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Occupy the Night

November 18, 2011

Downtown Oakland is still going through a rough period but tensions have eased somewhat with the quieting of the Occupy movement. Tonight and the next week offer fun ways to enjoy downtown and support its small retail and entertainment businesses.

Music for all tastes

The Uptown hosts an indie-rock show featuring Mister Loveless, The Hundred Days, Holy Rolling Empire, and Tremor Low.

For different tastes, the San Francisco Funk Fest comes to Oakland with the 45 Sessions at Disco Volante tonight, spinning funk and rare groove at this well-regarded restaurant-cum-nightclub.

And yet another musical direction, hip-hop stars Foreign Legion play with a live backing band at Vitus tonight, 2nd and Broadway.

Art on Saturday

Tomorrow supporters or those interested in the Occupy movement can see an art exhibit featuring works by Occupy protesters in Oakland and SF, with a discussion about the movement and its relationship to the arts. It’s not downtown but Occupy has impacted downtown more than anywhere else, so the reader may be interested. Noon Saturday (Nov 19), at GZ | Soulye Studios, 2615D Magnolia St in West Oakland.

Also Saturday afternoon, six galleries of the Art Murmur open their doors for a curated tour starting at 2pm at Mama Buzz Cafe, 2318 Telegraph.

Though a certain protest movement will try on Saturday to pick a fight in Uptown, many are optimistic that things will have been taken care of by nightfall, and a great way to celebrate peace in the DTO is at the official Goapele record release party at Era Artbar on Saturday night! Pre-sale tickets available at a discount.

Dueling retro gaming tournaments

Next week sees dueling retro gaming nights in the DTO – pick your pleasure, 8-bit video or mechanical pinball! Tuesday, the new Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment hosts its first Fight Night, a tournament of retro fighting arcade games (think StreetFighter).

On Wednesday, Vitus in the Jack London District will host another of its popular, biweekly pinball tournaments. Vitus is fast becoming a regional destination for pinball, with four well-oiled machines and plenty of room to play. Vitus also boasts the most popular pinball machine of all time, Medieval Madness. Scroll down the Bay Area Pinball League’s tournament page to learn more.

Occupy downtown business

Finally, get ready for Oakland’s official holiday Shop Local event in downtown. Recent events have hit downtown businesses hard. Next Friday will be a fun-filled day to celebrate our local merchants and get a start on holiday shopping with local businesses.

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Downtown gets scary

October 28, 2011

Hallowe’en may not be until Monday, but downtowners can’t seem to wait for thrills and chills! All weekend you’ll find parties for this pagan holiday at hotspots. Here’s an edited list for your haunting pleasure.

Hallowe’en Revelry

Hubba Hubba Review Costume Party at the Uptown – burlesque seems like a good fit for Hallowe’en, doesn’t it?

Funhouse Madhouse Costume Party at Oasis – two rooms and an outdoor patio for your costumed dancing pleasure!

Mixtape Hallowe’en Party at Bar 355 – fun, dance and spooky tunes with an informal costume contest at everyone’s favorite posh watering hole.

And on Hallowe’en day, Monday, Uptown sex shop Feelmore510 will be open late to entice couples into some devilish purchases near 17th and Telegraph.

Robots at the Digital Gaming Museum

As reported in this space (and nowhere else) a few weeks ago, Downtown is now the home of the Museum of Digital Art and Entertainment, which celebrates the history of video games. Next Wednesday, the 2nd, Dorkbot SF will present homemade robots that do fun tricks like juggling!

If you’re into that, you’ll probably want to mark your calendar for two pinball tournaments at Vitus (201 Broadway) next month – the first on November 9.

Have a scary good time, downtown!

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