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New Review From the Chronicle

Mua review: Music, eclectic decor match the food by Nicholas Boer

The sweet and airy kabocha squash tempura with the Rialto cocktail at Mua. photo by John Storey


Diners enjoy the setting at Mua restaurant in Oakland, which has an unusual decor and sometimes booming music. photo by John Storey


Sitting at the end of a bar (there are three) alongside a bronze bust with a female mannequin’s leg coming out of its head, it occurs to me that Mua may have never felt so serene. On this rainy Thursday afternoon, this former nightclub, now a full-service restaurant, is clocking in at 65 decibels. It was cracking into the 90s when I checked my sound meter the previous Friday evening.

We had been encouraged by our dinner waitress – wearing a “Misfits” T-shirt – to come in for the green bean sandwich ($10). She feigned ecstasy recalling its ingredients. We’re digging the well-crusted, but still light fried calamari and hot peppers ($8) as well as a squishy-crunchy po’ boy stuffed with soft-shell crab and coleslaw ($12).

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Chronicle review, 12/04/08, Bar Bites (datebook)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Spray-painted letters that spell out “Mua” on an unassuming building near Oakland’s auto row are the only sign that you’re about to stumble into Uptown’s latest happening nightspot. Smaller letters above that announce “lunch, dinner” and, most important, “bar,” further hint at the fun that awaits.

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Press Release for Mua’s first show

Erin Allen / Justin Olerud / Kara Joslyn / Georgia Carter / Jessica Schmidt

2442 Webster Street
Oakland CA 94612

OPENING NIGHT January 02, 2009 (First Friday Oakland), 7PM-2AM

MUA Oakland presents its inaugural exhibition, Painting Now: 2009, opening during Oakland’s First Friday Art Murmur event on January 2, 2008 from 7PM until 2AM. Mua is an artist run and developed exhibition venue and bar/lounge and restaurant located in the heart of Oakland’s Uptown Arts District. Painting Now: 2009 marks the opening of the second story loft exhibition space created for the purpose of exhibiting local, emerging art in the Bay Area.

Petra Royale Bibeau, Director of MANIAC, an alternative space located in Downtown Oakland produced Painting Now: 2009 to highlight five emerging Bay Area painters who have consistently worked within the tradition of painting coupling their practice with a contemporary context that presents a new consideration of contemporary painting being made in the Bay Area.

Erin Allen is a Bay Area based artist who holds an MFA from California College of the Arts (2008). Most recently seen in ‘Fuck Forever’, Allen’s solo show this past fall at MANIAC, Allen’s work was recently seen in ‘Painting Now and Forever’ at Green Naftali Gallery, New York, and ‘Sleeping Circus/Moving Circus’ at ACME, Los Angeles (installation with Kai Althoff).

Justin Olerud lives and works in Oakland, California and received his BFA from California College of the Arts in 2008. Olerud has shown at Swarm (Oakland, CA), the Oliver Art Center (Oakland, CA), the West A Gallery (San Francisco, CA), the Perpich Center for the Arts (Golden Valley, MN), and Ego Park (Oakland, CA).

Kara Josyln is an Oakland based artist who holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from California College of the Arts (2008). Josyln has exhibited around the Bay Area including 111 Minna, OAG (Oakland, CA), and Rowan Morrison (Oakland, CA). New work from Joslyn can be seen in the current exhibition, D.U.I. (Drawing Under the Influence) at MANIAC running through 01.16.09.

Georgia Carter is an Oakland based artist and current BFA candidate at California College for the Arts. Carter has studied at Parson School of Design (New York, NY/Paris, France), and the Oxbow School (Napa, CA). Carter’s most recent work can be seen this January in a traveling exhibition between Kansas City Institute of Arts and Maryland Institute College of Arts.

Jessica Schmidt is an Oakland based artist and 2009 BFA candidate at California College for the Art. Schmidt has also studied at California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA) and while exhibiting through out the Bay Area.