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This Weekend in Oakland

on October 14, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of October 14 – 16. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, October 14

Art opening: Lost and Found
5 p.m.
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland
Portraiture by Verese Layzer. More here.

Teach in Prison Benefit
6 p.m.
Mama Buzz Cafe, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits and others. More.

Bites off Broadway
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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 p.m.
Actual Café, 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 p.m.
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (at The Waterfront Hotel), 1 Broadway, Oakland
Comedy featuring Kellen Erskine. Admission $10, $8 for students, seniors and peace officers. More info here.

Orquesta Aracon
Two shows,8 p.m & 10 p.m.
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland. Legendary Cuban band will perform the first of three nights at Yoshi’s Oakland. Open dance floor.
$28 at 8 p.m., $20 at 10 p.m. More info here.

DJ iPod spinning Funk, Indie and New Wave
Doors 7 p.m.
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
21+. More info here.

The New Position, the Solicitors, Califia
9 p.m.
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Alternative rock. $5, 21+. More info here.

Tristan Norton and his Funk4Tet
9 p.m.
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland
Funk band with a New Orleans sound. “A mean band with mean sounds.” No cover. More info here.

Mighty Irie
10 p.m.
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland. DJ Rocker T, Smoke One & Irie Dole spin Hip hop, reggae & dancehall.
$10 More info here.

Saturday, October 15

Neighborhood Safety Summit
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Laney College Gymnasium, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland
Join Mayor Jean Quan and other to Oakland residents
concerned about crime to discuss solutions.

25th Street Mini Park Re-dedication
11-2 p.m.
Southwest corner of 25th and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland

Food N’ Justice Workshop
Noon – 2 p.m.
Phat Beets Produce Market, 5717 Market Street, Oakland
Learn how to make your own Sauerkraut with the people of Phat Beets Produce. Free, more info here. See Casey Capachi’s story on a recent Phat Beets event here.

Oakland Art Murmur’s Saturday Stroll
1 p.m. –  5 p.m.
Uptown District along the Telegraph Avenue Corridor, Oakland
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.

Jack London Square Fit Rave
2 p.m – 5 p.m.
Jack London Square, Oakland
An outdoor event for people who like to exercise as much as they like to party but don’t have time for both. Participants can choose from a variety of cross-training activities while a DJ spins some fast-paced tunes. $20-25. More info here.

Zarif Soulye Signature Shoe Soiree
2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Soulye Studios, 2615 Magnolia Street Suite D, Oakland
Benefit for breast cancer. More info here.

Opening Reception for He-Charmers: Katherine Sherwood
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Compound Gallery, 1167 65th Street, Oakland
Check out some of Sherwood’s mixed media work here.

Comedy Off Broadway
8 p.m.
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (at The Waterfront Hotel), 1 Broadway, Oakland
Comedy featuring Jeff Applebaum. Admission $10, $8 for students, seniors and peace officers. More info here.

Fela Kuti Birthday Tribute
Doors at 8, show at 9 p.m.
The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland
Featuring Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble. More info here.

Hella Gay
Doors at 9 p.m.
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Rotating guest DJ’s. $7 cover. More info here.

Jesse C. Dienner
7 p.m.
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland
More info here.

Spiral Bombs
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Alternative rock. More info here.

Hot Einstein
9:30 p.m.
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland
Hot Einstein is old and new at the same time. $5. More info here.

Mercy Ties, Ten Thousand Leagues, Over the Falls, John Cota
7 p.m.
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Indie rock. More info here.

Smoove Saturday
10 p.m.
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland
DJ D spinning classic hip hop, neo soul & world flavors $5 before 11 p.m., $10 after. More info here.

Sunday, October 16

Bay Area Philosophers
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
World Ground Cafe, 3726 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland
LGBT friendly-folk gather to have a participatory philosophical discussion. Free.

Native Plant Sale and Open House
10-3 p.m.
Joaquin Miller Park on Sanborn Road (see site for map)
On-site experts, workshops about attracting native bees and live bluegrass. More here.

The East Mini Maker Faire
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Park Day School, 360 42nd Street, Oakland
Over 120 exhibits to learn from. More.

Fall Harvest Festival
noon-4 p.m.
Dimond Park
Pumpkins, pies, BBQ and lots of games.
Free. Helps fund a youth scholarship program. More.

The Lower Bottom Playaz perform “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” closing night
2 p.m. Matinee
Sr. Thea Bowman Memorial Theater, 920 Peralta St. Oakland
West Oakland’s only community theater performs August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. $10 seniors/students, $15 general, $25 tableside seating with amenities. See Dylan Bergeson’s story on the play and the theater here.

Adam Mansbach reading
3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave Oakland
Bay Area author and Rutgers professor Adam Mansbach, author of several works of humor, including The End of the Jews and The New York Times bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep will read some of his latest work. Free, more information here.

Adesso Pig Party
2 p.m.- 6 p.m.
The Italian deli’s third and final Pig Party of the year. All you can eat roasted pig, cured pig and sausages, plus seasonal side salads.
$30, more information here.

Eli’s Mile High Club
Sludge Fest
3628 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way., Oakland
More info.

Aerin Monroe with Brandon Meyer and Ryan Schmidt
7 pm
Mama Buzz Café, 2318 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. More info here.

Soul-Full Glow
8 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland
DJ aebldee spins soul. More info here.

The Narrows and Helms Alee
Doors at 8, show at 9 p.m.
The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland
$8-$10, 18-and-over. More info here.

Caldecott Third Sunday Residency
9:30-11:30 p.m.
Disco Volante, 347 14th St., Oakland
Free event, more info here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

25th Annual Emeryville Art Exhibition
1480 64th Street, Emeryville.  Through October 23.
Works by featured by nearly 100 artists and craftspeople living or working in Oakland. Artists include Mari Andrews, Linda Lee Boyd, Kirk Crippens, Rae Dunn, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Ken Kalman, Dean Santner, and M. Louise Stanley.

The Cycle: New sculpture and kinetic installation by Cyrus Tilton
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Show runs through October 29. More info here.

Medusa’s Mirror: Fears, Spells, and Other Transfixed Positions Artists’ Talk
Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, 6 p.m.
Several works draw from the ruptures between the able-bodied and the disabled. Show runs through October 20.  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. To read Oakland North’s coverage of the event, click here.

This Means War Is Personal
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland, Fridays 3-6, Saturdays 1 – 5 p.m.
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. To read Oakland North’s coverage of the event, click here.

A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir’s Journey
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
A new interactive exhibit opens August 6 and highlights the legacy of the famous California naturalist and combines, art, science and natural history. Exhibit continues through January 22, 2012. Museum admission required. More info as well as museum hours and ticket prices here. To read Oakland North’s coverage of the exhibit, click 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.


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
Oakland Main Library, Children’s Room, 125 14th Street, Oakland
and Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland, Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30 am
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Sean Reinhart on October 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Don’t forget the Fall Harvest Festival at Dimond Park this Sunday, 12-4 pm. Pumpkins for sale, pies and BBQ lunches, and plenty of games (including a bouncy-house) for kids of all ages! Admission is free and all funds raised at the event go directly to Friends of Oakland Parks’ Youth Scholarship programs.

  2. Park Day School on October 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    The East Mini Maker Faire, Sunday, October 16
    10 am to 5 pm at Park Day School, 360-42nd Street, Oakland CA

    Bring the whole family for a day of cool projects, workshops, beautiful crafts, great food, music and more. With over 120 exhibits, workshops, and performances, it’s a don’t-miss day for families, hackers, makers, shoppers, foodies, music-lovers and more. The event takes place on the beautiful 4-acre Park Day School campus in Oakland.
    For more information visit, 
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  3. beth on November 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm

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