A community news source for residents of the HarriOak neighborhood in Oakland, CA.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Oakland Indie Award Winners 2009

In case you missed the fun party at the Crucible this year for the Oakland Indie Awards, here is the list of winners - and you can browse through photos from the event too.

Organized and produced by OneCalifornia Foundation.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Oakland New Business Expo (Free)

The 4th Annual New Business Expo is taking place next Thursday (June 25, 2009) from 11 am to 3 pm at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Downtown Oakland. Free Admission, billed as "the premier event for new entrepreneurs and those who are fired up about launching their own business in the new Era of Obama Economics!"

For more details: Ignite!

Also check out Urban Voice, hosts of the event - they offer an entrepreneurship training called Urban FIRE: "The class offers the achievement of entrepreneurship especially as it relates to social justice and forging greater economic potential for our low-income, inner-city neighborhoods."

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Some Friday Night events

If you're not sure what to do tomorrow night. Here are a couple of options:

Art Show Opening at Cricket Engine Project Space from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Fascination: Revealing Women - solo photography show
by Myles Boise
Click here to see images from this upcoming show.
499 Embarcadero Bldg #3 in Oakland, CA
(5th Avenue and Embarcadero by the 880 freeway)

And, also happening tomorrow night....Her Music presents: BEATS FOR PEACE
a benefit for the BAY AREA RESCUE MISSION, a local homeless shelter.

9 pm to 6 am at the Bordello - 1247 E. 12th St. Oakland, 94606 (at 13th Street)

"In addition to donating directly to the charity from this event, we are raising funds to produce a BENEFIT ALBUM for this charity that will feature a variety of local bay area artists.

We've got a sweet line-up of Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Downtempo, Electro and more...Rawson will be painting live and sAne will be doing a live AV set that you won't want to miss. If you haven't been to the bordello, this location is magical, to say the least.

And if you would like to learn more about the BEATS FOR PEACE PROJECT and our upcoming record releases, please visit www.HERmusic.org. The BEATS FOR PEACE PROJECT produces BENEFIT ALBUMS and BENEFIT GATHERINGS focusing on HUNGER, HOMELESSNESS and POVERTY. Our motto is "Music with a Message".

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

An Event not to be missed: Thurs, June 18th Oakland Street Fair

15 bands on three stages * light art show * food booths * free Fox and Paramount tours * and lots more fun activities. The event is centered in and around Telegraph Ave. from 16th Street to West Grand/Broadway.

And on Franklin Street (between 21st and 22nd streets) from 5 to 7pm there will be "A Taste of Uptown" with food and drinks from the local restaurants and bars.

For more information: www.meetdowntownoak.com

Friday, June 5, 2009

Art Murmur Line-up

If you can't get enough Art then Oakland is the place to be! In addition to ProArts East Bay Open Studios this weekend with over 400 artists, the Oakland galleries are packed with tons of new art for tonight's Art Murmur.

Here is just a sampling:

Terminal 22 - an online gallery which is also opening a *new physical gallery* located at 2288 San Pablo Ave., (close to West Grand.) Opening party tonight from 6-9 p.m.

Oakopolis - on 25th street between Broadway and Telegraph - "Painting from a Deep Place" in honor of Leigh Hyams, 7-10 p.m.

leigh hyams

"... Why do I draw and paint?... It holds me to the earth. It makes me feel closer to both the world around me and the one inside myself.... I can draw the wind and the sound of chickens, paint with dust and ashes and vegetables as well as oil and acrylics, make paintings that may be a valid addition to the planet, or at least, valid additions to some viewers' lives. I have no idea if it makes any difference in the scheme of things but it temporarily makes me whole."
--from How Painting Holds Me on the Earth by Leigh Hyams

21 Grand - (also on 25th street between Broadway and Telegraph) - "The Country Between Us" - Installation by Debra Stuckgold 7-10 p.m.

Debra Stuckgold combines screenprinting and pouring pools of transparent color to create her images. These are done on large sheets of mylar. Each sheet on its own appears like a topographical map, perhaps a geography of an imaginary territory. The sheets are transparent and installed in layers with empty space directly behind - allowing light to pass from behind as well as in front. The result is extravagant and near-ethereal, nudging the topograhic image toward a transcendence. This process was developed out of fascinations in the geological process she discovered while working on a geological dig. This installation reflects on the interrelation of Israel and Palestine and combines Jewish symbolism and elements of Islamic repetitive patterning.

Awaken Cafe - on 14th Street (close to Broadway) - Paintings by Eileen Hout and Live Music by Brass Menazeri with wine & hors d'oeuvers created by Chef Anderson Hardy.

For more places to go and art to see check the Art Murmur map.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Library Meeting Wednesday Night, June 3

reposted from the Downtown Lake Merritt Neighborhood Group

Downtown Lake Merritt Neighbors:

Join library lovers in a meeting with Councilmember Jean Quan at the Dimond Library 7:00PM this Wednesday evening, June 3rd. We'll discuss creative and pragmatic ideas for how to keep our branches open (Lakeview and Temescal are in danger, along with four others) and our library thriving. Branch service reductions and other library programs such as adult literacy are threatened. PLEASE COME!

When: 7:00PM this Wednesday, June 3rd
Where: 3565 Fruitvale Avenue (above MacArthur, near Farmer Joe's market).

Great opportunity to see Art (and buy too)

East Bay Open Studios, sponsored by Pro Arts will be launching this weekend. There are over 400 artists participating.

In our neighborhood there are three of us - Jane Barker Photography, Debra Jan Bibel at Studio Lone Mountain, and Breathe One Love artist, Lanell Dike (that's me.) We'd all love to see you - click on the links above for exact location and times.

Also, there is a preview exhibit at the Pro Arts Gallery. This is a great place to go for an overview of all the artists. I went last week and came home with over 50 postcards. There are fantastic artists living all around us. Check it out and join in.

p.s. I have extra Artist Directories if you need one to plan your art route - feel free to stop by and pick one up.