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This weekend in Oakland

on July 27, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of July 27-29, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, July 27

Kaiser Center Roof Garden Concerts
Noon – 1 pm
300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

All summer, bands will play during lunchtime on Fridays. Free and open to the public. More information, plus a weekly lineup, here.

Summer Nights
5 – 9 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A monthly late-night, half price event at the museum, featuring a panel discussion on the art of Dan Clowes, with appearances by Clowes and Chris Ware, at 7 pm, as well as a screen printing demonstration at 6 pm and a showing of Funny Girl. More information here. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage here.

Moonlight Hike
6 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

A moonlight 4-5 mile hike through the redwoods with a Chabot guide who will speak about the environment and astronomy. Reservations required. Bring a flashlight, binoculars, and comfortable walking clothes and shoes. More information and ticket prices here.

Final Friday Films of Resistance & Solidarity
7 pm
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

A showing of the documentary film Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog. Free event. More information here.

Acta Non Verba Youth Farm Project Farm Stand
83rd Ave & E Street, Oakland, 94621

The kids of Acta Non Verba sell the produce they have grown. Farm stand is also open Mondays and Wednesdays. More information here.

Summer Movie Series
8 pm on Fridays, 7 pm on Saturdays
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

Sci-fi films every week through July and August, plus music and activities. Admission $15.95 (includes General Admission) or $5 for members. Check here for the week’s movie or to buy tickets.

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.

Jokes for Feelings, Jack Killed Jill, Civil War Rust, Let It Burn
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Ska/punk. $7 admission. More information here.

Dirty Projectors, Wyse Oak
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Indie rock. More information here.

Henry Butler Trio
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
New Orleans style jazz and blues piano. More information including times and ticket prices here.

X-Over Music Series
6 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A monthly showcase curated by Oaktown Indie Mayhem More information here.

Bells, Dirty Snacks Ensemble
8 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

More information here.

MJ’s Brass Boppers
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

New Orleans style brass band. More information here.

Society Dog, D’jelly Brains, VOCO, Impatient Youth
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Kodály Institute Choral Concert
7:30  pm
McLean Chapel,Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland,

Choral work by Hungarian composers, conducted by Judit Hartyányi. Free event, donations welcome. More information here.

Saturday, July 28

Throw Down for the Town Service Festival
9 am – noon: service events at locations throughout Oakland
noon – 4 pm, Community Concert at Snow Park, 19th Street and Harrison Street, Oakland)

The Ella Baker Center hosts a day of community service events to beautify and support the city of Oakland. Choose from over 30 service projects including clean ups, community gardening and more. More information here. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage here.

Nieves Cinco de Mayo 5th Anniversary Party
4-9 pm
Fruitvale Public Market, 3340 E. 12th Street, Oakland

Free ice cream, live music and food to celebrate 5 years of the independent ice cream maker. More information here. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage here.

Feast for the Beasts
9 am – 3 pm
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Zoo guests can bring fresh produce to feed the animals. Regular zoo admission price applies. More information here.

Summer Homemade Food Swap

A food swap for homemade, home grown or foraged items including baked goods, produce, preserves, eggs and beverages. Address of swap given upon required registration. More information here.

Open House and Tool Bazaar for the Tool Lending Library
10 am – 2 pm
Tool Lending Library, Temescal Branch, 5205 Telegraph Ave.

The tool lending library staff will showcase improvements made this year, as well as offer a tool flea market to raise money. More information here. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage here.

Author Lois Leveen Book Signing
2 – 4 pm
African American Museum & Library at Oakland, 659 14th Street

Lois Leveen reads from and signs her book, The Secrets of Mary Bowser. More information here.

RPS Clothing Swap
noon – 3 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

A drop in clothing swap for summer clothes, including purses, accessories and hats. Bring in your used clothes, any size or style. More information here.

Backyard Fruit Trees: Tending the Urban Orchard
10 am – 4 pm

A course held at a North Oakland home about planning, caring for and pruning urban fruit trees. Registration required; location given upon registration. Cost $80; $50 for students or the unemployed. More information here.

Ohlone Basket Welcoming Celebration
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Ohlone artist and scholar Linda Yamane hand-made a traditional Ohlone basket for the museum, the first of its kind to be made in 250 years. Now the museum will welcome it into the collection with a day of Native American storytelling, song, dance and crafts. More information here.

The People Party
9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ages 21+ show. Tickets $10. More information here.

Swamp Angel, the Pendletons
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

$10 tickets. More information here.

Michael Franks
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Singer and songwriter Michael Franks begins a two-night stand at Yoshi’s. Performances continue through Sunday. More information on times and ticket prices here.

Annie Sampson
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

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

Death Under Fire, Love & Voodoo, Exit Eden, Escape the Sun
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

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

An eclectic mix of surf, country, ska and more. No cover. More information here.

Great Integration: A Chamber Hip Hop Opera
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A blend of classical and hip hop, featuring Rico Pabon & Do D.A.T. More information here. See Oakland North’s previous coverage here.

The Vultures, Joy Ride
7 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Old timey music and acoustic rock. More information here.

Sunday, July 29

HellaPigeons Community Arts Festivals
11 AM – 5 PM
Jack London Square Pavilion, Oakland

A day of performances by local musicians, plus food and vendors. More information here.

Jazz on Sundays
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Golden Gate Branch Library, 5606 San Pablo Ave.

A weekly summer jazz program, featuring a performance and then an open jam session, which will begin at 5 pm. More information here.

The Sky’s The Limit: People v. Newton
2 -4 pm
Main Library, 125 14th St. Oakland

Author and retired judge Lise Pearlman discusses her new book The Sky’s the Limit: People v. Newton, The Real Trial of the 20th Century? about the tirals impact on US history. More information here.

Jim Conlon discusses and signs Invisible Excursions
3 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Catholic priest and author Jim Conlon of Holy Names University speaks about humanity’s relationship with the planet. More information here.

Low Rollers & Danny Allen
7 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

No cover. More information here.

Dedicated to the One I Love
5-8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A night of song dedications with DJ Poindexter — bring your own records or select from the deejay’s.  More information here.  Read Oakland North’s previous coverage here.

Golden Gate Community Association Clean-Up
11 am – 2 pm
San Pablo Avenue from 67th to 65th Streets

Join your neighbors in cleaning up, weeding, picking up trash, and sweeping sidewalks. Bring your own cleaning and gardening tools and green bins. More information here. 

Garden Party
1-3 pm
Dover Street Park, 57th Street and Dover, Oakland

Phat Beets Produce hosts a weekly garden party with free food, screen printing, bicycle-powered smoothie making and youth art. For more info, contact alejandra [at] phatbeetsproduce [dot] org.

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 July 30. More info here.

Hark Who Goes There? BTW Where Is There?
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

A group show about identity and place featuring work by  Bryson Bost, Natalie Cartwright, Gordon Glasgow, William Harsh, Kristy Kovacs, Walter James Mansfield, Cyrus Tilton, Sanjay Vora. Exhibit runs through July 28.

Mercury 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.

Our Family Tree: Actual Employee Art Show
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Featuring art by Actual employees Alli Moses, Celeste Turconi, Mary Shulz, Kimberly Babnik, Charis Davis and Rachyel Puleo. More information 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: 942 Stanford Avenue, 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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