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Posts from — April 2009

First Friday highlights – April 2009

April 3, 2009

This evening is of course First Friday, an art-oriented day popularized by the Art Murmur galleries around 23rd and Telegraph. Besides other Oakland neighborhoods muscling in on the action, tonight’s First Friday includes downtown art exhibits outside of the immediate area around Mama Buzz. Those include:

Swarm Gallery 3rd Anniversary

It’s the third anniversary of arguably Oakland’s most professional art gallery, an Indie Award winner in 2007. The exhibition features┬áJohn Casey’s pen and ink drawings, a politically-oriented group show called Regime Change, and faux-naive pipe-cleaner sculptures by Don Porcella in the conceptual space. April 3, 6-9p, 560 2nd St, with live music. Exhibit closes May 10.

Hive Space Gallery: Paper Works

The Hive is an innovative experiment in providing high-quality studio space in the Oakland’s competitive real estate market (as opposed to the less-competitive industrial real estate market). Tonight, a dozen artists who use the studios present works on paper, appropriately titled Paper Works. April 3, 6-9p, 301 Jefferson St. Exhibit closes April 15, gallery open only by appointment.

Uptown art presentation

The Uptown Apartments, having spurred much of its neighborhood’s revitalization even before its construction was complete, is helping emphasize Uptown’s cultural scene by hosting a temporary art exhibit and party in its retail space. Catering by Yoshi’s, including free food and drinks. 1951 Telegraph Avenue.

Enjoy your First Friday in the DTO!