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Spring Kraken Con 2015

, Sat., April 25, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sun., April 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
415-895-0746
Spring Kraken Con 2015
Oakland may not be the biggest hub for anime fan culture, but that doesn’t mean that cosplay enthusiasts shouldn’t have their day — or weekend, rather. On April 25 and 26, the Oakland Convention Center (550 10th St.) will be invaded by Kraken Con, which features anime, manga, and video game subculture goodness. Started in 2013, Kraken Con may not be as massive as its other “con” counterparts, but it still offers a fully packed schedule of panels, guest appearances, contests and more. Some presentations come from an academic standpoint, such as “A Rainbow Dash of Personality Theories: From Hippocrates and Jung, to Avatar, Pokemon, and Little Ponies,” while others are more instructional, such as “Epic Resume Go!,” and “Cosplay Filmmaking 101.” Other programming includes “Magikarp: A History” and “Make Your Own Japanese Curry.” Between them all, expect dance lessons, gaming competitions, movie screenings, and tea-drinking sessions. It sounds like one of the homiest, least commercialized cons out there. Give it a shot before it gets too big. $30 all weekend
Oakland Convention Center 1001 Broadway, Oakland (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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Oakland Showga

, , Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m.
Oakland Showga

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. Showga.com

$5-$15
Starline Social Club 2232 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland (map)

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Fight Night

, , Tuesdays, 4 p.m.

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

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