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Cyclists Celebrate on Saturday, and the Layover Maintains

October 21, 2011

This Saturday, Jack London Square hosts PedalFest, a celebration of bicycling, from 10am to 5pm! Live music, cycling stunts, bike-powered carnival rides, displays of vintage and handmade bicycles, and a miniature velodrome are highlights of this family-friendly festival of healthy living and fun. Bicyclists will get free ferry rides to and from San Francisco – and of course there will be plenty of bike parking. This free event will benefit Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. See the official website for details.

After PedalFest, the East Bay Bike Party teams up with its cross-bay brethren for an 18-mile, All-Bay Bike Party.

Near Jack London Square, you get an early start on Halloween with a costume party and indie-rock show at new club Vitus (201 Broadway), headlined by Bam!Bam! and Palms Spring.

The Layover (1517 Franklin St) celebrates its second anniversary with a block party on Sunday afternoon. Franklin Street will be closed between 15th and 17th and host live music and top downtown DJs. Sounds like a lot of fun!

After you enjoy this weekend, keep an eye out for a holiday transformation of Old Oakland called Pop Up ‘Hood. See you around downtown!

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Stargazing in the DTO

September 16, 2011

Today is PARK(ing) Day, an annual event that challenges us to rethink how public space is used by taking over street parking spaces and putting them to alternative uses. Many parklets are in the downtown area, you can find a map at WOBO.org. Parklets, as these miniature parks are called, include seating areas, play areas, and a campfire. This year Oaklandish and other merchants are offering a Parklet Passport – get your passport stamped at four parklets and receive a discount at participating retailers!

Hollywood rolls into town next week with the world premiere of Moneyball at the Paramount Theater on Monday. Brad Pitt’s attendance has not been confirmed, but that’s probably just to keep out-of-towners from crashing Oakland’s party. If you’re excited by the star wattage or the film itself, you can celebrate the film’s release at downtown restaurants and bars that are offering specials for fans.

Project Bandaloop, the vertical dance company that practices and performs on a wall on Grand Ave, will offer free public performances tonight and tomorrow evening in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Check out the Great Wall of Oakland for details.

One new planning process began and one is wrapping up, both with implications for downtown’s future. Check out A Better Oakland and Living in the O’s coverage of the new citywide off-street parking regulations overhaul, and stayed tuned for more about the Lake Merritt Specific Plan as it moves into a decision-making phase.

After all that rethinking and star-gazing, you might want to explore a downtown bar to quench your thirst. Check out the review of new Jack London hotspot Vitus in this week’s East Bay Express.

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