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Notions of Romance

Through Feb. 14
Notions of Romance
Curating an art show around the slippery idea of love will always be a risky endeavor for those hoping to avoid cliché. But with Notions of Romance, Vessel Gallery (471 25th St., Oakland) takes a more nuanced approach to the poetic problem. The show aims to collect reflections on the more tangible feelings that surround the elusive “L” word. With a focus on representing varying perspectives, the group show features ten artists working in sculpture, painting, and photography. Among them is sculptor Gordon Glasgow, whose clean wooden assemblages are influenced by the design of furniture and household items. His “Nipple” houses a realistic papier-mâché nipple inside of a wooden box with a small peep-hole in the front, so that, from just the right angle, you can get a view of the glory. The piece plays hard to get, speaking to the ways in which distance intensifies desire and voyeurism elicits lust. Another notable piece comes from Diana Hobson, who lights the window of her home in the Santa Cruz mountains, luring moths to the glass, then photographs their vulnerable underbellies against the black backdrop of night. Hobson’s massive prints expose the small creatures — often portrayed as symbols of desire — illuminating the skeletons beneath their pretty exteriors. Other artists include David Burke, Thekla Hammond, Christy Kovacs, Walter James Mansfield, Kevan Jenson, Cyrus Tilton, and Sanay Vora. Free
Vessel Gallery 471 25th St., Oakland (map)

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Journeys

Through Feb. 21, 12-6 p.m.
510-407-0449
An exhibition of prints made by Kate Jordahl, Irene Imfeld, and Jack Fulton. Kate Jordahl’s Walking with Kandinsky, Irene Imfeld’s Web of Uncertainty, and Jack Fulton’s A Circumnavigation in Three Hours are each a complete presentation of the maker's individual journey. Together they create a larger conversation about everyone's journey through time. Free
PHOTO 473 25th St., Oakland (map)

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Civic Art Exhibition

Through Feb. 27
Juried exhibition of work by 28 Berkeley-based artists. free
Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center 2180 Milvia St., Berkeley (map)

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Community Craft Night at Julie's

, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
510-865-2385
Bring a project to work on in a group. free
Julie's Coffee & Tea Garden 1223 Park St., Alameda (map)

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Friday Nights at OMCA

, Fridays, 5-9 p.m.
510-318-8400
Friday Nights at OMCA
East Bayizing the international tradition by which neighbors meet and eat in the moonlight, the Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak St., Oakland) will hold its weekly night market on Friday: Off the Grid’s gourmet food trucks will offer artisanal local cuisine, with local beer and wine served in the Blue Oak beer garden. A Makers & Tasters discussion will bring together great minds in the brewing and gardening communities. Live music, dance lessons, a DJ, and an LGBT history tour of the museum help guests digest all that stout and kraut. $7.50
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)

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First Friday in the Temescal Alleys

, First Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m.
With monthly art exhibits, food by Pizzaiolo and/or Dona Tomas, live music, and a showcase of independently owned shops.
The Temescal Alleys 470-482 49th St., Oakland (map)

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Oakland Arts Night

First Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m.
510-763-4361
Pro Arts extends its gallery hours in conjunction with Oakland's Art Night.
Pro Arts Gallery 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (map)

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Saturday Stroll

Saturdays, 1-5 p.m.
A weekly component to Art Murmur, but with fewer festivities and more focus on the galleries. Visit OaklandArtMurmur.org for a full list of participating Oakland galleries.
Uptown District 19th St. at Telegraph Ave., Oakland (map)

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Free First Sundays

, First Sunday of every month, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
510-318-8400
Free museum admission every first Sunday of the month.
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)

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Argentine Tango with Mat Ma Moody

, Sundays, 12-2 p.m.
510 326-6415
Level 1 starts at 7:30 and level 2 starts at 8:30. $5-$10
Lake Merritt Dance Center 200 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)

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Knitting Class

, Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
510-526-3720
Drop-in knitting class for all ages. free
Albany Library 1247 Marin Ave., Albany (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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Life Drawing Sessions

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
510-523-6957
Drop in and bring your own materials to draw nude models in gesture poses.Pay by the month to cover model fee: $35 - $45 depending on number of artists. Limited Drop-in Spaces are available at $15 per session. Members only please. (No Instructor). $35-$45 per month
Frank Bette Center 1601 Paru St., Alameda (map)

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Life Drawing Sessions

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
510-523-6957
$15 per class
Frank Bette Center 1601 Paru St., Alameda (map)

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Salsa

, Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
510-219-9726
Four week series of beginning and pre-intermediate lessons. $42
Lake Merritt Dance Center 200 Grand Ave., Oakland (map)

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