downtown oakland
Downtown Oakland circa 1910

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!