It’s a holiday week! Some meetings have been canceled for your convenience — which frees you up nicely for some gems of events this week. Soon, of course, we’ll be beset by everybody’s holiday event and the joys and pressures of the season, so let’s savor this pleasant, quiet moment together. Enjoy!

Friday, November 22

One West Oakland: Community Impact Series Part 1
6 – 9 p.m.
McClymonds High School, 2607 Myrtle Street

Councilmember McElhaney joins the One West Oakland Collaboration to host a series of community discussions about community responsibility, strengthening West Oakland and reducing violence. Attendees will receive a free dinner and childcare while participating in group discussions and activities. This event is free and community input and participation is encouraged. For more information, contact Brigitte Cook at (510) 238-7245.

OMCA Artist Talk: “The Apocalyptic Sublime” with David Maisel
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Join OMCA for a captivating conversation between artist David Maisel and OMCA Senior Curator of Art René de Guzman. OMCA recently acquired two of Maisel’s photographs with funds from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Gallery of California Art before the talk to view the recently-installed works. Maisel’s large-scale photographs portray ecologically ravaged sites, sublime work that draws viewers’ eyes to places they’d rather turn away from. The New York Times described Maisel’s works as “eye opening” in how they “tell tales the way scars tell stories of the body.” Maisel’s recently published book, Black Maps: American Landscape and the Apocalypic Sublime, will be available at the OMCA Store.

57th Street Gallery Presents Eric Tillman
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Eric Tillman (E.T.) is from Chicago, where he began playing keyboards professionally, first with local jazz, blues, and Latin bands, then touring with acts like The Dells and The Impressions. His vast musical experience since, dynamic and charismatic performance and playing arrangements turn a trio into an orchestra and a jam session into a jazz festival. This is a must-hear band. For more information and recommendations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Saturday, November 23

57th Street Gallery Presents The Melvin Butts Ensemble Featuring Kwana Thompson
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Melvin Butts is the Music Director and founder of the innovative group the Mel-Tones. He is a veteran saxophonist, arranger and teacher, known for his incredible arrangements and versatility of styles. Musicians are Melvin Butts, saxophone; Keith Saunders, piano; Hashima, bass; Gigi Taylor, drums; Danny Armstrong, trombone; Leon Joyce, drums; and Kwana Thompson, vocals. For more information and recommendations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Sunday, November 24

Patchwork
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jack London Market building, 55 Harrison Street

For one special day, the Patchwork Indie Art & Craft Festival will fill Jack London Square with more than 140 local artists, crafters, and designers showcasing a variety of handmade goods, including art, knits, clothing, paper goods, ceramics, accessories, housewares and more. The waterfront will also be home to DJs spinning tunes and an eclectic mix of pop-up shops from Oaklandish, Workshop SF and Loakal/East Bay Express. Festivalgoers are invited to get in on the crafting action with a free DIY craft station, DIY veggie fermentation workshop, DIY gift wrap booth and DIY jewelry workshops. Festival foodies will enjoy a selection of artisan food vendors, food trucks and restaurant pop-ups, in addition to the weekly farmers market also taking place on the waterfront.

Thank-You Pie Party
1 – 4:14 p.m.
Diesel, A Booksotre, 5433 College Avenue

Time for Diesel’s Annual Thank-You Pie Party: the time of year when Diesel says thank-you to its customers, with a celebration, 20% off all books in the store—and pie!

Oakland Civic Orchestra’s Free Program, “19th Century Masterworks”
4 p.m.
Lake Merritt Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Avenue

This free concert is sponsored by the Oakland Parks and Recreation Department. The orchestra will play Tchaikovsky’s “Polonaise and Waltz” from Eugene Onegin, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor (movement 1) with Jasper Hussong on violoncello, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4. Donations are welcome.

Tuesday, November 26

Oakland City Council Committee Meetings
times listed below
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. 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. Most of the Committees of the City Council (such as these) usually meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month (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.

10:30 a.m.: Public Works Committee
noon: Finance and Management Committee
2 p.m.: Community & Economic Development Committee
4 p.m.: Life Enrichment Committee
5:30 p.m.: Public Safety Committee

For more information, visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil or call (510) 238-7370.

Wednesday, November 27

AC Transit Board of Directors Meetings
times listed below
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, 1600 Franklin Street, 10th Floor, Oakland

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District is the third-largest public bus system in California, serving 13 cities and adjacent unincorporated areas in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. AC Transit has been serving the East Bay since 1960, taking over from the Key System and its predecessors, which carried passengers via buses, horse-drawn rail, electric streetcars, and ferries over the previous 100 years. AC Transit’s mission is to provide safe, convenient, courteous, and reliable transit service.

3 p.m.: Planning Committee
3:30 p.m.: Finance and Audit Committee
6 p.m.: Board of Directors

For more information, visit http://www2.actransit.org/main.wu.

Oakland Board of Education General Meeting
5 – 9 p.m.
Paul Robeson Building, 1025 2nd Avenue, Board Room

The Governing Board, commonly called the Board of Education, is the elected policy-making body of the public education system within the City of Oakland. The Governing Board’s primary responsibility is to ensure that every student served by the District is well educated and demonstrates high academic achievement.

For more information, visit http://bex.ousd.k12.ca.us.

Thursday, November 28

Star Market’s 11th Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration
1 – 4 p.m.
2020 MacArthur Boulevard

This free dinner and celebration includes plenty of chicken, turkey, and lots of side dishes, plus dessert and drinks. See photos and videos of past years’ celebrations at http://www.2starmarket.com.

To include your event in the listings for November 29 – December 5, email the details to meg@oaklandlocal.com by noon on Tuesday, December 3.

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