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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!

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Oakland Restaurants set The Standard

January 20, 2012

A little much-needed rain can’t dampen the DTO’s spirits! This weekend brings art and culture to the forefront – both visual and delicious.

The Oakland Convention and Vistors Bureau, freshly energized by the city’s #5 ranking in the New York Times’ worldwide must-visit list, is hosting the third annual Restaurant Week to celebrate local cultural entrepreneurship of the tasty variety. Participating restaurants are offering price-fixe menus showcasing their specialties, and downtown establishments make up about a third of all the offerings. Go to VisitOakland.com for all the details. Restaurant week runs from today until next Sunday.

The Paramount Theate’s wildly popular classic movie showings kick off for the year with a screening of populist political classic Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Come early to enjoy a cocktail in one of America’s finest Art Deco treasures! 8pm, 2025 Broadway.

The Asian Resource Gallery in Chinatown is in the final week of its exhibit exploring the concept of Home from artistic and narrative viewpoints. Considering there was undertones of identity-based debates in the recent hearing on rezoning Chinatown, this exhibit may be an opportunity to ponder the question, would a Chinois gate help create a better sense of place? 310 8th St.

The Oakland Museum’s innovative Oakland Standard program continues tomorrow with a demonstration of mural painting set to DJ’d tunes, entitled Living Concrete. And of course offerings from a local restaurant. For more about this series of cultural celebrations, check out the recent East Bay Express article, Setting the Standard. Saturday, 11am-5pm, 1000 Oak St.

See you at a downtown restaurant!

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