Art or meetings? The art is music-heavy, and the meetings are civically-focused. If that doesn’t help, no problem: you can do both. Why choose, Oakland? Tunes and civic involvement are both important. Enjoy!

Friday, March 28

dance anywhere® at OMCA
1000 Oak Street

Join OMCA for its fourth year hosting dance anywhere®, a simultaneous worldwide public art performance. At noon in California, 3 p.m. in New York, and 9 p.m. in Rome and Paris, people of all ages and artistic capacities will dance in parks, museums, street corners, schools, work places, community centers, offices, and just about anywhere you can imagine. Participants include professional dancers and artists, plumbers, doctors, soccer players, teachers, politicians, and YOU! Some dances are choreographed, some are improvised, and many stretch the definition of what dance is. Everyone is invited, regardless of age or ability.

Final Fridays Films of Resistance and Solidarity Presents: I Really Want to Make It
6 p.m.
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard

East Side Arts Alliance, Civicorps, East Bay College Access Network, and ITVS invite the public to join them in honoring the legacy of Civicorps Academy student Sharon Montano (1992 – 2013), star of the documentary, I Really Want to Make It. The short film chronicles Sharon’s decision to go back to school at age 20 after several years of substance abuse and other struggles, and her discovery of Civicorps Academy, where she meets other young people who have gone through similar rough situations, and she finally gets another shot at a high school diploma. Also screening will be Can’t Hold Me Back, a short film about Detroit teen Fernando Parraz, an accomplished rapper and budding filmmaker who aspires to be the first in his family to earn a high school diploma and gain his ticket out of inner-city poverty and violence. The film will be followed by a youth-led discussion on expanding access to education for Oakland youth.

Pacific Mozart Ensemble 2014 Spring Concert
8 p.m.
The Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street

This concert is themed on the Kirke Mechem piece, Five Centuries of Spring, and includes songs by Jannequin and Brahms, as well as the new and highly-anticipated composition “Ven a La Habana” by Cuban composer Roberto Valera. The Pacific Mozart Ensemble worked with Valera in Cuba, so it is especially exciting for this ensemble to bring this piece to fruition!

Oakland East Bay Symphony Continues 25th Season with Indian Music
8 – 10:30 p.m.
The Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway

As they continue a successful and varied 25th anniversary season, Music Director and Conductor Michael Morgan and the Oakland East Bay Symphony present the latest world-wandering chapter in their innovative and popular series exploring symphonic music from various world cultures with Notes from India. The program will include the world premiere of “Where Shadow Chases Light,” a new work by young Indian composer Juhi Bansal. The evening will also feature sitar soloist Stephen Slawek performing Ravi Shankar’s Concert No. 1 for Sitar and Orchestra, excerpts from Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar’s Passages and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92. A pre-concert talk by John Kendall Bailey and Juhi Bansal will take place at 7 p.m.

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

Lady Sunrise is a singer/songwriter/ dancer/actress/educator/healer. From the mountains of Denver, Lady Sunrise brings her bright, sparkling personality,warm engaging vibration, and a multi-octave range of tones and emotions to each song she interprets. Musicians are Lady Sunrise, vocals; Glen Pearson, piano; Joe McKinley, bass; and Paul Tillman Smith, drums. Admission is $15. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit

Saturday, March 29

Community Meeting on the New State Budget Process
8:30 a.m. – noon
West Oakland Middle School, 14th and Market Streets

Last year, as part of the state budget process, the state adopted a new way of funding public schools: the Local Control Funding Formula (“LCFF”). LCFF directs additional funds to three student populations: low-income, English language learners, and foster youth. A key part of the LCFF is for each school district to develop a plan that shows how the district will comply with the new budget process. OUSD must submit this plan to the State by June 30. As part of developing our Local Control Accountability Plan, OUSD is hosting these community meetings where school communities are encouraged to bring teams of parents and staff, to learn more about LCFF, and develop plans for school sites.

Maya-Aztec Vinegar Tasting and Making
noon – 1 p.m.
North Oakland Farmers Market, 5709 Market Street

Come learn the secrets of making traditional tropical raw vinegars with Francisco Jimenez. Not only will you learn the basics of vinegar making, Francisco will share his homemade vinegars for tasting, including banana, cherry, plantain, pomegranate, and much more.
 Click here for more information.

The Plant Exchange
noon – 4 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 2619 Broadway

Bring your plant donations and dull tools (a tool sharpener will hand-hone garden tools while you shop), and wear comfortable shoes that can get muddy. Visit the new store to buy snacks, beverages, handmade artwork, new products donated by local merchants, and participate in the raffle. You could win 2 hours of free landscaping consultation, gift baskets stuffed with tools, and more! This helps The Plant Exchange pay for the cost of the permits and insurance for the event.

LifeLong Medical Care Crab & Cocktails 2014
6 – 10 p.m.
Scott’s Seafood Restaurant, 2 Broadway

This event features Mistress of Ceremonies Ysabel Duron, an exciting live auction and raffle, hosted signature cocktail and wine, music by Good Karma, and much, much more! Tickets are $150 ($275 per couple) and available here.

Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents Urban Retreat
8 p.m.
EastSide Cultural Center, 2277 International Boulevard

Join the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre for their popular staged reading series, “Bringing the Art to the Audience (BATA).” They have presented plays of interest to their audiences, some of which may eventually mount as full productions. Urban Retreat looks at Chauncer Mosley, a teacher and writer trying to pitch his first manuscript, whose writing career takes an unexpected detour at the request of Trench Deep, a former-student-turned-Hip-Hop-superstar.

57th Street Gallery Presents The Barbara Hunter Quartet with Sheebah Maceo
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Enjoy a variety of music, balanced with fresh arrangements of familiar jazz and popular standards, and a rhythm section of awesomely talented and supportive musicians. This is one of the band’s many returns to 57th Street Gallery, where they always come up with a surprise or two. Word is that once you step inside the Gallery and hear the Quartet you will find it impossible to leave until the very last note has been played and the last word sung. Musicians are Barbara Hunter, vocals/flute/saxophone; Ben Flint, piano; Joe McKinley, bass; Ken Pruitt, electric guitar; Achyutan, drums; and special guest vocalist Sheebah Maceo. Admission is $15. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit

Sunday, March 30

Seed Bomb Workshop
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective,
2278 Telegraph Avenue

Make little packets of love to throw to the winds! RPS Collective will provide all the supplies. Register here.

Family Concert: Mozart to Madonna
noon – 12:45 p.m.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290

The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra’s innovative, admission-free Family Concert series presents its third program of the 2013-2014 season. These 45-minute programs, designed for young listeners as well as adults learning about classical music, are the cornerstone of the SFCO’s educational programming, and have been greeted with capacity crowds and enthusiastic responses from audiences all season. Visual delights and audience participation make these fun-loving concerts a joy for all ages!

Poetry Flash with Patrick Donnelly and Robert Thomas
3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue

Patrick Donnelly’s recent book of poems is Nocturnes of the Brothel of Ruin. The book was a 2013 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His first collection is The Charge. He was also co-translator of the 141 poems in The Wind from Vulture Peak: The Buddhification of Japanese Waka in the Heian Period, and is an associate editor for Poetry International. Robert Thomas’s new book, a work of fiction tentatively titled Bridge, is forthcoming this fall. His first book of poems, Door to Door, was the winner of the 2001 Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University, and his second is Dragging the Lake. Robert Thomas’s poems have been widely published in magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, Field, and The Iowa Review.

Tuesday, April 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 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

Thursday, April 3

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.

First Mayoral Debate
6:30 p.m.
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street

Make Oakland Better Now! and Metropolitan Greater Oakland Democratic Club are sponsoring a mayoral candidate public safety debate. Expected to attend are Patrick McCullough, Bryan Parker, Jean Quan, Courtney Ruby, Libby Schaaf, Nancy Sidebotham, Dan Siegel, and Joe Tuman.

Adams Point Neighborhood Group General Meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Avenue

Agenda items include welcoming the new PSO, disaster preparedness, a permit application, illegal dumping and the City’s solutions, results of the March Madness fundraiser, accomplishments of the past year and looking to the future.

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

To include an event in the listings for April 4 – 10, email the details to by noon on Tuesday, April 1. 

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