arts finds The Culture Mix » From a wide range of local attractions, pick how low- or highbrow you want to go. The Crucible Ever wonder what those Burning Man fans do the other 51 weeks of the year? Many of them teach or take classes at this fire arts foundry in West Oakland. There’s something for everyone—even fire hula hoopers—in this approachable, lowbrow arts mecca. Oakland, 444-0919, thecrucible.org. ↓ » Freight and Salvage This long-running folk club— Berkeley’s answer to the Greenwich Village coffeehouses of the ’60s—moved into a new space recently. The snazzy digs haven’t changed the Freight’s eclectic vibe. Casually lowbrow, with A-list talent. Berkeley, 644- 2020, thefreight.org. Andrew Eccles/alvin ailey american dance theater/cal performances 36 theberkeleyoaklandbook.com New Parish Nightclub This chic, brick-walled nightclub tucked on the edge of Oakland’s Uptown district is a hidden gem that books indie bands, DJs, and the occasional superhuge comedian (paging Dave Chappelle). Midbrow with wow. Oakland, 444-7474, thenewparish.com. Art Murmur Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood gets extrahip the first Friday evening of the month, when the galleries, bars, and shops stay open late. Depending on your taste and mood, you can choose from Pabst Blue Ribbon lowbrow to single malt scotch highbrow, and everywhere in between. Oakland, oaklandartmurmur.org. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Zellerbach Hall Creative Growth This internationally recognized art center in Oakland features striking works by adult artists with developmental disabilities. Highbrow with heart. Oakland, 836-2340, creativegrowth.org. Yoshi’s Oakland’s jazz club has hosted everyone from Woody Allen to Chick Corea to Taj Mahal in its 40 years, and the intimate nightclub remains one of the Bay Area’s best live music venues. Highbrow all the way. Oakland, 238-9200, yoshis.com. Zellerbach Hall Want to see the Bolshoi Ballet? This is where the Russian dance troupe pirouettes in the East Bay. Same goes for NPR favorites David Sedaris and Ira Glass. Definitely highbrow. Berkeley, 642-9988, calperformances.org.
The Oakland Berkley Book March 2013
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