This weekend in Oakland

on May 11, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of May 11-13, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, May 11

May East Bay Bike Party: Pajama Party
7:30 pm
Lake Merritt BART Station

East Bay Bike Party celebrates its second anniversary with a pajama party ride — wear your jammies, ride out to the port and then celebrate afterwards at the Parkway Lounge. More information here.

Fireside Lounge Series: “Made In Oakland”
6:30-9:30pm
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

An evening of industrial arts by local makers and performers. Admission $10. More information here.

Art Opening: “Do Not Adjust Your Television: Mysterious Lands and their Inhabitants”
8 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Featuring art by Randal Roberts, Japhy Riddle, Nika States, and Marlon Geller, and live music by Red Steppes and Mateo & Madeline. More information here.

Rockridge Spring Jazz and Wine Stroll
5 – 8 pm
College Avenue from Broadway to Alcatraz

Stores along Rockridge will host jazz bands as well as special sales during the evening stroll. More information here.

Publication Party for “A Million Tiny Things”
7 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Local author Kenna Lee celebrates the publication of her new book about the life of a “green mom.” More information here.

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

14 Piece Live Tribute to Michael Jackson. Ages 21+. Tickets $12-15. More information here.

Riders in the Sky
8 and 10 pm
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Country and western. More information and ticket prices here.

Rufus Wainwright and his Band
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

With special guest Krystle Warren. More information here.

Wil Blades & Friends
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Wil Blades on the Hammond organ; 
Joe Cohen, tenor saxophone; Brandon Etzler, drums. Admission $15. More information here.

NVO, First Church of the Sacred Silversexual, Wronger
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Alternative. Tickets $5-10. More information here.

Damon and the Heathens
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
New Orleans style punk funk.

More information here.

Therapeutic Noise Presents
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Featuring The Road Vikings, Tuco Ramirez, Heavy Action, Big Red Beaver. More information here.

Slippery Slope, the Paranoids, Dots & Feathers
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Rene Escovedo & The FUSE
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Instrumental music. Admission $5. More information here.

Saturday, May 12

Peralta in Bloom Spring Fest
noon
Peralta Elementary School, 460 63rd St.,
Oakland

Annual elementary school fundraiser featuring arts and crafts, silk screening, canning and spin art demonstrations, seedling sales, live music, a bounce house and petting zoo. More information here.

Garden Drop-in Workday
10 am – 2 pm
Paul and Inez Jones Garden, 3032 Linden St., Oakland, California

OBUGs sponsors a community garden work day. More information here.

Oakland Inner Peace Festival
10 am – 5 pm
Lake Merritt, Pergola Area (599 El Embarcadero)

A day to celebrate peace with music, yoga, dance, performances by Destiny Arts and a meditation mob. More information here.

Library Day
MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland

Free admission by showing your library card. Special reading by a librarian at 1pm. More information here.

Book Launch Party: Real Food All Year
3 – 11 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Celebrate the launch of Nishanga Bliss’ new book Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods For Optimal Health and All-Day Energy with a pickling workshop for kids and family-friendly music. More information here.

OMCA In-the-Mix Series | Music: 1968 and Today
1- 2 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A discussion in the 1968 hall of music over the last several decades. Included in museum admission price. More information here.

OMCA Screen Printing Demonstrations
2 – 3:30 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Jeff Boozer, who has designed posters for rock bands like Cake and Camera Obscura, leads a screenprinting demonstration. Free with museum admission. More information here.

Charting an Active Course: Artist Talk Series
2-4 pm
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

A tour of paintings and drawings included in “Vessel 8: Charting the Waters”  followed by a panel discussion on how 2D artists navigate creative shifts and experimentation in their practice. More info here.

Opening Reception: Ficciones
6 – 9 pm
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Artists Benjamin Lord, Ida Rödén, Merav Tzur present works that explore truth and fiction. More info here.

Grand Opening: Faultline Art Space
6 – 10 pm
815 High Street, Oakland

Celebrate the opening of a new art space that will include gallery space, a room for life drawing and a wood shop. More info here.

Magic Jester’s Spring Fever Show
8 – 10 pm
Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th Street, Oakland

Improv comedy. More info here. 

Ukelele Love In Part 3
7 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Ukelele performances and lessons. Bring a ukelele if you have one, your songbook and $5-10. More information here.

Team Bahia Live in Oakland
10pm – 2am
TatuyO, 1015 Clay Street, Oakland

Live Salsa Cubana y Timba with Team Bahia and DJ Walt Digz. Admission $12. More information here.

A benefit for Jazz Camp West
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Jeff Weinmann, drums – Stephanie Ozer, piano 
with special guests Mary Fettig (flute/saxes), Madeline Eastman (vocals), 
Ami Mollinelli (percussion), Scott Thompson (bass), and surprise guests. Admission $15. More information here.

Hot Summer Kickoff
2 – 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Featuring the Real Nasty and Red Meat. Free show, ages 21+. More information here.

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

Ages 21+. More information here.

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

Cabaret. Tickets $10. More information here.

The Sun Goddess Tour featuring Ramsey Lewis & His Electric Band
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Jazz. Show runs Saturday – Sunday. More information, ticket prices and showtimes here.

Calle 13
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

With special guest Bang Data. More information here.

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

Brass band and burlesque. More information here.

Wizard Rifle, Dimesland, Kowloon Walled City
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Rock. More information here.

The Sloths, Wounded Lion, Dukes of Hamburg, Tuci and the PJs
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Rock and 60s garage. More information here.

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

More information here.

Sunday, May 13

CycloFemme Ride: Here’s to You Girl
5:30 pm
Jack London Square

A ride to celebrate women’s history, women in cycling, and the freedom to wear pants. The ride will go from Jack London Square to the rose gardens then to the port. More information here.

Inside the Prophecy
7 – 9 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Screening of Tony Acosta’s film Inside the Prophecy about the wisdom of indigenous elders. $10 – $20 donation requested. More information here.

You are Plural, Ashley Allred, John Courage, & Little Lost Boys
5pm – 8pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

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

A different theme each month. 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.

Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A retrospective on the work of Oakland graphic novelist Daniel Clowes. Exhibit runs through August 12. More information here.

Vessel 8: Charting the Waters
Gallery Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday, 11-6PM
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, 510 893 8800

A celebration of the gallery’s first 8 years featuring works by Jon Gariepy, Nancy Genn, Donald Fortescue, Cyrus Tilton, Walter James Mansfield, Mari Marks, Sanjay Vora, Alex Abajian, Gordon Glasgow,Natalie Cartwright, John Ruszel, Morgania Moore, Bryson Bost, Luke Heimbigner, and Maru Hoeber. Jewelry by Hannah Keefe, Elisa Bongfeldt, Luana Coonen and Sakura Haru. Show runs through June 30. 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.

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.

Ficciones
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Artists Benjamin Lord, Ida Rödén, Merav Tzur present works that explore truth and fiction. Exhibit runs through June 16. 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.

Got an Oakland event to share for next weekend’s events listing? Send info including address, time, and ticket price for events taking place in Oakland to staff@oaklandnorth.net.


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