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This Weekend in Oakland

on November 11, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of November 11-13. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday November 11

Art Opening: Do not Eat —The Art of Delicious Things
5 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

See non-edible photos, drawings and more by Katie Lovecraft, Aimee Alexander, Ashley Eberlein and An Kayte Kelly. More info here.

Victor Rios Book Releases
6:30 — 10 pm
Eastside Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland

Victor Rios, an associate professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara, celebrates the release of “Punished: Policing the lives of Black and Latino” and “Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D.”  Join in powerful dialogue with youth, educators, and community activists.  More info here.

Moonlight Kayaking at California Canoe and Kayak
California Canoe & Kayak, 409 Water Street Jack London Square, Oakland
Reserve a boat and enjoy the full moon from the water. More info here.

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

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

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

The Oakland band mixes sounds from New Orleans to Detroit with rock, blues, jazz and funk influences.  More info here.

Too $hort
Doors at 9, show at 910 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, OaklandOakland’s own Too $hort comes to the New Parish on Friday with Kev Choice and Martin Luther. Tickets are $20 — $25. More info here.

The Grannies
Doors 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The punk rock band comes to The Uptown. The show also features The Undead Boys and Nuetralboy. Tickets are $8. More info here.

Survival Groove: Latin Jazz
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Jazz guitarist Gene Tucci joins Latin musicians Roberto Medina and Sylvia Sherman from La Familia Son as well as Dan Schulman and Manuel Velasco.

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

See DJ Rocker T, Smoke One and Irie Dole spin hip hop, reggaue and dancehall. Tickets are $10. More info here.

Saturday November 12

Junior Conservation Ecology
9 am
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf links Road, Oakland

Learn about wildlife native to the Arroyo Viejo Creek, how to determine the ages of plants, and play games to earn badges as a Conservation Ecologist.  More info and prices here.

Green Gardens
1 — 2:30 pm
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

Take a tour of the CSSC garden and learn the basics of planting and harvesting and the benefits of supporting local farmers.  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.

Puppet Show: The Velveteen Rabbit
11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Children of all ages can appreciate this puppet interpretation of Margery Williams’ story about a boy and his toy bunny. More info here.

Monet Clark: California Girl
6 — 9 pm
Krowswork, 480 23rd Street, Oakland (use side entrance)

Opening reception for Clark’s new exhibit California Girl – A Retrospective Debut which features two decades of performance by the artist. More info 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.

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

Brass and burlesque come to Cafe Van Kleef the second Saturday of every month. More info here.

Reggae Gold
Doors at 9, show at 10 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Join the monthly dancehall party. Tickets are $15 at the door or $10 before 11 pm with RSVP. More info here.

David Grisman Quintet
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
8 pm and 10 pm

Hear David Grisman’s distinct genre of music which combines jazz, bluegrass and international influences. Tickets are $30. More info here.

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Kim Lenz, The West Coast Ramblers
Doors 9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys have been playing American roots music since 1988 and tonight they play with Kim Lenz, an LA-based rockabilly singer-songwriter-guitarist. The show also features The West Coast Ramblers. Tickets are $12 — $15. More info here.

Celebrate Neil Young’s Birthday with Mana Maddy
7 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, OaklandJoin musician Maddy Streicek as she celebrates the birthday of her fellow Canadian, Neil Young. More info here.

Dr. Sketchy’s Cabaret Life Drawing Happy Hour
4 — 7 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Artists come together to draw burlesque dancers and compete in contests. More info here.

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

DJs Henroc and Sake 1 spin classic hip hop, neo soul and more. Tickets are $5 before 11 pm and $10 after. More info here.

Sunday November 13

National Donor Sabbath
10 am
Skyline Community College, 12540 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland

Skyline Community Church invites the community to their Sunday service as they raise awareness of the critical need for organ donors with guest speaker Dr. Nikole Neidlinger, transplant surgeon with California Pacific Donor Medical.  More info here.

Family Gallery Walk & Get Creative with Art & Nature
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
12 — 3 pm

Invite the whole family for a 45-minute tour of the museum’s gardens and galleries. Then learn to make fall-friendly crafts in the art studio or join the Bay Area Wilderness Training’s camping clinic. Included with museum admission, free to OCMA members. More info here.

Shoestring West presents three one-act plays by Mark Twain
Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland
2 —4 pm

See three of Twain’s controversial short stories brought to life: “1002nd Arabian Night,” “Wapping Alice” and “How Nancy Jackson Married Kate Wilson.” The performance will take place in the Bradley C. Walters Community Room. More info here.

Doors at 7, show at 8 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

The hip-hop trio performs tracks from their album, “We the People.” Tickets are $10-$15. More info here.

Melody Monsters: David Grisman & Frank Vignola Duo
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
6 pm and 8 pm

See the two friends and musicians play swing and jazz classics. Tickets are $25. More info here.

Soul-Full Glow
8 pm
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

DJ aebidee spins soul music at this weekly free event. More info here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

The Cycle: New sculpture and kinetic installation by Cyrus Tilton
6 pm – 9 pm
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

Show runs through October 29. More info here.
Medusa’s Mirror: Fears, Spells, and Other Transfixed Positions Artists’ Talk
6 pm
Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

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 readOakland 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
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.

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. Bob Bodnar on November 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

    This Saturday, November 12 at 9:00 a.m., join the Melrose High Hopes NCPC and the Rainbow Community Neighborhood Council in beautifying the median at Bancroft and 48th Avenue in East Oakland!

    We will install planter boxes. All tools will be provided.

    Bring your gloves. We will have refreshments!

    • Bob Bodnar on November 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

      Almost forgot, if you have cuttings from California native plants, or others that are drought-tolerant, we could use a few more!

  2. Lyn Hikida on November 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Sunday, Nov 13 from 1-4 pm. All Aboard II community celebration at the landmark 16th Street Train Station in Oakland, hosted by BRIDGE and RAILS. Location: 16th and Wood Streets, Oakland. Free admission, station tours, live music, local food trucks and kids’ activities; all ages welcome! More info:

  3. Charm Checkout Blog on November 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

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