Friday, July 31
The Parkway’s future may be uncertain, but folks in the Lake Merritt area are doing things for themselves. On Friday, there will be a free outdoor showing of Space Jam (the so-so movie with Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny) across the street from the Parkway. Pre-show entertainment includes live music and Native American dancing. Show up around 7:30 with a lawn chair and a blanket.
Friday July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Across from 1834 Park Boulevard
Poetry on a Summer Evening
H.D. Moe is hosting Poetry on a Summer Evening. If poetry’s your thing, get to Humanist Hall anytime between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to hear from Jack and Adele Foley, Ivan Arguelles, Garrtt Lambrev, Richard Di Grazia, Andy Hayes, Kush, Jeff Grossman and many others. There will be surprise guests and open readers and musicians, too.
Free. Donations welcome
6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Potluck begins at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Poetry begins at 7.
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street
We Love the Town
Deejays Zita and Dmadness will be spinning at Luka’s again. It’s time for their We Love the Town party. They’ll be serving up some funk, dancehall, hip hop and Oaktown love.
Every fifth Friday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Luka’s Taproom and Lounge
Saturday, August 1
The re-opening of the Fish
The 87-year-old iconic bar that shut down in 2008 is reopening its doors on Saturday. The Kingfish Café and Pub on Claremont Avenue started out as a bait shop in 1922. But it soon became a sports bar that developed a loyal following over the years. Expect a lively crowd fighting for the jukebox and the shuffleboard.
Kingfish Café and Pub, 5227 Claremont Avenue
You’ve got to know when to fold ‘em. Rock Paper Scissors, the excellent arts collective on Telegraph Avenue, is holding an origami class on Saturday afternoon. In addition to learning some nifty origami models that will make great holiday ornaments, you’ll learn the origins and philosophy of the art form. The teacher has been practicing origami since his grandmother taught him to do it when he was seven. The cost is what you can afford.
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
RPS Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue
RSVP over at their website, Questions: 510-238-9171
The Community Rejuvenation Project celebrates the completion of a new big ass mural at El Ranchito on the corner of 23rd Avenue and East 16th Street. If the prospect of checking out the handiwork of CRP, which aims to transform “blighted areas of the community through murals, community clean-up, landscaping & gardening, and community celebrations,” doesn’t hook you, maybe this will: El Ranchito is offering free food.
Saturday August 1, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
El Ranchito, 23rd Avenue and East 16th Street
Burlesque ‘n’ Brass
You saw them at Uptown Unveiled. Now you can see them again at Café Van Kleef. It’s Burlesque ‘n’ Brass night at the popular downtown destination.
Blue Bone Express & Hot Pink Feathers.
First Saturday of the month, 9 p.m.
Café Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, CafeVanKleef.com, (510) 763-7711
This is not your typical toe ring, tie-dye tee shirt street festival with a bunch of generic “crafts.” This fair looks like Oakland. Lakefest starts its second year Saturday with a full line up of music, beer, wine, food and craftspeople from all over Oakland. For more, click here.
Aug 1 and Sug 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 2
While beer gardens are all the rage in many towns where hipsters dwell, the trend hasn’t yet taken root in Oakland. But on Sunday, you can hoist a stein in a genuine Bavarian-style lodge hidden in the Oakland hills. The Oakland branch of the California Nature Friends Corporation ( a nearly 100 year-old institution) opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of bier, wurst, and the brassy tones of the Al Gruber band (their motto? When you’re ready to Polka…)
Noon – 6 p.m.
3118 Butters Drive
Admission: $10 for adults, kids under 14 are free.
In Yanga, Mexico, “Carnaval” is dedicated to black African culture. The Mexican Consulate and the East Bay Center for the Performing arts present an afternoon filled with music and dance celebrating this tradition from Yanga.
Noon to 4 p.m.
$5 to $8 (included with the cost of museum admission)
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, 510-238-2200
Poetry Flash with Lucille Lang Day & Roz Spafford
Lucille Lang Day’s new book of poems is The Curvature of Blue; Lucille Lang Day’s new book of poems is The Curvature of Blue; Lucille Day (pictured above) has published four previous books of poetry, including Infinities, Wild One, and Self-Portrait with a Hand Microscope, her first, for which she won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She is the founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books, a literary press in the Bay Area. Spafford has been a writer, teacher, and activist for the last three decades. She wrote book reviews and a newspaper column of media and cultural criticism called ‘Mediations’ for much of that time. Her poetry and fiction have been widely published in literary magazines.
Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue
One of the best known indie rock bands in the country plays at the Fox Sunday night. Don’t let the weekend end on a mellow note.
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Avenue