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This weekend in Oakland

on September 21, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of September 21-23, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, September 21

Park(ing) Day, with Walk Oakland, Bike Oakland
Events start in the afternoon, ongoing throughout the day.
Multiple Oakland locations. Go here for a full list of parklet-building events.

Mini parks have been popping up in Oakland, and this weekend, local organization “Walk Oakland, Bike Oakland” is hosting various events that transform parking spots to small parks—including things like seating areas or mini-art studios. Go here to learn more about “Walk Oakland, Bike Oakland.”

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.

Weekly Art Workshop with Museum of Children’s Art
3-5 pm
Oakland Public Library, Elmhurst Branch: 1427 88th Avenue, Oakland

Join MOCHA artists for their weekly workshop geared towards children. Artists give presentations on various artforms and projects, each week. Go here for more information.

Eat Real Festival
Ongoing Friday through Sunday, daytime
Jack London Square

From Friday, September 21st through Sunday, September 23rd, come out to Jack London Square for feast of all things local: offerings include things like tacos, curry, barbecue, noodles, ice cream, produce and wine—all from local growers and purveyors. Get details here.

Volunteer Reception at Rock Paper Scissors Collective

Gallery open noon to 7 pm—call 510-238-9171 for details.

2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The volunteer receptions at Rock Paper Scissors are geared towards orientating people interested in helping out. Organizers say if you’re interested in getting involved in the gallery, this is the best way to get started. You’ll get a little history on the organization, info about programs and learn about volunteer opportunities. For more information visit the collective online.

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.           

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.

Los Amigos Invisibles
8 pm doors, 9 pm show
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Candeleria, Battleme. Ages 18+ show. Tickets $22-40. More information here.

The Tropy Fire
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Alternative rock. Tickets $10. More information here.

Saturday, September 22

Asheba Concert, Oakland Zoo
11 am and 2 pm
9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

A concert at featuring children’s music artist Asheba at Oakland Zoo’s Wildlife Theater. Attendees must pay the zoo admission fee, a concert fee ($3 for members and $4 for non-members), plus a $7 parking fee for non-members.

Art Party: Opening of Elias Duchowny Exhibit
3-5 pm
125 14th Street, Oakland

Local artists and community organizers invite the public to join Duchowny’s exhibit at the Main Library TweenZone this Friday, with events by Rock Paper Scissors Collective. For more information on the exhibit, visit the gallery’s calendar.

Oakland Under $100
6 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A pop-up gallery series curated by Emily Coker showcasing affordable art made by local artists. Each piece is on sale for no more than $100. Exhibit runs through October 11. Opening reception features live art-making, a photo booth, silk screening and music by Tarmachine, DJ Ladybird and Who Killed Laura. More information here. 

Artists’ Panel Discussion and Reception
4-6 pm
475 25th Street, Oakland

Check out this local gallery event at Mercury Twenty Gallery, where five artists explore abstraction as an artform, and look at various angles and varying degrees. Mediums include paintings, sculptures, different forms, colors, and materials. Check out more details of the event at Mercury Twenty’s website.

Harvest HoeDown Hootenanny
7–11 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Soul band, blues dancing, pizza and organic “treats” served. Cost is sliding scale $10-$20. More information here.

Starlight Dancing at the Chabot Space and Science Center
6 to 11 pm
10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland

Dinner and dancing gala at the Chabot Space and Science Center. For adults. Cocktail reception begins at 6 pm, followed by dinner and wine and finishing with dancing and telescopes. Fore more information and to purchase tickets, visit Chabot online.

Hubba Hubba’s Cabaret Perilous
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Burlesque, cabaret and circus. Tickets $10. More information here.


8 pm and 10 pm

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

R&B. Shows run September 21-23, $30 per set. More information here.

Brothers Amor Perform Fall Equinox!

9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

$5 cover. More information here.

Sunday, September 23

Oakland Grand Prix Bike Race

8 am

Races for kids and adults—race day kicks off at 8 a.m. at Snow Park in Oakland, located at 20th Street at Harrison. Organized by Major Motion and Team Oakland Cycling. More information here.

Uniquely Yours: A Green Windows Creative Writing Workshop

Gallery open 12-7 pm
Writing workshop hosted at Rock Paper Scissors Collective in Oakland. Writers ages 16 and older are invited. Organizers say the workshop is put on for writers of all levels, experience and genres. Visit Rock Paper Scissors online for more details.

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.

Womanopoly Heavy Metal Burlesque
Show 6 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

Burlesque show. More information here.

Geoff Baker, Akron Engine, Emmadilemma
7 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Open Mic BBQ with host GG Tanaka

Noon to 6 pm
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Free to get in, 21+. More information here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

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.

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. More information here.

Hidden Agenda
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland

Paintings by Rose Anne Critchfield and sculpture by Alex Abajian & J. Lin-Hsien Kung, Luke Heimbigner, Wayne Shaffer, and Cyrus Tilton. Exhibit runs through September 29. More information here.

Phoenix Risen: The Art of Cartoonist David Brown
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.

From One Thing to Another—The Art of Recycling
Gray Loft Gallery, 2889 Ford Street, Third Floor, Oakland

A group show presenting work by more than a dozen artist who have used recycled materials to create jewelry, furniture, collage, sculpture and more. Exhibit runs through November 19. More information here.

Kroswork Gallery,  480 23rd Street, Oakland

Artists Christina McPhee (multimedia) and Ryan Chard Smith (photography) have put together an exhibition that explores the idea of boundaries, travel and distance. Exhibit runs through October 13. More information here.

Wild Things
Apples and Oranges Gallery, 2934 Ford Street, #21, Oakland

Eleven Bay Area artists present mixed media work, along with tarot readings by Audrey from the Temple of Shadows.

Oakland Under $100
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

A pop-up gallery series curated by Emily Coker showcasing affordable art made by local artists. Each piece is on sale for no more than $100. Exhibit runs through October 11.  More information here.

Glimmer in the Grit
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Artist Jill McLennan presents works based on her observation of daily life in Oakland. Exhibit runs through October 20. More information here.

Abstraction: Pull and Sway
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Five artists take on the concept of “abstraction” using works in painting, sculpture, foam and fabric.  Exhibit runs through October 20. 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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