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Change comes as downtown brightens

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!

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Saying adieu to Restaurant Week, and bonjour to new restaurants!

January 27, 2012

This is the last weekend of Oakland Restaurant week sponsored by Visit Oakland, the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Eateries throughout the city, including many downtown, offer prix-fix menus and good deals for diners.

The Chronicle reports that changes are coming to Michelin-recommended Uptown spot Hibiscus (1745 San Pablo). The restaurant, currently being remodeled, will switch to a more “family-friendly” menu intended to complement the successful dance club The New Parish, located in the same building. But fans of chef Sarah Kirnon’s Carribbean-inspired cuisine don’t need to despair – she is opening a new spot, called Miss Ollie’s, downtown this Spring. Downtowners don’t have to wait that long, because she’s hosting a special dinner tomorrow night at the Starline Social Club.

In other restaurant news, Ike’s Place (2204 Broadway), a popular gourmet sandwich spot with many vegan and vegetarian options, has joined the crowded intersection of Grand and Broadway, while next door, Bakesale Betty (2228 Broadway) is reopening its downtown location and plans to begin serving four days a week. And the San Francisco Business Times describes Haven in the context of the business plan for its Jack London Market Building.

Downtown’s favorite funkmeisters Damon and the Heathens are playing tonight at Cafe Van Kleef (1621 Telegraph) and tomorrow night at the Uptown (1928 Telegraph). And the DTO’s favorite dance party, the People Party, returns to The New Parish (579 18th St) tomorrow night. Swan’s Market (907 Washington St) is hosting a party for the Pop-Up Hood this evening from 6 to 9, and the Oakland Symphony performs Carmina Burana at the Paramount Theater (2201 Broadway) tonight.

Enjoy this sunny winter weekend!

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