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This weekend in Oakland

on March 2, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of March 2-4, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, March 2

Temescal Spring Art Hop
6-9 pm
Telegraph Avenue between 43
rd and 57th Streets 

Galleries, cafes, bars and other local businesses open their doors for a night of arts and strolling the neighborhood. As you head into each business, collect a stamp on a card that you can later submit to a raffle to win prizes. More info here.

An Evening of Art at Youth Radio
6 – 7:30 pm
Youth Radio, 1701 Broadway, Oakland CA 94612

Youth Radio celebrates the unveiling of its soundscape stairwell exhibit, Color and Climate, a collaboration with visual artist Lois Wachner Solomon. The event will feature a presentation by special guest, AcademyAward-winning Sound Designer, Gary Rydstrom. Paintings from Oakland-based artist Jonathan Holt will be on display. More information and RSVP here.

Girls Rock Music Trivia Night
8 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Play in teams of 3-6. Event is free but donations go to Girls Rock Camp. More info here.

8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Comedian Sinbad performs live. Ticket prices and more information here.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

Make a Cat in the Hat finger puppet in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America week. Ages 6 and up. More information here.

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

A 4-5 mile moderately strenuous hike through the redwoods with a Chabot educator who will speak about astronomy and nature. Stay afterwards to look through the center’s telescopes. Bring walking shoes, water bottle, binoculars. Registration encouraged. More information 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. This week featuring a Martial Arts performance by Oakland Kajukenbo students at 7 pm.

Woven Through Time opening reception
6-9 pm
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

A group show celebrating National Women’s History Month through women’s art and craft. Featuring art by Natalie Cartwright, Ema, Mari Marks, Beili Liu, Liz Koerner, Christy Kovacs, and Allyce Wood. More information here.

Night opening reception
6 – 9:30 pm
RES IPSA Gallery, 445 17th Street, Oakland

Paintings by New York artist Nick Weber in a collection called “Night.” Exhibition runs through April 13. More information here.

Barbara Pool artist reception
5 – 7 pm
Sorrella di Zza’s wine bar, 550 Grand Avenue, Oakland

Etchings, woodcuts and monoprints by Marin County artist Barbara Pool. Exhibit runs through March 29.

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

The legendary grunge/punk band returns. Featuring East Bay Ray and The Killer Smiles, Peligro (feat DH Peligro), Legendary Stardust Cowboy (feat Klaus Flouride), Including After Show Jam w Insane Punk Posse. Tickets $15-20, all ages show. More information here.

John Santos Sextet: Caribe / Brazil with special guests Jovino Santos Neto & Anthony Blea
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Latin Jazz and an open dance floor. Show continues March 3-4. More information and ticket prices here.

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

Bop Jazz. More information here.

First Friday Follies
9: 30 pm
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oaklan

Featuring the music of Lady Gaga, dancing, Shadow Circus Creature Theatre and music by Against Leo. More information here.

Kristen Napier’s Art Opening and Show
6 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Featuring Rat Damage, Concussion, Deception, Rhygin H.C. More information here.

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

New Orleans style brass band. Admission $5. More information here.

The Blank Tapes
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie Rock. With Whiskerman, Tumbleweed Wanderers, the Love Dimension. No cover. More information here.

Saturday, March 3

White Elephant Sale
10 am – 4 pm
333 Lancaster Street, Oakland

The annual (and enormous) museum benefit rummage sale. Sift through an entire warehouse full of used furniture, dishware, clothing, toys and much much more. Free admission. Sale continues through Sunday March 4. More information 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.

Climate Ride training ride I: intermediate
10 am – 2 pm
Meet at Fruitvale BART adjacent to Powderface

A training ride that will end at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. More information here.

Gardens at Lake Merritt community volunteer work party
am – noon
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Volunteers can work in the Mediterranean Garden. More information here.

Build Legos with Play-Well Teknologies
1 – 2:30 pm
81st Ave Library Branch, 1021 81st Avenue, Oakland 

Instructors from Play-Well Teknologies will bring a ton of Legos to the library for kids to use. More information here.

Art opening: Photobooth portraits by Lena Zentgraf
5 – 7 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland 

Portraits during the opening of Alternate Takes, the art show currently on exhibit at the café. More information here.

J. Boog
9:30 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Featuring Hot Rain and DJ Smoky. Ages 21+ show. Tickets $32-35. More information here.

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

Oakland/Mississippi/Chicago-style blues. More information here.

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

Cabaret. Admission $10. More information here.

Metal Mother/Mortar and Pestle
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Soul/rock/pop. No cover. More information here.

Johanna Chase and David Shane Smith
7 – 10 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Funky folk and electronic pop. More information here.

The Hobo Gobbelins, Blood of Kvasir, The Black Hats, Liz O
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Ghoul, Side Effects, Pilager, Siafu
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.

Sunday, March 4

Oakland Running Festival practice run #2
8 am – noon
Meet at Snow Park near 19
th Street and Harrison 

Practice runs for the 20, 13.1 and 3.1 mile races to prepare for the marathon in three weeks. More information and RSVP here.

Parklets for the People Briefing
2 – 3 pm
436 14th Street, Oakland – Second Floor Conference Room 

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland’s Parklets team provides a public briefing on the effort to bring pocket-sized parks to the city and information about how to bring a parklet to your own area. More information here.

Squidling Bros Circus Sideshow
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Sword swallowing, a bed of nails and more. More information here.

Schoolboy Q
9:00 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

All ages show. Tickets $20. More information here.

Actual Jazz Series
5 – 8 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

The John Schott Trio + special guests. More information here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

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.

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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1 Comment

  1. Matthew Siee on March 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Vintage baseball is back at Mosswood Park this Sunday. The Oakland Colonels return to take on the new formed Berkeley Monarchs. See how the game was meant to be played. Sunday 12:30pm at Mosswood Park.

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