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This Weekend in Oakland

on November 18, 2011

Community events and activities for the weekend of November 18 – 20. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday November 18

Tree Planting on Telegraph Avenue

11 am

Koreatown Northgate, 3333 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The Korean Northtown Association is organizing a ceremony for the planting of 49 trees on Telegraph Avenue followed by a reception. For more info contact Shari Godinez: (510) 387-1989

Social Media What? A seminar for small businesses 

12:30 PM

DeVry University, 505 14th Street, Room 210, Oakland

Learn the basics of social media for small businesses.  The seminar is $18.51.  For more information, visit this site.

Advanced Twitter for Businesses 

3 – 5 pm

DeVry University, 505 14th Street, Room 210, Oakland

If you know how to Tweet, but want to learn how to Tweet for you business, this may be the seminar for you.  Click here for more information.

ARISE Homies Empowerment Undocumented Student Fundraiser “Adelante” 

6:30 pm

1612 45th Ave., Oakland

For $5 – $10, you can help undocumented high school seniors apply to college.  ARISE is sponsoring the night of ‘poetry and performances.’  Their goal is to have each student apply to at least three schools.  Learn more here.

LGBTQ Parents of Color 

6:30 to 8 PM

Bananas (entrance in rear of building), 5232 Claremont, Oakland

Enjoy a night of board games, free dinner and fellowship with the LGBTQ Parents of Color, their partners and family members.  If your interested, see visit this site.

Night School 

7 – 11 PM

Chabot Space & Science Center – 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

Explore outer space right here in Oakland.  The Chabot Space & Science Center is having its monthly Night School event.  Night School includes observations, discussions, and even an open lab.  If you want to know more about this event, click here.

“Remember Our Loved Ones” Memorial

4 pm

St. Columba Catholic Church, 6401 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Interfaith memorial for the city’s 100 plus murder victims, organized by Oakland Community Organizations.

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 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.

Steve Freund

Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Guitarist Steve Freund brings classic Chicago blues to the streets of Oakland. More info here.

45 Sessions

9:30 pm

Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Monthly live mix music featuring 7” vinyl returns for $5-$10. More info here.

Actual Movies: Awesome; I F*in Shot That!

8 – 10pm

Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A film which pieces together a 2004 Beastie Boys concert using audience members’ footage. More info here.

Full Spectrum

10 pm

Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

Hip hop and R&B, $10. Check out Full Spectrum’s promo video here.

Mister Loveless, The Hundred Days, Holy Rolling Empire, Tremor Low

Doors 9 pm, Show starts at 10 pm

The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie & Alternative. More info here.

Saturday November 19

Make your own Ginger Beer 

11 am – 1 pm

North Oakland Farmers Market, 5715 Market Street, Oakland

Free workshop. RSVP to More info here.

Vessel Gallery Acoustic Festival 

12  – 6 pm

Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

Enjoy the showcasing of Acoustic music and art this weekend at the Vessel Gallery Acoustic Festival.  Register by clicking here.

The Step Father’s Club 

1 – 3 pm

Malonga Cultural Center, 1428 Alice Street, Oakland

The Step Father’s Club is a two act faith-based play.  Tickets are $15 for children and seniors, and $18 for adults.  Visit this website for more information.

Bay Area Flash Mob 

11 AM – 4 PM

Although they have not decided where they’re going to mob (it depends on where the Occupy Oaklanders decides to march), the ’99%’ plans to have a flash mob in tow.  Produced by ‘Dancing without Borders,’ the mob has started practicing. If you want to join, click here for details about rehearsals.

The Hella Records Sale 

12 – 3 PM

1628 Webster St, Oakland

Music lovers in Oakland, this may be for you.  People will be selling vinyls at Spice Monkey this Saturday.  It’s free admissions; just bring cash to buy your favorite records.  Interested?  Click here.

ANNAPURNA by Sharr White 

2:30 PM

Laney College Theater, 
900 Fallon St., Oakland

This Saturday, watch a play of ‘love and loss’ at the Laney College theatre. This event is free and seating is limited.  For more information, click here.

Hella Gay: Sock Hop/HF with Hard French DJs

Doors open 9 pm.

The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

A dance competition with cash prizes. Free before 10 pm, $7 after 10 pm. More info here.

Spider Garage, Milf, The Rockingles, and Cylcoptopus 

9 pm

Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Alternative rock and band covers from the 70s and 80s for $5. More info here.

Smoove Saturday with DJ Mark Di Vita & Ouma

10 pm

Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland

DJ Mark Di Vita will be on the 1s and 2s spinning some fresh old school hip hop, world music, and neo soul tunes. $5 before 11 pm, $10 after. More info here.

Rock-n-Ink Rebel Tour

Doors open at 4 pm, Show at 5 pm

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

A benefit show for Breast Cancer Awareness & Prevention set up by the Tata’s for Live fund, featuring 15 Live bands, a tattoo artist, a contest and more. $10 – $15. More info here.

Big Kids, Big Eyes, Acid Fast, Broken Men

7 pm – 12 am

Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Oakland

Bands from Oakland and NYC perform. More info here.

Sunday November 20

Sunday Strolls: Redwood Regional Park 

10 am – 12 pm

7867 Redwood Rd, Oakland, CA

Enjoy a serene Sunday morning by taking a walk through nature. More info here.

Puppet Show: The Velveteen Rabbit

11 am, 2 pm, & 4 pm

Children’s Fairyland, on the shore of Lake Merritt at Grand Avenue and Bellevue, Oakland

Based on Margery William’s original story. More info here.

Cathedral Organ Concert

5:00 – 6:00 PM

The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland

Organist Gail Archer from New York City will be in Oakland this Sunday for the Cathedral Organ Concert.  This event is free.  Want to know more?  Click here.

Oakland Museum of California Artist Talks

2:00 PM

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland

The Day of the Dead exhibit at OMCA is still happening.  Artist Consuelo Jiménez Underwood will be at the museum on Sunday to talk about her work.  The artist talk is free to OMCA members.  Learn more here.

Beats & Food at the Oasis


Oasis Bar & Grill, 135 12th St(between Oak St & Madison St), Oakland

Enjoy music, food, and live hip-hop performances at Oasis Bar & Grill this Sunday.  Here’s the website for more information.

The Shepeoples Collective


Club VITUS (in Jack London Square), 201 Broadway, Oakland

This Sunday at Club Vitus, there will be live performances, a DJ and even door prizes. It will cost $5 before 8:30, and $10 after. For more information, click here.


9:00 PM

The New Parish, 579 18th Street (at San Pablo)
Oakland, CA

Enjoy a live performance by Mirah featuring the real vocal string quaret on Sunday night.  Tickets are $15. For more information, visit here.


7 pm and 9 pm

Yoshi’s Jazz Club, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

If you didn’t catch her on Friday or Saturday night, this is the last night to catch Oakland’s own neo-soul jazz artist at Yoshi’s. More info and how to purchase tickets here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings

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.

Got an Oakland event to share for next weekend’s events listing? Send info including address, time, and ticket price for events taking place in Oakland to 



  1. ken on November 18, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Thanks for the mention of Vessel’s Acoustic Music Festival! Hope you will join us! SAT 11/19 Noon-6PM!

  2. tony on November 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Bites off Broadway ended for the year Oct 21


    Miss Pearl’s is closed (until Dec) due to severe water damage, so no Comedy Off Broadway.

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