Happy Thanksgiving Oakland. Check out these Oakland events for the loooong weekend. On Friday, skip the mall, don some plaid, and support Oakland businesses.
Thursday, November 26
Volunteering over Thanksgiving
You may or may not be into the whole turkey scene, but if you’re into volunteering, consider helping out at the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner hosted through the City of Oakland’s hunger programs. Contact volunteer coordinator Chyrill Quamina at (510) 238-7756 for opportunities to help out this holiday season.
Plaid Friday isn’t about being preachy or doing the right thing. It’s about having fun. It’s about dressing up in plaid and going shopping. Two excellent local galleries, Blankspace and Compound Gallery, came up with the idea of an event that gets shoppers to local indie businesses on the country’s busiest shopping day – the day often referred to as Black Friday. More than 60 cafes, stores, boutiques and all kinds of retailers across Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville have signed up to be a part of the Plaid party. Don’t miss Holidayland at Blankspace and Compound galleries.
So, if you’re planning to go shopping, wear plaid and head out across the east bay. The list of participating stores is here. You might surprise yourself with how much fun you have by skipping the mall.
Friday, November 27,
Plaid Friday After-Party
And once you’re done with all that shopping, stop by Old Oakland’s newest bar, Penelope, for the after-party. Tina Tamale of La Borinqueña
Tina Tamale of La Borinqueña is co-hosting and will be serving her famous tamales.
$3 Plaid Friday Shots
$6 Select Signature Drinks
1 cent Indie Special shot if you wear plaid
$6 Tamale Plate with tortilla chips & salsa
November 27, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Penelope, 555th Street (11th @ Clay)
Pro-Arts Juried Annual
The ever-popular Pro Arts has opened the doors to its Juried Annual 2010 exhibit with selections by Sherman Sam, an independent London-based curator based. The show aims to highlight the “best new work in the region,” selected from the artworks submitted by more than 300 artists.
The exhibit showcases the work of Robert Abrams, Chris Ashley, Steven Barich, Timothy Buckwalter, Jane Fisher, Adam Green, Elizabeth Johnson, Lisa S. Kang, Eric Larson, Helen Lee, Janet Lucroy, Anna Ludwig, Rico Marcelli, Michael McConnell, Klea McKenna, Jill McLennan, Dominic Hoang Nguyen, Lauren Parent, David Ryan, Tim Ryan, Julianne Sterling, Marilyn Wong, Lika Yurkovetsky, Pamela Zwehl-Burke.
Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
The exhibition is on view November 24, 2009 – January 15, 2010. An artists’ reception is scheduled on Thursday, December 3, 6 – 8 pm and an artists’ talk is scheduled Thursday, January 14, 6 pm. Exhibition events are free and open to the public.
Mercurius, Drawings by Robert Porter and Obi Kaufmann
If you like art that pushes boundaries and makes you think, check out the work of these two talented artists.
The Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery at the Compound Gallery, 6602 San Pablo Ave. Oakland.
Friday, November 27, 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 28
West Oakie Turkey Shoot Benefit for the Golden Mean
This is not everyone’s scene, but here’s something for those of you who like to fight for your turkey. Read on for an event from Oakland sculptor/blacksmith Jon Sarriugarte.
Times is hard and we know not all of you can afford a turkey this year, so drop your last dollar on us and hope your aim is as good as you say. 3 birds will go home to the best shots of the night.
Between shots, grab drinks at the Boiler Bar, check out strange art vehicles, and catch performances by El Radio Fantastique, The Easy Leaves, Mykee Ramen, JD Limelight, Tanzee, Denzel and Jodi Details. Even if you can’t hold a gun, there should be enough excitement to keep you entertained.
Saturday, November 28, 8 p.m.- 2 a.m., 2600 Magnolia @ 26th Street in West Oakland $10 donation to support the Golden Mean, a giant iron snail car.
Kraftworks, 2601 Adeline, Oakland
For 36 years, the Rocky Horror Show has been wowing its fans on stage and the big screen. This Saturday, you get a chance to re-live the time warp with the live Rocky Horror cast. They promise fun, laughs and midnight excitement.
Saturday, November 28
The Grand Lake, 3200 Grand Avenue (at Lake Merritt)
11:30 p.m. – 02:30 a.m.
Sunday, November 29
Cinderella and Fantasyland
Take your kids to see Cinderella’s story told through 22 beautifully crafted puppets, lush scenery and music. Oakland’s prettiest auto body shop is being transformed into a traditional Christmas fairyland with large scale decorations, visits from Santa, and a sweet shop.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sunday, 29 November, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.,
Doors open 45 minutes before shows
$10 (2 & under free on lap)
Uptown Body & Fender, 401 – 26th St.
Tickets at the door – cash only