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This Weekend in Oakland

on January 31, 2014

Community events and activities for the weekend of February 1-2 2014. Got an event we didn’t know about? Please add it in the comments!

Friday, January 31 

Open Studio
10 am – 1 pm
1625 Clay St., Oakland, CA, 94612
Create, explore, and discover in our new drop-in studio space!

Friday Nights @ OMCA
5 – 9 pm
1000 Oak St., Oakland, CA, 94607
Oakland’s popular weekly night market is back for a new year of fun and festivities! Join OMCA and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday starting January 10 for a taste of local music, food, art, and culture!

Calling All Bay Area Youth Filmmakers: Bay Flicks Film Fest!
7 – 9 pm
The Great Wall of oakland
Oakland Art Murmur                                                                                                                                     The first ever large-scale film festival just for Bay Area Youth, BAY FLICKS, will be screened the Great Wall of Oakland on Jan. 31, 201 beginning at 7pm. Over 50 students from across the Bay Area submitted short films to be juried in this festival, and the top three of each category will be shown on the 100′ Great Wall. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to see the very best films being created by talented youth.

Paramount Movie Classics Dirty Harry
8 pm
The Paramount Theater
2025 Broadway between 20th and 21st Streets, Oakland, CA
Box Office opens @ 6:00pm | Doors open @ 7:00 | Curtain rises @ 8:00pm
All Tickets: $5.00 (ticket prices include $2.00 facility fee)

Doors: 8 pm/Show: 9 pm
The New Parish
579 18th St., Oakland, CA, 94612
8th Grader, Bobby Peruu, ChadSalty. This event is all ages. Under 21 must buy $5 drink ticket at the door.
$10 adv – $13 dos

Lighthouse Tour 
9:30 am
Lighthouse Creativity Lab
Lighthouse Community Charter School, 444 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland, CA, 94609
The Lighthouse Community Charter School Creativity Lab’s vision is to give people from all walks of life the opportunity to participate in designing and making. The program supports teachers at Lighthouse and the partner school Life Academy with projects that they would like to take on.

Do Yoga in a Beautiful Art Gallery 
10 am – 11 am
Transmission Gallery
770 W Grand Ave., Oakland, CA, 94612
Stacey Swan’s class will include some or all of the following: asana (postures), pranayama (breath work), chanting, meditation, and yoga philosophy. Stacey encourages her students to practice in a focused and safe manner with instruction that is clear, warm, and light hearted. Practitioners of all ranges of experience are welcome in her classes. $11.24

Di Rum Shop
4 pm – 10 pm
New Karribbean City
1408 Webster St., Oakland, CA, 94612

Fast Times Rocks the Bench and Bar
9 pm until 2 am
Bench and Bar
510 17th St., Oakland, CA, 94612
The Band: Fast Times. 21 and over show. $10 admission.

Sarah Wilson Fusebox
9:30 pm
468 19th St., Oakland, CA, 94612
Wilson’s original, fresh jazz-pop song music knocked out by luminary Bay Area musicians. Oakland-based, her music derives from a diverse background in puppet theater, animation, dance and jazz. $11.54

Saturday, February 1

Blue Oak café/Bay Brunches at the Museum
11 am – 1 pm
1000 Oak St., Oakland, CA 94607
In honor of the major exhibition Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay, Blue Oak café is extended 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.

Puppet Show: The Dragon of Krakow
11 am
Children’s Fairyland Oakland’s Storybook Theme Park
699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA 94610
The Polish countryside is in a terrible uproar: Princess Lilliana doesn’t want to be kidnapped by the local dragon, but she does want to let the town shoemaker know she has a crush on him. What’s a girl to do? Why, ask for help from a statue of a magical mermaid, of course. Come see how a foolish dragon is taught a lesson. Adapted by David C. Jones. Scenery and puppets by Lewis Mahlmann.

California Futures Lecture Series: Geek Out!
2 to 3:30 p.m.
1000 Oak St., Oakland, CA 94607
Come “geek out” at OMCA with this special lecture, ‘Below the Bay,’ focusing on the sustainability of estuaries, marine species, and fisheries. Join special guest lecturers Marilyn Latta, from the SF Bay Living Shorelines Project, Bruce Herbold of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and Jay Davis from the San Francisco Estuary Institute, as they discuss what’s impacting endangered species and fisheries in the San Francisco Bay and projects that help establish healthy and restored habitats.

In Search of Sheba: Black Women Artists 2014: Opening Reception
6 – 9 pm
Oakland Art Murmur
416 26th St. (uptown)
Black female artists are often underrepresented in local galleries, yet their work speaks with passion and universal emotional impact. Wire sculpture, acrylic and watercolor painting, textile fashion, videography, photography, pen and ink drawing and découpage are some of the mixed media with which the Sheba artists express their vision.

Saturday Night Space Talks/Beyond Blast Off Exhibit
7:30 pm
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd. Oakland, CA 94619
Perhaps sending a robot spacecraft to make a precision landing on a world far away from home is among the greatest challenges of all time. In this presentation, Faride will describe the steps taken to launch the Mars Science Lab on its journey of discovery to our planet next door. Come and learn the fascinating details of Curiosity’s arrival on Mars.

Official 1st Saturday Party/DJ H Holla/Special BDAY D’Wayne Wiggins
9 pm
Webb Management
410 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612
Hosted by Karizma Kysh, Diamond Divas and Fly Zone Ent. Music By Bay Area’s Finest DJ H HOLLA! Best of the Best – R&B, Hip-Hop, Rap, Reggae, Pop. Free before 11 pm. Must print and show pass upon entry. Admits one person.

What You Need To Know About College
9 am – 2 pm
The Northern California Historically Black College and University Alumni Associations Coalition
Oakland Technical High School – Library
4351 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94609
The Northern California Historically Black College and University Alumni Associations Coalition (HBCUC) is having a “FREE” college financial and informational workshop for parents, guardians and students grades 8-12. There will be one, one hour breakout session for the following grade levels.

Genealogy: An Introduction
1 pm
California Genealogical Society and Library
2201 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94612
Not sure how to get started? Join a FREE Intro to Genealogy class the FIRST SATURDAY of every month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. You will learn the basics and are welcome to arrive early and use in-house computers with access to subscription sites like and Explore the resources and take a tour of the extensive library holdings. And don’t think you have to be a beginner to benefit from the class! Parking is free on Saturdays in the parking lot behind the library.

Young Makers 2014 East Bay monthly
10 am – 12:30 pm
Lighthouse Community Charter School
444 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA, 94621
Join us for the first monthly meeting of the 2014 season! For East Bay-ers, we’ll be meeting to share project ideas, brainstorm new ones, and talk about progress at Lighthouse Community Charter School from 10am to ~12:00pm. We’ll also have a few hands-on activities to get your brain going! If you’re new to Young Makers, come meet new people and figure out how to join a club as a mentor or participant.

Need edge of your seat fun and excitement? 
8 pm
Pan Theater
2135 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94612
Oakland’s Improv Theater. Founded by improvisors from the four corners of the globe at a secret meeting in Oakland. Theater Games with Awkward And Liquid Mind AF performers find the funny with classic theater games. Laughs about in these not to be missed shows.

Sunday, February 2

Super Bowl Viewing & After Party
2:30 pm
Bella Ultra Sports Bar
561 11th St., cross street @Clay, Oakland, CA 94607
The BIGGEST Super Bowl Party in the Bay with the only 200/200 HD screen with surround sound & (10) 65′ Plama screens. Food & drink specials with LIVE Dj. Sponsored by Hennessy & Ciroc. This event will hit capacity so please arrive EARLY!!

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan
2:30 pm
468 19th St., Oakland, CA, 94612
Gautam Tejas Ganeshan sings classical Carnatic music with distinction, innovation, and an inimitable personal style. His performances feature original compositions adorned with the extensive improvisations for which South Indian classical music is known, delivered in chamber ensembles with a traditional rhythmic rapport and a life of their own. $11.54

Lake Yoga Oakland
11 am – 12 pm
Lake Merritt by the pergola
El Embaracdero and Lakeshore, Oakland, CA, 94610
Open-level Forrest-yoga inspired Vinyasa class. Energetic teachers to guide your practice. Hands-on assists to deepen your poses. Bring your body, mat (if you have) and water bottle for some outdoor fun!! Free parking: Lakeshore and Mcarthur parking lot.

Say it LOUD!
6 – 8:30 pm
468 19th St., Oakland, CA, 94612
This happy hour function will feature deejay Pat Les Stache spinning over 2 hours of funky groove-orient soul-jazz. Everything from Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Gil Scott-Heron, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, Gary Bartz and Blue Mitchell, to funky and rare selections released off of Strata-East, Black Jazz, Detroit’s Tribe, Mainstream Records and much more. Free.

Live Music: Actual Jazz Series with the John Schott Trio
5 – 8 pm
Actual Cafe
6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94608
John Schott is a true Bay Area jazz heavyweight – he’s played and recorded with just about everyone you an think of, from Charlie Hunter through Tom Waits and beyond. He hosts a monthly laid-back, come-as-you-are, and totally cover-free set here every month. It’s not to be missed.

Free First Sunday Admission OMCA
11 am – 5 pm
1000 Oak St., Oakland, CA 94607
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural scienceunder 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 the month. Please note, special exhibits may require a fee.

Closing Reception for Origins: Where We’re From  
3 – 5 pm
Actual Cafe
561 11th St., cross street @Clay, Oakland, CA 94607
A low-key closing reception for our January art show…your last chance to connect with the artists and get yourself a piece of local art…Featuring: Erin Crawford. Kimlynh E. Chun. Bertrell Smith. Ralph Granich…and stick around for live music with the John Schott Trio at 5:00.

Super Bowl Alternative: $6 Movie Day  
All day
Regal Jack London Square
100 Washington St., Oakland, CA
Tired of shelling out $10-$12 for movies in the theater? Then take advantage of the Regal Jack London’s all day $6 movie deal on Sundays and Tuesdays. This is part of Regal’s “Value Dayspromotion. Even brand new movies are only $6 with 3D movies clocking in at a quite reasonable $9. And best of all, this offer is valid all day, not just during matinees. But please note, this offer could be rescinded at any time.

Positive Knowledge: Oluyemi Thomas and Ijeoma Thomas
5:30 pm
Studio Grand
3234 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA
Jazz, Lounge & Cabaret. One day only. $8 – 12.

Golden State Greyhound Adoption Meet & Greet
1 – 3 pm
Pet Food Express
5144 Broadway, Oakland, CA
Opportunity to get a hands-on introduction to the breed and speak with adoption coordinators. First Sunday of every month.

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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