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This weekend in Oakland

on April 27, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of April 27-29, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, April 27

Summer Nights at OMCA
5 – 9 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

OMCA will stay open late on Friday nights this summer, with half price admission after 5 pm, deejays from Amoeba Music and films from 1968. This week catch a screening of Bullitt, and screen printing with artist Michael Wertz from 5 – 6:30 pm. More information here.

American Red Cross Blood Drive
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Eastmont Mall Wellness Center, Suite 100, 6995 Foothill Boulevard in Oakland

People ages 17 and older, in good health who weigh over 110 pounds, can donate blood to help Bay Area hospital patients. To schedule an appointment visit (enter sponsor code: SupervisorMiley) or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Paco de Lucia
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia performs with an 8-piece dance and vocal ensemble. More information and ticket prices here.

Benefit concert for the Oakland R.O.O.T.S collective
8 pm
VITUS, 201 Broadway, Oakland

Live music from Forrest Day and other local Oakland entertainers to support an all-Oakland artists’ collective.

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

With Norma Fraser and the Ladies of Ska. Tickets $17-$20. More information here.

Cedar Walton
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Jazz pianist Cedar Walton begins a three-night stand at Yoshis. Shows continue through April 29. Times and ticket prices here.

8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

With Mastadon and Ghost. More information and ticket prices here.

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

With Javier Naverette and Juan Carlos. Ages 18+. Admission $10-13. More information here.

X-Over Music Series
6-10 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

A monthly live music series curated by Sarah Sexton of Oakland Indie Mayhem. More information here.

Tragedy, Talk Is Poison, Hunting Party, Replica, Negative Standards
7 pm
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

All ages show. Tickets $10. More info here.

MJ’s Brass Boppers
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

New Orleans style brass band. More information here.

The Ghost Trade, Mystery School, Plastic Villains, Rural
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Babs Johnson Gang, Hooray for Everything, 100% Detach Dolls
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.



The EB+SF+SJ+LA (HELLA BIG) Bike Party
7:30 pm
Lake Merritt BART Station, 800 Madison St. Oakland, CA 94607

EB Bike Party, SF Bike Party, SJ Bike Party and the Midnight Ridazz from L.A team up for a group ride. Wear your biggest hat, sunglasses or other large accessories. More information and route here.

D.I.Y. Coffee Bean Roasting Workshop
1 – 2 pm
Marion and Rose’s Workshop,
461 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Learn the basics of home coffee roasting with coffeebike founder Eric Cabunoc. Tickets $25. More information here.

Great American Cleanup
9 am-noon
Verdese Carter Park, enter at 96th just west of Bancroft Avenue

Volunteers and the Oakland Parks Coalition will help clean up the Bancroft Median, plant trees and paint murals at East Oakland Pride, and build raised beds at Verdese Carter Park. Bring a water bottle and hand tools or gloves if you would like. Light lunch, latex gloves and tools provided. More info here.

Notes & Words: An Event for Children’s Hospital & Research Center of Oakland
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Featuring Cake, Michael Chabon, Anne Lamott, Kelly Corrigan, John Hodgman. More information and ticket prices here.

Educators’ Open House
4 – 7 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Late night exhibit hours for teachers, plus poster printing in the All of Us or None exhibition hall with Bay Area artist Michael Wertz. More information here.

Author Appearance: Fred Setterberg
2 pm
Oakland Public Library Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale, Oakland

Fred Setterberg reads from Lunch Bucket Paradise.

Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books
10:30 am at Oakland Public Library, Cesar Chavez Branch, 3301 East 12th St., Ste. 271
2 pm at Montclair Branch, 1687 Mountain Blvd.
4:30 pm at Rockridge Branch, 5366 College Ave.

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

Peace Stand-In
11 am
Intersection of Edgewater and Pendleton Avenues, Oakland

Soldiers Against Violence Everywhere and True Vine Ministries are organizing a stand-in in memory of the victims of the Oikos University shooting. More information here.

A Spring Choral Concert
7:30 PM
McLean Chapel, Holy Names University, Oakland

The Holy Names University Chamber Singers, Graduate Ensemble, and University Chorus perform pieces by Copland, Kodály, Mozart, Palestrina, and more. Admission: $10 general, $5 seniors/students, free for Holy Names University faculty, staff, students, and alumni. More information here.

Roda de Samba, Pre-Carnaval Brazilian party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am
FICA Oakland, 2513 Magnolia St., Oakland

A night of samba music, drums, and dance, featuring Roda de samba with Jorge Alabe and guests, Bateria show with Grupo Samba Rio drum ensemble, a performance by Samba Rio Dancers and Brazilian food and refreshments. Admission $10. More information here.

Hella Gay Oakland Dance Party
9 pm – 2 am
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Dance party featuring Dj’s Gstar, The Pink Narcissus, Dj Jocelyn and film projections from The Big Gay Warehouse. Admission free before 10 pm. More information here.

The Laura Wiley Quartet
8 pm
Cosmo’s Jazz Spot 4609 Shattuck Ave, Oakland

Laura Wiley (vocals/flute), Gary Zellerbach (guitar), Bruce Barrett (double bass) and Glen Iwaoka (drums). Admission $10-$20, free CD with admission. Call 510-517-3811 for reservations.

The Drumson Richardson Jazz Ensemble
8:00 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

$7 cover. More info here.

Vanessa Lowe, The Crane and The Crow, and Art Elliot
7 – 10 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

More information here.

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

Ages 21+ show. Admission $10. More information here.

Annie Sampson
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

R&B, soul and rock. More information here.

Jackal Fleece, Satya Sena, Electric Chair Repair Co, DimesLand
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

The Yes Go’s, Apogee Sound Club, D’Jelly Brains
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.
Roach Gigz
8 pm
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

Admission $12. More information here.



People’s Grocery Block Party & Spring Plant Sale
noon –  4 pm
California Hotel, 3501 San Pablo, Oakland

Music, food vendors, a bouncy house, cooking demos and plants for sale. More information here.

OMCA Family: Gold Panning
12:00 – 4:00 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Drop in gold panning for kids. Included with museum admission. More information here.

An All-Dvorak Concert with the Holy Names University Orchestra
3:00 pm
Regents’ Theatre – Valley Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Names University, Oakland

Music Director Dr. Steven F. Hofer conducts the Holy Names University Orchestra in a selection of music by Antonin Dvořák including Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, 1-4, Romance in F minor, Op. 11 (Carol Braves, violin), and Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70. Admission: $10 general, $5 seniors/students, and free for Holy Names University faculty, staff, students, and alumni. More information here.

Daytime Party
2 – 10:30 pm
The Oasis Restaurant & Bar, 135 12th Street, Oakland

House music featuring deejays Jay-J, David Harness, Hector Moralez, Mancub. More information here.

Shareef Ali, Wolf & Crow, Margot James
7 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

No cover. More information here.

Mornin’ Old Sport & Erston Percy
5 pm – 8 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

More info here.

Millicent Gappell
4 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Concert Pianist Millicent Gappell will perform works by Liszt, Chopin, Debussy, Scriabin, 
and Rachmaninoff and show images of her Myth Series of glass artwork. Tickets $15. More information here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

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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