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Summer Starts in the DTO

May 25, 2012

Memorial Day weekend is considered the official beginning of summer, California’s finest season, and downtown Oakland’s mix of urbane and natural is the perfect place to ring in the season. Fairyland will be open for a rare Monday, for family fun. A picnic by the Lake could be made up of Korean snacks and bottled teas from EM Market (332 14th St), or champagne and cheese from Ratto’s (821 Washington St). With many restaurants, particularly in Old Oakland and Uptown, offering outdoor seating, downtown is a great place to enjoy your holiday weekend!

Weekend events include:

  • Tomorrow is the deadline for artists to submit work for Bay Area Currents, ProArts’ juried exhibition of contemporary works from Bay Area artists. The show will open July 3 at the gallery (15th St at Frank Ogawa Plaza).
  • Sunday night at Era (19 Grand Ave), Kev Choice’s soul band performs with DJ Soul Profess, a unique mix of live music and spinning – perfect for dancing!
  • Monday afternoon, Linden Street Brewery hosts a Jamaican jerk cook-off benefitting My Yute Soccer camp.
  • Monday evening, the Afrorican weekly party will show Ice T’s new documentary The Art of Rap, featuring interviews with many hip-hop legends. The event also features food and happy hour drink specials, starting at 5pm at Liege Lounge (491 9th St).

Next Thursday is the Oakland Indie Awards at the Kaiser Center (300 Lakeside Dr), a celebration of the independent businesses which give Oakland, downtown and the neighborhoods so much vibrancy.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, DTO!

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She’s a Grand Old Dame

May 4, 2012

Today we celebrate Oakland’s past – and its future. From the trendy Art Murmur showcase of contemporary art to a conference on preserving California’s historic architecture, today and this weekend offer opportunities to experience the past, the present, and discover and shape the future. Mayor Quan will cap off a week of celebrations by cutting a birthday cake and unveiling the restored historic model of City Hall, smashed by Occupy in January. And with Occupy apparently over – partially thanks to the organizers of the large March for Dignity and Resistance changing their route to avoid being used as cover for Occupy-related crime – Oaklanders can shake off the negativity and focus on building a stronger city.

This weekend’s events include:

Next Thursday is Bike to Work Day, with a pancake breakfast and all-day valet bike parking outside City Hall, and a bike away from work party in Old Oakland (9th and Washington) in the evening. Check out Walk Oakland Bike Oakland’s Pedal Pools page if you’d like to ride downtown with your neighbors!

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