Oakland Symphony, Hella Plants Market



Last week, Rocky’s Brooklyn Basin, the outdoor waterfront venue adjacent to Rocky’s Market, announced it would close on August 31. The popular venue has become a hub for musicians struggling to find safe places to perform during the pandemic. The Oakland Symphony even held a series of free concerts in space. Currently, there are no plans for live events to continue at the site, but there is hope that this could change once a new tenant moves into the space.

In the meantime, many other events are to be discovered this month. And while we mourn the closure of Rocky’s Brooklyn Basin, we also want to highlight events elsewhere in the city. There’s live music, an end-of-summer party for the kids, a mural unveiling, and a huge plant sale in downtown Oakland.

Do you have an event you would like to promote on our calendar? You can use the self-submission form. Is there anything you would like me to consider highlighting in this weekly roundup? Email me at azucena@oaklandside.org.

Oakland Symphony presents ‘Summer Stage at Oakland City Hall’

Conductor Kedrick Armstrong will conduct the Oakland Symphony at the Summer Stage at Oakland City Hall. Credit: Matt Adams

Last August, the Oakland Symphony hosted a series of free outdoor shows at Brooklyn Basin. This time, the symphony orchestra is hosting a special evening under the stars at the foot of Oakland City Hall. A 42-person orchestra, led by guest conductor Kedrick Armstrong and featuring solo violinist Amaryn Olmeda, will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, WG Still’s summer countryby Camille Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capricciosoand Darius Milhaud Beef on the roof. Participants may bring refreshments or purchase food and beverages that will be available that day. There is no need to reserve tickets, although seats at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza are first-come, first-served.

Thursday, August 4, 7 p.m., free, Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 14th Street and Broadway

Fire & Grace Violin Duo at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

The acclaimed musical duo Fire & Grace consists of violinist Edwin Huizinga and guitarist William Coulter. Credit: Michelle Magdalena

Musical duo Fire & Grace, a collaboration between violinist Edwin Huizinga and guitarist William Coulter, will perform in Oakland as part of this year’s Glenview Classical Series, presented by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Oakland since 2018 The duo explore the sounds of classical and contemporary folk traditions from around the world. Attendees can expect a musical journey from folk tunes and classical compositions to tango, Celtic ballads and more.

Friday, August 5, 7:30 p.m. $20St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1658, boul. Excelsior.

Oakland Public Library End of Summer Party for Kids

Lance McGee stars as Unique Derique. McGee works professionally as a counselor and clown, and he uses these unique skills to support healing. Credit: Eric Carmichel

Oakland students will be heading back to class in less than a week, and the Oakland 81st Avenue Public Library is celebrating the end of summer with a fun afternoon at Liberation Park. Kids will enjoy a performance by Lance McGee, who plays Unique Derique. There will also be story time, roller skating, wall painting, games and even a backpack.

Saturday, August 6, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., free, Liberation Park, 7101 Foothill Blvd.

Unveiling of the Soñando y Cambiando mural

Members of the nonprofit 67 Sueños perform a poem, alongside banners depicting scenes with black and brown people in Oakland, including signs reading “Certified Ohlone Land” and “Close All Detentions.” Credit: Carla Hernandez Ramirez

67 Sueños is an organization that works with undocumented youth and families with mixed immigration status. Part of their work involves educating young people about the politics that affect their daily lives and using art as a form of trauma healing, a process the organization calls “artivism”. Over the past month, the young participants have been working on a large mural on E 12th Street on a wall that is owned by Home Furnishings, a local furniture store. This weekend, the group will unveil the mural. Local pop-up Café con Cariño will be selling coffee drinks on site.

Saturday, August 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2101 E 12th St.

Hella Plant Market in Oakstop

Plant buyers at an old Hella plant market. Credit: Soul Shots

Since its launch last summer, the Hella Plants Market has expanded to San Francisco, with many plant vendors eager to join in the fun. Whether you’re a seasoned plant parent or curious about how to start filling your home with flowers and greenery, this market will have you discovering tons of “plantpreneurs,” as the Hella Plants Market calls its vendors. While browsing plants for sale, you can also enjoy vegan food that will be available for purchase and more. The event will be located at the center of Oakstop, a coworking and events space in downtown Oakland.

Sunday, August 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., $5-$30Oakstop, 2323 Broadway.

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