This beautiful weekend begins with a happy hour for you and your pets. It goes on to bring you a lot more than the sun — there are neighborhood get togethers, art shows, bake sales, and movies in Oakland this weekend.
FRIDAY, MARCH 19
Old Oakland Neighbors Annual Fundraiser
Contribute to the making of Walking the Invisible City, an anthropological visual art and performance installation, at Old Oakland Neighbors’ annual fundraiser at La Borinquena. The 10,000 Steps team will be there to answer your questions and take your suggestions. A Profile of Four Squares, a documentary film by Matt Dibble that chronicles the history of Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison and Lincoln Square Parks will be on view. Enjoy delicious food, meet new people and support a community effort. All ages welcome.
Friday, March 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
La Borinquena, 582 7th St.
Join the dynamic duo, Ruth and Diane, for the hippest pet happy hour in the East Bay. Primal Pet Foods has donated T-shirts & goodies for raffle prizes to benefit a Haiti relief fund. Come out with your well-socialized four (or 3) legged companion and enjoy music by local musician Damond Moodie, hors· doeuvres, drinks, and a chance to win cool prizes.
For more info on this event visit the Paws & Claws website at pawsnclawsoakland.com
Friday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Paws and Claws, 2023 MacArthur Blvd., 510-336-0105
If You’d Like to Travel like the French
Laurel books will host Jacqueline Grandchamps, owner of French Escapade, a tour company, for an evening designed to make you want to travel if you don’t already. As a travel expert and European native, Jacqueline will introduce you to authentic French living and food, including sample tasting.
Friday, March 19 7 p.m.
Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard, 510-531-2073
And don’t miss a very cool, Californian show at our gallery — art@the OakBook: The Golden Dawn. Read about it here.
SATURDAY, MARCH 20
The second East Bay Vegan Bakesale is here. The last one was such a success that the organizers are back with it. This bakesale’s proceeds will be donated 50/50 to Animal Place sanctuary in Vacaville (soon to be Grass Valley!), and Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (HERF), an organization based right here in the East Bay helping to fund crucial relief work in Haiti.
Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In front of Issues, 20 Glen Avenue, off Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.
For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Women’s History Month, Third Root Productions, a local art collective, presents two Saturday daytime solo theater performances, in collaboration with Joyce Gordan Gallery in downtown Oakland. Featured pieces include Thao P. Nguyen’s “Fortunate Daughter” and Zahra Noorbakhsh’s “All Atheists Are Muslims.” Watch the performances, and don’t miss the art on display at the gallery. For more info, visit thirdrootproductions.wordpress.com
Third Root Theater
at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street.(510) 465-8928
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
$5 to $15, sliding scale
SUNDAY, MARCH 21
The Silver Screen: Take II
WE Artspace hosts Take II of The Silver Screen, a new short film series of documentary and experimental films. This round of film screening focuses on the abstract landscape of poetic imagery and the intrinsic nature of sound. There will be a question and answer period with the artist following each screening.
Sunday, March 21, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
7 p.m. -7:20 p.m.: Film screening of “Halides” with a live performance by John Davis
7:30 p.m.- 7:50 p.m.: Film screening of “Awake But Dreaming” by Kerry Laitala
8 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.: Film screening of “Flower Fall” by Laura Zaylea with music by Matt Hettich
8:30 p.m.- 8:50 p.m.: Film screening of a series of short films by Vanessa Woods
WE artspace, 768 40th Street
weartspace.com, (415) 297-8869
$2: Suggested donation at the door
Music at the Movies
Oakland East Bay Symphony presents the Mighty Wurlitzer: Music at the Movies. Michael Morgan conducts. This event will feature the Paramount Theatre’s celebrated “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ and one of the greatest – and funniest – silent movies ever made, Buster Keaton’s The General.
Friday, March 19, 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 2 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show times.
$20 – $65