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This Weekend in Oakland

on November 2, 2012

Community events and activities for the week of November 2-4th, 2012. Got an event you think we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, November 2

Art Murmur


Start at 19th and Broadway

Oakland’s Art Murmur, otherwise known as First Friday, is held on the first Friday of every month. The popular event is a free art walk with art exhibits from put on by local artists—from Jack London Square to the Uptown District. Art Murmur boasts 21 member galleries and nine mixed-use venues open to the public.

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Bedtime with the Beasts at the Oakland Zoo

7pm Friday to 10am Saturday

The Oakland Zoo is hosting an overnighter! Come down at 7pm Friday for a private guided tour of the zoo, followed by snacks and fun activities. Then one of the zoo’s “education animals” will be introduced. Participants then sleep over at the auditorium, and come back to the zoo in the morning for a light breakfast and a chance to see the animals as they wake! Cost: $60 for adults and kids. Free for members. Location is 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland. Call 510-632-9523 for more information.

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Inside Out, A William Harsh Retrospective

6pm to 9pm

A show featuring some life’s work of painter William Harsh, who passed away last month. Called a third-generation expressionist, Harsh’s show is called “a testament to this artist’s journey of self-expression and sustained commitment to art making.” Location is Vessel Gallery, at 471 25th Street, Oakland. Call 510-893-8800 for more information.

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Kincaid’s Bayhouse Happy Hour

3pm to 6pm

Kincaid’s, located at 1 Franklin Street in Jack London Square, invites you to join them after a long week for a view, appetizers and a $4 happy hour cocktail menu.

Earl Klugh at Yoshi’s

Shows Friday, Saturday at 10pm and Sunday night at 8pm

Earl Klugh joins other musicians this weekend at Yoshi’s at Jack London Square in Oakland, with his acoustic guitar. Show also features special guests, including Nelson Rangell on saxophone and flute, David Lee Spreadley on keyboards and Al Turner on bass. Cost for the shows ranges from $25-$25.

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Knife Party at the Fox Theater


Knife Party, a band who says they’re currently excited about the fusion of house and dubstep, are playing at the Fox Theater Friday night, starting at 7pm. Show is $39.50.

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Dark Dark Dark at the New Parish

Doors 8pm, show 9pm

Dark Dark Dark is playing their new album “Who Needs Who,” at the New Parish on Friday, starting at 9pm. Cost is $15 at the door.

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Brass Boppers at Disco Volante


Come out to Disco Volante Friday night for a New Orleans-style singing and brass band, mixing traditional New Orleans melodies with modern songs. Show is $5.

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Judgement Day at the Uptown

Doors 6pm, shows 9pm

Bands Judgement Day, Religious Girls and Cave Clove are playing the Uptown on Friday night. No cover because of First Friday.

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Saturday, November 3

14th Annual Bay Area Bead Extravaganza


Oakland Marriott City Center,  1001 Broadway, Oakland

BABE’s website describes this event as the largest bead show on the West Coast. Includes beading classes and jewelry-making workshops, including a torch enameling class. Tickets cost $5; $7 with a coupon.

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Small Works by William Harsh


Vessel Gallery, 471 25th St., Oakland

Abstract monotypes, etchings and small drawings by world-renowned Bay Area artist William Harsh will be exhibited and on sale.

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Bandaloop’s “Touching Up”

1pm -3pm

The Great Wall of Oakland, West Grand Ave. between Broadway and Valley St.

Aerial dance troupe Bandaloop turn Oakland’s most famous wall into a dance floor.

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Westlands: The PoWater District and its Politics


Interface Gallery, 480 49th St., Oakland

Oakland in Popular Memory book reading


25th Street Collective, 477 27th St., Oakland

Author Matt Werner reads from his book of select interviews conducted when he hosted the radio show Fresh Air: Alternative. A Q&A, book signing and reception follows.

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First Saturdays at Vessel Gallery: Trunk Show

3 pm- 5:30pm

Vessel Gallery, 471 25th St., Oakland

At Vessel Gallery’s monthly jewelry trunk show, silver industrial body ornaments created by California College of the Arts graduate Elisa Bongfeldt are up for grabs. A 10 percent discount on Bongfeldt’s compositions is available this day only.

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The Faith Out Loud Project


First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland

New gospel singer Dale Anthony debuts his new album, The Faith Out Loud Project, at First Congregational Church. Tickets cost $20 for adults; $10 for people 15 years old and under.

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Ships in the Night w/ DJs Booty Klap, Durt and Motive


The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland

Proceeds from this banging queer dance party will be donated to anti-police brutality activist Mesha Monge Irizarry. This event is for ages 21 and up only. Tickets cost $5.

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Uptown’s 5th Anniversary Party

Performances include Ash Maynor, Steele Cranes, Consolidated Electric and more to be announced.

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Sunday, November 4

14th Annual Bay Area Bead Extravaganza


Oakland Marriott City Center,  1001 Broadway, Oakland

BABE’s website describes this event as the largest bead show on the West Coast. Includes beading classes and jewelry-making workshops, including a torch enameling class. Tickets cost $5; $7 with a coupon.

For more information click here.

Puppet Show, Arts&Crafts and Animals at Children’s Fairlyand

Ongoing throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday

Come out to Children’s Fairyland this weekend for acts, ranging from juggling and fire eating, to “The Nutcracker Prince” puppet show and a chance to meet the animal of the day!

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New American Songbook Project


Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Jazz quintet, New American Songbook Project, performs well-known jazz, pop, and folk songs, but with a twist. Tickets cost $20.

More information.

Dinner to Dye for


Interface Gallery, 480 49th St., Oakland

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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