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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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DTO Reading File, Last Friday in April

April 29, 2011

To keep you plugged-in this Last Friday weekend, a collection of news, views and events for your perusing pleasure.

Baseball Oakland organizes the first in a series of “Urban Tailgates,” where A’s fan meet in downtown Oakland and then take BART to the Coliseum. A preview of what would come with a Victory Court ballpark?

Speaking of BART, at the urging of a Facebook page, the usually tone-deaf agency has decided to experiment running trains one hour later on Friday nights. The agency is also considering helping to subsidize AC Transit’s all-night bus service from San Francisco, which would provide more coverage than what BART can do with its trains.

East Bay cult sport roller derby comes to the DTO Saturday as the Oakland Outlaws face the Richmond Wrecking Belles, part of a double-header at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center.

The Wall Street Journal reviews Uptown mainstay Pican.

Jack London Square announces its schedule of free summer activities. Highlights include outdoor dancing lessons and musical performances in the summer evenings.

While Oakland debates mobile food vending regulations for Downtown and other neighborhoods, Modern Coffee is planning a “coffee container” to expand their services into the street. Look for the architectural marvel to open on 13th St this summer.

The corollary to First Friday is today, the Last Friday of the month. At many galleries, it is the final opportunity to view art before the shows change for next week’s Art Murmur. For example, Old Oakland gallery Chapparal City will close its abstract architectural collage show Space/Shift with a party Saturday evening. If you missed the gallery openings, don’t miss the gallery closings!

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