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Posts from — August 2011

Dog days of the DTO

August 26, 2011

As summer comes to a close and many local artists decamp for a desert, the fast pace of downtown slows a bit. But there’s no shortage of events and openings this late-summer weekend to entertain you! From annual events to old movies, here’s a roundup of what’s happening this weekend, DTO.

Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride, an annual lesbian pride event encircling the Lake, holds its final march tomorrow morning.

This weekend is the Chinatown Streetfest, a celebration of culture centered around 9th and Franklin. If you missed Tower of Power last weekend, you can see Bump City, a Tower of Power Tribute Band, on Saturday!

Not one but two new bars are slated for Broadway in the Jack London District. One will have a soft opening next week and a formal opening in late September, the other will open in December. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

The Oakland Museum is receiving plaudits for its John Muir exhibit, running through January.

This is the last weekend to experienced Peachfest at Pican – dinners featuring peaches, with bourbon and wine pairings as well.

Make Westing, a steampunk-inspired bar across 18th Street from the Fox, opened this week. It’s already getting good buzz for its great location and outdoor seating.

Dr. Strangelove is playing at the Paramount tonight, closing off the Paramount Movie Classics’ summer season.

Next week: First Friday and details on the new spots!

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Eleven years of Art and Soul

August 19, 2011

The headline event of this weekend is certainly the 11th annual Art & Soul Festival. Headlined by Tower of Power, Goapele and the Kev Choice Ensemble, this year’s festival of arts and culture will again draw tens of thousands to downtown to enjoy affordable and family-friendly fun. The official program is in this week’s East Bay Express, and more information can be found online.

The Art & Soul Festival also brings attendant annoyances such as street closures. Starting this evening, streets around City Center and Old Oakland will be closed for the duration of the festival, to both cars and pedestrians, so plan your DTO excursions carefully.

In other news…

The Third Annual Eat Real Festival is only a month away now, and detailed information about the gourmand event is online.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission gave Oakland a reprieve and appointed a committee to study locations for a new headquarters.

The Butch Voices conference is underway at the downtown Marriott convention center. Check out the website for information on the conference, and for instructions on tying a handsome bow-tie.

Oakland’s longtime hip-hop duo Foreign Legion will be playing at Disco Volante tonight with a live band instead of the usual DJ.

El Elle, a new dance-pop group founded by Lisa Light of Oakland favorites the Lovemakers, plays their debut show with Bam!Bam! and Sisu at the Uptown tonight.

The Oakland Museum’s Oakland Standard parties, a mixture of art, politics, and culture, are being posted online, beginning with a discussion of political posters from last year. Check it out at

Last but not least, Bar Three Fifty Five at 355 19th St in Uptown celebrates its first anniversary on Saturday.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you at the Art & Soul Main Stage!

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