There’s comedy, co-housing, knitting, music, performances, beer and a lot more in Oakland this weekend.
FRIDAY, JANAUARY 28
Comedy off Broadway
Bay Area comedians have discovered the charms of Broadway. Stand up comics make their way to downtown Oakland Thursday and Friday nights — and some of them are really, really good. This Friday, head over to Miss Pearl’s Jam House in Jack London Square to see seven comedians pull out all the stops to make you laugh.
Comedy off Broadway
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (in Jack London Square)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29
NOC for Your Next House
North Oakland Cohousing Oakland has long been regarded as one of the centers of cohousing. If you’re interested in learning more about the many facets of intentional communities, a group called North Oakland Cohousing is holding an information session Saturday afternoon. NOC originally sought to build a cohousing community in Temescal, but are now looking at buying an apartment building. An equity stake is expected to cost between $45,000 and $75,000.
Saturday, January 30, 3 p.m.
Temescal Branch Library, 5205 Telegraph Avenue
Sit and Spin Knitting with store-bought wool is what they do in Hollywood. In Oakland, we spin our own. Learn to turn raw wool into yarn with Spin Master at Piedmont Yarn and Apparel Saturday afternoon. Bring your own wheel or borrow one from the teacher, Lou Grantham of SF Fibers.
Saturday, January 30 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
4171 Piedmont Avenue
$30, includes materials
One Year of Fluxation
Flux 53, the eclectic and bold theater in East O, is marking one year since its first show with a pot luck on Saturday afternoon. The event free but all dishes are welcome. It will be a good chance to mingle with past performers and learn more about this excellent space.
Saturday, January 30 3 p.m.
5306 Foothill Boulevard
Pixels at an Exhibition
A first of its kind art show called Pixels at an Exhibition culled hundreds of iPhone images from around the world and is assembling the best for display at a gallery near the Claremont Hotel this weekend.
(Full disclosure: the OakBook was involved in judging the photos in this contest.)
A Winter’s Ale
An afternoon at the end of January is as fine a time for beer as a balmy summer evening. The Beer Network and Oakland’s own Linden Street Brewery are hosting a Winter Brews Festival at the Linden Street HQ near the Port of Oakland. For a highly reasonable $25 you get a glass and the opportunity to choose five drinks from 30 local breweries. This is Oakland, so count on good live music and plenty of varieties of swine to soak up the suds.
Saturday, January 30 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden Street
Haiti Benefit at Oliveto
“This coming Saturday, Oliveto will be hosting a benefit in partnership with the Bay Area Red Cross to raise funds for survivors of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Food and drinks (including wine) provided with your choice of donation from $25 (minimum per adult) to $300+ cash or check payable to “American Red Cross” (write “Haiti Earthquake” in Memo) Featuring guest speakers Blaine Bookey, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) Legal Fellow and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) Development Director and Walter Riley, prominent Civil Rights Attorney in Oakland and Chair of the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund in Berkeley.”
Saturday January 30 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oliveto 5655 College Avenue
Minimum donation $25
SUNDAY, JANUARY 30
White Elephant Sale
It’s the swankiest, biggest, and best garage sale you’ve ever seen. The Oakland Museum Women’s Board White Elephant Sale boasts 17 departments of everything from old baseball mitts to grandpa’s vintage houndstooth overcoat. You can get admission to Sunday’s preview sale for $12.50.
Sunday, January 31 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
333 Lancaster Street