Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Hot Friday night and more news

By awoodall
Monday, February 2nd, 2009 at 3:42 pm in Art Murmur, Fox Theatre, Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Oakland nightlife, Old Oakland.

This Friday is going to be off the hook. It’s not enough that the Fox Theater is finally opening Thursday (swoon). Friday night (here is a full calendar) Social Distortion is taking the stage, followed Saturday by Michael Franti and Spearhead. Then, (my heart is pouding) Lee “Scratch” Perry — the maddest baddest reggae Kingston King who taught Master Marley a thing or two about cranking up the bass, way way up — will be standing right there Feb. 20 on the stage of the Fox. So will B.B. King, the Emporer of Blues, who is not too hip in his elder years to have a Web site, in April. Oh wait. That is so not all (should I be this excited?). Feb. 6 also is the ever-expanding First Friday and you know what that means. Every gallery, bar, restaurant, lounge and cabaret will be getting in on the act. Flora is going to be flooded along with — I presume — the Uptown, Ozumo, Mua, Luka’s, B Restaurant, Air Lounge, Levende East and every other place (Arsimona, Air Lounge etc etc etc) within a two-mile radius will too. The artsy lounge in the works in the Art Murmur heartland (Broadway and West Grand) is not yet open but Sidebar will be opening its doors Friday for the first time under the new ownership. Meanwhile, Kimball’s on Washington and 2nd streets is expanding. They want to put out tables on Washington and serve lunch and dinner. And the Cock-a-Doodle Cafe at Washington and 8th is applying for a liquor license. Now if we can just get some hotels built around here we’d be looking pretty fancy.

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