It’s an art-heavy week, Oakland! It’s meeting-heavy, too, but this is one of the many reasons why I dig Oakland so much. Sure, there are all these meetings, each of them useful and civically important in its own way, but then it’s like the collective unconscious of Oakland comes together and says, “Well, shoot. I guess we need a bunch more art this week to balance out all these meetings.” We do like our meaningful recreation here. Soak it up and enjoy!

Friday, June 6

Cultural Funding Program Grant Application Workshop
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room 2

Cultural Funding Program staff will offer a free workshop to give prospective applicants an overview of arts grants available in the categories of Individual Artist Projects, Organization Projects and Art in the Schools. These grants will support arts and cultural services in Oakland during Fiscal Year 2014-15. Advance registration is required. To register, call (510) 238-7561 or email For more information, visit

Mueseum of Children’s Arts (MOCHA) First Friday Event
5 – 7 p.m.
1625 Clay Street, Suite 100

MOCHA is hosting an exhibition of selected artworks by the youth of Oakland Unified School District. Oakland students offer a wide variety of creativity, imagination, and talent. Come and celebrate the powerful voices of Oakland’s youth at this closing reception and enjoy light refreshments and art projects with MOCHA teaching artists. For more information, visit

Free Screening: Youth Radio Partners with First Friday Shorts
6 – 8 p.m.
The New parkway, 474 24th Street

Youth Radio is partnering with First Friday Shorts to showcase youth films and live performance. Youth Radio will present a showcase of its youth-driven video content, developed by young people, as well as professional journalists, artists and producers. The evening will feature a range of multimedia content on issues that affect young people, including community violence, relationships, public health and education. Youth Radio’s young artists will also put on live performances and host a discussion about art, media-making and growing up during the height of Oakland’s major cultural and economic shifts. Click here for more information.

Opening Reception for Unearthed, Unveiled
6 – 9 p.m.
Betti Ono Gallery, 1427 Broadway

Betti Ono is pleased to present Unearthed, Unveiled, a satellite exhibition in partnership with Pro Arts Gallery and East Bay Open Studios, featuring new mixed-media work by Jamie Treacy and Nicole Dixon. Unearthed, Unveiled is a culmination of nearly a decade of artistic conversation between the two artists. Treacy working with abstract imagery, and Dixon, largely figurative, have found common ground in their desire to unearth and unveil a life force through their artwork. This work demonstrates that the art object is more than just a tool for documentation or expression, but also a tool to connect the viewer with a spiritual state. Visit for more information.

Jack’s Night Market
6 – 10 p.m.
Jack London Square, foot of Broadway

Celebrate the first Friday of the month on the waterfront with a captivating evening filled with merriment and verve. From the finest crafts and designers to local fruit purveyors and street performers, this vibrant outdoor bazaar will celebrate all that is Oakland. Night Market-goers will enjoy a diverse array of music and quirky street performers, as well as tasty treats, street food, beer and wine. All beer and wine sales from Jack’s Night Market benefit the Sustainable Business Alliance and Oakland Grown. For more information, visit

Ceasefire Oakland/LifeLines To Healing Night Walk
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Boulevard

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, call (510) 639-1440 or email

Dancing Under the Stars: Salsa
8:30 – 10 p.m.
Jack London Square, Foot of Broadway

From experienced dancers to newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and dancing under the stars! Dancers will kick up their heels and pack Jack London Square for free dance lessons. The lessons begin at 8:30, followed by a dance party at 9 p.m. to try out all the new moves. For more information, visit

57th Street Gallery Presents the Don Alberts Trio
8:30 – 11 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Don Alberts is more than a pianist in the finest tradition of jazz. His style is reminiscent of the dignity and panache of Duke Ellington and the eloquence of Bill Evans, yet clearly contemporary, and clearly his own. Musicians are Don Alberts, piano; Peter Barshay, bass; and Art Lewis, drums. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit

Saturday, June 7

Black Girls CODE’s “Love Is Respect” Hackathon
9 a.m.
Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway

Girls ages 12 – 17 are invited to this all-girls hackathon to build their skills and experience with app development. This youth-focused event encourages creativity and teamwork, and is open to girls of all experience levels, from novice coders to experienced app builders. For more information, visit

Underground Runway Presents Hardcopy
1 – 3 p.m.
Warehouse 416, 416 26th Street

Blurring the lines between art and fashion, Underground Runway (UGRW) is a platform for unsigned and under-recognized talent, embracing the Oakland community to highlight true artistry right before us. A place of incubation, Warehouse 416 shares a mutual vision of art in raw innovation, and growth in the act of collaboration. Art and fashion working in full motion, Hardcopy is a chance for as-yet-unseen skill to take off and grow. Experience summer on the runway, as UGRW showcases talent throughout the Bay Area. Click here for more information.

Office Yoga With Sandy Blaine
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Lakeview Branch Library, 550 El Embarcadero

Sandy Blaine will use her 20 years of yoga teaching experience to help you learn a variety of simple, “user-friendly” stretches and movements that can be done at your desk to help prevent and/or counteract the ill effects of long days of sitting and computer work. Wear your regular clothes and bring a “yoga strap” or an old necktie or bathrobe sash, or even a hand towel (this is a low-tech class). Office yoga is primarily preventive and not recommended for people with currently symptomatic repetitive stress injury issues. For more information, contact Mary Farrell, Branch Manager, at

Artist’s Reception For Milton 510 Bowens
4 p.m.
African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO), 659 14th Street

Painter Milton 510 Bowens’ exhibit, 10th Anniversary of Blood on the Fields, is on display until June 19. In his work, Bowens sets out to “paint America as I see it, not as I dream it.” All are welcome to the reception, which will be Bowen’s tribute to musicians and spoken-word artists. For more information, contact Veda Silva, Museum Project Coordinator, at

57th Street Gallery Presents The Barbara Hunter Quartet and Achyutan Quartet
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, passion, 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. Come check out the band and lend your support to live music. Musicians are Barbara Hunter, vocals / saxophone / flute; Fred Harris, piano; Joe McKinley, bass; Al Stanford, congas; and Achyutan, drums. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit

Sunday, June 8

15th Annual Trash Bash
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
278 4th Street

Join the Friends of Jack London to clean up the neighborhood and party with the neighbors. Cleanup starts at 9 a.m., with food at noon. This is always fun, with an opportunity to meet neighbors, eat some free food, and enjoy the entertainment. All are welcome (kids, too!) at this free event.

Chapter 510 Presents Hanging Out with Jelly Roll Morton
3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue

Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Chapter 510 and students of the North Oakland Community Charter School to the store to read from their new book, Hanging Out with Jelly Roll Morton: Oakland Poems Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance. Each book is hand-made and bound in vinyl records. Joining them will be Oakland jazz musician Phillip Greenlief. Chapter 510 was founded by a group of Oakland residents who, inspired by 826 Valencia, wanted to create Oakland’s own literacy project focused on supporting teachers and developing creative and expository writing skills for students. Visit them at

Scam Premiere Screening
8 p.m.
Starline Social Club, 2232 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Come to the Starline’s beautiful ballroom to celebrate the premiere screening of Marcelo Gutierrez’s latest short film, entitled Scam. Champagne, grilled-cheese sandwiches and one-off limited prints will be for sale, and music will be provided by DJ MegaLo. Scam tells the tale of a young man hungry to become a recognized star on the silver screen, who is convinced to attend a casting call for what’s been described to be an “art film.” Through his naivete, blinding love and hope for success, he is tricked into an industry he wasn’t yet anticipating.

Monday, June 9

Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board Meeting
6 – 8 p.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

It is recommended to confirm the date and location at For additional information, call (510) 238-3941 or visit

Tuesday, June 10

Oakland City Council Committee Meetings
times listed below
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. 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. Most of the Committees of the City Council usually meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month (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.

10:30 a.m. – noon: Public Works Committee
noon – 2 p.m.: Finance & Management Committee
2 – 4 p.m.: Community & Economic Development Committee
4 – 5:30 p.m.: Life Enrichment Committee
5:30 p.m.: Public Safety Committee

F. M. Smith Park Advisory Council Meeting
6:30 – 8 p.m.
F. M. Smith Park, 1969 Park Boulevard

Have questions or want more information? Contact Lisa or Center Director Lois Gomes, or visit

Wednesday, June 11

AC Transit Board of Directors Meetings
times listed below
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, 1600 Franklin Street, 10th Floor

The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District is the third-largest public bus system in California, serving 13 cities and adjacent unincorporated areas in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. AC Transit has been serving the East Bay since 1960, taking over from the Key System and its predecessors, which carried passengers via buses, horse-drawn rail, electric streetcars, and ferries over the previous 100 years. AC Transit’s mission is to provide safe, convenient, courteous, and reliable transit service. For more information, visit

3 p.m.: Operations Committee Meeting
3:30 p.m.: External Affairs Committee Meeting
6 p.m.: Board of Directors Meeting

Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission Meeting
4:30 p.m.
Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission reports and makes recommendations to the Oakland City Council on Office of Parks and Recreation policies. It consists of 11 seats, appointed by the Mayor and Council to represent the citizens of Oakland. The public is welcome to attend the Commission’s monthly meetings, which are held on the second Wednesday of every month except for August. Please call the Director’s office, (510) 238-7532, to confirm meetings in case of cancellation or change of venue. For more information, click here.

Oakland Board of Education General Meeting
5 – 9 p.m.
Paul Robeson Building, 1025 2nd Avenue, Board Room

The Governing Board, commonly called the Board of Education, is the elected policy-making body of the public education system within the City of Oakland. The Governing Board’s primary responsibility is to ensure that every student served by the District is well-educated and demonstrates high academic achievement. For more information, visit

Manzanita 18Y NCPC Meeting
6:45 – 8:15 p.m.
Salvation Army, 2794 Garden Street

For more information, please contact NSC Edith Guillen at (510) 238-7159 or

Thursday, June 12

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

Book Launch: Photographic Tour Celebrating America’s Public Libraries
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Oakland Public Library, Main Branch, 125 14th Street, Walters Auditorium

Join OPL for a book launch event for Robert Dawson’s The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. Over the last 18 years, photographer Robert Dawson has criss-crossed the United States documenting hundreds of public libraries, large and small, old and new, urban and rural, in poor communities and in wealthy ones. This new book presents a wide selection of Dawson’s photographs, from the majestic reading room at the New York Public Library to Allensworth, California’s one-room Tulare County Free Library, built by former slaves. Here you’ll find literary libraries, storm-damaged libraries, a haunted library, libraries as sanctuaries, libraries as art museums, and libraries as memorials. This beautiful collection documents our vibrant, essential, yet threatened library system as it undergoes profound changes in its identity and purpose — yet remains at the very heart of American civic life. As Bill Moyers notes in his foreword, “Robert Dawson shows us in this collection what is at stake: when a library is open, no matter its size or shape, democracy is open, too.” The book talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session and book signing. Books will be available for purchase. For more information, click here.

Latham Square Community Meeting
6 – 8 p.m.,
AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street

The City of Oakland will present findings on an alternative proposal to relocate the bus stop to the Latham Square Plaza. The alternative was proposed for consideration by community members at the last meeting. Design renderings will be shown, as well as analysis of the alternative design, including the bus stop’s changes to the proposed landscape buffer along Broadway, size of the plaza, plaza seating, and other changes to the current design. For more information, visit

Temescal NCPC Meeting
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Faith Presbyterian Church, 49th and Webster

Everyone is welcome at the monthly Steering Committee meetings of the Temescal Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council. For more information, visit or email

Rockridge NCPC Meeting
7 – 9 p.m.
Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue

The Greater Rockridge Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council was officially established in April 2002 to respond to the newly reorganized Community Policing Program of the City of Oakland Police Department. It combines beats 12Y and 13X under a single NCPC and operates under its own by-laws. Monthly steering committee meetings consist of officers, committee chairpersons and volunteers, a Neighborhood Services Coordinator (NSC) from OPD, and our Problem-Solving Officer (PSO): a specifically-designated OPD patrol officer. Any resident community member who wishes to attend regularly and participate in meetings is also welcome to join. For more information, please visit the website below, or email For more information, visit

Waterfront Flicks: Gravity
Jack London Square Ferry Lawn

Cozy up on the waterfront this summer for free outdoor screenings of hit movies, as part of the annual Waterfront Flicks series. Waterfront Flicks will host fan favorites at sundown. From date night to family flick night, moviegoers can start their evenings early with dinner at one of Jack London Square’s waterfront restaurants, or pick up a quick bite from one of the casual eateries to enjoy during the screening. Moviegoers should arrive early, with blankets, for pre-film festivities including small eats, trivia and giveaways. For more information, visit

To list an event for June 13 – 19, send the details to by noon on Tuesday, June 10.

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