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This weekend in Oakland

on August 24, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of August 24-26, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday August 24

Oak Street Style Launch Party
6 – 9 pm
OwlNWood, 45 Grand Avenue, Oakland

Celebrate the launch of Oakland’s new street style blog. Featuring DJ Leydis. More information here.

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

A nighttime hike through the redwoods led by a Chabot educator who will talk about the objects in the sky. Tickets $7. Does not include museum admission. More information here.

Star Party Preview
6:30 – 10 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

The editors of Astronomy magazine, Chabot staff, and the East Bay Astronomical Society speak about telescopes viewing tips and astronomy. Included with museum admission. More information here.

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

A free public rooftop concert every Friday at lunchtime, featuring a variety of musical styles. Concerts continue through September 14. More information and band line-up 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
5:30-8:30 pm
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.

Non Stop Bhangra, Bang Data
10 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ages 18+ show. Tickets $10. More information here.

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

New Orleans style brass band. More information here.

Jimmy Cobb, Larry Coryell & Steve Cotter
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

A tribute to Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery. Shows run Friday – Sunday. More information including ticket prices and times here.

Roasting Klown 2012: Burning Rejects Cabaret
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Cabaret performance. Admission $10. More information here.

Alcoholocaust Presents
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

With Memphis Murder Men, Get Dead, Custom Kicks. More information here.

Swanifaunt, Doomlaut, Spencer Owen, Aaron Sheppard, Brad Martin Project
8 pm
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

The Workshop Crew
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

$5 cover. More information here.

Mad River and Friends
7 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Acoustic music showcase. More information here.

Saturday August 25

Oakland Chinatown Streetfest
10 am – 5:30 pm
Oakland Chinatown

A two-day event that runs August 25-26 and features food, arts, musical performances and a Cultural Village. More information about the performer line-up,  the blocks covered by the festival, and more here.

Star Party
10 am – 10 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

A special day of activities related to stars. Included with general admission. More information here.

Oakland Parks Coalition Park Workday
Registration 8:30 am, event 9:00am-1pm
South Prescott Park, 3rd Street and Henry Street, Oakland

Help clean up South Prescott Park. Tools and refreshments supplied; bring a water bottle. RSVP to oaklandparkscoalition [at] More information here.

San Pablo Avenue Clean Up
11 am – 2 pm
San Pablo Avenue between 63rd and 65th Streets

The Golden Gate Community Alliance hosts its monthly clean-up focusing on weeding, sidewalk-sweeping and trash removal. Bring gardening tools and green bins. More information here.

Hear Here: Recording Community Voices
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
81st Ave Branch Library, 1021 81st Avenue, Oakland

KALW 91.7 fm invites the public to come share and record life stories. More information here.

The Magic of Chin Chin
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Magic, dance and music. Tickets $12 Adults, $10 Youth.  More information here.

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

A meet and greet with artist Victoria Wagner, with food by Tamarindo. More information here.

Blue Moon Hootenany
8:00 pm – 12:00 am
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th St, Oakland,CA 94608, USA

Live bluegrass music, deejays, art making, and more. Admission: $10 – $20 Sliding Scale.

Coyote Counter Collective presents Music and Fashion
2-7 pm
Coyote Counter Collective, 423 40th St & Webster, Oakland

A mixer with live folk punk performances from Vagabondage, 5 Cent Coffee, and The Sweet Trade, plus fashion demos, and artist meet and greets. More information here.

Dave Rocha Jazz Group
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Melrose Branch Library, 4805 Foothill Blvd, Oakland

Jazz at the library. More information here.

The People Oakland
9 pm – 2 am
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Featuring DJs Cali & Cecil, hosted by Amy Nabong & heyLove*. Ages 21+ show. Tickets $5. More information here.

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

DJ/Dance. Admission $7. More information here.

SFJAZZ presents: Esperanza Spalding
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Composer, bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding performs, with Radio Music Society. Ticket prices and other information here.

Fucktard, MRSA, Sharkfin, Pilager, Proto Regime
7 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.

Glitter Wizard, Turks, Winter Ox, Hurry Up Shotgun
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Psych rock and stoner metal. More information here.

Tristan Norton Band
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Jazz “funktet.” Cover $5. More information here.

Nate Weiner & Ghost Town Gospel
7 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

2012 Jazz Organ Fellowship Tribute
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

$15 donation. More information here.

Sunday August 26

Oaklandish Radio Regatta
12 pm -5 p.m.
Lake Merritt Boathouse at 568 Bellevue Ave, Oakland

A day of floating on the lake while listening to DJ Dion Decibels, The Whooligan and and Bobby Peru broadcasting on a micro FM station. Bring your boombox to tune in. Free gondola rides and half-price boat rentals. More information here.

Yoshi’s JazzFest
12 noon-5 pm
Jack London Square, Oakland

A free outdoor jazz show featuring The John Santos Sextet, Dos Four & The Oaktown Jazz Workshops Ensemble. More information here.

Uniquely Yours Writing Workshop
7 – 9:30 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Peggy Simmons leads a writing workshop for writers of all experience levels and genres, ages 16 and up. $1-$25 sliding scale fee. More info here.

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

Phat Beets Produce hosts a weekly garden party with art and free food. For more info, contact alejandra [at] phatbeetsproduce [dot] org.

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

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

Seven Dollar Sundays
1 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

BBQ and bands, this week featuring Golden West Trio. Tickets $7. More information here.

Stupid Man Suit, Tender Buttons
6 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

More information here.

Brendan Getzel
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.

Marta Lledo
4 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Classical piano. Admission $15. More information here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

Summer of Video Art 2012: Futuring the Past, Pasting the Future
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

A new collection of video art opens, featuring  work by Anne McGuire & Karla Milosevich, Liz Walsh, Torsten Zenas Burns, Christine Ancalmo, Sofia Cordova, Dickson Schneider, Will Erokan, Evie Leder, Farley Gwazda, Julia Litman-Cleper, and Paul Clipson. More information here. Exhibit continues through August 25.

Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

A collection of works that use the wind or breath, including  a sculpture installation by Alex Abajian and J. Lin-Hsien Kung, drawings by Beili Liu and jewelry by Paola Mirai. More information here. Exhibit continues through September 1.

Corner of the World
MacArthur B Arthur: 4030 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland

A new exhibit curated by Amanda Roscoe Moran exploring the overlap between work and living space with works by Jarrod Beck, Phil LaDeau, Elizabeth Moran, and Margo Wolowiec. More information here. Exhibit continues through September 2.

Panhandling for Gold
Famous Four Colors, 1525 Webster Street, Oakland

Featuring paintings and illustrations by Jon Stich, Scott Leddy and Max Kauffman. More information here.

Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oakland

A brand new gallery launches its first exhibit featuring the works of 19 Bay Area artists in a variety of media. More information here. Exhibit continues through September 15.

5-9 pm
The Bookmark Bookstore, 721 Washington Street, Oakland

Friends of the Public Library presents a display of quilts by artist Julie Waldman. Some quilts are for sale and 15 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Public Library and the bookstore.

The Noun Exhibit
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Drawings of people, places and things by Michael Olivo, Rachel Kantor, Kane Lynch, Emily Parrish and Sophie Leininger. More information here.

In Stasis
MacArthur B Arthur: 4030 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland

An exhibition about intermediary space and waiting, featuring works by work by Johanna Billing, Liam Everett, Roza Janiszewska, Bob Linder, Anna Sagström, and Joseph Thomas.

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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