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Posts from — October 2011

Downtown gets scary

October 28, 2011

Hallowe’en may not be until Monday, but downtowners can’t seem to wait for thrills and chills! All weekend you’ll find parties for this pagan holiday at hotspots. Here’s an edited list for your haunting pleasure.

Hallowe’en Revelry

Hubba Hubba Review Costume Party at the Uptown – burlesque seems like a good fit for Hallowe’en, doesn’t it?

Funhouse Madhouse Costume Party at Oasis – two rooms and an outdoor patio for your costumed dancing pleasure!

Mixtape Hallowe’en Party at Bar 355 – fun, dance and spooky tunes with an informal costume contest at everyone’s favorite posh watering hole.

And on Hallowe’en day, Monday, Uptown sex shop Feelmore510 will be open late to entice couples into some devilish purchases near 17th and Telegraph.

Robots at the Digital Gaming Museum

As reported in this space (and nowhere else) a few weeks ago, Downtown is now the home of the Museum of Digital Art and Entertainment, which celebrates the history of video games. Next Wednesday, the 2nd, Dorkbot SF will present homemade robots that do fun tricks like juggling!

If you’re into that, you’ll probably want to mark your calendar for two pinball tournaments at Vitus (201 Broadway) next month – the first on November 9.

Have a scary good time, downtown!

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Cyclists Celebrate on Saturday, and the Layover Maintains

October 21, 2011

This Saturday, Jack London Square hosts PedalFest, a celebration of bicycling, from 10am to 5pm! Live music, cycling stunts, bike-powered carnival rides, displays of vintage and handmade bicycles, and a miniature velodrome are highlights of this family-friendly festival of healthy living and fun. Bicyclists will get free ferry rides to and from San Francisco – and of course there will be plenty of bike parking. This free event will benefit Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. See the official website for details.

After PedalFest, the East Bay Bike Party teams up with its cross-bay brethren for an 18-mile, All-Bay Bike Party.

Near Jack London Square, you get an early start on Halloween with a costume party and indie-rock show at new club Vitus (201 Broadway), headlined by Bam!Bam! and Palms Spring.

The Layover (1517 Franklin St) celebrates its second anniversary with a block party on Sunday afternoon. Franklin Street will be closed between 15th and 17th and host live music and top downtown DJs. Sounds like a lot of fun!

After you enjoy this weekend, keep an eye out for a holiday transformation of Old Oakland called Pop Up ‘Hood. See you around downtown!