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Downtown Oakland circa 1910

DTO Reading File, Last Friday in April

April 29, 2011

To keep you plugged-in this Last Friday weekend, a collection of news, views and events for your perusing pleasure.

Baseball Oakland organizes the first in a series of “Urban Tailgates,” where A’s fan meet in downtown Oakland and then take BART to the Coliseum. A preview of what would come with a Victory Court ballpark?

Speaking of BART, at the urging of a Facebook page, the usually tone-deaf agency has decided to experiment running trains one hour later on Friday nights. The agency is also considering helping to subsidize AC Transit’s all-night bus service from San Francisco, which would provide more coverage than what BART can do with its trains.

East Bay cult sport roller derby comes to the DTO Saturday as the Oakland Outlaws face the Richmond Wrecking Belles, part of a double-header at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center.

The Wall Street Journal reviews Uptown mainstay Pican.

Jack London Square announces its schedule of free summer activities. Highlights include outdoor dancing lessons and musical performances in the summer evenings.

While Oakland debates mobile food vending regulations for Downtown and other neighborhoods, Modern Coffee is planning a “coffee container” to expand their services into the street. Look for the architectural marvel to open on 13th St this summer.

The corollary to First Friday is today, the Last Friday of the month. At many galleries, it is the final opportunity to view art before the shows change for next week’s Art Murmur. For example, Old Oakland gallery Chapparal City will close its abstract architectural collage show Space/Shift with a party Saturday evening. If you missed the gallery openings, don’t miss the gallery closings!