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This weekend in Oakland

on June 30, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of July 1-4.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday July 1

The Summer of Video Art: Oakland’s Rolling Video Vague – 2011
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Opening for a two-month showing of video projects, performances and installations that will continue through August 27. Friday’s opening will feature performances at 7, 8 and 9 pm. More info including a list of participating artists here.

Oakland Art Murmur
6-9 pm
Uptown Oakland arts corridor between Telegraph and Broadway, and between 23rd and 26th Streets

A monthly First Friday art walk during which participating galleries open their doors to the public. Street performances and food trucks will be available nearby. More info here.

Great Wall of Oakland “Projects of Summertime”
8 – 11 pm
West Grand Avenue between Broadway and Valley Street, Oakland

A collection of documentary shorts screened on an outdoor wall near Luka’s Taproom as part of the monthly Art Murmur. This month’s theme is the far-out projects people undertake during the summer. More info here.

Consonant Detritus
6 – 10 pm
FM, 483 25th Street, Oakland

Opening reception for recent works by sculptor Matt Dostal. Exhibition runs through July 30. More info here.

Bites on Broadway
5:30 – 8:30 pm
45th and Broadway, Oakland

Mobile food, live local music, and lawn games. Continues every Friday through October 21. More info here.

Play Day on the Plaza
11 am – 2 pm
Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Oakland’s Parks and Recreation Department kicks off National Recreation and Parks Month, a month-long series of open houses, free swims and other activities, with a day of activities in front of City Hall, including face painting, drumming, double dutch jumprope and more. More info here.

“Not Another Transworld Video 2011”
4 pm
Hooper Vintage Skate Shop, 4632 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Two young entrepreneurs who are turning the former chocolate shop into a skate store open it up on Friday, and celebrate with the showing of a skate film. More info on the new store here.

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

Weekly get-together featuring music, popcorn, ice cream, and beer, this week featuring a rotating crew of deejays including Oze, N!K, Kid Frostbite, Joe Rice, Josh Bergstrom, Sixty4k and Hickory. More info and prices here.

Oaklandish store opening celebration
7 – 10 pm
1444 Broadway, Oakland

Oaklandish celebrates its new downtown retail shop with a night of drinks, snacks and music, featuring DJ Spinnerty, DJ Junior and DJ Platurn of the Oakland Faders. More info here.

Comedy Off Broadway
8 pm
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (at The Waterfront Hotel), 1 Broadway, Oakland

Comedy featuring Sammy Obeid. Admission $10, $8 for students, seniors and peace officers. More info here.

Dancing Under the Stars: The Hustle

8 – 10 pm
Jack London Square

A weekly free dance lesson followed by an outdoor dance party. More info here

Friday Evening Jazz featuring the Donald Bailey Trio

8 – 11 pm
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Dinner and jazz; admission $15 plus $5 for dinner. Reservations recommended. More info here.

First Friday Follies
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Burlesque with MC Juicy D. Light. More info here.

Grassroots Composers Ensemble
8 pm
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard, Oakland

A night of jazz. Tickets $10. More info here.

The Gods Must Be Crazy
Doors 7:30, show at 8
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

A night of African and Afro-diasporic culture featuring music and spoken word with Rich Medina, Jennifer Johns, Kev Choice and more. More info and ticket prices here.

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

Bop jazz. More info here.

The Broun Fellinis and First Friday Art Show
9:15 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Jazz/dub/funk crossover group. More info here.

The Mumlers
Doors at 6, show at 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie rock/alternative with The Mumlers, Poor Bailey, Upside Drown and Tastyville. No cover. More info here.

10 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

DJs Spair and Mere of the Oakland Faders play hip-hop and R&B. Admission $10. More info here.

Fourth of July Weekend Blues Festival with the James Cotton Superharp Band
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Blues Hall of Famer and harmonica player James Cotton begins a three-day stand at Yoshi’s. More info on showtimes and ticket prices here.

Saturday July 2

Phat Beets Crop Swap and Live Jazz
11 am – 3 pm
North Oakland Farmers’ Market, 57th and Market Street, Oakland

Bring your own backyard produce to swap with others as you shop at the farmers’ market. More info here, including sheets to fill out about what you’ll bring.

Bubble Lady
11 am
Piedmont Ave. Branch, 160 41st Street, Oakland

Kids ages 3-10 can come play with giant bubble animals at the library. More info here.

Mosaic Paper Creations
noon – 4:30 pm
Martin L. King Jr. Branch, 6833 International Blvd, Oakland

A lesson for kids in paper mosaic making. More info here.

Comedy Off Broadway
8 pm
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (at The Waterfront Hotel), 1 Broadway, Oakland

Comedy featuring Kabeezy. Admission $10, $8 for students, seniors and peace officers. More info here.

Saturday Evening Jazz featuring Melvin Butts and the Mellotones with Gerri Harris
8 – 11 pm
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Dinner and jazz; admission $15 plus $5 for dinner. Reservations recommended. More info here.

A Summer Evening with the Mermen
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Psychedelic surf rock with the Mermen. Tickets $10. More info here.

The Crusher Fest
5 pm – 12:30 am
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Young Lovers, Goochi Boiz, Eat Skull, Burnt Ones and more bands guaranteed to be very loud. Plus free BBQ. More info here.

Los Amigos Invisibles
Doors at 8:30, show at 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Funk en espanol. Funky-C opens. 18 and over show. More info and ticket prices here.

Groundskeeper, Say Thing
7 – 8 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Experimental and post-punk. More info here.

The Lovelight Blues Band
9:30 pm
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Oakland/Mississippi/Chicago blues. More info here.

L.A. Guns
Doors 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Hair rock. The Butlers and Bite open. More info and ticket prices here.

Smoove Saturday
10 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

Classic hip-hip and neo-soul with JAMO and MARCELLA. Admission $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. More info here.

Tritto Live!
8 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway, Oakland

Jazz-rock trio Arian Shafiee, Jonathan Stein and Issac Schwartz. Admission $10. More info here. Read more about Musically Minded on Oakland North here.

Sunday July 3

Free First Sundays at the Oakland Museum
11 am – 5 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The first Sunday of every month is free at the museum, including building tours and access to the special exhibit Michael C. McMillen: Train of Thought. More info here.

Bentham CD release party
5 – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Pop rock with country and jazz influences. More info here.

Lisa Forkish, Brooke Parish, Strong Preservation Society
7 – 8 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

More info here.

All White Everything
The Den at the Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Music by the C.M.E. featuring DJ D-Sharp. Wear all-white. More info here.

Soul-Full Glow
8 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

DJ aebldee spins soul. More info here.

Monday July 4

July 4th Festival of Family Fun
11 am – 4 pm
Jack London Square, Oakland

All kinds of events for kids including a petting zoo, hula hoop dancing, jump houses, magic tricks, acrobats, clowns and more (but no fireworks.) More info here.

Pardee Patriotic Picnic
noon – 4 pm
Pardee Home Museum: 671 11th Street, Oakland

An ice cream social and picnic at a historic estate, with lawn games, crafts for kids, and music by Ann Gibson and Frank Hodges. More info and ticket prices here.

Oakland Municipal Band Fourth of July Concert
1 -3 pm
Edoff Memorial Bandstand, Lakeside Park, Lake Merritt, Oakland

The Oakland Municipal Band kicks off its free summer concert series with a Fourth of July show specializing in patriotic music and other Independence Day classics, including a musical background for a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Mayor Jean Quan. More info here.

4th of July Oakland Day Concert & BBQ
1 – 8 pm
The New Parish & Hibiscus, 579 18th Street, Oakland

An all day festival with music and deejays including DJ Ambidekstress, DJ Aebldee, DJ Empire, Rayven Justice, flo, League 510 and more. More info about prices and menu here.

USS Hornet Fourth of July Party
11 am – 10 pm
707 W. Hornet Avenue, Alameda

Celebrate the Fourth on a vintage aircraft carrier with live music on several decks, including 1930s classics, rock and roll oldies, sea shanties and more, plus a view of the fireworks across the bay. More info and ticket prices here.

Alameda Fourth of July Parade
10 am

Floats, dancers, horseback riders, bands and vintage cars take part in the city of Alameda’s annual parade. More info and parade route here. Followed by the Jumpin’ and Jivin’ Jubilee at Rittler Park from noon – 4 pm with games, crafts and other family fun. More info on the jubilee here.

Fourth of July at the Berkeley Marina
noon – 1o pm
Berkeley Marina

A full day of events including music, food, drafts, dragonboat rowing and a fireworks show at 9:35 pm. Adventure Playground will be open from 11 am – 8 pm. More information here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings

Talks, Meetings and Groups

Oakland Walking Tours
Saturdays at 10 am

Free 90-minute walking tours through Oakland’s downtown, offered May through October. Reservations recommended. For more information, including details of the 8 itineraries available,click 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.

LOUD Youth Group
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 4 – 6 pm
Pacific Center: 2712 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley

LOUD Youth Group is a drop-in group for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth.  Tuesdays focus on arts and crafts, writing, and music.  Thursdays focus on hot topics and guest speakers.  Fridays focus on queer moves and video games.  More info here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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