In Oakland, we don’t just do art. We do art with a purpose, and we do art together. We enjoy it together, we make it together, and we come up with great ideas together. Our art does stuff, too, besides just bringing us together. It brings elements together in new ways: musical instruments that are played by wind power, music paired with novel experiences, a new combination that just makes us think about things a bit differently. We like what we do here to be impactful, and our creative stuff is certainly no exception. Enjoy!

Friday, May 16

Poker and Prizes Tournament Fundraiser for CARD
6 – 11 p.m.
California Ballroom, 1736 Franklin Street, 2nd floor

Win awesome prizes, have fun, eat, drink, maybe even play some Texas Hold ‘Em, and you’ll be making your community safer, more united, and more resilient. Join CARD for fabulous food, drinks, and luxurious tournament prizes (including a 7-day resort stay in Hawaii, the Bahamas, or Virgin Islands, a 6-hour wine tour for 2 in Napa vineyards, and more). There will be silent auction items to bid on, raffles prizes to win, and some fun random acts of readiness. CARD makes all things related to emergency preparedness, disaster response, and continuity planning fast, fun, and easy for nonprofits, faith agencies, funders, and other stakeholders serving vulnerable clients. CARD champions a fear-free, asset-based approach, backed by research from many disciplines, and field tested with diverse communities across the country. We want more duct tape and less red tape! Tickets are available here.

Ceasefire Oakland/LifeLines To Healing Night Walk
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Cosmopolitan Baptist Church, 988 85th Avenue

The City of Oakland and local faith-based organizations are continuing neighborhood Night Walks on Fridays as a way community members can get involved in Operation Ceasefire. These walks are organized by residents and faith leaders in areas where Ceasefire is focused. Volunteers are trained in advance and are accompanied by other volunteers for the duration of the walk. The purpose of the Night Walk is to reach out to communities affected by violence. For more information, email

Movies In The Park: Despicable Me
Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue

The movie season continues with a viewing of Despicable Me (PG, 98 minutes). Field activities begin at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:45 p.m. Be sure to dress warm and bring a lawn chair and/or blanket. Popcorn, hot chocolate, drinks and hot dogs will be available for purchase. Donors who bring a non-perishable food item to drop in the donation bin for the Alameda County Food Bank will receive one free small popcorn. For the full 2014 season roster, visit

OEBS Season Finale Concert
8 p.m.
Paramount Theatre of the Arts, 2025 Broadway

The Oakland East Bay Symphony presents Berlioz Requiem as the final concert of its 25th anniversary season. Maestro Morgan musters the full complement of orchestra, Oakland Youth Orchestra and Oakland Symphony Chorus for this Berlioz masterwork. For more information, visit

57th Street Gallery Presents Earle Davis and His Majic Spirit Band
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

The Majic Spirit Ensemble is led by trumpeter Earle Davis, an imaginative and extremely disciplined performer. Davis writes most of the band scores, including a batch of quite exciting and memorable originals. Combing these boppish Monk themes with various contemporary avant-garde styles is a particularly distinctive ability of the Majic Spirit Ensemble. For more information and to make reservations, visit

Saturday, May 17

Homebuyer Workshop
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Unity Council, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 201.

Prospective homebuyers can learn about the home-buying process, including mortgage financing, working with realtors, property selection and the responsibilities of ownership. There is a special emphasis on Oakland-area housing assistance programs designed to assist low- and moderate-income homebuyers. For more information or to register, visit

National Safe Boating Week Open House
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lake Merritt Boating Center, 568 Bellevue Avenue

This event features free boat rentals and free boat rides, plus boating safety information and water safety games for youth. For more information, visit

14th Annual Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
San Antonio Park, 19th and Foothill Boulevard

The Main Stage features The Last Poets, Ms. Faye Carol (in a tribute to Abbey Lincoln), Howard Wiley & Excerpts from Amiri Baraka’s The Sisyphus Syndrome, Unity Grooves: EastSide Youth Jazz Workshop, and Marvin X and the Black Arts Movement. The Katherine Dunham Dance Stage will host Starchild Dance Lindy Hop Project, Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble, and Sister Linda Johnson. The event also features The Javad Jahi Soapbox stage, The Mike Dream Courts, Kid’s Court for family fun, and food court featuring international flavors! For more information, visit

Aeolian Day
Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, 2777 Middle Harbor Road

Aeolian Day is a free community festival that will exhibit and celebrate musical instruments that are played by the wind, and feature instruments built by collaborations of local artists and Oakland elementary schools. The festival fosters creative collaborations between artists, students and teachers, and promotes awareness of Middle Harbor Shoreline itself, with its unique history, habitat and design. In addition to the wind-powered works at the center of Aeolian Day, the festival will feature live music, food trucks, and hands-on learning for families.

Sessions Beerfest
Noon – 4 p.m.
215 Washington Street

Come join over 30 local craft brewers as they show off their skills with a variety of session beers. These refreshing and delicious brews are full of flavor, but lighter on the alcohol, perfect for warmer weather heading into summer. Also enjoy food from local vendors, live music, and beer education by local brewers. Local favorite San Leandro-based Drake’s Brewing produces this event, and all proceeds benefit the bicycle advocacy work of Bike East Bay. Tickets are available here.

Ninth Annual March to End Poverty
1 p.m.
Lake Merritt Bandstand, 666 Bellevue Avenue

The Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership (AC-OCAP) hosts the annual March to End Poverty in an effort to raise awareness about the social conditions of the 173,156 Alameda County residents who live in poverty. The event is free to the public, and the first 400 marchers who bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Alameda County Community Food Bank will receive a free t-shirt. After the march, there will be a Community Resource Fair connecting vital services to residents. Activities include live entertainment, children’s zone, and free boating. For more information, visit

The Man Who Biked Across America
1 p.m.
Main Library, 125 14th Street

Could you ride your bicycle across America? Michael Woods did — and he was not even in great shape when he started. Mr. Woods is coming to three Oakland Public Library locations to talk about riding 4,250 miles in 55 days last year from his new home in the Bay Area to his old home in Boston. Hear about his ride and see his touring bike and 50 pounds of gear. Maybe after you hear him, you will want to do a ride of your own. As Mr. Woods will tell you, you do not need to be an athlete to bike across America. For more information, please contact Mana Tominaga, Supervising Librarian, at

1-Hour Bike Mechanics Workshop
1 – 2 p.m.
81st Avenue Branch Library, 1021 81st Avenue

This 1-hour workshop is taught by a certified instructor from Bike East Bay, and is funded by the Alameda County Transportation Commission. Learn the basics of bicycle mechanics, including how to fix a flat, adjust brakes and gears, and how to keep your bike clean and running smoothly. This workshop is for adults and teens, no bike required.

Talk and Play: P-Funk!
1 – 2:30 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street

Radio DJ and author Rickey Vincent talks about and plays selections from his personal collection of George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic albums. “Talk and Play,” a program series in Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records, features guest participants from DJs to music journalists, record collectors to experimental musicians. With something different every week, you might find yourself swapping albums with collectors, learning from an expert about the mechanics of pressing an album, or listening to a specially curated music set. For more information, visit

Introduction to West Oakland Galleries Walking Tour
2 – 4 p.m.
Transmission Gallery, 770 W. Grand Avenue

Come out and explore the West Oakland Art Scene. During this free guided walking tour, participants get the chance to visit Aggregate Space and Transmission Gallery and meet the curators. For more information, visit

Bach & Brew
6 – 9 p.m.
Linden Street Brewery, 98 Linden Street

Music, beer, wine and finger food will top the program for the inaugural Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Bach & Brew event. Beers and artisanal wines made by members of the symphony will be featured. Enjoy great live music, including a few of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with Music Director Michael Morgan on keyboard, plus a fun, energetic mix of gypsy, dance and soul music from crossover group Dirty Cello. Click here for more information.

Annual Celebrating Elephants Event in Honor of 96 Elephants
6 – 9 p.m.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road

The event includes a reception, presentation and silent auction. Increasing demand for ivory is fueling a brutal slaughter of African elephants. 96 elephants are killed every day in Africa. This year our Celebrating Elephants events are in honor of the elephants that have lost their lives. Please help end the demand for ivory by visiting the and sign the petition. This event also features a special presentation by Dr. Vicki Fishlock, Resident Scientist for the Amboseli Trust for Elephants. Dr. Fishlock joined the Amboseli research team in 2011 to study the social resilience of female elephants following a devastating drought in 2009. She will share some of her findings in her ongoing research looking at the fascinating social dynamics in the lives of female elephants, and how these individual relationships shape the success of families. She will explain how age, experience and leadership influence the survival of calves and families in the sometimes difficult life of an elephant. Hear stories of success and struggle of some of the magnificent elephants of the Amboseli plains.

Pacific Pathways: A Celebration of Dance
7 p.m.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Suite 290

The Oakland Asian Cultural Center cordially invites you to join them in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at their inaugural event, Pacific Pathways: A Celebration of Dance. The celebration will feature joyous performances from the Pacific Rim, including Okinawa, Korea, China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Pacific Islands. Tickets are available here.

A Musical Exploration into Darkness, History, and Romanticism
7:30 – 10:30
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue

Join Bay Area Classical Harmonies for a concert of chills, war, romanticism, and royalty featuring Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Faure’s Requiem, and Bay Area composer Stephen Whitehead’s three works: Dracula violin solo, Orchestra, and Narrator, based on Bram Stoker’s novel adapted by Jeffrey Whitehead; Three Laments on the Great War for vocal soloists and orchestra (in recognition of the Centenary of the Great War); and Homage to Gloriana (Queen Elizabeth I) for harpsichord solo, piccolo solo, orchestra, and chorus, incorporating music of the Elizabethan era with poetry from Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. Andrew Chung conducts the BACH Orchestra and Choir. For tickets and more information, visit

Late Nite Art: Beltane
7:30 – 11 p.m.
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway

Join Late Nite Art at Impact Hub Oakland for a unique social art and dining experience. This event is not to be missed! Late Nite Art has been featured in The Oakland Tribune, The East Bay Express, and recently nominated for the Oakland Indie Awards. Click here for tickets and more information.

Glass House Plays Utunes Coffeehouse
8 – 10 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street

Utunes draws from the idea of the church basement coffee house, but they kick it up a notch by featuring traditional and folk music from around the world, along with some popular forms. With over twenty-three years of working together, David Worm and Mark Vickness of Glass House have shared much more than a passion for great songwriting. From personal tragedy to the joy of raising children, through all the changes of the last two decades, these musicians have made writing songs together a constant thread, a platform on which to build not just a body of work but a lifelong friendship and a musical chemistry that infuses every song. First Unitarian Church of Oakland is one of the best venues in the area for both performing and listening, and includes a pleasant, cozy atmosphere and a high quality sound system not typical of small venues. Tickets are available here.

57th Street Gallery Presents the Larry Douglas & Jorge Pineda Alltet
8:30 – 11 p.m.
5701 Telegraph Avenue

With a tone that the dean of American jazz critics, Leonard Feather, described as “velvety and silky,” Larry Douglas has ruled as one of San Francisco’s top trumpet/flugelhorn players for more than three decades. In addition to leading his own electro-acoustic group, the Larry Douglas Alltet, as a member of Johnny Otis and His Orchestra, his playing was featured on four albums including the Grammy-nominated Spirit of the Black Territory Bands. Musicians are Larry Douglas, trumpet/mallet kat; Jorge Pineda, timbales/vocals; Steve Marshall, flute/tenor and soprano sax; Rick Brown, trombone; Roy Brown, guitar; Adam Lowdermilk, bass; and Richardo Aguilar, congos. For more information and to make reservations, visit

Sunday, May 18

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

Explore Oakland’s diverse and rich patchwork of neighborhoods by cycling through them with an experienced guide from OMCA. On the third Sunday of the month, from May through October, OMCA Docents lead free bike tours of this eclectic city. Destinations include downtown Oakland, the port area, Lake Merritt, and Fruitvale. Bring your own bikes, helmets, repair kits, and water. For more information and to make a reservation, contact

Jazz At The Chimes
2 p.m.
Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue

Veteran jazz vocalist Kellye Gray performs with the stunning Chapel of the Chimes as a backdrop. For more information, visit

Tuesday, May 20

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.

Wednesday, May 21

CORE III Class A: Emergency Response Skills Training
6 – 9 p.m.
Patten University, 2433 Coolidge Avenue

CORE III Class A provides classroom instruction on fire behavior and suppression, light search and rescue, and damage assessment. CORE (Communities of Oakland Respond to Emergencies) provides free emergency preparedness training for individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in Oakland. CORE teaches self-reliance skills and helps neighborhoods establish response teams to take care of the neighborhood after a disaster until professional help arrives. CORE is a program of the Oakland Fire Department’s Emergency Management Services Division (EMSD). Prerequisite: completion of CORE I and CORE II. For more information or to register for the CORE classes, please visit

Fruitvale Unity NCPC Monthly Meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 East 12th Street, Suite 201

Join this monthly community meeting to share strategies to resolve community issues and concerns. An agenda is posted by the Fruitvale Unity Council on the day of the event. For more information, email

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, email

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

Thursday, May 22

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.

Adult Recess
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street at Broadway

Oakland Parks and Recreation invites adults to come out and relive their youth by participating in various fun games and activities. At this free event, adults can enjoy volleyball, hula hooping, ping pong, Zumba, relay competitions, arts and crafts, rock climbing, double dutch, fitness fun, face painting, badminton, giant chess, a camping demonstration, bumper bellies, a video game truck, basketball, miniature golf, the Zen Zone with chair massages, yoga and more. This is an opportunity for the adults to play; leave the kids at home. Click here for more information.

Screening: Freedom Summer
7 p.m.
New Parkway Theater, 474 24th Street

In addition to the film screening, there will be a discussion about the past and present state of voting rights/voter suppression. For more information, email

To list an event for May 23 – 29, email the details to by Tuesday, May 20.

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