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16th Annual Art & Soul Oakland

August 20 & 21, 2016
The City of Oakland’s flagship festival that launched a downtown renaissance, will celebrate its Sweet 16 with two big days of music, art, dance and food, including the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition. Professional and backyard pit masters from all over California will show off their skills while competing for cash prizes. The public will be invited to view the action up close and, for a small fee, sample succulent BBQ ribs, chicken and pork. As in previous years, tens of thousands are expected for a festive weekend showcasing the Best of the East Bay. This year’s lineup will spotlight Oakland’s hot music scene and legacy, featuring dozens of top local bands performing Blues, R&B, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Rock and more. The full lineup will be announced in early June. Additional highlights include the return of the mesmerizing Turf & All-Styles Dance Battle; the Bay Area’s hottest urban, world and modern dance troupes; scores of artisans and an interactive Family Fun Zone.

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25th Street Collective
A collective of local, sustainable businesses offering slow-food and slow-fashion artisanal items.
477 25th St.
Tu-Sa 11a-11p; 1st Fr 6-10p
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Buzz Gallery
Founding member of Art Murmur. This is the epicenter! Monthly exhibitions with first Friday art openings.
2316 Telegraph Ave., 510-465-4073
M-F 7:30a-9p; Sa-Su 9a-9p
Cash only
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ERA artbar and lounge
A major new space for art, music and culture in Oakland's booming Uptown neighborhood.
19 Grand Ave., (at Broadway), 510-832-4400
W-Sa 4:30p-2a
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Historic Sweet's Ballroom
A hearthstone of Uptown Oakland, this postmodern dancehall is infused with mysticism.
1933 Broadway, 510-504-3822,
Hours vary
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Full Bar Dancing Live Music DJ

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
This performing arts center is home to several arts organizations.
1428 Alice St., 510-238-7219,
Performance times vary.
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Edgy art and sublime dining featuring Modern American cuisine.
2442 Webster St., 510-238-1100
M-Th & Su 4:30p-12a; F & Sa 4:30p-2a
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Oakland Asian Cultural Center
The Pan-Asian cultural center of the Bay Area with rentals for weddings, banquets and meetings.
388 - 9th St. # 290, 510-637-0455,
Tu-Sa 10a-5p
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Oakland Convention Center
Oakland's largest meeting facility. Host to a variety of public events.
1001 Broadway, 510-466-6455,
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Oakland Metro
Oakland Metro features a wide range of live entertainment from opera to hip hop to what the San Francisco Chronicle has called "category-bending music and theater." The venue's performances are a must-see for for locals and visitors.
630 Third St., 510-763-1146
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Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
Community music center providing classes for youth and adults. Check the website for concerts, recitals and special events.
1616 Franklin St., (510) 836-4649
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Oakland School for the Arts
Enjoy inspired performances by high school students at this top-ranked school.
1800 San Pablo Ave., 510-873-8800,
Performance times vary.
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Pan Theater
Weekly improv comedy shows. Also offers improv comedy training classes.
2135 Broadway, 415-724-2433
Sa Performances 8p and 9:10p, cash only
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Paramount Theatre of the Arts
Home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. From classic movie screenings to concerts by national recording artists, this Art Deco landmark has a full calendar of events.
2025 Broadway, 510-893-2300,
Performance times vary.
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Full Bar Live Music

Scottish Rite Center
Great historic site for an event.
1547 Lakeside Dr., 510-832-0819,
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Beer garden with house-made sausage.
2318 Telegraph Ave., 510-444-8353
Tu-F 11a-10p; Sa-Su 10a-10p
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FoodBeer & Wine Only

The Fox Theater
A beautifully restored theater that now hosts a variety of live music acts.
1807 Telegraph Ave., 510-836-3901
Performance times vary.
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Full Bar Live Music

The Layover
A great place to exhcange travel stories over great music while enjoying a large variety of beers and signature organic cocktails.
1517 Franklin St., 510-834-1517
M-F 5p-close; Sa 8p-close
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The New Parish
Information forthcoming from venue.
579 18th Street (at San Pablo Avenue)

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Oakland's resident professional theatre company. Winner of the Bay Guardian's Goldie Award for Theatre and voted Best of the Bay by East Bay Express.
19th Street Theatre, 19th & Telegraph, 510-436-5085
Performance times vary
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Uptown ArtPark
The city’s first major outdoor sculpture park funded through a NEA grant to display rotating exhibitions of existing large-scale sculptural works and newly-commissioned public art from Bay area artists.
19th St. & Telegraph Ave.
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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), 510-238-9200,
M-Th 5:30-10p; F & Sa 5:30-10:30p; Su 5:00-9p. Su matinee lunch 12-2p begins Nov. 25.
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