If yoga is your jam but the usual gongs and grunts are getting you down, bring your mat to the Starline Social Club (2232 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland) on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for Oakland Showga, where East Bay Community Yoga founder Katie Colver teaches vinyasa classes for yogis of all levels to the sounds of a live local band. While the live music/yoga combo has been done before, Colver strives for a more mind- and body-bending experience by booking psychedelic line-ups that buck the New Age-y, Burning Man trend. If you leave class feeling a bit funky, it might be owed to more than just a strenuous workout. EBCYoga.com/showga.html$5-$15
The first rule of The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment's (610 16th St., Ste. 230, Oakland) weekly Fight Club gatherings: Gamers of all ages are free to duke it out via old-school video games like Soul Caliburand Street Fighter 2, played on gaming systems from Atari 2600 to Neo Geo. The second rule of The MADE's weekly Fight Club gatherings: Halfway through the evening, the gloves come off and the real tournament begins, with the game du jour determined by participants, and games and other geekery awarded to the winners. Kids under fifteen: Bring a parent or guardian. Every Tuesday, including Dec. 6.6-9 p.m.; general play free, tournament $5. 510-788-5702 or TheMADE.org$2
Out late? Can't face heading home hungry? Bocanova (55 Webster St., Oakland) has instituted a brand-new "Late Nite Boca Bite" menu, featuring bocaditos ("little bites") at happy-hour prices served from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday. Bocaditos include yuca-and-cheese fritters, fried plantains with cilantro aioli, Dungeness crab deviled eggs with chipotle aioli, taco-del-día with pickled cabbage, and pork ribs with guava-barbecue sauce. Specially priced cocktails, wine, and beer wash it all down. $1.50 and up. 510-444-1233 or Bocanova.com
Comedy Off Broadway Oakland presents comedians featured on Comedy Central, HBO, BET, Late Night talk shows alongside up-and-coming local stars in the historic Jack London Square.
Every show features 6 of the best local and touring comedians every Thursday, Friday & Saturday. The show is produced/hosted by Joe Gleckler (a local Bay Area favorite, Baltimore-born, lived in Japan & Korea) and Samson Koletkar (World's only Indian Jewish comedian, creator of Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour, entertained clubs and colleges in India, Canada & all over the USA).
Dinner and bar menu is available at the show, so come laugh and have a great time!Click here for tickets $8 with code EBAYEX
As if First Friday hadn't already become a confluence of every sort of activity imaginable, now you can add some erotica to the mix. Starting on Friday, Jan. 4, Feelmore510 will host a night of kinky films at The New Parkway (474 24th St., Oakland) at midnight after each month's Art Murmur. Inspired by a trip to the Berlin Porn Festival, Feelmore510 owner Nenna "Feelmore" Joiner said she wanted to help bring a little more visibility to the kink scene in Oakland. Films will cover a range of genres, including "erotic, nude, pornographic, and artsy." Ages eighteen and over.Midnight, $5. 510-658-7900 or TheNewParkway.com$10
Restorative justice programs may offer the best new hope for reducing violence in Oakland schools and the city overall, but their future funding is uncertain.