Thursday, April 9, 2009

Indie Biz of the calls and more

Lets get to it. In this installment of Blank[space] Blog, I will be listing
*Indie Biz of the week
*whats up at Blankspace
*open calls around town



Manifesto Bikes is located on 40th Ave. In Oakland. Owned by a great husband and wife team, this little shop carries some beautiful single speed bikes. We visited them a couple of times before making a purchase. Even though we left with nothing , but test drove a bunch of bikes, everyone was very nice to us and made us feel welcome.

When Jason did finally purchase a bike, one of the owners, Sam, was very helpful and Jason left with a great bike, a t-shirt and a picture of him and his new wheels. He also was told to come back to check in for a free tune-up and general follow-up on how the bike is doing.

The bikes are not cheap, but for what you get, they are worth the investment. The shop does offer used bikes, but the majority are new. What you pay for is a quality bike, but also top quality customer service. We left the shop knowing that if anything goes wrong or needs fixin' the folks at Manifesto have our backs...and that is a good feeling.

Manifesto Bikes

421 40th Street
Oakland, CA 94609

tel: 510.595.1155

Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri: 12 - 6, Wed: CLOSED, Sat: 11 - 6, Sun: noon - 6


Sunday Tea
This Sunday 3-5pm, join us for a special
holiday tea, with extra special treats and
yummy Numi Tea.

Currently on view at Blankspace:
the main gallery show:
Renee Gertler: Modality Room
the gallery store show: Jessica Dacher: Remember Me Forever
more info at


Open Call

Oakland Art Gallery and Pro Arts Present
Bay Area Currents 2009

Selections by Kevin B. Chen, Intersection for the Arts

Deadline for entries: May 15, 2009

Click here for the Pro Arts Gallery Open Call page with online registration
form and more info.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Indie Biz of the Week

Welcoming Spring

In the spirit of Spring, I am thinking renewal, regrowth, and revisiting some of my favorite places this week
. So, since I am late with my update, I thought I would give you my itinerary for this coming Tuesday.

First..Since it is the free Tuesday for Museums in SF, I will starting by going to 3rd St. and checking out
YBCA-Nick Cave Show and SFMOMA- SECA show., if I have time I will pop over to the New Contemporary Jewish Museum to check it out.

Then...I am going to head over to the Mission and stop off at my new favorite coffee place Four Barrels, once good and caffeinated I am going to pop around and check out the Curiosity Shoppe
, Therapy, the Bell Jar (if open), Paxton Gate, Needles and Pens and of course Rare Device. I will probably stop into Fritz for some tasty fries with fun dipping sauce.

I hope to be able to pop into some of the galleries and other tasty shops around the area, if I discover anything new I will let you know.

Whats Happening at Blankspace
Sunday Tea-
April 12th, 3-5pm-
Join us for some delicious and refreshing iced tea from
local Tea makers Numi Tea.

Currently on view:
the main gallery show:
Renee Gertler: Modality Room
the gallery store show: Jessica Dacher: Remember Me Forever
more info at

Hey speaking of indie biz the Oakland Indie Awards are happening
again this year.
Blankspace has been nominated in 2 categories this year!

The Indie Awards are a program of One California Foundation.
They are hosting third third annual
awards party on Friday,
May 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm at The Crucible at 1260 7th St, Oakland.
This event
will celebrate the spirit and community impact of
Oakland's independent businesses and artists.