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Dog days of the DTO

August 26, 2011

As summer comes to a close and many local artists decamp for a desert, the fast pace of downtown slows a bit. But there’s no shortage of events and openings this late-summer weekend to entertain you! From annual events to old movies, here’s a roundup of what’s happening this weekend, DTO.

Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride, an annual lesbian pride event encircling the Lake, holds its final march tomorrow morning.

This weekend is the Chinatown Streetfest, a celebration of culture centered around 9th and Franklin. If you missed Tower of Power last weekend, you can see Bump City, a Tower of Power Tribute Band, on Saturday!

Not one but two new bars are slated for Broadway in the Jack London District. One will have a soft opening next week and a formal opening in late September, the other will open in December. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

The Oakland Museum is receiving plaudits for its John Muir exhibit, running through January.

This is the last weekend to experienced Peachfest at Pican – dinners featuring peaches, with bourbon and wine pairings as well.

Make Westing, a steampunk-inspired bar across 18th Street from the Fox, opened this week. It’s already getting good buzz for its great location and outdoor seating.

Dr. Strangelove is playing at the Paramount tonight, closing off the Paramount Movie Classics’ summer season.

Next week: First Friday and details on the new spots!

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Never gonna give you up…

July 29, 2011

The month of July, despite heralding the much-delayed introduction of summery weather, bore mostly bad news for downtown Oakland’s economic development. But there is good news on the horizon, as well as a full plate of cultural experiences for your DTO weekend.

Economic revitalization attempts

Mayor Quan vowed not to give up on keeping the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in Oakland.

Bay Area chain Faz announced it will be taking over the old Verbena space in 1111 Broadway.

Civic leaders pushed for locating the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab expansion near downtown, as part of the Oak-to-Ninth development.

And in cultural news…

OaklandNorth tells legends from Oakland’s oldest bar, Heinold’s First & Last Chance Saloon.

Jack London Square will teach you the foxtrot as part of Dancing Under the Stars, tonight.

Upscale Southern-inspired eatery Pican celebrates Georgia’s peach with signature dishes, desserts and drinks.

The Lake Merritt Hotel’s Terrace Room hosts swing dancing with dinner, on Saturday.

Miss Pearl’s Jam House hosts stand-up comics tonight and Saturday, and on-going.

The new Art Murmur event, called Saturday Stroll, is now every Saturday – so you don’t have to wait a month to get your art on!

The Oakland Museum and its revamped cafe host a Happy Hour with late-night gallery hours.

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