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This Weekend in Oakland

on February 15, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of February 15-17, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, February 15

Customizer-in-Residence Open Studio Series
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California

Watch D.I.Y crafters transform everyday objects into arts and crafts.

Friday Nights @ OMCA
5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California

The food truck party includes art shows, dance lessons, home beer brewing, and a koi pond. Gather at 10th st. in front of the museum.

Animal Amore—Adult Night Event
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Oakland Zoo

Explore the love lives of animals at this adults-only event.

Casablanca Live at The Paramount
8 p.m.
The Paramount

Take a trip to the past with this move classic at the Paramount.

Phil Lapsley discusses and signs “Exploding the Phone”
Diesel, A Book Store
7:00 p.m

Join author Phil Lapsley in a discussion of his latest book, Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell.

Puppet Show: The Enchanted Well
Children’s Fairyland
11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Bring your kids to this magical puppet show about a Scottish imp that lives in an enchanted well.

Saturday, February 16

Standup Paddleboarding Social Paddle
California Canoe and Kayak
8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m

Paddle around the Oakland estuary with other East Bay paddleboarders

Velorapters East Bay Saturday Ride to Richmond
Starts at 416 26th st.
8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ride to Pt. Richmond and back.

Kids Winter Bird Count
Rotary Nature Center
9:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Walk around Lake Merritt with your children and binoculars learning about avian species. Free event.

ZooKids: Tails and Tongues
Oakland Zoo
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Children learn about ways animals use their tongues and tails to survive. Members $20.00 / Non-Members $23.00

Telegraph Avenue Bike Advocacy Ride #1 

Meet at the Mixing Bowl
11 a.m.
Ride through the Temescal and KONA districts

Storytime with Kirk Waller 

Children’s Fairyland
1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Join storyteller Kirk Waller for a presentation of classic children’s tales.

David Tudor Composer-in-Residence 

8 p.m.
Mills College
Interactive electronics pioneer Behrman uses 21st century tools and home-spun devices to produce musical performance.

Tony Rebel Queen Africa
8 p.m.
The New Parish

$25-$30, doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m.

The Grannies
9 p.m.
The Uptown

Fracas, Tender, Rare Animals, $10.

45 Sessions
9:30 p.m.
Disco Volante

All things vinyl.

Kevin Seconds (solo)
10 p.m.
Stork Club

With Bryan Mcpherson, Mystic Knights of the Cobra, and Thanks Buddy

Sunday February 17 

Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions: Year of the Snake
12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California

Celebrate the New Year with yo-yo demonstrations, mochi pounding, lion dancing, plate spinning, and a drum performance.

Ed Reed’s “Nat King Cole Project” Live
3 p.m.
Piedmont Piano Company

Jazz vocalist Ed Reed sings Nat King Cole’s classic tunes.

Haven and the Trappist
6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Haven Restuarant

Haven restaurant partners with the Trappist to offer fine dining and well-matched beers.

Benefit Concert for Dayna Stephens 

6:30 p.m.
Piedmont Piano Company

World-class saxophonist and composer Dayna Stephens is a Bay Area and New York City-based musican who has produced many critically acclaimed albums.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

Layers, by Robert Ray
Transmission Gallery, 770 West Grand Avenue, Oakland

The exhibition Layers showcases the art of twenty-five artists from the northern California region who utilize the process of layering, and/or depict layered imagery, in a variety of mixed-media works, paintings, drawings, collage and sculpture. Runs until March 16. More here.

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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