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Occupy the Night

November 18, 2011

Downtown Oakland is still going through a rough period but tensions have eased somewhat with the quieting of the Occupy movement. Tonight and the next week offer fun ways to enjoy downtown and support its small retail and entertainment businesses.

Music for all tastes

The Uptown hosts an indie-rock show featuring Mister Loveless, The Hundred Days, Holy Rolling Empire, and Tremor Low.

For different tastes, the San Francisco Funk Fest comes to Oakland with the 45 Sessions at Disco Volante tonight, spinning funk and rare groove at this well-regarded restaurant-cum-nightclub.

And yet another musical direction, hip-hop stars Foreign Legion play with a live backing band at Vitus tonight, 2nd and Broadway.

Art on Saturday

Tomorrow supporters or those interested in the Occupy movement can see an art exhibit featuring works by Occupy protesters in Oakland and SF, with a discussion about the movement and its relationship to the arts. It’s not downtown but Occupy has impacted downtown more than anywhere else, so the reader may be interested. Noon Saturday (Nov 19), at GZ | Soulye Studios, 2615D Magnolia St in West Oakland.

Also Saturday afternoon, six galleries of the Art Murmur open their doors for a curated tour starting at 2pm at Mama Buzz Cafe, 2318 Telegraph.

Though a certain protest movement will try on Saturday to pick a fight in Uptown, many are optimistic that things will have been taken care of by nightfall, and a great way to celebrate peace in the DTO is at the official Goapele record release party at Era Artbar on Saturday night! Pre-sale tickets available at a discount.

Dueling retro gaming tournaments

Next week sees dueling retro gaming nights in the DTO – pick your pleasure, 8-bit video or mechanical pinball! Tuesday, the new Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment hosts its first Fight Night, a tournament of retro fighting arcade games (think StreetFighter).

On Wednesday, Vitus in the Jack London District will host another of its popular, biweekly pinball tournaments. Vitus is fast becoming a regional destination for pinball, with four well-oiled machines and plenty of room to play. Vitus also boasts the most popular pinball machine of all time, Medieval Madness. Scroll down the Bay Area Pinball League’s tournament page to learn more.

Occupy downtown business

Finally, get ready for Oakland’s official holiday Shop Local event in downtown. Recent events have hit downtown businesses hard. Next Friday will be a fun-filled day to celebrate our local merchants and get a start on holiday shopping with local businesses.

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Cyclists Celebrate on Saturday, and the Layover Maintains

October 21, 2011

This Saturday, Jack London Square hosts PedalFest, a celebration of bicycling, from 10am to 5pm! Live music, cycling stunts, bike-powered carnival rides, displays of vintage and handmade bicycles, and a miniature velodrome are highlights of this family-friendly festival of healthy living and fun. Bicyclists will get free ferry rides to and from San Francisco – and of course there will be plenty of bike parking. This free event will benefit Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. See the official website for details.

After PedalFest, the East Bay Bike Party teams up with its cross-bay brethren for an 18-mile, All-Bay Bike Party.

Near Jack London Square, you get an early start on Halloween with a costume party and indie-rock show at new club Vitus (201 Broadway), headlined by Bam!Bam! and Palms Spring.

The Layover (1517 Franklin St) celebrates its second anniversary with a block party on Sunday afternoon. Franklin Street will be closed between 15th and 17th and host live music and top downtown DJs. Sounds like a lot of fun!

After you enjoy this weekend, keep an eye out for a holiday transformation of Old Oakland called Pop Up ‘Hood. See you around downtown!

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