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Posts from — December 2008

Sunny winter weekend in the DTO

December 4, 2008

The DTO’s top happenings this beautiful weekend, December 4 – 6, 2008.

Thursday, Ozumo opening: the first of several big-budget restaurants in Uptown to open is Ozumo, a Japanese yakitori (bar and grill) restaurant and lounge first in San Francisco’s SOMA. Designed by a top Japanese architect, the late-night lounge offers a concrete-and-tatami bar but also traditional private rooms. It opens today at 5:30, with sumo wrestling! W Grand at Broadway.

First Friday: It’s that time again! Check out the arts and crafts on sale at Oakland’s ever-expanding Uptown gallery district, centered at 23rd and Telegraph, 5 – 9p. In Old Oakland, IndieVillage hosts a temporary fashion boutique at 481 9th St, 5 – 11p ($5 donation to a children’s education foundation).

Saturday, Comcast Holiday Parade: One of America’s best children’s holiday parades, and so cute that it’s fun for adults too! Marshals include Bob from Sesame Street and Mark Curry. A Better Oakland has photos of 2006’s event. 2p, Broadway from 11th to 20th.

Saturday night, Gridlife Fashion Show: Local t-shirt and hoodie designer Political Gridlock presents a fashion show and DJ dance party at the Uptown. 9p, 1928 Telegraph, no cover (21+).


Helvetica screening and discussion tonight

December 3, 2008

In my professional life I work with fonts, and of course the internet is an intensive study of the utility and connotations of typefaces. I recently noticed that both and the US Army are using the font Dirty Headline in advertisements, which two years ago graced my flier for a Halloween club night. Tonight, the Oakland Museum hosts a screening of the film Helvetica, about the ubiquitous early sans-serif font, and a panel discussion about typefaces in this time when the printed word is more dynamic and pervasive than ever. Also, it’s free!

Oakland Museum screens Helvetica
1000 Oak St, free parking
Tonight, Weds Dec 3, 6p

The film and discussion will be interpreted for the hearing impaired.

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