Oakland Local

Underground Runway’s Fall Fashion Show, “X’PRESSION,” takes place on Sunday. Image by UGRW. 

Oaklanders have a lot to say this week, and have found really clever ways to say it, whether from a stage, a podium, a runway, a movie screen, a boat deck, or the other end of a laser. Enjoy!

Friday, November 1

First Friday Shorts at The New Parkway
6 – 8 p.m.
474 24th Street

Youth UpRising and The New Parkway will partner for a free showcase of short films capturing the character and vitality of East Oakland through the stories of those who live there. First Friday Shorts (FFS) at The New Parkway each month screens a series of short films from a local media arts community organization to highlight the diversity of perspectives and voices in the Bay Area. For November’s screening, First Friday Shorts is excited to co-host with Youth Uprising, who have selected an extraordinary and inspiring group of short films by and about Oakland youth, followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers. They will be screening films produced through Youth UpRising’s video program, which enables youth to learn camera, lighting, sound, video editing, and graphics and titling effects, and they write, direct, produce, edit, and distribute their work with the help of Youth UpRising staff. For more information, visit http://www.youthuprising.org.

League of Conservation Voters’ East Bay Environmental Awards
6 – 8 p.m.
Betti Ono Gallery, 1427 Broadway

Celebrate with the League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay at Betti Ono in honoring outstanding environmental leadership. This year, LCV East Bay will be recognizing individuals and organizations that represent resiliency, especially in terms of environmental policy and climate change:

  • Congresswoman Barbara Lee
  • David “Chicken” Nesmith
  • The West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

On this night, Betti Ono is honored to host a very special preview of Santos Shelton’s new solo show, “Big Things Have Small Beginnings,” to coincide with the League of Conservation Voters Environmental Awards celebration. RSVP and purchase tickets here.

Opening Night: Bring Back the Light
6:30 – 10 p.m. (showtimes at 7:15 and 8:30 p.m.)
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Drive

A premiere fundraiser to benefit Chabot and the Rex Foundation, this event includes hosted wine, hors d’oeuvres, and telescope viewing. We invite you to join us in an extraordinary evening of music, light, science and celebration honoring the 40th anniversary of the advancement of creativity and culture: the return of Laserium® to the Bay Area. Get tickets here.

Saturday, November 2

Urban Montessori Charter School Admissions Open House
10 a.m.
5328 Brann Street

Urban Montessori Charter School, a free public school in Oakland, will host this admissions open house for community members interested in learning more about Montessori education and applying to the school. It currently serves students in kindergarten through third grade. Teachers and school leaders will be available to answer questions. The school is currently accepting applications for the 2013 – 2014 and the 2014 – 2015 school years. To register for the Admissions Open House, call (510) 535-1181 or email enrollment@urbanmontessori.org. For more information about the school, visit the school’s Facebook page or see the school’s website at www.urbanmontessori.org.

“Characters of the Bay” Cruise
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Presidential Yacht U.S.S. Potomac, Broadway and Embarcadero

This special afternoon aboard the Presidential Yacht U.S.S. Potomac will feature some of the Bay Area’s most notable and notorious characters sharing their history with cruise guests. An on-board lunch is included. For additional information and tickets, call (510) 627-1215 or visit www.jacklondonsquare.com.

Food Sustainability Presentation
11 a.m. – noon
Pollinate Farm and Garden, 2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Pollinate is happy to host Ms. Larkin Murray and Ms. Carina Salaiz for a slideshow and discussion comparing store-bought food to DIY homemade versions, and the impact convenience foods can have on the environment. Their presentation is targeted toward young people ages 6-16 and their parents, and is a result of their study of common food choices. Murray and Salaiz will show how it is possible to make better choices without compromising convenience or budget. Their presentation is part of the “Sow What? Journey” as Girl Scouts, where they explore the food system and learn to advocate to influence food policy and inspire others to act on solutions they have identified. For more information, visit http://pollinatefarm.com/event/.

Phat Beets’ Urban Resilience: Crop, Plant, Homemade Food Swap, Garden Clinic and Emergency First Aid Training
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
North Oakland Farmers Market, 942 Stanford Street

Share seeds, produce, plant starts, homemade foods, cultured food starters (kombucha, kefir, sourdough, etc.), eggs, honey, skills, information, inspiration, desperation, perspiration and community survival skills. For more information, visit www.phatbeetsproduce.org/events/.

People’s Community Medics will also be on hand, offering an emergency first aid workshop. As members of the Oscar Grant Committee, they learned that the BART police refused to call an ambulance for 20 minutes for fatally-wounded Oscar Grant, despite the passionate pleas for medical help from his friends who were detained at the Fruitvale station by the police. That experience, as well as knowledge that 911 calls often do not result in an ambulance arriving in a timely manner to Black, Brown and poor neighborhoods, largely inspired this organization to teach people basic emergency first aid so that we can help one another until an ambulance arrives.

Oakland Youth Orchestra 50th Season Opening Concert
3 p.m.
Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Boulevard

Oakland Youth Orchestra, conducted by Michael Morgan and Bryan Nies, features Oakland Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition winners Hallie Jo Gist, flute, and Jo Griffin, violin in its opening performances. The program includes Frank Martin: Ballade for Flute, Piano and Strings; Barber: Violin Concerto (first movement); Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 “Little Russian”; Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.oyo.org.

Sunset & Bay Lights Cruise
6 – 7 p.m.
Bay Voyager (Jack London Square), 423 Water Street

Enjoy the best seat on the water with Bay Voyager for spectacular views of the Port of Oakland, San Francisco skyline and The Bay of Lights. The Bay of Lights, inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, is the world’s largest LED light sculpture, stretching 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high. The bridge’s 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed by artist Leo Villareal to create a never-repeating, dazzling display across the west side of the Bay Bridge. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $39 per person, or $35 per person as part of a group rate for six passengers or more. There must be a minimum of two passengers for a voyage. For more information and reservations, call (510) 542-4200 or visit www.bayvoyager.com.

Sunday, November 3

Opening Night for Laserium® Back in the Bay Area
various showtimes
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Drive

Experience this classic laser light show set to the beats of such rock icons as Pink Floyd and the Beatles. Immersed in the darkness of the planetarium, this stunning light show is music for your eyes. Whether you are a fan from the past or new to the show, Laserium® draws you into the light. See it, hear it, experience it, again — for the first time. For tickets and showtimes, visit http://www.chabotspace.org/laserium.htm.

Underground Runway’s Fall Fashion Show, “X’PRESSION”
1 – 3 p.m.
Runway Style House Boutique, 455 17th Street, 2nd Floor

Explore fall trends with no limits in “x’pressing” your signature look. We will play with ideas of earth tones that emerge with muted colors, encompassing fall fashion heights. Watch what happens when tweed colludes with silk — as do the artists of X’PRESSION to fuel the movement of the runway. Admission is $5, or $10 for VIP seating at https://ugrwpresentsxpression.eventbrite.com/.

Biochar for Soil Fertility and Eco-Resilience
2 – 5 p.m.
PLACE for Sustainable Living, 1121 64th Street

Come learn about the multiple benefits of biochar for home-scale gardeners and commercial and small-scale land use. Biochar is a 2,000-year-old practice that converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security and mitigate climate change. In this presentation, Paul Taylor, author of The Biochar Revolution, will discuss the specific benefits of using biochar in agriculture as well as potential global benefits through more widespread use. We’ll learn how to build simple devices for making biochar at home and we’ll see one of these devices in action. We’ll also learn how to blend and apply biochar to enhance soil fertility in the garden as well as how it can be used in vermiponics, aquaponics and hydroponics. Copies of the book The Biochar Revolution will be available for purchase as well as small biochar ovens. Pre-registration is recommended at www.iuhoakland.com/register.html, walk-ins accepted.

Oakland Youth Orchestra 50th Season Opening Concert
3 p.m.
Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Boulevard

Oakland Youth Orchestra, conducted by Michael Morgan and Bryan Nies, features Oakland Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition winners Hallie Jo Gist, flute, and Jo Griffin, violin in its opening performances. The program includes Frank Martin: Ballade for Flute, Piano and Strings; Barber: Violin Concerto (first movement); Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 “Little Russian”; Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.oyo.org.

Tuesday, November 5

Oakland City Council and Oakland Redevelopment Agency Meeting
5:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, Third Floor, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

The City Council is the governing body of the City of Oakland, and consists of eight members who are elected directly by the citizens of Oakland: one representative from each of seven districts, and one at-large representative. The Council sets goals and priorities for the City, as well as approving the City budget, adopting ordinances to help the City serve its citizens, and appointing members to various boards and commissions. The City Council meets 2 – 3 times per month, on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays. A downloadable agenda is available at http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/calendar/. For more information, visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil/ or call (510) 238-7370.

Oakland Heritage Alliance Board of Directors Meeting
6 – 8 p.m.
PGA Building, 444 17th Street

For details, please call the OHA at: (510) 763-9218 or visit http://www.oaklandheritage.org.

Wednesday, November 6

Movies That Mobilize II
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Arbor Café, 4210 Telegraph Avenue

Bay Localize and co-host Local Clean Energy Alliance are back with Movies that Mobilize II! They will be showing The Sky is Pink by Gasland‘s writer/director Josh Fox. The purpose of these film series is to inspire, inform, share, and catalyze discussion on strategies for the climate justice movement. Special guests Rose Braz and Dan Kalb will share valuable information about the impacts of fracking, what’s being done to stop it in California, and what’s happening in Oakland. The benefits of community choice energy will also be highlighted. For more information, click here.

Thursday, November 7

Oakland City Council Rules and Legislation Committee
10:45 a.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room 1

The Rules and Legislation Committee usually meets at this time (although it is recommended to confirm the day and time, as this is subject to change). A downloadable agenda is available at http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/calendar/. For more information, visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil/ or call (510) 238-7370.

Longfellow Community Association
7 p.m.
NOOCS (North Oakland Charter School), 1000 42nd Street

This public meeting consists of residents of the Longfellow community working together to enhance its beautiful, dynamic, and diverse community, and nurture a friendly, safe and attractive neighborhood that everyone can be proud of. Committees include Transportation and Land Use, which deals with such issues as traffic calming and speed bumps; and the Neighborhood Safety Committee, which addresses the creation of neighborhood watch groups. For more information, please email longfellowcommunityassociation@gmail.com or visit http://longfellowcommunityassociation.org/.

Nikki Giovanni: Chasing Utopia
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street

Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. One of the most popular, widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being “A Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” For several decades she has been an eloquent and outspoken voice in the struggle for civil rights and equality. She is one of Oprah Winfrey’s twenty-five “Living Legends.” Tickets are $12 in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/475282 or $15 at the door.

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