The Layover: The BOX featuring DJ Kimani

The BOX Layover Oakland DJ Kimani
The BOX featuring DJ Kimani at The Layover Oakland

JANUARY 2017 | EVENTS

www.oaklandlayover.com/calendar

All your favorite MUSIC VIDEOS from the 80’s, 90’s and choice 2000’s presented to you on the big screen by DJ Kimani! Dancing and singing along strongly encouraged.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Here’s an opportunity to be transported back to the days when “MTV” actually stood for “music television.” 😉

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Everyone loves to see and hear their favorite music icons from yester-year.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland has a deep and rich musical culture and history. We feature many local Bay Area artists’ videos every week.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
We have played host to a number of local non-profit groups that have shared our space for fundraisers.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The diversity of The Town makes it just as likely for attendees to sing along to David Bowie as they would E-40. 🙂

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
IT’S FUN! Whether you sit at a table while drinking and watching videos, or jump on the dance floor in front of the big screen, you’ll have a good time.

Foodies vs Chefs a Steel Rail Pop-Up

Foodies vs Chefs Steel Rail Jan 27, 2017
Eat Play Event & Catering Steel Rail Pop-up Jan 27, 2017

JANUARY 2017 | EVENTS

www.foodiesvschefoakland.eventbrite.com

Make your reservation for this one of a kind event! Steel Rail has teamed up with Eat Play Events & Catering to bring you “Foodies vs. Chefs” and Steel Rail’s “Off the Rails” event featuring local chefs right in Jack London Square! Awesome patio seating with heaters (weather permitting) and a TV inside with plenty of basketball to be seen!

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Being able to showcase chefs that have awesome food but not a brick & mortar

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Food is the best way to meet new people and the location is perfect for all transportation

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland has a plethora of Foodies and Chefs, everyone’s a critic and Oakland is the perfect platform to bring the 2 together.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
We only partner with local businesses and purveyors

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
Easy access for everyone to get to anything

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
We always strive for folks to Eat Well and Play Often with Eat Play Events & Catering

The Sound Room Oakland Jazz

The Sound Room Oakland
Jazz at The Sound Room in Oakland

ENTERTAINMENT

www.soundroom.org

A community supported live music venue dedicated to jazz, R&B and world music presented in an intimate listening room. We feature the best from the region, the nation and the world.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
We had been hiring bands for our own private events for almost 20 years. We eventually started a monthly house concert series that presented live jazz for almost 4 years. We quickly realized how few decent venues were available for professional musicians and how little the bands got paid. We decided to search for a location where we could support music with a room designed for attentive audiences. We signed a lease on our current spot almost 5 years ago and opened November ’12. We have steadily improved the space but have been very frugal. We have a core of volunteer helpers that make it possible to present over 150 shows a year.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Great music presented in an intimate venue which respects musicians.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The vibe of the changing downtown/uptown district. The city, county and state agencies have been good to us but have not contributed any financial support.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
The Octopus

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
A community of music lovers who buy tickets and world class musicians who perform.

Town Biz Oakland

Town Biz Oakland Retail
Town Biz Oakland Shopping

SHOPPING

www.townbizoakland.com

Oakland doing business with Oakland. Town Biz is the brain child of Oakland native Chaney Turner, along with her business partners Christine De La Rosa, Charleen Caabay, Michael Schlieker and Maureen Benson they wanted to showcase the amazing artists, artisans, craft workers and designers from and/or based in Oakland.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
The need for spaces that set a stake in the ground focused on Oakland locals and merchants while welcoming visitors into the store amongst a rapidly gentrifying downtown.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
We are about Oakland love and we love Oakland, we truly are about that Town Biz.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The people, we have such a lovely and woke city.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Super Juiced, Show & Tell Concept, SoleSpace

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Diverse culture

Oakland Ballet – The Nutcracker

Oakland Ballet Nutcracker
Oakland Ballet presents The Nutcracker December 17-18, 2016

DECEMBER 2016 | EVENTS

www.OaklandBallet.org
Oakland Ballet Company presents:
Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker
December 17, 1:00 pm
December 17, 5:00 pm
December 18, 2:00 pm
The Paramount Theatre, Oakland
With live music by the Oakland Symphony and Mt. Eden High School Womens’ Ensemble.
Oakland Ballet Company’s spritely and colorful version of The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that is fun for then entire family. Brimming with holiday magic, this is the Nutcracker to see!
Tickets $23-90 with discounts for Seniors, children, and groups. Visit www.OaklandBallet.org for more info.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
The story of The Nutcracker and bringing a family-friendly holiday tradition to families and community members of the East Bay.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Oakland Ballet Company’s production of Graham Lustig’s “The Nutcracker” has become an annual holiday family tradition for many. Tickets are affordable and the performances are easily accessible in Uptown Oakland at the Paramount Theatre.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
The elaborate and festive Paramount Theatre

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The Paramount Theatre and a diverse community.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
With tickets starting at $23, this is an affordable and fun event to make a part of your holiday season.

Off the Rails at Steel Rail – Eat Play Events & Catering

Off the Rails Jack London Square Oakland
Off the Rails Foodie vs Chefs at Steel Rail Jack London Square and Eat Play Catering & Events

NOVEMBER 2016 | EVENTS

www.foodiesvschefsepec.eventbrite.com

Make your reservation for this one of a kind event! Steel Rail has teamed up with Eat Play Events & Catering to bring you “Foodies vs. Chefs” and Steel Rail’s “Off the Rails” event featuring local chefs right in Jack London Square!
Awesome patio seating with heaters and a TV inside with plenty of basketball to be seen!
Eat Play Events & Catering will be featuring:
Dungeness Crab & Wild Shrimp Boil with corn on the cob, potatoes & chicken andouille sausage (on the side for the carnies)

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Eat Play Events & Catering strives to feature local bay area chefs that don’t have a brick and mortar to showcase their skills.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Because you can Eat Well & Play Often all in 1 space

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland’s diversity of food and people provides the perfect platform for our events

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
We only partner with local businesses in Oakland. We believe in supporting our community

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The freeness of being who you want to be with a platform that embraces all of the arts not just one style.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
That you can always Eat Well and Play often with Eat Play Events & Catering

Minimo Wine in Oakland

Minimo Wine Tasting Oakland
Minimo Wine Tasting in Oakland

SHOPPING

www.minimowine.com

Retail wine shop specializing in small production, sustainable wines and ciders. Enjoy a bottle in the shop any time, or join us for thematic wine tastings every Wednesday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
I wanted to create a unique wine shop that invited customers to learn the stories behind small independent wineries, unusual varietals, and lesser-known regions, as well as to support wineries that follow sustainable farming practices (organic or biodynamic) and make wines without unnecessary additives.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Cool, unpretentious space to learn about wine and find unique bottles for any occasion.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Amazing supportive diverse community. Lots of love.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Umami Mart, The Punchdown, Oaktown Spice Shop, Viscera Studio, and all the restaurants in Swan’s Market.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
An adventurous food & wine scene.

Max’s Diner & Bar Oakland City Center

Max's Diner & Bar Oakland City Center
Max's Diner & Bar Oakland City Center

DINING

www.maxsoakland.com

Max’s Diner & Bar is a cornerstone in the Oakland City Center community and has been recognized for its outstanding Classic American cuisine, excellent service and the best Happy Hour deals in the area!
Join us for Happy Hour daily 3-6 PM! We show all the games on our big screens at the bar

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
Part of Bay Area local New York-style deli chain with mile-high sandwiches, old-school feel & upbeat atmosphere.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Customers love our big portions and famous recipes of sandwiches, salad, and desserts.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
It has so much history behind it and it’s so fast developing nowadays! People keep up with their roots and love to celebrate life with great music and food, as we offer!

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Homeroom with their mac and cheese

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The Mystery Gnomes.

Uptown Farmer’s Market Ordway

Uptown Farmers Market
Farmers Market in Uptown Oakland Kaiser Ordway

NOVEMBER 2016 | EVENTS

www.facebook.com/OrdwayFarmersMarket
Farmer’s market featuring locally grown organic produce, fresh baked goods, and a variety of lunch options including Torpedo Sushi and Crepe a Moi.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event? ?
Eating more fruits and vegetables is part of taking care of you. That’s why we’ve opened farmers’ markets outside our medical centers, clinics, and office buildings.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Delicious seasonal produce, convenient location, easy lunch options and smooth music.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
It provides an opportunity for those who live and work nearby to come together to enjoy each other’s company and shop healthy.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
yes

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
It’s our headquarters! It allows us to ‘walk the talk’. We want our employees, our members and the community we serve to THRIVE.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
That they deserve a break. That we have a great place to meet up, enjoy some sun, eat good food and de-stress in the middle of the week. Fresh air, fresh produce. They deserve it.

Real Future Fair November 15, 2016

Real Future Oakland Museum
The Real Future event at Oakland Museum November 15, 2016

NOVEMBER 2016 | EVENTS

www.realfuturefair.com/#schedule.com

The Real Future Fair is a day full of creative conversations about how technology is changing our lives. Real Future takes the social justice lens that Fusion is known for and turns it towards technology, examining who tech is being built to serve, and what a diverse and inclusive future might look like. We are hosting a roundtable discussion on diversity in tech, presenting the results from our hackathon against violence, and debuting the premiere of our virtual reality project Mars2030, which allows you to explore the red planet from right here on earth.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
FUSION really wanted to create an event filled with creative conversations about how technology is changing our world.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Attendees love the event because it isn’t a typical technology summit– for starters, our speakers are predominately women which is usually unheard of for an event of this nature.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
We’re excited to bring the event to Oakland because FUSION’s Real Future team is based in Oakland and the city is the perfect backdrop to our fair.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
FUSION is also partnering with Reboot Safety to host Oakland’s first ever hackathon against violence, projects from which will be presented live onstage during the forum.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The Oakland Museum of California!

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
We are excited to have keynote speakers such as Edward Snowden, Dr. Mae Jemison and FUSION VR’s Mars 2030, a virtual reality experience that transports the viewer to the surface of the red planet as one of the first astronauts to arrive there.