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Oakland Art Murmur - about 15 food tables/carts/trucks, First Friday of Month, 9/3, 10/1, next is 11/5. Telegraph and 23rd Street, 6-9pm

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Oakland Art Murmur - about 15 food tables/carts/trucks, First Friday of Month, 9/3, 10/1, next is 11/5. Telegraph and 23rd Street, 6-9pm

zippo | Oct 11, 2010 04:50 PM

Oakland Art Murmur - about 15 food tables/carts/trucks, First Friday of Month, 9/3, 10/1, next is 11/5. Telegraph and 23rd Street, 6-9pm

The Oakland Art Murmur is an open art gallery event centered around Telegraph Avenue and 23rd Street on the first Friday of the month from about 6 – 9 pm. It's been going on for about 4 years and has the feel of an East Bay version of a shrunken SOHO. I've only recently started attending and have found, in addition to the art, about 15 or so food vendors who have set up tables, stalls or brought in trucks, most of whom did not appear to be the regulars seen at other events.

Here's a slide show hopefully depicting some of the atmosphere of the 9/3 event – make sure that you click on the “Show info” button near the top right to get the descriptions of the photos. You may also want to click the “Options” button to get a menu to “Slow” down the speed of the slideshow:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/53697546...

There are also some photos from the 10/1 show which I'll put up tonight. I had a silky Drake's Bay 3-oyster (pre-shucked) shooter from Mojo, $5. Also a veggie tamale with zucchini, carrot and tomato wrapped in banana leaf from Tamale La Oaxaqueña . The tamale was firm, not mushy or cake-like. I asked for the optional hot sauce which was added after loosening the string that tied off the banana leaf in order to get to the tamale. La Oaxaqueña can also be seen at the Beehive Market on San Pablo in Berkeley on Saturdays, according to the vendor.

Most of the galleries are on 23rd and 25th Streets between Telegraph and Broadway but some are found north in the Temescal District on Telegraph near Pizzaiolo.

Here's a link to a map of the galleries and the Art Murmur website:
http://oaklandartmurmur.com/

The entertainment for the evening took place on the Great Wall of Oakland, a nearly windowless north face of an 8- or 9-story building next to the parking lot behind Luka's on West Grand between Broadway and Valley. Instead of the usual film or photo display, Project Bandaloop, a troupe of dancers and climbers, slowly rappelled down the wall while performing an intricate dance, without helmets. After watching for about 20 minutes, I was glad that I had already digested my oysters and tamale.

Here's a 1-minute shaky video of their descent:
http://vimeo.com/15246050
and more about Project Bandaloop:
http://greatwallofoakland.org/2010/da...

It was impressive that Oakland could put an event like this together – art, theatre/circus act, food, music, - all within a few blocks in an area that until recently had been almost exclusively warehouses and repair shops. I got a big kick out of the grungy and homemade feel of the Art Murmur.

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