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This weekend in Oakland

on September 20, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of September 20-22, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, September 20

Close Quarter Combat Instructor Course – Self Defense & Fitness Training

8 am 
Pitts Martial Arts Academy, 468 Santa Clara Ave., Oakland

Instructor Peter Sciarra will be in the Bay Area teaching his Instructor Level 1 course. A FREE watch/learn/participate non-certification session is available Friday.

Pro Arts @ Latham Square: Phil McGaughy (exhibition)

9 am – 5 pm
1611 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

The exhibition is on view weekdays. It is part of Pro Arts Off-Site Services. Pro Arts offers professional services to create exhibitions, facilitate commissioned artwork and conduct calls for entry. Admission is free.

Artists in Libraries

3 – 5 pm
Elmhurst Library, 1427 88th Ave., Oakland

Free art workshop with a MOCHA Teaching artist at the Elmhurst library. MOCHA offers weekly art workshops as part of LEAP (Library Edication and Art Program). Workshops are led by teaching artists, and are focused on building creativity, socioemotional and academic skills through painting, drawing, sculpting, collage and numerous other art forms.

Friday Nights @ OMCA

5 – 9 pm
OMCA is located one block from the Lake Merritt BART Station, 10th Street, Oakland

Every Friday, OMCA and Off the Grid host a night market. Some of the things that you can expect this Friday are: new food trucks, California beer and wine around the Koi Pond, live music, art activities, and dancing. Cost: Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Cash bar. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks. Event parking is available at the Museum garage for a $5 flat fee after 5 pm.

Bites Off Broadway: Friday Night Food Truck Block Party & Picnic 

5:30 p.m. – 8:30 pm
45th St. and Lawton Ave., Oakland

Neighbors in The Temescal meet and greet on blankets and folks from adjoining cities come to sample  bites from Oakland’s first recurring food pod. Stroll down 45th St. to enjoy the best in mobile grub and to be part of an international food movement. Plus, each week features either live music, lawn games, movies, or entertainment. Free event.

Unleashed In The East Bay

7 pm
The Stork Club Oakland, 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Featuring Iris Berry, Joel Landmine, Alexandra Naughton, SB Stokes & hosted by Paul Corman-Roberts. Admission is free.

Show and Tell

8 pm
Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Share your stories and the objects that trigger those stories. Show and tell your stories. Bring a meaningful object you want to share a story about or just be part of the audience. $5 suggested donation (all proceeds benefit Rock Paper Scissors Collective).

Paramount Movie Classics BULLITT

8 pm, box office opens at 6 pm, door opens at 7 pm
The Paramount Theatre of The Arts, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

BULLITT (1968) – Steve McQueen plays SFPD detective Frank Bullitt who goes after the underworld boss who had the witness under Bullitt’s protection killed. Directed by Peter Yates, this is the movie that established the late, great Steve McQueen as a superstar. All tickets: $5.


8 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland

Future Twin came together through the 1st all girl moped gang the Lockits. They became fast friends and were soon waxing synth songs, huffing gasoline and makeing shred tents (the ‘e’ stands for everyone) late into the evening. Since then situations transpired, people decided to get up or get out, landslides shifted, but adaptive by design this pirate ship just keeps sailing. $8 adv – $10 dos. Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.

Alex Conde

8 pm
Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland

Alex Conde’s new album Barrio del Carmenmixes the tradition of piano flamenco, classical, and jazz with his new quartet. Composed by drummer/percussionist Colin Douglas, bassist Sascha Jacobsen and featuring gypsy singer from Jerez de la Frontera, Kina Mendez for an evening of original compositions that will transports the audience. $15.

Fishnet Follies featuring 29th Street Swingtet, MC Kingish plus special guests

Doors 9 pm
The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

FISHNET FOLLIES BURLESQUE REVUE celebrates the golden years of classic Hollywood glamour, showcasing the most beautifully talented burlesque and variety performance artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond! Heavily rooted in the ‘gypsy jazz’ sound of French swing guitarist Django Reinhardt, The 29th Street Swingtet also draws upon various different jazz oriented genres including be-bop, blues and Latin. $10.

Victory And Associates Buttons Detach Dolls Arthur T And The Omgs

9 pm
The Stork Club Oakland, 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Presented by MCO + EBX. 21 and over. $6.

Saturday, September 21

Take Charge of Your Health!

9 am – 2 pm
Oakland Technical High School Auditorium, 4351 Broadway, Oakland

Health care and how it is delivered is changing fast in the East Bay. Hear the latest about how Obamacare will affect you, your family and your employees. Event is free and open to the public. A complimentary lunch will be served.

Creek to Bay Day 2013

9 am – Noon
Lake Merritt, Oakland Estuary and creek locations throughout Oakland

Volunteers are requested at creek sites, Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary to remove litter and invasive plants, plant California native species, and clean up our waterways as part of Creek to Bay Day, Oakland’s celebration of International Coastal Cleanup Day. All volunteers will receive a reusable tote to use wherever they shop to help minimize the use of single-use plastic bags, one of the most common types of marine debris. Visit the website for more information about the event, including a roster and map of locations. There is no admission fee.

Free Walking Tours

10 am
Various starting points

The twice weekly guided tours showcase the city’s changing skyline, landmarks, churches and high-rises. There are eight different tour itineraries. All tours begin at 10 a.m. from various starting locations. The tour brochure, itinerary descriptions, dates and starting locations are available at There is no admission fee. Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to

Oakland Music Festival 

11 am
The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland

Oakland is experiencing a resurgence of its culture capital. Launching the first annual Oakland Music Festival will highlight the musical talent locally and nationally. The Coup, Dam-Funk, Religious Girls, James & Evander, thePeople Oakland, Sweater Funk, J Boogie, plus many more……. $15 – $70.

Fire Station Open House

11 am – 2 pm
4615 Grass Valley Rd., Oakland

This event will focus on fire safety, education, resources for residents of Oakland Hills. The fire station will be open to the citizens of Oakland. The Open House will include support and resources from various departments within the City of Oakland and agencies from throughout the county. There is no admission fee.

BioFuel Oasis free September Harvest Tasting

Noon – 5 pm
1441 Ashby Ave. at Sacramento St., Berkeley

Taste honey, homemade cheese, kombucha, and more! Pet chickens, take a free urban farming workshop, & vote on the best East Bay honey! Kids welcomed.

Alameda County’s 4th Annual For a Safer Town (F.A.S.T.) Community Event & Kids Bike Rodeo

Noon – 6 pm
Verdese Carter Park, 98th Avenue and Bancroft Avenue, Oakland

EBBC is partnering with Youth Uprising to bring a kids bike rodeo and bike smoothie machine. This free event is open to all community members and will feature: healthy food cooking demonstrations and nutrition workshops; free food and beverages; live music and entertainment; a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Zumba and Afro Belly classes; and a kiddy zone with activities, jumpers and face painting.

Oakland Art Murmur Galleries Saturday Stroll

1 – 5 pm
Broadway/Telegraph Corridor, Oakland

Visitors can visit galleries during daylight hours EVERY Saturday afternoon, when 18 galleries and 7 mixed-use spaces are open from 1 -5 (some open earlier and others stay open later, see individual venues for details). Some spaces also host special events on Saturday afternoons including artists receptions, artists talks, film screenings, concerts, and other performances.

Sistah Sinema 

7 pm
Numi Tea Garden, 2230 Livingston St., Oakland

Sistah Sinema – Oakland is an intimate event of typically 50 womyn showcasing queer womyn of color cinema. Showing will be followed by a moderated discussion where attendees will be able to connect to each other and, occasionally, the filmmaker. 1 hour before event $6.12.

Front Bar Open Tonight

7 pm
The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

DJ iPod spinning the hip tunes! Come get your drink on with cheap beers and strong drinks! (Indie/Alternative). No cover.

Alcoholocaust Presents: Abrupt/Dreadful Children/Junkyard Amy Lee

7 – 12 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way @ 37th St., Oakland

Live music finished at midnight. BART friendly show. Only 3 blocks from MacArthur BART station. 21 and over. $7 admission.

Oakland Music Festival After Party

8 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland

Hosted by thePeople Oakland. thePeople started in November 2007 when some djs and music lovers realized a shared concern that the East Bay was overlooked as a taste making force. thePeople takes place monthly, every 4th Saturday at The New Parish in downtown Oakland, California. $10.

Piccola Morte – Concert at The Cathedral of Christ the Light 

8 – 10 pm
The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland

Enjoy the beautiful music of acclaimed new Bay Area quintet Piccola Morte in The Cathedral of Christ the Light on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland at 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 21. In this program titled The Agony and the Ecstacy, the group will offer philosophical madrigals and expressionistic, lurid motets by the Franco-Flemish master Orlando di Lasso (ca. 1532-94) exploring the gray area between the secular and the sacred. Tickets are available online at $15 general admission; $10 students/seniors.

Sunday, September 22

Oakland Grand Prix

8 am – 5 pm
Snow Park Museum, 19th & Harrison, Oakland

Racing begins at 8 am with a free kid’s race at noon. The professionals race at 3 pm. The Ninth Annual Oakland Grand Prix, the only Oakland bicycle race on the NCNCA calendar. The Oakland Grand Prix offers a technical, downtown course, with an uphill finish on Harrison Street, near 19th, at Snow Park, where spectators will find plenty of room to see the final sprint to the finish. The course is just a block from Lake Merritt and the 19th Street BART.

Resources for Education (18 and Up)

10 – 11 am
First Covenant Church, 4000 Redwood Rd, Oakland

FCC serve week is a church-wide effort to mobilize people to support local organizations and meet community needs. FCC will be sending 23 teacher supply boxes to an elementary school in the community. Event is free.

Lake Yoga Oakland

11 am 
Lake Merritt by the pergola, El Embarcadero and Lakeshore, Oakland

Every Sunday rain or shine @11am, Lake Merritt. Donation-based Yoga Class every Sunday. Beginners to advanced welcome 11:00am-12:15pm in the fresh, open air. Where: Lake Merritt, Oakland by the pergola/pillars. At the El Embarcadero and Lakeshore intersection. Across from Cafe Lakeview on the shaded grass. Free parking: Lakeshore and McArthur parking lot. Cost: Sliding scale. Strength ~ Breath ~ Community. *Open-level Forrest-yoga inspired Vinyasa class. *Energetic teachers to guide your practice. *Hands-on assists to deepen your poses.

Kabuki Theatre on Film: Kumagai’s Battle Camp

2 – 4 pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), 388 9th St. #290, Oakland

Interested in Japanese Kabuki theatre? Join OACC for a special class focusing on a video of the classic Kabuki drama, “Kumagai’s Battle Camp.” Taking its theme from “Tale of Heike,” the play features an all-star cast in one of Kabuki’s most famous tragedies. Class is free and open to the public. All ages welcomed!

Charlie Hunter/Scott Amendola Duo

2 pm, 9 pm
Duende, 468 19th St., Oakland

Guitarist Charlie Hunter & drummer Scott Amendola return to Duende for another spectacular performance. They will be playing an early matinee show at 2pm and a regular nighttime show at 9pm. General admission for 2 pm show is $10 and $15 for the 9 pm show.


3 – 8 pm
The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland

A Daytime Dance Party. DJ Leah V, Tenderbuttons. This event is 18 and over. $3 before 5 pm.

Tim  & Nicole’s going away Party! 

3 – 9 pm
The Stork Club Oakland, 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

The Divvys, NeutralBoy, and the Rockonigles. Tim and Nicole are going back to Mexico for the season. Come out for food, music, friends, and daytime debauchery. BBQ on the patio. Some food provided. Bring more.

Actual cafe Oakland

5 pm – 8 pm
Actual Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland

Laptop-free weekends. Michael Joy & Christian Thompson (of Night Flight), with UV Traveler.

Dairy Queens/Juicy Karkass/Bad Angle/Bryaugh

6 – 10:30 pm
Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way @ 37th St., Oakland

Afro-beat/Regional Mexican music.

Sundays in the Redwoods

Woodminster Amphitheater, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland

Magic in the Music featuring Hiroshima and Vivian Green. $14 per ticket.

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.

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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