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This weekend in Oakland

on September 9, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of September 9-11. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday September 9

“Fuzzy Logic — Oakland Threads”
5 – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Opening reception for a show featuring soft sculptures, pillows, crocheted animals and other tactile treats, co-hosted by Actual Cafe and James and the Giant Cupcake. Opening night show includes live deejays and a screening of “The Muppet Movie” at 8 pm. Show runs through October 13. More info here.

“Threads of Transition, Patterns of Change: Rabari Textiles of India”
A Verb for Keeping Warm
6328 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

In conjunction with the “Fuzzy Logic” show, A Verb For Keeping Warm hosts an exhibit of textiles made by semi-nomadic camel herding societies in India, showcasing quilts, wall hangings, bags and other dowry items. Show runs through December 7. More info here.

Viva La Linden Street! Bike Party
7:30 pm
Gather at Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

A costumed party on wheels that includes Planet Booty and their Mobile Booty Unit, a ride to the Linden Street Brewery, and food from El Taco Bike, Tina Tamale and Guerilla Grub. More info here.

GO Happy Hour
4:30 – 6:30 pm
Cato’s Ale House, 3891 Piedmont Ave, Oakland

GO Public Schools invites Oakland parents, teachers and community members to discuss the start of the new school year. More info here.

Bill McKibben
6 – 7:30 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

Environmentalist and author speaks about his book Eaarth: Building a Life on a Tough New Planet (and no, we didn’t spell that wrong!). Dinner follows, more info and ticket prices 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.

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.

Memorial Tabernacle Church’s 86th Birthday Celebration
5801 Racine Street, Oakland

Three days of worship services and music on the theme of “bounty beyond belief” as the Mormon Tabernacle celebrates 86 years. Event runs through Sunday; times vary. 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. More info and prices here.

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

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

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

A free afternoon rooftop concert with pop band Swoon. More info here.

The Kills
8:30 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

With opening acts Eleanor Friedberger and Mini Mansions. More info here.

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

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

Red Meat, the B-Stars, Tiny Television
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Americana/country. Tickets $10. More info here. 

Hammerlock, Flat Tires
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More info here.

Touch Me Nots, Redondo Beat, Talky Tina
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie rock. More info here.

Go Van Gogh
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Country music for dancing and with an international twist. Admission $5. More info here.

You Are Plural, Yesway, Passenger & Pilot, Hanalei
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Indie rock. More info here.

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

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

Saturday September 10

The Crucible Fall Open House
noon – 4 pm
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

An open house showcasing the industrial arts of the Crucible, including a molten metal pour, fire performances, and handmade art for sale. Free admission. More info here.

Support Strokes
8 am – 3 pm
California Canoe & Kayak 409 Water Street, Oakland

A fund-raiser for breast cancer organized by California Canoe and Kayak featuring paddling lessons, lunch and a raffle. More info about prices and registration 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.

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

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

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

Brass band with burlesque dancing. More info here.

Amel Larrieux
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

R&B vocalist Amel Larrieux begins a two-night stand at Yoshi’s. Shows continue through Sunday. More info including showtimes here.

Big Dan
8:30 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Latin hip-hop, with opening acts Los Novillos, Tokeson, DJ Big Sal Pachino and more. Tickets $10. More info here.

The Rinds, Bum City Saints, The 123
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

 More info here.

Jonathan Mann and the Rock Cookie Bottoms, the General, Sparky Grinstead and the Backorders
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Alternative rock. More info here.

Michael Sheridan
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Latin American guitar music. More info here.

Sarah Allner and Morgan Manifacier
5 – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

More info here.

Grex, Ann O’Rourke, Richmond Circular, Formica Man
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Indie rock. More info here.

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

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

Sunday September 11

“Looking Back, Moving Forward”
5:30 pm
Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland 

A choral performance of Mozart’s Requiem to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. You can read Oakland North’s coverage of the event here.

A Day of Remembrance at St.Paul’s
1o am and 4 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

At 10 am, as part of a 9/11 remembrance mass music director David Farr will conduct the St. Paul’s Choir and members of the Prometheus Symphony Orchestra in a performance of  the Faure Requiem in D Minor. At 4 pm, the Pacific Collegium will perform Bach’s Mass in B Minor, accompanied by the Chapel College Men and Boys Ensemble. More info here.

Take Time for Adventure
noon – 3 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A special session on adventuring, centered around the museum’s John Muir exhibit, with presentations by Rich Deutsch (“Mr. Half Dome”) about hiking Half Dome with your family. More info here.

Gatsby Summer Afternoon
1 – 6 pm
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland

The Art Deco Society of California presents an afternoon of vintage costumes, a champagne picnic, the music of Don Neely’s Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, the Great Gatsby Bathing Beauty Revue, and much more. 1920s-1040s attire required, more info and ticket prices here.

Rords to the Floor XI
Doors at 8, show at 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Bay Area 80s themed break dance battle. Age 21 and over show, admission $5. 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. More info 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.

Crimson Scarlet
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 spins soul. 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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