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13th Annual Art & Soul Oakland
The festival that launched downtown Oakland’s transformation as the Bay Area’s hottest dining and arts scene, Art & Soul Oakland will sizzle this year with two art- and music-packed days featuring live jazz, rock, gospel, E.D.M., punk, honky-tonk, metal, world, Latin, folk, R&B, and blues music performed by national recording artists and top local talent. This year’s event also features late-night hours on Saturday; epic scales of art installations, film projections, and light-based art from local artists including de Young Museum artist fellows and artist-in-residence alumni, American Steel, and others; hundreds of artisan booths; gourmet global cuisine and mobile food trucks; and for kids, carnival rides, music, art activities and costumed characters. Easy to get to and fun for all, the 12th annual Art & Soul Oakland offers direct access via public transit in addition to free parking for cars and bikes.
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355 Bar & Lounge
An elegant atmosphere with an affordable menu and a diverse clientele.
355 19th St.,
M-F 4p-2a; Sa & Su 8p-2a
Modern yet casual, downtown location with a hip and interesting clientele.
492 - 9th St.,
Bench & Bar
Funk, Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop and Latin. Predominantly LGBT.
510 17th St.,
Oakland's premier Latin club. Tapas and Latin music.
428 - 3rd St.,
ERA artbar and lounge
A major new space for art, music and culture in Oakland's booming Uptown neighborhood.
19 Grand Ave.,
Historic Sweet's Ballroom
A hearthstone of Uptown Oakland, this postmodern dancehall is infused with mysticism.
Dancing Th-Sa 10p-2a. Salsa, Reggae and World Music.
1408 Webster St.,
Tu-W & Su 11a-10:30p, Th-Sa 11a-2a
Entertainment, good food and billiards. An appetizer menu featuring Southern classics to satisfy your hunger.
522 - 2nd St.,
Open M-Sa, Hours vary
McGinty's Roadside Roadhouse
A family place. Serving American food. 401 2nd St.
401 2nd St.
Edgy art and sublime dining featuring Modern American cuisine.
2442 Webster St.,
M-Th & Su 4:30p-12a; F & Sa 4:30p-2a
Oasis Restaurant & Bar
American Lunch, West African Dinner, Reggae, R&B, Funk and House music.
135 - 12th St.,
M-Tu 11a-4p, W-Su 11a-2a
Information forthcoming from club
2272 Telegraph Ave.
Live music six nights a week. Underground, Rock & Roll.
2330 Telegraph Ave.,
Oakland's newest nightclub featuring live music. Rock, R&B, Jazz and Bluegrass. Opening summer 2005.
1928 Telegraph Ave.,
Yoshi's World Class Jazz House & Japanese Restaurant
Featuring new food, wine and sake menus crafted by newly appointed Executive Chef Shotaro "Sho" Kamio at the West Coast's premier jazz club.
510 Embarcadero West,
(Jack London Square),
M-Th 5:30-10p; F & Sa 5:30-10:30p; Su 5:00-9p. Su matinee lunch 12-2p begins Nov. 25.