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This weekend in Oakland

on February 24, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of February 24-26, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday February 24

Fireside Lounge: Industrial Strength
6:30 – 9:30 pm
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

Live industrial arts demonstrations including jewelry, blacksmithing, welding and fire performance, plus panel discussion on women in industrial arts, art show and more. Tickets $10; free for Crucible members. More info here.

Dance Dance Museum Revolution
7 pm – midnight
The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, 610 16th Street, Oakland

All ages party with DJs and video games. $10 suggested donation. More info here.

Image Comic Expo
Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th Street, Oakland

A three-day comic expo featuring the Image Comics founders and many special guests. Expo runs February 24-26. More info, prices and a line up of speakers here.

Heroes & Giants
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

The Oakland East Bay Symphony, conducted by Michael Morgan, presents Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, as well as music by composers Erwin Schulhoff and Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Ticket prices and other info here.

Eyes on the Prize II
7 pm
East Side Alliance: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Free movie screening, followed by a Q&A and discussion. More info here.

Decompression Sessions
4 – 10 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 DJ Swoops and DJ DP. More info and prices here.

Live Blues Guitar with Henry May
6 – 8 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Henry May plays acoustic blues. More info here.

Noise Pop 20
7:30 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Featuring Porter Robinson, Adventure Club, The M Machine, pennybirdrabbit, B33SON. More info here.

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater performs To Billie with Love: A Celebration of Lady Day. Show runs February 24-25. More info and ticket prices here.

Image Expo Welcome Party
8 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

A benefit party celebrating comics, music and free speech. Admission $10. More info here.

Tim Kaihatsu, Rat Band All-Stars
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Rock. More info here.

The Broken Opera, Seven Year War, Raised Threshold, Don’t Fight the Giants
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More info here.

Bell Witch, Worm, Ouroboros, Alaric, Sutekh, Hexen, Apocryphon
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More info here

Chaunce-E & 1 O.A.K.
10 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Hip-hop, funk, and gospel. No cover. More info here. 


Saturday February 25

Black History Weekend
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Featuring Muriel Johnson’s storytelling using traditional folktales. More info here.

“New Era, New Politics” walking tour
10 am
African American Museum & Library at Oakland: 659 14th Street, Oakland

A free walking tour to learn about places in Oakland where African American leaders have made their marks. Reservations needed, more info here.

Reception for the Artist: Lowell Darling
4 pm interview, 5 – 8 pm reception
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Opening reception for the exhibit “This Is Your Life,” featuring videos, stories and more from conceptual artist Lowell Darling. Interview with the artist at 4 pm  Featuring live music by Smooth Toad. Exhibit runs through March 2. More info here.

Friends of Elmhurst Library Litter Walk
10:15 – 11:30 am
Elmhurst Branch, 1427 88th Ave, Oakland

Help the friends of the library staff clean up litter along 88th Avenue. Pickup sticks, gloves and bags provided. More info here.

African American Quilters of Oakland Demo & Workshop
1 – 4 pm
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline Street, Oakland

A free quilting workshop with supplies provided. All ages welcome. More info here.

Skyline Jazz Band
1 – 2 pm
Oakland Public Library, Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

Skyline High’s jazz band plays at the library. More info here.

Joint Workshop with the Community Stakeholder Group
9 am – noonLaney Bistro, Laney College, 900 Fallon Street

City staff will present the Draft Preferred Plan for the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan that will include open space and development strategies for the area. More info here.

Meet Deanna Santana
10 am – noon
Peralta Elementary School, 460 63rd Street, Oakland

A meeting to get to know Oakland’s new city administrator better, featuring snacks and beverages. Hosted by councilmember Jane Brunner’s Community Advisory meeting. More info here.

Blood History, Our History
10 am – 4 pm
Jack London Square, Oakland

The Blood Centers of the Pacific host a blood drive to encourage African Americans to donate blood. Featuring raffle prizes, an appearance by La Toya London, and free movie tickets for blood donors. More info here.

Afternoon Delight
3 – 7 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

$10 pitchers, followed by live music at 7 pm from Dan Seidel and Katie Holman with Big Lion. More info here.

The People Party
9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

21+ show, tickets $10. More info here.

Annie Sampson
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Blues and R&B. More info here.

Trouble with Monkees, The Hormones, Punk Floyd, Texas Thunder
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Monkees, Ramones, Pink Floyd and ZZ Top tribute bands. More info here.

Therapeutic Noise presents a night of Psych/Sludge/Doom metal
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Featuring Prizehog, Iron Mtn, Abstracter, Mourning Ring. More info here.

Tim and Stash’s 10th Annual Birthday Bash
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Featuring High on Fire, Fracas, Rockonigles. Tickets $10. More info here.

Will Magid Trio
9.30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

$5 cover. More info here.

William Beatty
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Jazz piano. Tickets $15. More info here.

Sunday February 26

OMCA Family: Storytelling
noon – 3 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Drop in arts and crafts stations to make art with OMCA artists and listen to stories. Included with museum admission. More info here.

Zine Reading: Cindy Crabb
5 – 6 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Cindy Crabb of the zine The Encyclopedia of Doris, will read from her latest anthology. More info here.

Uniquely Yours Writing Workshop
7 – 9:30 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Peggy Simmons leads a writing workshop for writers of all experience levels and genres, ages 16 and up. $1-$25 sliding scale fee. More info here.

Poetry Flash with Willis Barnstone and Stanley Moss
3 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Two poets read from and discuss their works. More info here. 

Fiveplay Jazz Quintet
3:30 – 5:30 pm
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway, Oakland

Five piece jazz band featuring Laura Klein (piano), Tony Corman (guitar), Dave Tidball (woodwinds), Paul Smith (bass), and Musically Minded teacher Alan Hall (drums). More info and ticket prices here.

Last Sunday Soul Sessions
5 – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

DJs Brycon and Deezlee spin soul, R&B and hip hop 45s. More info here.

The Sumner Brothers
Doors at 8, show at 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

With Willy Tea Taylor, Lila Nelson. 18+ show, tickets $5-8. More info here.

Con Brio & Kim Kenney
7 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

No cover. More info here.

Composers Inc.
4 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

New music by American composers. Tickets $17 general, $14 students. 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. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage here.

Mary V. Marsh: Just Waiting for You to Look; Jody Medich: Chairs; and smART PHONE! curated by Paul Mueller
Mercury 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. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage 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. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage 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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