When the Fox Theater opened its doors in October 1928, 20,000 patrons thronged Oakland's newest movie palace to experience music on the Mighty Wurlitzer, a live stage show and one of the latest innovations, the "talkies" that were replacing silent films. But one of the biggest draws was the massive domed theater itself, an opulent and exotic mix of terra cotta tiles, dizzyingly detailed paintings and golden deities, reminiscent of a Brahmin Temple. The Fox closed its doors in 1966, but after over 40 silent years, the Fox Theater re-opened its doors in 2009 as a live music venue, arts school, and restaurant.
Oakland's Paramount Theatre is one of the finest remaining examples of Art Deco design in the United States. Originally designed as a movie house by renowned San Francisco architect Timothy L. Pflueger and completed in late 1931, the Paramount now serves all the arts. The Paramount Theatre is the home of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and, as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premiere performing arts facilities, hosts a year-round schedule of popular music concerts, variety shows, theatre, and - of course - movies.
The USS Potomac has a lofty and well-earned nickname, the Floating White House. It is on this 165-foot sailboat that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was often found during presidential summers. Today, visitors can tour the ship to marvel at its opulence and walk the same corridors and decks as this famous political figure. No less important was FDR's wife, Eleanor, who celebrated her 57th birthday aboard the ship in 1941 Tours Dockside Tour: The Potomac is open for 45-minute docent-led dockside tours mid-January through mid-December. History Tour: May through November, two-hour cruises around San Francisco Bay with docents are available. Emphasis is placed on the impact Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration had upon the Bay Area and surrounding landmarks.
Founded in 1922 and established at its current site of Knowland Park in 1936, the Oakland Zoo is a Bay Area icon. The hundreds of animals range from Gila monsters to African elephants, and there's hardly a better way to enjoy a walk in Oakland than touring the zoo's expansive and educational grounds.
The Oakland A's take on their contenders in what are almost guaranteed to be exciting match-ups. If you want to fit in while in the stands, be sure to wear green and gold to the game.
The Oakland Raiders boast the best winning percentage in professional football since 1963. Cheer them on from the stands of the recently renovated Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.
After a sensational run to the playoffs and an historic victory in the first round in the 2006/2007 season, the Warriors are one of the hottest tickets in the NBA right now. After moving from Philadelphia to San Francisco, the Warriors settled in the East Bay and won their second championship in the 1970's.
Fans who have followed Umphrey's McGee for any period of time know that there are only two guarantees: you never know what you're going to get, and Umphrey's always delivers. How else can a band be relentlessly innovative in both music AND fan relations for 13+ years? The latest expected twist arrives in the form of their newest studio album (and first with ATO Records) 'Death By Stereo,' the follow up to 2009's 'Mantis.' 'Mantis' surprised fans with a collection of music never before played, and surprised the music industry with an innovative marketing campaign that catapulted the album PAST the Heatseekers chart, debuting at #62 on Billboard's "Top 200" chart without any radio play or television appearances. 'Death By Stereo's' concise melodic approach and accessible songwriting is everything fans had hoped for, but not what anyone expected. 'Death By Stereo' is disarmingly straightforward. Sure, you can dance to it, but the clever arrangements, meticulously crafted chordal interplay, and virtuoso instrumentation put Umphrey's McGee in a category all their own.
The creation of Flogging Molly's new record, Speed of Darkness, was anything but business as usual for the band. "It wasn't the album we set out to write," vocalist/guitarist Dave King says. "It became the album we had to write." Musically and lyrically, Flogging Molly has never sounded so mature or rousing, nor have the messages of alienation and hope behind their songs ever been so relevant. Speed of Darkness was written over several months when the band would descend into the basement of King's Detroit home - a home he shares with his wife, Flogging Molly fiddler, Bridget Regan. Speed Of Darkness is music to play after you've lost your job or your love, and music to listen to as you dream of better things for your family and country. It's the music you hear as you fight a bigger man, and it's the music you hear as you help him from the floor and buy him a pint at the bar. The album, like Flogging Molly itself, is a testament to youth and resilience, to growing old and the wisdom of scars, and yet for all of the record's darkness and the speed with which it descends, the ultimate theme is one of light: We can persevere. We must and we will persevere.
Jackie Greene began his career in his mid-teens working the bar and open mic circuit in and around his hometown of Sacramento. Since then, he has recorded seven albums and two EP's, released a DVD, and published a book of lyrics. Upon witnessing his performance at Bonnaroo, Jon Pareles of The New York Times had this to say about the singer, songwriter, bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, "Jackie Greene could be the Prince of Americana. That's capital P, and not because Mr. Greene favors the color purple but for some musical parallels." Jackie released his acoustic-laced breakthrough, Gone Wonderin' in 2002, and followed it with two more albums, Rusty Nails and Sweet Somewhere Bound, on indie label Dig Records. In 2005, he contributed to the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain soundtrack, and a year later he issued his critically acclaimed Verve debut, American Myth, which he co-produced with Los Lobos' Steve Berlin.
St. Vincent's new self-titled album will be released on February 25th, 2014! "Birth in Reverse" has already garnered a Best New Track nod from Pitchfork, who raved that she "has never been more powerful, or more resolute."
Flora is housed in an Art Deco architectural gem in the Uptown district of Oakland. They serve a selection of reinvented American classics accompanied by an extensive menu of prohibition-era cocktails.
Bocanova, located in Jack London Square, features Pan-American food in a lively and colorful setting. Available for all your dining needs, they offer intimate tables in the dining room, a number of communal dining tables for larger parties or if you're in the mood to meet new people, and counter seating up by the exhibition kitchen, when you're in the mood for a show.
The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill is an Oakland Restaurant located on beautiful Lake Merritt and offers indoor and outdoor dining over the water. They serve a diverse menu of contemporary Californian food with a focus on seafood that's full of new takes on old favorites.
Oliveto Cafe & Restaurant offers seasonal cuisine in the Northern Italian tradition, including wild game, fresh pastas, wood fired pizzas and authentic vegetable and poultry dishes.
Wood Tavern is nestled into a charming neighborhood shopping district on bustling College Avenue. Serving a hearty American Brasserie style menu. The contemporary loft- like space houses a dining room filled with "butcher block' tables, a comfy, copper topped bar and a chef's counter where you can dine watching the chef in action.
Dona Tomas is a special restaurant where you almost feel like you're at a lively villa in Mexico enjoying fresh squeezed lime margaritas in the courtyard patio or dining on the authentic regional Mexican cuisine in the main room or the crimson red bar room. With the seasonally changing menu and a love and respect for Mexican food and culture, Dona Tomas strives to present a culinary experience highlighting the best dishes from Mexico.
The Montclair Bistro is tucked into the wooded hillside in the charming area of the Oakland Hills. Built in 1948, the style of the building is French Provincial with much attention paid to detail-from the weather vane atop the peaked roof, the half-timbering, to the weathered bricks along the walls and pathways. Montclair Bistro brings upscale California cuisine and a casually elegant decor and service to the table. The wine list features over 150 varieties and regionals, displayed in a climate controlled wine room.
After working at Chez Panisse for over 20 years, Russell Moore opened this warm and rustic restaurant in the Grand Lake area of Oakland. Inspired by traditional home cooking in France, Italy and Spain most of the dishes served at the restaurant are cooked at the restaurant's prominent fireplace or wood burning oven. A small, decisive, daily changing menu reflects the seasons, the region and the restaurant's commitment to small farms. Camino offers a specialized cocktail menu using the same carefully sourced ingredients as the kitchen.