FEATURED EVENT: The Annual Laurel Street Fair
Last week, we wrote that Lakefest was the essential Oakland street fair. We meant it was the essential Oakland street fair that weekend. On Saturday, the Laurel District Association holds its 10th annual street party. That’s three blocks of MacArthur Boulevard jam-packed with great food, cool stuff to buy, and a massive kid’s zone. The Laurel street fair has always distinguished itself with excellent music. This year the event features Las Bomberas de la Bahia (an all-female Puerto Rican dance band,) the Funkanauts, and more.
Saturday August 8, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
MacArthur Boulevard between 35th and 38th Avenues
Friday, August 7
Movie night at the Paramount
Watch an old classic on the big screen in downtown Oakland’s charming art deco theater.
The Women (1939) with Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell.
8 p.m., Box office opens at 6 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8 p.m.
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
The Enamelist Society Conference/Ornament
If you notice more than the usual number of artsy types walking around City Center this weekend, it’s because several hundred members of the Enamelist Society of America are in town for their bi-annual convention. One doesn’t have to be a practitioner of the ancient art to visit the downtown Marriot and view the convention’s “instant gallery” or to participate in the silent auction.
Friday through Sunday – The Enamelist Society Conference
Monday and Tuesday – Post-Conference Workshops
Marriott, 1001 Broadway
For pricing and other information, click here
If you don’t want to lose yourself in the conference, but do want to get a glimpse of what the fuss is all about, visit the Christensen Heller gallery to see Cloisonne Enamel from Georgia: Ornament: Visiting from Tbilisi, Georgia – work by masters of this ancient art
Christensen Heller Gallery, 5829 College Avenue; 510-655-5952
August 5 to August 14
Wednesday –Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 5
First Friday Art Walk/Art Murmur
Come out for the art walk Friday evening. Our art writer called his favorites here, but consider walking around and coming up with your own list.
If you’re a James Baldwin fan, stop by Joyce Gordon gallery between 5.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to see the James Baldwin Series – Photographs and Paintings by Ted Pontiflet. If you like it, return for the artist talk at 3.30 p.m. on August 23.
406 Fourteenth Street, joycegordongallery.com/
Saturday, August 7
Embroidery Club (AKA Little Old Lady Club)
If you want to spice up some of your stuff, and think you could do it with some embroidery, visit the Club at Rock Paper Scissors on Saturday afternoon. They request you take a hoop if you have one. Tea provided. Gentlemen are welcome as well.
2 p.m.to 4 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph, 510-238-9171
Fourth Annual Urban Wine Experience
There are more than a dozen wineries spread across Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Alameda. Come to Jack London Square Saturday afternoon to taste and sample more than 50 wines at the Urban Wine Experience. Put together by the East Bay Vintners Alliance, the event features 14 wineries, each of whom has partnered with a restaurant or food purveyor for pairings.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Jack London Square
Advanced purchase tickets are $45 online (You can buy them here.)
Admission at the gate on the day of the event will cost $60
Sunday, August 9
Family Explorations at the Oakland Museum
Join the museum and the Oakland Public Library in celebrating the end of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Check out mystifying magic with Timothy James; art activities; cartooning with author Oliver Chin; dancing on our outdoor stage; scavenger hunt with prizes; interactive story times; and free frozen treats from Dreyer’s at the end of the day (as long as supplies last). And there’s more! At the end of the day, a ceremony honors all the children who completed the Summer Reading Program. Free Second Sundays.
Included with museum admission ($8 for adults, $5 for seniors).
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak@10th Street