It’s a slightly disturbing time of year, gentle reader: when the things to do on weekdays start to outnumber the things to do on weekends. Students will be heading back to school soon. Is summer over yet? No, we say! We do, however, understand how some event organizers like to look ahead. Just keep living in the moment, Oakland!

Friday, August 16

Latham Square Opening
Latham Square, Broadway and Telegraph

The City of Oakland, in partnership with the Downtown Oakland Association, will open a new, temporary pedestrian plaza, located at the historic Latham Square, and converts Telegraph Avenue south of 16th Street to pedestrian-only space through the use of temporary perimeter planter. The City and Downtown Oakland Association will host a celebration to commemorate the opening.

The plaza is a temporary, pilot project, helping the City explore new ways to use and activate its public space, and will remain in place for six months to one year. The success of the pilot project will inform the City’s permanent improvements to the intersection to create a new public space.

For more information, visit

Cosmos 360 with Alex Filippenko
6:30 AND 8:30 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

Every Friday and Saturday night, Chabot guides guests through the cosmos with their live planetarium show, Fast & Curious: A Cosmos 360 Live Production. Astronomer and Nobel Prize winner Alex Filippenko of U.C. Berkeley will join the journey for these shows! Reservations are strongly encouraged.

For more information or to get tickets, visit

Show-and-Tell Story Share at Rock Paper Scissors Collective
7 p.m.
2278 Telegraph Avenue

Did you love “show and tell” as a kid? Miss the anticipation as you wait to share all the significance of some personal treasure? Love hearing other people tell stories? Well, then, come on out to Show and Tell at Rock Paper Scissors Collective! Bring a meaningful object you want to share a story about, or just be part of the audience. Doors and sign-up at 7pm, Show and Tell begins at 8pm. $5 suggested donation (all proceeds benefit Rock Paper Scissors Collective).

For more information, visit

Curator Tour, Inspiration Points: Masterpieces of California Landscape at OMCA
7 – 8 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Join Curator of Photography & Visual Culture Drew Johnson in the Gallery of California Natural Sciences during Friday Nights @ OMCA for an in-depth curatorial perspective on Inspiration Points: Masterpieces of California Landscape. This exhibition draws upon OMCA’s vast collection, and includes works by Ansel Adams, Richard Misrach, Thomas Hill, Arthur Mathews, and more.

For more information, visit

Dancing Under the Stars: “Argentine Tango”
8:30 – 10 p.m.
Foot of Broadway

It’s back: the incredibly popular dancing event! Kick up your heels and enjoy a free dance lesson provided by the Linden Street Dance Studio. Each week will feature a different type of dance, followed by a dance party to practice what was learned.

For more information, call (510) 645-9292.

57th Street Gallery Presents Ayinde Webb
8:30 – 11:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue

Ayinde Webb, 19, is a graduate of Oakland School for the Arts, with an emphasis in instrumental music. He became interested in drumming at a young age. Between the ages of 2 and 5, he practiced drumming on anything that would produce the sounds he wished to hear.

He has performed at Oakland and San Francisco’s Yoshi’s, the Great American Music Hall, Oakland’s Art and Soul Festival, the 57th Street Gallery, and the John Coltrane Church in San Francisco. In 2011, Webb composed the music and served as music director for Georgia Webb’s musical, A Little Piece of God, featuring the renowned gospel singer, Daryl Coley.

Musicians are Ayinde Webb, drums; Tom Wilson, keyboards; Tracy Fitzsimmons, trumpet; Vinkya Hunter, trombone; and Amina Scott, bass.

Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit

Saturday, August 17

6th Annual Attend & Achieve Back to School Rally
registration begins at 9 a.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

This event features OUSD enrollment, supply giveaways, and more! For more information, visit

OHA Walking Tour: Frederick Law Omsted’s Trees of Mountain View
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Meet at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue

Join landscape architect Chris Pattillo and explore the more than 80 species of trees at Mountain View Cemetery. The park-like setting was designed in 1865 by “the father of landscape architecture,” Frederick Law Olmsted. Learn about the original Cypress, Pine, Cedar and Oaks that Olmsted intended for Mountain View, as well as exotic Monkey Puzzle, Weeping Willow, Copper Beech and Flowering Cherry trees featured in the landscape today.

For more information, visit

Oakland Public Library 10,000 Book Giveaway
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
West Oakland Public Library, 18th and Adeline Streets – among other branches

The Oakland Literacy Coalition is proud to be partnering with OUSD, the Oakland Public Library, and First 5 Alameda County on an exciting book giveaway event for children and families in Oakland. Thanks to a generous opportunity from ABC 7 News, 10,000 Disney books ranging in age groups from infants and toddlers to 6th grade will find new homes with Oakland children and families.

For more information, visit

Summer Movie Double Feature: Forbidden Planet and The Phantom Planet
6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

Lord Blood-Rah, host of Lord Blood-Rah’s Nerve Wrackin’ Theatre, presents the best, worst, and wildest horror and science fiction films at live events around the Bay Area. Reigniting the hosted movie show feel a la Creature Features, Lord Blood-Rah leads the audience into the world of the odd, awesome, and awful from which these films emerged — along with trailers, prizes, madness and more!

For more information or to get tickets, visit

57th Street Gallery Presents Takezo
8:30 – 11:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
57th Street Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Avenue

Yoshinobu Takeda, a.k.a. Takezo, was born in Kagawa, Japan, and grew up in Kyoto. Takezo began singing in bands and composing music at the age of 12. Among his earliest influences were American movie soundtracks, The Beatles, and Otis Redding. His instincts brought him to San Francisco in 1985 to pursue a career in music. Since then, he has performed as a rhythm and blues singer/guitarist.

Musicians are Takezo, vocals/guitar; S.E. Willis, piano; Ruth Davies, bass; and Bobby Cochran, drums.

Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit

Sunday, August 18

Bike Tour: Oakland on Two Wheels
10 a.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

An annual summer favorite is back: OMCA’s popular bike tours! Explore Oakland and its environs with the Museum’s bike-tripping docents on the third Sunday of the month. Discover the incredible history of Oakland on two wheels during this leisurely two-hour ride through downtown Oakland. The tour highlights local history, architecture, and community stories. Bring your bicycle, helmet, repair kit, and adventurous spirit! Participants must be 12 or older.

Please RSVP to or (510) 318-8470.

OHA Walking Tour: Redevelopment and Revitalization of Downtown
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fountain of Pacific Renaissance Plaza, 388 9th Street

Projects such as Old Oakland, Pacific Renaissance, City Center, City Hall Plaza, the Rotunda and the Fox Theater all helped eliminate blight and create new investment and energy in the downtown area. We will visit these projects and others to see how they transformed Oakland, and envision what future projects might be accomplished.

For more information, visit

Gary Kamiya Discusses Cool Gray City of Love at Diesel
3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland, 5433 College Avenue

Cool Gray City of Love is an ode to, and a compilation of historical portraits of, let’s all admit it, one of the greatest cities in the world: San Francisco. Her history, like that of all great cities, is richly variegated, a colorful tapestry of highs and lows: the great fire and earthquake of 1906, the dot-com boom, the Gold Rush of ’49, the AIDS tragedy and triumph, the patriotic urgings of Rosie the Riveter, the eruption of the Beats, and the infamy of Alcatraz. Unabashedly frank about her dark sides as well, author, local, and avid lover of the city Gary Kamiya captures the essence of San Francisco in forty-nine chapters that focus on the famous neighborhoods, the landmark events and sights that make San Francisco what it is today.

For more information, visit

Monday, August 19

Senior Summer Free Day at the Oakland Zoo
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road

Oakland residents 65+ receive free admission to Oakland Zoo. Seniors must be 65+ with valid identification and must be residents of Oakland. Oakland Zoo’s Senior Summer Free Days are in partnership with the Oakland Vice Mayor Larry Reid.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, August 20

Money Talks: One-on-One Financial Advice at the Oakland Public Library
5 – 6 p.m.
Piedmont Avenue Branch, 80 Echo Avenue

Talk to a financial advisor about retirement, investments, or education savings. For more information, click here.

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:

For more information, visit or call (510) 238-7370.

Hack the Hood Youth & Community Celebration
6 – 7:30 p.m.
James Irvine Foundation Conference Center, East Bay Community Foundation, 200 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

It is time to get your tickets and join us to celebrate the first summer season of Hack the Hood, Oakland’s own community program that teaches local youth tech and social marketing skills, and then sends them out into our neighborhoods to help get local businesses more visible online.

For more information, and to RSVP, click here.

Fix Your Resume at the Oakland Public Library
6 – 8 p.m.
Piedmont Avenue Branch, 80 Echo Avenue

Bring your resume for review and tips. For more information, click here.

Wednesday, August 21

America’s Cup Races on the U.S.S. Potomac
Noon departure
Jack London Square berth, 540 Water Street

Join the U.S.S. Potomac an unforgettable cruise on the bay. View the fastest sailboats in the world! U.S.S. Potomac will be as close as America’s Cup race organizers permit. Enjoy a sumptuous luncheon buffet and a hosted wine bar. Front line viewing on two big screen TVs is available to enhance your viewing and learning pleasure. Tickets are $220.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

Dine and Unwind at Lungomare
5:30 – 10 p.m.
Lungomare restaurant, 1 Broadway

Lungomare restaurant will partner with Vinity Wine Company to host the August “Dine and Unwind” event, with a special Italian-influenced evening of food, wine, music and conviviality. Vinity Wines, based in Emeryville, is particularly focused on importing artisanal Italian wines with distinctive regional qualities, and will be pairing wines with Lungomare chef Craig DiFonzo’s seasonal Italian/Californian menu. Also featured will be singer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Albini, known for his unique blend of Italian music, jazz and world rhythms. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Bay Area youth soccer organization My Yute Soccer. The three-course menu and wine pairings is $50 per person, including tax and gratuity, and even features a surprise course! Seating is available from 5:30 – 10:00 pm.

To make a reservation, call (510) 444-7171 or visit

Golden Gate NCPC 10X Monthly Meeting
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Golden Gate Recreation Center, 1075 62nd Street

This monthly meeting of the Golden Gate Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council recurs on the third Wednesday of each month, except for December. For more information, or to get in touch with the organization, visit

Allendale Park NCPC Meeting
7 p.m.
Allendale Recreation Center, 3711 Suter Street

For more information about this organization’s meetings, or to get on its mailing list, please email

Oakland Beat 22x Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council Meeting
7 p.m.
Dimond Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue

The agenda for this Quarterly General Meeting includes an OPD report, crime stats, committee reports on residential burglaries, beautifation projects, CEPTD walks, panhandling in the Dimond, and many more topics.

For more information, visit

Thursday, August 22

Oakland City Council Rules & 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:

For more information, visit or call (510) 238-7370.

Teach Tomorrow in Oakland (TTO) Recruitment Event
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, 1470 Fruitvale Avenue, #7

Research suggests that nationwide, 3 out of every 10 students drop out of high school. Leaders at Teach Tomorrow In Oakland (TTO) believe we must build our own educator recruitment and development pipeline so students of color see and connect with adults with common experiences.

In its continued effort to diversify the teaching workforce in Oakland, TTO hosts throughout-the-year teacher recruitment fairs for individuals who are looking to change careers, and those who have recently earned their Bachelor’s degree, or will soon, to consider teaching as a career.

For more information, visit

Waterfront Flicks: The Goonies
8 p.m.
Jack London Ferry Lawn

Enjoy free outdoor movies on the beautiful waterfront. Grab dinner at any Jack London Square restaurant or pack a picnic. Movies begin at sundown, but the fun begins earlier with trivia questions and prizes. New Belgium beer sales benefit the East Bay Bike Coalition.

For more information, visit

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