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This weekend in Oakland

on April 6, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of April 6-8, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday April 6

Oakland International Film Festival
Times vary
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
James Moore and Lecture Hall theaters

Oakland’s annual film event showcasing films made in Oakland as well as films on social justice, economics and environmental topics. Event runs April 6-8. Get a full list of films, showtimes and ticket prices here.

Keep It Beautiful
6:30 pm
West Grand Avenue between Broadway and Valley Street

The Great Wall of Oakland presents an outdoor screening of “Keep It Beautiful,” a 45-minute presentation of video shorts about planet Earth. 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

Friends of the Oakland Public Library Book Sale
10:30 – 5:30
The Bookmark Bookstore, 721 Washington Street, Oakland

A book sale with deeply discounted books to benefit public library programs including children’s reading and adult literacy programs. Sale continues Friday – Sunday. More information here.

Art Opening: Horizons of Promise
6-9 pm
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

A group show about humanity’s connection to the land including works by Luke Heimbigner, Christy Kovacs, Walter James Mansfield, Morgania Moore, Wayne Shaffer, Cyrus Tilton, and Sanjay Vora. Reception will feature live body painting. More information here.

8:30 pm
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

Wrestling mayhem. Tickets $10. See Oakland North’s previous coverage here. More information here.

California Honeydrops
9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Soul-influenced indie rock. Ages 18+ over show. Tickets $15-20. More information here. See Oakland North’s previous coverage of the California Honeydrops.

Hiromi Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi plays a series of shows at Yoshi’s. Shows continue Friday – Sunday. All shows $25. More information and times here.

First Friday Follies
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Burlesque featuring MC Juicy D. Light, plus Jack Dandy, Grace bones, Jaded Fox, Mojo DeVille, music by Black Angel, the ReBobs and much more. More information here.

Alcoholocaust Presents: Brian Plaskett & Nada Reyes’ Pre-Wedding Party
6 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Featuring Jingletown, Trainwreck Riders, White Murder, Jus’ Folks. Tickets $5. Ages 21+ show. More information here.

Religious Girls, Mister Loveless, French Cassettes, Saything
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie/alternative. No cover. More information here.

Men of Soul
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Featuring Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewitt. Ticket prices and other information here.

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

New Orleans style brass band. $5 cover. More info here.

Girls Rock Camp Trivia Night
8 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Trivia night runs 8-10, with deejays 6-8 pm. Free but donations welcome. More information here.

Saturday April 7

The Great Easter Egg Hunt
Noon – 3 pm
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland

Several egg hunts staged for kids of different ages, plus petting zoo, mansion tours, games, a lawn for picknicking and much more. Bring your own basket. Doors open at 11 am. Ticket prices $5 to free. More information here.

Mosswood Easter Egg Hunt
1:00 – 4:00pm
3612 Webster Street, Oakland

Free Easter Egg basket, lunch and participation in the egg hunt for each child. More information here.

Spring Egg Hunt
11 am – 1 pm
Bushrod Recreation Center, 560 59th Street, Oakland

An all ages egg hunt in the park. Bring your own basket. More information here.

Spring Green 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
9:30 am
Lake Chabot Golf Course, 11450 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Two egg hunts staged for different age groups, plus recycled plastic egg craft projects, face painting, a visit from the Eater Bunny, and free golf clinics for ages 8 and over. Registration required. More information here.

Fairyland Bunny Weekend
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Featuring the Tap Dancing Easter Bunnies at 11.30 am, plus puppet shows, storytelling and the animal of the day. More information and ticket prices here.

Spring Open House: “The Science of Art”
noon – 4 pm
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

Demonstrations and exhibits showcasing the industrial arts and science, including the science of fire, a metal pour, a bio-diesel motorcycle display, and the science of making color. Plus, art and bikes for sale, live music by Gamelan X and much more. 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.

Home Bass
9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Hip Hop featuring ill.Gates, R/D, FreakFunk, MiHKAL, Malarkey. Ages 18+ over show. Tickets $15-20. More information here.

Between Your Teeth, Self Inflicted Wounds, Modern Kicks, the Rinds
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Rock. More information here.

Womanopoloy Heavy Metal Burlesque show
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Tickets $7. More information here.

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

Cabaret. Admission $10. More information here.

Beleza Connection
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

A benefit party for Capoeira Luanda, featuring live Brazilian music, and capoeira and samba demonstrations. $10 cover. More info here.

Sara Aboulaifia, Jemmy Joe, Mana Maddy & Annah Anti-Palindrome
7 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Sunday April 8

3rd annual Egg Hunt and Springland Festival
noon – 4 pm
Franklin Recreational Center, 1010 E. 15th Street, Oakland

Two egg hunts plus face painting, a bounce house, games and refreshments. Registration required. More information here.

Sister Spit — Next Generation Oakland
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Michelle Tea hosts a multimedia performance by queer artists including author Dorothy Allison, writer and musician Brontez Purnell, and performer and playwright Erin Markey. Tickets $15. More information here.

Thee Hobo Gobbelins
8 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

No cover. More information here.

Bobby Jo Valentine and Emily Zisman
5 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

More information here.


Ongoing Art Exhibits

Paper Trails (A Zine Show)
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A zine-theme show featuring hundreds of zines, many produced locally. This show is produced in collaboration with Rock, Paper, Scissors and will run through April 12. More information 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.

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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