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Many Streams

Through July 12
844-278-7447
Many Streams

Last year, artist Martin Webb began walking around his neighborhood at night taking dimly lit photographs. He was intrigued by the way that landscapes once familiar to him seemed to transform in the darkness. Without people visibly inhabiting the houses, they began to take on new meaning. Then, he traveled to the Eastern Sierras to seek out abandoned mining towns. Those houses, also empty, were no longer distinct from the natural landscape that surrounded them, and instead were collapsing onto themselves and the landscape organically.

In his new body of work, currently on view at the Compound Gallery (1167 65th St., Oakland) in the show Many Streams, Webb has eliminated all figures from his paintings. Instead, he embarks on a study of houses, exploring the similarities and differences between wild and urban landscapes. Color blocking with a warm, limited pallet, Webb depicts house after house on square wooden panels that line the walls of the gallery. In doing so, he builds a small cluster of structures, each flattened to reveal its core geometric foundation, sometimes with piles of wooden planks sitting in the foreground like colorful ‘X’s drawn on the ground. The buildings are not foreboding yet do not welcome visitors. They simply stand alone.

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The Compound Gallery & Studios 1167 65th St., Oakland (map)

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Bites Off Broadway

Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 9
510-597-5027
Bites Off Broadway
There might be bigger food truck gatherings, and ones that attract slightly trendier vendors, but for our money, Oakland’s first officially sanctioned “food pod,” Bites Off Broadway (365 45th St., in front of the Studio One Art Center), is still one of the most charming of its kind. A veritable smorgasbord of face-painting, balloon-twisting, and hula-hooping should keep the kids entertained — and maybe help those of us who are only young in spirit to burn off some of those extra calories. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blanket. Free
Studio One Art Center 365 45th St., Oakland (map)

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Craft Night

First and Third Sunday of every month, 6-8 p.m.
510-238-9171
Craft Night
Sometimes drinking a bar after work to unwind gets a little old. Wouldn't you rather get together with an all ages group of creative people for a crafting free for all? Rock Paper Scissors Collective gathers crafting supplies precisely so you can do that, although you are free to bring your own supplies as well. Meet new people, listen to music, and get your DIY on, all for free. Also, tapping into your creative juices won't leave you with quite the same hang over when you have to get up for work on Friday. --Sarah Burke Free
Rock Paper Scissors Collective 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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