October Calendar Listings
What's happening in the East Bay
Oaktoberfest, Oct. 4, Dimond District.
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Abstract With a Twist
Paintings—mostly acrylic and encaustic—from the self-taught artist Mel O. reveal her creative process is akin to an unplanned road trip with color and contour her greatest inspirations. Sept. 4—Oct. 26. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Tue.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat., 12–4 p.m. Sun., free. Panorama Framing, 3350 Grand Ave., Oakland, www.PanoramaFraming.com.
Abstract with a Twist, Sept. 4—Oct. 26, Panorama Framing
Alameda Women Artists Museum Exhibition
The annual exhibition returns, marking its 21st anniversary, with 23 local artists contributing pieces across a variety of media, such as collage, clay, monotype, and photography. Starting the night of the Opening Reception (Oct. 10), the Women’s Wall of Art doubles as a staging for the silent auction, giving attendees an opportunity to support local art and the artists in their community. Oct. 8–Nov. 1. 1:30–4 p.m. Wed.–Fri. and Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat., free. The Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaWomenArtists.org.
AMEN: A Collaborative Mediation For Survival
Two artists—Amaryllis De Jesus Moleski and kholi—exhibit works that reimagine American myth and history with an encompassing view of all people but with an emphasis on queer people of color. The exhibition’s futurity echoes Betti Ono Gallery’s own goals, making this a perfect fit for their fourth anniversary. Through Oct. 31. Wed.–Sat. 12–5 p.m., free. Betti Ono Gallery, 1427 Broadway, Oakland, www.BettiOno.com.
Art/Act: Maya Lin
The artist continues her career’s work exploring our planet’s landscape. In this exhibition, the sixth annual in the Art/Act series, Maya Lin takes a micro and macro view of the landscapes, recreating local and familiar topography out of silver. The exhibition hosts a series of events during its run, including a panel discussion on the 2014 California Water Bond (October 23). Through Feb. 4, 2015. Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–1 p.m., free. David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, www.BrowerCenter.org.
Bring your sister, daughter, and the whole family to a screening of Roman Polanski’s gritty crime drama about the drowning of a water commissioner in 1937 Los Angeles during a drought, starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston. Oct. 10. 8 p.m., $5. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.
Emeryville Art Exhibition
More than 110 artists who live or work in Emeryville contribute to this annual juried exhibition with a roaming location donated by a local business. Expect a wide arrange of media and subjects, fully reflecting the diversity and wealth of artistic talent throughout the East Bay. Oct. 11–Nov. 2. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., free. 6121 Hollis St. Suite 900, Emeryville, www.EmeryArts.org.
Eyes Wide: The Films of Stanley Kubrick
Some of the filmmaker’s best works are collected in this ongoing film series. Sing along to “Daisy Bell” with HAL (2001: A Space Odyssey, Oct. 3), taste a bit of the old ultra-violence (A Clockwork Orange, Oct. 11), make sure Jack takes a break from work to play a little (The Shining, Oct. 24), and wear a mask to the Halloween screening of Eyes Wide Shut. Through Oct. 31. Dates and times vary, $5.50–$9.50. Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, www.bampfa.Berkeley.edu.
John Brown Photo Chronology
Through a series of portraits full of evolving messianic symbolism, Jean Libby leads a discussion on the life of the martyred abolitionist John Brown based on her more than 25-year research into the subject. Oct. 16. 6–8 p.m., free. African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St., Oakland, www.OaklandLibrary.org.
Kim Miskowicz: Formation
By overlaying video atop her own paintings, Kim Miskowicz creates a three-dimensional illusion of the landscapes and geological formations she captures. The moving pictures compliment, complicate, and compete with the paintings changing and combining both media into something new and unique. Through Oct. 11. Fri.–Sat. 1–5 p.m., free. Krowswork Gallery and Project Space, 480 23rd St., Oakland, www.Krowswork.com.
Lakeview’s El Embarcadero and the Extended Neighborhood
Retired architect and former resident, David Bolonas, exhibits photography detailing the past, present, and future of the Lakeview Branch Library and the surrounding neighborhood. Oct. 2–30. Library hours vary, free. Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland, www.OaklandLibrary.org.
An intergenerational collaboration between seniors from the Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center and teens from ARISE High School and the Unity Council’s Latino Men and Boys Group, this exhibition collects stories pulled from interviews with the senior citizens and compiles them into a comic book. The exhibit includes the comic book, original paintings and drawings, and the stories gathered through the interviews. Through Oct. 31. Library hours vary, free. César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 East 12th St., Oakland, www.OaklandLibrary.org.
Motown Legends: Artwork by Chris Clark
This travelling exhibition stops in Oakland to showcase art by Motown artists and songwriter Chris Clark. The collection focuses on the great names, the mood, and the movement that made Motown music exceptional. Through Nov. 30. Wed.–Fri. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 1–5 p.m., free. Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th St., Oakland, www.JoyceGordonGallery.com.
On the Move
Artists from San Leandro’s Artful Steps Program—a program enabling developmentally disabled students to express themselves and build independence and confidence through artistic creation—exhibit work exploring the Bay Area’s transit opportunities from BART to sailing. A variety of media is used—printmaking, paints, collage, and mosaic tiling—and the emphasis range from the wealth of options for commuters to the daily limitations faced by the artists. Through Jan. 9, 2015. Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., free. Metropolitan Transportation Commission, 101 8th St., Oakland, www.MTC.CA.gov.
One Death Is a Tragedy
Pro Arts Gallery’s quarterly 2 x 2 Solos exhibition series continues with artist Ehren Tool’s craftsmanship and artistry in clay cup making. The exhibition includes opportunities to watch Tool work as well as two receptions, a First Friday Artist Reception (Oct. 3) and an Artist Talk (Oct. 25). Through Oct. 31. Tue.–Fri. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. free. Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, www.ProArtsGallery.org.
Nine artists explore the concept of borders—whether they are political, psychological, natural, or man-made—in this group show that use the medium as much as the content and intent to comment on limitations and boundaries. Through Oct. 15. Tue.–Fri. 12–5 p.m., Sat. 12–4:30 p.m., free. Kala Art Institute Gallery, 2990 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, www.Kala.org.
Power Box Art Show
Ten local artists chosen to have their art wrapped around utility boxes throughout Alameda exhibit works relating to conservation, shopping local, reducing carbon footprints, and renewable power resources. Through Oct. 30. Wed. 6–9 p.m. and by appointment, free. Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, www.Rhythmix.org.
Discover why a boy’s best friend is his mother when Nerve Wrackin’ Theater presents Alfred Hitchcock’s controversial and delightfully wicked horror film. Be warned, the Master of Suspense will not allow late admissions, as you must see Psycho from the very beginning. Oct. 4. 3 p.m., $8. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland, www.TheNewParkway.com.
ReelAbilities: Disabilities Film Festival
Fifteen award-winning films, shorts, and documentaries by and about people with disabilities anchor this inaugural film festival. Many films include panel discussions, book readings, or talks preceding or following the screenings. Oct. 15–19. Times and prices vary. Various locations throughout Oakland and San Francisco, www.BayAreaReelAbilities.org.
East Bay Express, the Oakland Underground Film Festival, and Tourettes Without Regrets present this horror film festival featuring independent genre shorts from local and national artists, plus, live horror performances to secure all goosebumps to your flesh. 18 and over. Oct. 16. 7 p.m.–12 a.m., $10 advance, $12 door. The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland, www.TheNewParish.com.
Shock and Awe
A diverse group of artists—most residents of the historic Cotton Mill Studios—come together to challenge our perception of art and reliance on the boring. Artist include Cheryll May Macintyre (painter), Susan Tuttle (fine art photographer), and Jeff Ritter (alchemist, mad man, and industrial furniture designer). Through Nov. 8. 10 a.m.–10 p.m. by appointment, free. FLOAT, Cotton Mill Studios, 1091 Calcot Place, Unit 116, Oakland, www.TheFloatCenter.com.
This solo exhibition by Barry Ebner draws on the artist’s collection of monotypes, intaglio printings, and drawings. The exhibition features two receptions, an Opening Reception (Oct. 3) and a Third Thursday Reception (Oct. 16), which includes a poetry reading. Oct. 3–Nov. 1. Sat. 1–5 p.m., free. FM, 483 25th St., Oakland, www.FMOakland.com.
Songs and Sorrows: Días de los Muertos 20th Anniversary
Entering its second decade at the museum, this annual exhibition examines the holiday from its pre-Hispanic origins to its modern California incarnation. Works by veteran and emerging artists make up the exhibit, which includes additional associated events throughout its run. One example, the Days of the Dead Community Celebration (October 26), features Mesoamerican arts and cooking demos, crafts, and live entertainment. Oct. 8–Jan. 4, 2015. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Wed.–Thu., 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sat.–Sun., $15 general, $10 students, seniors (65+), $6 youth (9–17). Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, www.MuseumCA.org.
The weekly live model class exhibits their works that cover a variety of media such as pastels, charcoals, watercolors, graphite, and art created on an iPad . Oct. 3–Nov. 2. 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.
50th Anniversary of Chabot Equestrian Center
Celebrate Anthony Chabot Equestrian Center’s 50th anniversary with demonstrations on dressage, jumping, and horsemanship and other activities at this gem of a horse-boarding facility in the Oakland Hills and bucolic Chabot Regional Park. Oct. 11. 1–4 p.m., free. Anthony Chabot Equestrian Center, 14600 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.
Discovering Primates Gala
In the spirit of funding chimp conservation efforts in Uganda, put on your best monkey suit—or something slightly more casual—for a night of small bites, chimptinis, beer from Oakland Brewing Company, and a silent auction featuring animal art and behind-the-scenes experiences at the zoo. Oct. 7. 7–10 p.m., $40. Oakland Zoo, Marian Zimmer Auditorium, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland, www.OaklandZoo.org.
Moon Viewing Party
Join an Oakland tradition going strong since 1965 with a celebration and viewing of the full harvest moon. Enjoy a bento box while watching Japanese dancers and drummers before heading to the telescopes for a good look at the celestial object. Oct. 5. 5:30–8:30 p.m., free, $15 dinner. Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, 510-325-3729.
Movies in the Park
The summer film series concludes with a family that’s a little creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, and altogether ooky—The Addams Family. Bring a blanket and your favorite Girl Scout cookies—preferably made from real Girl Scouts—or hit the concessions for popcorn and hot chocolate. Oct. 17. Movie begins at dusk, free. Redwood Heights Recreation Center, 3883 Aliso Ave., Oakland, www.OaklandNet.com/Parks.
Native Plant Gardening
Help prep the wildlife-friendly garden around the visitor center for winter by lending a hand—or a green thumb—with planting, pruning, and mulching California native plants. Ages 10 and over. Oct. 25. 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., free. Crab Cove Visitor Center, Crown Memorial State Beach, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, www.EBParks.org.
The outdoor, family-friendly film series concludes its season with the proclamation to “Let It Go.” Disney’s Frozen is the night’s entertainment, a well-told story of two sisters who suffer from keeping secrets from one another. Oct. 10. Begins at sundown, free. Jack London Square, Ferry Lawn, Oakland, www.JackLondonSquare.com.
Sundays in the Redwoods
Oakland Parks and Recreation presents this summer outdoor concert series with a new theme every week. Performers include Ginuwine (Oct. 5), and Silk-E (Oct. 12). Oct. 5 and 12. 2–7 p.m., $18 general, $65 season pass. Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland, www.SundaysInTheRedwoods.com.
An Audience with Meow Meow
The international sensation comes to Berkeley by way of London’s West End, Australia, and Shanghai. Meow Meow owns the elaborate stage sets that add oomph to her already boisterous cabaret song and dance. Through Oct. 19. Dates and times vary, $29–$89. Berkeley Rep, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley, www.BerkeleyRep.org.
What’s the deal with famous ’90s comedians still being funny? Find out when the incomparable Jerry Seinfeld brings his stand-up to Oakland for two special performances. Oct. 17. 7 and 9:30 p.m., $48–$150. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.
After premiering in New York City, followed by runs in Santa Cruz and San Francisco, Marga Gomez brings her tenth solo play to Berkeley. Gomez plays multiple characters, exploring within each romantic what drives them to their desires and how they cope with their journey on the road to their own happiness. Sept. 19–Oct. 18. 8 p.m. Fri, 8:30 p.m. Sat., $20–$35 general, $50–$100 reserved. The Marsh Berkeley Arts Center, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley, www.TheMarsh.org.
Foods of the Americas
Tour the gardens and discover something a little extra on the plate with an exhibit detailing indigenous crops to the Americas. From chocolate to quinoa, discover the thousand-year-old history of your favorite ingredients. Oct. 2–17. 10 a.m.–4 p.m., free. UC Botanical Garden, UC-Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, www.BotanicalGarden.Berkeley.edu.
Harvest Kids Magic Class
Kids ages 6–12 can join herbalist Kara Sigler in learning about fall seasonal plants by touching, tasting, and smelling a variety of medicinal herbs. The kids will learn about the magic of fall and its harvest, taste herbal treats and teas, and have the opportunity to charge a special item on the fairy altar. Oct. 14. 6–7:30 p.m., $25. Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th St. Suite C, Oakland, www.HomesteadApothecary.com.
Learn all the tips and tricks to growing your own edible mushrooms in the backyard garden. Participants will work with Oyster and King Stropharia mushrooms, learning how to create an outdoor woodchip and straw gardening bed. Oct. 26. 2–5 p.m., $35. Mushroom Maestros, 732 26th St., Oakland, www.BioFuelOasis.com.
Don your dirndl and lay out your lederhosen when Germany invades Oakland bearing gifts of beer. Entrants receive a stein and are pointed in the direction of the closest tap, one of close to 40 California microbrews. Live entertainment, a homebrew competition, and plenty of cute costumes round out the festivities. Oct. 4. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., $20 general, $50 unlimited tastings. MacArthur Blvd. and Fruitvale Ave., Oakland, www.Oaktoberfest.org.
Alameda Community Band
This free community concert includes the premier performance of the symphonic work, Elements, as well as guest conductor Richard Frazier’s Emperor Norton March and the tale of two dogs, Bummer and Lazarus. Oct. 17. 7:30–9 p.m., free. Kofman Auditorium, 2200 Central Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaCA.gov.
Relive the 1990s and some of the greatest love songs of the era, such as “I Can Love You Like That” and “I Swear.” Snuggle up with someone special at the concert or snag a meet-and-greet pass to get up close and personal with the band prior to the show. Oct. 4–5. Sat. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Sun. 7 and 9 p.m., $26–$29 general, $56–$59 Meet and Greet. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, www.Yoshis.com/Oakland.
An Afternoon of Song
Phillip Harris (baritone), Gabriela Benuto (flute), and Jacqueline Hairston (piano) perform black American art songs by H. Leslie Adams and Marques L.A. Garrett as well as Hairston’s original art song, “Dreams”—a piece inspired by the Langston Hughes poem of the same title. Oct. 12. 4 p.m., $20. Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, www.PiedmontPiano.com.
Bob Dylan and His Band
The iconic singer-songwriter livens up the mid-week slump with three nights of performances sure to include monumental, apostrophe-laden hits such as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Oct. 28–30. 8 p.m., $55.50–$129.50. Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland, www.ParamountTheatre.com.
Contemporary musicians perform music by Jimi Hendrix as well as the artists that influenced him and shared the stage at a crucial time in music history when the legendary guitarist’s short but powerful career left a lasting impact. Oct. 18. 8 p.m., $55–$115. The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, www.TheFoxOakland.com.
All the crossover hits you love from the 1990s. After almost three decades, this Arizona band still has a huge following for such songs as “Follow You Down” and “Hey Jealousy.” Oct. 16. 8 and 10 p.m., $39 general, $69 Meet and Greet. Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, www.Yoshis.com/Oakland.
Marcus Shelby Trio
The Live @ The Library concert series continues with a performance by composer, bassist, and educator Marcus Shelby, an artist known for his continuing commitment to using jazz as a means of exploring and teaching African American history. Oct. 11. 8 p.m., $35. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda, www.AlamedaCA.gov/Library.
Dance magic, dance, during this all-ages David Bowie Dark Fantasy Fairytale. Come in your best costume for the costume contest or simply sit back and enjoy the babe with the power as The First Church of the Sacred Silversexual, Tourettes Without Regrets, and Hubba Hubba Revue stage a rock opera and a variety show complete with go-go goblins. Oct. 25. 9 p.m., $15. Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd St., Oakland, www.OaklandMetro.org.
The Record Highs
This Oakland jazz group helps you kick off the weekend right with some smooth, relaxing music that they describe as “taking you on a journey to the edges of the real world and beyond to surreality found only in the most profound of REM cycle sleep states.” Oct. 2. 10 p.m., free. The Layover, 1517 Franklin St., Oakland, www.OaklandLayover.com.
The Sweet By and By
A brother and sister duo anchors this old-time American and bluegrass band returning to the site of their first gig back. Expect plenty of banjos and high, lonesome harmonies. Oct. 11. 8 p.m., $10 suggested donation. Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden, 1223 Park St., Alameda, www.JuliesTea.com.
Alameda Lecture Series
The monthly series continues when Robin Seeley gives a talk on the history of Post Street, covering the six blocks in Alameda from the Gold Rush to the 1950s. Oct. 30. 6:30 p.m., $10, free for members. The Alameda Museum, 2324 Alameda Ave., Alameda, www.AlamedaMuseum.org.
Kazu Kibuishi and Raina Telgemeier
Books Inc. sponsors this evening with two young adult authors. Kibuishi will discuss his New York Times Bestselling graphic novel series, Amulet, and Telgemeier provides a peek into the life of a teenage girl with her graphic memoirs Smile and Sisters. Oct. 22. 6:30 p.m., free. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda, www.AlamedaCA.gov/Library.
The bestselling young adult novelist (Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy) debuts her first adult novel, Rooms, a ghost story set amidst a turbulent family drama. Oct. 1. 7 p.m., free. A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave., Oakland, www.GGPBooks.com.
This celebration kindles the lettered learning with author readings, workshops, poetry nights, seminars, special events for young authors and readers, and a Literary Death Match in traditional venues and nontraditional nooks such as police stations, bars, and museums. Oct. 10–18. Times and prices vary, many events are free. Various locations throughout San Francisco and San Rafael, www.Litquake.org.
Preschool is Power!
Duane Moles leads the night’s discussion, which includes a screening of the documentary Preschool is Power! and an examination of two child development books—Einstein Never Used Flashcards by Kathy Hirsh Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Diane Eyer; and The Sandbox Investment by David L. Kirp. Oct. 11. 2 p.m., free. Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda, www.BooksInc.net.
What It Is Like To Go To War
Local author Jay Mechling discusses Karl Malantes’ book detailing the horrors and embarrassments soldiers faced in Vietnam as well as back home after the war. Mechling leads a discussion on what it’s like for vets reentering society. Oct. 16. 6–8 p.m., free. Alameda Main Library, 1550 Oak St., Alameda, www.AlamedaCA.gov/Library.
Art + Craft + Activism Panel
Authors, artists, and makers, Kim Werker (Make it Mighty Ugly: Exercises & Advice for Getting Creative Even When it Ain’t Pretty) and Leanne Prain (Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles) discuss their newest books and join moderator and local artist, Lisa Congdon, for a talk on the intersection between craft and activism. Oct. 2. 7 p.m., free. Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland, www.DieselBookstore.com.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chicano and Black Arts Movements with a block party with all the essentials—music, food, art, theatrical programs, and vendors. The Eastside Arts Alliance will also unveil a new mural for the occasion. Oct. 25. 12–5 p.m., free. Eastside Arts Alliance, 2277 International Blvd., Oakland, www.AastsideArtsAlliance.com.
Day of the Dead Altar
Community members are invited to add photographs of deceased loved ones to the Altar de Día de los Muertos honoring the Latino holiday that pays respect to the dead. Oct. 25–Nov. 29. Library hours vary, free. César E. Chávez Branch, 3301 East 12th St., Oakland, www.OaklandLibrary.org.
Girls Inc.’s 50th Gala
Honor half a century of service and support to the girls and young women of Alameda at this landmark gala fundraiser that includes a raffle for an eight-day Hawaii vacation. Oct. 11. 6:30–9:30 p.m., $75. Faz Restaurant, 1111 Broadway, Oakland, www.GirlsIncIslandCity.org.
Herbs of the Ancestors
Herbalist and holy woman Yeshe Rabbit leads a workshop exploring herbal funerary practices while inviting guests to create an incense offering to connect with ancient spirits of the land or loved ones passed on. Oct. 28. 6–7:30 p.m., $25. Homestead Apothecary, 486 49th St. Suite C, Oakland, www.HomesteadApothecary.com.
Mini Maker Faire
If you can DIY, you can see it here. From robots and sustainable energy to urban farming and hand-made local food, experienced and novice makers gather to show off their crazy creations and teach others the power of technology, science, and a little do-it-yourself know how. Oct. 19. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $13–$17 advance, $15–$20 door, free (2 and under). Park Day School, 360 42nd St., Oakland, www.EBMakerFaire.WordPress.com.