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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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Freebies on Tax Day?

April 15, 2011

It was Benjamin Franklin who said that there’s nothing guaranteed in life but death and taxes. And monetary theorist Milton Friedman once titled a treatise, There’s no free lunch. This blog won’t disprove either of those aphorisms, but on this Tax Day, there are freebies and deals galore in the DTO.

The Free B shuttle, funded with some of those taxes you’re paying, gives something back this month (in addition to free rides across downtown, that is). Until April 29 you can pick up “Freebie” coupons on the shuttle to use at participating restaurants. Details are available online – take a few-block ride and get your discounts!

Speaking of good deals, Jack London Square winery Urban Legend Cellars holds No Tax, Relax, Release Day this evening from 6-9pm, a charity event supporting Tour De Cure with tastings of newly-released summer wines. $10, 621 4th St.

Those property taxes that you paid two weeks ago include pass-throughs to pay for capital improvement bonds. Some of those bond funds will go to renovating and redesigning downtown’s sad-sack Snow Park. A Better Oakland explains the changes and how you can offer your input – for free!

As if their full bar and well-edited wine list weren’t fun enough, Old Oakland institution B Restaurant is teaming up with neighboring Trappist to offer a series of Beer Dinners, a fixed menu paired with imported Belgian ales. The first dinner is this Sunday, April 17th – check B’s Facebook page for announcements of future Beer Dinners.

The Oakland – East Bay Symphony presents The Height of Romanticism tonight at the Paramount, performing pieces by Tchaikovsky and Alfred Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Hermann, as well as the world premiere of Fade to Orange by Scott Amendola. The cheap seats are $20.

Oaksterdam University’s beautiful, place-making mural is nominated for an Oakland Indie Award. Can award-winning art be seen for free on the streets of the DTO? The answer is yes!

With all these freebies and good deals downtown, maybe you’d like to give some of your time this tax weekend to giving back. Earth Day celebrations across the City include cleanups of public parks. If you’d like to help out the DTO, show up at 9am Saturday at the Lake Merritt Boathouse.

Next week: Placemaking redux

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