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A diversity of destinations, downtown

March 16, 2012

Oakland’s burgeoning and increasingly famous nightlife scene gets a new addition tonight, the Night Light in Jack London at 311 Broadway. The former Clancy’s Taqueria has been transformed into a nautically-themed, bordello-inspired lounge. Wood panelling (salvaged from ships), sailing lamps, and even a pirate-y chandelier surround leather couches, a DJ booth, and an elegant bar. The spot promises to become another hip Jack London District destination – and is just steps from a Broadway Shuttle stop!

Speaking of easy transportation, the City of Alameda announced that its Estuary Crossing Shuttle, which has exceeded ridership expectations, will operate for at least another year with funding from the Air District.

In more good news for the downtown waterfront, Miss Pearl’s (once Jam House) has reopened, after a long closure, and according to the Express, it’s better than ever. Check it out at Jack London Square’s Waterfront Hotel (1 Broadway).

Despite the rain, downtown events are going strong this weekend. Tonight is the final installment of Tina Tamale’s pop-up stand at Swan’s Market (907 Washington), during which the mexican foods maven will be joined by Little Shop Artisan Box and Boucherie Artisinal Meats. Check out the facebook invite for the details, and stop by between 5 and 9pm tonight.

It’s the two-year anniversary of The Skillet, the Layover’s (1517 Franklin) monthly dance party that combines DJing with live music. Tonight will be an all-vinyl affair, according to resident DJ Crimson.

Though there’s no shortage of hip events downtown this weekend, fans of classical music and jazz can party in Uptown too. Tonight the Oakland Symphony presents Spots on the Orient Express, playing Baroque, Romantic and Modernist pieces with guest violinist John Sords. At the Paramount (Broadway) at 8pm. And on Saturday, the Piedmont Piano Company (1728 San Pablo) hosts a performance by jazz vocalist Daria.

Hip-hop, island music, symphony and jazz – isn’t that what Oakland’s diversity is all about? Enjoy it this weekend, and don’t forget to bring an umbrella!

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Change comes as downtown brightens

February 10, 2012

Our humble central district is perhaps more peaceful and more quiet than it has been recently, yet more loudly buzzing with positive energy and new attractions.

The year is starting strong for investors in downtown’s older commercial buildings, as the San Francisco Business Time reports. Several office buildings have traded hands recently as busineses seeking space are taking advantage of good deals. This will hopefully presage continued strong employment growth downtown, as the City and private businesses work to make the area safer and more vibrant.

But even as things are looking up, it’s the last weekend of lovely downtown furniture and housewares shop Entrez Open House (1645 Telegraph), which is closing after five years as an anchor of Uptown. Though the shop closes after Sunday, there will be a final farewell party on Feb 26th.

Though cool stores can close, others can appear or change, and nearby sex retailer Feelmore510 (1703 Telegraph) is celebrating its anniversary this Sunday with a party at the newly-renovated Hibiscus (1745 San Pablo), which now boasts a “dance wing.” Get the details on Facebook.

As part of a statewide series, Laney College hosts a celebration of black choreographers this weekend, with performances and lectures. See ticketing site for details.

La Borinquena’s Tina Tamale hosts a Tamales y Vino party at Urban Legend Cellars (621 4th St) tonight. Tickets and information are here.

Old Oakland’s Sticks + Stones Gallery (815 Broadway) is holding a reception this evening from 5:30 to 8:30, entitled War, Women, Whiskey and More. The gallery is showing the works of Sean Dietrich, best known as a live painter.

The Art Murmur’s Saturday Stroll of mellow gallery exhibitions is now every Saturday, not just the first. Running from 1-5pm, a highlights is the Slate Gallery (473 25th St), and others listed on OaklandArtMurmur.org.

Enjoy this unseasonably warm weather with a weekend in more peaceful downtown! See you in Uptown!

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