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This weekend in Oakland

on September 2, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of September 2-4. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday September 2

Art Break Day
9 am – 5 pm
Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Come make art for free on the annual Art Break Day; Oakland is one of the five Bay Area cities participating in the all-day art break. More info 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.

This Means War Is Personal
Fridays 3-6, Saturdays 1 – 5
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Video and photography by Jason Hanasik and video and installation by David Gregory Wallace relating to the United States’ involvement in war. Exhibit runs September 2 – October 15. More info here.

Mechanic Arts
Friday 6 – 11 pm, Saturday 1 – 5 pm
Classic Cars West, 411 26th Street, Oakland

A mixed media show including paintings, metalwork and photography, plus handcrafted silver jewelry by Rosie Dudley. More info here.

Record Swap
6 pm
Classic Cars West, 411 26th Street, Oakland

Bring cash or records to trade, including LPs and 45″s of all genres. Featuring live deejays, plus music from Cash Pony and Oona, and a live broadcast on Mutiny Radio. More info here.

First Friday at Studio One
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street, Oakland

A monthly reading series, this week featuring readings from poets Cassandra Smith and Ben Mirov and music by Peter Burghardt. More info here.

Dim Sum Pushcart
7 – 9 pm
Remedy Cafe and Gallery, 4316 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Opening Reception for a show of collage art by Mike Kabler. More info here.

Camp: First Friday Opening Reception
6 – 9 pm
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Paintings by Julie Alvarado focusing on the interactions between humans and nature while camping or at summer camp. Show continues through October 1. More info here.

Lots of Things
6 pm – 7:30 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Illustrations and paintings by Mister G and Israel. More info here.

Findings: A collection of photos by Lea Bruno
7 – 9 pm
Era Art Bar, 19 Grand Avenue, Oakland

A selection of photography by Lea Bruno exploring the urban landscape and graffiti culture. More info here. 

Art Exhibition: Students of Anthony Holdsworth
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Caffe 817, 817 Washington Street, Oakland

Students of British oil painter Anthony Holdsworth exhibit works from painting trips to Italy and Mexico. More info here. 

Remembering and Rebuilding: A Commemoration of the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm
Oakland History Room, Oakland Main Library, 2nd floor, 125 14th Street, Oakland 

A free exhibit that uses photos, maps, letters, poems, newspapers and other public documents to capture the devastation caused by the 1991 hills fire, and the efforts to rebuild afterwards. Exhibit runs September 1 – November 30. More info and hours here. To read Oakland North’s coverage of the exhibit, click 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.

Movie in the Park
Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue, Oakland

A free outdoor showing of Pirates of the Carribean, rated PG-13. More info here.

Finian’s Rainbow
Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland

Director Joel Schlader presents his version of the musical Finian’s Rainbow, the satirical story of an Irishman who moves to the United States to buy a stolen pot of gold, but whose efforts are thwarted by a leprechaun out to get the gold first. Show runs Thursday – Sunday until Sept 11. More info, including times and ticket prices, 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 deejays LIFEONE and OZE. More info and 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.

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

Classic jazz and original compositions. Admission $10. More info here.

Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival
Doors at 6 pm, show at 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie and alternative rock featuring The Horns of Happiness, Field Trips, White Cloud, Mwahaha. No cover. More info here.

Norman Brown
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

R&B and jazz guitarist Norman Brown begins a three-night stand at Yoshi’s. Tickets $35. Shows continue through Sunday. More info and times here.

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

Bop jazz. More info here.

Katie Harrel, Andrew Jamieson, Ralph Lewis, Rachel Trapp and Leyna Papach
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

More info here.

First Friday Follies
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

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

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

New Orleans Style brass band. More info here.

10 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

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

Saturday September 3

Homemade Food Swap
Phat Beets North Oakland Farmers Market at 5717 Market Street, Oakland
11 am – 3 pm

A monthly food swap that includes backyard-grown produce, honey and eggs. More info here, plus info on how to pre-register.

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.

40 Years on the Farm
5 – 7 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

 A showing of the movie 40 Years on the Farm, followed by a talk with Albert Bates of the Ecoville Training Center. Admission $5 – $20 sliding scale. More info including RSVP info here.

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

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

10 pm – 2 am
Bar 355, 35 19th Street, Oakland

DJ Mina spins dark wave, new wave and no wave. More info here. 

Daniel Schoenberg & Friends
7 – 10 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Indie rock. More info here.

The Vagabond Lovers Club
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Swing and rockabilly with Slim Jenkins, the Golden West Trio, and the Roundups. More info here.

The Lovelight Blues Band
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Mississippi/Chicago blues. More info here.

The Goat and the Feather, Buttons, Unwoman
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Indie rock. More info here.

Doors 2 pm, show at 3 pm
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

Dozens of bands, including Stapled Shut, Violence of Humanity, Sorrower, God Awful Noise, Dead Issue and many more. All ages show. Admission $10. More info here.

The Authorities, Killed by Death, Neighborhood Brats, The Adults
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Rock. More info here.

Black Light, Revelation, Barstool Saints
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Rock. More info here.

Chauncey Evans and Mixed Nuts
9;15 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Free show. More info here.

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

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

Sunday September 4 

Oakland Pride 2011 — We Are Family
11 am – 7 pm
19th Street and Franklin Street, downtown Oakland

Oakland celebrates gay, lesbian, bisexual and transexual pride with 75 performing artists including La Toya London, Martin Luther, the East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus, Jennifer Holliday and many more. Admission $10, or $5 for seniors or youth under age 12. More info as well as performance lineups here.

Oakland After Pride Fest
6 pm – 2 am
FiveTen, 420 14th Street, Oakland

Three dancefloors, 8 deejays, 14 performers headlined by MC Lyte, plus live art, body painting and more. More info, ticket prices and pre-purchase info here.

Free First Sunday
11 am – 5 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Museum entry is free all day, including the exhibit A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir’s Legacy. More info here. You can read Oakland North’s previous coverage of the John Muir exhibit here.

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

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

Myra Kate Vallianos & Mason Blake
7 – 10 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Indie rock. More info here. 

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

Electronic, house and hip hop with deejays Astro, GStar and guests. More info here.

Zach Corsa, Jen Boyd, Brad DerManouelian
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

More info here.

Subliminal SF Presents: Walken
6 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Rock. With Brothers of the Sonic Cloth and more. More info here.

“Mighty Real” Oakland Pride After Party
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Performances by Valerie Troutt & MoonCandy, Qui10 and Lenard Baily. 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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1 Comment

  1. Halmoni Vintage on September 2, 2011 at 9:07 am

    First Friday art opening at Halmoni Vintage store in Lake Merritt neighborhood. Come and celebrate the photographs of DRKRZ with wine and hor’dorves.1601 2nd ave.

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