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This weekend in Oakland

on May 17, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of May 17-19, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments.

Friday, May 17

Bites off Broadway
5:30 – 8:30 pm
In front of Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street, Oakland

Bites off Broadway is back for a third year this summer, every Friday from May 10 to October 11. Stroll down 45th Street for the best in mobile food. More information here.

Electronic scoreboard dedication at Rickey Henderson Field
2:30 pm
45th St. between Telegraph Ave. & Webster Street

Oakland Field of Dreams dedicates its new scoreboard to A’s champion Rickey Henderson. Game 2 of the California Interscholastic Federation’s annual Transbay Baseball Tournament, featuring the Oakland Tech Bulldogs, to follow. More information here.

Celebrating Elephants
6 pm
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Ed Stewart, co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), speaks about elephant rescue and sanctuaries. Admission $40, with funds to support the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. More information here.

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

The museum hosts the Off the Grid food truck gathering, as well as a beer garden, a deejay, a pie crust making demonstration from Pietisserie, a nature button making workshop, and the finalists from the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam reading their work. More information here.

Release Party for ZYZZYVA: Spring/Summer Issue
7 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore 5433 College Avenue, Oakland

Contributors Molly Giles, Alexandra Teague, Aaron Jae-Ho Shin, and Marianna Cherry celebrate the release of the new edition of the quarterly literary journal. More information here.

Battle of The Sexes Show: For Love or Money?
6 pm
Imagine Affairs Art Lounge, 408 14th St, Oakland

A conversation between male and female panelists on love, dating, marriage and more, facilitated by Telisha Ng, editor of the blog More information here.

The Dwarves
8 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

With Nobunny, Mean Jeans, Trashies, Musk. All ages show. More information here.

The English Beat
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

With the Rudicals. More information here.

Dandy Lions
Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

With RioRio, Wiles. More information here.

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

With Anti-Social, Sad Boy Sinister, Infirmities. More information here.

Steve Freund
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Chicago style blues. More information here.

Anita Wardell
8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Jazz vocals. More information here.

Saturday May 18

8th Annual Community Street Fair
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Racine St between 58th & 59th St

The Memorial Tabernacle Church offers food, music, games for kids and other activities to help you meet your neighbors. More information here.

Sounds in Rockridge
1 to 5 pm
College Avenue from Broadway to Alcatraz

Shops host musical guests during the annual Rockridge spring stroll. More information here.

Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival
11am – 7pm
San Antonio Park, 18th Ave and Foothill Blvd, Oakland

Jazz artists, as well as dance performance, live painting and much more. A list of performers and more information here.

Tour of Oakland Art with Jeff Kelley and Hung Liu
10 am – 1 pm
Meet at Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, 483 23rd St, Oakland

Curator Jeff Kelley leads a tour of three galleries— Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, SLATE contemporary, and Vessel Gallery, plus a tour of Hung Liu’s exhibit, Summoning Ghosts, at the Oakland Museum of California. Admission $20, including museum admission. More information here.

Arroyo Viejo Creek Clean-Up Day
10:00am to 12:00pm
Oakland Zoo: 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland

Help keep the creek near the zoo clean. Bring your own gloves and work clothes. More information here.

8th Annual Walk To End Poverty
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Meet at the Lake Merritt Bandstand
, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

The Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership hosts their annual walk around the lake to raise awareness of poverty. More information here.

Notes and Words
8 pm
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

A benefit for Children’s Hospital & Research Center of Oakland featuring authors and musicians, including Mary Roach, Billy Collins, Goodnight, Texas and OSA’s Vocal Rush. More information here.

Vintage Bazaar and Yard Sale
10 am – 4 pm
Park Day School at 42nd and Shafter, Oakland

School families bring items to sell.

Hunx & His Punx
8 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

With Shannon and the Clams, Peach Kelli Pop, Twin Steps. All ages show. More information here.

DJ Hey Love
9:30 pm
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

Featuring bassist David Arend. More information here.

Ancient Mariner (Iron Maiden tribute band)

Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

With Riff Raff (AC/DC tribute band), the Flaming Telegraphs (BOC tribute band), the Jaded. More information here.

Monster Artist Series Presents: Shinobininja
9 pm
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

With the Dollyrots, High & Tight. More information here.

East Bay Brass Band
Cafe Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

More information here.

Sunday May 19

5th Anniversary of Manifesto’s Bike Church
12 – 4pm
Manifesto Bicycles, 421 4oth Street, Oakland

Celebrate Bike Church’s 5th anniversary and the launch of a new collaboration between Manifesto and Oaklandish on a custom-made bike and t-shirt line. Featuring food, flat fixes courtesy of Spokeland, and a post-party ride hosted by the Night Light. More information here.

Bike Tour | Oakland on Two Wheels
10 am
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

Docents lead bikers on a tour of the downtown area for riders ages 12 and up. Bring your own bike and helmet and be sure to RSVP. More information here.

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library
10-30 am – 12:30 pm
Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Gene Ruyle, emeritus professor of anthropology and Asian Studies at CSU Long Beach, discusses “Korean and the Global Struggle for Socialism.” More information here.

Actual Jazz Series
5-8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Live jazz music. More information here.

Don’t Stop: Borders Everywhere
1:30 – 5 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland

A fundraiser featuring Dub Esquire with Mel Yel, Aisha Fukushima, Cambio, DJs Dylan McMillian and Hella Good. Ages 18+ show. More information here.

Jazz Brunch
11 am
Disco Volante, 347 14th Street, Oakland

No cover. More information here.

Free Dive
7:30 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Jazz quintet. More information here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

Finding Common Ground through Sacred Words
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland
May 11 – June 5

The focus is on sacred text, with 130 works of art including calligraphy, paintings on silk, oil paintings, photography, quilts, stained glass and sculpture. Each work incorporates words, text or letters to underscore interfaith understanding. The exhibit will be open Wednesday through Saturday from May 11 to June 5, from 10 am to 4 pm. More information here.

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
February 9 – June 2

From rat rods and lowrider bikes to Kinect and Ikea hacks, people are customizing mass-produced objects as part of artistic and personal expression more today than ever before. Inspired by maker culture, the experimental, participatory, process-oriented outreach project and exhibition We/Customize includes multiple phases from taking OMCA outside its walls and inviting the public to participate. Exhibit runs through June 30, 2013. 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.

Summoning Ghosts: The Art of Hung Liu
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland

The first comprehensive survey of the artwork of Hung Liu.  Featuring approximately 80 paintings, as well as personal ephemera such as photographs, sketch books, and informal painting studies from private and public collections around the world, the exhibition celebrates Liu’s career accomplishments and includes work completed in China before the artist arrived in the U.S. Exhibit runs through June 30, 2013. More information here.

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.

Got an Oakland event to share for next weekend’s events listing? Send info including address, time, and ticket price for events taking place in Oakland to



  1. Emily Roth on June 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

    with Hannah Franco

    Sunday, June 23
    9:00 -10:00 AM
    Temescal Farmer’s Market (Claremont DMV), Oakland, CA

    Join us for another fun filled series of Free Outdoor Yoga in the park. Hannah will be leading a invigorating morning flow at the Temescal Farmer’s Market, completely free and open to all levels and all types of people!
    (Rental mats provided!)

  2. Emily Roth on June 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Namaste Yoga Teacher Training FREE Open House
    Sunday, June 23 | 2 -4 PM |Namaste Grand Lake

    We will be holding four open houses leading up to this fall’s program. Each open house will give prospective students an opportunity to see the studio, meet our teaching faculty, and enjoy a complimentary class with one of your teacher training teachers.

  3. Hannah Dithrich on August 26, 2013 at 12:18 pm


    I’d love to get our event, the East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2013, listed on your calendar. It’s taking place on October 20th, 2013. There was an editorial written about last year’s exciting EBMMF.

    Please let me know the best way to have this event listed to encourage the community to attend.

    Thank you!
    Hannah Dithrich

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