This weekend in Oakland

Community events and activities for the weekend of January 4-6, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday January 4

Opening reception: She World
5-9 pm
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Art by Ursula Brookbank that involves a flashlight-lit tour through the “She World Archive,” featuring relics from the lives of women and a soundtrack by Emily Lacy. More information here. Exhibit runs through February 9, 2013.

Artists’ Talk: Dis/Order
6:30 pm
Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Artists represented in the show Dis/Order, Juried Annual 2013, speak about their work. The show is curated by Naomi Beckwith of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. More information here.

Art Murmur
6pm-9pm
Start at 19th and Broadway

Oakland’s Art Murmur, otherwise known as First Friday, is held on the first Friday of every month. The popular event is a free art walk with art exhibits from put on by local artists—from Jack London Square to the Uptown District. Art Murmur boasts 21 member galleries and nine mixed-use venues open to the public. For more information click here. 

Winter Break Camp: Mad Science
9 am – noon
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway, Oakland

One-hour workshops for kids ages 4-7, this week on Earth science topics. More information here.

Customizer-in-Residence Open Studio Series
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Fridays, 1-8 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 pm

Hackers, makers and other DIY folks create new works by transforming and customizing objects. More information here.

Feelmore Fresh Fridays
Doors at 11:30 pm, show at midnight
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

A new monthly First Friday event featuring films exploring erotic, nude, sexual or gender-identity related topics, presented by FeelMore510. Ages 18+ show.

Culture F***
7-10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A live performance for feminists, queers, anti-racists and anyone into rule-breaking performance. More information here.

First Friday Follies
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Burlesque featuring MC Juicy D. Light and music by the Gilbillies. More information here.

Soft White Sixties, Whiskerman, Mahgeetah, Exhausted Pipes
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie/alternative rock. More information here.

Vince Wallace Jazz Ensemble
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Jazz. More information here

MJ’s Brass Boppers
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

New Orleans style brass band. Admission $5. More information here.

Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

A tribute to blues musician Jimmy Reed featuring Kim Wilson, Lazy Lester, Rick Estrin, Mark Hummel, Joe Louis Walker, Little Charlie Baty & Ron Thompson. Performances run Friday – Sunday. More information about show times and prices here.

Castle Owl, Hollow Mirrors, Bedracken
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.

Winter Blend
10 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ages 21+ show. Admission $5. More information here.

Saturday January 5

Reinventing the Chicken Coop
3 pm
Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland

Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy of Just Fine Design/Build discuss their book about how to build contemporary chicken coops. More information here.

Weekend Drop-In
noon – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday
MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland

Make creative art at MOCHA. Adults are free; kids ages 18 months and up are $8 each, with discounts for MOCHA members. More information here.

Swerve
10 pm
Bar Radio, 435 13th Street, Oakland

Deejays TT6/SickSadOakland dj’s Neto and SoWhat.

Low Down Throw Down Series
7-10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Live music. More information here.

Let It Burn, Burning Monk, City of Vain
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Metal. More information here.

Black Angel, D’Maggs, Green
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

The Lovelight Blues Band
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Delta-style blues. More information here

Irish Rock
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Admission $5. More information here.

Ships in the Night
9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ages 21+ show. Admission $5. More information here.

Sunday January 6

Free First Sunday
11 am – 5 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Museum entry and tours are free all day. More information here.

Actual Jazz Series
5- 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Live music curated by John Schott. More information here.

Americana Sundays
5 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

More information here.

Rob and Friends
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here

Ongoing Art Exhibits

Ken and Melanie Light: Valley of Shadows and Dreams
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A black-and-white photography exhibit showcasing the lives of farm workers in the Central Valley. Exhibit runs through December 31. More information here.

Latham Square: Liz Maxwell
Pro Arts, 1611 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The paintings in this exhibition use geometry and color to express impressions of an abstracted reality. Recalling memories of Mexico, Liz Maxwell employs parallel lines, sometimes intersected by slanted ones, to evoke landscapes and architectural forms. Runs through March 1, 2013. More here.

Playing with Fire: Artists of the California Studio Glass Movement
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the studio art-glass movement in the US. Examines California’s influence on the movement. Runs through March 24, 2013. More information here.

Dis/Order
Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Bay Area artists’ works selected by Naomi Beckwith, curator of MCA Chicago. Runs through January 11, 2013. More information here. 

Cautionary Tales
Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave., Oakland
Hours: First Friday of exhibition opening 6-9pm and Sat. 11-5pm

Works by artists Livia C. Stein and Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor in paint, drawing and sculpture. Runs through January 19, 2013. More information here.

After The Fall
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

A group show curated by Terryl Dunn. Runs through January 12, 2013. More information here.

Ensembles and Orchestras
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland 

Artists Jerry Barrish, Bryson Bost, Pamela Merory Dernham, Gordon Glasgow and Paola Mirai have created work in a variety of sculptural and collage media inspired by music and sound. Runs through January 12, 2013. More information here.

The Home Show
MacArthur B Arthur, 4030 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland
Hours: Sundays 1-5 and by appointment

The gallery presents its final show about the relationship between artist and curator and the domestic aspects of a home/gallery space. Showing works by Elizabeth Bernstein, Kevin P. Clarke, Alex Clausen, Carey Lin and Camilla Newhagen. Runs through January 12, 2013. More information here.

The Nerds Save Xmas
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Work by Cori Spence, Maggie Hurley, Kane Lynch, Chloe Crossman, Billy Darr, Madelyn Covey and Beca Irizarry. More information here. 

She World
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Art by Ursula Brookbank that involves a flashlight-lit tour through the “She World Archive,” featuring relics from the lives of women and a soundtrack by Emily Lacy. More information here. Exhibit runs through February 9, 2013.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings

Classic Cars West Beer Garden
Saturdays from 2 pm til dusk
Classic Cars West, 411 26th Street, Oakland

Featuring grilled sausages, craft beer, music, art and vintage cars. 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: 942 Stanford Avenue, 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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