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Portraits: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Through May 9
A solo show for Walter James Mansfield, an artist who has been included in over 21 shows at Vessel Gallery. Part one of a four-part exhibit, gallery director Lonnie Lee has curated a survey of heads spanning nearly three decades. Free
Vessel Gallery 471 25th St., Oakland (map)


Five Decades of Dance

Through May 23, 8 p.m.
Oakland Ballet celebrates its 50th anniversary season with a program featuring highlights from both historical masterworks and newly-commissioned ballets created by alumni of the company.
Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center 900 Fallon St., Oakland (map)


Friday Nights @ OMCA!

Friday Nights @ OMCA!
Join OMCA and Off the Grid on 10th Street every Friday for a family-friendly take on a festive night market.

Sample the Bay Area’s best curbside cuisine from Off the Grid food trucks. Enjoy half-price gallery admission after 5 pm—with free admission for ages 18 and under! Savor California beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages around the Koi Pond at the Blue Oak beer garden. Get down with DJs, live world music, and dance lessons. Learn from local foodies at the Makers and Tasters series, and get creative at family-friendly drop-in art workshops, inspired by the newly-reopened Gallery of California Natural Sciences!

Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)


Old Oakland Farmers' Market

Fridays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Features seasonal produce, breads, oils and other organic foods, along with plenty of samples. free
Old Oakland Farmers’ Market 9th St. between Broadway and Clay St., Oakland (map)


Friday Nights at OMCA

, Fridays, 5-9 p.m.
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)


Off the Grid

Fridays, 5-9 p.m.
With food trucks, drinks for sale, music, kids' activities, and half-price museum admission free
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak St., Oakland (map)



Fridays, 9 p.m.
hip-hop and funk free
Radio 435 13th St., Oakland (map)



Thursday, December 5
• Sean Keane (Iron Comic)
• Aundre The Wonderwoman (Oakland's Funniest Comic)
• Kate Willett (Punchline)
• Kevin O'Shea (SF Sketchfest)
• Dhaya Lakshminarayanan (NPR, WGBH)
• Samson Koletkar (CBS, NBC)

The Last 30 Days is a monthly show where a rotating cast of comedians tell the audience, honestly, in ten minutes, what happened to them or in the world over the last 30 days through jokes, stories, and/or commentary about current events. Tickets: $10

Washington Inn 495 10th St., Oakland (map)


Video Game Programming for Kids

, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
A class for kids over age ten to learn how to program and create simple games, and other game-development skills. free


Toddler Storytime

, Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Stories, songs, and finger plays for children under 3 years old. free
Oakland Public Library, Main Branch 125 14th St., Oakland (map)


Bilingual Family Storytime

, Saturdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
Stories and activities for the whole family, presented in English and Mandarin. free
Oakland Public Library, Asian Branch 388 9th St., Ste. 190, Oakland (map)


The Vintage Mart

Saturdays, 12-7 p.m.
Pop-up shop with vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories as well as music and food.
Vamp 331 19th St., Oakland (map)


Saturday Stroll

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


Substance Abuse Awareness Workshop

Saturdays, 1-3 p.m.
Workshops for anyone with an interest in alcohol or drug abuse, for themselves, their patients, family members or friends. free
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center 350 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland (map)


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