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February First Friday fetes Fox, vol 3

February 3, 2012

It’s First Friday once again, and the unseasonably sunny weather will probably make it a more happening time than a typical February! As usual, the happenings are concentrated in Uptown, but not exclusively. Highlights of First Friday include:

  • The Third Anniversary of the Fox Theater. Uptown’s landmark Art Deco movie palace – besides that other one – has become a beautiful anchor and symbol of the revitalized Uptown district. The Friends of the Fox celebrate its third anniversary of reopening with free theater tours from 5-9pm; and a party at the Den (1807 Telegraph Ave) starting at 9pm, featuring a DJ set by Lyrics Born, the unveiling of a new Fox-themed T-shirt by Oaklandish, a silent auction, and a book-signing of the new art and history publication entitled Oakland Landmarks.
  • The official hub of the Art Murmur’s First Friday is of course 23rd St off Telegraph, and tonight it will host a poetry wall and lion dance. See the official Art Mumur website for more.
  • Mercury Twenty Gallery (475 25th St) hosts an opening of the works of Mary Curtis Radcliff. You can see a video interview with her on her website.
  • Betti Ono Gallery (1804 Telegraph) hosts a reception from 7-10 tonight for Denver-based artist Joshua Mays, who creates prints, drawings and installations inspired by graffiti and tattoo art.
  • The Uptown (1928 Telegraph Ave) again hosts a free show for First Friday, headlined by indie-rockers Birds and Batteries, starting at 9pm.
  • The Hatch Gallery (492 23rd St) shows the ceramic works of Irwin Luckman, a carpenter and draftsman.

There will also be fun times at every downtown bar and restaurant, and if you’re looking for a break from Uptown, Old Oakland’s Pop Up Hood (9th and Broadway) is still going strong. Enjoy your artistic evening!

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Bad luck or good spirits?

January 13, 2012

Some say Friday the 13th brings bad luck, but every Friday downtown brings good times. And on this star-crossed day, we definitely have good luck - in the form of a performance (held every Friday the 13th) by Damon and the Heathens at Cafe Van Kleef (1621 Telegraph). The band, which includes a few proprietors of downtown establishments, mixes horns-driven funk with subtle commentary on some of Oakland’s challenges. The Heathens’ performance is postponed until the end of the month. Acclaimed LA-based Spanish-language band Very Be Careful is playing at Vitus (201 Broadway), though.

Last night was Jack London’s 136th birthday, and literary enthusiasts toasted his work at his favorite watering hole, the gloriously distressed Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon (48 Webster). As Andy K. asked on Twitter, shouldn’t Jack London’s birthday be celebrated on a larger scale?

The East Bay Bike Party is leaving from Snow Park this month; its ski-themed social ride around Central Oakland begins at 7:30.

The Oakland Running Festival has also decamped from Frank Ogawa Plaza to Snow Park, announcing its route which has been carefully coordinated with AC Transit to avoid the traffic snarls that paralyzed the city last year. Check out OaklandMarathon.com for the course and to register.

The Wall Street Journal published a nice video on the suprising success of Old Oakland’s Pop Up Hood. Check it out!

Just outside of downtown, the Oakland Peace Center opens tomorrow at 29th off Broadway with a weekend of tree-planting, workshops on tolerance, children’s activities, and discussion. Check out the Facebook event for a full list of programs.

Enjoy your DTO weekend! I’ll see you in Uptown.

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