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This weekend in Oakland

on July 14, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of July 15-17.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday July 15

Inferno: A Fire Circus
7 pm
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

The Crucible and the Lucent Dossier Experience combine dance, music, acrobatics, circus games and fire. You can see a preview of the show here on Oakland North. This is an event for mature audiences, standing room only. Show runs Friday and Saturday. More information and ticket prices here.

F3 Oakland
6 – 10 pm
The Cotton Mill Studios, 1091 Calcot Place, Oakland

A quarterly open studios showing of painting, clothing design, woodcraft and other works by Oakland artists, including a fashion show and a performance stage. More info and a list of participating artists and performers here.

Roll Deep: A celebration of the art and style of the bicycle
9 pm – 1:30 am
ERA Art Bar and Lounge, 19 Grand Avenue, Oakland

Music, bikes, and dancing, with bike parking by Richmond Spokes and deejaying by Be Brown, Aebl Dee and DJ Black. More info and admission prices here.

Slumber with the Stars
6 pm Friday – 10 am Saturday
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

A group/family night at the observatory that includes games, telescope viewing, a hike, and more. Reservations required. More info and ticket prices here.

8th Annual Healthy Living Festival
8 am – 2 pm
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

The United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County host a wellness festival for adults over the age of 60, featuring exhibitors and information about social services, as well as a a chance to visit the zoo. More info here.

Late Night Live
8 pm – 12 am
Rainbow Recreational Center, 5800 International, Oakland

A place for people ages 13-19 to have fun after hours, featuring an open mic competition in front of a panel of local celebrity judges (this week featuring PopLyfe) for a chance to perform at the Art & Soul Festival. You can read more about Late Night Live on Oakland North, and get more info about Friday’s event 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.

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; this week featuring DJ’s Swoops and Lifeone, plus an 8 pm showing of Dave Chapelle’s “Block Party.” More info and prices here.

8 pm
Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland

Woodminster Summer Musicals presents the classic Dickens tale. The show runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings through July 17. More info on tickets and show dates here.

“Pistols and Prayers”
408 14th Street, Oakland

A stage performance weaving together spoken word, hip-hop and classical music and theater, written and directed by Ise Lyfe. Show runs Friday, Saturdays and Sundays through July 17. More info and ticket prices here.

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

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

“Plum Gorgeous” launch party
7:30 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Avenue, Oakland

Romney Steele celebrates the publication of her new book “Plum Gorgeous: Recipes and Memories from the Orchard.” More info here.

Ron Hanson author appearance
7 pm
A Great Good Place for Books: 6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland

Ron Hanson reads from his new crime novel, “A Wild Surge of Guilty Pleasure.” More info here.

East Bay Meditation Meetup
7:30 pm
The Center of Light, 2944 76th Avenue, Oakland

A meditation group, no prior experience needed. More information available by joining the Meetup group here.

Dancing Under the Stars: Waltz
8 – 10 pm
Jack London Square

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

Evening of Jazz and Wine
5 – 8 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

The Ellen Seeling Jazz Quartet and other groups play. More info here.

Memorial for Geronimo ji Jaga
6 pm
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard, Oakland

A memorial celebration for Black Panther Geronimo ji Jaga. More info here.

Friday Evening Jazz featuring the Barbara Hunter Quartet
8 – 11 pm
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

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

Cabaret Perilous
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Cabaret, live music and comedy. Tickets $10. More info here.

Black Coffee Gets DEEP
Doors at 8 pm, show at 9
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

South African house music with DJ Black Coffee, Marques Wyatt of DEEP and Patrick Wilson of NuLife. More info and ticket prices here.

Steve Freund
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Chicago blues. More info here.

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

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

The E Family
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Jazz percussionist Pete Escovedo and his family celebrate his 76th birthday with a four-day stand at Yoshis, featuring shows from Thursday through Sunday. Featuring performances by Sheila E, Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo. More info here on show times and ticket prices.

Saturday July 16

Oakland Art Murmur’s Saturday Stroll
1 –  5 pm
Uptown District along the Telegraph Avenue Corridor

A quieter, more art-focused weekly stroll highlighting the artwork in the galleries of the Uptown District. Click here for more information about participating galleries and the geographic area covered by the Saturday Stroll.

Bay Area BBQ Championship
9:30 – 3:30 pm
Oakland Coliseum Creekside Lot

A benefit for foster children in Northern California, the BBQ Championship includes live music, 32 grilling teams competing for a panel of celebrity judges, and a “live BBQ throwdown.” Ticket price includes food/drink tickets and admission to the A’s vs. Angels double header. More info and ticket prices here.

Arroyo Viejo Creek Crew Work Day
10 am – 1 pm
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Volunteers will help with clean up at the Oakland Zoo Creek Restoration Site on Arroyo Viejo Creek. Bring comfortable clothes and gardening gloves. More info here.

Rail Meets Water: Then and Now
10 am – 12:30 pm
Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, Oakland

Leila McCarthy leads an Oakland Heritage Alliance walking tour featuring the history of Middle Harbor Shoreline Park and its role in Oakland’s shipping industry. Wear layers and meet in the park’s parking lot; the walk is level. More info and donation prices here.

Soldiers Against Violence Everywhere stand-in
11 am
Corner of West Grand and Market Streets, Oakland

An anti-violence protest to commemorate the victims of Oakland homicides, followed by the True Vine Ministries 37th annual block party. More info here.

Petfinders Adoption Celebration
noon – 5 pm
Oakland Animal Services, 1101 29th Avenue, Oakland

Several animal rescue organizations join together this weekend to celebrate’s 15th birthday with an adopt-a-thon for dogs, cats and rabbits. Adoption rates will be reduced for spayed and neutered dogs and cats more than six months old. Event continues Saturday and Sunday. More info here.

Ying-Ying Chang author appearance
2:30 – 4 pm
Oakland Public Library, Asian branch, 388 9th Street, Oakland

Ying-Ying Chang is the mother of Iris Chang, the author of The Rape of Nanking, and is now the author of her own book, The Woman Who Could Not Forget, a memoir of her daughter’s life. She will speak about her book and sign copies. More info here.

Bubble Lady
3 pm
Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland

Kids ages 3 – 10 can come experience the fun of giant bubbles with the Bubble Lady. More info here.

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

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

Oaktown Jazz Workshops Grand Opening
7 pm
Nadine’s Performance Hall, Jack London Square, 55 Washington Avenue, Oakland

Oaktown Jazz Workshops celebrates moving to a new location with a show featuring Faye Carroll, Kenny Washinton, Ise Lyfe and others. Tickets $20. More info here.

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

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

John Santos Sextet
8 pm
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard, Oakland

A music and spoken word benefit for the EastSide Cultural Center featuring the John Santos Sextet and spoken word artists Avotcja, Rico Pabon, Sandra Garcia Rivera and more. Tickets $15. More info here.

Hella Gay
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

G-Star, Astro and guest deejays spin electronica, hip-hop and house. $7 cover. More info here.

Dead Meadow, Hot Lunch, Moccreto
Doors at 8 pm, show at 9
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Heavy, psychedelic rock. More info and ticket prices here.

Kickin’ the Mule
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Blues, R&B and soul. More info here.

8-legged Monster
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Ten-piece jazz orchestra. More info here.

La Toska, Falcon A, Susiniestra
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Latin ska-punk, punk and Mexican garage rock. More info here.

Chris Sanchez’s Birthday Party w/Twin Steps, Hausu, and more
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

More info here.

Proudflesh, MOSES, Condemned to Death, The Badmen
7: o0 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More info here.

Sprain Valley Mountain Clan and Matt Brandabur
7 – 10 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

More info here.

Sunday July 17

Church of Craft
noon – 1 pm Sunday School, 1 – 5 pm crafting
Rock Paper Scissors, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Drop-in crafting — bring your own DIY project. More info here.

Bike Church
1 – 4 pm
Manifesto Bicycles, 421 4oth Street, Oakland

A gathering of neighbors and their bikes, with music by the Albatross Choir, Bummer Summer and Chonk, and street food by Fist of Flour and El TacoBike. More info here.

Golden Gate District Community Clean Up Day
11 am – 4 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Volunteers will help clean up San Pablo Avenue between 63rd and 65th Streets by weeding, mulching tree wells and picking up litter. Meet in front of Actual Cafe at 11; local businesses will provide snacks at the halfway point. More info here.

East Bay SPCA Adoptathon
10 am – 3 pm
Jack London Square, Oakland

Dogs, cats, bunnies, reptiles and more from over 30 local shelters and rescue organizations are up for adoption, plus there will be activities for kids, a raffle and $20 pet microchipping. More info here.

Chinatown Town Hall Meeting
1 -4 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Oakland

Mayor Jean Quan hosts a town hall meeting in English with Cantonese translation for residents to express neighborhood concerns. More info available by contacting Richard Cowan at rcowan [at] oaklandnet [dot] com or (510) 238-3990.

North Oakland Summer Picnic
noon – 4 pm
Lake Temescal, North Temescal Picnic Site, 6500 Broadway, Oakland

Join District 1 Councilmember Jane Brunner for a community picnic. BBQ and beverages provided; bring a side dish to share. More info by calling Brunner’s office at (510) 238-7001.

The Alden Tract: Temescal’s Neighbor to the West
10 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at northwest corner of 40th and Market Streets

Ray Raineri leads an Oakland Heritage Alliance walking tour of the Alden Tract, highlighting local homes and businesses. More info and donation prices here.

OMCA Bike Tours: Oakland on Two Wheels
10 am – noon
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A free leisurely docent-led bike ride through the area surrounding the museum for riders ages 12 and up. Bring your bike, helmet, and repair kit. Meet at the museum’s Oak Street entrance. More info here.

Valerie Coulton, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, and Edward Smallfield author appearance
3 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Three poets from Apogee Press celebrate the publication of their new works. More info here.

Oakland Municipal Band
1 – 3 pm
Edcoff Memorial Bandstand, Lake Merritt Park, Oakland

Conductor Troy Davis leads the band in a selection of traditional, pop and show tunes. More info here.

Jazz on Sundays
3 – 6 pm
Golden Gate Branch Library, 5606 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Featured artist Trisha Gold and her Friends performs, plus Randy Moore lectures on the history of jazz, followed by an open jam session. More info here.

Sunday Evening Jazz featuring the Nika Retjo Trio
7 – 10 pm
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

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

David Novick, Daniel Bachman (Sacred Harp) and Ryley Walker, Michael Collins (of Prince Rama), Veedon Fleece
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

More info here.

Spittin Cobras, Flexx Bronco, The Corruptors
6:o0 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Admission $8. More info 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.

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.

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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  1. Alison OK Frost on July 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Compound Group Show and Open Studios
    Closing Tea
    Sunday July 17, 3-6pm
    The Compound Gallery
    1167 65th Street
    Oakland CA 94608

    This exhibition features work by artists who have studios at The Compound. The Compound Studio artists work in a variety of media including: printmaking, ceramic sculpture, painting, woodworking, metalworking, cement, jewelry, and mixed media. All 20+ studios will be open to the public through the duration of the show during business hours.

    Featuring the work of: Alison O.K. Frost, Andreina Davila, Annie Frykholm, Crystal Morey, David Spiher, Eric Sanchez, Faye Kendall, Genessa Kealoha, Giles Goodhead, Jeanne Lorenz, Kiera Heiser, Lena Verderano Reynoso, Mary Marxen, Matt Reynoso, Noah Sakamoto, Ryan McJunkin, Sophie Leininger, Stevie Howell, Take Etani, Tallulah Terryll, Thomas Haag, Zach Clark, Zan Truman

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