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There Is Too a There There

Wednesday, Aug 29 2007
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Oakland's annual Art & Soul festival is one of the best street fests in the Bay Area, no contest. What other event pulls in national acts like Ted Leo & the Pharmacists and Lucinda Williams and also features high-grade locals including Marcus Shelby and Toychestra? That's just the music; Art & Soul also features dance troupes from Ballet Mexico Folklorico to West African company Alseny Soumah; face-painting, bouncers, and other kid activities, plus the Oaklandish "Local-Love Montage" in the film tent. The Legendary Fillmore Slim, plenty of food, and that famous warmer-than-S.F.-weather make it complete: As the old song says, "Oakland, We're for You!"
Sept. 1-3, 11 a.m.

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