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This weekend in Oakland

on June 15, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of June 15-17, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday June 15

New Bay Area Voices Reading
7 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Seven graduating MFA students read from their recently published works: Channing Allen, Peter Burghardt, Liz Demi Green, Gillian Hamel, Robert Andrew Perez, Mary Paynter Sherwin, and Jeff Von Ward. More information here.

NightSchool: Electives
7pm – 11pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

An after-hours night at the observatory for people ages 18 and over, with karaoke, stargazing, art making, science experiments, a sex ed discussion and more. $12 General Admission, $5 Members. 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
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.

Another Night in Treme
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

San Francisco Jazz Spring Season presents music from the Big Easy. More information and ticket prices here.

Pharoah Sanders
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Legendary jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders begins a three-night stand at Yoshi’s. Shows continue through Sunday. Times and ticket prices here.

Zeke, Electric Sister, Hammerlock
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Tickets $12. More information here.

Mozart and Faure Open Sing
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Sing the chorus parts of the beautiful Mozart and 
Fauré Requiems with professional pianist and soloists. More information and admission prices here.

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

Deejaying with only 7” vinyl. $5 cover. More information here.

Huntinanny, Possum and Lester, Wild Hawk
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Embers, the Funeral Pyre, Old Crow, Ariabes
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.

Steve Freund
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Chicago-style blues. More info here.

The Swapmeet Ensemble
6 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Hip Hop with DJ Lifeone spinning from 6-8 pm and then The Swapmeet Ensemble from 8-10. More information here.

Saturday June 16

Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Show
Noon – 4 pm
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

The Art of Daniel Clowes Curators’ Tour and Conversation
1-2 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A tour and discussion of the works of Oakland-based graphic artist Daniel Clowes. Price included in museum admission. More info here.

Voter Registration Drive
9:30 am – 1 pm
Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland

Register for the November election with the help of county registration volunteers. Forms available in many languages. More information here.

2nd Annual Culture Fest
noon – 2:30 pm
Main Library, 125 14th Street, Oakland

Oakland’s Youth Leadership Council hosts games, food and performances that celebrate the city’s cultural mix. Learn origami, make an African drum, and join the kids’ summer reading program. more information here.

Hear Here: Share your stories with KALW 91.7 FM
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Temescal Branch, 5205 Telegraph Ave.

Share your history of life in the Temescal neighborhood with this radio project. More information here.

Juneteenth Celebration – The Unique Derique
11:30 AM
Melrose Branch, 4805 Foothill Blvd, Oakland

The Unique Derique puts on a show for all ages featuring circus skills and Hambone Body Drumming. More information here.

Hella Gay
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Monthly DJ/Dance party. $7 cover. More information here.

“Let It Go” record release party
9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

DJ House Shoes, Platurn, Teeko, Max Kane and Mr. E. Tickets $10. More info here.

George Cole & “Eurocana”
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A combination of the Great American Songbook and Gypsy jazz. Admission $15. More information here.

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

A mix of jazz, rock, R&B and more. Cover $5. More information here.

Her Ghost, Black Angel, Steven Bonham Band, Gillbillies
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

David M’ore
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Blues guitar. More info here.

Indie Rock Showcase
7 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Featuring The Purple Sages, Ukuleny and The Rockonigles. More information here.

Sunday June 17

Dads and Jazz
2 – 6 pm
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland

Celebrate Father’s Day with an afternoon of jazz and a mansion tour. Ticket prices and other information here. 

Church of Craft
noon – 1pm Sunday School, 1 – 5 pm crafting
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

A drop in crafting session, bring any projects you are working on. More information here.

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

Michelle Bitting, Brendan Constantine, and Joseph Lease read from their works. more information here.

Inside/Out: Selected Poems by Marilyn Buck
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Readings that celebrate the work of Marilyn Buck. More information here.

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

AB Soul
Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

With special guests. Ages 18+ show. Tickets $28 – $28. More info here.

Scissor Sisters
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

With special guest Rye Rye. More information here.

Actual Jazz Series
5 – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A weekly jazz series. More information here.

Blind Willies, Avi Vincour, JJ Schultz
7 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Folk, blues and Americana. No cover. 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.

Leave the bird off.  Anti-passe’ art by Oakland women.
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Artists: Madelyn Covey, Camille Schindler, Sahar Dorani, Sophie Lourdes Knight, and Annie Daly. More info here.

In Our Nature: Crystal Morey
The Compound Gallery: 1167 65th Street, Oakland

An examination of humankind’s relation to nature and animals through sculpted figures. Exhibit runs through July 15. 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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1 Comment

  1. Anne on June 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Save-A-Life Sweets Sale: Harvest Home Sanctuary’s Fundraiser
    Saturday, June 16th

    Join us for a vegan bake sale to benefit the animals of Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary (! We welcome both eaters and bakers to support our event.

    Bake Sale Location: The Corner of Grand Ave and MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, outside the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market

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