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This weekend in Oakland

on January 25, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of January 25-27, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday January 25

Oakland Restaurant Week
Times and locations vary

Oakland restaurants begin a week-long dining event with special prix-fixe menus. Restaurant Week runs January 18 – 27. More information including participating restaurants and menu prices here.

Friday Nights @ OMCA
5-9 pm
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

A collaboration between the museum and the Off the Grid food truck street market means food, half-price museum admission, free films, live music and more every Friday. More information here.

Customizer-in-Residence Open Studio Series
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Fridays, 5-8 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1-4 pm

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

Release Party: ZYZZYVA: The Winter Issue
7 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Contributors Jennifer duBois, John W. Evans, Andy Stewart, and E.G. Willy celebrate the release of the newest edition of the San Francisco-based literary journal. More information here.

F3 Oakland
6 – 10 pm
The Cotton Mill Studios, 1091 Calcot Place, Oakland

A quarterly open gallery/warehouse showing of arts, crafts and performance. More information here. 

Moonlight Hike
5 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

A night time hike through the redwoods led by a Chabot staffer featuring a talk about astronomy. Hike is moderately strenuous, 4-5 miles. Bring snack, water bottle and comfortable walking wear. Advance registration encouraged. More information here.

A Woman’s Life
8 pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Michael Morgan conducts the East Bay Symphony with a program featuring Richard Danielspour’s “A Woman’s Life” based on the poetry of Maya Angelou. More information here.

9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Hip hop with Raw-G and live band, Kev Choice and DJ Davey D. Ages 18+ show. More information here.

DJ Toure of Hieroglyphics
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Top 40 and underground hip hop. Admission $5. More information here.

6-10 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Live music event featuring East Bay artists ranging from musicians to poets. More information here.

Joe Lovano
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Us Five jazz quintet featuring James Weidmann, Esperanza Spalding, Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela. Shows continue Friday and Saturday. More information here.

Moxie Kids
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

With Talky Tina, Future Us, Tektie. Tickets $5. More information here.

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

Fracas, Altar De Fey, Crimson Scarlet. More information here.

MJ’s Brass Boppers
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

New Orleans style brass band. More information here.

Saturday January 26

January Extravaganza!
1-3 pm
MOCHA, 538 9th Street, Oakland

A celebration of the Chinese New Year with an art project. $8 drop in free for kids, free for adults, discounted with museum membership. More information here.

Moonlight Kayaking at Jack London Square
5 – 8 pm
California Canoe & Kayak, Jack London Square

A nighttime paddle on the Oakland estuary. More information here.

New Old Stock
7 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland

Sparky Grinstead, Greg Reznick, and Robin Famous with special cuests Bill Bergstrom and Kristie Nichelle performing songs from the album FSGBOC. More information here.

Grooveyard Shift
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

An evening of modern hard bop, jazz and funk. More information here.

ThePeople Oakland
9 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

Ages 21+ show. More information here.

Brothers Amor
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Hip hop. Admission $5. More information here.

Betty Blowtorch
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

With Jessie Deluxe, Lazerwolf, BITE. Tickets $10. More information here.

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

With the Arabs. More information here.

Jon Hanson All-Star Garage Band Special
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Jazz and blues guitar. More information here.

The Souterrain
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

With The Progress Band, Golden Shore, Brass Tacks, La Fin Absolute du Monde. More information here.

Sunday January 27

Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Preview Sale
10 am to 4 pm
333 Lancaster St. (at Glascock), Oakland

The museum’s preview for its annual massive sale of donated secondhand goods, including clothes, jewelry, kitchenware, furniture, toys and much more. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult. More information here.

Uniquely Yours – A Green Windows Creative Writing Workshop
7 – 9:30 pm
Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Peggy Simmons leads a writing workshop for anyone of any experience level ages 16 and over. More information here.

A Lovely Day
6:30 pm
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland

Screening of a documentary about hip hop therapy being used in local high schools and shot in Oakland. Read Oakland North’s previous coverage hereMore information here. 

Oakland Civic Orchestra
4 pm
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland

Featuring Martha Stoddard, Conductor; and Jason Oestenstad, Assistant Conductor, presenting “Wolfie’s Birthday Party” on what would have been Mozart’s 257th birthday. More information here.

Sunday Church JAM
8 – 11 pm
A PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street, Oakland

Live improvised music and dancing. Admission $3 to $5. More information here.

San Francisco Jazz Quartet
4 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

The quartet presents “An Ode to Swing.” More information here.

Angelo Luster
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Jazz and gospel music from saxophonist Angelo Luster. More information here.

Lacey with LacedCakes Band and Bake Sale
3 pm
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

With Shark Toys, Pang!, High Cliffs, Modern Maker, Annie Ulukou & her ukelele and many more. 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.

Reflection 100: A Century of Metal Arts at CCA
California College of the Arts, 5212 Broadway, Oakland inside the Oliver Art Center, Tecoah Bruce Gallery

A retrospective on 100 years of metalsmithing and jewelry making at the school, showcasing the work of alumni and faculty. Exhibit runs through February 14, 2013. More information 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.

Rocier Collective presents pieces by David Schonhoff
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

This San Diego-based collective is touring paintings by David Schonhoff. Exhibit runs through early February. More information here.

Suburban Dreams
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

California photography by San Francisco artist Beth Yarnelle Edwards exploring the relationship between people, their possessions and the domestic world. Exhibit runs through June 30, 2013. More information here.

Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Artist Eric Bohr uses a series of paintings on canvas, uses layers of paint to express what comes of rituals like prayer, meditation and dance. Exhibit runs through February 23, 2013. More information here.

Histoire Noir
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

A joint exhibition by Jody Medich and Jill McLennan featuring pencil, charcoal and marker drawings on the topics of war and Oakland under construction. Exhibit runs through February 23, 2013. More information here.

Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland

Still life photo prints by Peter Honig. Exhibit runs through February 23, 2013. More information here.

Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland 

Dreamlike paintings by Sanjay Vora and sculptures by Nancy Genn, who helped popularize the use of handmade paper in the 1970’s. Exhibit runs through February 23, 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.

A Show of Art by Two Bensons
Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Ave. Oakland

Art by Mark Benson and Jason Benson. 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.

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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