It doesn’t always work out that more than half the events in a given week are about a particular thing, but it worked out this week: so much music! Jazz, classical, Gamelan, Carnatic, DJs… But in the immortal words of Duke Ellington, “There are only two kinds of music: good music and the other kind.” Enjoy all this good music, Oakland!

Friday, January 31

Friday Nights at OMCA, featuring Martin Luther
5 – 9 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Oakland’s popular weekly night market is back with fun and festivities! Join OMCA and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a taste of local music, food, art, and culture! Savor California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, and extended OMCA Store hours. Bring the whole family to OMCA for a sampling of the best in Bay Area curbside cuisine! Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter/actor Martin Luther will be playing live from 7 to 9 p.m.

Bay Flicks Youth Film Festival
7 p.m.
Great Wall of Oakland, on West Grand between Telegraph and Broadway

This is the first-ever large-scale film festival just for Bay Area Youth. The top two submissions for each of the following categories are to be screened on the 100-foot wall: all-ages casting, animation, documentary, music video, sports video, 3-D animation, special effects, time jump, and purely visual. All the films are short (under 7 minutes in length) and appropriate for all ages. If there is a chance of rain, the festival will be rescheduled. Email hello@greatwallofoakland.org for more information.

Future Fridays: Ray Jayawardhana
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

Chabot’s Future Fridays, “a series of community conversations with science and futurist thought leaders” features Ray Jayawardhana, author and professor of observational astrophysics. Tickets to this tantalizing pre-season kick-off to the regular Future Fridays series are $26 in advance and $30 at the door, if available.

Mynah Music Premier Gamelan Concert
8 p.m.
Mynah Music Studios, 543 Athol Avenue

Did you know you have a Gamelan orchestra in the neighborhood? Join Mynah Music for a night of sublime resonance and beauty, and an authentic experience served up with hot black tea, bananas and peanuts. Mynah Music’s resident Indonesian music ensemble (Gamelan) plays a set of classic Javanese melodies for their first live concert. Come hear the meditative and euphoric sounds of gongs, bells, tuned bowls, and bars ringing together. Typically a full ensemble can consist of 30 or more members, but this groups is a smaller “gadhon” setup that allows the listener to best hear the inner workings and interweavings of melody and rhythm. This performance features some of the Bay Area’s finest Indonesian performers, including Pak Midiyanto Mid, Richard Wallis, Phil Acimovic, and Patrick Liddell.

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein Performs at Mills College
8 – 10 p.m.
Mills College, Littlefield Concert Hall, 5000 MacArthur Boulevard

Best-selling pianist Simone Dinnerstein gives her only Bay Area concert of the season. The performance includes J.S. Bach’s Two-Part “Inventions” and “French Suite No. 5,” as well as Schumann’s “Kinderszenen” and Beethoven’s “Sonata No. 32” in C minor, Op. 111. Bach’s Two-Part “Inventions” are part of Dinnerstein’s new album, just released. Tickets are $15 General Admission, $10 for seniors and non-Mills students, and free for Mills students, faculty, staff and alumni at musicnow.mills.edu.

Saturday, February 1

Bay Area League Day: A New Vision for Bay Area Open Space
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
101 8th Street

Open space is more than just a beautiful landscape or a place to hike. A new vision of the value of open space is emerging within the more than a million acres protected permanently from development in the Bay Area. Topics to be Covered: 1) Extent of lands now permanently protected and areas still at risk, 2) Economic value of open lands: agricultural production, tourist visitation, public health, etc., 3) Role of natural areas in offsetting sea level rise, 4) Importance of connections and linkages between open spaces. Details and registration are online.

Peralta Hacienda Saturday Kids Club
2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Avenue

Activities include games, sports, and team-building activities that children enjoy, led by caring staff. Examples include:

  • Hands-on History: Start a fire from flint and cook over an open campfire! Learn about Ohlone Native American life through games of skill and crafts. Make adobe bricks, corn husk dolls, practice roping and other Peralta rancho skills.
  • Arts and Crafts: Learn to use native plants for dyes and paint. Learn to weave, embroider, make mosaics and more.
  • Organic Gardening and Cooking: Discover nature in the garden, including insects and plants. Learn to compost, plant, tend, water, and harvest. Learn how to cook, and taste the fruits of your labor.
  • Environmental Education: Play by Peralta Creek while learning about native plants. Watch and identify birds and bugs.

For more information, visit www.peraltahacienda.org.

57th Street Gallery Presents Muziki Roberson Quartet
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph

Muziki Roberson is a gifted, inspired pianist, composer and musician who has gained an impressive and respected reputation performing jazz locally, nationally and internationally for more than 30 years. The Chicago native joined the U.S. Army immediately following high school. It was during a tour of duty in Vietnam that he was introduced to jazz. Inspired by the drummer Michael Carvin and others in the Army Band, he returned to the States and taught himself to play piano. Attending college on the G.I. Bill, he studied music theory and composition. Today, he resides in the San Francisco Bay Area playing piano regularly with the Quartet. Musicians are Muziki Roberson, piano; Dave Ellis, saxophone; Eric Hunt, bass; and Greg German, drums. Admission is $15. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Where It’s At! Dance Party
9 p.m.
The Legionnaire Saloon, 2272 Telegraph Avenue

Presented by VAMP and the Lower Bottoms Funk & Soul Krew, this event happens on the first Saturday of the month. Get ready for a night full of floor-stomping Northern Soul, classic and obscure Motown gems, gut-busting funk, heart-wrenching R&B, and everything seriously soulful in between! From the 50s, 60s and 70s, they’ve got the records to keep your ears happy and your feet moving. Resident selectors include: Bobby Ganush, Adrian S., Jams Cidee, Fernando & the 45s, and MissT. This 21+ event is free.

Sunday, February 2

Oakland Youth Orchestra
1 p.m.
San Leandro Performing Arts Center, 2250 Bancroft Avenue, San Leandro

The world premiere of Bay Area composer Nathaniel Stookey’s GO and a performance of Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto with guest soloist and Youth Orchestra alumnus Emil Miland highlight this performance as Oakland Youth Orchestra’s 50th anniversary season continues. Rounding out the program will be Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnole, conducted by Bryan Nies. Artistic Director and Conductor Michael Morgan will lead the award-winning and world-traveled ensemble. Admission is free of charge and more information may be found at www.oyo.org.

New Carnatic Music
8 – 11 p.m.
Duende Music Room, 468 19th Street

Recently awarded the Creative Work Fund (SF), Gautam Tejas Ganeshan has been dubbed a “local treasure” by SF Classical Voice, and “a magnet for local Indian classical musicians” by the SF Chronicle, inflecting a tradition through himself so that listeners feel it speaks directly to them, and that its subtle beauty has grown new roots. Gautam sings classical Carnatic music with distinction, innovation, and an inimitable personal style. His performances feature original compositions adorned with the extensive improvisations for which South Indian classical music is known, delivered in chamber ensembles with a traditional rhythmic rapport and a life of their own. Admission is $10.

Tuesday, February 4

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 here. For more information, click here 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.

Thursday, February 6

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 here. For more information, click here 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 longfellowcommunityassociation.org.

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