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Supporting Oakland's Local Independent Businesses and Artists

Cafe Van Kleef in NYTimes ,

Café Van Kleef was reviewed in the The Moment, a New Times blog, where they assert that Oakland is now the Brooklyn of San Francisco. Read the piece here…


Uptown Unveiled Party June 18 5-10pm ,

Filed under: Events,Music — oaklandgrown @ 9:56 am
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Uptown Unveiled! is a free street fair on Thursday, June 18, 2009 that will offer a glimpse into the hip, happening Uptown neighborhood. Running from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. centered in and round Telegraph Avenue from 16th Street to West Grand/Broadway, the event will encompass and feature live music on three stages, activities at the famed Fox Oakland Theater, Oakland School for the Arts, Oakland Ice Center and the new Fox Square mini-park in addition to area art galleries, restaurants, shops and nightspots. http://www.meetdowntownoak.com


Artist Open Studios June 6-7, 13-14

Filed under: Art and Artists,Events — oaklandgrown @ 9:28 am
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East Bay Open Studios is an opportunity to visit artists’ studios, meet artists, buy art, view artwork, and learn about the artistic process in your neighborhood, city and across the region. Pick up the Directory of East Bay Arts for listings available throughout the East Bay, inserted in the June 3 East Bay Express, or visit Pro Arts, 550 Second Street, Oakland www.proartsgallery.org Saturdays and Sundays, June 6-7 and 13-14. 11AM – 6 PM


Should Oakland Residents Join Together to Buy the A’s? ,

Check out these examples of community-owned sports teams from the Institute for Local Self Reliance.


Oakland Mixtape for Rebecca Kaplan ,

Filed under: Music — oaklandgrown @ 7:43 pm
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This Oakland mixtape was created by Jonathan Bair and posted on his Future Oakland blog as a gift to new city council member Rebecca Kaplan. “…I am giving Ms. Kaplan a mix CD of Oakland-made songs that address some of our city’s pressing challenges… ”  See it (and other  ideas by commenters) here.


Weekend Trunk Shows & Jazz at Awaken ,

Filed under: Art and Artists,Events,Music — oaklandgrown @ 8:11 pm
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Hey all,

Check out the new fun stuff happening on weekends and Awaken cafe…


Awaken Cafe is now hosting two amazing new weekend events:  Live Jazz on Saturdays  featuring Wil Blades & Guests and Sunday Trunk Shows  featuring local merchants, artisans, and craftspeople on Sundays. 

We invite you to join us for great music, to pick up some stylish new clothing, jewelry, or other crafts from local, indie merchants, and to enjoy a great latte with gourmet toast and organic jam! 

Awaken Cafe is an award-winning green business, world-class espresso bar, and art gallery in the heart of the new downtown Oakland.  Visit our website for more information:  www.awakencafe.com.