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This weekend in Oakland

on June 29, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of June 29-July 1, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday June 29

The Blues Brothers
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

The classic comedy starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Tickets $5. More information here.

Summer Nights
9 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The museum stays open late with a  screening of Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner at 8 pm, and artist Jeff Boozer hosts in-gallery screen-printing demonstrations in the All of Us Or None: Social Justice Posters of the San Francisco Bay Area exhibition from 6 to 7:30 pm. Half-price admission after 5 pm. More information here.

A Tribute to Elizabeth Catlett
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

A tribute to the artist and activist who passed away this year. 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.

The EatUp
6 – 11 PM
2025 Telegraph Avenue at 21st Street, Oakland

A weekly downtown food truck gathering every Friday night from June 1 through October 2012 featuring live deejays and art for exhibit and for sale. more information 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.

Movies in the Park
Movies begin at dusk
Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue, Oakland

A weekly outdoor movie for the whole family. Bring a chair or blanket, dress warmly. Popcorn and hot chocolate 75 cents apiece. More information and tentative movie schedule here.

Quintron and Miss Pussycat
Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

With Dent May. Ages 18+ show. Tickets $9-$12. More information here.

Bilinda Butchers, Horrorscopes, Duckyousucker, Trails & Ways
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

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

Charles Wheal Band
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Blues. More information here.

William DuPLain, The Silver Threads, Mike Johnston
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

DJs Señor Oz (Afrolicious) & Citizen Zain (KALX)
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Global Funk & Tropical Beats. $5 cover. More information here.

Founders of The 5th Dimension: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

The R&B do begin a three-night stand at Yoshi’s. Shows continue through Sunday. More information and ticket prices here.

X-Over music series
6pm – 10pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A monthly line up of genre-bending and unpredictable artists curated by Oaktown Indie Mayhem. Free show. More information here.

Saturday June 30

Grooves in the Park
2-8 pm
Martin Luther King Shoreline Park, 7250 Doolittle Dr.
Oakland, CA

A free family-friendly outdoor daytime party featuring DJs Harry Who, Kincaid, Mike Caccam, and Dan Suda. More info here.

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Summer 2012 Showcase
2 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

80 campers perform 16 original songs. Free for anyone under age 18. Sliding scale $10-$15 tickets for everyone else. More information here.

Oakland Free Bulky-Item Drop Off
9 am – noon
Waste Management Davis Street Transfer Station, 2615 Davis Street, San Leandro

Oakland residents can drop off the following items for free disposal: Passenger tires (up to four without rims), appliances (up to two), mattresses including box springs (up to two sets), Computers, monitors, TVs and other electronic goods, Upholstered furniture (up to two). Must bring proof of Oakland residency. More information here.

Closing reception for “Vessel 8: Charting the Waters”
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

Musical performances by Zach Viera, Margo James and Red Stepps, plus one last chance to see the art exhibit. More information here.

Summer Reading – The Bubble Lady
1:30 PM
81st Ave Branch, 1021 81st Avenue

The Bubble Lady creates giant soap bubbles in a performance for kids ages 3-10. More information here.

Summer Reading – Lawrence Hall of Science Presents What is Matter?
2:00 PM
Main Library-Children’s Room, 125 14th Street, Oakland

Science experiments to teach kids about matter. More information here.

Hurry Up Shotgun, Don Bellenger
10 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Indie/alternative. No cover. More information here.

8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

With special guests Kiev. More information and ticket prices here.

Annie Sampson
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

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

Prizehog, Sons of Huns, Porch
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.

Go Van Gogh!
8:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

A mix of klezmer, country, ska and more. No cover. More information here.

Peck the Town Crier, Ryan Beebe, & Stages of Sleep
7 pm – 10pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Brainoil, Permanent Ruin, Whitehorse, Reivers, Your Enemey, Monuments Collapse
8 pm
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland

More information here.

Sunday July 1

California Canoe & Kayak’s Moon Light Paddle
Jack London Square, 98 Broadway, Oakland

A moonlit kayak trip through the Oakland estuary. More information here.

Dukes of September
7:30 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Musical supergroup featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs. Tickets $35-$125. More information here.

Actual Jazz Series curated by John Schott
5pm – 8pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A monthly jazz series. More information here.

Grupo Falso Baiano
with special guest
Jovino Santos Neto
4 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Jazz. Tickets $15. 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.

ConveyanceMercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Conceptual sculptures by Leah Markos on the idea of character formation, using materials from textiles to stone. Show runs through July 28. More info here.

Along These Lines and Public Displays
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Two photography projects by Paul Mueller. Show runs through July 28. More info here.

Creative Cultural Visions : Collages of Oakland Communities
Prescott-Joseph Center For Community Enhancement, Inc.. 920 Peralta St., Oakland

Oakland visual artist Tomy, presents an exhibit displaying images of neighbors from East, West and North Oakland and their collages made during collage art workshops. Exhibit runs through July 27. More info here.

Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Visual works by dozens of artists examining Oakland in a state of siege. Exhibit runs through July 1. 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. ken on June 29, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Your team compiles the best Oakland list for your readers. Thank you. Vessel Gallery thanks you for the inclusion / coverage too! Oakland North is presenting solid local content for our fine City. Go Oakland North.

  2. Kat OConnor on June 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    We have an all ages show coming to the Oakland Met on July 8th. Check us out too on!

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