Wednesday, January 19, 2011

21 Grand Closes, For Good

By Ellen Cushing
Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Count another casualty in Oakland's War on Fun: after being found in violation of the city's cabaret law — and after a purgatorial few months, during which there seemed to be some glimmer of hope that the experiemental arts space might survive — 21 Grand finally shut its doors this weekend. As we've reported, this fall, the city's permiting office declared that manager Darren Jenkins would need a cabaret license in order to keep holding gallery openings and shows — and that he could only get a cabaret license by making about $120,000 worth of building upgrades. Jenkins masterminded a series of fundraisers, but alas, it was apparently not enough. OaklandLocal's got some great photos from the closing.

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