I'm spending all next week in Oakland, CA. Help me get an art-y, fixed-gear, artisanal taste of this city on the make.
This Monday, I'll be making my every-other-year pilgrimage to the Bay Area, and while San Francisco is usually the prime attraction, this time around I want to dedicate my attention to Oakland—especially since I've been reading all kinds of stuff about a progressive arts renaissance
happening in the East Bay. What's more, I'm staying with a friend who lives on Telegraph Avenue. So, you know, when in Rome...
Something like the Oakland Art Murmur
would be perfect, but it looks like I'm going to arrive in town a week too late (1/14/13 - (1/19/13). Further complicating matters is the fact that my visit spans Monday through Saturday; I'm not sure if that much will be happening on the weeknights.
Looking for recommendations on bars, diners, art galleries, rock venues, theaters, underground performance spaces, writing workshops, drag shows, book stores, or any other quirky signifiers of the New Oakland that might appeal to a late 20s hipster type. My mind is very open, and my interests tend to lean toward the radical, so the freakier the suggestions the better.
Ooh, and I'll be borrowing a bike. So any urban cycling adventures would be great, too.