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This weekend in Oakland

on August 31, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of August 31-September 1, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday August 31

Art Bruh Bruh
6 – 9 pm
Chinatown Youth Center Initiative, 299 13th Street, OaklandAn event highlighting young artists, musicians and poets of color, with art sales to benefit The Spot, a program of the Oakland Chinatown Youth Center. More information here.

East Bay Bicycle Coalition LGBT Happy Hour Meet & Greet
5-7 pm
Club 21, 2111 Franklin Street, Oakland

Bicycle coalition staff and board members host a happy hour and raffle as part of Oakland Pride. More info here.

Final Friday Films of Resistance & Solidarity – The Spirit of Bandung presents “Brothers”7 pm
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd, Oakland

Screening of the film “Brothers” followed by discussion and food and drinks. More information here.

Summer Nights at OMCA
5:00 – 9:00 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A monthly late-night, half price event at the museum, this week featuring tie-dye making, the Magic Bus and a screening of Once Upon a Time in the West. More information here. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage 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
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.

The Boogie Basement
9 pm – 2 am
2272 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

A weekly deejay night with resident DJs Kimani and Soul Luciani. Ages 21+, admission $5. More information here.

Beanie Sigel
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

4rAx, Paydin Cash going away party and concert. Ages 18+show. Tickets $20. More information here.

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

More information here.

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Jazz quartet Yellowjackets begins a three-night stand at Yoshi’s. More information including times and ticket prices here.

The Girlfriend Experience, Rodents of Unusual Size, The Divvys, Venkman
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Alternative rock. Admission $5. More information here.

8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

With Sleigh Bells. More information here.

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

Featuring Carlton Melton, Feral Ohms, Buffalo Tooth. More information here.

Electric Jimiland, Inferno of Joy, V.I.R.
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Happy Hour Oakland Price kickoff at 6 pm, fiveTEN: LIVE at 8 pm ($8 admission), and fiveTEN: After Dark with DJ Zita and DJ LP at 10 pm ($8 admission.) More information here.

X-Over music series
7 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Ssquar’d of Oaktown Indie Mayhem & Actual Cafe present an eclectic monthly mix of live music. More information here.

Smooth Toad
7 – 9 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

A mix of music and poetry.  Free admission. More information here.

Saturday September 1

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

Museum admission is free all day. More information here.

Art Opening: Phoenix Risen: The Art of Cartoonist David Brown
Noon – 5:30 pm
African American Museum & Library at Oakland, 659 14th Street

An exhibit of the work of cartoonist and publisher David Brown. Exhibit continues through October 20. More information here.

Girls on the Wall
2 – 5 pm
Temescal Branch, 5205 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

A screening of the documentary “Girls on the Wall” about a theater-arts workshop for girls in a juvenile detention center, followed by a discussion. More information here.

Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Grand Re-Opening
1 – 4 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Branch Library, 6833 International Blvd.Oakland

Celebrate the library’s reopening with music by African drummer Onye and Latin music trio Cascada de Flores. More information here.

Reggae Gold
9:00 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ages 21+show. Tickets $20. More information here.

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

More information here.

Tony Sly Tribute Memorial Show
8 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Admission $5. More information here.

8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

With Daughn Gibson. More information here.

Savoir Faire! Debut Night Life Party
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Featuring DJ Crimson & Friends. No cover. More information here.

Low Down Throw Down Series
7 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Featuring Bradley Row, Michael Salmon, Solace Trio and friends. More information here.

Sunday September 2

Oakland Pride
11 am – 7 pm
Uptown Oakland at 19th and Franklin Streets

A celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer pride, featuring performances by over 60 musical artists plus children’s activities, a community health pavilion, vendors and more. More information here.

Oakland Pride Tour
1 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The museum’s docents lead a special tour focusing on LGBT history, sexual identity in the Bay Area and the gay liberation movement. Meet at the entrance to the history gallery. More information 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.

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

A weekly jazz series. More information here.

Oakland After Pride Fest
7 pm – 2 am
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Featuring Lady L.U.S.T., The Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins, Jocquese Whitfield, DJ Aebldee, dj fflood, DJ Fusion, DJ Spark, DJ ThatGirl, DJ Val G, DJ Young 1. Tickets $12-20. More information here.

Hella Gay Oakland Pride Party
8 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

DJ/Dance. Admission $3-5. More information here.

Ash Reiter, Birdie Busch, Sean McArdle
7 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Pop and rock. No cover. More information here.


Ongoing Art Exhibits

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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1 Comment

  1. Ellin Barret on September 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    MONDAY, Labor Day, Sept 3rd. Joaquin Miller Park
    Third annual Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance session!
    Gates open @ 11:00 in a lovely glade uphill from Woodminster. Come for a free day of picnicking, good music, good dancing and the largest celebration ever of the Abbots Bromley antler dance. Dance lesson starts at 1:00 pm. This is a free celebration of the fall.

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