In the 74 years between the Paramount Theatre's opening night, when people used to line up to see “talkies” for 50 cents, and 2002, when it was voted Best Mainstage Theatre in a Seattle Weekly Reader's Poll, the palatial venue faded and decayed alongside its Roaring Twenties brethren throughout America. Luckily, former Microsoft Vice President Ida Cole saved it from the rubble heap in the mid-‘90s when she established the Seattle Landmark Association and vowed to render the Paramount "kissable" once again.
Over the course of seven months, the renovation crew expanded the size of the stage wings to accommodate more ambitious live productions. They also cleared decades of grime from the french baroque plaster reliefs, uncovering long-forgotten designs and causing only one long-dormant horror to snap open its eyes dramatically. They also replaced the gold leaf in the floral designs of the wall medallions, repainted all the surfaces in their original 16 colors, and scrubbed each of the 1.6 million crystal beads in the chandelier by hand with a toothbrush. The original Knabe Ampico player piano was returned to its spot on the four-tiered lobby's lush carpeting, and a 21st-century sound system now shares sonic space with the thundering, luminous sonority of the Paramount's fully restored Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Though the Paramount's calendar runs the gamut from rock concerts to standup comedy to Broadway musicals on the scale of Wicked, its decadent Beaux Arts trappings transport audiences to the days when reality was still black and white.
Musically Minded Academy is a non-profit music school and community arts center located in Rockridge, CA.
Our core mission is to provide high quality music education, to host concerts and other arts-related education programs, and to act as a haven for musicians and music lovers in the greater East Bay Area.
The detail-oriented instructors at Art a la Cart take students through each painting step-by-step, showing them how to mix and blend their own colors and build compositions from the background without having to first live among paintings in local art museums. They supervise students in a themed class series as they paint still-life fruit and candies, portray whimsical landscapes, depict parts of the San Francisco skyline, or emulate the style of a classic artist. Groups explore each subject and question its lack of Renaissance cupids in one of five locations, which include wine-cellar tasting rooms, underground wine bars, and a modern minimalist cocktail lounge. Staff members supply all acrylic paints, brushes, and other gear for each class; and though they don't provide any libations, instructors encourage participants to bring or purchase their own drinks.
The Stork Club is Oakland’s premiere venue for all things music related. The Stork Club offers a state-of-the-art sound system that is sure to please artists and fans alike. All you need is your instruments and a few hundred screaming groupies and you’ve got yourself a party. The Stork Club is an establishment that caters to the 21 and over crowd and supplies the best in indie, rock, and underground music. If it’s not on the radio, you’ll probably find it here at the Stork Club. If you’re a band and you’d like to play the Stork Club round up some of your compatriots, fill the card, and make a great night out of it. If you’re a fan, be sure to check the Stork Club’s website often to see who’s playing and when. The Stork Club is your one-stop-shop for the latest and greatest in the rock music scene.
Revitalize both your mind and spirit through sacred dance at the Ecstatic Dance Community. Ecstatic dance is the spontaneous, meditative practice inspired by free dance practices. Come down to the Ecstatic Dance community in Oakland to let go and loosen up as you dance to the rhythm of the music. Absorb the flow of good energy all around as you dance however you please in this safe haven. The Ecstatic Dance Community is open on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. They also offers contact Improvement and Yoga before the dancing begins. Remember to follow the guidelines to respect the space (no shoes, alcohol, perfumes or cameras) and no talking on the dance floor.
The Fox Theater in Uptown Oakland is the city’s hub for the theatrical arts. Having closed its doors over 40 years ago after it fell decrepit, the Fox was able to obtain funding needed to reopen in 2009. The colossal project of renovating this art house to its former glory had a price tag of over $75 million. This new and improved Fox can be configured in a host of different floor arrangements depending on the event. This enables the theater to accommodate everything from plays to concerts, to orchestral performances. In addition to its function as a venue for live performances, it also features an up class, fine-dining restaurant, and an arts school.