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It All Seeped Into the Ground

Through April 19
844-278-7447
It All Seeped Into the Ground
Many of Simon Tran’s (aka ghost ghost teeth) paintings are explosive — both in color and gesture. In his current show at The Compound Gallery (1167 65th St., Oakland), It All Seeped Into the Ground, streaks of paint overlap one another as if ripping through the surface of each panel, forming a density akin to being lost in a rainbow forest. Installed like the scattered panels of a Japanese manga, each of Tran’s paintings stand alone while also cohering into a larger, even more abstract narrative. Pinks, oranges, and greens dominate the story, indicating potential cuteness — yet the compositions are too chaotic to be contained by such a reductive description. Tran is a Vietnamese-American artist whose parents immigrated to America during the Vietnam War. His work is a means of parsing his dual cultural identity. It makes sense, then, that his imagery seems to depict something that is both healthily growing and also going up in flames. Tran will speak more about his work at an artist talk and closing reception on April 19 from 3–6 p.m. Tran’s work is also up in the Worth Ryder Gallery on the UC Berkeley campus for The 2015 Wendy Sussman Prize in Painting Exhibition until April 24.
The Compound Gallery & Studios 1167 65th St., Oakland (map)

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Scrap Variations

Through April 19
844-278-7447
A solo show by Kathleen King. Free
The Compound Gallery & Studios 1167 65th St., Oakland (map)

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Bench Projects

Through May 1
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Bench Projects
For years, Ellen Lake has been seeing the same ad on a bus bench near her home in North Oakland. “ADVERTISE HERE,” it read. Finally, she decided that someone should be utilizing the space. With the help of an Alternative Exposure grant, she started Bench Projects, an artist-led initiative to occupy Oakland’s bus stop benches with art. The first two artists featured in these new “bench galleries” are Steve Briscoe and Lynn Beldner. Briscoe created photo collage-like works at the stop on 55th Street and Shattuck Avenue, and Beldner made text art in response to violence in her neighborhood for the benches on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Aileen Street. In blue, black, and yellow, the benches read “Never give up” and “Don’t think too much.” These pieces will be up until May 1, when they will be replaced by new works contributed by other artists. Lake hopes to gradually expand the project, with the ultimate dream of turning every bus stop in Oakland into an outdoor art show. Free
55th and Shattuck 55th at Shattuck, Oakland (map)

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Veloraptors Bike Ride

Saturdays, 8:45 a.m.
510-325-5703
A weekly group bike ride. free
Warehouse 416 416 26th St., Oakland (map)

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Feel the Beet! Farmers Market

Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
With seasonal produce, in partnership with Destiny Arts Center. free
Grace Ave. at Lowell St. Grace Ave. at Lowell St., Oakland (map)

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Family Storytime

Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.
510-597-5017
Stories, songs, and rhymes for all ages (followed by playtime). Free
Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch 5366 College Ave., Oakland (map)

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North Oakland Farmers' Market

First Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
510-652-5161
A food swap for homemade jams, breads, pickles, sweets, ferments, and more. Homegrown produce also welcome. free
North Oakland Pediatrics 5715 Market St., Oakland (map)

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John Schott

Sundays, 5 p.m.
510-653-8386
free
Actual Cafe 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland (map)

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Toastmasters International @ Warehouse 416

Tuesdays, 7 a.m.
510-325-5703
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. free
Warehouse 416 416 26th St., Oakland (map)

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North Oakland Children's Hospital Farmers' Market

Tuesdays, 2-7 p.m.
510-250-7957
EBT and WIC okay. free

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Lawyers in the Library

First Tuesday of every month, 5-7 p.m.
510-597-5017
Services provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins at 4:45 p.m. Call 510-597-5017 to confirm event. free
Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch 5366 College Ave., Oakland (map)

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Open Sketchbook Workshop

, First Tuesday of every month, 6-8 p.m.
510-653-8386
Draw with local artists. Open to all skill levels. free
Actual Cafe 6334 San Pablo Ave., Oakland (map)

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Karaoke Night

, Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. and Mondays, 8:30 p.m.
510-652-3820
free
White Horse Inn 6551 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Icarus Project Support Group

First Wednesday of every month
510-238-9171
A radical support group seeking to re-invent the culture of mental health. Advocates self-care, awareness, mutual aid, respect, and self-expression. free
Rock Paper Scissors Collective 2278 Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Preschool Storytime

, Thursdays, 10:30-11 a.m.
510-597-5017
With read alouds, songs, and rhymes for ages 3 to 5. free
Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch 5366 College Ave., Oakland (map)

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