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This Weekend in Oakland

on August 30, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of August 30-September 1 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, August 30

Pro Arts @ Latham Square: Phil McGaughy
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Latham Square, 1611 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Check out this free exhibition in the Latham Square lobby where Phil McGaughy explores the minerals and materials around us. Admission is free. More information here.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket
12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 1000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland
Come by the Ask Jeeves Planetarium for a 30-minute adventure in space. This is for kids from 5-10 years old. Buy tickets and find more information here.

We Are Aliens
1:30, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 1000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland
Narrated by Rupert Grint, this show searches for life outside of Earth. The show is exciting for people of all ages. Buy tickets and find more information here.

Exploring Urban Nature with the East Bay Regional Park District
2-5 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Come to the Gallery of California Natural Sciences to learn about nature in the Bay Area. Guided tours of OMCA Garden depart at 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. from the Redwoods section of the Gallery. More information here.

Artists in Libraries
3-5 p.m.
Elmhurst Library, 1427 88th Ave., Oakland
Check out a free art workshop with a MOCHA teaching artist in Elmhurst. Admission is free. More information here.

Friday Nights @ OMCA
5-9 p.m.
10th Street, Oakland
Enjoy a family-friendly food truck party on 10th Street, hosted by OMCA and Off the Grid. Expect OMCA pub trivia, nature rock painting workshops for families, DJ Nina Sol and much more entertainment for everyone. Gallery admission is half-price for adults, and kids 18 and under get in free. More information here.

Smokers World, Gravity A
7 p.m.
The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland
Check out these two up-and-coming bands for free at this happy hour show. More information here.

Movies In The Park: Wreck It Ralph
8:16 p.m.
Redwoods Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Ave., Oakland
Outdoor movies are what summer is for. The movie will begin at sunset and could be cancelled if there’s bad weather. More information here.

Dancing Under The Stars
8:30-10 p.m.
Jack London Square, Broadway St., Oakland
Get a free salsa dance lesson by the Linden Street Dance Studio and rock out at a dance party afterwards. Free admission. More information here.

House of Floyd
8 and 10 p.m.
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
Love Pink Floyd? Check out this Pink Floyd tribute band. Rock out to House of Floyd’s original music as well as Pink Floyd’s greatest hits. Tickets are $26. More information here.

Saturday, August 31

Oakland Chinatown Walking Tour
10 a.m.
In front of the Pacific Renaissance Plaza Fountain, 9th Street between Franklin and Webster streets.
In this tour, attendees will learn about the contributions of Chinese and other Asian immigrants to general California and Bay Area history. To make a reservation for this tour, call (510) 238-3234 or email Include “Tour 5” and the date in the message. More information here.

Puppet Show: Tashi, a Boy from Tibet
11 a.m.
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Storybook theater show about a young boy and his love for animals and helping others. More information here.

R/Evolve: Passion: Healing Food
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Miss Ollie’s Restaurant, 901 Washington Street, Oakland
The first Oakland Pride Annual Film Festival Feast will have a special brunch menu available for $25. More information here.

Moviendo Las Carnitas! Summer Cuban Salsa/Danzon Classes
1 – 3 p.m.
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard, Oakland
Family dance classes are offered on Saturday. There is a suggested $12 donation, or pay what you can. More information here.

R/Evolve: Passion: Love
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The Grand Lake Coffee House, 440 Grand Ave., Oakland
As part of the Oakland Pride Film Festival, the Grand Lake Coffee House will host screenings of two films, Mosquita y Mari and Shorts. Admission $10, student price $5. More information here.

Oakland A’s vs. Tampa Bay Rays
6:05 p.m.
Coliseum: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland
The A’s will play the Rays, and Green Day themed fireworks will follow the game. More information here.

Saturday Night Space Talks: Staying Alive, The Sokol Spacesuit
7:30 p.m.
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland
Attendees will learn about the history of the spacesuit and see an actual Russian Sokol spacesuit. Event is free with Chabot Center admission.

Fred Wesley and Tom Browne Band
7:30, 9:30 p.m.
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
Jazz/Funk. Admission $29 for 7:30 p.m. show and $23 for 9:30 p.m. show. More information here.

Werq! Vogue Ball with Double Duchess
9 p.m.
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland
Queer electro-hip. Tickets $10. More information here.

The Venting Machine, Mudface, Falling to Pieces, Drop Seven, No More Solace, Raiju
7 p.m.
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street, Oakland
Metal. Tickets $13. More information here.

Sunday, September 1

Oakland Pride
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
20th and Broadway, Oakland
Oakland’s fourth annual LGBT pride celebration will feature local artists, performers and musicians, in addition to pop and R&B group En Vogue!. Admission is $10 and $5 for children under 12. More information here.

Free First Sunday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
This will be the first free day after the opening of the Above and Below: Stories from our Changing Bay exhibit. More information here.

Storytime with John Weaver
1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
This family-friendly storytime is geared toward children of all ages. More information here.

R/Evolve: R/Evolution!
3 to 5 p.m.
The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street, Oakland
Part of the Oakland Pride Film Festival, The New Parkway Theater will screen Free Angela. General tickets $10, student tickets $5. More information here.

Live Music: John Schott Trio
5-8 p.m.
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
Don’t miss this jazz veteran play for free for the Actual Jazz Series. No cover charge. More information here.

Craft Night
6-8 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Working on an arts and crafts project? Work on it with other crafty folks at Craft Night. Facilitated by Chris Roncal; no admission fee. More information here.

Paula West
6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
Come enjoy Paula West, a jazz cabaret singer, in Jack London Square’s Yoshi’s. Tickets are $22-30. More information here.

fiveTEN Music Fest and After Pride Party
7 p.m.
Oakland Metro, 630 3rd St., Oakland
Come to Oakland Metro after Pride on Sunday to unwind with The Memorials, Lila Rose and Aima The Dreamer. More information here.

King of King Reggae Sundays
10 p.m.
The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland
Party to DJ Smoky’s reggae and hip-hop mix. $10 before 11 p.m., $15 after. More information here.

Ongoing Art Exhibits

Scouting Oakland
The Compound Gallery: 1167 65th Street, Oakland
August 3 – September 5

View Oakland through the eyes of local artists and with the help of your smartphone. More than 20 artists’ work will be displayed and visitors can take a tour of the exhibits with their QR reader. More information here.

Urban Hunting: Squirrel Season
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland
August 15 – September 21

Julie Alvarado’s paintings, developed after a field trip to Cabella’s Sporting Goods Store in Nevada and hearing stories of human-squirrel interactions, will be on display. More information here.

In the Grid
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland
August 15 – September 21

Kerry Vander Meer’s colorful “network systems” made of pipe cleaners, velvet papers and other odds and ends will be on display. The creations represent how our lives are influenced by maps, repetition and grids. More information here.

This Tilting World
Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th Street, Oakland
August 15 – September 21

Joan Weiss’s oil paintings explore the line between deep space and the picture plane. More information here.

2 x 2 Solos: Ali Naschke-Messing
Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
August 20 – September 1

2 x 2 Solos is a series of solo exhibitions featuring the work of four Bay Area artists. This month, Pro Arts will show the work of Ali Naschke-Messing, a native Californian artist. More information here.

And We Carry On
Kroswork Gallery, 480 23rd Street, Oakland
August 2 – 31

This exhibition features artwork from Michael Barrett, Keith Boadwee and Nick Cope, among others. More information here.

The New Bay Bridge
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland
August 27 – September 28

See artwork by Christy Kovacs and a sculpture installation by John Ruszel. More information here.

Women of the West and A World at War
Mills College Art Museum: 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland
May 7 – September 1

This student-designed exhibition features art from the collection of the Mills College Art Museum that focuses on women in the workplace and the World Wars. More information here.

West of Center
Mills College Art Museum: 5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland
June 12 – September 1

This exhibition showcases artists’ work from the 1960s and 1970s. Through videos, photographs, drawings and other recreated exhibits, visitors will see a diverse range of work from artists based in the American West. More information here.

Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
July 20 – January 26

Black and white photographs dating back to the 1930s, when the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge were being constructed. More information here.

Inspiration Points: Masterpieces of California Landscape
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
May 31 – September 8

A collection of California landscape art from artists like Ansel Adams, Thomas Moran and David Hockney. More information here.

Above and Below: Stories from our Changing Bay
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
August 31 – February 23

Media like oral histories, interactives and community voices take center stage in this exhibition exploring how human engineering and natural forces have changed the Bay Area over time. 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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