Friday, February 15, 2013

upcoming Oakland events

Check out the Oakland Wiki's page on Black History Month for more events. There are a variety of interesting things to do, including bikes+birds, an invention experience for kids, art shows, and more. (I'll be on the EBBC bikes+beer tour, the sold-out Grand Cru 2013.)


Vintage porcelain at the Pardee Home - Wednesdays, 2nd Saturdays, 2nd Sundays. View the historic Pardee Home and the collection of porcelain collected by the globe-trotting Mrs. Pardee. You can take the tour for $5 or have the tour and tea for $25. Read more at World of Mailman. ($5/$25)


Off the Grid at OMCA - Friday, 5-9pm. The Off the Grid food truck pod comes to the Oakland Museum for an evening of food and fun.

Exploding the Phone author Phil Lapsley - Friday, February 15, 7pm. Author Phil Lapsley discusses and signs Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell at Diesel, A Book Store. (free) (my wife went to HS with Phil, and I knew him at Cal)


MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline and beyond by bicycle - Saturday, February 16 10am-2:30pm. From Coliseum BART to Lake Merritt BART ride, about 20 miles of flat cycling on paved trails and city streets. Shortcuts are possible. Beginning birders are welcome. (free)

Invention Experience at Chabot Space and Science - Saturday, February 16, 11am-5pm. Students will solve an Invention Challenge by actually prototyping their own technology! Completed InventionX technologies will be entered into prize raffles and have opportunities to win more awards and contests through our online activities! Sign up for this event – free of charge for early registrations.

Lunar New Year Festival - Saturday, February 16, 11am-4:30pm. Happy year of the snake! Ring in the lunar near year at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center with arts and crafts, performances, and artists workshops.

2nd Annual Love Show - Saturday, February 16, 1-5pm. The second annual Love Show featuring local artists in Jingletown. The show runs Saturdays through February 23rd. (free)


Film Showing and Program for Black History Month - Wednesday, February 20, 12-1:30pm. In conjunction with the Anza Trail traveling exhibit, join the Anza Trail, Peralta Hacienda, and the Oakland Black Cowboy Association for a showing of the Anza Trail Film, followed by a discussion of diversity in Early California. Oakland City Hall Hearing Room 2. (free)


Pulitzer-Prize winning author Garry Wills - Thursday, February 21, 7pm. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks about his new book "Why Priests: A Failed Tradition", about transubstantiation, Catholic priesthood and all the trouble that comes from the book of Hebrews. Co-sponsored by A Great Good Place for Books.

ongoing events:

looking further ahead:

Black History Month tours - Saturday, February 23, 10am. Explore downtown Oakland and learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, Byron Rumford, Marcus Foster and others changed Oakland and changed California. Read about last year's tour. (free)

Black History Tour in Mountain View Cemetery - February 23, 10am. Free 2 hour tour through Mountain View Cemetery highlighting African Americans who are buried there, including Jenny Prentiss (who raised Jack London), Byron Rumford, Lil' Bobby Hutton (of the Black Panthers) and more. at Mountain View Cemetery. (free)

Crab Feed Fundraiser - Saturday, February 23, 7pm. College Avenue Presbyterian Church hosts an all-you-can-eat crab feed as a fundraiser to support its Friday Night Meal, free community dinners served to the hungry—both homed and homeless—of Oakland and Berkeley. ($20-$40)

Psalmist Cafe 5 - Sunday, February 24, 6-9pm. Spoken word performances, music, dance and more. Come contribute or just hang out. All ages welcome. ($5)

Cherry Blossoms in Exile: Art and Music - Friday, March 1, 7pm. A new show in March brings the first all female group of artists to Blackball Universe Gallery for "Cherry Blossoms in Exile." The exhibit features the abstract works of Momoko Sudo, Tomo Kamiya and Ashley Adams, blending organic shapes and straight lines to explore themes of nature and of industry.

OMCA White Elephant Sale - March 2-3. It's the annual fundraiser for the Oakland Museum of California. It's bigger than big, it's huge! (free)

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