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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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Bad luck or good spirits?

January 13, 2012

Some say Friday the 13th brings bad luck, but every Friday downtown brings good times. And on this star-crossed day, we definitely have good luck - in the form of a performance (held every Friday the 13th) by Damon and the Heathens at Cafe Van Kleef (1621 Telegraph). The band, which includes a few proprietors of downtown establishments, mixes horns-driven funk with subtle commentary on some of Oakland’s challenges. The Heathens’ performance is postponed until the end of the month. Acclaimed LA-based Spanish-language band Very Be Careful is playing at Vitus (201 Broadway), though.

Last night was Jack London’s 136th birthday, and literary enthusiasts toasted his work at his favorite watering hole, the gloriously distressed Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon (48 Webster). As Andy K. asked on Twitter, shouldn’t Jack London’s birthday be celebrated on a larger scale?

The East Bay Bike Party is leaving from Snow Park this month; its ski-themed social ride around Central Oakland begins at 7:30.

The Oakland Running Festival has also decamped from Frank Ogawa Plaza to Snow Park, announcing its route which has been carefully coordinated with AC Transit to avoid the traffic snarls that paralyzed the city last year. Check out OaklandMarathon.com for the course and to register.

The Wall Street Journal published a nice video on the suprising success of Old Oakland’s Pop Up Hood. Check it out!

Just outside of downtown, the Oakland Peace Center opens tomorrow at 29th off Broadway with a weekend of tree-planting, workshops on tolerance, children’s activities, and discussion. Check out the Facebook event for a full list of programs.

Enjoy your DTO weekend! I’ll see you in Uptown.

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