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This weekend in Oakland

on May 25, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of May 25 – 26, 2012. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Saturday, May 25

Rod and Custom Car Show
10 am – 4 pm
Throughout Jack London Square
More than 65 classic cars from the 1920’ to 1960’s will be on display throughout Jack London Square.

Gallery closing: ‘Everyone’
1 – 5pm
Krowswork, 480 23rd Street
An expansive solo exhibition by Liz Walsh, with photographs, paintings, video, tapestry, and installation.

Before There is Nowhere to Stand
3 – 5pm
La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley
Palestinian, Israeli, Arab, Jewish and International poets offer differing perspectives to inspire dialogue.

Ghost investigation: Pardee Museum
7 pm – 12 am
Pardee Home Museum, 672 11th Street, Oakland
A professional ghost investigator and author, and her fellow investigators will lead a series of searches for evidence of spirits within the Pardee Home Museum. Tickets $50.

X-Over Music Series
7 pm
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
Full of genre-bending, switch-hitting artists. Every last Saturday. Free.

Flying Lotus
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Release tour for Until the Quiet Comes, described as “a collage of mystical states, dreams, sleep and lullabies.” $29.50 tickets, more information here.

Badr Vogu
8 pm
Oakland Metro, 630 3rd Street, Oakland
Metal bands. $5. More info here.

Little Muddy
8 pm
Jupiter, 2181 Sattuck Ave., Oakland
All instrumental greasy-jazzy blues. Free.

Sunday, May 26

Gold Panning at OMCA
Noon – 4 pm
OMCA, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Try your hand at panning for real gold, Forty-Niner style, in the Museum gardens. Learn how to tell the difference between real gold and fool’s gold and keep all you find. Included with normal museum admission.

King Kong (1933)
6 pm
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland
Screening of the original King Kong. $6.

Poetry Flash with Tim Kahl and Joshua McKinney
3 pm
Deisel, A Book Store, 5433 College Ave., Oakland
Readings from two new books of poems.

Needles, other bands
3:30 pm
1-2-3-4 GO! Records, 420 40th Street, Oakland
All ages punk show

Tea in Egypt fundraiser
2 – 5pm
Imagine Affairs Art Lounge, 408 14th Street, Oakland
Explore the Egypt of the 1920s and 1930s as well as travel back in time to the 12th Dynasty and the Court of Akhenaten as seen through the eyes of Agatha Christie.. Fundraiser for Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt. $20 students, $35 general.

Bolt Thrower
6 pm
Oakland Metro, 630 3rd Street, Oakland
With Autopsy, Benediction, and Noothgrush. $20

9 pm
The Night Light, 311 Broadway, Oakland
Performing with Jefferson Death Star, others. $5

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.


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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