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Fox Theatre

More Fox news from downtown

By awoodall

The Den at the Fox, the Fox Theater’s lovely lounge, is set to open March 27 acc. to the marquee. I take that to mean that the Den will be open FT. I thought from the grand opening info provided by our tour guide that the lounge was supposed to eventually operate outside of show hours, including Sundays. That would be a kick. In the meantime, the lights on the marquee were all twinkly tonight. Finally the month of March break in Fox programming is coming to an end.

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
Under: Fox Theatre, Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Oakland nightlife | 1 Comment »
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Hot Friday night and more news

By awoodall

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.

Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2009
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The phoenix to rise in February

By awoodall

Cecily Burt has an update in today’s Trib about the Fox Theatre’s planned  grand opening — not Oct. 26 as originally hoped but in February. You can’t rush perfection.

Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
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