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This weekend in Oakland

on June 1, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of June 1-3, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday June 1

Jack’s Night Market
6:00 – 10:00 p.m
Jack London Square

A new monthly night-time bazaar to coincide with the Oakland Art Murmur, Jack’s Night Market will feature local artists, food vendors and jewelry and clothing makers. You can read Oakland North’s previous coverage here. More information here.

First Friday Art Murmur
6-9 pm
Uptown Oakland

Food from carts, drinks, arts venders, and lots and lots of gallery openings. First Fridays in Uptown. More information here.

Great Wall of Oakland: Soundscapes
8 – 11 pm
West Grand Avenue between Broadway and Valley Street

An outdoor screening of video shorts focusing on how sound alters what we see, plus a live performance by computer musician and video artist Sarah Howe. 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. More information here.  You can read Oakland North’s previous coverage here.

Dancing Under the Stars – Salsa Lessons
8:30 PM to 10 PM
Jack London Square

A weekly evening of free outdoor dance lessons provided by the Linden Street Dance Studio. More information here.

Vessel 8: Charting the Waters Mid-show Celebration
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

Performance by DRM Memory Web, an interactive music, sound, and  video installation featuring an original large-scale stringed instrument created by David Molina and Garrett La Fever, with video art by Mickey Tachibana. More information here.

ugly baby knuckles
Marion and Rose’s Workshop, 461 9th Street, Oakland

Reception for a new collaborative project by Dealey Dawk Mutlip featuring paintings and collages. More information here.

Celebration of the Life of Brandy Martell
8 – 10 pm
The Oakland Peace Center, Fellowship Hall, 111 Fairmount Avenue, Oakland

Trans Vision and Tri-City Health Center celebrate the life of Brandy Martell, a transgender woman recently slain in Oakland. There will be food, music, speakers and time for people to share stories. For more information, please contact Tiffany Woods at (510) 456-3521.

Juneteenth Celebration – The Unique Derique!
1:00 PM
Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland

An all-ages show by the Unique Derique showcasing Hambone Body Drumming and circus skills. More information here.

First Friday Follies
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Burlesque with MC Juicy D. Light and music by Black Angel. More information here.

An Evening with Caifanes
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Spanish language rock. More information here.

Hunx and His Punx
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

With Shannon and the Clams, King Tuff, The Bobbyteens, King Lollipop . All ages show, tickets $12. More information here.

Gerald Albright
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Contemporary jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright begins a three-night stand at Yoshis. Times and ticket prices here.

Books on Tape, Kapowski, Ghost and the City, Dark Beach
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie/alternative. No cover. More information here.

Vince Wallace Jazz Ensemble
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Bop Jazz. More information here.

Gary Busey Amber Alert, Warscethe, Repulsive Infestation, West Coast Fury, Newt Dick, Short Fuse
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More info here.

MJ’s Brass Boppers
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

New Orleans style brass band. $5 cover. More information here.

Nathan Farris and Friends
7 – 10 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

More information here.

Saturday June 2

East Bay Open Studios 2012
11am – 6pm
Locations vary

East Bay Open Studios kicks off two weekends of art exhibits throughout the East Bay Area showcasing over 400 artists in 14 cities. Event runs June 2-3 and June 9-10. You can find a directory of participating galleries and more information here.

Jewelry Trunk Show + 17th Century Music Performance
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

Jewelry designers talk about a line of sea-inspired jewelry made for Vessel Gallery, plus Hallifax & Jeffrey with guest Lynn Tetenbaum play Music for Lyra Viols by Lawes and Ferrabosco. More information here.

A Day in the Life of Carp
2 pm – 11:30 am Sunday
NIMBY, 8410 Amelia Street, Oakland

A fundraiser to bring the Carp to Burning Man this year, featuring the Death Carp Cowboys, fire, robots and more. More information here.

Introduction to Mindfulness
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Oakland Public Library, Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

Elizabeth Anderson of Mindful Communities leads a workshop on anxiety and stress reduction. More information here.

Cuban Authors Nancy Alonso & Mírta Yáñez Celebrate LGBT Pride with Book Signing
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Cesar Chavez Branch: 3301 East 12th St., Suite 271, Oakland

Two others share their literary works, plus there will be a special performance by the La Pena Community Chorus. More information here.

Bay Area Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Show
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Event continues Saturday and Sunday. More information here.

Home Bass
9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Kaminanda, The Human Experience, Tinker, Beli3ver, Oshan Anand Ages 18 and overshow, tickets $15. More information here.

The Lovelight Blues Band
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Mississippi/Chicago style blues. More information here.

Dry Creek Rounders, Mark Bernal and the Walk of Shame, Sun Valley Gun Club, Lessons
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Womanopoly Heavy Metal Burlesque Show
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More info here.

Monsters of Geek Festival Day 1
4 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie/alternative. Tickets $12-15. More information here.

Not Waving But Drowning & Vagabondage
9:00 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Cabaret/indie rock. No cover. More information here.

Sunday June 3

Voices of Jewish Women in American Theater: Celebrating 100 Years of Hadassah through 100 Years of American Jewish Women’s Songs
2 – 5 pm
The Clubhouse at 565 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Soprano Alicia von Kugelgen presents a one-woman retrospective. Suggestion donation $100 per person to raise money for Hadassah’s medical and women’s programs. RSVP to (510) 482-3153. More information here.

Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir
4 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

The Chapel College Men and Boys Ensemble performs the mass and other liturgical music, directed by Christopher Kula. More information here.

Free First Sunday
11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The museum is free all day, including admittance to special exhibits The 1968 Exhibit, All of Us or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area.

LGBT History Docent Tour
1 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Every Sunday in June, docents will offer a special LGBT history tour of the Gallery of California History. Meet at the entrance to the History Gallery. More information here.

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

With Sam Hill, Jon Nash, Lil Ted, Music by: DJ Mind Motion. Ages 18 and over show. Tickets $17 – $25. More information here.

Monsters of Geek Festival Day 2
6 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie/alternative. More information here.

Romain Collin
7:30 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Jazz piano. Tickets $15. More information here.

Actual Jazz Series
5 – 8 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

The John Schott Trio performs. More information here.


Ongoing Art Exhibits

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 8800A 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.

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.

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


  1. Thomas on June 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Oakland Civic Orchestra Finale Concert
    “Points Of Reference”

    4 PM, Lake Merritt United Methodist Church
    1330 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland

    Saint Saens: Danse Bacchanale
    Flanagan: Forest Temple (New Work)
    Stoddard: Points Of Reference (World Premiere)
    Brahms: Symphony No. 1

    FREE Admission!

    “The Oakland Civic Orchestra is celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, In the heart of Oakland, for the heart of Oakland. Now an established East Bay institution, the orchestra is comprised of dedicated adult amateur musicians who gather to share in the joy and magic of music- making, offering free concerts to the community.”

    • Thomas on June 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      Date of the above concert: Sunday, June 3

  2. OaklandMofo on June 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Hopefully it’s not too late for this awesome new monthly tonight at The New Parish.

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