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This Weekend in Oakland

on September 27, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of September 27-29, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, September 27


Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay


Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St, Oakland, CA

This exhibit features historical and contemporary stories about the San Francisco Bay. The mediums range from oral histories to interactive pieces. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $6 for children.

2013 “Eat Real” Street Food Festival                                                                                                                                                                 

1-9 pm

Jack London Square, Oakland

The three-day festival features fresh local and handmade foods. Other entertainment includes food making workshops and live music.

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.

Movie in the Park: Paranorman

7:30 pm

Redwood Heights Recreation Center 3883 Aliso Ave.

A free and outdoor screening of Paranorman, a PG rated movie, is open to everyone. Popcorn and hot chocolate costs less than a dollar.

Jennifer John’s Mixtape Release Party

9 pm

The New Parish, 579 18th Street 
Oakland, CA 94612

Jennifer John, singer and songwriter, will perform her new album Chronicles of the Aquarian mind. The album, produced by Kev Choice, is inspired by Oakland, Caribbean and African sound. John is know for her range of style including Afro-soul, funk, and reggae. Other DJ’s spinning on this night include Nina Sol, Leydis, Tsedi. Tickest are $10. For more information visit

Oakland Active Orchestra

9:30 pm

468 19th Street 
Oakland, CA 94612

The Oakland Active Orchestra is an eleven-person ensemble comprised of percussionists, saxophonists, a cellist and trumpet players. The group explores different sounds and emphasizes playing original works composed by the members. To buy tickets and find out more visit the organizers website:

Major Powers and The Lo-fi Symphony

9 pm

The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

Local pianist, Nicholas Jarvis Power teams up with brothers, Dylan and Kevin Gautschi for a live rock performance. Tickets cost $8. For more information visit the club’s website

Beast Fiend

9 pm

Stork Club Oakland 2330 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA

Beast Fiend, based out of San Francisco, plays sonic punk rock. Tickets are $5. For more information visit‎



Era Art Bar and Lounge,19 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

DJ Fuze of Digital Underground plays Hip-hop, R& B, and soul. You can hear him every fourth Friday at Era. For more information go to

Saturday, September 28


Eat Real Street Food Festival

10:30 am – 9:00 pm

Jack London Square, 65 Webster Street, Oakland

Eat Real is a street food festival that highlights local, organic, and sustainable food. Admission is free and all street food at the festival cost $5 or less. Check out the schedule of events for Saturday here:
Info: 510-842-1017,

Freeing Land for Food: Urban Greening Projects and Gentrification 

11 am – 1pm

Phat Beets Saturday Farmers’ Market, 942 Stanford Ave., Oakland

This is a panel discussion on the complexities of urban farming, focusing on urban soils, gentrification, and community gardens. This is a free event. Info:

Oakland Art Murmur Galleries Saturday Stroll

1 pm – 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. Info:

Maurice L. Monette

4:30 pm

Loring Cafe, 37 Grand Ave., Oakland

Author Maurice L. Monette reads from his book, Confessions of a Gay Married Priest. There will also be a book signing with the author. For more information about this free event visit

New Volunteer Orientation

4:30 – 5 pm

Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

This is a free event and o registration is necessary. Learn all about Rock Paper Scissors Collective by attending a free volunteer orientation. Discover all of the different ways you can get involved with the collective. Info:

Close and Personal

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The MilkBar in the Sunshine Biscuit Factory Complex, 851 81st Ave. #223, Oakland

A performance created by choreographer Sheena Johnson and performed by Rebel Home Dance. In an age of severe disconnection and systemic violence how do we transform our collective sorrow and anger to imagine a way forward? Tickets $15 — $20, No one turned away for lack of funds. Event will include movement, performance, visual art, vocals, music, film, and food. Info:

100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change

6:30 pm – 9 pm

Mosswood Park recreation Center, 3612 Webster St., Oakland

Performances by poets, musicians, and artists, open mic. Hundreds of global events are planned in conjunction to bring communities together for environmental, social and political change. A $5 donation is suggested. Info: 201-349-8576

6th Public Ghost Investigation

Pardee Home Museum,672 11th St. Oakland

Led by ghost investigator and paranormal author Karen Zimmerman, this event is an opportunity to hunt for ghosts in a historic mansion built in 1869. Linda Grindel, a fifth-generation psychic will also conduct a spirit circle. Be sure to bring a flashlight. Ages: Adults 18 and over. Cost: $50 (This is a fundraiser for the Pardee Home Museum) Info:

Laurel District Outdoor Movie Night

8 pm

Laurel Ace Hardware, 4024 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland

This month’s movie will be WALL-E, the story of a lonely robot who discovers love on a journey across the universe. Bring lawn-chairs, blankets, and hot drinks. This is a free event open to everyone. Info:


9:30 pm

The Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Bay Area hip-hop show featuring: Ziggy, Stanley Ipkuss, Just Me, Young Chizle, RJ V, Yates & That Fool AL. The show costs $7 and is for ages 21 and up.

Sunday, September 29 


Back to School Backpacks


First Covenant Church, 4000 Redwood Rd Oakland, CA 94619

Spend the morning volunteering and help local students get the school supplies they need. To sign up for this and other volunteer event at the First Covenant Church visit

 30th Anniversary Kindergym Party with Dawn                                                                                                                                         

10-11 am

Temple Beth Abraham

Children under three can enjoy an array of activities from storytelling and song to climbing and rock horses. This event is free. For more information go to

Sibelius Concert                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Prometheus Symphony Orchestra plays classical music and will perform their first concert of the season this Sunday. This is a free and family friendly event.

Lake Oakland Yoga                                                                                                              

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.

Soul is the Key- Bobby Caldwell

2 pm

Woodminister Amphitheater, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland

Come out for Bobby Caldwell’s soul performance as part of Sundays in the Redwoods Outdoor Concert Series, sponsored by the City of Oakland. Tickets: $14, Info:

 The Awkward Sex Show

6 pm – 9 pm

Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

Come participate in a live recording of the Awkward Sex Podcast, as people share their awkward sex stories. Cost $5. More info:

Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border

6:30 pm

The Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland

Director Rodrigo Reyes takes the audience to the border between Mexico and the United States. Followed by a conversation between the filmmaker and award-winning author Daniel Alarcon. Preceded by the film Todo Se Vale (Everything is Possible), by director Edin Alain Martinez Aguirre. This screening is put on by the Oakland Underground Film Festival. Tickets: $10. Info:

Chuchito Valdes

7 pm

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland

Chuchito Valdes is a renowned pianist from a family of Cuban jazz greats. His style fuses Caribbean rhythms and jazz. Tickets $23. Info:, Phone: 510.238.9200.

Motoko Honda Group- Simple Excesses

9 pm

Duende, 468 19th Street, Oakland

Matoko Honda is a Japanese pianist and composer. For this concert, he will be focusing on acoustic jazz piano and chamber composition pieces, accompanied by a group of talented Bay Area musicians. Tickets: $10. Info:

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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