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Holiday GUIDE – part II

Only 1 week left (phew)… For those of you who didn’t make it out last weekend due to lousy weather, overindulgence, or more pressing engagements, there are a few more artisan oriented shopping events this weekend, if you still need to pick up some last minute unique and special gifts.  And if you’re not interested in shopping, scroll down (after photo) for other noteworthy events…

Friday, December 18th

  • Smokey’s Tangle Shopping Mall and Holiday Something to do (6pm – 9pm)

    Smokey’s Tangle Art Gallery has turned itself into a mall this December. Get your photo taken with Santa, make a holiday card, test out the chair massager, and listen to demented christmas music all in our heartwarming mall-like atmosphere.
    http://www.smokeystangle.com/

Saturday, December 19th

  • Lil Tuffy @ Kuhl Frames + Art (11am – 4pm)

    The 2nd Annual Exhibition of works by SF designer Lil Tuffy continues with over 225 limited edition screenprinted rock posters for Bay Area, National and European shows. As always, ready-made frames will be available…remember your music and art loving friends this holiday season!  http://KuhlFrames.com/

  • Stocking Stuffers Craft Fair @ We Art Space (11am – 4pm)

    Original ready-t0-hang art, and hand-crafted items such as jewelry, clothing, housewares, and more… http://WeArtSpace.com/

Sunday, December 20th

  • Stocking Stuffers Craft Fair @ We Art Space (11am – 4pm)

    Original ready-t0-hang art, and hand-crafted items such as jewelry, clothing, housewares, and more… http://WeArtSpace.com/

holiday lights, circle of lights, mountain view cemetery

Mountain View Cemetery Holiday Circle of Lights

For those of you ahead of the game and actually ready to kick back and enjoy that vacation you’ve been waiting for for months, here are some interesting local oaktown holiday and non-holiday events to check out…  have fun!

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (friday, 12/18)

Mentioned in yesterday’s post too… part of the Paramount’s classic movie series.  Tickets are $5 and include pre-film entertainment. Doors at 7pm… movie starts at 8pm.  paramounttheatre.com

Reality Playings: Experiments In Experience/participation Performance (friday, 12/18)

CRITIC’S Choice: East Bay Express… Frank Moore, world-known shaman performance artist, will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos… Temescal Art Center at 8pm.  http://www.eroplay.com/events.html

Holidays at Dunsmuir Estate (sat/sun, 12/19 – 12/20)

Experience the wonders and classic beauty of the holidays at Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. Walk back in time through our beautifully decorated mansion, enjoy live holiday music, have breakfast with Father Christmas, find the perfect gift in our Holiday Shops, activities for the kids, and much more!  (11am – 5pm)  http://www.dunsmuir.org/calendar_holiday09.html

Ghost Town Farm Tour (sunday, 12/20)

Due to popular demand, Novella Carpenter is having another farm tour!
When: Sunday, December 20, 11am-2pm
What: Signed copies of Farm City, Goat Town t-shirts, fried green tomatoes, and hot chocolate made with goat milk for sale. Goat snuggling and tours free.
Where: Ghosttown Farm, 665 28th Street, at Martin Luther King
http://novellacarpenter.com/

Charlie Hunter at Yoshi’s, Oakland (sunday, 12/20)

Celebrating 10 years of Home for the Holidays CHARLIE HUNTER With Very Special Guest Doug Wamble… saw this show Saturday night… Awesome.
When: Sunday, December 20, 2pm matinee and 7pm shows
http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/954

“A Christmas Carol, the Musical” at Lisser Theater, Mills College (12/19 – 12/23)

Charles Dickens’ classic gets the full Broadway treatment by the Broadway team of Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Mermaid,”), Lynn Ahrens (“Ragtime,” “Seussical”) and Mike Okrent (“Crazy For You,” “Me and My Girl.”)  This spectacular musical retains its emotional power and pure joy, thanks to the marvelously-told story, and the score with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics.
http://curtaincallperformingarts.net/tickets_-_a_christmas_carol

The Oakland Ballet Performs the Nutcracker (12/24 – 12/27)

The Oakland Ballet Company presents Carlos Carvajal’s Nutcracker accompanied by the Oakland East Bay Symphony, performing the beautiful Tchaikovsky score.

This beloved holiday tradition has a spectacular growing tree, a spirited party, battle scenes, and a trip through the snow forest and the land of the sweets. The San Francisco Chronicle describes Carvajal’s Nutcracker as a “time-tested production, featuring glittering costumes and a live orchestra.”

TICKETS: $15-$50 with student and senior discounts through www.ticketmaster.com  or 1-800-745-3000.  Or better yet, avoid the butt-load of convenience charges that Ticketmaster applies by going directly down to Paramount Theatre (Box Office on 21st street – if you bring a non-perishable food item for the Alameda County Food bank, you get at additional 20% off your tickets – not a bad deal!), 2025 Broadway 510-465-6400, paramounttheatre.com http://www.oaklandballet.org/

Your GUIDE to Artisan Holiday Gift Events

Here’s my best effort at a comprehensive list of arty/crafty sales in the next week or so…. I’ll try to do this next week too. If folks have additions to this list, please send ’em in. (Remember, only 15 shopping days left… and even fewer for those celebrating Hanukkah).

Here are a couple of the small but sweet pieces I picked up Friday night… all from the Oakland School for the Arts. Top two are by Maya Ramirez, and bottom two (my favorite picks of the night) are by a 6th grader named Lucie Scanlon. I LOVE them. The left one is titled “Adios love” and the right, appropriately, “Red Eye Bunny #5.”

maya ramirez, lucie scanlon

Thursday, December 10th

  • Oakland Unwrapped! Holiday Buy Night (5pm – 10pm)

    More than a craft fair, this event is a serious alternative to malls, featuring shops & artists from Oakland Unwrapped!, Pro Arts and Oakland Grown! Lots of food, music, entertainment & more!
    http://www.oaklandunwrapped.org/

Friday, December 11th

  • Oakland Unwrapped! Holiday Buy Night (5pm – 10pm)

    More than a craft fair, this event is a serious alternative to malls, featuring shops & artists from Oakland Unwrapped!, Pro Arts and Oakland Grown! Lots of food, music, entertainment & more!
    http://www.oaklandunwrapped.org/

  • Roots of Resistance Holiday Market & Art Showcase (7pm – 11pm)

    A night of Indigenous art, performance, dance, drum, food, vendors, artisans, celebration and solidarity. A free community event where you can support local artisans by purchasing your holiday gifts.
    http://www.snagmagazine.com/2009/11/snag-holiday-market.html

  • Swarm Gallery Shop/Show (6pm – 9pm)

    A curated pop-up shop exhibition including small work installations, limited edition prints, art books, art t’s by Oaklandish, jewelry and much more.
    http://www.swarmgallery.com/gallery/exhibitions/Shop_Show.htm

Saturday, December 12th

  • The Crucible: Family Friendly Holiday Gift Art Sale and Open House (10 am to 4pm)

    Support local artists and community arts education for youth and adults while you get your last minute shopping done at the Bay Area’s most unusual holiday celebration.
    http://www.thecrucible.org

  • Mills College Fall Open Studios (12pm – 5pm)

    The current MFA students in the Mills College studio art program are pleased to announce the semiannual graduate open studios day.
    http://www.millsmfaopenstudios.blogspot.com/

  • 24th Annual Holiday Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show (11 am to 7pm)

    As Oakland’s and the Bay Area’s original African American Holiday Crafts Show, this grand event is in its 24th year and is undoubtedly committed to sustaining and growing African American crafts exhibitors, small businesses, wholesome families and communities.
    http://www.kwanzaagiftshow.com

  • Holiday Art Glass Sale (10 am to 4pm)

    Bruce Pizzichillo and Dari Gordon create unique glass artwork in their Oakland studio; including decorative vases, bowls, tumblers, jewelry and sculpture. Their studio is open to the public just twice a year, with substantial markdowns for the holidays.
    http://www.quepasaglass.com/

  • KPFA Crafts & Music Fair ($10 San Francisco, 10am – 6pm)

    The 39th Annual KPFA Crafts & Music Fair, the largest weekend holiday craft fair of its kind in Northern California, features 220 craftsmakers and artists from throughout the country, a gourmet food pavilion and live performances by some of the area’s leading world musicians.
    http://www.kpfa.org/craftsfair/

  • Mercury 20 – Winter Arts Fair (11am – 5pm)

    We will be featuring the work of local artists that have created work specifically for the holidays.
    Come enjoy hand made one of a kind work and holiday goodies. Buy local and support Oakland arts!
    http://www.mercurytwenty.com/Winter_arts/WinterArts.html

  • Stocking Stuffers Craft Fair @ We Art Space (11am – 4pm)

    Original ready-t0-hang art, and hand-crafted items such as jewelry, clothing, housewares, and more…
    http://WeArtSpace.com/

Sunday, December 13th

  • The Crucible: Family Friendly Holiday Gift Art Sale and Open House (10 am to 4pm)

    Support local artists and community arts education for youth and adults while you get your last minute shopping done at the Bay Area’s most unusual holiday celebration.
    http://www.thecrucible.org

  • 24th Annual Holiday Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show (11 am to 7pm)

    As Oakland’s and the Bay Area’s original African American Holiday Crafts Show, this grand event is in its 24th year and is undoubtedly committed to sustaining and growing African American crafts exhibitors, small businesses, wholesome families and communities.
    http://www.kwanzaagiftshow.com

  • KPFA Crafts & Music Fair ($10 San Francisco, 10am – 6pm)

    The 39th Annual KPFA Crafts & Music Fair, the largest weekend holiday craft fair of its kind in Northern California, features 220 craftsmakers and artists from throughout the country, a gourmet food pavilion and live performances by some of the area’s leading world musicians.
    http://www.kpfa.org/craftsfair/

  • Mercury 20 – Winter Arts Fair (11am – 5pm)

    We’ll be featuring the work of local artists that have created work specifically for the holidays.
    Come enjoy hand made one of a kind work and holiday goodies. Buy local and support Oakland arts!
    http://www.mercurytwenty.com/Winter_arts/WinterArts.html

  • Stocking Stuffers Craft Fair @ We Art Space (11am – 4pm)

    Original ready-t0-hang art, and hand-crafted items such as jewelry, clothing, housewares, and more…
    http://WeArtSpace.com/

Online

And if you can’t bear to leave the warm glow of your computer monitor, you can always support local Oakland artists by buying their wares through Etsy, which is a pretty great site in my opinion. If you click on their shop local section (http://www.etsy.com/shop_local.php), you can type in Oakland, CA and get an abundance of Oaktown artisans…

Homemade

And of course, if you happen to be artistically inclined, or even the slightest bit creative, who says you have to shop at all? Be your own artist… get creative and have some fun making gifts to share with your loved ones. Those are truly the best gifts of all, because they come from the heart, and not just the wallet.