Live jazz music from some of the Bay Area's best artists flows from this North Oakland gallery on the regular. The space hosts rotating artist exhibitions and an ever-growing private collection of jazz- and blues-inspired paintings.
A collection of small shops and galleries in the vibrant Temescal arts district.
A community-oriented space that hosts music rehearsals, workshops, and everything from book clubs to dance demonstrations.
Interface Gallery is an alternative art space dedicated to highlighting the work of emerging artists who are critically exploring the human relationship to our environment in diverse and engaging ways.
The studio and storefront for Marisa Haskell's jewelry line also carries locally made textiles and artwork.
But for the regular singer-songwriter performances (scheduled Friday and Saturday from 7:30 to 9:30, with an additional Sunday brunch session), the predominant musical backdrop at this South Berkeley/North Oakland cafe is a cool mix of J Dilla, Wu-Tang, and old-school R&B — along with the whir of an espresso machine and the sound of a well-to-do collegiate clientele pecking on their new Apples. Located a couple blocks from Ashby BART, Nomad provides the soy-latte crowd a place to discuss their recent trips to Guatemala or whatever was featured in the most recent issue of Harpers, and take advantage of the joint's free wi-fi. In addition to the espresso menu, Nomad serves sandwiches, vegan beer, and smoothies.
Roscoe may be a ceramics gallery, but it sure as hell ain't bowls and plates: Rather, the gallery tends to display colorful, experimental ceramic sculptures that are more in line with Dr. Seuss than Crate and Barrel.
Co-directors Elizabeth Bernstein and Carrie Hott present participatory shows and performances that aim to balance community-building and conceptual rigor.