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on April 13, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of April 13-15, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday April 13

Opening reception: 10 Connect :: A group show of ten artists
6 – 9pm
The Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford Street, 3rd Floor, Oakland

An exhibition by ten female artists, all current or former residents of the Gray Loft Gallery, that explores how friendships shape artistic practice and the artists’ sense of place. More info here.

Art Opening: Nerd/Cool: Robots, Zombies and the Girl Next Door
8 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Art by Jen Oaks, Beca Irizarry, Steven Chunn, Maggie Hurley, Kane Lynch and Billy Darr. Live music by DJ Joe Rice from 6-8 pm and from John Rybak + Friends 8 – 10 pm.

Box office opens at 6 pm, show at 8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray star in the 1982 comedy. All tickets $5. More info here.

Clipper Around the World Racers
Jack London Square, 98 Broadway, Oakland

Ten 68-foot racing yachts competing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race will be docked and on display through April 14. More information here.

Movie Marathon
4 – 10 pm
East Side Alliance: 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

A fundraiser for the 2012 Mike Dream Courts at the annual Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival, featuring screenings of “Drop Squad,” “Tales from the Hood,” speeches by Malcolm X and more. Tickets $5 before 5 pm and $7 after. More information here.

Jonathan Richman
8 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Indie rock. All ages show. Tickets $15. More information here.

Dead Winter Carpenters/Jonathan Richman Afterparty
10 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ages 18 and over show. Tickets $7-10. More information here.

The Bad Plus
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

An avant garde and deconstructionist mix of jazz, pop and electronic music. Show runs Friday through Sunday. More information about times and ticket prices here.

Wayne “the Train” Hancock, 77 El Deora, Golden West Trio
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Tickets $12. More information here.

Damon & The Heathens
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Rock/funk/punk. More information here.

Broun Fellinis
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Postmodern jazz. Cover $5. More information here.

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

New solo piano music.  Admission $15. More info here.

Points North, My Victim, Mad at Sam, Deadlands, Hellfire, Toy Called God
6 pm
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

Metal. Tickets $10. More info here.

Calling Morocco, The Plastic Revolution, Deborah Crooks, Lindy LaFontaine
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More info here.

Saturday April 14

Opening Party & Artists’ Talk: Object Lessons
4-6 pm
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Painters Eric Bohr and Terryl Dunn and the artists of the group show Object Lessons will speak about their paintings, sculpture and photography currently on view at the gallery. More information here.

Stitch Kitchen Production Sewing Lab Series
9 am – noon
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

A series of six classes that will teach students how to make home items such as lunch bags, shower curtains, pillows, cushions, kitchen aprons and tool belts. Ages 7 and up, no experience necessary. Cost $150 for the whole series or $30/class. Series continues through May 26. More information here.

OMCA In-the-Mix Series: Black Male Identity
1 – 2 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Question Bridge: Black Males artist Chris Johnson discusses the ideas and themes behind his multimedia exhibit. Free with museum admission. More information here.

Library Day
MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland

Get in free to the Museum of Children’s Art by showing your library card, plus a book reading by a librarian at 1 pm. More info here.

Holy Names University Music Department Presents: Opera Scenes
7:30 pm
Regents’ Theatre, Holy Names University, Valley Center for the Performing Arts

An evening of scenes and arias from the operas of Handel, Mozart, Bizet, Thomas, Delibes, Offenbach, Adam, Massenet, Verdi, Poulenc, and Britten fully staged and costumed, with piano accompaniment, under the direction of Monroe Kanouse. Admission: $10 general, $5 seniors/students, Holy Names University faculty, staff and students free. More information here.

Mills College Native Alliance Pow Wow
10 am – 6 pm
Toyon Meadow, Mills College Campus, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613

A celebration of Native American art, dance and music. More info here.

Thai Yoga Partner Massage Workshop
2 -5 pm
Mountain Yoga, 2071 Antioch Court, Suite 100, Oakland

Charlie Bennett leads a massage workshop. Admission $45-55. More info here.

About the Music Presents: Deeper Side of Soul
9 pm – 2am
La Estrellita Cafe – 446 East 12th Street, Oakland, Ca

House music every second Saturday featuring a rotating crew of deejays and live percussion. No cover. More information here.

Ukelele Love-In
7 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Featuring The Paper Dolls & Mandalyn May with a guest lesson by Mike DaSilva. Bring your ukelele or ukelele music if you have them. $5-10 contribution. More information here.

Reggae Gold
9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Reggae. Ages 21+ show. More information here.

Prima Donna, Dixon
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Tickets $10. More information here.

Blue Bone Express & Hot Pink Feathers
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Brass band and burlesque. More information here.

Canto Ostinato
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Jed Distler and Jerry Kuderna offer a duo piano recital. Admission $15, $10 students and seniors. More info here. 

DeeJay Lady Ryan
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Cover $5. More information here.

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

More info here.

Sunday April 15

Oakland Veg Week
Dates and times vary

A series of food-related events for Oakland Veg Week kicks off with a Vegan Cooking Demonstration with Allison Rivers Samson of Allison’s Gourmet. Registration required; more information about times and location here. Other events including lectures, cooking demonstrations and film screenings will continue throughout the week. More information here.

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

A crafting open house. Bring any DIY or craft project you have been working on or snacks to share. More information here.

RPS Clothing swap
1 pm – 4 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Bring clean used clothing and swap clothes with your neighbors. Bring bags to take home your new clothes. $2 donation required. More information here.

Oakland Colonels vs. San Francisco Pacifics
12:30 pm
Mosswood Park, Oakland

A Bay Area Vintage Base Ball match up, with teams playing by rules from the late 19th Century. More info here.

OMCA Family DIY: Do It Yourself Jewelry Crafts for Children and Teens
Noon – 3 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Drop in arts and crafts. More information here.

Durango Taqueria Celebration
10 am – 2 pm
3601 Fruitvale

Celebration for the taqueria’s new location with free tacos and mariachi music.

Eat Better, Move More
Times vary
Jack London Square between Clay and Washington Streets

Throughout the day during the farmers’ market, there will be cooking demos, nutrition consultations, yoga, qi gong, capoeira, and zumba. More info here. 

Building Bridges and Breaking Borders: An afternoon with Eddie Palmieri

1:30 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Latin Jazz and salsa. Tickets $10-$30 More information here.

Ximena Sarinana
8:30 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Spanish-language singer-songwriter. All ages show. Tickets $18. More information here.

Jaks Skateboard Party
3 – 10 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Featuring Fucktard, Speed Wobble, Maniacle Rejects and more. More information here.

Eli Conley
7 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

American roots music. No cover. More information here.

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

Weekly live jazz music. More information here.

Audrey Vardanega and Friends
4 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, OaklandChamber music. Admission $15. More info here. 

Ongoing Art Exhibits

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-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.

Horizons of Promise
Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday, 11-6PM
Vessel Gallery, 471 25^th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, 510 893 8800

A group show exploring the relationship between humanity and the land including works by Luke Heimbigner, Walter James Mansfield, Morgania Moore, Wayne Shaffer, Cyrus Tilton, and Sanjay Vora. Show runs through April 28. More info here. 

Clusternook by Wonderboom!
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-7pm, Sunday 12-5pm, open late for First Fridays until 9 pm
Marion and Rose’s Workshop 461 9th St, Oakland

An eclectic art installation by the Wonderboom collective  featuring a clubhouse and art made from garage sale finds, reclaimed wood and other kitsch objects. Show runs through May 19. More info here.

Illuminations: Varese Layzer, RKDB, Julia Shirar
Fridays 3-6 (First Fridays till 9), Saturdays 1-5, and by appointment
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23d Street, Oakland

A three-person exhibition featuring photographs by Varese Layzer, video and installation by RKDB (Bob Beier), and video by Julia Shirar. Show runs though April 28. More info here.

10 Connect :: A group show of ten artists
Weekend dates: Saturdays from 2 – 6 pm and by appointment
The Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford Street, 3rd Floor, Oakland

An exhibition by ten female artists, all current or former residents of the Gray Loft Gallery, that explores how friendships shape artistic practice and the artists’ sense of place. More info here.

Nerd/Cool: Robots, Zombies and the Girl Next Door
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Art by Jen Oaks, Beca Irizarry, Steven Chunn, Maggie Hurley, Kane Lynch and Billy Darr. Sci fi, comic and other nerdy art. 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. A Verb for Keeping Warm on April 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Rebecca Burgess and Destiny Kinal Reading and Book Signing
    Sunday, April 15th, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

    Rebecca Burgess and Destiny Kinal will visit A Verb for Keeping Warm at 6328 San Pablo Avenue (cross street is Alcatraz) to give readings and sign copies of their visionary books.

    Rebecca Burgess will read from her book, “Harvesting Color,” a guide to identifying plants which yield beautiful natural dyes, how to harvest and how to dye with them. Harvesting Color is an essential guide to the growing field, for crafters and DIYers; for ecologists and botanists; and for artists, textile designers, and art students who share an appreciation for ecological restoration, and dye plant cultivation.

    Rebecca will also talk about Fibershed, her non-profit organization that supports the collaboration of small scale farmers with local artisans to generate a growing and thriving bioregional textile culture that functions hand-in-hand with principles of ecological balance, local economies, and regional organic agriculture.

    “‘Burning Silk,’ the debut novel by Destiny Kinal, is a sensual adventure that begins where textiles and fragrances interlace among the women at the helm of a new silk enterprise in the craftsmaking community of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In this forgotten chapter of history, saliva and silkworms are the tools of industry and women must struggle to wrest the dominion of their business from the hands of men. The first in a trilogy, Burning Silk introduces the saga of the Duladier House of Silk through the tale of its youngest maitresse, Catherine, during her migration from France to expand her family’s business to the New World. Catherine must protect both her silkworms and herself from parfumiers out to exploit the fragrance of passion, all the while struggling to uphold her role as the head of her magnanerie against a personal secret that threatens to unravel everything.”
    Destiny Kinal is a writer, book artist, marketing consultant, feminist, bioregionalist and publisher. And, yes, that is her real name, awarded to her at birth by far-seeing parents. Kinal lives in Berkeley, California and western New York. Destiny will read from Burning Silk, her first novel in a planned series, The Textile Trilogy, which is followed by Linen Shroud, set around the U. S Civil War.

    About A Verb for Keeping Warm

    A Verb for Keeping Warm is an interactive space that features a retail fabric and fiber arts store, classroom, meeting place, dye garden, and production studio for artisanal naturally dyed yarn and fiber.

    Media Contact:

    Kristine Vejar

  2. A Verb for Keeping Warm on April 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Alabama Chanin Book Signing
    April 19th, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at A Verb for Keeping Warm, 6328 San Pablo Avenue, cross street Alcatraz

    Natalie Chanin creator and creative director of Alabama Chanin will visit the store and sign her book, Alabama Studio Style.

    Her company, Alabama Chanin, is dedicated to creating hand made clothing out of sustainable materials, such as organic cotton. She has published three books, all focusing upon her beautiful aesthetic, and encouraging people to slow down, and to make their own clothing.

    Her books and her DIY kits will be available for sale.

    Please RSVP.
    info@averbforkeepingwarm – or – 510.595.verb

    This event is free.

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  4. Joan Evans on May 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    “Bringing Peace to the Heart of Oakland”

    OAKLAND – Several hundred people are expected to attend the free 4th annual Inner Peace Festival at the Lake Merritt Pergola (599 El Embarcadero, Oakland) on Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for cultural and arts performances, fun, all-ages activities, and a celebration of peace and community in Oakland. The festival, a collaborative event with many local nonprofits, is offered as a gift to the city each year by The Center of Light, Oakland, a meditation center and spiritual school.

    “The Inner Peace Festival is a celebration of what makes Oakland great — people coming together in a spirit of peace, diversity, and cooperation,” said Master Leora Bernard, the director of the center. “We love to have it at Lake Merritt because it is the heart of Oakland.”

    Highlights of this year’s festival will include:
    • Two “flash mob” performances by Destiny Arts Center, a youth violence prevention organization (two performances between 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
    • A performance by the Oakland Youth Chorus at 4 p.m.
    • Lots of interactive activities for festival-goers throughout the day: a free yoga class taught by Niroga Institute, a Med Mob, Dances of Universal Peace led by the local Sufi community, a labyrinth, community drum circle, face painting and kids’ area, meditation deck, prayer flag-making, a Virgin of Guadalupe shrine sponsored by local retailer Corazón del Pueblo, and more
    • Participants will be invited to plant “Seeds of Peace” and take their seeds home to grow. Flower seeds and pots donated by the Community Garden Program of the City of Oakland.
    • Many loaves of bread, sweet treats, and beverages will be handed out to festival-goers, thanks to the generosity of local businesses.

    Current donors and sponsors include Acme Bread, Arizmendi, Azure Salon, Farley’s East, FLEX Circuit Gym, The Food Mill, Fortune Cookie Factory, FUZE, Grand Lake ACE Hardware, Grand Lake Coffee House, Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, City of Oakland Community Gardening Program, Mandela Foods Cooperative, Nika Water, No Bakery, Noah’s Bagels, The Bread Workshop, Panera Bread, Piedmont Theater, Rainforest Skin Care, Trader Joe’s, and Vital Vittles.

    Regina Williams, a past participant of the Inner Peace Festival, said she looks forward to the festival each year. “It’s such a great event — for me and my kids. There’s really something for everyone.”

    Master Leora Bernard, Director,Center of Light, Oakland: 510-207-6593
    Deacon Joan Evans, event coordinator: 510-710-9000

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