Insider Guide to Making the Most of Art & Soul Festival

Art&Soul Oakland 2017

AUGUST 2017 | EVENT

www.artandsouloakland.com

Get there Quickly and Conveniently – Take Transit: Avoid the driving/parking blues and take public transit – BART, Amtrak, AC Transit, SF Bay Ferry, or try Ford’s new GoBike bike share program. If you ride your own bike, there will be free attended bike parking service available both days at the 14th Street & Broadway festival entrances.

Think like a Scout – Be Prepared: Summertime in Oakland can be unpredictable. Be ready for it all by packing sunscreen, layers, and a reusable water vessel you can refill at water stations. And don’t forget to don some cool shades representing The Town. Be sure to pick some up at Oakland Central’s booth #102 across from City Hall and learn about all the things to do in Oakland while you’re there!

Location, Location, Location-Designate a Meet-up Spot: Festivals are more fun with friends. To avoid texting or calling them during the event, pick a designated spot ahead of time and reserve your phone battery for IG stories and Snaps (don’t forget to tag #OaklandCentral in all your festival fun!). Here are the main entrance locations and key landmarks:

14th Street & Broadway: Walgreens, Downtown Wine Merchants, and Rite Aid. These locations border the corner of 14th & Broadway.

16th Street & San Pablo: End of San Pablo near the Bruce Beasley statue

Promenade beside City Center West Garage (off Martin Luther King Jr. Way between 12th and 14th Street

All in the Family – Make a Parent Plan: Art & Soul is all about family fun! There will be kid-friendly carnival rides, a petting zoo, interactive art and other great activities, making it super exciting for kids. Plan ahead and identify a meeting place just in case you get separated. Also, be sure to point out Art & Soul staff and security to your kids so they know who to reach out to for help. But most of all be sure to have FUN!

Sip and Savor – Enjoy All the Local Flavors: First things first – bringing alcoholic beverages into the festival is not allowed. Never fear, there will be beer, wine, and lots of tasty food vendors onsite. The hardest part will be making room to taste a little bit of everything – so buddy up and go halfsies on twice as many bomb bites. Bonus tip: don’t just settle for your closest food vendor because you are starving and want food NOW, do a walkthrough first to see all of the different offerings. Remember, help Oakland go green and compost your food service items in composting bins located around the festival grounds.

Groovin’ to the Music – Scope Your Stage Strategy: Art & Soul is awesome because of the fantastic lineup of popular artists and hot, local talent featuring: Goapele, Los Rakas, Angie Stone, and more! Visit the website ahead of time to find who you want to see and when they will be onstage. Arrive to the stage early for a seat or a good spot to groove to the music.

So, go out and make it a GREAT day at Art & Soul. For more information on what to do in Downtown Oakland visit Explore page and ‘Like’ our Facebook page.

Nailphoria Day Spa

Nailphoria Day Spa
Nailphoria Day Spa

www.nailphoria.com
Nailphoria Day Spa is family owned and was established in 2005. We provide a variety of services for men and women such as massage, facials, waxing, manicure and pedicure.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
After working a 9-5, I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my passion in beauty. I received my cosmetology license from Paul Mitchell and decided to collaborate with the founder of Nailphoria Day Spa Cynthia Harris. Oakland and the people inspire me! I love making each client feel unique and special.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Our clients love our business because we believe in “Peace, Rejuvenation and Relaxation!”

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The diverse clientele and the amazing community of business owners!

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Howden Market for an amazing cup of coffee, Brown Sugar Kitchen for my cornmeal waffle and Urban Stitch Boutique for my inner fashionista.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Oakland is very unique and vibrant! The rich culture that makes anyone feel at home.

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square 2017 Event Series

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square Oakland

3rd Thursdays at Latham Square offer family-friendly live entertainment, food, beverages and shopping, all right here in Downtown Oakland.

There is a great lineup for the 2017 series so come out, kick back and enjoy the beautiful outdoor space, local Oakland talent, Off the Grid food truck vendors, local Oakland vendors and beer and wine.

May 18, 2017 – SambaFunk! Funkquarrians w/King Theo
SambaFunk! is a collective of dancers, musicians, artists and community members, bringing to life the essence of Carnival. Their work links African cultural traits and traditions to African-Latino, African-Caribbean and African-American cultures and music. Prepare yourself for a feel good, Downtown Oakland Dance Fest by checking out a sample video SambaFunk!. Learn more about the creative force driving SambaFunk!, King Theo.

PIC Oakland 2017 Photo Contest

PIC 217 Photo Contest
Join Oakland's most ePIC Photo

APRIL 2017 | EVENT

www.picoakland.com
PIC Oakland Photo Contest 2017 is a month-long event accepting photo submissions of anything Oakland from local amateur and professional artists. Created by Shift Local, who advocates for consumers to support indie, locally-owned businesses, we’ve teamed up with local businesses Gondola Servizio, Panorama Framing and Bay Area Custom Prints to provide a unique opportunity for the contest’s Top 10 Finalists to have their winning photo or “pic” professionally printed and framed to be showcased at the PIC Oakland Exhibition that consists of Oakland Galleries: Oakstop, The Flight Deck, Panorama Framing, the 3rd floor at Oakland City Hall and more!

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
April Quinn, the owner of Gondola Servizio approached her friends Marc and Mari of Shift Local to create a photo contest to lead up to a book signing event for This Is Oakland by Melissa Davis. Our vision was to create a photo contest accessible to everyone who loves taking pictures and have an opportunity to get their photo featured in an exhibition. We also saw this as an opportunity to engage local businesses to support the local arts community.

Q. What do attendees love most about the event?
All participants love seeing the gallery of Oakland photos accumulated during the contest event.

Q. Do you have any insider tips for people attending the event?
Trust your eye for beauty. You’re sharing your lens of how you see the world so it’s a one-of-a-kind perspective.

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