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A Fall Friday brings a hot weekend

September 23, 2011

It may be the first Friday of Fall but downtown sizzles with summery events.

Moneyball premiered at the Paramount last week with a star-studded green carpet. Find out what liberties the screenwriters took with the true story of the dot-com-era A’s in this Tribune article.

For the third year the Eat Real Festival will spice up Jack London Square with a radical gourmet delights – kicking off today with ice cream and sorbet for this summery Fall day. While you’re there, stop by the Crafts section to sign a petition to legalixe food trucks throughout the city. If you’re going to bicycle to the event the East Bay Bicycle Coalition and Walk Oakland Bike Oakland are providing free valet bike parking. Saturday’s official after-party will be a new club Vitus on 2nd and Broadway.

Speaking of food and the Jack London District, check out this article about local roaster Blue Bottle’s expansion across the country in Fortune Magazine.

The 10,000 Steps project, which seeks to connect downtown’s neighborhoods with the four historic “Square” parks, has introduced a self-guided cellphone audio tour of Old Oakland and Chinatown.

See you at the food trucks!

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Stargazing in the DTO

September 16, 2011

Today is PARK(ing) Day, an annual event that challenges us to rethink how public space is used by taking over street parking spaces and putting them to alternative uses. Many parklets are in the downtown area, you can find a map at Parklets, as these miniature parks are called, include seating areas, play areas, and a campfire. This year Oaklandish and other merchants are offering a Parklet Passport – get your passport stamped at four parklets and receive a discount at participating retailers!

Hollywood rolls into town next week with the world premiere of Moneyball at the Paramount Theater on Monday. Brad Pitt’s attendance has not been confirmed, but that’s probably just to keep out-of-towners from crashing Oakland’s party. If you’re excited by the star wattage or the film itself, you can celebrate the film’s release at downtown restaurants and bars that are offering specials for fans.

Project Bandaloop, the vertical dance company that practices and performs on a wall on Grand Ave, will offer free public performances tonight and tomorrow evening in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Check out the Great Wall of Oakland for details.

One new planning process began and one is wrapping up, both with implications for downtown’s future. Check out A Better Oakland and Living in the O’s coverage of the new citywide off-street parking regulations overhaul, and stayed tuned for more about the Lake Merritt Specific Plan as it moves into a decision-making phase.

After all that rethinking and star-gazing, you might want to explore a downtown bar to quench your thirst. Check out the review of new Jack London hotspot Vitus in this week’s East Bay Express.