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This weekend in Oakland

on January 11, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of January 11-13, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday January 11

East Bay Bike Party: Super Heros and Villians
Gather at Bayfair BART Station at 7:30 pm; depart at 8:00 pm.

More details about this month’s ride, how to dress and what to bring are here.

Hot Couture: A Fusion of Fashion & Fire
Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland

The crucible presents a mix of fashion, fire and metal with clothing, music, aerial performance and more. Shows run Friday and Saturday. More information and ticket prices here.

Art Opening: Rocier Collective Presents David Schonhoff
8 – 10 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Customizer-in-Residence Open Studio Series
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Fridays, 1-8 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 pm

Hackers, makers and other DIY folks create new works by transforming and customizing objects. More information here.

LEGO Mania!
3:30 pm
Oakland Public Library, Dimond Branch, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue, Oakland

Design and build with LEGOs at the library. More information here.

El Ten Eleven
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland
9 pm

With White Arrows. Ages 18+ show. More information here.

9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

With Kinnefret Oakland, Mudface, Klank. More information here.

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Soul music. Shows continue Friday – Saturday. Ticket prices and show time are here.

Damon and the Heathens
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

New Orleans style punk-funk. More information here.

Broun Fellinis
9 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Post-modern jazz influenced by dub, funk and other sounds. Admission $5. More information here.

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

With Lecherous Gaze, Pins of Light, Swamp Wolf, Hazzard’s Cure. More information here.

Matt Eakle Band
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Blues, soul and jazz. Tickets $15. More information here.

Saturday January 12

Second Saturdays HoeDown Hootenanny with Rusty Stringfield
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Bluegrass and old time music, plus a barn dance, to raise money for the non-profit. $10-$20 sliding scale admission. More information here.

Grease Mamas Workshop
noon – 1 pm
Spokeland Bicycle Co-Op, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Learn bike repair, how to do a safety check, and more. More information here.

OBUGS garden volunteer day
10 am – 2 pm
St. Patrick’s Middle School, 10th Street and Peralta, Oakland

Help with weeding and pruning at a school garden. More information here.

Join Us In Whimsy and Other Poetry with Arthur Weil
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Oakland Library Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakand

Local poet and former public school teacher Arthur Weil reads from some of his 19 books, and invites attendees to share short works of their own on the open mic. More information here.

Robert Howden & Sons Tile Showroom Tour and Brunch
10 am – noon
Howden Building
, 337 17th Street, 

The Oakland Heritage Alliance presents a tour and talk about this building, famous for its tile. Registration required. More information and ticket prices here.

OMCA In-the-Mix: Swing Dancing in the Jukebox Lounge
1- 2 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Swing dancing demonstration. More information here.

Weekend Drop-In
noon – 4 pm
MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland

Make creative art at MOCHA. Adults are free; kids ages 18 months and up are $8 each, with discounts for MOCHA members. More information here.

ZooKids: Beaks and Feet
9:30 am – noon
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

A children’s education program focusing on … well, beaks and feet. Pre-registration required. More information and prices here.

Ukelele Love-In with Mana Maddy and Friends
7 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Music on the uke. More information here.

Mortified: Angst Written
6:30 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Spoken word/comedy. More information here.

Reggae Gold
10 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ages 21+ show. More information here.

Hella Gay Dance Party
9:30 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

DJ/Dance music. More information here.

Blue Bone Express
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Mardi Gras style brass band. More information here.

Next Level
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Jazz-influenced vocal quartet. Tickets $15. More information here.

DeeJay Lady Ryan
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Admission $5. More information here.

Girls with Guns, Hate Crime, the Chuckelberries
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

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

With Sore Thumbs, Year of the Fist, Roland Finn. More information here.

Sunday January 13

Shapeshifters Cinema
8 – 9 pm
Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th Street, Oakland

A new monthly series focusing on experimental filmmakers, this month featuring John Davis and Josh Churchill. Free. More information here.

Author Talk: Gar Smith
3 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Gar Smith discusses his book Nuclear Roulette: The Truth about the Most Dangerous Energy Source on Earth. More information here.

Ghost Town Gospel
6 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3628 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Oakland

With Dum Spiro Spero, The Hobo Goblins. More information here.

North Bay Opera performs Verdi and Wagner
4 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Opera. Tickets $15. More information here.

Rob and Friends
Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here

Ongoing Art Exhibits

Latham Square: Liz Maxwell
Pro Arts, 1611 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

The paintings in this exhibition use geometry and color to express impressions of an abstracted reality. Recalling memories of Mexico, Liz Maxwell employs parallel lines, sometimes intersected by slanted ones, to evoke landscapes and architectural forms. Runs through March 1, 2013. More here.

Playing with Fire: Artists of the California Studio Glass Movement
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the studio art-glass movement in the US. Examines California’s influence on the movement. Runs through March 24, 2013. More information here.

Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Bay Area artists’ works selected by Naomi Beckwith, curator of MCA Chicago. Runs through January 11, 2013. More information here. 

Cautionary Tales
Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave., Oakland
Hours: First Friday of exhibition opening 6-9pm and Sat. 11-5pm

Works by artists Livia C. Stein and Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor in paint, drawing and sculpture. Runs through January 19, 2013. More information here.

After The Fall
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

A group show curated by Terryl Dunn. Runs through January 12, 2013. More information here.

Ensembles and Orchestras
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland 

Artists Jerry Barrish, Bryson Bost, Pamela Merory Dernham, Gordon Glasgow and Paola Mirai have created work in a variety of sculptural and collage media inspired by music and sound. Runs through January 12, 2013. More information here.

The Home Show
MacArthur B Arthur, 4030 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland
Hours: Sundays 1-5 and by appointment

The gallery presents its final show about the relationship between artist and curator and the domestic aspects of a home/gallery space. Showing works by Elizabeth Bernstein, Kevin P. Clarke, Alex Clausen, Carey Lin and Camilla Newhagen. Runs through January 12, 2013. More information here.

She World
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland

Art by Ursula Brookbank that involves a flashlight-lit tour through the “She World Archive,” featuring relics from the lives of women and a soundtrack by Emily Lacy. More information here. Exhibit runs through February 9, 2013.

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.

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. Gene on January 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Saturday, 10AM will be an Oakland Urban Paths walk starting at the Cleveland Cascade. We’ll explore Cleveland Heights and Haddon Hill, and see 4 stairways with different levels of access, plus where the “Borax” Smith estate was and more.

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