downtown oakland
Downtown Oakland circa 1910

May it be First Friday

May 6, 2011

It’s First Friday of May and the weather is beautiful! The Uptown Arts District will be crowded with art gawkers on foot, while Saturday brings walking, biking and partying to the mix. Below, your First Friday highlights:

New Old Oakland gallery Sticks + Stones presents a group show with artists Bert Yip, Hyde, D Kelly, Isaac Blackwood and J-Miah, with DJs and music from 6pm to 1am.

Branch Gallery, upstairs from Bar Dogwood (455 17th St #301), is showing the sculpture and large-scale drawings of Steve Barich through July 1st.

The official Oakland Art Murmur, newly reorganized, has an updated website with a Google Map showing participating galleries.

Hatch Gallery, at 492 23rd St in the heart of the Art Murmur, is showing “a new body of work from Oakland based artist Jeremiah Jenkins concerned with the exploration of the past, current, and projected mistakes and successes of civilization.” Sounds heavy.

Justin Kanalakis of Who Made Oakland will park his mobile display in the area to increase knowledge about the Monster of Lake Merritt.

And the fun doesn’t stop on Friday! Saturday sees walking events to commemorate Jane Jacobs, the founder of urbanism. Walk Oakland Bike Oakland inaugurates a Jane’s Crawl to experience urbanism within the context of watering holes along the Telegraph Ave corridor from Uptown to Temescal, while the City of Oakland leads a tour of the part of Oakland Jane Jacobs would be most likely to recognize, Chinatown.

Rock Paper Scissors Collective, a non-profit teaching organization that was a founder of the Art Murmur, debuts an art-focused bicycle ride touring galleries throughout the city on Saturday. Read more on the official website.

Whether you’re on foot or on bike, looking at art or just having a good time, May’s First Friday and First Saturday allows you to experience as well as discuss urbanism. See you in Uptown!