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Mid-Year Report: Not bad for a recession

July 15, 2011

In the last six months of blogging about Downtown Oakland, this blog has uncovered new businesses, new venues, new arts and new events – not a bad accomplishment for one of the oldest neighborhoods on the West Coast! If you haven’t been reading every Friday, please take a moment to catch up on the latest options for all your DTO needs.

Retail Revitalization for DTO?
A round-up of new stores.

New Options for a Transit Hub
New ways to get around.

A new season brings new beginnings
New restaurants, bars, shops and plans for downtown

Public art update for downtown
How Oakland plans to enrich the downtown experience

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First Friday and the Fourth

July 1, 2011

This is the first night the Broadway Shuttle, colloquially known as the Free B, will run until 1am, and that’s a great excuse to spend this First Friday in the DTO. With no shortage of art and fun this evening, here’s a selected list of what to do tonight and this holiday weekend.

Hatch Gallery shows Aaron Hodges’ oil paintings inspired by images of the war in Afghanistan, while Sticks & Stones Gallery shows the work of Mark Rada, a former graffiti artists who uses unusual canvases and pigments.

The Oakland Art Murmur introduces a “quieter Saturday component,” the Saturday Stroll, to its Friday night revelry.

Oaklandish’s store opens with a beer and wine party at 1444 Broadway.

The Gods Must Be Crazy at the New Parish is a socially conscious dance party that follows last night’s lecture and discussion about art and social change. The loosely-interpreted theme of traditional African ancestor worship finds DJs and performers channeling their artistic inspirations. Jennifer Johns and Kev Choice headline an eclectic bill.

On a different side of the musical spectrum the Uptown offers a free First Friday punk and indie rock show featuring The Mumlers.

And after the holiday weekend, Free Family Fun on the Fourth at Jack London Square includes a petting zoo, circus fun, children’s art, bike rentals and bounce houses – but alas no fireworks. In other Jack London Square happenings, beginning next week, every Thursday will feature an outdoor food-themed film screening, starting with Julie and Julia.

Have fun – and I’ll see you on the B!

Next week – Public Art Update