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First Friday leads to Saturday revelry

October 7, 2011

For some it’s the High Holy Days. For others it’s Fleet Week. In Oakland, we call it First Friday. Here are the highlights of this weekend in the DTO.

To celebrate Fleet Week, photographer Eric Murphy honors the humanitarian work of active servicemen at Old Oakland’s Sticks + Stones gallery, 831 Broadway. Nearby, Oaksterdam Tattoo hosts live music at 811 Washington St.

The author of novel WTF Moment will read and sign copies of his book at Paradiso Lounge with music by Maya Songbird and art by Joanne Ludwig.

The Cathedral of Christ the Light is one stop on a roving tour of the Mobile Plant Ambassador, an artist terrarium known as the Wonderarium. Eventually the artists behind this project hope to plant a large terrarium in the middle of Lake Merritt. Find out more on Facebook.

Era Artbar hosts LA-based soul group Chicano Batman with DJ Joe Quixx, and Foxtail Brigade plays a free show at the Uptown. The Starline Social Club, an new music venue from Adam Hatch of the Hatch Gallery, holds a post-Murmur show featuring Shock, Range of Light Wilderness, and Antonian.

Saturday in Uptown

Saturday sees more action in Uptown. The Art Murmur continues to promote its quieter gallery stroll on Saturday afternoons, with extended hours into the evening. Several bars and restaurants will participate in the second annual Uptown Block Party to raise money for Oakland schools – check out East Bay Loop for more information.

http://www.eastbayloop.com/featured/2nd-annual-uptown-oakland-block-party-oct-8th/

And a bit further up town, the Gardens at Lake Merritt hold their annual Bonsai show for fans of the diminutive trees.

On a more academic note, the City Auditor released a report this week criticizing Fox Theater project – but developer Phil Tagami and the City of Oakland fiercely contest every one of its conclusions. In the end, one can’t argue with success – the Fox has sold out every show since it opened. Go to TheFoxOakland.com for a list of upcoming shows.

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A legacy of fun

September 30, 2011

This weekend’s downtown events tie cultural and political heritage to today’s challenges and opportunities, with a healthy dose of old-fashioned fun.

The Oakland Museum presents another installation of O-Zone tonight, an arts-inspired party to celebrate the legacy of John Muir. Revolutionary rappers The Coup headline a party that includes a film screening from 10,000 Steps and a beard and mustache contest.

Oaklandish presents Fairyland for Grownups tonight, offering a rare opportunity for adults to carouse in the storybook amusement park without the usual requisite child. Advance tickets are sold out but there may be some available at the door. Rediscover your sense of childlike wonder at this fundraiser for Fairyland.

Following last night’s lectures, Top Ten Social presents another high-concept dance party tonight at the New Parish with international house-music DJs and personal stories reflecting the connections between the recent uprisings in London and socio-political conditions around the world. Also it’s a fun party.

African-Americans celebrate Western heritage at Saturday’s Black Cowboy Parade. Horsemen in their cowboy finery will parade through downtown to Frank Ogawa Plaza and continue on for an afternoon festival at West Oakland’s DeFremery Park.

This Sunday the League of Women Voters celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage in California with a reenactment of the state’s first Suffragist parade, held in Oakland during the 1908 Republican National Convention. Don your Edwardian finery for a march around Lake Merritt – and be sure not to use the derogatory term Suffragette to describe these early crusaders for women’s rights.

And in breaking news, the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment has found a temporary home downtown, celebrating the legacy of video game design. Find out more about this museum and its upcoming events at TheMade.org.

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