WednesdayDiversity in Early California - 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)
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)
ThursdayPulitzer-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.
FridayOff 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.
SaturdayBlack 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)
"One Man’s Voice" - Saturday February 23, 1:30–3pm. Rick Moss, Scholar and Chief Curator of AAMLO dissects the history of the Emancipation Proclamation and The March on Washington. Followed by a music program at 4pm. (free)
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)
What I Hear, I Keep: Stories from Oakland's Griots - Saturday, February 23, 2:30 - 5:00pm. Opening of a visual and audio art installation at Peralta Hacienda based on African American stories of modern-day Oakland, with local residents telling about their lives and exploring their identities.
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)
SundayPsalmist Cafe 5 - Sunday, February 24, 6-9pm. Spoken word performances, music, dance and more. Come contribute or just hang out. All ages welcome. ($5)
- Art Murmur (1st Friday)
- Saturday Art Stroll (Saturdays)
- Mt. View Cemetery Tours (2nd and 4th Saturdays)
- Off the Grid at OMCA (Fridays)
looking further ahead: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.
Titti Trifecta: female artists at MOCO - Friday, March 1. Artists Bobby Jean, Lee Miltier and Maria Yates take center stage at the MOCO gallery on 17th. Show opens on First Friday, March 1. Special events on March 10, 14, and 22.
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 elephantine! (free)
Collage Workshop with Robert Ray March 2, 1-4pm. Join artist / curator Robert Ray for an afternoon of art, wine and cheese at the new Transmission Gallery in Oakland. Event is $25. which includes materials, refreshment, cheese and wine. ($25)