ICYMI: The Octopus Literary Salon is closing

(photos courtesy of The Octopus Literary Salon) The Bay Area community of artists lets out a sorrowful sigh as The Octopus Literary Salon announces the closing of its doors at the end of this month. Their last day in business will be August 31. With an eclectic calendar that belies its compact appearance, the Octopus has hosted thousands of events in its four-and-a-half year East Bay run — from book clubs to punk shows. Paintings and photographs from local artists dot its walls, a charming upright piano rests in the corner by the window, and you wonder just how they’re [...]

The Octopus Literary Salon is open!

Three weeks ago, The Octopus Literary Salon finally opened its doors at 2101 Webster Street in Oakland. In that time, the Octopus has hosted The John Brothers Piano Company with John Morgan and Greg Ashley, Dreamdate with Yea Ming and Anna Hillburg, plus Dyllan Hersey and Pistachio. True to the name, it also delivered a book launch, as well as literary open mics every Monday. You can find tons of good stuff on sale, including books, records, cassettes as well as coffee, beer, wine, and delicious food. The Octopus is providing a sorely needed music scene to the earlier hours. [...]

Celebrate the winter solstice Octopus style with The Hot Toddies at Chabot Space & Science Center

For 2013, this is the last chance to party with The Octopus Literary Salon! On Saturday, December 21, The Octopus teams up with Chabot Space & Science Center for the ultimate winter solstice celebration. The Bay Area has limited options for good family fun, but this party will please all ages. Things get started at 4pm. Kids great and small can enjoy the museum and fun projects (make a lantern or constellation tube!), and there will be rocking Christmas carols courtesy of The Secret Santas and killer, all-girl rock with Thee Hot Toddies!!! Big kids (over 21) can enjoy beer [...]

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