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This weekend in Oakland

on April 20, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of April 20-22, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Looking for Earth Day 2012 volunteer opportunities this weekend? Check out our separate Earth Day listings!

Friday April 20

Movie in the Park 2012 – Kung Fu Panda
6:30 – 9:30PM
Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Ave, Oakland

An outdoor movie for the family. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and warm clothing. Popcorn and hot chocolate available for purchase. More information here.

Future Fridays: Ben Burtt
6pm – 7:30pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

LucasFilms/Pixar Sound Director, Designer & Engineer Ben Burtt speaks about creating the sounds of E.T., Indian Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark and more. Limited number of tickets left. More information here.

Live Drawing Party
6 – 10 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Local artists will make drawings and sell them for $5-$45. Plus, live deejays and happy hour specials. More information here.

F3: Sideshow
6-10 pm
The Cotton Mill Lofts, 1091 Calcot Place, Oakland

A night of open studios, a design bazaar, an art gallery, performances at the Cotton Mill Theater and a sideshow featuring carnival acts, dancing and live painting. Free admission. The Fist of Flour Pizza and Five Ten Burger trucks will also be on hand. More information here.

Publication Party for “Deerhaven Pines” with Diana McRae
7 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Local author Diana McRae reads from her new novel. More information here.

Notes from the Phillipines
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Michael Morgan conducts the Oakland East Bay Symphony as they play works by Filipino composers, plus David Requiro plays Dvorak’s Cello Concert. Tickets $20-$70. More information here.

 12th Annual 4/20 Fest
Doors: 7:00 pm, show: 8:00 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Fungo Mungo with Oola Rocksteady, Spacemonkey Gangstas, Caldecott. Ages 18+ show. Tickets $18-$20. More information here.

Lisa Loeb
8 and 10 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Pop singer-songwriter. Tickets $20. More information here.

The Buzzcocks
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Punk and rock featuring Images and Emily’s Army. Tickets $35. More information here.

Steve Freund
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Chicago-style blues. More information here.

Foods Rawks IV
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Featuring Why I Ate, Reston Elementary, Hollywood R.O., Choir of Carnage and more. More information here.

BlunderBusst, The Shames, LazerWolf, The Grannies
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.

45 Sessions
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

A night of deejaying soley with 45 records. Cover: $5. More information here.

Saturday April 21

Oaklandish x Town Park launch party and skate contest
Noon – 6 pm
De Fremery Park, Oakland

A celebration of skating and skate culture featuring the release of three new Oaklandish skate decks, skate contests, prizes and mural painting, plus live music by Spoiled Roots, Las Rakas, The Richelle Scales Project and many more. More information here.

Beer, Bikes and BBQ
Pacific Cannery Lofts, 1201 Pine Street, Oakland
11 am – 2 pm

An open house and a chance to learn about development and bike plans in West Oakland. More information here.

Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books
1:30 pm at the 81st Ave Branch, 1021 81st Avenue
3:30 pm at the Elmhurst Branch, 1427 88th Ave.

A celebration of kids and books, featuring bilingual clown Chiquy Boom and a book for each kid. More information here.

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza
10:3o am – 12:30 pm
Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland

A pipe organ concert for kids featuring the story of “Peter and the Wolf.” Admission $5.  More info here.

Spring Forward!
8 pm
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

Live music featuring experimental jazz ensemble Mutual Aid Project, hip hop/funk/rock collective Bandung 55, and Rachel Lastimosa of Dirty Boots. Admission $10. More information here.

Un-Unplugged: Monthly Indie Rock Showcase with Go-Kart Mozart
7pm – 10pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Indie rock with TV Mike & D, Go Kart Mozart and Paranoids. More information here.

David Benoit
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Contemporary jazz keyboards; shows continue April 21-22. Tickets $26. Showtimes and more information here.

8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Instrumental electronic rock. Shows continue April 21-22. More information and ticket prices here.

Extra Action Marching Band
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

With Son Hop Fat and Damon & the Heathens. Tickets $15. More information here.

Melvin Seals and JGB
Doors: 8:00 pm, show: 9:00 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

With Pat Nevins. Ages 18+ show. Tickets $20-$25. More information here.

East Bay Brass Band
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Brass band. More information here.

Author and Punisher, Kowloon Walled City, Taurus, Hornss
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.

The Brothers Landau
6:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Guitar and cello duo. No cover. More information here.

Hot Einstein!
9:00 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Rock, soul and R&B. Cover: $5. More information here.

Sunday April 22

Oakland Barn Dance with Rupa & The April Fishes, and Shake Your Peace
6 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

A family-friendly dance plus dinner. Dinner at 6 pm, bands start at 7 pm. Suggested donation $10-$20. More information here.

Vintage Baseball
Mosswood Park, Oakland

The Oakland Colonels take on the Fremont Aces. More info here.

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

A workshop for writers of all levels, ages 16 and up facilitated by Peggy Simmons. Sliding scale fee of $1-$25. More information here.

Community Work Party
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Volunteers can help care for the Sensory, Palmetum, and Rhododendron Gardens. Bring a gardening tool. More information here.

Doom Dong, Easy Living, & Twerker Beez
5pm – 8pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

More information here.

Ubik, Cardinal, Wyrm
6 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information 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 25th 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.
Hot Chicks and Homeless Peeps: The Art of Ange McLane
The FLOAT Gallery, 1091 Calcot Place, Unit #116, Oakland

Photography on the border between the acceptable and the risque. Show opens April 16 and runs through May 26. 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. Samantha on April 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Tomorrow, Sunday April 22, is the Berkeley Vegan Earth Day Festival! 10am-6pm at UC Berkeley:

  2. Samantha on April 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Also! It’s DIY Day at the Jack London Square Farmer’s Market in celebration of Earth Day.

  3. Deborah Cogan on April 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Grupo Samba Rio Presents
    * Roda de Samba*
    Pre-Carnaval Brazilian party—East Bay edition!
    Sat. Apr. 28
    8:00pm – 1:00am
    at FICA Oakland
    2513 Magnolia St., west Oakland, CA
    $10 door  

    A festive night of samba music, drums, and dance, featuring:
    • Roda de samba with Jorge Alabe and guests
    • Bateria show with Grupo Samba Rio drum ensemble
    • Performance by Samba Rio Dancers
    • Delicious Brazilian dishes! including salgadinhos (coxinha de galinha, emapada, risole),
    plus other refreshments available


    For more info:; 510-601-7244;  and

  4. Wine Lover on May 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Saturday = East Bay Wine Trail!

    $50.00 buys you 5 hours of wine tasting in the East Bay, with snacks galore at each stop.

    Leave the car at home, as there are shuttle buses available. It’s also possible to ride bikes between the wineries in Alameda / Jack London Square / East Oakland

    This year’s Passport features 21 award-winning urban wineries, many not generally open to the public. The East Bay Wine Trail encompasses stunning San Francisco skyline
    views, art gallery districts, and hip urban communities in the East Bay. With stops at ten tasting rooms in the concrete jungles of
    Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda, there will be hours of imbibing and tasty hors d’ oeuvres.

    You can sample the classics–Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Noir–but also more adventurous varietals like Tempranillo, Touriga
    Nacional, and Roussanne.

    Participating wineries include: Andrew Lane, Aubin
    Cellars, Blacksmith Cellars, Carica Wines, Ehrenberg Cellars, Cerruti
    Cellars, Dashe Cellars, Eno Wines, Irish Monkey Cellars, JC Cellars,
    Periscope Cellars, Prospect 772, R&B Cellars, Rock Wall Wine
    Company, Rosenblum Cellars, Stage Left Cellars, Stomping Girl Wines, Tayerle
    Two Mile, Urban Legend, and
    Urbano Cellars

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