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Second Friday and a busy week

September 9, 2011

The second Friday of the month is becoming a popular alternative opening date to First Fridays, for galleries off the beaten Art Murmur track. Sticks + Stones, in Old Oakland, is hosting a reception for painter Thomas Christopher Haag with locally-produced wine and a few surprises. And if you haven’t checked out Smashbox Contemporary in the Marquee Lofts, it is open every Friday evening at 1727 Telegraph Avenue.

Tonight you can join the East Bay Bike Party as it rolls its way from Frank Ogawa Plaza to Linden Street. They will leave the City Hall area at 8pm, so get there around 7:45 and done’t forget your lights!

Upcoming events

The Cathedral of Christ the Light is hosting a (non-denominational) memorial to the victims of the Sept 11 terror attacks, with the Oakland Symphony Chorus and Civic Orchestra. Attendees can participate in singing Mozart’s Requiem, at 5:30pm on Sunday Sept 11.

The Lake Merrit Specific Plan is hosting a drop-in workshop on the future of the area around the Lake Merritt BART station on Monday Sept 12. WOBO and the EBBC are encouraging bicyclists and pedestrians to attend and emphasize the importance of making the area safer and more pleasant with transportation improvements. You can drop in and share your opinions any time between 4:30 and 7:30 at 900 Fallon Street. More information is available from

Next Friday is Park(ing) Day, a tradition started a few years ago in San Francisco that inspires people to think about more productive uses of urban space by turning street parking spaces into parks or other active spaces during the day. You can find a map of Oakland Park(ing) Day locations at Downtown parklets include outside Oaklandish and the East Bay Meditation Center on Broadway, the Marquee Lofts / Smshbox Contemporary on Telegraph, and Farley’s East on Grand.

Late this month Jack London’s Swam Gallery will host Tilt, a boutique and alternative wedding fair designed for today’s eco-conscious couple. Stay tuned to for more information.

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Dog days of the DTO

August 26, 2011

As summer comes to a close and many local artists decamp for a desert, the fast pace of downtown slows a bit. But there’s no shortage of events and openings this late-summer weekend to entertain you! From annual events to old movies, here’s a roundup of what’s happening this weekend, DTO.

Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride, an annual lesbian pride event encircling the Lake, holds its final march tomorrow morning.

This weekend is the Chinatown Streetfest, a celebration of culture centered around 9th and Franklin. If you missed Tower of Power last weekend, you can see Bump City, a Tower of Power Tribute Band, on Saturday!

Not one but two new bars are slated for Broadway in the Jack London District. One will have a soft opening next week and a formal opening in late September, the other will open in December. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

The Oakland Museum is receiving plaudits for its John Muir exhibit, running through January.

This is the last weekend to experienced Peachfest at Pican – dinners featuring peaches, with bourbon and wine pairings as well.

Make Westing, a steampunk-inspired bar across 18th Street from the Fox, opened this week. It’s already getting good buzz for its great location and outdoor seating.

Dr. Strangelove is playing at the Paramount tonight, closing off the Paramount Movie Classics’ summer season.

Next week: First Friday and details on the new spots!

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