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This weekend in Oakland

on July 28, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of July 29-31.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday July 29

Bites off Broadway
5:30 – 8:30 pm
365 45th Street in front of Studio One Art Center, Oakland

Mobile food, live local music, and lawn games — now at a new location. 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 Lifeone and I-TAN. More info and prices here.

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

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

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

A weekly free dance lesson followed by an outdoor dance party. More info here. See our coverage of the recent waltz lesson night here.

An Intimate Evening
6 – 10 pm
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland

An evening of food, music, dancing (and dance lessons) featuring Martin Luther, Tarika Lewis, the Lava Band, the Bay Area Blues Society and more. Tickets $35.  More info here.

After Work @ Blue Oak
6-8 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Live music, happy hour on beverages and small plate food specials at the museum’s Blue Oak Cafe. Museum ticket not required. More info here

Friday Evening Jazz featuring Eddie Marshall 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.

Hot Buttered Rum
Doors at 8, show at 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

With Big Light Acoustic. Ages 18 and over show. More info and ticket prices here.

Charles Wheal Band
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Blues. More info here.

Raw Deluxe
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Funk and hip hop. Admission $5.

Nosebleed Academy, The Fruitvale Ramblers, Revenga, 26 Miles Per Hour
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Rock, punk and metal. More info here.

Kevin Seconds, Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children McNuggets, Bryan McPherson, The Everlovin’
Doors at 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Comedy, punk and folk. $10 cover. More info here.

Eli Conley, Hip for Squares, and Jess Rice
8 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

More info here.

Owl Paws, Olive Juice
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

More info here.

Kenny Burrell 80th birthday celebration with the Jazz Heritage All-Stars
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Guitarist Kenny Burrell plays a four-night stand at Yoshi’s with Steve Turre, Steve Wilson, Tivon Pennicott, Bobby Rodriguez, Billy Childs and others. Shows run Thursday July 28 – Sunday July 31. More info on times and ticket prices here.

Nekromantix, The Brains, Swamp Angel, Memphis Murder Men
8 pm
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

More info here.

We Love The Town
10 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

DJ Zita and D’Madness play hip-hop and old school. Admission $10. More info here.

Saturday July 30

San Antonio Park Community Clean Up
9 – 11 am
Meet at East 19th Street and 17th Avenue, Oakland

The Oakland Public Works Agency leads a community clean up. More info here.

Summer Swing on the Lake
5 – 10 pm
The Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel, 1800 Madison Street, Oakland

Swing dancing to live music by Slim Jenkins and DJ Tanoa Samoa Boy, with dance instruction from 5 – 6 pm. More info including prices and event times here.

Phat Flea’s Market Bazaar
North Oakland Farmers Market, 5715 Market Street, Oakland

Phat Beets Produce launches a monthly market on the last Saturday of every month where crafters, artists and others can sell their goods. More info here, including info on how to register as a vendor.

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.

Solar Cooking: 3 Easy Methods with Hattie Carwell, Ph.D.
2 -3 pm
Oakland Library Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakand

Learn how to cook using the sun. More info here.

Stories & Crafts
Martin L. King Jr. Branch Library, 6833 International Blvd, Oakland

Stories and crafts from Africa, presented as part of the library’s One World, Many Stories summer reading program. More info here.

Nati’s Ochentañera (Sweet 80) & LB’s 67th B-Day
noon – 6 pm
La Borinquena Mex-icatessen & Speciality Shop, 582 7th Street, Oakland

A day of Mexican food and drink specials. More info here.

Comedy Off Broadway
6:30, 8 pm
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (at The Waterfront Hotel), 1 Broadway, Oakland

Comedy featuring Comedians with Verve (6:30 pm show) and Mike Moto (8 pm show). Admission $10, $8 for students, seniors and peace officers. More info here.

Gates at 6 pm, Show at 6:30 pm
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

As part of the Mashups Summer Music Series, Octopretzel plays family-friendly folksy music. Families can bring a picnic dinner, dance and sing along. Tickets $10, free for kids under age 1. More info here.

United Roots Concert
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard, Oakland

Free concert by youth artists. More info here.

Flaming Lotus Girls present: Livin’ la Vida Lambada!
8 pm – 2 am
NIMBY: 8410 Amelia St., Oakland CA

A benefit for the Flaming Lotus Girls Burning Man project, Tympani Lambada, featuring a night of deejays and fire art. Age 21 and over event. More info and ticket prices here.

Saturday Evening Jazz featuring the Mike Spencer 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.

CJ Ramone
Doors 8:30, show at 9:30 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

All ages show. With Eastern Span and Jokes for Feelings. More info and ticket prices here.

The Muffs, TurboNegrA, The Bruises, Talky Tina
Doors at 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Punk and rock. More info and ticket prices here.

Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

New Orleans style R & B. More info here.

Cupcake, Spider Heart, Tokyo Raid
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More info here.

Monsoon! and the Lousisana Sun Kings
7 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

More info here.

Owl, Ghetto Blaster, Funeral Stain
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More info here.

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

FUZE and SERG play hip-hop and neo soul. Admission $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. More info here.

Sunday July 31

Get ‘er Done day and Community Potluck
noon – 6 pm, 6 – 8 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Volunteers can work on a variety of tasks including carpentry, seed planting, plumbing work and more to benefit the center. Followed by a “Souper Sunday” community potluck dinner; bring a vegetarian dish or something to add to the “stone soup.” More info here and here.

The Fox Theatre and Uptown Art Deco Walk
10 am – 12:30 pm
Meet in front of Broadway side of Mary Bowles Building,1719-1723 Broadway

Michael Crowe of the Oakland Heritage Alliance leads a walking tour of Oakland’s Art Deco architecture.  More info and prices for donations here.

AIDS/LifeCycle East Bay Informational Meeting
6:30 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Learn more about the seven day fundraiser ride to Los Angeles and learn how to prepare for next year’s ride. 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 Faye Carroll and Kito performs, plus Randy Moore lectures on the history of jazz, followed by an open jam session. More info here.

Sunday Evening Jazz featuring The Park Street 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.

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

DJ aebldee plays soul. Free admission. 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.

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


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