We’ve got pet parties, art, fairy tales, comedians, tree huggers, ladies’ rock bands, Bill Frisell and more in Oakland this weekend.
Friday, April 9
Animal Art at Paws & Claws
This is an art show for you and your pets. Artist Beth Barton’s photographs capture “the reason we love our furry friends,” say the dynamic owners of Paws and Claws. If you’re an animal lover, head over to to Dimond’s popular pet destination to check out these animal portraits. They’ll be serving hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Here are photos from their last “Yappy Hour event!
Friday, April 9, 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Paws & Claws, 2023 MacArthur Blvd., 510-336-0105
Comedy off Broadway
Comedy Off Broadway brings comedians from all over the Bay Area to Oakland. You’ll probably recognize some performers from appearances on Comedy Central, HBO, BET, Late Night and other national shows.
Friday, April 9, 9 p.m.
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (inside Jack London Square), 1 Broadway
$9.99. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/94886 or 510-214-2626
Saturday, April 10
Cinderella at Uptown
If your kid’s into Cinderella, see this non-Disney production of the fairy tale. Zanzibar fairytale puppet theater tells the old story with 22 costumed puppets. Uptown will serve Spring Tea before the show – sandwiches, cakes, cookies, punch and tea.
Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street
$12. Tickets available between 11 a..m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the venue
For more info., go to Zanzibarpuppets.com or call 510-388-9228
Arbor Day Weekend
Go to Fairyland this weekend if you’re a tree lover. They’ll have professional arborists visiting — your kids can learn to care for trees as they watch tree climbing demonstrations, special characters, performances by the Tree Circus and more. Of course, there’ll be puppet shows on both days at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. This week, it’s Perez and Mondinga. The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center will also be open with activities geared toward children and their families from noon to 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 10 a.m. onwards
Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, fairyland.org
Sunday, April 11
Ladies Rock Camp Showcase
The Oakland-based nonprofit Bay Area Girls Rock Camp hosts its camp for women aged 19 and over. The participants learn and practice instruments, form bands, write an original song, attend workshops, and perform in a live concert in this three-day music event. The showcase is the grand finale, where 6 bands made up of 25 women perform all original songs. And you could win a prize: Health and wellness packages from local acupuncturists and yoga studios, museum passes and gift certificates.
Sunday, April 11, 3 p.m.
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street
For more on the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, please visit bayareagirlsrockcamp.org
Food, Books, and Movies
Microcosm Publishing comes to Oakland for a food demonstration by vegan chef Joshua Ploeg, a film-showing by artist Joe Biel, and an edible secrets’ mobile museum by authors Mia Partlow and Michael Hoerger.
Issues, 20 Glen Avenue (at Piedmont Avenue)
Sunday, April 11, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Donations welcome. microcosmpublishing.com/
Bill Frisell’s Residency at Yoshi’s
Popular guitarist, composer and bandleader Bill Frisell has taken up residency at Yoshi’s Oakland, April 8 through 11. Joining Frisell are some familiar collaborators – Kenny Wollesen, Greg Leisz, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr — as well as some new ones – Marc Ribot and Jason Moran.
According to the New York Times – It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he’s found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness.
Thursday, Apr 8- Sunday, Apr 11, with special guests each night
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows $32, Sunday 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. shows $32
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, yoshis.com
- Thursday, April 8th: Frisell brings together three other guitarists; iconic downtown guitarist Marc Ribot, lap/pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz and a third special mystery guitarist/singer from Nashville.
- On Friday, April 9th, Frisell and crew provide a live score to the short films of Buster Keaton, Jim Woodring and Bill Morrison.
- For the Saturday, April 10th performances, Frisell is joined by his Quintet featuring critically acclaimed violinist Jenny Scheinman.
- To close out the residency on Sunday, April 11th, Frisell and his battery mate Kenny Wollesen, welcome risk-taking pianist Jason Moran to the fold.