It’s a plurality of food and music this week: two of our favorites! There’s also a really interesting “other” category that includes a large open-to-the-public party in an awesome venue, popular astronomy, a neighborhood safety workshop, and a public paranormal investigation. Do we have it all around here, or what? Enjoy!

Friday, September 27

Eat Real Festival Begins
1 – 9 p.m. (Also runs 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday)
Jack London Square

This festival of food, drinks and fun on the waterfront features tacos inspired by flavors from around the world, curry, barbecue, hot dogs, ice cream, noodles, and a whole lot more of the Bay Area’s awesome curbside eats. The Eat Real Festival celebrates all things tasty, fresh, and handmade with a focus on street food, local wines, handcrafted beers, and traditional food craft — all featuring sustainable, local ingredients — and no dish costs more than $5.

Eating is only part of the fun. We also show you how to make it and grow it. From home cheesemaking to backyard chickens, you can explore a DIY lifestyle with demos and activities galore. Or just grab a taco and a beer and enjoy our full schedule of entertainment with bands, butchery contests, lit fest, and other tasty tidbits. As always, entry to the festival is 100% free.

For more information, visit

Experimental Notations Closing Party
6 – 9 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue

Come party with the artists of this installation of sound, its corresponding graphic notation, and visual re-imagining of the traditional system of musical notation.

For more information, visit

Jim Ziolkowski Discusses and Signs Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World?
7 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue

More than twenty years ago, Ziolkowski left behind a career in corporate finance and created the nonprofit organization buildOn, which aims to turn inner city teens into community leaders, both at home and abroad. It has been a huge success: buildOn’s teenagers across the country have broken the cycle of illiteracy, poverty, and low expectations, they have logged more than one million hours of community service, they have built more than 500 schools all over the world, from economically disadvantaged countries like Malawi, Nepal, and Haiti to our own neighborhoods in Detroit and the South Bronx, and 94% of them graduate from high school and go on to college. Walk in Their Shoes is more than a memoir of one man. It’s a testament to what young people are capable of doing around the world.

For more information, visit

Final Friday Films of Solidarity and Resistance: Garifuna in Peril
7 p.m.
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard

Ricardo, a Garifuna language teacher, struggles to preserve his endangered Afro-Amerindian culture by building a language school back in his home village in Honduras. A business venture with his brother designed to raise money for the school’s construction becomes complicated by the expansion plans of a nearby tourist resort into indigenous territory. Historical parallels are invoked as Ricardo’s son rehearses a stage play about the Garifuna people’s last stand against British colonialism over 200 years before, in their motherland, the island of St. Vincent.

For more information, visit Garifuna in Peril.

57th Street Gallery Presents JB Brooks and His All-Star Band
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

After a 40-year career as an award-winning actor, James Brooks decided to pursue a lifelong dream as a jazz singer. On this journey, Brooks has sung at a number of senior centers, been the featured vocalist at a number of open mics and a variety of clubs as well as one of the founding members of the East Bay Jazz Workshop. Musicians are James “JB” Brooks, vocals; Glen Pearson, piano; Michael Jones, bass; Ranzel Merritt, Jr., horn; and Ranzel Merritt, Sr., drums.

Admission is $15.00. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit

Saturday, September 28

Phat Beets free Food ‘n’ Justice Series workshop on “Freeing Land for Food: Urban Greening Projects and Gentrification”
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
North Oakland Farmers’ Market, 942 Stanford Avenue

Why are urban soils so toxic in communities that have the least access to healthy foods? Is a community garden in your neighborhood always good for the community and does it meet the needs of the community? How does gentrification impact people’s ability to access healthy food? Come hear perspectives from the food justice movement in this panel discussion and primer on urban farming.

For more information, visit

Seed Exchange
12 – 1 p.m.
Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Avenue

As you prepare to harvest your fall garden, collect seeds and share them with other local gardeners. For more information please call Rebekah Eppley at (510) 482-7844 or visit

Star Stories
8:30 – 10 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

Lie on the grass and look up at the stars this summer! Bring sleeping bags and blankets. Listen to an expert stargazer explain the mythology behind the constellations, share stories of the night sky and find constellations (weather permitting).

Tickets are $10. For reservations, visit

Public Ghost Investigation
7 p.m. – midnight
Pardee Home Museum, 672 11th Street

Join the Pardee Home Museum for its 6th Public Ghost Investigation! Three generations of the same family lived and died in the Pardee Home from the time of its completion in 1869 until the death of Miss Helen Pardee in 1982. The house has been preserved exactly as Miss Helen left it. Bring digital recorders, cameras, EMF meters, or just your curiosity, for an opportunity to hunt ghosts in this historic home. The event will be guided by Karen Zimmerman, an experienced paranormal investigator and author. A spirit circle will be conducted by Linda Grindel, a fifth-generation psychic medium who traces her talent to her great-great-great grandmother, Sen-O-Ya, a Comanche psychic.

Tickets are $50 and available at

57th Street Gallery Presents The Dmitri Matheny Quintet
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “the first breakthrough flugelhornist since Chuck Mangione.” Introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of Art Farmer, Matheny has matured into “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players,” a leading figure on the international jazz scene and one of the most prolific musicians of his generation. Musicians are Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn; Matthew Clark, piano; Davis Ellis, saxophone; Ruth Davies, bass; and Deszon X. Claiborne, drums.

Admission is $15.00. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit

Sunday, September 29

Valerie Miner Discusses and Signs Traveling with Spirits
3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue

Doctor Monica Murphy quits her Minneapolis medical practice to work at Catholic medical mission in a decaying hill station in northern India. Confronting questions about the nature of faith, religious imperialism, the troubled position of Westerners in developing countries, and the growth of individual consciousness, Traveling with Spirits is an exciting and nuanced novel about deep, abiding friendship, emotional courage, and physical endurance.

For more information, visit

Clerestory: The Bard
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue

Clerestory kicks off its eighth season with The Bard, a celebration of Shakespeare’s words in music. Shakespeare’s clever, innately lyrical words have inspired composers from the Renaissance to today, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, and Jaako Mantyjarvi. Many of the pieces bring to life songs Shakespeare wrote into his own plays, when the drama pauses to highlight a few tender lines or a moment of cheerful coarseness.

Tickets are $25, or $15 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at

Tuesday, October 1

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.

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

Wednesday, October 2

Urban Manufacturing Alliance 2nd National Convening Kick-Off Party
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street

The Kick-Off Party will be held at The Crucible, a 56,000-square-foot nonprofit industrial arts and education space that teaches youth and adult art classes in welding, jewelry, blacksmithing, glass blowing, woodworking, sculpture, fire dancing and more. It features exciting live demonstrations, networking, delicious local food and drinks, and a chance to visit this unique space. Tickets are $10 for the public. This is an all-ages event, must be 21+ w with valid ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.

For more information, visit

Thursday, October 3

Oakland City Council Rules and Legislation Committee Meeting
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.

Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan Public Review Workshop
6 – 8 p.m.
Temple Sinai, Albers Chapel, 2808 Summit Street

Planning staff will open the workshop with a brief presentation highlighting key aspects of the Plan followed by an open house where participants may view Plan summary boards and discuss comments with City staff. The workshop will close with a large group discussion.

Please come and share your thoughts on Draft Plan components, including land use framework, retail concept, community design, circulation, zoning proposals and implementation strategies. The Draft Plan is based the results of an ongoing community process to create a Specific Plan that will help guide how this area develops into the future.

For additional details, visit:

OPD Area 2 Robbery and Burglary Prevention Workshop
6 – 8:30 p.m.
Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue

Learn how to protect yourself and your home from crime from experts on personal safety and home security, followed by an OPD Area 2 Command Update. Light refreshments will be served, with resource tables and personal safety gifts for all attendees.

This event, for residents of Oakland Police Department Area 2, is sponsored by the Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee, the Community Policing Advisory Board, and the Neighborhood Services Division of the City of Oakland.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Renee Sykes at

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 or visit

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