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This Weekend in Oakland

on September 6, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of September 6 – 8, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, September 6

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.

The New Bay Bridge, with Christy Kovacs and John Ruszel
All day
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland
Celebrate the opening of the East Span of the Bay Bridge by stopping by Vessel Gallery to look at new artwork on man-made structures and engineering. There will be a musical performance presented by Classical Revolution: Musical Art Quintet and Telegraph Trio. More information here.

Into Silence: New Paintings By Elaine Maute`
12-5 p.m., reception at 2 p.m.
Manna Gallery, 473 25th Street, Suite 6, Oakland
Elaine Maute` will be displaying new paintings at Manna Gallery. A reception will be held for the artist from 2-4 p.m. 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.

OMCA Connect on the Great Wall of Oakland
4-11 p.m.
West Grand at Valley between Broadway & Telegraph, Oakland
Put your art on the big screen! Learn how to make a stop-motion animation at the Oakland Rover and it will be projected on the Great Wall of Oakland during First Friday at night. More information here.

The Missed Adventures Of Br’er Rabbit And Br’er Death In The Land Of Shadows
5-8 p.m.
Aggregate Space Gallery, 801 West Grand, Oakland
Check out Christopher Burch’s new contribution to the Aggregate Space Gallery – an installation/ graphic narrative about two characters – Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Death. More information here.

Friday Nights @ OMCA
5-9 p.m.
10th Street, Oakland
Enjoy a family-friendly night market on 10th Street, hosted by OMCA and Off the Grid. Expect dance lessons, bridge building workshops for families, DJ Dotmatic and much more entertainment for everyone. Gallery admission is half-price for adults, and kids 18 and under get in free. More information here.

Jack’s Night Market
6-10 p.m.
Jack London Square
Check out this outdoor bazaar while you’re hanging out at First Friday. Grab some beer or wine and check out Oakland’s designers, craft workers and artisans. No charge. More information here.

Bill Evans’ Soulgrass with Tim Carbone, Steve Kimock & Jeff Pevar
8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
Have a Soulgrass evening after First Friday events with Grammy-winning saxophonist Bill Evans at Yoshi’s. Tickets are $19-$25. More information here.

Big Gigantic, ill-esha
8 p.m.
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Stop by Fox Theater to check out Big Gigantic’s new album ‘Nocturnal,’ a mix of electric, dance and hip-hop music. Tickets are $20-25. More information here.

Oakland Massive
9 p.m.
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland
Come to one location to check out many different artists – Chuy Gomez, Davey D, Mr. E, DJ Leydis, Steelo, Deejay Julicio will be all be performing at The New Parish. There is a $7 cover charge after 10:30 p.m. and doors open at 8 p.m. More information here.

Saturday, September 7

Redistricting Meeting
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Frick Middle School, 2845 64th Ave., Oakland
Learn more about the city’s upcoming redistricting process, as mandated every 10 years by the City Charter. More information here.

Grandparents’ Weekend
11 a.m.
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland
In honor of Grandparents’ Day, the Chabot Space and Science Center will have special activities for grandparents and children, including a special tour of the observation deck and galleries. More information here.

Fall Open House
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland
This event will feature home-grown food vendors like Tina Tamale and Fist of Flour. Look at how artisan tableware is made from cups in the glass department. More information here.

The “Encores” Event
1 – 6 p.m.
Musically Minded Academy, 5776 Broadway, Oakland
First Academy concert of the year that will showcase students’ pieces that they’ve already learned. More information and RSVPs here.

Artist Reception for Elaine Maute
2 – 4 p.m.
Manna Gallery, 73 25th St., Oakland
Meet artist Elaine Maute and hear about her work at a reception for her new exhibition, “Into Silence.” More information here.

Opening Reception for Timeless: The White Mountains
2 – 4 p.m.
Photo, 473 25th Street, Oakland
View the work of more than a dozen photographers with a glass of wine at this opening reception. More information here.

Joe Bataan
7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
Latin Soul. Tickets $35. More information here.

Ships in the Night
9 p.m.
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland
DJs will be spinning hip-hop. Cover charge $5. This event is a benefit for the Asian Health Services Youth Program. More information here.

Uptown Boogie
9 p.m.
The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
Funk, soul, freestyle and hip-hop. Cover $10. More information here.

DJs Brigidope, Neo Geo and Type One
9 p.m.
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland
Hip-hop, Soul. Tickets $5 before 11 p.m., after 11 p.m., $7. Club 21+. More information here.

Sunday, September 8

Grandparents Day
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland
The Oakland Zoo will celebrate Grandparents Day with free train rides all day for grandparents. More information here.

Bay Brunches at the Museum
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Each Sunday during September, the Oakland Museum’s restaurant, Blue Oak Café, will have a special brunch menu in honor of the recently opened exhibit, Above and Below: Stories from our Changing Bay. The menu will include locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. More information here.

Sunday Soul Brunch with the Deacon and Friends
11 a.m.
Luka’s Taproom, 2221 Broadway, Oakland
Free. More information here.

OMCA Drop-in Hands-on Workshop
12 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
Build your own bridge at the Oakland Museum of California after viewing the exhibitions of Above and Below: Stories from our Changing Bay and Peter Stackpole: Bridging the Bay. All ages welcome. More information here.

Poetry Flash with Maxine Hong Kingston, Fred Marchant and Jean Valentine
3 p.m.
Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave, Oakland
Bring your family to listen to a memoir-in-verse and books of poems from these talented writers at Diesel. This event is free. More information here.

Ukelele Love-in
5 p.m.
Actual Café, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland
Want to learn how to play the ukelele? Stop by Actual Café to get free lessons and connect with others. More information here.

Deja Bryson
7 p.m.
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland
Richmond-based Deja Bryson is an up-and-coming R&B, Soul and Rock artist. She attended a four-year music program at UC Berkeley and has performed with a variety of artists. Tickets are $23. More information here.

Filmage: The story of Descendants/All
8 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
Come by for a quiet night in to watch this film about Descendants/All and their 30 years together. Tickets are $8. 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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