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Posts from — April 2010

It’s First Friday, no foolin’!

April 2, 2010

It’s April Second today, also known as First Friday, and true to form, the DTO is hopping with artistic, cultural and gastronomic treasures. A brief roundup of what’s new and notable downtown follows, for your urban enjoyment.

The scoop on what you may have seen near the Art Murmur: classic car enthusiasts gather informally in Uptown every First Friday.

Hibiscus gets a flattering writeup in a popular Bay Area dining blog.

The Oakland Running Festival (yes, it was more than a marathon), which was centered downtown, is estimated to have brought almost two million dollars to Oakland in one weekend. And that’s not including the publicity value of all those nice blogs about the Town!

Will Oakland’s next Pride Parade be in Uptown?

Obi Kauffman interviews The Hive’s Elise Morris. The Hive’s sister gallery, Swarm, will be open tonight displaying conceptual works and watercolors. You can find more about tonight’s art offerings in The OakBook’s monthly art roundup.

New fixture The Layover presents art to walk through, created by one of the DTO’s most prominent public artists of the last decade. And in Old Oakland, a new bar brightens Ninth Street. With cabaret reform coming to the Council for final passage this Spring, look for new nightlife venues continuing to crop up.

Another winery comes to Jack London Square. If only there were a water taxi, the Oakland and Alameda waterfronts would be a premier boozy destination!

Mobile food vendors will gather near 23rd and Telegraph this evening, including a “jerk” specialist, but most of Oakland is not supportive of alternative culinary experiences.

The fate of the A’s, whether they stay in East Oakland, move downtown, or move to San Jose, remains unresolved.

Happy weekend downtowners! I’ll see you in Uptown.

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