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This Weekend In Oakland

on October 5, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of October 5-7, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, October 5

Art Gallery Week/Special Preview Reception


Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street

Enjoy art by Jon Ruszel and Joanne Hashitani at champagne reception during Art Murmur. More info here.


First Friday Follies

6 pm

The Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue

The Rocky Horror Picture Show hosted by juicy D.LIGHT, special midnight performance by Sorrow Church. No cover, 21+. More info here.


Mobile Arts Platform (MAP)

6-9 pm

Marion and Rose’s Workshop, 461 9th Street

Local artists will design an image and screen print posters for Art Murmur. More info here.


“Unrestricted: Art and Politics” Opening Reception

6-9 pm

Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue

Nine artists explore politics in this exhibit, which will run through November 17, 2012. More info here.


Snapshot: Observations on Life and Living

8 pm

Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue

Singer/songwriter Deborah Hamouris performs with jazz guitarist Mimi Fox. Tickets $5-15. More info here.


North Oakland First Friday Square Dance

8-10 pm

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Avenue

Dance along to Oakland’s Squirrelly Stringband.

Tickets $5-10. More info here.


Second Annual Behind the Pixar Screen

8 pm-11 pm

Great Wall of Oakland, West Grand Avenue, between Broadway and Valley Street.

Special screening of works by Pixar artists. More info here.


First Friday with MJ’s Brass Boppers

9 pm

Disco Volante, 347 14th Street

New Orleans-style music. Tickets $5. More info here.



9 pm

The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Avenue

Listen to electronic beats with other performances by James & Evander, Parentz and Vyxor. No cover. More info here.


The Wombats, Morning Parade, Beware of Darkness

9 pm

The New Parish, 579 18th Street

Featuring DJ Aaron Axelsen and DJ Omar. Tickets $15. More info here.



Saturday, October 6 

Love Your Parks Day

8:30 am-12 pm

Lakeside Park Garden Center, Ebell Room, 666 Bellevue

Volunteer with the Oakland Parks Coalition to survey conditions of city parks. More info here.


Oakland Financial Planning Day

9 am-4 pm

Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

Free financial workshops and advice on budgeting, saving and investing. More info here.


Oaktoberfest in the Dimond

11 am-6 pm

Intersection of Fruitvale Ave. and MacArthur Blvd.

This 5th annual street festival begins with the tapping of a ceremonial keg. Free entertainment, food and drinks available for purchase. More info here.


Author Talk and Book Signing: Kitty Kelly Epstein

2 pm-3:30 pm

Oakland Public Library, Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero

Kitty Kelly Epstein, Ph.D, former Education Policy Director for Mayor Ron Dellums, as she discusses her latest work Organizing to Change a City. More info here.


Book Signing and Demos by Lisa Solomon and Mati Rose McDonough

2-4:30 pm

Marion and Rose’s Workshop, 461 9th St.

Visit with the authors of Knot Thread Stitch and Daring Adventures in Paint as part of Art Murmur’s Saturday Stroll event. More info here.


Stop & Go 3D

7 pm

Studio Quercus, 385 26th Street

A mind-bending collection of 3D animations. Tickets are $10.


OutSide at Eastside

8 pm

Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd

Performances by the John Santos Sextet, Faye Carol, Rico Pabon, and Kellye Gray. $15 admission, with all proceeds going towards the Eastside Arts Alliance.


The Lovelight Blues Band

9:30 pm

Cafe Van Cleef, 1621 Telegraph Ave

A full blues band at the Cafe Van Cleef downtown.


Soulit! from Japan, w/ DJ Crimson.

9 pm

Disco Volante, 347 14th Street

A Japanese soul group performs. Tickets $5.



8 pm

Oakland Metro, 630 3rd Street

A macabre cabaret event. Tickets $10.


Heartmony 3

8 pm

Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue

Bulgarian modern jazz guitarist/composer Hristo Vitchev performs with Brazilian pianist Weber Iago and vibraphonist Christian Tamburr. More info here.



Sunday, October 7

Rockridge Out and About

12-6 pm

On College Avenue between Alcatraz and Manila

Music, food and arts in North Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. More info here.


Seven Dollar Sundays

The Uptown

1:30 pm

1928 Telegraph Avenue

Featuring music from BITE and Edge City Ruins. Tickets $7.


Peralta Junction Opening Weekend

10 am-6 pm, also on Saturday

Corner of Mandela Parkway and West Grand Avenue

Opening weekend of a pop-up community space in West Oakland. More info here.


Stride Piano, Gypsy Guitar, and Jazz Vocals

4 pm

Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue

A jazz matinee, as jazz pianist Mike Lipskin is joined by guitarist Paul Mehling and singer Dinah Lee. Tickets $15. More info here.


Community Meal at Nick’s Pizza

5-7 pm

Nick’s Pizza

6211 Shattuck Ave.

Chef Nick Yapor-Cox provides free pizza and salad at his quarterly community meal


Salsa For Obama

6 pm

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Dance event and Obama fundraiser that brings together the Bay Area salsa community. Tickets $25. More info here.


The Rogers, Rusty String Band Andrew Blair

7 pm

Disco Volante, 347 14th Street

There’s no cover for the music on Sunday at Disco Volante.


Kenny Lattimore

7 pm

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West

Contemporary R&B singer’s final evening of a three-night stand at Yoshi’s. Tickets $30. More info here.


Ongoing Art Exhibits 

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 artists 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.


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.


Ken and Melanie Light: Valley of Shadows and Dreams

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A black-and-white photography exhibit showcasing the lives of farm workers in the Central Valley. Exhibit runs through December 31. More information here.


The 1968 Exhibit:

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Explores the social, political and economic history of the Bay Area counterculture during 1968. Exhibit runs through November 25. 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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