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This weekend in Oakland

on August 25, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of August 26-28. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday August 26

Dr. Strangelove
Doors at 7 pm, curtain at 8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Sterling Hayden stars in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic. All tickets $5. More info here.

West Oakland Back-to-School Rallies
 10:00am to 12:00pm
All West Oakland Elementary and Middle Schools  

Each school site will host a festival to kick off the new school year and encourage parental involvement, on-time, regular attendance.

Conservation Speaker Series: Saving Asia’s Moon Bears and Sun Bears
6:30 – 9 pm
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Dr. Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia and Dr. Tuan Bendixsen, Animals Asia’s Vietnam Director, speak about animal welfare reform in Asia. More info and admission prices here.

Faces of Hunger
Oakland City Hall Rotunda, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Photojournalist David Bacon presents photos and stories of hunger in Alameda County in conjunction with the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Exhibit runs August 25 – September 2. You can see photos from the show and read Oakland North’s recent coverage of it here.

Oakland City Junior Open Amateur Golf Championship
First starting time 9 am
Lake Chabot Golf Course, 11450 Golf Links Road, Oakland

A golf championship for boys and girls ages 7 – 17. Registration for players has already closed.  More info here.

Austin Willacy
noon – 1 pm
Kaiser Center Roof Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

A free afternoon concert, featuring singer-songwriter Austin Willacy. 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.

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 OZE and LIFEONE, followed by a showing of Meatballs at 8 pm. More info and prices here.

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

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

Dancing Under the Stars: Salsa
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.

Man/Miracle, B. Hamilton, Chairs Missing, Kapowski
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Alternative and indie rock. $5 cover. More info here.

9 pm – 2 am
Lounge 3411, 3411 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

Monthly drum and bass night featuring Parallel, DJ Arson, BONK, Dr. WHO and more. More info here.

Sans Pablo
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Big band funk. Admission $5. More info here.

Michael Marcus NY All Stars
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Jazz from New York. 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.

Sargant Garcia, Rupa & The April Fishes
Doors at 8 pm, show at 9
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

More info here.

Bird Monster, Boy in the Bubble, Evan Bailey, Build Us Airplanes
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More info here.

Glitter Wizard, Owl, Winter Ox, Warm Blood
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More info here.

Saturday August 27

Oakland Chinatown Streetfest 2011
10 am – 5:30 pm
7th Street to 11th Street from Broadway to Harrison Street

A two-day free festival celebrating the Year of the Tiger and presenting the art, entertainment and food of Oakland’s Chinatown. Featuring a martial arts demonstration by U.S. Shaolin Kung Fu, the Great Wall Youth Orchestra, Patty Chu’s Chinese Folk Dance Troupe and much more. Event runs August 27-28. More information here.

Oakland Citywide Back-to-School Rally
9 am – 3 pm
Oakland City Hall, Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

The city celebrates the start of the school year with a festival featuring carnival games and performances, student success workshops, info sessions with school district staff, and free backpacks for the first 900 children to register. Registration and more info here.

Fresh Start Festival
noon – 2 pm
De Fremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland

Celebrate the new school year and the community. Kids will get a free backpack and school supplies, and there will be circus and dragon performances as well as musical entertainment by Martin Luther, Cumbia Tokeson, Alphabet Rockers and more.  More info here.

Sistahs Steppin in Pride: East Bay Dyke March and Festival
11 am – 6 pm
Lake Merritt & Snow Park, Oakland

Gather at El Embarcadero and Grand Avenue near Lake Merritt at 11 am; march begins at noon. Bring your own drum or borrow one for the march. Free festival follows at Snow Park from 1 – 6 pm with food, performances and vendors. More info here.

Sistahs Steppin in Pride After Party
9 pm – 2 am
Oasis, 135 12th Street, Oakland

Admission $10-$20 sliding scale, age 21 and over. More info here.

Bay Area Derby Girls Try Outs
Bay Area Derby Girls practice space, 2635 Peralta Street, Oakland

Try outs for the Bay Area’s women’s roller derby league are free and open to the public. More info here. Email tryout [at] bayareaderbygirls [dot] com to sign up. You can also read our recent coverage of The Golden Bowl tournament hosted by the Derby Girls here.

Zoologia: Adrian Van Allen opening reception
6 – 9 pm
The Compound Gallery: 1167 65th Street, Oakland

Artist and anthropologist Adrian Van Allen focuses on the history of science and technology. More info here.

Summer Sessions Celebration
5 – 7 pm
Danforth Lecture Hall, Mills College, Oakland

Art professor Bert Gordon speaks about the history of the Mills College Art Museum on the final weekend of the exhibit: The Summer Sessions 1933–1952: Visiting Artists at the Mills College Art Museum. Free admission. More info here.

Barn Yard Sale Benefit
9 am – 5 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

A sale to benefit A PLACE for Sustainable Living. Drop off donations on Friday August 26; the center can use clean, used clothing, crafts materials, furniture, appliances and electronics. The sale will also feature “craft remixing” and cob oven cookery. More info here.

Oakland Women’s History Walk: Looking Back 100 Years After Suffrage
1 – 3:30 pm
Meet at the front steps of City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Annalee Allen and Kathleen DiGiovanni lead a downtown walk showing points of interest in women’s history. More info and donation prices 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.

Mashups Summer Music Series: Cotton Candy Express Music
Gates at 6 pm, show at 6:30 pm
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

A concert for kids and families hosted by Mr. Mashup. Bring a picnic dinner. More info and ticket prices here.

MPACT-Moving Parents and Children Together
9  – 10 am
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline Street, Oakland

Luna Dance Institute presents a free dance class for the family. Reservations required. More information here.

African American Quilters Meeting
noon – 3 pm
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline Street,

Bring your quilting projects, get quilting advice if needed. More information here.

Planning and Planting a Winter Vegetable Garden
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

A gardening talk in the Edible Garden. More info here.

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

Comedy featuring Comedians with Verve at 6:30 pm and Samson Koletkar at 8 pm. Admission $10, $8 for students, seniors and peace officers. More info here.

Miranda Cosgrove
7 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Shane Harper opens. More info and ticket prices here.

Natalie Cole
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Singer-songwriter, jazz and R&B vocalist Natalie Cole begins a two-night stand at Yoshi’s. More info here about times and ticket prices. 

Katherine Park and Friends
7 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

More info and prices here.

High on Fire, Black Cobra, Embers, DJ Tim Tolle
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Alternative and hard rock. $20 cover. More info here.

Annie Sampson
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Blues, R&B and soul. More info here.

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

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

Outside Lands pre-party
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Cop Sound, Bigelow’s Treehouse, Spidermeow and Emily Zisman. Admission $7. More info here.

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

JAMO & REN VINYL ARCHEOLOGIST play hip-hop and neo soul. Admission $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. More info here.

Sunday August 28

Tumble Weeds race
1:30 – 4:30 pm
Meet at Lake Merritt BART Station

An alley cat race open to anyone on any kind of bike. Registration at 1:30 pm; race at 2 pm. Bring your bike, helmet and lock. $5-$10 donation. More info here.

Closing Reception of Rizal 150 exhibit
5:30 – 7 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 Ninth Street, Suite 290, Oakland

Writers from Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc’s new book “Remembering Rizal” will read excerpts. Penelope Flores will read a special letter from the Knights of Rizal of Heidelberg.Exhibit ends August 31. More info here.

Uniquely Yours Writing Workshop
7 – 9:30 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Peggy Simmons leads a writing workshop for writers of all experience levels and genres, ages 16 and up. $1-$25 sliding scale fee. More info here.

The Dimond Shines walking tour
10 am – 1:30 pm
Meet at the Boy Scout Hut in Dimond Park 

Dennis Evanovsky leads a walking tour of the Dimond district highlighting the area’s early families, German community, and Sausal Creek. More info and donation prices here. 

2011 Annual Lake Chabot Golf Club Family Day and Golf Tournament
7 am
Lake Chabot Golf Course, 11450 Golf Links Road, Oakland

A tournament and luncheon, plus putting contest, golf club demo, and raffle. Registration for players has already closed. More info here.

Michelle Stern author appearance
4 pm
Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Avenue, Oakland

Blogger and cookbook author Michelle Stern speaks about her book The Whole Family Cookbook: Celebrate the Goodness of Locally Grown Foods. More info here.

Industry Night
8:45 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

DJs Mere and Enki of the Oakland Faders play old school hip hop. Free admission. More info here.

Los Rakas
Doors at 8 pm, show at 9
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

A combination of hip-hop, reggae and dancehall in both English and Spanish. More info here.

Apache, Nectarine Pie, White Devil, Daddy Long Legs
6 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

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

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.

Get ‘er Done Day and Community Potluck
Sundays 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.

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.


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  2. tony on August 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

    San Antonio Park clean-up this Sat

    meet at: E. 19th & 17th Avenue

  3. Brian Toy on August 27, 2011 at 11:17 am

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