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This weekend in Oakland

on February 4, 2011

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

Friday, February 4

Tall Ship Tours
10 am – 1 pm
Jack London Square: 2 Broadway, Oakland

Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain return to Jack London Square.  The ships will be open for self-guided tours for the next three weeks.  They will be open on Saturdays and Sunday from 10 am – 1 pm and Tuesdays through Fridays from 4 pm – 5 pm.  More info here.

Oakland Art Murmur
6 – 9 pm
Telegraph Avenue corridor: 19th Street to 48th Street.

A monthly “first Friday” of gallery showings and street performances. See this map for participating galleries. More info here.

3rd Annual Fun-A-Day in the Bay
6 – 9 pm
Rock Paper Scissors Collective: 2778 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

A collection of work from the Fun-A-Day project, which asked artists to create a piece of art for every day in January.  More info here.

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp’s 2nd Annual Benefit and Art Auction
6:30 – 10 pm
Humanist Hall: 390 27th Street, Oakland

Mirah and Thao will perform at the event, which will raise money for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, a non-profit that empowers women through music.  Cost: $15.  More info here.

Meet Your Valentine Singles Convention
7:30 pm – 12 am
Claremont Resort and Spa: 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley

Keynote address by Tana Marie.  Coat and tie recommended.  Cost: $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  More info here.

The Oakland Standard Launch Party
8 pm
Oakland Museum of California: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The new Oakland Standard exhibit features experiments in work and play by the Oakland Museum of California.  Come enjoy talks by notable Oaklanders, plus performances by street dancing pioneers, Turf Feinz. Read Oakland North’s write up about the Oakland Standard here.  More info here.

Compete Or Just Watch: Roller Derby Practice
9:30 pm
Bladium Sports Club: 800 West Tower Avenue, Alameda

Come check out the Golden State Roller Girls’ practice and see if you might want to join the team.  Anyone is welcome, as long as they are prepared to be a devoted skater.  The new team is also looking for volunteers, referees, and officials.  Age 21 and up.  More info here.

The New Parish One Year Anniversary
10 pm
The New Parish: 579 18th Street, Oakland

Come join The New Parish for their one year anniversary celebration.  Cost: free before 11 pm, $5 after.  18 and over.  More info here.

Saturday, February 5

Free Summer Camp Fair: The kids are doing what?
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
French American International School: 151 Oak Street, San Francisco

Over 50 summer camp options will be on display on Saturday.  Come learn all about what your kids could be doing this summer.  More info here.

KNBR Giants FanFest 2011
10 am – 3 pm
AT&T Park: 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco

Live broadcasts, Q&As with the players, autograph and photo opportunities, and a kids’ zone will all be available on Saturday.  The 2010 World Series trophy will also be on display.  More info here.

New Era/New Politics Walking Tours
10 am
African American Museum and Library in Oakland: 659 14th Street, Oakland

Take a walking tour of landmarks through Oakland where African-Americans have left their mark on history.  The tour will also be offered on Wednesday, February 9, and Saturday, February 26.  Reservations recommended.  More info here.

OBUGS Garden Work Day
10 am – 2 pm
St. Patrick’s Middle School: 1630 10th Street, Oakland

More info here.

The Last Gun: Load and Aim a 50-ton Cannon
11 am – 3 pm
Baker Beach: Baker Beach, San Francisco

Battery Chamberlin is home to the last “disappearing” gun of its kind.  Built in 1904 to protect the harbor’s minefields, the Battery Chamberlin’s guns could be cranked in an out of their hidden emplacements.  More info here.

Oakland District 3 Town Hall Meeting
11:30 am – 1 pm
West Oakland Middle School: 991 14th Street, Oakland

Mayor Jean Quan and District 3 Councilmember Nancy Nadel will be in attendance.  More info here.

Budget Summit with Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
2-2:30 pm
Claremont Middle School: 5750 College Avenue, Oakland

Nancy Skinner leads a discussion on new revenue streams for the state and how to allocate California’s resources.  More info here.

Cal Men’s Basketball vs. Alabama
5 pm
UC Berkeley Haas Pavilion: 14 Schlessinger Way, Berkeley

More info here.

Ships in the Night: Queer Dance Party
5 – 9 pm
The Oasis: 35 12th Street, Oakland

DJs: Black, Durt, Lady Ryan, and Andre will be featured at this event, raising money for The Brown Boi Project: a community of masculine, of center womyn, men, two-spirit people, and transmen.  There will also be a raffle and a special performance by D’LO.  21 and over.   More info here.

Fox Theater 2nd Anniversary
5 pm
The Den: 1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The theater celebrates the second anniversary of its restoration at Oakland Art Murmur’s First Fridays.  More info here.

Tao Center’s Year of the Rabbit Celebration
6 pm
The Taoist Center: 3824 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

The Taoist Center is hosting a free celebration for The Chinese Year of the Rabbit.  The celebration includes a potluck, festivities and dancing.  More info here.

Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls
7:30 pm
Oracle Arena: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland

More info here.

8th Big Lebowski Party
8 – 11 pm
Cellspace: 2050 Bryant Street at 18th, San Francisco

San Francisco IndieFest Presents: the 8th annual Big Lebowski Party.  The movie will be on all night in the screening room.  There will be mini bowling, White Russians, beach bonfire trampoline action, flying carpets, and The Ringer Toss.  The event is $10, $5 if you show up in costume.  More info here.

Comic Relief Benefit Show
8 pm
Comic Relief: 2026 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Come see, Dash Kwiatkowski, Jason Rubin, Ivan Hernandez, Juan the Comedian, and Josef Anolin for a night of laughs.  The event is a fundraiser for Comic Relief, which has fallen on hard times.  Tony Sparks will be the master of ceremonies for the evening.  More info here.

Sunday, February 6

Super Bowl Sunday at Miss Pearl’s
9 am – 10 pm
Miss Pearl’s Jam House: 1 Broadway, Oakland

For the Super Bowl, there will be three big screens, $5 bar bites, and plenty of drink specials.  More info here.

Alive and Kicking Women’s Self Defense Workshop
1-5 pm
Energy Matters: 4341 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

Learn how to defend yourself in dangerous situations.  Cost: $50.  More info here.

3rd Annual Super Bowl Heavy Metal Chili Cookoff
1 – 7 pm
Bottom of the Hill: 1233 17th Street, San Francisco

The game will be shown on several screens, there will be DJs playing all night, and lots of chili.  Prizes for Best Chili, Best Chili (popular vote), and Best Heavy Metal Name (popular vote).  To compete, email your name to, only the first 25 to write in can compete.  Chili will be judged by celebrity judges: Amy Machnak, Freedom J. Rains, Tim Brown, John Eppenheimer, and Ben Seabury.  More info here.

1st Annual Yoshi’s Super Bowl Party with Raiders Players
1 pm
Yoshi’s: 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco

The jazz club is hosting a free Super Bowl Party, and showing the game on a large projection screen.  There will also be drink specials, door prizes, and Raiders players Mario Henderson and Thomas Howard.  RSVP required.  More info here.

Super Bowl XLV: Mystery Science Theater 3000-Style
2:30 – 6:30 pm
Cellspace: 2050 Bryant Street at 18th, San Francisco

San Francisco IndieFest Presents: Super Bowl XLV: Men in Tights.  Come watch the big game with IndieFest’s SportsSweater Commentators, who will be making fun of all things football.   More info here.

George and Walt’s Nacho Super Bowl Party
3 pm
George and Walt’s: 5445 College Avenue, Oakland

All nine televisions will be tuned to the Super Bowl and a free nacho bar!   More info here.

The Independent’s 221” Screen Super Bowl Party
2:30 pm: Doors open
3:30 pm: Game starts
The Independent: 628 Divisadero Street, San Francisco

The Super Bowl will be shown on 221” (12 feet by 14 feet) screen.  Pitchers of beer on tap and other drink specials will be offered.  If you want to eat, viewers are encouraged to bring their own food.  More info here.

Food Not Bombs: 20th Anniversary Party
6 pm
Art House Gallery and Cultural Center: 2905 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Come join the party celebrating Food Not Bombs serving free vegetarian meals six days a week for the past 20 years.  The party begins with a vegetarian potluck followed by an open mic and live music.  More info here.

Ana Ra’asa
8 pm
La Pena Cultural Center: 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Bellydance performance.  Cost: $15-$20.  More info here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings


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.

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.


MTC Community Garden Hoe-Down
Saturdays 9 – 11 am
Memorial Tabernacle Church: 514 58 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.

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.

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 between February 11-13 to


  1. Emily on February 4, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Tonight – February 20, 2011 (thurs-sun)
    “Grapes of Wrath” at Theatre First
    Based on the novel by John Steinbeck Adapted by Frank Galati Directed by Jon Tracy A Tony Award-winning theatrical version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about migrant farm workers searching for the American Dream in California. Call 510.436.5085 for details. 2-4-1 tickets at 2pm on Superbowl Sunday!

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  3. Laura Counts on February 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Saturday, March 5, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Uptown Auction & Juice Joint benefiting North Oakland’s Peralta Elementary School. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Cocktails, dinner, live and silent auction with hundreds of great items. All proceeds go to North Oakland’s public elementary school, Peralta! Buy tickets at

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