Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Theme Day: movement

It's the first of the month again, and the City Daily Photo theme is Movement.  Here are a couple of happy little guys at last month's Chinatown Street Fair.  They were ecstatic and wanted to go down again.  Mom said no.  Linked to CDP Theme Day.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Mural: nothing is good enough for me

This downtown parking lot wall was painted last year by Mr Never Satisfied.  It was apparently sponsored by the LeQuiVive gallery which represents many of the well known street artists in Oakland.  I have no idea what it means but Mr. Owl appears to have serious self-esteem issues.  The little section at the lower right is a small offering by Irot who did the wonderful Indian chief portrait shown a few weeks ago.  Too bad it wouldn't fully fit into the photo.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Arrowhead Marsh

Arrowhead Marsh is so named due to the shape made by the marsh grasses.  It's always soothing to walk the shoreline of ML King Shoreline Park.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

abandoned shoes

Found these near the lake.  There's got to be a story behind this vignette.  Any ideas?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Mural: solidarity with Palestine

The official name of this mural is Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural.   Painted by 13 artists, it was finished and dedicated at the end of August.  As you can see, it is quite massive so I've added a couple of shots showing greater detail.

I happened to run across this mural as it was being completed.  To my surprise no one was using aerosol cans, but instead were using brushes.  The styles vary from panel to panel with each image being quite detailed.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

wind-up bus

This life size wind-up bus was photographed behind a fence in West Oakland.  It looks like a project that needs protecting.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

J is for jammin'

These two seasoned performers tore up the blues stage at this summer's Art and Soul Festival.  The joint was jumping.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Monday Mural: poppies by the freeway

I was driving up West Grand Avenue and found this highly decorative mural near the freeway on ramp.  It's by local artist Oliver Black and decorates the Blüm Oakland building.  What's that you ask?  I wondered too.  So I walked across the street to get a better idea.  First I admired the mural and its wonderful detail with an arts & crafts flair in the use of dark outlines.  Then I noticed the security guard.  Hmmm.  Then I smelled the distinctive sweet aroma of cannabis.  Oh.  It's a marijuana clinic.  That explains the razor wire along the top of the fence.  Who knew?

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

alternate mode of transportation

Snapped on Mandela Parkway in West Oakland.  He rode confidently and wasn't thrown off balance by the cardboard container he carried.  I'd end up on the ground with head trauma.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

post office downtown

One of the stately lighted urns that flank the entrances to the main post office downtown.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I is for insouciance

Most dogs would not put up with being costumed.  But this mellow dog at Oakland Pride didn't seem to mind or worry about what the other dogs were thinking.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Mural: TDK mural

There's a new mural in West Oakland by the TDK crew.  (Thanks to Sage for tipping me off).   It covers a block long building belonging to the West Coast Ship Supply and wraps around to the back part of the building.  I videoed the length of it but it is so laughingly jumpy I won't post it.  Yet another learning curve to climb.  Below are a few more shots of the wall.
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Friday, September 5, 2014

fine day to walk the lake

 
It was a fine day to walk around Lake Merritt.  The pelican chorus line was in fine form as they paddled around the southern shore.  In the background is the county superior court building.  It's called deco but to me it looks like post-war Stalinist.  The skies are blue but the light is changing just like the seasons.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Oakland Pride

Sunday was Oakland's gay Pride parade and music festival.  This is the first parade in the 5-year old event.  It definitely had a home grown feel and lasted only about 20 minutes.  In an amusing nod to the much larger San Francisco event, this parade was started by Tykes on Trikes (rather than Dykes on Bikes).  These are some of the tykes that participated in the parade.  The Oakland event is family oriented, generally G-rated, and focuses on our city's large population of gay households with children.  One more example of the diversity we're proud of.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

H is for henna

The henna decoration booth is always a popular stop, especially for teens and young women.  It seems like a magical process that connects the participants to a deep tradition many centuries old.  Seen at the Temescal Street Fair.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Theme Day: rust and ruin

The first of the month is Theme Day in the City Daily Photo world.  This month's theme is "rust and ruin."  Here are rusty lockers up at Joaquin Miller Park.  Some seem to still be in use, but the look of abandonment permeates the air.  For more takes on the theme, visit CDP and see contributions from around the world.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Monday Mural: put a prayer in the air

This visually stunning mural is a recent addition to the downtown mural scene.  Irot and Uter collaborated on this. 

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Chinatown street fair

You always see happy faces at the rides section of a street fair.  This is last weekend's annual Chinatown street fair in downtown Oakland.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Monday Mural: totem pole mural

This totem pole is behind Rock, Paper, Scissors, an art collective in Uptown.  It is a recent addition to this mural and is tucked into a small space at the top of a ramp.  I thought it was too cool to be sitting among trash cans and refuse.  Unfortunately, I didn't see a signature.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

fashion forward

It is said that past is prologue.  Maybe.  But this gentleman clearly loves this outfit from his salad days, and must bring it out on special occasions.  This time the occasion was the annual Art and Soul festival.  He turned lots of heads.  And why not---the 70s walked amongst us again.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Mural: sing a song, Ray

The one, the only Ray Charles.  In my humble opinion no one can hold a candle to him.  Lots of joy emanating from this one.  I'm thinking the mural is not only an homage, but also a visual pun about rhythm and blues.  The cartouche probably holds the signature of the artist, but is unknown to me.  Hopefully someone will tells us.  Found on Telegraph Avenue in the Uptown area.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

al fresco

The weather has been so nice this summer that you see plenty of people enjoying a meal outside.  This is Picán, a southern-style restaurant on Broadway in the Uptown area.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

E is for exuberance

Bandaloop is an Oakland-based dance troupe that performs only on vertical surfaces usually from scary heights.  Last weekend they danced on the facade of City Hall during the annual Art and Soul Festival.  As always the crowd loved it.  There was exuberance from above and below.  Don't miss a chance to see them if they perform in your area.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Mural: we are the ones

This mural was done by Jessica Sabogal an Oakland and San Francisco artist.  She is originally from Bogotá and focuses her art on images of women.  These faces are actually portraits of children she knows.  Her Facebook page doesn't contain a full explanation of the mural but I surmise the children represent a more self-accepting and confident future generation.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

sign of the times

I suspect Sears is closing stores all over the country.  They actually moved out of the Sears building years ago and it was then converted into condos.  Then Mayor Jerry Brown lived on the top floor.  Sears then moved into the defunct Capwell's building in the downtown area where they've been for several years.  I can only imagine that the new economic reality and the value of the real estate have lead to this decision.  Who doesn't remember browsing through the Sears catalogue and wishing for some of the treasures within.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

D is for dancing in the street

This chap was so inspired by the MJ's Brass Band he tried to get a second line going.  There were no takers, but he was fun to watch.
The same was true for this kid.  You could tell that he just couldn't help himself; the music had to be expressed through movement.  He was a joy to watch.  Seen at July's Temescal Street Fair.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Mural: over the fence

Walking through Uptown on the hunt for new murals I spotted this one.  I wish I could see what the fence is hiding.  Looks like the guy is smoking pretty strong stuff.  This comic book look is a collaboration between Irot, Ham, and Niteowl.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

donuts to go

Doughnut Dolly is a shop in Temescal Alley specializing in freshly made donuts filled to order from a variety of offerings that change daily.  I chose their special "Naughty Cream," (a crème fraîche vanilla bean cream).  The line is usually out the door which is a little surprising given the donuts are $3 a pop.  Then again, they really do taste good.  Linked to City Daily Photo's monthly Theme Day.  Click here for more take-out offerings from around the world.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

street chat

This cutie pie looks like she was having a serious conversation with her momma.  I think she wasn't too sure about the Balloon Man on stilts who was looming over her.  Seen at the Temescal Street Fair.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

C is for chess

At the recent Temescal street fair, there was a sidewalk chess table.  All comers welcome.  Intense concentration required.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Mural: automotive babes

This is the introduction to the mural I've shown you over the past three weeks.  Typical for me, I can't read the pieces that indicate the artist's names.  If you can, more power to you.  I've learned to appreciate the nuance in this type of font but that doesn't help me read it.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

public sculpture

The Oakland Museum has a lovely sculpture garden facing Lake Merritt.  This isn't it.  But, some sculptures are on display across the street from the museum.  I took this to show you our blue skies.  The forecast predicts a week-long heat wave.  Linked to Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

invitation to enter

Clever way to use a completely toasted wooden chair.  Shop entry in Temescal Alley.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Monday Mural: Bart Simpson in space

This is another part of the mural I showed you a couple of weeks ago.  Bart and his siblings are flying off into space while Homer is hiding in a storm trooper uniform.  The green man is from The Jetsons if memory serves correctly.  Once again I can only shrug about the meaning of the composition but I have to admit I think it's pretty comical.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

pond in the cemetery


Mountain View Cemetery has interesting nooks and crannies.  This pond (one of three) is used (I think) for the irrigation system at the cemetery.  While walking along the road near the pond I heard a rustling in the trees and out flew a gigantic heron.  It glided across the water, banked toward the trees and disappeared into the green.  I was so stunned I didn't think to raise my camera until it was out of sight.  Linked to Weekend Reflections.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

colors of the rainbow

The woman who painted this house has a bold sense of color.  It probably has too many colors for my taste, but then I'm one of those people who is intimidated by color.  Her car's pant job adds to the boldness of the overall appearance.  Her neighbor told me that lots of people walking by take pictures of the house.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Monday Mural: foo dogs and cosmic harmony

I just made up the title.  I have no idea what the artist's intent was.  This is a new offering on Telegraph Avenue where earlier murals were painted over.  This one starts the cycle again.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

liquid refreshment

All kinds of libations were available at the Temescal Street Fair.  This pitcher takes the prize for the prettiest drink I saw.  Doesn't it seem the epitome of summer?

Friday, July 11, 2014

dancing in the streets

These siblings were enjoying the music of Lagos Roots and decided to cut a rug.  Seen at the Temescal Street Fair.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

music on every corner

One of the many cool things about the Temescal Street Fair is that there is music everywhere.  This photo shows part of the Lagos Roots band.  They really got the crowd moving.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

smoke gets in your eyes

This looks like an uncomfortable job on a warm day, never mind all that smoke he's breathing in.  But the hoards must be fed and he kept at it for hours.  From the Temescal Street Fair this past weekend.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

you want it, we got it

This food booth always cracks me up.  They pretty much offer every fair food you can think of and a couple of extras.  Knishes?  Seen at this past weekend's Temescal Street Fair.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Mural: lounge lizard

This character is part of a large mural in downtown Oakland.  Every time I look at this guy I hear the BeeGees singing Staying Alive.  If he's not a refugee from the 70s then he's a transplant from Vegas or Jersey.  Any way you look at it, he's not from these parts.  Sorry, I couldn't read the pieces to tell who painted this section of the mural. 

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Friday, July 4, 2014

flags in the breeze

The formal entrance to Jack London Square has a nice display of flags.  The black one is the logo for the Oakland Raiders.  Linked to Skywatch Friday.