July and August Calendar Listings
What's happening in the East Bay.
Pedalfest, July 26.
Artist and educator Jason Adkins displays large-scale paintings and drawings commenting on modern times’ tendency to overwhelm with a wealth of visual information and stimuli. The works are cluttered, vibrant, and churning with life. Extended hours for First Fridays and Third Thursdays. Through July 26. 12–5 p.m. Fri.–Sat., free. Manna Gallery, 473 25th St. Suite C, Oakland, www.MannaGallery.com.
Creative Growth’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition
To celebrate the gallery’s 40th anniversary, five artists who were involved in the 30th anniversary festivities create original prints before more than 100 Creative Growth artists overlay new artwork on top of the print as part of this new exhibit, called Creative Growth vs Anne Collier / Trisha Donnelly / Chris Johanson / Nate Lowman / Laura Owens. Reception fundraiser, July 9, $100. July 10–Aug. 15. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Sat., free. Creative Growth, 355 24th St., Oakland, www.CreativeGrowth.org.
More than 20 local artists display work in a variety of media in this juried exhibition that asks the artist to look past the traditional interpretation of the titular theme and reach a place where ideas and art merge to discover a new interpretation of the theme. Opening reception, Aug. 9. Aug. 7–30. 1:30–4 p.m. Wed.–Fri. and Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat., free. Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaMuseum.org.
Cross Section: Recent Acquisitions
While some exhibitions focus on a central theme or artist, this exhibit compiles a wide range of artists, subject matter, styles—such as photography, sculptures, and paintings—as it draws from the college’s archived materials and a sampling from newly acquired works to showcase the variety and diversity. July 16–Aug. 31. Hours vary, free. Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, www.MCAM.Mills.edu.
How High the Sky, Measuring the Infinite
The 2014 Artist in Residence, Ezra Eismont, creates with reclaimed and salvaged materials. Drawing on 20 years of experience in his craft, Eismont’s exhibition attempts to explore the interconnections of seemingly disparate items found within the waste stream. Through Aug. 2. 11 a.m.–6:30 p.m., free. Redux Studios and Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave., Alameda, www.SVDP-Alameda.org.
Matatu Film Festival
Entering its second year, this film festival focuses on stories from around the world—usually from disparate communities—placing the emphasis on the shared human connection on geographic boundaries, sexual preferences, or socioeconomic status. Each film is paired with craft cocktails and artisanal food. Selections include a history of the very first recorded high five in The High Five and Evolution of a Criminal, which follows a man’s return to the community where he robbed a bank several years earlier. July 16–26. Hours vary, $12 one screening, $20 two screenings, $85 festival pass. Various locations throughout Oakland, www.CinemaClubOak.com.
The Place I Want To Be
East Bay artist Carl Steiger presents an exhibition of oil paintings and pastels that depict impressionistic landscapes. The author draws on the tangible beauty of the world as well as the expressive power of music to create landscapes viewers can explore without being tied down to literal interpretations. An art party (July 11, 7–9 p.m.) kicks off the exhibition. July 11–Sept. 5. 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat.–Sun., free. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St., Alameda, www.JuliesTea.com.
Forty artists from around the world head out into Alameda to paint outdoor scenes and landscapes. The collected work, including submissions from a three-hour Quick Draw, comprises this annual exhibit and glimpse into the city through various artists’ eyes. Opening reception, Aug. 15. Aug. 8–Sept. 27. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thu.–Fri., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat.–Sun., free. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda, www.FrankBetteCenter.org.
Project Mah Jongg
Through historical photos, artifacts, and original works of art, this exhibit explores the history of mah jongg with an emphasis on its role in Jewish culture between the 1920s and 1950s. Guests can play the game in the museum or download a printable template to craft the game at home. July 13–Oct. 28. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Fri.–Tue., $12 adults, $10 students and seniors, free (18 and under). Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco, www.TheCJM.org.
Reimaging Progress: Production, Consumption, and Alternative Economies
Eighteen Bay Area artists display works in this annual juried exhibition that explores and comments on consumer culture, patterns of production, the disappearance of natural landscapes and resources, labor practices, and possible sustainable alternatives. Through Sept.4. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Sun., free. David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, www.BrowerCenter.org.
Four artists display a variety of works including black-and-white photos of Cambodian ruins, local natural surroundings, Bodhisattva portraits, and Yuri Boyko’s colorful geometric grid. Extended hours for First Fridays and Third Thursdays. July 17–Aug. 24. 12–6 p.m. Thu.–Sat., free. PHOTO, 473 25th St., Oakland, www.PhotoGalleryOakland.com.
Discover the city in which you live and its natural habitats around you. Each walk focuses on a different portion of town and a different subject, such as the Farm Birds and Lagoon Walk (July 5) and the Marina Cove Park walk (Aug. 2) that ends at Jean Sweeney Open Space Park with a glimpse at the design for Alameda’s newest park. July 5, 12 and Aug. 2, 9. 9–10 a.m., free. Various starting locations throughout Alameda, www.AlamedaCa.gov/Recreation.
Join docent—and resident caterpillar lady—Sally Levinson on the hunt for these beautiful winged creatures flittering about the gardens. Even if there’s not a butterfly in sight—highly unlikely—Levinson will take you on a tour of the garden, imparting botanical and butterfly wisdom alike. Through Oct. 28. 3–4 p.m., free with garden admission. UC Botanical Garden, UC-Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, www.BotanicalGarden.Berkeley.edu.
City of Alameda Swim Championships
Volunteers from the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department, Ala-Gator, and Alameda Island Aquatics Swim Team band together to host this 60th annual swim competition for kids. Compete in a match or enter the novice competition. Aug. 8–10. Registration fees vary. Emma Hood Swim Center, 2256 Alameda Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaCa.gov/Recreation.
Family Nature Fun
Through crafts, games, talks, and interactive learning, kids can discover the biodiversity and habitats that fill their backyard and beyond. Each weekend, there’s a new program with themes such as Things That Fly, Wondrous Whales, and Violent Volcanoes. July 5–Aug. 30. 2–2:30 p.m. Sat.–Sun., free. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, www.EBParks.org.
Oakland Triathlon Festival
Do it all with a swim course through the Oakland Estuary, biking down Broadway, and running around Lake Merritt with three course options for varying difficulty levels. Return to Jack London Square for a post-race party with live music, food, beer, raffles, and an awards ceremony. Aug. 31. 7 a.m., registration starts at $120. Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero, Oakland, www.OaklandTri.com.
Sing-Along Cinema Series
Don your ruby slippers, stuff your shirt with straw, or choose whether you’re a good witch or a bad witch when this ongoing outdoor sing-along series kicks off with The Wizard of Oz. Come dressed in costume and belt out the lyrics along with a theatrical troupe performing beside the screen. August 13. Sundown, free. Jack London Square, Ferry Lawn, Harrison and Water streets, Oakland, www.JackLondonSquare.com.
Grab your blankets and a picnic for this outdoor summer movie series. July’s film is Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, a story of anthropomorphic food gone awry that’s full of puns and visual gags. Before heading home, check for leeks in your car. July 25. 6:30 p.m. pre-show activities, 8:15 p.m. movie begins, free. Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field, 1101 West Redline Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaCa.gov/Recreation.
Ever wanted to spend the night in a storybook? Now’s your chance when Children’s Fairyland hosts a sleepover that gives guests after-hours access to the rides and puppet shows. Plus, dinner in the evening and breakfast in the morning. July 19, 26 and Aug. 9, 23. 5:45 p.m.–8:30 a.m., $50 adults, $25 kids. Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, www.Fairyland.org.
The Town’s Half Marathon
Join this inaugural run that winds through Jack London Square before heading up through Temescal and down and around Lake Merritt. After crossing the finish line—and receive your spinning finisher’s medal—stick around for the RunOak Festival, which is open to everyone, and features live music, food, beer and wine, and vendors. Aug. 16. 7 a.m., $89. Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, www.RunOak.com.
Catch Me If You Can
Woodminster Summer Musicals presents the musical adaptation of the Dreamworks film and true-life story of a conman who assumed the identity of a doctor, a lawyer, and a pilot while running away from home and away from the law. Aug. 8–17. 8 p.m. Thu.–Sun., $28–$59. Woodminster Amphitheatre, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, www.Woodminster.com.
Fishnet Follies present an evening of burlesque that recalls the pageantry of Las Vegas showgirls and the never-ending allure of Hollywood glamour coupled with variety show acts. July 25. 9 p.m., $10–$20. The Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.UptownNightClub.com.
Penthesilia Queen of the Amazons
Inferno Theatre joins with Actors Ensemble to present director Giulio Perrone’s adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s story of Penthesilia and Achilles’ star-crossed love set among the bloody Greek and Trojan conflict. The outdoor venue hosts a special performance on Labor Day, Sept. 1. Aug. 23–Sept. 7. 4 p.m. Sat.–Sun., free. John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, John Hinkel Park, Berkeley, www.AEOfBerkeley.org.
Post Pardon: The Opera
Oakland poet-playwright Arisa White and New York composer-musician Jessica Jones bring opera to the Marion E. Greene Black Box Theater at the Fox for a public preview. This opera mixes up avant-garde improv, salsa, and South African piano jazz with libretto Arisa White and tells the story of a woman who contemplates killing herself and her only child. July 13, 3 p.m., $20. The Fox Oakland, 531 19th St., Oakland, www.PostPardonTheOpera.Wordpress.com. (Rehearsal open to public 7 p.m. July 5, at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalist Hall, 1924 Cedar St., $10–$15 suggested donation, www.BFUU.org.),
California Shakespeare Theater continues its summer season with George Bernard Shaw’s wit taking aim at the British class system and women’s independence. The story of a phonetics professor betting he can pass a frazzled flower girl off as a proper lady may sound familiar—Shaw’s play was adapted into the musical My Fair Lady, with Hollywood’s 1964 version starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. July 30–Aug. 24. 7:30 p.m. Tue.–Thu., 8 p.m. Fri.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sat., 4 p.m., Sun., $36–$51. Bruns Amphitheatre, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, www.CalShakes.org.
Woody Guthrie’s American Song
The award-winning musical of the life and music of American folk legend Woody Guthrie is presented as a concert production that seamlessly blends the humor and wisdom of the singer-songwriter with timeless tunes such as “This Land is Your Land.” July 17–20. 8 p.m. Thu.–Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., $28 advance, $32 door. Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, www.TheFreight.org.
An Intimate Evening
Begin the evening with a ride in a horse-drawn carriage before dining on delicious dishes from some of Oakland’s finest caterers. Martin Luther is the evening’s featured entertainer, but the line-up doesn’t stop there with soul and Latin music as well. Dance under the stars, peruse the Gatsby car exhibit and the mansion, or toast the night away in the intimate Martini Lounge. July 26. 6–11 p.m., beginning at $40. Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, www.Dunsmuir-Hellman.com.
Bites off Broadway
This weekly, low-key meet-up of food trucks, performers, and local residents celebrates Oakland culture. While there’s a rotating line-up of food vendors and live music, the hula-hooping is—and always shall be—constant. Through Oct. 10. 5:30–8:30 p.m. Fri. 365 45th St., Oakland, www.BitesOffBroadway.com.
Community Faire & Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Alameda County Meals on Wheels pulls off this popular wine-and-food fair with flair, with this year marking its 18th go. California wineries and Alameda restaurants join forces for the food cause. July 20, 1–5 p.m., Rock Wall Wine Co., 2301 Monarch St., Alameda, www.AlamedaMealsOnWheels.
Park Street Art & Wine Faire
With almost as many local businesses, community organizations, and food and art vendors for every day of the year, Alameda’s biggest block party returns with a little something for everyone. Live music and entertainment, and a kids’ area are just the tip of the iceberg. July 26–27. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., free. Park St. between Encinal and Buena Vista Aves., Alameda, www.ShopParkStreet.com/ArtWine.
Summer Wine Class
Just because school is out for the summer, doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Classes taught by resident sommelier Sarah Trubnick include wine tastings and food pairings and cover a new topic every week. Topics include Rioja and the Basque Country (Aug. 3) and the Wines of Portugal (Aug. 31). July 20 and Aug. 3, 17, and 31. 11 a.m.–1 p.m., $75. The Barrel Room, 5330 College Ave., Oakland, www.BarrelRoomOak.com.
This isn’t your parents’ supper club. After feasting on dinner from Checkers Catering, head into the planetarium for a laser show set to Pink Floyd. Delicious dinner, thousands of lasers, and psychedelic music; what more could you ask for in a dinner date? July 5, 19. 6 p.m., $65 general, $63 members. Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, www.ChabotSpace.org.
Urban Wine Xperience
Sip and sample from more than 20 wineries from the East Bay Vintner’s Alliance. Whether you’re thirsty for red or white, dessert, or Rosé, this annual event has you covered. Plus, local food purveyors and restaurants offer bites to pair with your pour. Aug. 2. 1–5 p.m., $45 advance, $60 at the door, $35 EBVA members. Jack London Square, Ferry Lawn, Harrison and Water streets, Oakland, www.EastBayVintners.com.
The son of the late and great Jim Croce brings his own musical stylings home to California after three years writing music in Nashville. With his blend of jazz, blues, and pop, this singer-songwriter is paving his own path and recently released his seventh studio album. Aug. 27. 8 p.m., $21. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, www.Yoshis.com/Oakland.
Entering its fifth year, this outdoor music festival features headliner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame–inductee Ronnie Spector (The Ronettes). Plus, more than 20 musicians including Thee Oh Sees, Nobunny, Summer Twins, and White Fang. July 5–6. 12:30–9 p.m., $35 one-day pass, $50 two-day pass. Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St., Oakland, www.BurgerBoogaloo.com.
Two days of hardcore, death, grind, and doom punk with a line-up that includes local favorites as well as artists from across the country. Performers include Impaled, Bloody Phoenix, Pig Life, Godstomper, Plague Widow, and Noothgrush. August 15–16. 7–11:45 p.m. Fri., 4–11:45 p.m. Sat., $20 one-day pass, $33 two-day pass. Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd St., Oakland, www.OaklandMetro.org.
Following the release of his first full-length solo album, this singer-songwriter is embarking on a limited summer tour to promote his four-song EP that includes three original tracks and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Drive All Night” featuring Eddie Vedder, Jake Clemons, and Joe Henry. Aug. 7. 8 p.m., $35. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.TheFoxOakland.com.
Oakland Interfaith Community Choir Debut Concert
Under the direction of Terrance Kelly, the Oakland Interfaith Community Choir debuts with special guests Zoe Ellis, Antoin Timmons, and Patrick Landeza, the Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir, and Imanai Ya Watume Liturgical Dancers. The community choir, formed in 2013, is an addition to the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and has performed alongside the gospel singers. This marks the community choir’s first performance on its own. July 26, 6:30 p.m., $10–$20. Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, www.OIGC.org.
The first show Freight and Salvage ever hosted was a performance by Phil Marsh—46 years ago. Every year since, the folk, country, and bluesman returns to the venue for an annual performance. Don’t you think it’s about time you joined him and became part of history? Aug. 6. 8 p.m., $20 advance, $22 door. Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley, www.TheFreight.org.
Redwood Grove Summer Concerts
Groove in the garden with this summer music series featuring a variety of genres including jazz, bluegrass, swing, and folk. Highlights include Alela Diane (July 3), Berkeley Symphony and Friends Ensemble (July 17), Dustbowl Revival (Aug. 7), and Earl Brothers (Aug. 14). Through Aug. 28. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thu., prices vary. UC Botanical Garden, UC-Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, www.BotanicalGarden.Berkeley.edu.
Not content to merely sit and listen to a choir performance? Well now is your chance to join in when the Oakland Symphony Chorus presents a series of sing-along concerts featuring the Oakland East Bay Symphony and Youth Orchestra. The programs include Bach, Mozart, Haydn, and Stravinsky. July 8–Aug. 12. 7 p.m. Tue., $15 general, $75 six-performance pass. St. Paschal Baylon Church, 3700 Dorisa Ave., Oakland, www.oebs.org.
Summer Sounds Concert Series
Every Wednesday, pack a lunch and get some fresh air during this free concert series. Performers include retro swing with Cosmo Alleycats (July 2), Rumbaché’s Cuban salsa (July 23), Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings (July 30), and urban jazz from Times 4 (Aug. 27). Through Aug. 27. 12–1 p.m. Wed., free. Oakland City Center, 13th Street and Broadway, Oakland, www.OaklandCityCenter.com.
Tom Armstrong & The Branded Men
When it comes to beer and music, there’s no better pairing than a liter of German lager and country music. Grab a liter—or some spätzle—and kick up your boots to some rockin’ honky tonk during Speisekammer’s ongoing music series. July 5. 8:30 p.m., free. Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., Alameda, www.Speisekammer.com.
After selling more than 12 million records, this singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist is still going strong. To celebrate her latest album, Unrepentant Geraldines, Tori Amos is setting off on a national tour where she’ll surely play such hits as “Crucify,” “1000 Oceans,” and “A Sorta Fairytale.” July 21. 8 p.m., $45–$59.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.
World Music Matinee
Every second Saturday of the month, round up the kids and take them to a bar for this all-ages show from Leo Lobo and Friends. Kick back with a pint while the kiddies sing, dance, and learn to play musical instruments while the band jams on. July 12, Aug. 9. 3–6 p.m., free. Starry Plough Pub, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, www.TheStarryPlough.com.
The world’s most famous cellist—90 albums and 17 Grammys—performs at the Greek for one night only. The program includes selections from Bach’s solo cellist suites. Aug. 12. 8 p.m., $45–$250. Greek Theatre, UC-Berkeley, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley, www.CalPerformances.org.
Living in a Brown Shingle Home
Mingle with shingle fans when architect Lucia Howard—co-author, Shingle Style: Living in a Brown Shingle Home—discusses the architectural feature’s place in Alameda, as well as the history, styles, and unique traits of shingle homes. July 31. 6:30 p.m., $10, free for members. Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaMuseum.org.
Reading from and discussing the fourth novel in her Shiver series, Sinner, the New York Times–best-selling author, Maggie Stiefvater, presents a standalone story in the Wolves of Mercy Falls Universe: a neon-pink, sun-kissed love story. July 23. 7:30 p.m., free. Alameda Free Library, 1500 Oak St., Alameda, www.BooksInc.net.
The ongoing poetry reading series continues with two poets, each with new books released earlier this year. Julia B. Levine will read from Small Disasters Seen in Sunlight while Alison Luterman will read from Desire Zoo. August 3. 3 p.m., free. Diesel, a Book Store, 5433 College Ave., Oakland, www.DieselBookstore.com.
Kids and adults alike may take the reading challenge and read 20, 30, or 50 days for prizes and raffle tickets. Libraries will host special events—such as magic shows, theatre, ice cream socials, a petting zoo, and stuffed animal storytime—and some branches will offer free, healthy lunches to youngsters. Through Aug. 9. free. Various Oakland libraries, www.OaklandSummerReading.com.
Art + Soul
One of the city’s biggest and best outdoor art, music, and food festivals returns. A rocking stage, local vendors selling handmade wares and art, food vendors, a Family Fun Zone, and, new this year, the Oaktown Throwdown—a Kansas City Barbecue Society–sanctioned pro and amateur barbecue competition cooking up chicken, tri-tip, and pork ribs. Aug. 2–3. 12–6 p.m., $10. Downtown Oakland, 14th St. and Broadway, Oakland, www.ArtAndSoulOakland.com.
Before the final pitch is thrown for the season, check out an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia paired with the museum’s baseball-themed pinball machines and a few pitch-n-bat games. Through July 31. 2–9 p.m. Tue.–Thu., 2 p.m.–12 a.m. Fri., 11–12 a.m. Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Sun., $15 general, $7.50 kids (15 and under). Pacific Pinball Museum, 1510 Webster St., Alameda, www.PacificPinball.org.
Healthy Living Festival
The United Seniors of Oakland and Alameda County present their annual festival aimed at addressing the issues that affect elders’ quality of life. The fair, organized by intergenerational members of the grassroots organization, offers health screening, financial planning, and an opportunity walk the zoo with like-minded individuals. July 17. 8 a.m.–2 p.m., free with zoo admission. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, www.OaklandZoo.org.
Oakland Chinatown Streetfest
The Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s annual festival boasts more than 200 booths from local businesses and community organizations, food vendors, and Asian art vendors. Two stages are always exploding with live entertainment that in the past has included traditional and modern dance, lion dances, martial arts demos, music, and drumming. Aug. 23–24. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., free. Between Seventh and 11th streets and Broadway and Harrison Street, Oakland, www.OaklandChinatownStreetFest.com.
Start this family-friendly celebration off with a rockin’ parade (10 a.m.) before the real party kicks into gear with live music and entertainment, food vendors, local businesses, and a community health pavilion featuring local organizations. Aug. 31. 10 a.m.–7 p.m., $10 general, $5 kids (11 and under). 20th Street and Broadway, Oakland, www.OaklandPride.org.
If you prefer your transportation or recreation on two wheels, this is the event for you. Marvel at the death-defying bike stunts in the 30-foot banked Whiskeydrome or browse the collection of vintage and custom bikes. Pedalfest goes green with a pedal-powered stage for live entertainment as well as pedal-powered art and food vendors. July 26. 11 a.m.–7 p.m., free. Jack London Square, Oakland, www.PedalfestJackLondon.com.
Temescal Street Fair
Entering its 11th year, this rockin’ block party features live entertainment—such as MJ Brass Boppers, SF Medicine Ball Band, and Fantastic Negrito—crafts, community booths, and a kids’ stage with magicians, jugglers, and cowgirls performing tricks. July 6. 12–6 p.m., free. Telegraph Ave. between 40th and 51st streets, Oakland, www.TemescalDistrict.org.
What do you call a movie at the zoo? A zoovie. Before the outdoor screening of How to Train Your Dragon begins, get up-close and personal with some of the zoo’s nocturnal inhabitants, meet the zoo’s costumed alligator mascot, Roosevelt, sip hot chocolate, and find the perfect spot to see the movie while munching on free popcorn. Aug. 30. 6:30–9:30 p.m., $6–$7. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, www.OaklandZoo.org.