Wednesday, December 5, 2012

upcoming Oakland events

It's a First Friday, so that means Art Murmur. But there's also an Oakland Urban Paths walk, art sales galore, book events, and more.


Support Saint Vincent de Paul at Farley's East - Thursday, December 6, 5-9pm. Farley's East non-profit of the week is Saint Vincent de Paul, which helps people in need with food, shelter, job training and more. They're also collecting warm coats. Read more at Oakland North.

Book Release Party for Sugaree Rising - Thursday, December 6, 6-8pm. At the Joyce Gordon Gallery. Book release party and reading from Sugaree Rising by Oakland journalist J. Douglas Allen-Taylor. Read more at Oakland Local. (free)

Montclair Village 10th Annual Holiday Stroll - Thursday, December 6, 6-8:30pm. Businesses will be open late and serving food, and there will be a variety of live music. (free)


Temescal Winter Art Hop! - Friday, December 7, 6-9pm. Part of First Friday in the Temescal. Art, music, food, plus a raffle to win prizes from area merchants. (free)

Oakland Authors at Art Murmur - Friday, December 7, 6-9pm. Oakland authors join in with Art Murmur. This month features Matt Werner, author of Oakland in Popular Memory and Tim McAtee, author of The Hipsters: A Novel. Read more at Oakland Local. (free)

Art Murmur - Friday, 5-10pm. Dozens of galleries. Lots of artists. Tons of people. It's the monthly chance to check out new art in uptown, eat from food trucks, and more. There are also Art Murmur events in Old Oakland, near Jack London Square, and more. (free)

Great Wall of Oakland - Friday, December 7, 6-11pm. The Great Wall of Oakland will present a digital holiday extravaganza, "Oakland: Home for the Holidays" as part of Oakland's Art Murmur. In addition to hosting the first Digital Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Wall will present holiday-inspired short films and multi-language/cultural holiday cards created by children from the Oakland YMCA. (free)

The Transmigration of Soul - Artist Reception - Friday, December 7, 7pm. An artist reception for Norm Maxwell hosted by Blackball Universe music.


Oakland Urban Paths: Walk and Shop III - December 8, 10am-1pm. Join Oakland Urban Paths for our annual walking tour from Lakeshore to Piedmont Avenue and back again, with a chance to stop and shop, dine or relax. (free)

EastSide Art Alliance's Holiday Art & Book Sale - Saturday, December 8, noon-6pm. EastSide Cultural Center (2277 International Blvd) holds an art and book sale. Artisans, political artwork and great books. Delicious food and raffle for iPad mini! Support local vendors and our grassroots cultural center this holiday season! (free)

Urban Legend Wine Cellars Tour with OHA - Saturday, December 8, 10am-noon. Meet Urban Legend Cellars owner, Steve Shaffer, who will speak about the appeal of locating his winery in one of Oakland's historic industrial spaces. Ed Fernandez, the architect who designed the warehouse renovation, will talk about the unique challenges and opportunities offered by this adaptive use project. Includes wine tasting. ($20-$25)

Holiday Gifty Art Sale & Open House at the Crucible - Saturday, December 8, noon-6pm. Sunday, December 9, noon-4pm. The Crucible's annual art sale and tour. (free)

ongoing events:

Art Murmur (1st Friday)
Saturday Art Stroll (Saturdays)
Mt. View Cemetery Tours (2nd and 4th Saturdays)

looking further ahead:

Nicolas Bearde's 6th Annual Holiday Jazz and Blue Concert - Friday, December 14, 9pm. Annual holiday concert, at the Piedmont Piano Company. ($20-$25)

Lake Merritt Station Area Plan Streetscape Design Open House - Saturday, December 15, 9am-noon. Join the City of Oakland to learn about the plans for the Lake Merritt BART station area plan. (free)

Laurel Holiday Stroll and Donation Drive - Saturday, December 15, 6-8pm. MacArthur between Loma and High Street. A chance to #shoplocal #shopoakland! (free)

Celebrate the Holiday Season on Lakeshore - Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22 - 4-6pm. Celebrate the holidays on Lakeshore. Free Carriage Rides, Santa Visits, Face Painting and more! (free)

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