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This weekend in Oakland

on October 11, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of October 11-13, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, October 11

Friends of the Oakland Library Fall Sale

10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Bookmark Bookstore, 721 Washington St., Oakland

Sales increase throughout the weekend, with 30 percent off Friday, 40 percent off Saturday, and 50 percent off Sunday. Free entry. More information here. 

Tall Ships at Jack London Square

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Jack London Square, 466 Water St., Oakland

Guests can get walk-on tours of the Hawaiian Chieftain for a $3 donation through Oct. 12. More information, including hours for Oct. 12, here. 

Friday Nights @ OMCA

5 – 9 p.m.

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland

This week’s event features a workshop on Maya-Aztec fermentation, food trucks and a beer garden, tunes from DJ Adam Poe and Da Funky Goods, and more. Half-price gallery admission for adults. Children 18 and under are free. More information here. 

Night Hike

6 – 8 p.m.

Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland

A moderate three-mile hike through the redwoods from twilight to moonlight, rain or shine. The $10 ticket does not include admission to the center. More information here. 

Fireside Lounge: Curation

6:30-9:30 p.m.

The Crucible, 1260 7th St., Oakland

The Crucible will examine curation and the function of public spaces with fire performances, live demonstrations, a panel discussion, an art gallery, and more. It’s free for members and $10 for non-members. More information here. 

Words of Resistance

7 p.m.

Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland

This spoken-word poetry event is free, but donations are accepted. More information here.

Lord Nasty and the Seekers of Perversion with VOLTURE and Captain Meathook and the Vital Organs

7 p.m. – Midnight

Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Oakland

Led by the man himself, Lord Nasty, the Richmond, Va. funk/soul band performs. The show is only for 21-plus, but tickets are TBA. More information here. 

East Bay Bike Party

7:30 p.m. – Midnight

Meet at the Lake Merritt BART station.

October’s theme is “Zombie Rights.” Free, but bring lights and helmets. More information here. 

Trap Safari Dance Party with DJs Astro, R-Cade, Palmtop Tiger, Tyra from Saigon, XXXs, ALONGSIDE TS TWERKSQUAD, and Badman Emcee

9 p.m.

The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Dirty South hip-hop-inspired electronica presented by Astro & Bmrngng at this 21-plus event. $7/advance, $10/door. More information here.

Big Klef Mixtape Release with NuDekades, iStevie, Du Damage

10 p.m.

The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland

The Bay Area producer, singer, and rapper releases his mixtape at this 18-plus show. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. More information here. 

Saturday, October 12

Life is Living Festival

10 am-6 pm

Defremery Park, 1651 Adeline Street, Oakland

A free celebration of urban life through hip-hop, intergenerational health, and environmental action

More information about artists and activities here.

Jack of All Trades market grand opening

11 am-5 pm

Throughout Jack London Square

Brought to you by the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades features a curated mix of local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more!

For more information, click here.

Artist lecture and demonstration with Paul Marioni

2 pm-6 pm

The Crucible, 1260 7th Street

Free to the public

Seattle artist and glass pioneer Paul Marioni will deliver a lecture at 2:00 pm followed by a glass making demonstration at 3:30

Go here for more information.

Shirly’s Variety Show Extraordinaire

8 pm-10 pm

Studio Quercus, 385 26th Street, (510) 452-4670

$12, 18+

Variety show featuring a range of acts. Performers include AC & the Vega, Karen Penley, Brad Ericson, Rubik’s Renegades, Ghost Lore. For more information click here.

Days of the Dead

1-2:30 pm

Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, 1-2:30 pm

Artists from the 19th Annual Days of the Dead exhibition, The Tree of Life and Death: Dias de los Muertos 2013, present their work in a format known as a lightning talk.

Free with museum admission. Free for members. Click here for more information.

Science Fiction Film and Writing Festival

2-6 pm, Free

African American Museum and Library, 659 14th Street

Science fiction contest award winners will be announced along with a panel discussion and series of short sci-fi films. Click here for more information.

Blood and Dust, Youth of the Beast and Emily Shumway

8 pm

Awaken Café, 1429 Broadway, 510-863-1440

$7, all ages.

Acoustic blues, indie pop and folk. Click here for show times and more info.

Old Light, My Life as a Dog, Breakarts

9 pm

Night Light, 311 Broadway, (510) 433-0340

$7, 21+

Roots, Americana, Rock. Click here for more info.

The Deeper Side of Soul

9:30 pm

La Estrellita Café

446 E. 12th Street

Free soul dance party.

HELLA GAY Dance Party

9:30 pm

The Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave, 510-451-8100

$5, 21+

Dance party for “girls, boys and everything in between”. Click here for more info.

Sunday, October 13

East: A Woman on the Road to Kathmandu

3 p.m.

Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland

Author Shelley Buck celebrates the release of her book, which details her journey across Asia, at this free party. More information here. 

Shivers, the Slightly Silly, Slightly Spooky Safety Show

1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland

Blake Maxam performs this show about staying safe on Halloween. Free with $8 admission. More information here. 

Richard Cionco

2 p.m.

California State University, 1000 Broadway, Ste. 109, Oakland

The pianist and professor will perform pieces by Bach, Siloti, Schumann, Janacek, and Liszt. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $13 for seniors, and $6 for students and children. Call (530) 898-4043 for more information.

Spooky Spirits of the Oakland Scottish Rite Tour

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

The Oakland Heritage Alliance hosts the tour of the haunted temple. Admission is $20 for OHA members, $25 for non-members. More information here.

Ukulele Love-In

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Actual Café, 6334 San Pable Ave., Oakland

Come to learn, listen to a performance, or play along yourself. More information here.  

King of Kings Reggae Sunday w/ Jah Yzer, Young Fyah, DJ Smoky and Kurious

10 pm

The New Parish, 579 18th Street

$10 before 10 pm, $15 after, 21+. Click here for more info.

Battle of the Bands w/ Mannequin Planet, Dread-I-Knights, Miles of Machines, Lyceum, Madra Allta, The Wearies, Urban Theory, and Theflyover States

4 pm-11 pm

Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street

All ages, $12

Eight bands battle it out for rock ‘n roll supremacy. Click here for more info.

Terence Elliott, Amanda Elliott, T-Roy Marshall, and Levi Seacer

7 pm

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West

Music company Nymani Music CD release party for pianist and composer Terence Elliott. Click here for more info.

Blues Piano Orgy

4 pm

Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave, Oakland


An afternoon of West Coast blues piano with John Allair, Sid Morris and Wendy DeWitt. Click here for more 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.

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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