The wait for a table at Burma Superstar isn’t so bad on a First Friday in Temescal. A handful of galleries are close by. In fact, they’re all visible from the regular mob of aspiring diners at the ‘Star. The wait for that “table’s ready” phone call is much more tolerable when there’s something to explore.
Burma Superstar is a regular haunt for whenever Derek, Bill, Dubya, and I can actually get together. Despite the number of times we’ve been there, though, I was never able to figure out what that oddly decorated nearby storefront was. The windows are always dressed (and weirdly), but you can’t see inside. I chalked it up as a mystery. Or a front. Finally, having landed our Dubya birthday dinner on the first Friday of February, we noticed a cat-hatted keyboardist in the window and learned that it’s a funky art space. Welcome to Smokey’s Tangle.
This Oakland filmmaker was shooting trippy reflection portraits for Smokey’s visitors. Necessary equipment: digital camera, projector, camcorder – and friends’ cameraphones to capture the process.
Apparently my portrait was doing something weird when I stepped up to the plate, so she spent a long time shooting my face.
Finished product. See more from the Reflection Projection Collection.
The “very Oakland” galleries are open late on the first Friday of every month. (They’re also conveniently located within walking distance of Tara’s Organic Ice Cream. Get the Earl Grey after you stuff yourself with Burma Superstar samusa soup!) Slate, across the street from Smokey’s Tangle and 4707, is more of the wine-and-cheese crowd, but focused on a modern collection. More pictures here.