This weekend in Oakland

on August 12, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of August 12-14.  Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday August 12

“Beautiful Machines — Art of the Bike” opening reception
5 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A bike-themed art show featuring photography, sculpture, airbrushed bike frames, bike part jewelry, a bike-powered video jukebox and more. Opening reception starts at 5 and features DJs N!K and Lifeone. Show runs through September 8. More info here.

East Bay Bike Party: Dinosaur Attack!
Meet at 7:30 pm; ride starts at 8 pm
Meet at MacArthur BART Station

A bike ride through Oakland and the port, ending at Mosswood Park, done dinosaur-style. Maps, costume ideas and more info here.

The Bay Area Derby Girls Present: The Golden Bowl
5 pm
Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th Street, Oakland

The Bay Area’s all-girl roller derby team hosts a three-day round robin tournament featuring skaters from Detroit, Chicago and Texas. Event begins Friday evening and continues through Sunday. More info and ticket prices here.

Lip Service West
7 – 8:30 pm
5512 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Local writers read aloud from their works specializing in the short, the funny and the brutally honest. Featuring readings by W. Ross Ayers, Sean Craven, Pamela Holm, Allison Landa, Howard Zalkin. You can read our previous coverage of Lip Service West here. More info here.

Trinket
Kinetic Arts Center, 785 7th Street, Oakland

The Circus Spire Youth Troupe prevents Trinket, a show involving acrobatics, contortionists, clowns and more. Show runs August 12 – 14. More info here about times and ticket prices.

The Wiggles Big Birthday
2:30 and 6:30 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Australian kids’ band The Wiggles tours the US with Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus and the rest of their menagerie in tow. More info and ticket prices here.

“My Fair Lady”
Woodminster Amphitheater in Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland

A live theater performance of the classic musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” Performances begin August 5 and run through August 17. More info about tickets and showtimes here.

Jewelry Making Workshop for Teens
4 – 5 pm
Oakland Public Library, Asian branch, 388 9th Street, Oakland

Yu Lan leads a hands-on jewelry workshop where teens can make a bracelet. Sign up by contacting Vicky Chen: vchen [at] oaklandlibrary [dot] org. More info here.

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.

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

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

Dancing Under the Stars: Argentine Tango
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.

Mary Griggs author appearance
7 pm
Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

Mary Griggs reads from her first novel, Unbroken Circle. More info here.

Friday Evening Jazz featuring Howard Wiley
8 – 11 pm
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

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

Marty Williams Quartet
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Pianist Marty Williams leads a jazz quartet. Tickets $15. More info here.

Damon & The Heathens
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

New Orleans-style punk-funk. More info here.

Crystal Monee Hall
9:15 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Crystal Monee Hall performs. $5 cover. More info here.

Rahsaan Patterson
8 and 10 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

R & B singer-songwriter Raahsan Patterson mixes jazz, gospel, hip-hop and other sounds. Performances continue August 12 – 13. More info and ticket prices here.

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

Cabaret, circus acts and comedy. Admission $10. More info here.

Eyehategod, Impaled, Brainoil, Laudnaum and others
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

Heavy metal. More info here.

Beme
7 – 8 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

More info here.

Mighty Irie
10 pm
Luka’s Taproom & Lounge, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

Reggae and dancehall with DJs rocker-T, Smoke-0ne, and Irie Dole. Admission $10.  More info here.

Saturday August 13

Throw Down for the Town: 1st Annual City-Wide Service Day and Festival
10 am – 6 pm
Mosswood Park, 3699 Broadway, Oakland

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights organizes 25 service projects throughout the city. Volunteers can contribute to a variety of gardening, clean-up and neighborhood beautification projects from 10 am – 2 pm; they’ll meet at Mosswood Park before departing to the different work sites. Then there will be a party for the volunteers at Mosswood Park from 2 -6 pm featuring food, dancing and a solar-powered hip-hip show. Read Oakland North’s coverage of the event. Get more info here.

12th Annual Laurel Street Fair
11 am – 6 pm
MacArthur Boulevard at 35th Avenue, Oakland

A street fair featuring food, crafts, dancing, and music headlined by the John Santos Sextet. More info here.

Annual Ramadan Community Open House
7 pm
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland

People of any faith are welcome to an open house to learn about Ramadan and Islam, featuring a recitation from the Qur’an, a panel discussion on Islamic spirituality, and a sunset prayer and fast-breaking. RSVP to info@iccn.org or call 510-832-7600. More info here.

Conversation with Getty Curator Glenn Phillips
4 pm
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Curator Glenn Phillips gives a talk on the state of video art as part of the gallery’s Summer of Video Art series. RSVP for this event to: info@krowswork.com and find more info here.

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.

A Landscape of Stories: 6 Acres of Discovery at Peralta Hacienda
1 – 2:30 pm
Meet at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Avenue, corner of Coolidge Avenue  and Hyde Street

Ben Glickstein of the Oakland Heritage Alliance leads a tour of the Peralta Hacienda geared at 6 – 12 year olds. More info and donation prices here.

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

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

Saturday Evening Jazz featuring saxophonist Herbert Mims, Jr. directing the College of Alameda Small Jazz Ensemble
8:30 pm and 10 pm
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

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

An Evening with Emil Gilliam
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Pianist Emil Gilliam performs an evening of solo classical works, with music by Ravel, Beethoven, Chopin and more. Tickets $15. More info here.

Blue Bone Express & Hot Pink Feathers
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Brass band with burlesque dancing. More info here.

Mestiza y la Ley
9:15 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Latin-influenced soul and funk. Admission $5 – $10 sliding scale. More info here.

Attitude Adjustment, Vulvalard
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Heavy rock and grind. More info here.

The Third Victim of Abigale Rutledge, Black Balloon, Spiderheart, Better Maker
Doors at 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie rock. Admission $5. More info here.

Katherine Peck, Emily Zisman & Ryan Avery
7 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Indie rock. More info here.

100 Percent, Echo Location, Evacuee
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Indie rock. More info here.

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

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

Sunday August 14

The Oakland Standard: Culture
4 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The Oakland Museum explores what you can do with cultured milk, including demonstrations of artisan cheese making and how to churn ice cream on a bike. Free with museum admission. More info here.

Playa Tune Your Bike for Burning Man
noon – 1:30 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Get your cables, wheel bearings, tire pressure and other bike parts shipshape before heading to Burning Man. Bike tools and grease supplied; $10 – $20 sliding scale admission. More info here.

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.

Clawson neighborhood walking tour
10 am – 12:30 pm
Meet at community garden, Peralta, 34th, Haven, and Fitzgerald Streets

Betty Marvin of the Oakland Heritage Alliance leads a walking tour of this industrial/residential area on the border of West Oakland and Emeryville. More info and donation prices here.

Sunday Evening Jazz featuring  Russo/Albert’s 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.

G-Eazy
Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Hip-hop. More info and ticket prices here.

DJs Mere and Enki
8:45 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Members of the Oakland Faders spin old school rap. Free admission. More info here.

Orb of Confusion, Hightower, Apocryphon
6 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Hard rock and heavy metal. More info here.

Buffy Sainte-Marie
7 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Buffy Sainte-Marie sings love and protest songs. More info and ticket prices here.

Second Sunday with the Songwriters Collective
5 – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Short sets by a rotating cast of different performers. More info here.

Molly Highman, Laurelin Kruse, Jim Byron
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Indie rock. 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 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.

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 staff@oaklandnorth.net.

 

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