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Monument Alley

Posted by novometro on September 19, 2006

Oakland City Council will likely vote to accept Mario Chiodo’s 15-ton gift to the city Tuesday. Here’s the article I wrote in the Tribune a couple of weeks ago about Mr. Chiodo’s monument.


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Weekend Plans

Posted by novometro on September 14, 2006


WHAT: L’esprit Nouveau: Music by Milhaud, Satie, Poulenc, and Tailleferre
This classical music event is part of the Mills College Concert Series.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Mills College Concert Hall, Oakland
CALL: (510) 430-2025



WHAT: Outdoor screening of ‘The Bourne Identity.’
The 2002 action thriller stars Matt Damon as Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne. You need to bring your own chairs and blankets.
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: Ninth Street between Broadway and Washington in downtown Oakland
CALL: The Oakland Film Office at (510) 238-4734


WHAT: Opening reception for the “Art of Jingletown Junction.”
The exhibition features artists from the Jingletown Arts and Business Community. Jingletown refers to the area between Fruitvale and the Oakland estuary.
WHEN: 2p.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Oakland Museum of California
Collectors Gallery
Fine Arts Rentals and Sales
1000 Oak St.,
Oakland, CA 94607
CALL: (510) 834-2296

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Light on Light

Posted by novometro on September 1, 2006

Estaban Sabar Gallery shows the work of Oakland Artist Douglas Light this month.

Mr. Light, 41, talked to NovoMetro about Oakland vs. SF, art and eating out.

Q: Why won’t you move back to San Francisco?

A: I love living in the east bay.  Our lifestyle is so much more Oakland.

Q: What does that mean?

A: It’s friendlier, it’s not as uptight; it’s not as hard of a living as in San Francisco.

Q: Who are your favorite bay area artists?

A:  I really like Marty McCorkle’s (another Oakland artist) work.  Then there’s Justina Selinger, and Deborah Garber.

Q: Which are your favorite galleries in Oakland?

A:  I would definitely say the Esteban Sabar gallery and Ego Park. What those two galleries represent is what an gallery really should be. They’re not the best part of town, the architecture’s funky; they’re not in a strip mall. They don’t have art on a wall, and jewelry in a case They’re selling art, and that’s how they should be. There should be nothing more than paintings or sculpture

Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?

A: Olivetto’s. But we’re going to Luka’s with friends after the show.

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Will Oakland Get the Bronze?

Posted by novometro on August 28, 2006

If all goes according to Mario Chiodo’s plan tonight, Oakland will take a step closer to becoming the home of the largest bronze sculpture west of the Mississippi.

The city’s Cultural Affairs Commission is expected to vote Monday evening on Mr. Chiodo’s massive artwork, “Remember Them,” a $3.5-million, 52-feet tall, bronze tribute to 25 “champions for humanity,” including Nelson Mandela, Franklin Roosevelt, and Gandhi.

No matter what you think of the statue, which is heavy and imposing, you have to hand it to Mr. Chiodo, a forty-five year old Oakland artist who made a fortune designing Halloween masks and casino art, for building consensus around a controversial piece of public art in a fractious town that takes its champions of humanity seriously.  “What do you mean Upton Sinclair isn’t there?” “Where’s Huey?”

He also managed to craft a rather unique private financing method that means the city won’t pay for the sculpture or its maintenance at its location in the new Uptown development between Telegraph and San Pablo next to the Fox Theater.  Kaiser and other corporate donors have agreed to pony up for the monument.  And Mr. Chiodo reckons that proceeds from “Remember Them” merchandise will be more than enough to pay the estimated annual $11,900 cleaning bill.

If the CAC votes to accept Mr. Chiodo’s gift, the matter will move to City Council.  Who among those “champions of humanity” will cast a vote against Maya Angelou and Chief Joseph?  See a model of the sculpture in Fox Park Square here.

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Fast Links for Friday

Posted by novometro on August 25, 2006

Oakland Finally Gets a Comic Book Superhero

And the Theatre Wants A Higher Profile

Oakland Vice?

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Fast Links for Sunday

Posted by novometro on July 16, 2006

Jerry Brown’s military academy may find a home inside OUSD.

Sampling Oakland:Jake Watling’s paintings 

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