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Sunday, May 10

Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland
Sunday, May 10 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Temescal Art Center
Shapeshifters Cinema: Experimental Film & Music | Oakland

Shapeshifters Cinema is a monthly series featuring experimental filmmakers and video artists presenting moving image work live with accompaniment from musicians and sound artists. Shapeshifters takes place the second Sunday of every month, from 8 to 9 pm (unless otherwise noted) at Temescal Art Center ...

Tuesday, May 12

Free Women’s Comedy Night | Oakland
Tuesday, May 12 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a two drink minimum and donations are welcome.
| The Layover
Free Women's Comedy Night | Oakland

Come check out a monthly comedy event at The Layover in Oakland for Women’s Comedy Night sponsored by Feelmore510 and hosted by Lydia Popovich. This event happens on the second Tuesday of every month. There is no cover, but there is a two drink minimum ...

Wednesday, May 13

Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland
Wednesday, May 13 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland

Come and explore the nourishing stillness of meditation (Theravada Buddhist tradition) with David Harcos on Wednesdays or Pauletta Chanco, OACC Artist in Residence on Thursdays. You will learn to use the breath to tranquilize and calm the body, heart, and mind. After the 30 minute guided ...

Thursday, May 14

Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre
Thursday, May 14 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Orinda Theatre
Free Movie Night | Orinda Theatre

The Orinda Theatre hosts a free movie night at 7 pm on every second Thursday of the month. Every month showcases a new interesting classic title and sometimes you can catch special guest appearances by actors and film makers. Bring some cash for popcorn and ...

Revenge of the ’80s: New Wave DJs & 80¢ Drinks | Oakland
Thursday, May 14 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Ruby Room
Revenge of the '80s: New Wave DJs & 80¢ Drinks | Oakland

Step into a totally f*cked up ’80s time warp every second Thursday at The Ruby Room and enjoy absurdly cheap 80 cent well drinks between 10 pm and midnight, and of course, all the ’80s music and dancing you can handle. DJs Jonathan Reddick (Slime City, Ex-Twin Steps) ...

Friday, May 15

Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland
Bicycle Art Salon | Oakland

The Bicycle Art Salon is a discussion group on the subject(s) of art, film, music, bicycles and more, at the home and studio of Slimm Buick every third Friday, except for July and November. Free, but an RSVP is required by contacting the organizers via email to bicycleartsalon@gmail.com ...

Seduction Feroce: Burlesque & Drag Variety Show | Oakland
Seduction Feroce: Burlesque & Drag Variety Show | Oakland

Séduction Féroce is bringing its sexy, diverse, boundary-pushing and inclusive monthly variety show to Bench & Bar in Oakland, taking over the stage every third Friday of the month. Get in for $5 when you mention Funcheap at the door; otherwise, it’s $10. Every month, you ...

Wednesday, May 20

East Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland
Wednesday, May 20 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but RSVP is required.
| Awaken Cafe
East Bay Green Drinks: Free Snacks & Networking | Oakland

East Bay Green Drinks, started in 2000, and is a monthly community and networking event for people involved in sustainable business, environmental and social causes, local and organic food, green architecture and design, media, communications, education, construction, clean energy and more. Free, but RSVP is ...

Oakland Comedy Shop: Monthly Standup | Oakland
Wednesday, May 20 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Feelmore510
Oakland Comedy Shop: Monthly Standup | Oakland

Feelmore Adult Gallery in Oakland opens its door for live comedy once a month on the third Wednesday. The Oakland Comedy Shop is a quality showcase produced by local comedians Shanti Charan and Arthur Ballesteros.

Thursday, May 21

Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland
Thursday, May 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland

Come and explore the nourishing stillness of meditation (Theravada Buddhist tradition) with David Harcos on Wednesdays or Pauletta Chanco, OACC Artist in Residence on Thursdays. You will learn to use the breath to tranquilize and calm the body, heart, and mind. After the 30 minute guided ...

Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland
Thursday, May 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Piedmont Avenue
Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Oakland

At the Piedmont Avenue Stroll you can expect to see a variety of art mediums, enjoy entertainment, and sample refreshments with many businesses showcasing hand-picked local artists and designers. The monthly event was voted Best Art Walk That’s Not Art Murmur in 2012 by the East ...

The Smart Culture Show: Artsy Comedy Showcase & Free Pizza | Oakland
Thursday, May 21 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | 3rd St Warehouse
The Smart Culture Show: Artsy Comedy Showcase & Free Pizza | Oakland

It’s the third Thursday, and that only means one thing: The Smart Culture Show is back at the 3rd St. Warehouse. What is the Smart Culture Show? It’s an art themed comedy show held in a warehouse space in the Jack London section of Oakland. ...

Friday, May 22

Free Comedy & Beer Night | Walnut Creek
Friday, May 22 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Sports Basement (Walnut Creek)
Free Comedy & Beer Night | Walnut Creek

The Sports Basement Walnut Creek store hosts a free comedy night on (most) fourth Fridays of the month from 6:30-8 pm. There’s no cover, and in addition to some free laughs, they also serve up free beer to those over 21. Bring the family along; admission is 18+, unless ...

Sunday, May 24

Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay
Sunday, May 24 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Humanist Hall
Sunday Assembly: Atheist Communty Sing & Meetup | East Bay

Sunday Assembly is a non-religious congregation that celebrates life. They’ve got the best parts of a church – community, singing, and acts of service – without any of the religious dogma. They typically meet on the fourth Sunday of the month to sing, think, listen, laugh, ...

Monday, May 25

Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland
Monday, May 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: $8 | The New Parkway
Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland

Nerd Nite East Bay is a monthly lecture-in-a-bar series. They get smart and interesting people, give them lots of free drinks, and put them on stage in front of a couple hundred tipsy nerds. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s salacious, and it’s always nerdy. Nerd ...

Wednesday, May 27

Oakland A’s vs. Detroit Tigers | $2 Ticket Day
Wednesday, May 27 – 12:35 pm | Cost: $2*
*Tickets are available online only and will be delivered digitally.
| Oakland Coliseum
Oakland A's vs. Detroit Tigers | $2 Ticket Day

Oakland A’s single game tickets are on sale and once again every A’s Wednesday home game in 2015 is a “$2 Wednesday” thanks to BART. Tickets are good for the sorta crappy seats in the Plaza Reserved sections. 2015 BART $2 Wednesdays Schedule Athletics vs Texas ...

Free Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland
Wednesday, May 27 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but you should probably buy food or drinks
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
Free Comedy: Senseless Bureau Improv | Oakland

Fourth Wednesday of the month means free improvised comedy in Oakland from The Senseless Bureau. The East Bay’s witty bunch of Senseless Bureaucrats will take your random suggestions and craft them into clever scenes to delight and amuse you. Watch the Senseless Bureau simultaneously write, ...

Thursday, May 28

Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland
Thursday, May 28 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted.
| Oakland Asian Cultural Center
Lunchtime Guided Meditation & Teachings | Downtown Oakland

Come and explore the nourishing stillness of meditation (Theravada Buddhist tradition) with David Harcos on Wednesdays or Pauletta Chanco, OACC Artist in Residence on Thursdays. You will learn to use the breath to tranquilize and calm the body, heart, and mind. After the 30 minute guided ...

Adventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley
Thursday, May 28 – 5:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| Road Runner Sports (Berkeley)
Adventure Run Scavenger Hunt & Beer Garden | Berkeley

Adventure Run is a free, 60-minute scavenger-like fun run filled with hundreds of friends, giveaways, raffle prizes, music and even a beer garden.
Free, but an RSVP is required.
Your Adventure starts when you arrive early to collect your supplies (check-in) and try cool new products from …

Friday, May 29

Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley
Friday, May 29 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required.
| Grace North Church
Candle Lit Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Berkeley

Walk the free labyrinth at Grace North Church in Berkeley with 97 candles lighting the path, while listening to music every last Friday of the month. Free, but an RSVP is appreciated, though not required. The Winding Way musicians, an acoustic musical group featuring guitar, violin, cello, mandolin, ...

Sunday, May 31

Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley
Sunday, May 31 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Firehouse Art Collective
Mixed Media Mixer: Art, Music, Photo & Video Showcase | Berkeley

The Mixed Media Mixer is a monthly event with the goal of bringing artists across many platforms together with the intention of collaboration. A new collection of Bay Area artists, musicians, photographers and videographers come together every last Sunday of the month at the Firehouse Art Events Hangar. Bring ...

Wednesday, June 3

Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Wednesday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | UC Botanical Garden
Free First Wednesday | UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

Enjoy free admission to the UC Botanical Garden on the first Wednesday of every month month from 9 am to 5 pm year round. Established in 1890, the Garden, which is open to the public year round, has over 13,000 different kinds of plants from ...

1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland
Wednesday, June 3 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free reading, but bring some money if you want to get food and drinks.
| Spice Monkey Restaurant
1st Wednesday Author Reading Series | Oakland

Pandemonium Press presents a monthly reading series that takes place in the Loft at the Spice Monkey restaurant (1628 Webster St., Oakland) on every first Wednesday of the month. The series features author readings, editor talks, book giveaways and fun themes on many month. Admission is ...

East Bay Science Cafe | Albany
Wednesday, June 3 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cafe Valparaiso
East Bay Science Cafe | Albany

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues and is held on the first Wednesday of every month at Cafe Valparaiso in Albany. Join a casual evening of conversation with members of the scientific community presenting different ...

Bowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay
Wednesday, June 3 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Clayton Valley Bowl
Bowling Alley Comedy Show | East Bay

The first Wednesday of every month brings you a hilarious comedy show to the Lounge at Clayton Valley Bowl in Concord. Mires like Fires presents has become one of best East Bay stand up comedy showcases around. The show features a different lineup of talented ...

Thursday, June 4

1st & 3rd Thursday “Hub CAP” Community Art Party | Vallejo
Thursday, June 4 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are always welcome.
| The Hub Vallejo
1st & 3rd Thursday

Every first and third Thursday evening, The Hub Vallejo hosts Hub CAP Community Art Party, a creative community gathering where anything goes  – painting, singing, sewing, knitting, music, mosaics, sculpture…whatever. It’s informal and a chance to hang as a community and create. Bring a project, a ...

Friday, June 5

First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland
Friday, June 5 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but there is a $5 suggested donation for the optional potluck lunch.
| Impact Hub Oakland
First Friday Free Coworking | Impact Hub Oakland

Impact Hub Oakland opens its doors every first Friday for free coworking all day from 9 am to 6 pm. Be productive and get work done, meet and collaborate with friends, pet a bunny, and enjoy a #SexySalad potluck lunch ($5 suggested donation for Soon-To-Be Members; ...

First Friday Shorts | The New Parkway
Friday, June 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The New Parkway
First Friday Shorts | The New Parkway

First Friday Shorts screens short films by Bay Area filmmakers and media arts organizations using film and video to tell stories not usually seen or heard. Join The New Parkway and discover local filmmaker talent and learn something new about your Bay Area community.

First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland
Friday, June 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations for the artists are awesome.
| Stork Club
First Friday Follies: Burlesque & Creepy Puppet Show | Oakland

You had us at “burlesque” and “creepy puppets.” As Oakland Art Murmur winds down on your Friday night, find your way to the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9 pm for the perfectly strange after-party, The First Friday Follies burlesque show, a monthly free ...

Temescal First Fridays | Oakland
Friday, June 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free admission, but bring cash for shopping, food, and drinks.
| Alleys at Temescal Square
Temescal First Fridays | Oakland

Voted “Best Art Murmur Offshoot” in the East Bay Express Readers’ Poll, Temescal First Friday takes place from 6-9 pm every first Friday of the month. Galleries, cafes, bars, and retailers in Oakland’s Temescal district have teamed up to bring you art, music, food, drinks, and strolling ...