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This weekend in Oakland

This Weekend in Oakland

on November 8, 2013

Community events and activities for the weekend of November 9-10, 2013. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it to the comments!

Friday, November 8

mocha Museum Open Studio
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1625 Clay St. Oakland
MOCHA develops interactive spaces where children and their families create, share and connect through art.

California by Bike Summit 
All Day
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., Oakland
Join California by Bike Summit for a gathering of the leading thinkers, movers and shakers in bike advocacy, the bike industry, and bike-friendly change agents in transit, urban planning, health, design, technology, tourism and more as we share, envision, connect, collaborate and celebrate. Click here to purchase tickets.

Chabot Space & Science Center – Family Hike
5 p.m.
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland
The bright fall moon will be shining. Explore the redwoods from twilight to moonlight on an easy-moderate 3-4 mile hike. After the hike, stay and view the night sky through telescopes (weather permitting) or tour the Telescope Makers Workshop. Hike will take place rain or shine. For more information visit the center’s site.

Friday Nights @ OMCA
5 – 9 p.m.
Oakland Museum Of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
What to expect on Nov. 8, twelve gourmet food trucks from Off the Grid featuring the best in local cuisine, local beer and wine specials in the Blue Oak beer garden, encore performances from the best of Friday Nights @ OMCA including DJs spinning hits from 5 to 7 p.m., and live bands from 7 to 9 p.m., and family-friendly drop-in game-making workshops celebrating Native American Heritage Month from 5 to 8 p.m. Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free. Admission for Members is always free. Prices vary for Off the Grid food trucks. For more information, visit the OMCA site.

California College Of The Arts – Wasteland Exhibition
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Oakland Campus, 5212 Broadway, Oakland
The Wasteland exhibition showcases works of architecture, art, design, and writing produced by students in our five fall 2013 “Waste Land” courses (Architecture, Industrial Design, Diversity Studies, Sculpture, and Writing & Literature.

Pro Arts Youth Speaks Under 21 Open Mic Night
5:30 – 9 p.m.
Pro Arts, 150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
Youth Speaks and Pro Arts present a fun open-mic with poetry and dj music for youth under 21. The event is free to the public. For more information on youth speaks, visit their site.

Community Conversation On Wealth And Poverty In America
6 – 9 p.m.
Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Dr., Oakland
This is a opportunity for people to come together and tell their stories on wealth and poverty in America. The event is free.

East Bay Burners Social – Mutant Vehicle Reality Check
6 – 9 p.m.
Oakland Chinatown: New Gold Medal Restaurant, 389 8th St., Oakland
Hear from six experienced Mutant Vehicle builders who will regale everyone with their torrid tales of what it takes to build and operate an art car at Burning Man. These presentations will be in a “lightening talk” format. A brief Q&A will follow with opportunity for more questions during regular meet and greet part of the evening. More info:

Roddy Byers and the US Skabilly Rebels
9 p.m.
Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
After 32 years of treating audiences to his own Ska-Rockabilly brand of “Radiation” therapy, Roddy Byers is stepping away from the side of the stage as the Specials’ lead guitarist and into the center spotlight as the frontman/guitarist of his newest and best musical endeavor, the SKABILLY REBELS. Roddy and his Skabilly Rebels are the next phase of an audio formula Byers has been working to perfect since the day he stepped into the recording studio with the Specials back in the 80s – a fusion of the driving rhythm of Ska and the gritty, hard edge of Rockabilly, also known as “Skabilly.” Doors open at 9 p.m., $12/$15. More info at

DJ Mele$ Presents Azizi Gibson
9 p.m.
Venue Oakland, 420 14th St., Oakland
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Saturday, November 9

The Compound Gallery & Studios
6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The Compound Gallery & Studios, 1167 65th St., Oakland
The gallery will be having a free opening reception of the art of letterpress II. For more information, visit the gallery’s site.

The Crucible – Veterans Day Classes
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The Crucible, 1260 7th St., Oakland
In honor of Veterans Day 2013, The Crucible will give veterans a chance to explore their creativity in the medium of glass during a day of free taster classes available only to veterans.

Children’s Fairyland Oakland’s Storybook Theme Park – Puppet Show
11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Children’s Fairyland Oakland’s Storybook Theme Park, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland
Hans Christian Andersen’s delightful tale about love and adventure as experienced by china dolls. Original songs and script by Foreman Brown. Production designed by Sheliah Beckett. Puppets by Lewis Mahlmann. For more information, visit the park’s site.

Jack of All Trades
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Throughout Jack London Square, Oakland
Grand opening of the Jack of All Trades market. The Jack of All Trades features a curated mix of local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more! There will also be live music! Go to for more info!

OMCA Showcase Series: Days of the Dead
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Oakland Museum Of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland
This exciting new series features artists from the 19th Annual Days of the Dead exhibition, The Tree of Life and Death: Dias de los Muertos 2013, presenting their work in the brief and illuminating format known as a lightning talk. Artists will share examples of their work and discuss the fusion of Mesoamerican traditions with themes in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences including indigenous knowledge, empathy, habitat and species loss, and accountability for preventing such losses through conservation and action. The showcase lecture will be followed by a brief artist- and curator-led tour. Included with Museum Admission. Free to OMCA Members.

Oakland Art Murmur – Saturday Stroll
1  – 5 p.m.
Broadway/Telegraph Corridor, Oakland
As an alternative to the more festive atmosphere of First Fridays, visitors can enjoy the 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. See the Saturday Stroll schedule for more details.

Chabot Space & Science Center – “Look What We Un Earthed” 
2:30 p.m.
Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland
The exhibits team delved into the Chabot basement and un-earthed some unusual and mysterious objects. Join the journey of discovery during the grand unveiling. For more information, visit the center’s site.

Vessel Gallery Artist Talk Series with “Vessel 9.5 – Vessel as the Human Form: Humanity” artists 
2  – 3:30 p.m.
Vessel Gallery, 471 25th St., Oakland
Celebrates 9.5 years of Vessel Gallery with a tour of this group show with artists and curator Lonnie Lee. For more information, visit the gallery’s site.

Studio Quercus – Red Hot Chili Water, A Creative Growth Staff Show Open Reception 
4 – 6 p.m.
Studio Quercus, 385 26th St., Oakland
Studio Quercus presents Red Hot Chili Water: A Creative Growth Staff Show, a group exhibition featuring works in a variety of mediums by faculty and staff of Creative Growth in Oakland.

Oakland Art Murmur – Big Things Have Small Beginnings
6  – 9 p.m.
Broadway/Telegraph Corridor, Oakland
This November Betti Ono is pleased to present  ”Big Things Have Small Beginnings”  a new solo show by Oakland based artist Santos Shelton. Free to the public. 

Sunday, November 10

Tree of Life Church, Open House Sale
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ninh Tran, 2946 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland
Come by to Tree of Life if you are looking for art and furniture that has been cherished.

Blue Oak cafe/Bay Brunches at the Museum
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Oakland Museum Of California, 1000 Oak St. Oakland
Blue Oak cafe offers a special themed brunch series through the run of the exhibition, serving delicious cuisine featuring sustainable, local ingredients. Bay Brunches at the Museum include a rotating special brunch menu, table service, Mimosas and Bloody Marys, local artisanal salts from the Bay Area, and live music. Walk-ins welcome. For more information, call 510-318-8571. 

Free First Sunday Admission
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. As the only museum to focus entirely on the art and history of California, the diverse collections on display in the 300,000 square foot building present the art and tell the history of California from many angles. The museum invites visitors to experience the history of California through interacting with art, becoming art, and rewriting history. Normally $15, the museum offers free admission every first Sunday of the month. Please note, special exhibits may require a fee.

OMCA Family: Drop-in Art Workshop
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland
During the afternoon, join the Family Gallery Tour of the special exhibition, on view in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences and learn about how to engage your young ones. Featured participants from this year’s Days of the Dead exhibition include Margarita and Jose Ortiz of La Escuelita, and Lee Rosenberg from Bancroft Middle School. Included with Museum admission. All ages are invited to join in. No reservations required.

The Soul Train Day Party W Ericka Blount Danois + Joshua Bee Alafia Birthday!!
12 p.m.
Broaklyn Film & Theater CO., Lungomare 1 Broadway, Oakland
The Soul Train Day Party, featuring Author Ericka Blount Danois, and endorsed by Soul Train Holdings will be combined with the birthday of Brooklyn film director, Joshua Bee Alafia. Tickets at

Novemberfest in Temescal Alley!
12 – 4 p.m.
Temescal Alley, 486 49th St., Oakland
Temescal Alley is having first annual Novemberfest, featuring local craft brewers and tasty sausages grilled up by Pizzaiolo. Buy a glass and enjoy fantastic beer tastings from places like Linden Street Brewery, Drakes Brewing, Ale Industries, and Calicraft! All proceeds go to support Walk Oakland Bike Oakland ( Cost: $12.

I HELLA Love Shorts!
3 p.m.
The New Parkway, 474 24th St., Oakland
I HELLA Love Shorts the quarterly event showcasing short films from the bay area and beyond is back. Come out and support local filmmakers and actors at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland. $5 cover. More info here.

Amber Flora Thomas and Sholeh Wolpe
3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland-Rockridge
The poets read from their new works, The Rabbits Could Sing and Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths.

Cana Salsa Oakland 
3 – 9 p.m.
Cana Cuban Parlor and Cafe, 530 Lake Park Ave., Oakland
Salsa dancing every Sunday afternoon at Caña Cuban Parlor and Cafe in Oakland to live music and DJ. Dancing starts from 3pm until closing. Cost: $10.

Buried, Adicript, Gardins 
4 p.m.
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd St., Oakland
w/ Adicript, Gardins, Imperial Omen, Invisible Monsters, Vianna, and Done Tuning Finally. All ages. $10.

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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  1. Steve Wagner on November 9, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Sunday Nov 11: Weekly peacewalk around Lake Merritt in Oakland. Starts at 3 at the colonnade at the northeast end of the lake. Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace.

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