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Supporting Oakland's Local Independent Businesses and Artists

Local Artisans Take Over Jack London Market ,

DiabloMag.com By Kristin Carey

Holiday Buy Night offers the chance to get one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts from Bay Area vendors.

Read more here


There is always time for Happy Hour! ,

Doesn’t matter how heavy the workload, what the weather’s like or if I have friends in tow or not, there is always time for Happy Hour! I tend to head for the spots that also have food generally small plates to nibble on with my adult beverage of choice. While the time range on these vary quite a bit, I tend to show up between 5-6pm to score a seat and hang out for awhile. Here are my neighborhood haunts.

Penelope at the corner of 11th & Clay on the border between Old & Downtown Oakland, Tung & Johnny always have a list of specials at the end of the bar. Creative original cocktails and bar bites.

2022 Restaurant & Bar (formally know as AVE) 2022 Telegraph Ave on the backside of the Paramount Theater Stop by and say hello to Gairy, Robert or Mesfin and partake in some drink and small plate specials.

Levende at 8th & Washington in Old Oakland This one ends at 6pm so don’t be late! Many of the regular appetizers show up in bar bite sizes and the beer special is pretty good.

Look for a more detailed, comprehensive list here in January 2010. Want to share your favorite Happy Hour spot with Oakland Grown? Shoot us an email at oaklandgrown@omlf.com with the bar/restaurant name, address and why you like it there!


Oakland Grown Pledge ,

Take the pledge to shop at only locally-owned independent businesses this holiday season!  Sign up for the pledge here, and feel free to share your experiences in the comments section below!  Thanks for supporting Oakland’s local indie busiensses and artists – together our individual choices can change the world!


Make Us Hungry Photo Contest ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Events,Food and Drink,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 12:59 pm


From the OakBook

These are probably not fancy dishes. They might not be hard to prepare. They might not be particularly good for you, if you’re counting calories or cholesterol. But they are the meals that connect the stomach and heart.  It’s different for everyone. Your grandmother’s chicken, your father’s lumpia, your best friend’s brisket, the carnitas from the local taco truck – one taste and you know you are where you’re supposed to be. The OakBook is asking student photographers (ages 20 and younger) to document the chefs whose cooking tastes like home.

Shoot ’em rolling, stirring, searing, roasting, paring, folding. Capture the steam rising from the pot, the fingers flashing over the cutting board. Color or black and white, digital or film, shoot in whatever style you want, just make our stomachs growl. Make us hungry. Winners of the juried contest will have their work displayed at Art@TheOakBook gallery in Jack London Square during the Eat Real Festival, which runs from August 28 to August 30.

With the motto, “Putting the food back in fast,” the Eat Real Festival is a celebration of tasty, healthy, “sustainable street food.” Imagine the food concourse at the State Fair designed by a Slow Food-schooled East Bay foodie. In this instance, the East Bay foodie is Anya Fernald, who dreamed up the Eat Real Festival after organizing last year’s Slow Food Nation in San Francisco. To learn more about her, read this profile in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.
Submissions can be sent electronically to editors@theOakBook.com or by mail to 423 Water Street, Oakland Ca 94607. The deadline is August 12, 2009. If you have any questions, give us a call at 510-761-3418.


The 10th Annual Oakland Poetry Slam B.o.B. (Battle of the Bay) ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Community Wealth and Ownership,Events,Made in Oakland — Tina Tamale Ramos @ 2:23 pm

This event is happening during next Thursday’s 6/18/09 Uptown Unveiled party.

From the Facebook event link:
It’s going ON in June y’all. You just don’t know… yet. See, every year since ’99 Oakland has proudly sent a team to represent the Town at The National Poetry Slam. Each year The Oakland Slam, along with their Bay Area counterparts, has hosted a competition called the Battle of The Bay (B.o.B.) to further hone their formidable skills and strategy. The B.o.B. is a series of team Slams with events thrown by venues in Oakland, SF, Berkeley & San Jose.



Call for Artists – Oakland Artists Only! ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Made in Oakland,News — RIKA @ 3:43 pm

*********CALL FOR ARTISTS*********

Artist & Community Initiated Public Art Project

Open to Oakland Artists Only!

Total Funds Available: $100,000

Application Deadline: June 29, 2009

Download Application Here: http://www.oaklandculturalarts.org/main/documents/OaklandOpenProposalsCallforEntriesII.pdf

Should you have any questions about the Open Proposals program, please email Steven Huss, Public Art Coordinator @ shuss@oaklandnet.com

Join the public art mailing list to learn about future public art opportunities in Oakland! Send an email, including your name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address to Kristen Zaremba, Assistant Public Art Coordinator @ kzaremba@oaklandnet.com


Best of the East Bay Party Main Stage Line-Up ,

Announced on the Oakland Grown blog first!

The East Bay Express‘s Best of the East Bay Party on August 7th at the Oakland Museum of California will feature the following bands on the Amoeba Music main stage:

Superfinos VTO, The Thrill of it All, Mystic Rage, Swann Danger, Souls of Mischief, C U Next Weekend (Shampu), Dizzy Balloon, Social Unrest, Fracas, and Goapele

The festival includes 7 other stages, live art, film, dance, Style Lounge of great local designers, Chabot Space & Science Center Kid’s Party Zone, food and vendor villages, and other celebrations of East Bay talent and creativity.

5pm – Midnight

Free, all ages

1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Take BART or use the event’s Bike Valet Parking