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February First Friday fetes Fox, the sequel

February 4, 2011

Today’s First Friday roundup includes an expanded Art Murmur, another party for the Fox, and cross-town competition. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy tonight’s artsy festivities:

The Art Murmur has included galleries below Grand on their map, and rumors have spread of an enhanced collaboration with the Midtown Arts District. Midtown highlights include the upstairs Branch Gallery’s photography show (475 17th St, Ste. 301), and an installation at ProArts that’s “a quiet critique of urban transitional space.”

The Fox Theater celebrates its second anniversary of reopening with tours and a party from 5 to 8pm.

On the other side of downtown from the Art Murmur, the Oakland Museum has chosen First Friday as their day to launch The Oakland Standard, a new arts-oriented website. Talks by local luminaries like Novella Carpenter, author of Farm City, and a DJ set by Mia Moretti, an Oakland native the museum says is a fashion industry favorite.

If you don’t want to miss the Art Murmur for the museum, The Uptown nightclub will host a free show featuring local inde-rock acts Grass Widow, Human Baggage, Death Sentence, Panda, and Bam!Bam!

14th Street’s new eatery-cum-nightclub Disco Volante opened for dinner this week, and is getting rave reviews. Read more at Eater and Inside Scoop. Look for punk-rock pianists during happy hour, and a cocktail menu debuting next week.

The Business Times reports on the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation’s plans to build affordable housing on the DTO-West Oakland border, the currently blighted strip of San Pablo known as Ghost Town.

Old Oakland’s Levende East brings back Sunday brunch, beginning this weekend, with DJs spinning soul and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. According to Facebook, menu items will include “our signature Crab Cake Benedict, Stuffed French Toast, Pulled Pork Omelet and Cajun Ham Scramble.”

Tomorrow, the last survivor of Old Oakland’s boutique-y heyday will close for good. Studio510 (831 Broadway) will go out in style, with a party featuring electro acts, dance DJs, art installations and Linden Street brews. The event begins at 6pm on Saturday.

Have an artsy, fun weekend! And look forward to even more fun spots opening in Uptown this year.

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DTO Reading File June 18 2010

June 18, 2010

All the news you need to read to be caught up on the happenings in the DTO.

KALW reports on decades-long efforts to make Chinatown more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly.

The Oakland Tribune reminds us of an ill-fated proposal to gut the Fox and Paramount theaters, and remove several historic buildings, to create a movie multiplex.

Jerry Brown, now the Democratic nominee for Governor of California, points to the restored Fox Theater and revitalized Uptown arts district as his key accomplishments of Mayor of Oakland.

OaklandLocal’s list of weekend parties includes the one-year anniversary of Penelope, a purveyor of spicy cocktails. Penelope will celebrate its longevity with a masquerade ball and charity auction on Saturday.

The Planning Commission voted 5-1 to uphold the recent downtown zoning map over the objections of a small group of NIMBYs who sought to block development around Lake Merritt.

Oakland Pride opened an office in Jack London Square. The nonprofit organization hopes to create a permanent community center, while preparing for the relaunch of an Oakland Pride festival along Telegraph Ave in Uptown.

Shorenstein’s City Center properties are close to a sale to new investors, while another downtown landlord fell into foreclosure.

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