This weekend in Oakland

Community events and activities for the weekend of December 30 – January 1, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday December 30

The Wizard of Oz
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

The Paramount shows the classic 1939 movie. Tickets $5. More info here.

Winter Art Camp: Comics and Cartooning
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland

Kids between ages 5 and 10 can learn the basics of cartooning and comic drawing. More info here.

Sewing Lab Training: Industrial Straight Stitch Machine
6:30 – 8 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

An orientation to the Rock, Paper, Scissors lab; cost $15, click here for restrictions and other info.

ZooLights
5:30 – 9:30 pm
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

The Oakland Zoo comes alive at night with hundreds of thousands of LED lights, holiday-themed rides, music around stands of Christmas trees, and a meadow light show that is festive and fun for the whole family. 5:30 – 9 pm. More info here.

Decompression Sessions
5 – 8 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Weekly get-together featuring music, popcorn, ice cream, and beer, this week featuring a rotating crew of deejays. This weekend featuring a showing of Four Rooms at 8 pm. More info and prices here.

Charles Wheal Band
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Blues. More info here.

People Jam and Ugly Sweater Show
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

No cover charge. More info here.

The Manchus, Connies, the TittyTwisters from Tracey, Wilken
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More info here.

Acid Dogs, Otru Mundo, Shop Talk, Yes Mistress

8 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Admission $7. More info here.

New Year’s Eve with Brian Culbertson
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Multi-instrumentalist and jazz musician Brian Culbertson plays a four-night stand at Yoshi’s. Show continues through January 1. More info including showtimes and ticket prices here.

Serious Black Friday, Remo Conscious, Purple Team, Mudbloods, Age Scot, Bemie the Rapper
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Hip-hop. Admission $8. More info here.

Saturday December 31

See Oakland North’s special New Year’s Eve idea guide here!

Plus:

ZooLights
5:30 – 9:30 pm
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

The Oakland Zoo comes alive at night with hundreds of thousands of LED lights, holiday-themed rides, music around stands of Christmas trees, and a meadow light show that is festive and fun for the whole family. 5:30 – 9 pm. More info here.

St. Columba Memorial of Oakland Murder Victims in 2011
3 pm
St. Columba Catholic Church, 6401 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Clergy, church, community and family members will gather to remember the lives lost to homicide in 2011.

The Lovelight Blues Band New Blue Year Special
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Featuring blues, champagne and party favors. More info and admission prices here.

New Years Eve with DeeJay Lady Ryan
9 pm – 1:30 am
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Also featuring DJ Ai.Lo and DJ Brigidope. Cover $15. More info here.

The Gorgeous Girls of Burlesque
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Featuring Candy Pie, Miss Scarlet Black, Cosette L’Amore and more. More info here.

NYE Bash 2011: Lee Presson & the Nails
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Swing and cabaret performances. Admission $12-15. More info here.

Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy Jam
Doors at 10 pm, show at 11 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Featuring D.L. Hughley, Gary Owen, Tommy Davidson, and more. Ticket prices and more info here.

The NYE People Party
9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Tickets $15-$20. More info here.

NYE 2012 Stay Eastbay!!!
9 pm
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

Featuring the Space Cowboys. More info here.

Umar bin Hassan and New Year’s Eve: A Tribute to Gil-Scott Heron
9 pm
East Side Alliance: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Umar bin Hassan from Last Poets, plus food, bar and special guests. More info here. 

The California Honeydrops
11 pm
Pizzaiolo, 5008 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

An Oakland-based band that plays a mix of gospel, New Orleans second line jazz, blues, swing and R&B. For more information, and to purchase tickets, go here. Tickets are limited, must be purchased ahead.  You can see Oakland North’s previous coverage of the California Honeydrops here.

New Year’s Eve with Brian Culbertson
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Multi-instrumentalist and jazz musician Brian Culbertson plays a four-night stand at Yoshi’s. Show continues through January 1. More info including showtimes and ticket prices here.

Sunday January 1

Keep Temescal Clean and Beautiful neighborhood cleanup
9 am

Meet at 43rd Street and Shafter to help beautify the neighborhood. More info here.

ZooLights
5:30 – 9:30 pm
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

The Oakland Zoo comes alive at night with hundreds of thousands of LED lights, holiday-themed rides, music around stands of Christmas trees, and a meadow light show that is festive and fun for the whole family. 5:30 – 9 pm. More info here.

New Year’s Eve with Brian Culbertson
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Multi-instrumentalist and jazz musician Brian Culbertson plays a four-night stand at Yoshi’s. Show continues through January 1. More info including showtimes and ticket prices here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir’s Journey
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A new interactive exhibit opens August 6 and highlights the legacy of the famous California naturalist and combines, art, science and natural history. Exhibit continues through January 22, 2012. Museum admission required. More info as well as museum hours and ticket prices here. To read Oakland North’s coverage of the exhibit, click here.

Occupy…
Saturdays 12pm-5pm, Sunday 2pm-5pm, and by appointment
GZ | Soulye Gallery, 2615 Magnolia Street, Suite D, Oakland

A collection of photos from Occupy protests in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Oakland. Show runs through January 14. More info here. You can read Oakland North’s previous coverage here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings — these events may be closed for the holiday weekend, so call ahead.

Get ‘er Done Day and Community Potluck
Sundays noon – 6 pm, 6 – 8 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Volunteers can work on a variety of tasks including carpentry, seed planting, plumbing work and more to benefit the center. Followed by a “Souper Sunday” community potluck dinner; bring a vegetarian dish or something to add to the “stone soup.” More info here.

Wildlife Theater
Saturdays at 11:45 am and Sundays at 1:45 pm
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Every Saturday, hear a story and meet an animal with the Oakland zoo staff.  On Sundays, there are more animals to meet and a chance to learn cool nature facts.

Toddler Storytime

Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30 am
Oakland Main Library, Children’s Room, 125 14th Street, Oakland
and Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland

Every Saturday, children ages three and under can listen to stories, sing songs, and enjoy family play time. More info here.

Piedmont Avenue Branch Knitting Group
Saturdays, 3 – 4 pm
Piedmont Ave. Branch, 160 41st Street, Oakland

Weekly knitting get-together and help session.

Open Spinning/Knitting Gathering
Every second Saturday of the month, 10 am – 1 pm
A Verb for Keeping Warm, 6328 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A free get-together to work on knitting, spinning or fiber arts projects, with complimentary coffee and tea. More info here.

Scrabble Club
Third and First Saturday of every month, 1 – 4 pm
It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies: 4920 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The club meets two to three times a month and hold a monthly tournament.  Cost: $1 to join the club and $25 for six games at the tournament.  More info here.

MTC Community Garden Hoe-Down
Saturdays 9 – 11 am
Memorial Tabernacle Church: 514 58th Street, Oakland (enter through the driveway)

Come join the weekly garden work party!  Whether you are a novice or an expert, all levels of gardening are welcome. Bring your gloves and gardening tools.

MTC Let’s Walk Together program
Second and fourth Saturdays, 8 am – 10 am
Memorial Tabernacle Church: 514 58th Street, Oakland

A twice-monthly group walk through different Bay Area parks and trails. Meet at the church and carpool to the week’s location. More info here.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
Sundays 8:30 – 10 am, Thursdays 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Summit Campus, Merritt Pavilion
350 Hawthorne Avenue, Oakland, in the “Fir Room.”

A program based on the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. There are no dues, weigh-ins, or fee, but pre-registration for this free program is required. The program is provided through Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay. Call (510) 523-4361 for more information.

Chemical Dependency Workshop
Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s MPI Treatment Services: 3021 Summit Street, 5th Floor, D Wing, Oakland

Whether you are dealing with alcohol or drug abuse yourself, or helping a family member or friend through the addiction, everyone is welcome at Alta Bates’ Dependency Workshops.  Call 510-652-7000 for more information.

Farmers markets

Old Oakland Farmers Market: 9th Street between Broadway and Clay, Oakland

Fridays 8 am – 2 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Kaiser Permanente Oakland Farmers Market: 3801 Howe Street, Oakland

Fridays 10 am – 2 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Grand Lake Farmers Market: Splash Pad Park at Grand Avenue and Lake Park Avenue

Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm, year round.  More info here.

Phat Beets Produce Market: 5717 Market Street, Oakland

Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm.  More info here.

Temescal Farmers Market: 5300 Claremont Avenue, Oakland (at the DMV)

Sundays 9 am – 1 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Jack London Square Farmers Market: Webster & Water Streets, Oakland

Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm, year-round.  More info here.

Got an Oakland event to share for next weekend’s events listing? Send info including address, time, and ticket price for events taking place in Oakland to staff@oaklandnorth.net.


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  1. In the Name of Love- The 10th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a stunning tribute to one of the greatest humanitarians of our time. With the legendary, Grammy Award winner MAVIS STAPLES; the Oakland teen sensation POPLYFE, 4th runner up on America’s Got Talent; the powerful 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; the renowned Youth Speaks; and the 275-voice Oakland Children’s Community Choir; our 10th anniversary celebration promises to be a profound celebration of civil rights and an amazing evening of music.
    Sunday, January 15, 2012 • 7pm Paramount Theatre

    *6:00 pm Pre-Concert Event – The Oakland Community Exhibition
    featuring non-profits and businesses working to make a difference!

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