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One of the first kids on the new Uptown block, Cafe Van Kleef's weekend stage hosts jazz, blues, and soulful rock bands in a playfully cluttered milieu that feels like a 1980s European art-house movie set (but only if it had been decorated by random stuff found at a kitschy rummage sale).
Brassy jazz & burlesque dames.
Ray Bradbury had a cool way of coming up with story ideas. He would surround himself with knickknacks, collectibles, junk, stuff, gimcrack, paraphernalia, chattels, and things, and then he would come up with a memory he had of his own life and... More »
The origins of the word "chaos" are surprising (well, let me clarify that by saying, "The origins of the word 'chaos' are surprising if you are a total geek." Everyone else can return to programming his TiVo). Instead of meaning "disorder" or... More »
Cafe van Kleef is the quintessential Oakland Happy Hour hangout. We're not talking James Dean era. No, stepping into Cafe van Kleef reminds immediately of one's first Carnival during Mardi Gras you know where. The CVK "canal" keeps the waterways in motion, ensuring beer and liquor cargo makes the fastest passage into the hands of both locals & tourists. There'll be a $5 to $10 cover Thu, Fri, Sat, and well worth the money each first Saturday: The Hot Pink Feathers are NOT to be missed. Gorgeous, Magnificent, Beautiful, Breathtaking with the friendliest mix of folks in the entire East Bay.
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