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This weekend in Oakland

on February 3, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of February 3-5, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, February 3

First Friday Chinese New Year Celebration
6 – 9 pm
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

Exhibit of works by Beili Lu from “Between Wind and Water,” plus Lion Dance and Chinese Folk Dance performances.  Read Oakland North’s previous coverage hereMore info here.

Moonlight Hike
5 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

A 4-5 mile moderately difficult hike under the stars led by a Chabot educator, followed by a visit to the observatory’s telescopes. Bring flashlight, water, snack and sturdy walking shoes. More info and tickets prices here.

Haiti: Rising from the Ashes 
7 – 9 pm
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard, Oakland

Fundraiser to support medical and media teams, featuring a documentary about Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. $10 suggested donation. More info here.

Weekly Art Workshop with MOCHA
3 – 5 pm
Elmhurst Branch Library, 1427 88th Ave, Oakland

Kids can join MOCHA artists to learn about art; a different theme is presented weekly. More info here.

First Friday Art Murmur
6-9 pm
Uptown Oakland

Food from carts, drinks, arts venders, and lots and lots of gallery openings. First Fridays in Uptown.

First Friday Concert Series at the Sanctuary
7:30 – 10:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway, Oakland

Featuring Chris Duncan, Joel Robinow, Heather Normandale and Hilary Guter on the 32-foot pipe organ. Sliding scale admission $5 – $15. More info here.

Swan’s Market TGIF Pop-Up Party
6-9 pm
907 Washington Street, Oakland

A new weekly pop-up market featuring food and drink from local vendors.

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. This weekend featuring Girls Rock Camp Trivia Night at 8 pm. More info and prices here.

Booking the Dead art opening
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

 Artwork by metal musicians featuring works by Ross Sewage, Chris Oxford Depressor and Sean Digestor McGrath. More info here.

Fox Theater 3rd Anniversary
5 pm
The Den at the Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

A free celebration at the Fox featuring guided tours, a silent auction and DJ sets by Lyrics Born and DJ Franchise. More info here.

The Spinners
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

The Motown legends begin a three-night stand in Oakland. Shows continue through Sunday. Showtimes and ticket prices here.

First Friday Follies
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Burlesque hosted by MC Juicy D. Light with music by Hero’s Last Mission. More info here.

Birds and Batteries, Mwahaha, Shock, Poor Baby
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie and alternative. No cover. More info here.

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

New Orleans brass. Admission $5. More info here.

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

Bop jazz. More info here.

The New Monsoon, the Jugtown Pirates
Doors at 8 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ages 18+ show, tickets $10-$15. More info here.

Joe Warner Trio
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

An evening of blues and swing classics. Tickets $15. More info here.

Saturday, February 4

Oakland Asian Cultural Center Lunar New Year Celebration
11 am – 4:30 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Oakland

A free celebration of the Year of the Dragon featuring dance and martial arts performances, artist workshops and crafts for kids. More information here.

Bollywood Berkeley 2012
6 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

National collegiate Hindi-Film Dance competition. Tickets $20 – $25. More info here. 

Jewelry by Angela O’Keefe Trunk Show
2 – 4 pm
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

Salt crystal jewelry by Angela O’Keefe for sale, as well as works by other jewelry artists. More info here.

22nd Annual African American Celebration through Poetry
1-4 pm
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline Street, Oakland

A free poetry reading in honor of Black History Month. Poets of all ages are encouraged ot participate. More info here.

MPACT – Moving Parents and Children Together
9 – 10 am
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline Street, Oakland

Luna Dance Institute offers a free workshop where parents and kids can dance and play. Light refreshments served. RSVP to 510-428-1155. More info here.

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Crafts
1:30 pm
81st Avenue Branch Library, 1021 81st Avenue, Oakland

Make a lantern to celebrate the Lantern Festival, which is held at the end of the Lunar New Year Festival. More info here. 

Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

A 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band. Ages 21+ show, tickets $12-$15. More info here.

Hubba Hubba’s Cabaret Perilous
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Cabaret. Admission $10. More info here

Jaks Benefit Show for Joe King
noon – 7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Raffle, BBQ and music. More info here.

Mountain Tamer, Stereolust, The Sweet Bones,The Golden Hearts, Cadence Myles
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More info here.

Soulful Saturday
8 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Featuring soul musician LB Muzack. No cover. More info here.

East Bay Brass Band, The She Beards
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Brass bands. More info here.

Even Taylor and Emily Zisman
7 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Keys and Frets
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Norman Landsberg on piano, Terrence Brewer on guitar, with Dan Feiszli, bass and Curt Moore, drums. Tickets $15. More info here.

Sunday, February 5

Jingletown Community Clean Up
10 – 11 am
Meet at the Peterson Art Wall

Graffiti repair, raking and plant care. Beer, water and supplies provided. More info here.

Pink Slip, Dead Set, The Open Minds
6 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Punk. More info here.

Fat Opie
7 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

No cover. More info here.
John Schott Series
5 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Ongoing Art Exhibits

Educating Oakland: the History of Oakland Public Schools, 1852-1982
Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland

Photos, documents and other artifacts showing life at Oakland schools, their architecture, and news from the school system over more than a century. Show runs January 15 – March 31. More info here. Read Oakland North’s coverage of the exhibit here.

Femme Cartel
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A new mixed media show from an all-women’s art and performance collective, featuring photography, drawings, textile art, sculpture and more. More info here.

Between Wind and Water
Vessel Gallery: 471 25th Street

Mixed media and paper cutouts. Exhibit runs through February 18. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage hereMore info here.

Slate Contemporary, 473 25th Street, Oakland

No watercolors; instead, artists in other media including photography and oil paints render works on the subject of water. Show runs through February 25. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage hereMore info here.

The SF Bay: A Media Morphology
Krowswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

A multimedia installation by Sonja Hinrichsen and Chris Treggiari that explores the Bay Area through topography. Show runs through February 11. Read Oakland North’sprevious coverage hereMore info here.

Portraits from Oakland
PHOTO, 473 25th Street, Oakland

Portraits of First Friday visitors. Show runs through February 18. More info here.

Question Bridge: Black Males
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A multimedia installation featuring videos of black men engaging in question and answer dialogue about black male identity in America. Show runs through April 22. More info here.

Spaces of Life: The Art of Sonya Rapoport
Mills College Art Museum: 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland

Interactive works from 1980-2010, including a “conceptual visit” to Rapoport’s Berkeley home and studio. Exhibit runs through March 11. More info here.

DIVINE: A Miscellany of Timeless Works
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Berkeley artist Mary Curtis Ratliff examines feminine beauty in both ancient times and modern pop culture. Exhibit runs through February 11. More info here.

Interlocking Terrain
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

An exhibit curated by Charlie Milgrim explores the connections between artificial and natural environments. Exhibit runs through February 11. More info here.

Space, Time and Architecture
Weekends, 1-4 pm or by appointment
Royal Nonesuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

New mixed media works by Luca Antonucci and Cybele Lyle including printmaking, collage and photography. More info here.

Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta 
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A retrospective of the works of Bay Area American Modernist Jeweler Margaret De Patta, featuring jewelry, ceramics, photographs and more. Exhibit runs February 4 through May 13. More info 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.

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1 Comment

  1. ken on February 5, 2012 at 10:46 am

    coming up at Vessel Gallery:

    SAT 2/11
    Music Performance: The Town Quartet
    2:30 – 5:30 PM Gorgeous classical string quartet fills the gallery, including cellist Lewis Patzner.
    SAT 2/18
    Special Music Performances – Vessel Acoustic Music Festival
    1:30 – 6PM Vessel Acoustic Music Festival, this program is designed around showcasing exquisite acoustic music in our aurally compelling architectural space. Please join us in welcoming a host of experimental musicians for an entire afternoon of music and art! Performing:
    Phillip Greenlief
    The New Leaf Society
    Joshua Marshall and friends
    Andrew Weathers Ensemble
    Roger Kim of First Day
    MON 2/20
    Special Film Screening – Girl Walk // All Day
    7PM Girl Walk // All Day is an exuberant feature-length dance music film by Director Jacob Krupnick, shot in the streets and public spaces of New York City. The entire film is set to the soundtrack All Day, the 2010 album by the mash-up musician Girl Talk, and follows three improvisational dancers — Anne Marsen, John Doyle and Daisuke Omiya — as they embark on an urban adventure across NYC over the course of one, long day.

    Girl Walk // All Day is being presented as a series of live venue-specific interactive screenings in the United States and abroad, incorporating dance, local DJs, performers, artists and more throughout 2012 and Jacob Krupnick is thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with Vessel Gallery in Oakland for a unique multi-projector screening utilizing the art space’s beautiful space. Please join members of the cast and crew for a night of film, dancing and revelry.

    Event details:
    Tickets + RSVP:

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