Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

 These shots are from the annual Piedmont Avenue Halloween Parade.  The street is closed off for several blocks, there's a costume parade in the middle of the street, and local businesses become trick or treat stations that give away candy.
Even the adults get into the spirit.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is a big deal in Oakland.  There's a big street festival in the Fruitvale District and the  Oakland Museum sponsors an annual exhibit usually featuring altars created by local artists.  This small wood assemblage was in the Museum gift shop.
But you can find nods to the day everywhere around town.  Like at this summer street fair.
There's a similar logo for the Giants too.  But that's the other side of the Bay.

I'll be out of town for a few weeks, so I won't be able to leave comments.  Sorry.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Monday Mural: Dewey Tucker in memorium

 Dewey Tucker was a jazz guitarist who died in 2010, a victim of mistaken identity by gang members.  This mural was done by the Community Rejuvenation Project.  His killers were tried and convicted earlier this year.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

remember them

There are four massive bronze sculptures by Mario Chiodo in this Uptown park that highlight moral and social leaders of the world.  It's really hard to take a picture of them to capture size, color, and detail.  These are the best of a bad lot.  Interestingly, there are images 360 degrees around each piece.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Monday Mural: more of the Alice Street mural

Here's another section from the Alice Street mural, first shown last week.  More of Oakland's diversity is celebrated.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

another restaurant has opened

The Tribune Tavern is in the old Tribune Tower, former home of the local newspaper.  It is one of many new restaurants that have opened up in the downtown and Uptown areas.  Oakland has become quite the restaurant scene, with even San Francisco chefs coming across the Bay to open a new venture.  I like that in good weather, the windows slide back and voila! you're dining al fresco.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mandela Parkway memorial

On October 17, 1989 a 7.0 earthquake struck the Bay Area.  While most of the country remembers how it disrupted the World Series and closed the Bay Bridge, locals remember the destruction of the Cypress Structure.  The Cypress was a double deck freeway section running through West Oakland physically dividing the community and bringing incessant noise and chemical pollution.  It was a poor and industrial neighborhood that got little attention or support.  The earthquake caused the freeway to collapse, ultimately killing 42 people.  This simple sculpture, standing on the parkway that replaced the freeway, memorializes that event.

The first responders were neighbors who ran out with every manner of ladder cobbling together scaffolds trying to reach people trapped in their cars.  The air was thick with concrete dust that impeded both light and breathing.  Their bravery and selflessness were incredible.
After much debate and community resistance to a new freeway, it was decided to replace the freeway with a parkway.  So many years later the Mandela Parkway seems a graceful stretch of open sky, sun, and green.  The park that runs down the center of the street goes for several blocks covering the distance of the old freeway.  The day I was there people were driving, walking, biking, and skateboarding down the street and the pathway had runners and bench sitters enjoying the sunny weather.  The community is still poor but now it feels like it's on the upswing.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

N is for nap time

It was a hot day and the shade looked so inviting.  Nothing like a little nap to recharge the batteries.  Linked to ABC Wednesday.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday Mural: Alice Street mural

This vast mural on Alice Street is across from the Malonga Center for the Arts.  Part of the city Parks and Recreation Department, the center offers classes and a performance stage for performing and visual arts.  While I was snapping this mural an African drumming class was practicing and filled the surrounding streets with an exciting beat.  The mural is by Desi and Peskador of the Community Rejuvenation Project.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Monday Mural: inside and outside the rabbit

This new mural in the downtown area was completed by Lord Nychos the Weird, a street art group from Vienna.  As near as I can tell Nychos is the primary artists and Lord and the Weird are crews that work with him.  He's done walls all over Europe, South America, and several places in the USA.  It's hard to know what to say about a gigantic dissected rabbit.  There are things about this work I admire, but the creepiness factor is a little too high for my taste.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

coming attractions

This wall of advertising announces a new business coming to Broadway.  It's going to be a square block of shopping, living, social gathering, and art spaces all in one complex to be called Hive.  Sounds like the perfect name.

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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