I have a conundrum: I like going out for drinks with my friends, but I’m not big on the whole nightclub scene. I mean, I want to be surrounded by a nice mix of interesting strangers, but It’d be nice to have a comfortable enough distance where I don’t have to worry about brushing up against someone’s back sweat (or even worse-having it fly into my mouth with each hip thrust.) And then there’s times I just want to sit in a corner without seeming like I’m some anti-social creeper. I probably am, but it’s all about illusion here, folks.

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Resident artist Kato Pop performing live art on a collaborative piece with fellow artist Rachel Ralston. Photo credit: Monica Cadena, WYV Mag.

Well, to my sweet delight, I just discovered Arts & Draughts (formally Arts & Drafts), a FREE weekly art party happening every Tuesday at Era Art Bar and Lounge. Era is my *favorite* spot to go for a night out-I’ve been going to Era for years. They are authentically Oakland and truly value the art scene of The Town. The space is huge and super loungey with large comfortable seating. There’s also a large open space for dancing that you’ll definitely want to take advantage of, the local DJs that spin here are vinyl gods.

The premise of Arts & Draughts is about bringing Oakland’s creative community together to paint, draw, craft, collaborate and exchange ideas with one another. They have resident artists who perform live painting, group sketchbooks, still life arrangements, as well as a collage station if you feel like getting your Van Gogh on. Oh, and did I mention they have special draught beer specials going on all night?

WHERE: Era Art Bar & Lounge, located at 19 Grand Ave. | 21+ event
WHEN: Every Tuesday, 8:00pm-closing

Arts & Draughts Facebook Page

If you’re interested in performing as a live artist, djing, or contributing an interactive art project at Arts & Draught, send inquires to katopopstudio@gmail.com



monica lynnMonica Cadena is an Oakland based writer. She focuses on community issues pertaining to urban planning and food justice. She also enjoys writing about arts and culture, particularly her love of music. She studied urban planning at San Francisco State University. When she’s not writing, she enjoys conjuring up new recipes in her kitchen, or enjoying all the Town has to offer. You can contact her at mcadena@naturalisticallychic.com