FRIDAY, February 26
Mercury 20’s Closing Party
It’s time to say goodbye to another Oakland art gallery. Mercury 20 is closing its doors after three and a half years at 25 Grand. But it isn’t necessarily sad news, unless you’re sentimental about this particular space. The gallery will continue in a new location after a brief hiatus: The new address will be 471 25th Street. But before they gear up to develop the new space, they’re throwing a closing party. Head over to sip some wine and wish them luck. The gallery is currently showing Dave Meeker’s Plugged In and two other shows, Don’t Look Back and Works on Paper.
Friday, February 26, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Mercury 20 Gallery, 25 Grand Avenue (at Broadway)
Tron in WEST O
LoBot Gallery in West O hosts a Tron 4.0 party Friday night “featuring a 3D grid, Lifesize Recognizer, Tank, Light Cycle, sculptures, decorations, lighting, video projections, and high def sound system. Tron costume contest – special prizes awarded to the best dressed guy & gal.” EATS TAPES, Jonny Onetime, PRINTS, stevedood, and DJ Don’t Tell Mom will be playing live electronic music.
Friday, February 26 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
SATURDAY, February 27
The Dracula Collection
One of our favorite Oakland designers, Cari Borja, is having a collection preview and accessories launch party on Saturday. And in these modern times, when everyone seems to be in love with vampires, she’s turned to the most famous one ever for inspiration. Her collection is titled “The Dracula Collection.”
Saturday, February 27, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
SALA Boutique, 1746 Shattuck (between Virginia and Francisco), Berkeley
Please rsvp by emailing Cari directly: email@example.com or leave a message at her studio 510-981-0067
Have you been looking for an excuse to let your muttonchops grow? Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society presents its February Gaskell Ball. “Dance Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, set dances and other Victorian-era dances to live music by the Brassworks in the beautiful ballroom of Oakland’s Scottish Rite Center.” The dress code is 19th to 21st century formal. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. for a short dance workshop.
Saturday, February 27, 8:30 p.m. to Midnight
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive
Eclipse String Quartet at Mills
This is for the real music lovers with adventurous appetites. Nearly 50 years ago some musicians and composers at Mills College founded the Mills Performing Group. The idea was to present contemporary music with older pieces in order to instigate a musical discussion across eras. On Saturday, the Eclipse String Quartet joins the Mills Performing Group for an eclectic and interesting line up of music.
Saturday, February 27, 8 p.m.
Littlefield Concert Hall 5000 MacArthur Boulevard
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students
Benefit for Tutoring
The Tutorpedia Foundation, a Bay Area-based education non-profit, is hosting a benefit concert to raise money for free one on one tutoring low-income Bay Area students. Why you might want to care? Because the foundation’s parent company, Tutorpedia has provided free tutoring in the past in Oakland schools. And with some help, they could continue to do so. A local band, Guella, will perform at the event. The foundation is looking to raise money through a silent auction and raffle. It says all proceeds will go directly toward providing free one-on-one tutoring for low-income students. For more on the foundation, read the blog at www.thethickenvelope.com.
Tutorpedia Foundation Benefit Concert
Saturday, February 27, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut Street, San Francisco (Potrero Hill)
$10 donations, $5 raffle tickets
SUNDAY, February 28
Kid Sister and Honor Roll
Sunday, February 28, 8 p.m.
579 18th Street
Three galleries have collaborated to bring Oaklanders an evening of music, film, poetry and food. The Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Macarthur b arthur, and WE Artspace present Trifecta, which they describe as “a three-course gallery walk of food and culture.” It begins at 5 p.m. at WE Artspace with drinks and music by DJ Don’t Tell Mom. At 6 p.m., the art lovers walk to MacArthur b arthur for a screening of three new films by Bay Area artist, Vanessa Woods, while dining on food catered by Chef Chris. At 7:45, the event moves to dessert and a poetry reading from Robin Ekiss at the Royal NoneSuch Gallery. Feel free to join in at any point in the evening.
Sunday, 28 February, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sliding Scale donations. $10-$20
5 p.m. to 6 p.m: Music and appetizers at WE Artspace: 768 40th Street
6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Film screening and dinner at MacArthur b arthur: 4030 Martin Luther King Boulevard
8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Poetry reading and dessert at Royal NoneSuch Gallery: 4231 Telegraph Avenue