This weekend in Oakland

Community events and activities for the weekend of February 1-3, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday February 1

Art Murmur
6 pm-9 pm
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.

Friday Nights @ OMCA
5-9 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A collaboration between the museum and the Off the Grid food truck street market means food, half-price museum admission, free films, live music and more every Friday. More information here.

Customizer-in-Residence Open Studio Series
Fridays, 5-8 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

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

Tower of Power
8 pm and 10 pm
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

For over 40 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Each set costs $45. More information here.

The Brazz Menazeri
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland
9 pm

A Balkan Romani brass band. Doors open at 8 pm. The event is 18 and over, tickets are $10-$15. More information here.

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

Live jazz performance. 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.

First Friday Follies
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

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

Culture F*** featuring Amirah Mizrahi
7 pm – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

A feminist, anti-racist performance space. Come to perform or be entertained. More information here.

Smooth Toad
7 pm – 9 pm
Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave, Oakland

Live music, poetry and theater from local acoustic band Smooth Toad. Event is free and open to the public. More information here.

MJ’s Brass Boppers
9:00 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

A New Orleans brass band playing traditional and modern songs. Admission is $5. More information here.


Saturday February 2

Book Release: Ethiopian Pepper & Spice by Fetlework Tefferi
Cafe Colucci, 6427 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Fetlework Tefferi, owner and founder of Cafe Colucci will present his new book, Ethiopian Pepper and Spice. Traditional coffee and light snacks will be served. More information here.

Low Down Throw Down Series
7 pm – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Live music with the Low Down Throw Down series. This week features the Solace Trio, Cole Panther, Words on Strings and Signal Flow Represent. More information here.

Comic Book Love Art Show with Bill Pressing
6:00 pm
Feelmore510 Adult Gallery, 1703 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

From Disney to Esquire Magazine, the history and love for cartoon Pin-Up females has not subsided. Bill Pressing demonstrates just how vivid these images are in his art show. More information here.

Bollywood Berkeley 2013
5:30 pm
Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

An intercollegiate Hindi Film Dance competition. Doors open an hour before the show. Tickets from $22-$27. More information here.

Sista Monica Parker, Acoustic Honey
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

A rare, unplugged concert of “Acoustic Honey,” with originals from several of her 11 CDs, accompanied by a four piece band. Tickets are $20. More information here.

Tower of Power
8 pm and 10 pm
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

For over 40 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Each set costs $45. More information here.

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

The concert is 21 and over, tickets are $5. More information here.

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

Live music performance in celebration of Mardi Gras. More information here.

Night of Samba
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Banda Cafofo is a band of four musicians that brings Samba the way it is done in Brazil. Tickets are $5. More information here.


Sunday February 3

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

The first Sunday of each month is free admission to OMCA. More information here.

Girl Scout Workshop
1 pm – 3:30 pm
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Badge and journey workshops for all ages at the zoo. $10 per adult, $20 per scout. Registration required. More information here.

Super Bowl Celebration
Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, 1520 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

Super Bowl food and beverage specials: Half price appetizers at halftime, lunch and dinner specials. Guests can enjoy excellent game viewing opportunities via various flat screen or projection screen television options. More information here.

Super Bowl at the New Parkway Theater
2 pm
The New Parkway, 474 24th Street, Oakland

Watch the game on the big screen. More information here.

Actual Jazz Series
5 pm – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Live music with the Actual Jazz series curated by John Schott. More information here.

Maracuja Rootz and Holodesic
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Live music on Sundays. More information here.

Tower of Power
7 pm and 9 pm
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

For over 40 years, Tower of Power has been creating their own kind of soul music, appearing before sold out crowds as they tour the world each year. Each set costs $45. More information here.


Ongoing Art Exhibits

Layers, by Robert Ray
Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oakland

The exhibition Layers showcases the art of twenty-five artists from the northern California region who utilize the process of layering, and/or depict layered imagery, in a variety of mixed-media works, paintings, drawings, collage and sculpture. Runs until March 16. More 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.

Reflection 100: A Century of Metal Arts at CCA
California College of the Arts, 5212 Broadway, Oakland inside the Oliver Art Center, Tecoah Bruce Gallery

A retrospective on 100 years of metalsmithing and jewelry making at the school, showcasing the work of alumni and faculty. Exhibit runs through February 14, 2013. More information 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.

Rocier Collective presents pieces by David Schonhoff
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

This San Diego-based collective is touring paintings by David Schonhoff. Exhibit runs through early February. More information here.

Suburban Dreams
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

California photography by San Francisco artist Beth Yarnelle Edwards exploring the relationship between people, their possessions and the domestic world. Exhibit runs through June 30, 2013. More information here.

Ritual
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Artist Eric Bohr uses a series of paintings on canvas, uses layers of paint to express what comes of rituals like prayer, meditation and dance. Exhibit runs through February 23, 2013. More information here.

Histoire Noir
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

A joint exhibition by Jody Medich and Jill McLennan featuring pencil, charcoal and marker drawings on the topics of war and Oakland under construction. Exhibit runs through February 23, 2013. More information here.

Glendessary
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Still life photo prints by Peter Honig. Exhibit runs through February 23, 2013. More information here.

Re/Surfaces
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

Dreamlike paintings by Sanjay Vora and sculptures by Nancy Genn, who helped popularize the use of handmade paper in the 1970’s. Exhibit runs through February 23, 2013. 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.

A Show of Art by Two Bensons
Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Ave. Oakland

Art by Mark Benson and Jason Benson. More information here.


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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