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Dog days of the DTO

August 26, 2011

As summer comes to a close and many local artists decamp for a desert, the fast pace of downtown slows a bit. But there’s no shortage of events and openings this late-summer weekend to entertain you! From annual events to old movies, here’s a roundup of what’s happening this weekend, DTO.

Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride, an annual lesbian pride event encircling the Lake, holds its final march tomorrow morning.

This weekend is the Chinatown Streetfest, a celebration of culture centered around 9th and Franklin. If you missed Tower of Power last weekend, you can see Bump City, a Tower of Power Tribute Band, on Saturday!

Not one but two new bars are slated for Broadway in the Jack London District. One will have a soft opening next week and a formal opening in late September, the other will open in December. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

The Oakland Museum is receiving plaudits for its John Muir exhibit, running through January.

This is the last weekend to experienced Peachfest at Pican – dinners featuring peaches, with bourbon and wine pairings as well.

Make Westing, a steampunk-inspired bar across 18th Street from the Fox, opened this week. It’s already getting good buzz for its great location and outdoor seating.

Dr. Strangelove is playing at the Paramount tonight, closing off the Paramount Movie Classics’ summer season.

Next week: First Friday and details on the new spots!

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Redoing, Renewing, and Reconsidering: a week of news

August 12, 2011

Reuse, reinvigoration, and reconsideration is the theme of today’s round up of news about downtown Oakland.

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan submitted a grant this week to create a bike station, providing all-day valet bicycle parking as well as other services, next to the Bulldog Cafe on Broadway near the 19th St BART station – a space much in need of renovation.

Sungevity signed a lease renewal to more than double their office space in Jack London Square, with hiring to match. The Mayor and downtown business advocates hailed the expansion as indicative of a growing high-tech and green-tech sector in Oakland.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is reconsidering their heavily criticized (and very expensive) move to San Francisco at an emergency meeting next Wednesday morning at their Oakland headquarters.

Living in the O reports on materials testing for a new art installation in the BART-owned alley between 17th and 19th Streets, intended to revitalize this grim and dank stretch of Uptown.

The East Bay Express has an update on changes coming to Old Oakland’s renovated Swan Market.

A lease has been signed for the once-time Metro Opera House near Jack London Square. Look for the space to reopen as an eclectic, rock-oriented club, at the end of this year.

Later this month: Facade Watch returns!

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