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This weekend in Oakland

on May 18, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of May 18-20, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday May 18

Oakland Greek Festival
Fri & Sat 10 am – 11 pm, Sun 11 am – 9 pm
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland

Three days of Greek food, music, dancing, cathedral tours and more. Admission $6, children under age 12 free. Event continues through Sunday. More information here.

Bites Off Broadway: Mobile Food and Family Fun
365 45th Street, Oakland

A weekly outdoor food truck gathering with lawn games for the whole family that will run on Fridays through October 12. This week featuring food from Tina Tamale, Le Truc, Doc’s of the Bay, Nick’s Breakfast Truck, Annakoot and Fist of Flour. More information here.  You can read Oakland North’s previous coverage here.

Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival 2012
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

A comedy competition hosted by Don “DC” Curry featuring over 60 stand-up comedians. Event runs Friday through Sunday. More information including times and ticket prices here.

Live Drawing Party
7 – 9 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Local artists draw on the spot and sell their works for $5-$45. More information here.

Weekend of Yoga with Swamiji
Amrit Sagar Yoga Center at 100 Grand Avenue

Himalayan yoga master Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, also referred to as Swamiji, visits for a weekend of lectures and yoga workshops. Event runs Friday through Sunday. More information including times and ticket prices here.

Author appearance: UC Berkeley Extension Writers
7 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Students share their poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. More information here.

Oakland East Bay Symphony Season Finale: Do That Voodoo
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

A musical program that combines jazz, classical, techno and Haitian music. Tickets $20 –  $70. More information here.

Brothers & Sisters
10 pm – 2 am
Paradiso Lounge 2272 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

A weekly free club night featuring house and soul music, this week with DJ Dedan and DJ Emancipation. More information here.

Tea Leaf Green
Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

With the Stone Foxes. Ages 18 and over. Tickets $15 0 $69.95. More information here.

Steve Freund
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Chicago style blues. More information here.

B. Hamilton, Minot, Shuteye Unison
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie/alternative. Tickets $5. More information here.

Josh Workman
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Jazz and Latin/Brazilian music. Tickets $15. More info here.

45 Sessions
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

A night of deejaying only with 45 rpm records. $5 cover. More information here.

Heroes At Gunpoint, Tasha Kame, Chelsea Coleman,
Middle Class Murder,
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Embers, Black Queen, Badr Vogu, Shock Diamond
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.

Saturday May 19

7 – 10 pm
Uptown Art District between Grand Ave and 26th St, and between Telegraph Ave and Valdez St.,

16 galleries associated with the Art Murmur present a night of art, music and film. More information here.

Malcolm X Jazz Festival
11 am – 7 pm
San Antonio Park, 18th Avenue at Foothill, Oakland

Featuring performances by the Daria Nile Trio, Avotcja & Modupue, String Summit and the Kev Choice Ensemble, plus a dance stage, arts and crafts and games for kids, a food court and more. More information here.

Tsunami of Light with Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s 2011-2012 Artist in Resident, Judith Kajiwara
7:30 PM
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Oakland

Choreographer Judith Kajiwara presents new Japanese Butoh dance works, with a Q&A session following the performance. Tickets $15. More information here.

7th Annual Walk to End Poverty
9 am registration, walk begins at 10 am, community fair begins at 11 am
Lake Merritt, register at the bandstand, 666 Bellevue Avenue

The Alameda County-Oakland Community Partnership presents an annual walk around the lake to raise awareness of poverty. Free t-shirt to the first 600 walkers who bring a non-perishable food donation. More information here. You can read Oakland North’s previous coverage here.

Spudtastic Potato Pageant
1 – 3 pm
MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland

Dress up a potato and enter to win the contest. More information here.

Redwood Day School Family Fun Run/Walk
8 am check-in; walk begins at 8:30 am
Lake Merritt on the grassy area near Bellevue Avenue at Staten Avenue

A family run to raise money for financial aid at the school. More information and online registration here.

Thornhill Spring Carnival
10 am  – 3 pm
Thornhill Elementary School, 5800 Thornhill Drive, Oakland

BBQ, games and a kids’ talent show. More information here.

Community Health Bazaar
1:30 – 4:30pm
Memorial Tabernacle Fellowship Hall, 5801 Racine Street, Oakland

Oakland’s Mormon Tabernacle presents a health bazaar devoted to the topic of stress, with expert talks, dance, positive parenting classes, informational tables and more. More information here.

Argentine Tango: A Lecture and Demonstration
2 – 4 pm
Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland

Jurek Mazur, from the Academia de Tango Argentino, discusses tango and gives a performance. Free. More information here.

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

With Midi Matilda. Ages 18 and over. Tickets $12- $15. More information here.

Kehoe Nation
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Psychobilly from San Francisco. More information here.

Best Coast
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

With Jeff the Brotherhood. More information here.

Venat, the Hobo Gobbelins, Victoria and the Vaudevillains, Girls with Guns
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Molly Holm
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A blend of improvisational jazz and North Indian Raga. Tickets $25. More info here.

Live Music: Un-Unplugged: Monthly Indie Rock Showcase
7 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Hosted by Go-Kart Mozart, with Travis Bill and Dom Liberati. More information here.

Celebrate, Bone Sickness, Mortuous, Bruxers
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.

Sunday May 20

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.

Oakland on Two Wheels
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Oakland museum docents lead a free 12-mile bike tour of downtown Oakland. Bring your bicycle, helmet and repair kit. Reservations: or 510-318-8470. Participants must be age 12 or older. More information here.

Poetry Flash
3 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Julie Bruck and Sunnylyn Thibodeaux read from their most recent works. More information here.

Oakland Youth Orchestra Spring Concert
4:00 pm
Scottish Rite Center: 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

A free orchestral concert featuring the Oakland Symphony Chorus. More information here.

Concerto Festival Concert
4:00 pm
Regents’ Theatre – Valley Center for the Performing Arts, Holy Names University, Oakland

Directed by Dr. Steven F. Hofer with the Holy Names University Orchestra featuring works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Beriot, Vivaldi, and Beethoven. Admission: $10 general, $5 seniors/students/children. For more information, please call 510-436-1224.

“Alice In Wonderland” Week
The Bookmark Bookstore, 721 Washington Street, Oakland

Friends of the Oakland Public Library kicks off a week of special events devoted to “Alice in Wonderland,” including silent auctions for vintage Alice items. Events continue through May 26. More information here.

The Verms, Misisipi Mike & Tony Sales
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Garage Pop. No cover. More info here.

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

Live jazz. 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.

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

Classic Cars West Beer Garden
Saturdays from 2 pm til dusk
Classic Cars West, 411 26th Street, Oakland

Featuring grilled sausages, craft beer, music, art and vintage cars. More info here.

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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