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This weekend in Oakland

on February 17, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of February 17-19, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday February 17

NightSchool: Detention
7 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

A night of misfit science including tattoo making and graffiti tagging. For ages 18+. Tickets $15 for the general public, $5 for members. More info here.

Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone and Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America
6 pm
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

A movie screening in council chambers as part of the city’s “A Celebration of Black History through Film” series. More info here.

Paramount Movie Classics: The Sting
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Robert Redford and Paul Newman star in the classic con-artist movie. Admission $5. More info here.

Live Drawing Party
6 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Local artists will draw live for display and for sale. Prices range from $5-$45. With music by DJ’s OZE and LIFEONE. More info here.

Author appearance: Ramona Ausubel
7 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Ramona Ausubel reads from and discusses her novel No One Here Except all of Us. More info here.

Duct Tape Wallets
4 – 5:30 pm
Oakland Library Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakand

Teens ages 12 – 18 can learn to make a wallet from duct tape. Sign up at your local branch. More info here. 

Briefs: Erotic Short Film Competition Awards Ceremony & Party
8 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Admission $5. More info here.

Condom Nation Tour
3 pm
Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is bringing an 18-wheeler to town to advocate for safer sex and pass out free condoms with the help of local government officials.

Poncho Sanchez Latin Band featuring Terence Blanchard
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

A tribute to conga drummer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie; shows run Friday through Sunday. Times and ticket prices here.

Steve Freund
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Chicago-style blues. More info here.

The 45 Sessions
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

A night of deejaying with only 45s. Admission $5. More info here.

The Lotus Moons, Plant Tribe, Cool Ghouls, Down Dirty Shake, SFPD
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
More info here.

Impaled, Blown to Bits, Theories, Out of Tune
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More info here.

Saturday February 18

Vessel Acoustic Music Festival
1 – 6 pm
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

An afternoon of experimental music and art. Featuring performances from Phillip Greenlief, The New Leaf Society, Joshua Marshall and friends, Poles of Interest, Andrew Weathers Ensemble, Roger Kim of First Day. More info here.

Mercury 20 Gallery’s artist’s talk and reception
4-6 pm
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

The gallery celebrates the opening of three new exhibits:  Mary V. Marsh’s Just Waiting for You to Look, Jody Medich’s Chairs, and smART PHONE! curated by Paul Mueller. All shows run through March 24. More info here.

Black History Month Celebration
11 am – 5 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

Games, scavenger hunts, video interviews with African-American space program pioneers and talks about African-American astronauts, plus simulated space missions. Ages 8+, kids under age 14 must be accompanied by adult. More info and ticket prices here.

Lindy Hop
3 pm film, 4-6 pm dance lesson
East Side Alliance: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Celebrate Black History Month with a series of films and dance lessons highlighting the Lindy Hop, one of the predecessors of hip hop dancing. Classes $12. More info here.

An Evening with Carlos Montes
7 pm
East Side Alliance: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

An onstage interview with activist and organizer Carlos Montes. Donations accepted. More info here.

Gardening Work Party
9 am – noon
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Community members can help work in the Sensory, Palmetum and Rhododedron gardens. More info here.

Presidents’ Day Kids’ Clothing Swap
10:30 am – 1 pm
Oakland Library Temescal Branch, 5205 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Come exchange used children’s clothing with your neighbors. Organized by local parents and hosted by the library. More info here.

Afternoon delight/Myra Kate Vaillanos and Mason Blake
3 pm/7 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

$10 pitchers start at 3 pm, with live music performance at 7 pm. More info here.

The Lovelight Blues Band Mardi Gras Party
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Celebrate Mardi Gras with blues and beads. More info here.

Lila Rose
Doors at 8 pm, show at 9
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Electronic/indie pop. With Sidecar Tommy (of Beats Antique), Mortar & Pestle, WORTH, DJ G *. Ages 21+ show, tickets $10-$15. More info here.

Hella Gay
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

DJ/Dance night. $7 cover. More info here.

Hot Einstein!
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Rock, soul and R&B. Admission $5. More info here.

Where are they now?
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

A dance party celebrating downtown Oakland. More info here.

Mentors, Get Shot, the Grannies, the Crunchees, Violation
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More info here.

Sunday February 19

OMCA Family: Painting with Music
noon – 3 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Kids can paint to live music in the Art Studio. Price included with museum admission. More info here.

Climate Ride training ride I: Easy
10 am – 2 pm
Meet at Fruitvale BART

A 31-mile ride that will end at the Fremont BART station. More info here.

Church of Craft
noon – 5 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

A drop-in afternoon of crafting; bring whatever you’re working on. Snacks to share welcome.  More info here.

Trey Songz with Big Sean
7:30 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Rapper and singer-songwriter Trey Songz performs. Ticket prices and more info here.

Actual Jazz Series
5 – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Weekly live jazz show. More info here.

Dean Harlem CD release party
7 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

No cover. More info here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

The Love Show
Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford Street, 3rd floor, Oakland

25 artists take on the topic of love, romance, broken hearts and more through photography, painting, prints and sculpture. Show runs through February 25. More info here.

The Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street, Oakland

Photographs by Michael Anthony aka “The Professor,” with Q&A’s with the artist on Saturdays. Show runs through February 24.

The Art of LetterPress
1- 6 pm
The Compound Gallery: 1167 65th Street, Oakland

Featuring work by: Lisa Berman, Matt Chase, Tim Fite, Rachel Foster, Vanessa Huang, Jemmy Joe, Claire Kessler-Bradner, Bryan Kring,  Mary Laird,  Studio Lorzig, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., Rebecca Peters, Lisa Rappoport,  Two Fine Chaps and more. Show runs through March 25. More info here.

Mary V. Marsh: Just Waiting for You to Look; Jody Medich: Chairs; and smART PHONE! curated by Paul MuellerMercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Three new exhibits at Mercury 20 Gallery explore work in large-scale prints, the visual language of chairs, and photography made with camera phones. Shows run through March 24. More info here.

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 hereRead Oakland North’s coverage of the exhibit 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.

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.

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. Carol Brouillet on February 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Occupy the 2012 Election: Let’s Govern
    All occupiers and citizens are invited to “Occupy the 2012 Election: Let’s Govern”, a public forum at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:30-12 Noon. The forum will have speakers presenting scenarios for governing by electing Justice or other party candidates in 2012. Rocky Anderson, Justice Party Candidate for President will speak, along with greens, peace and freedom, and groups from the community– occupy, labor, immigrants, students, seniors, environment, and peace and justice groups– who want the election to further their goals of economic, environmental and social justice. For example, end the wars of illegal occupation, stop drone strikes on innocents, reverse Citizens United, fund green jobs, make tuition affordable, protect services to older people, close Guantanamo prison, prosecute Rumsfeld and Yoo for complicity in torture. Music, youth performance, refreshments. Get in touch: Cynthia, Justice Party USA Western States Coordinator, 510-333-6097 cynthiap.justice [at]

    “Democracy is not something you believe in or hang your hat on, but something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy stumbles and falls. If you participate, the future is yours.” Abbie Hoffman

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