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This Weekend in Oakland

on October 12, 2012

Community events and activities for the weekend of October 12-14, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, October 12

Piedmont Center for the Arts


801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA

Art Show

Robyn Hodess and Gabriella Gordon. More here.

Alter Making for Day of the Dead

3 p.m.

Lakeview Branch, Oakland Public Library, 550 El Embarcadero, OaklandLocal artists Rachel-Anne Palacios will teach participants how to craft alters for Day of the Dead. Bring mementos for your alter. More here.

Actual Cafe

6-9 p.m.

Art Opening: Creativity Flows Constant, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. More here.

Fireside Lounge Series: “Shape/Shift”

6:30-9:30 p.m.

The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

Talk featuring Bay Area artisans, industrial arts demonstrations, art show and fire performances. More information here.

Uptown Nightclub

9 p.m.

1928 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94612

Featuring Dawn Penn performing Rocksteady and early Reggae from the 60’s. Tickets: $17-20


Yoshi’s Oakland

8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Archie Shepp Quartet featuring Tom McClung, Avery Sharpe & Steve McCraven.

East Bay Bike Party

7:30 p.m.

Meet at Lake Merritt BART

Zombie Reunion theme. Organizers say you should bring lights, layers of clothing, and locks for your bike, water and snacks for the 14.5-mile ride. More information here.

The Noodle Factory

9 p.m.-5 a.m.

1255 26th Street

Event features artists and musicians around Oakland.

Oakland Convention Center

5:30-7:15 p.m.

550 10th Street, Oakland

Free Screening of Disneynature’s “Chimpanzee.”

Piedmont Center for the Arts

7:30-10 p.m.

801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA

Shades of Gray Jazz Music Dance event.

Fela Birthday Celebration

Doors 8 p.m. Show 9 p.m.

The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Lagos Roots Afrobeat Ensemble, Afrolicious, DJ Oz. More information here.

The Brown Fellinis

9 p.m.

Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Experimental jazz with eclectic influences, from afro beat to hardcore. More here.

Saturday, October 13

Allen Temple Baptist Church and the Leadership Institute at Allen Temple: 9:00 a.m.

8501 International Blvd., Oakland           

Welcome Dr. Allan Boesak –Dr. Boesak discussion topic will be Combative Love and Revolutionary Neighborliness. Call (510) 544-3362 to register for the event.

Life is Living

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Defremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland

Free community celebration with hip hop performances, including a DJ set by Talib Kweli, youth science exhibition, artisans fair and more.  More information here.

Columbus Day Kids Clothing and Crop Swaps

10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Temescal Branch, Oakland Public Library, 5205 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Exchange children’s clothes, shoes and toys, plus bring fruits and vegetables from your garden to swap for others’ garden goods. More here.

Celebrate Latino Heritage Month

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Cesar Chavez Branch, Oakland Public Library, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 271, Oakland

Music from Tex-Mex group the Trio la Familia Peña-Govea. More here.

Meet the Artist: Whitney Smith

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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

Artist Whitney Smith will be in-house to talk about her ceramic pottery designs. More here.

Children’s Theatre presents: Rip Van Winkle

12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Children’s Fairyland, on Lake Merritt at Grand Avenue and Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Young actors present a new adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic fairytale that includes music from the Revolutionary War era and new music.  More here.

Autumn Lights Festival in The Gardens at Lake Merritt

6:00-10 p.m.

666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Live fire performers, music, a silent auction, beer and wine, and food trucks. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. More here.

Magic Lantern

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Children’s Fairyland

On Lake Merritt at Grand Avenue and Bellevue Avenue, Oakland. Exhibition of Bay Area video and projection artists with musical performances, food trucks and beer.  Tickets are $25, presale only. 21+. More here.

Eric Vaughn Quartet

8 p.m.

Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

(510) 547-8188

An evening of jazz.

Oakland Convention Center

3-5 p.m.

550 10th Street

Rockin with Environmental Education. More here.

Free family event with music and food.

Actual Cafe

7-10 p.m.

6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Live Music with Ukelele Love-In with Mana Maddy & Friends Featuring Emily Yates.

Hella Gay

9 p.m.

The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

GStar and guest DJs spinning electronica, hip-hop, dance and indie. More here.

Sunday, October 14

Allen Temple Baptist Church and the Leadership Institute at Allen Temple 8:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

8501 International Blvd., Oakland

Dr. Boesak discussion topic will be Combative Love and Revolutionary Neighborliness. Call (510) 544-3362 to register for the event.

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at the Oakland Zoo  

9:00 a.m.

9777 Golf Links Road

Oakland, CA

Participants are asked to raise at least $100 for this half-mile walk to raise funds for diabetes research. Pre-registration is required. More information here.

Geared for Kids: Family Bike Ride

10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Meet on the Studio One Art Center lawn, 365 45th Street, Oakland

Four-mile route through Oakland neighborhoods. More information here.

East Bay Mini Maker Faire

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Park Day School Campus, 360 42nd Street, Oakland and Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street  Oakland Faire entrance is on the corner of 42nd Street  and Opal Street.

Family event celebrating all things DIY: crafts, food, urban farming, alternative energy and more. Read more here.

Sundays in the Redwoods

2 p.m.

Woodminster Amphitheater: Talkin All That Jazz Concert

330 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland

Featuring Boney James, Avery Sunshine, FH Band featuring Bill Ortiz, OSA

Tickets and Information, visit or call 510.238.3052.

VozViento Trio

4 p.m.

Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

(510) 547-8188

An afternoon of vocal chamber music.

Pixelvision Cut Up Phantasmagoria

8 p.m.

Krowswork gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Works by Gerry Fialka and Will Erokan, who mix short films from the PXL THIS Film Festival (featuring films made with a Fisher Price toy camera).  More information here.

Bettye LaVette

7 p.m.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

R&B singer celebrates the release of a new album and her autobiography. More information here.

Squid Inc. String Quartet of the Oakland East Bay Symphony

8 p.m.

Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Original string arrangements. More here.

The Stork Club

1-4 p.m.

Open Mic and BBQ

2330 Telegraph Ave.

There will be acoustic instruments and keyboards for performers. More 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.

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.

Knots: Textile Topologies

California College of the Arts, College Avenue Galleries, Oakland campus

Ninth Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Textiles Program Exhibition

Exhibit runs through October 20. More information here.

Hard Water Stains

Recent work by printmaker Cianna Valley and sculptor Jack Cram. Runs through October 20. More information here.

Ongoing community weekend events and gatherings

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 playtime. More info here.

Classic Cars West Beer Garden
Saturdays from 2 pm until 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.

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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