Friday, April 2
Oakland School for the Arts Spring Exhibition
Once, former Oaklander and current emerging art star Josh Keyes taught art here to many deserving students. Now you can lend your support by checking out and possibly buying the work of the current slate of student artists at the Oakland School for the Arts’ annual spring exhibition. This is a time when funding sources for schools like this 8-year-old charter high school are at risk and your support is key. There will be hundreds of student-generated prints, paintings, drawings, digital artworks, sculptures, jewelry pieces, and more for sale, with prices starting at a very kind ten dollars. I wonder if someone will find the next Josh Keyes here?
Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre, 531 19th Street
Friday, April 2, 6 PM – 8 PM, Saturday, April 3, 12 PM to 5 PM, Sunday, April 4, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
It’s the First Friday of the month, which means it’s time for the art walk. For the first time, art@the OakBook will be open tonight. 6.30 p.m. onwards, 423 Water Street (inside Jack London Square). Get down there to see a fantastic show — The Golden Dawn.
Saturday, April 3
Take the little ones to learn more about the science of the super small at the Chabot Space and Science Center this weekend. There will be hands on demos of nanoscience guaranteed to pique the interest of kids in this cutting-edge realm of technology.
Saturday April 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard
$14.95 for Adults, $10.95 for kids 3-12
Taste for Artisans
What with all the chickens, urban farms, and crafty DIYers in Oakland these days, it can start to look like “Little House on the Prarie” around here. The East Bay Express’ Taste for Artisans event, which includes a Handmade Ho Down, promises a tasty mash-up of food, crafts, and fun. Look for creamed corn wrestling, a mechanical bull, in addition to rows upon rows of local eats and drinks.
Saturday April 3, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
98 Broadway, Jack London Square
Pacific Exchange Concert Series
Back in 1997, two composers at Mills College wanted a place for people who created sound in unique and novel ways to get together. Thingamajigs was born. Among the many programs run by this singular outfit is the Pacific Exchange Concert Series, which “brings composers and performers from diverse areas of the Pacific Rim together in order to exchange ideas and create music on a single concert stage. Thingamajigs.org created this event to emphasize the commonalities of artists living on the Pacific Rim, as well as to showcase their diversity.”
The Pacific Exchange concerts have exhibited the music of composers from Japan, Korea, and the United States. The performance group tov, Megumi Matsuhashi, Jean Ann, Kiyoshi Suzuki, Edward Schocker, Shizuka Takeuchi, Tomoko Sogabe, Akiko Hasegawa, and Niji Ito are just a few of the artists that have been featured by this series.
This year, the Pacific Exchange comes to the United States for the first time. Go to 21 Grand Saturday night to hear Adachi Tomomi, Laetitia Sonami, Judy Halebsky, Dylan Bolles, Suki O’Kane, and Edward Schocker.
Saturday, April 3, 8 p.m.
21 Grand, 416 25th Street
Tin Can Cabaret
Ever heard of the Paper Doll Militia? It’s a performance group that tells stories through theatre, acrobatic feats, aerial arts, live music, and other performance forms. This Saturday, they present their newest aerial theatre pieces and other circus acts in the Tin Can Cabaret. In the timeless and forgotten spaces, deep in the cracks of the city streets faeries and floozies, mimes and minstrels have gathered to enchant and delight you. Join us and be transported into a dark and magical Underworld. Prepare to be dazzled by elusive illusionists, astonishing aerialists, profane pantomimes, pirate burlesque acrobats and crazed contortionists.
Saturday, 3 April, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Kinetic Arts Canter, 785 7th Street
Pay what you can
Guitar Hero is Dead: Guitarists Play Video Games Using Real Guitars as Controllers
Two classically trained New York City guitarists calling themselves Modal Kombat have hacked into classic video games Pong, Tetris, Mortal Kombat and Mario Kart. This Saturday night, they’re going to make their characters move — and battle against each other — with a flurry of guitar-plucking.
The event, part of Modal Kombat’s ‘Guitar Hero is Dead’ tour, is a video-game battle/performance-art hybrid that’s open to the public. The goal is to demonstrate that real guitars — or other musical instruments — can be viable video game controllers.
Saturday, 3 April, 8 p.m. to midnight
Flux 53 Theater, 5306 Foothill Boulevard (Foothill & Fairfax)
$5-$10 sliding scale
Monique at the Paramount
Even if you hadn’t heard of Monique six months ago, you probably know who she is by now. With an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award under her belt for her work in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, the comedian/actor/talk show host is enjoying her moment in the spotlight. Catch her at the Paramount this weekend.
Saturday, April 3, 8 p.m. (doors open 60 minutes before show time)
The Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway
Changing the Dream
Awakening the Dreamer stands at the intersection of sustainability and spirituality. A program of the well-respected Pachamama Alliance, the Changing the Dream symposium promises participants a chance to “connect with people who care about sustainability, spirituality and social justice, the biggest challenges and opportunities of our time.” The four-hour, free symposium will be held Saturday afternoon. Registration is required.
Saturday, April 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
United Lutheran Church, 8800 Fontaine Street
Sunday, April 4
Strictly Same-Sex Ballroom
Dancing with the Queers offers three afternoons of same-sex ballroom dancing beginning this Sunday. The classes in Fox Trot, Waltz, and Cha Cha are taught by same-sex ballroom champs Zoe Balfour and Citabria Phillips. The hour-long lessons are incredibly well-priced at $15 a class. No partner or experience necessary.
Sunday, April 4, 11:30 a.m. (Int. Fox Trot), 12:30 p.m. (Beg. Waltz), 1:30 p.m. (Beg. Cha Cha)
200 Grand Avenue
$15 for one lesson, $39 for the series