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Celebrating Old and New

December 9, 2011

Tonight, downtown Oaklanders are celebrating the new and the old this holiday season.

Back in 2001, a group of downtowners took a long-vacant retail space and experimented with a music and culture venue they dubbed the Oakland Box Theater. While the Box did not last forever, its legacy is the Uptown Nightclub (1928 Telegraph Ave) and the music and cultural renaissance of the Uptown neighborhood. Tonight founder Steve Snider hosts a reunion of the Oakland Box’s artists and fans at the Kaiser Center Theater (300 Lakeside), an event featuring music, performance, and art from many of Oakland’s most talented artists.

Old Oakland Neighbors, a wonderful community organization, is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a bash at the Pacific Coast Brewery (906 Washington St) from 5-8pm. You can bring an unwrapped toy for Endgame’s toy drive, or a package of men’s socks or underwear to donate to CityTeam. This is a great opportunity to explore the Pop Up Hood bringing new retail life to the neighborhood with a selection of gift and fashion-oriented shops. And while you’re in the area, Cosecha (907 Washington St) is debuting its Friday night hours, serving food and drink until 9pm, with its soon-to-be neighbor Periscope Cellars pouring wine.

And if you haven’t yet finished your holiday shopping by this evening, The Hive Studios (301 Jefferson St) will tonight host a holiday group art show and artisan market for your shopping pleasure. See you in the DTO!

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Tis the Season to Shop

December 2, 2011

It’s the First Friday of December, when artistic and cultural events are joined by local shopping opportunities as merchants try to shake off economic disruptions to offer gifts to Oaklanders who want to support local artisans and entrepreneurs. A full suite of holiday shopping and events can be found in downtown Oakland this weekend.

First Friday art highlights in Uptown include Pretty Pretty, an exhibition of pop culture ephemera reworked into unusual sculpture, at the Hatch Gallery (492 23rd St); Amanda N Simons’s gender-questioning visual artwork at Feelmore510 (1703 Telegraph); and Art vs. Food, an indoor celebration of street food and street art at the New Commodity (474 24th St), featuring a half-dozen food vendors and a dozen muralists. In the spirit of the season, tonight Art vs Food will accept unwrapped presents for Oakland’s Community Toy Drive, and Feelmore510 is offering free flu shots and HIV screenings.

Jack London Square is holding a holiday pop-up market with many vendors, benefitting Wardrobe for Opportunity, and holds their annual tree-lighting ceremony tonight. The Pop-Up Market is in the Jack London Market, 55 Harrison St.

Old Oakland’s Pop Up Hood, a great destination for urbane gift-shopping, is featured in today’s local edition of the New York Times. As you shop local this holiday season, don’t forget about the Oakland Grown gift card!

New Uptown watering hole Make Westing is featured in the Chronicle after the debut of their food menu.

Super-fun party rap group Hottub holds their record release party at Vitus, tonight at 9pm, 201 Broadway.


America’s Children’s Holiday Parade, a nationally-televised spectacle could be characterized as the PBS version of the Macy’s Parade, kicks off on Broadway and 11th at 2pm.

The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment debuts its first exhibit today, on the History of 3D. Watch a promotional video here. The exhibit opens today at noon and runs for a month. 610 16th St Ste 230.

Jack London Square hosts the annual Lighted Yacht Parade at sundown.


Bouchrie Marketplace at La Borinquena (582 7th St at Jefferson) collaborates with Boucherie to bring holiday food and gifts shopping to an Old Oakland mainstay.

With so many opportunities to be a spectator, a shopper, or a giver, this weekend will be one to remember. See you at the Holiday Parade!

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