Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Art Murmur

Downtown a little brighter

By awoodall

You remember the story I wrote in January about no nightlife in downtown Oakland? I said that might be changing? Well, Friday night — art murmur night — it was changing. We’ll see how it looks this weekend, but on Friday, 14th Street between Broadway and Franklin was livelier than it has been since the lights started getting not “so much brighter there.” No disrespect, Petula Clark, but downtown has been more ghost town than O-Town for a long time. If a lack of parking is any indication of the area’s future success, downtown is going to see a revival.
Friday the Awaken Cafe on 14th Street stayed open late while droves of Burning Man rave types waited in line for what is supposed to be some of the best java in town. I just wasn’t into it. My boyfriend and I were ready to fall asleep standing after three days of moving (how the hell does one woman collect so much stuff???). Besides, I was all excited that finally the cafe/gallery/performance space (used to be the Golden Bull bar) renovation was ready. But when we arrived it turned out they were operating only the daytime coffee-to-go business. Oh well. Still, it was good to see the life bursting out of the cafe storefront like an overflowing candy jar. Next door, Joyce Gordon’s gallery was pulsing with art hipness at the reception for artists Chris Trueman, Sam Nejati and, in the photo gallery, Michael Johnson. I’ve never seen so many white folks in the gallery before. Come to think of it, I have never seen white artists displayed there. Whatever.

Posted on Monday, May 5th, 2008
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Save the date for

By awoodall

gameoverpostfront1.jpg…a show straight from the heart of Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company — “Game Over: Escaping the dropout factory.”
7:30 p.m.  March 7 and March 8; March 14 and 15.
3 p.m. Sunday, March 9; March 16. 
Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St., Oakland
Tickets are $12-$20 sliding scale for adults;  $6 for youth 18 and younger; Group rates available
ASL Interpreted (available if requested by March 1)
Wheel Chair accessible (call for special instructions)
Advance tickets available through brown paper tickets at (800)838-3006 OR www.brownpapertickets.com
For more information contact Destiny Arts Center at(510)597-1619 OR  www.destinyarts.org.

Or hit the road for an art trip Friday when nine Bay Area artists will transform the Uptown Body and Fender shop in Oakland’s Northgate neighborhood into a painting exhibition called…”Road Trip.” The show begins Friday 6 p.m. with a free public reception, music and refreshments and continues until Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Uptown is located at 401 26th St. For more information, call (510) 251-8009 or visit the Web site.

You all know, of course, that this Friday is the first one of the month, which means the Art Murmur stroll after a long winter slog. It’s almost spring!

Posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2008
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