses work to make the area safer and more vibrant.
But even as things are looking up, it’s the last weekend of lovely downtown furniture and housewares shop Entrez Open House (1645 Telegraph), which is closing after five years as an anchor of Uptown. Though the shop closes after Sunday, there will be a final farewell party on Feb 26th.
Though cool stores can close, others can appear or change, and nearby sex retailer Feelmore510 (1703 Telegraph) is celebrating its anniversary this Sunday with a party at the newly-renovated Hibiscus (1745 San Pablo), which now boasts a “dance wing.” Get the details on Facebook.
As part of a statewide series, Laney College hosts a celebration of black choreographers this weekend, with performances and lectures. See ticketing site for details.
La Borinquena’s Tina Tamale hosts a Tamales y Vino party at Urban Legend Cellars (621 4th St) tonight. Tickets and information are here.
Old Oakland’s Sticks + Stones Gallery (815 Broadway) is holding a reception this evening from 5:30 to 8:30, entitled War, Women, Whiskey and More. The gallery is showing the works of Sean Dietrich, best known as a live painter.
The Art Murmur’s Saturday Stroll of mellow gallery exhibitions is now every Saturday, not just the first. Running from 1-5pm, a highlights is the Slate Gallery (473 25th St), and others listed on OaklandArtMurmur.org.
Enjoy this unseasonably warm weather with a weekend in more peaceful downtown! See you in Uptown!
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!