A performance venue for the Ragged Wing Ensemble.
R&B, funk, and classic soul acts perform regularly at this glitzy downtown Oakland club, which features a spacious dance floor, large stage, lounge areas with couches, and a Cajun-style soul food restaurant. The decor is sparse, save for half a dozen thick striped columns painted in what handbag designer Jack Spade would call publicolor style. Weekly events include live R&B Fridays, Saturday's swanky "Club Maxwell's," and Sunday gospel brunch.
Representing international artists working in all media including relief-sculpture, painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography.
Originally founded in Temescal but later relocated to the heart of Oakland's Art Murmur district, SLATE curates seven shows a year, with special preference paid to painting, photography, and "work that has a strong formal aspect and an intellectual component."
The creative home to a handful of mixed-media artists who split studio rent on a couple of cozy rooms. It lacks regular hours but throws open its doors for monthly Art Murmurs, during which the young, art school-ish crowd floods into the small backyard.
A shoe store, art gallery, and venue space.
Thrashing, crashing, vocal-cord straining, pounding your ears and obliterating your will power: rock. You know you love it. And the Stork Club is where live rock makes its home. Tuesday through Sunday starting around 9:30 p.m., cover is usually just $5. Happy hour DJs spin rock and punk tunes, and special event/BBQ nights feature East Bay Rats motorcycle club, plus showcases of local egghead comedians. The honky-tonk-style bar is decked out with red and yellow tinsel, Christmas lights, rubber-seated booths, a pool table, a jukebox, an extensive Barbie collection, and a tawdry, winter-wonderland atmosphere.
A recording studio specializing in experimental and improvised music. The studio also houses a small concert space.
With its dramatic red curtains, antique furniture, and ever-changing paint schemes, Studio Quercus has become a natural venue for installation shows benefiting from a certain historical patina.
Concrete floors and a position in the heat of Oakland's warehouse district give Swarm an industrial feel, but the artists who work and show here run the gamut from delicate line-drawers to large-scale sculptors.