Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros To Pimp Out Vintage Railcars, Start Their Tour in Oakland
Tour vans are so 2010. For one of the coolest band caravans to cross the country in recent memory, red-hot indie bands Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show are pimping out vintage railcars and riding them through the Southwest. It all begins at Oakland's Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on April 21.
When John Favors was a little boy in San Francisco, he started messing around with his grandmother's decorative items and playing in her jewelry box. Later, as a self-described hippie, he became fascinated with everything from rusty cans to antiques while under the influence of mind-altering drugs. I don't know what kind of substance gave him his aesthetic eye, but if it could help me put together a collection like his, I'll have what he's having. He's staging a warehouse sale in Oakland this weekend, and it's the kind of thing scavenging dreams are made of. Read more. . . .
Tim Westergren is one of those entrepreneurs who built an online company to fill a void he saw in the physical world.
His Oakland-based Pandora is the leading radio service on the Internet, which has to be satisfying for a musician who says he spent a "long time trying to make a living" in music beforehand.
In fact, Pandora, which recently filed for a $100 million IPO, now hosts a database of some 800,000 songs from more than 80,000 artists. This massive playlist is what you have to choose from in order to populate your own private music channel.
Around 80 million registered users have chosen to do just that, probably half of them via Pandora's iPhone app.
Navigating the vast seas of the Oakland Art Murmur, which sets sail every first Friday of the month, is enough to wear anyone out. With 24 galleries and exhibition spaces joining together for one monthly night of art, music and meeting up, you'll need to know where all the coolest stuff to see is.
1. Kuhl Frames & Art, 412 22nd Street, (510) 625-0123
Oakland's Fox Theater has a concert calendar that sometimes seems like it was booked by the music gods themselves (this fall's lineup includes the xx, The Black Keys and the Flaming Lips, to name a few). But what's out there for pre-show grub and drinks? Here's a guide to the best to be had in the 'hood before a show:
A reminder that the runway need not be stomping ground solely for the stick-thin comes in the form of this weekend’s Kiss the Curves fashion show, scheduled for Saturday night at Oakland’s Historic Sweets Ballroom.
R&B radio personality Sterling James hosts the evening, whose focal point is a runway show directed by Charleston Pierce and featuring current collections from local and national plus-size apparel designers and boutiques.
Models will head down the runway in looks from national label Ashley Stewart, Chicago’s Chocolate Sushi Couture, A Clothes Mind, Tru Diva, Bay Area-based online boutique Marie Denee and Bay Area labels Igigi and Corinthia Peoples Designs.
You’ll have to wait until April for Spa Week, the national event that prompts over 800 spas nationwide to gift beauty indulgers with $50 treatments for one week only. In the meantime, you can prep for what’s ahead by setting yourself up with a chance to win seven hours of bliss at Oakland day spa Body by Melissa.
As part of Spa Week’s first annual wellness giveaway, the package will be bestowed upon one lucky winner from the Bay Area.
The seriously envy-inducing prize includes:
- 90-minute full body lymphatic drainage treatment with massage
East London post-punk indie sensations, Bloc Party will make a sheduled stop at the brand new Fox Theater in Oakland on April 20th to promote their third album, Intimacy out now on Atlantic Records. Bloc party, now a platinum success, got their first big break after handing a demo of their now Silent Alarm single, "She's Hearing Voices," to Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos at their show in 2003. After getting lots of local UK radio praises, the heat spread here and everywhere else in the world.