Oakland First Friday (Mostly) Going Ahead As Planned Despite Protest Fears

While Oakland businesses and police are bracing for possible violence in response to the upcoming Mehserle verdict, local venues are continuing with entertainment this weekend as planned. Tomorrow’s First Friday Art Murmur largely appears to be happening, though at least one venue has decided to cancel its event. The Uptown will host a free, early show featuring Judgement Day, The Ferocious Few, Distance From Shelter, and Weston Elementary. The Stork Club‘s free “First Friday Follies” burlesque show is also happening, while The Vince Wallace Jazz Ensemble performs at Cafe Van Kleef . In the art world, Royal Nonesuch Gallery has decided to cancel its First Friday opening, citing “concern for safety in Oakland and respect for public protests that may occur” — even though a verdict isn’t expected until next week. But Vessel Gallery is going ahead with its reception.

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