Shopping, Dancing, Lasers & Puppets in Oakland



Feria Urbana Oakland

1. Feria Urbana

Are you a fan of craft/jewelry/local goods fairs? Yep, me too, so I’m hella pumped about this event featuring jewelry, housewares, clothing, fashion accessories, baby items, ceramics and more.  The fair features local artists and designers selling their wares at accessible prices. Mother’s Day is coming up, and moms loooooove jewelry and crafts and soaps or whatever your mom is into. She’ll just be happy you thought of her. Grab a beer while you’re in the Linden Street Brewery, taste wine in the Campovida tasting room, and chow down with food from Adesso Restaurant, Ippo Ramen & Stroupie Gourmet. Wine, beer, food, and local designers? That’s a Wear Your Voice dream come true. See you all there. 

Saturday, 12-5 p.m., Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden St., Oakland, free admission


Laserium Oakland

2. Laserium Pink Floyd

I thought Pink Floyd laser shows were a joke, or at least ended in the 80s. But apparently this is a real thing and it still happens in 2014. I never went through the Pink Floyd phase that most everyone goes through in college, but maybe you did, or maybe you’re going through it now! Or maybe you just like to get stoned, go to laser shows and listen to trippy music. Or maybe you like to do it sober, but this definitely seems like a classic stoner event. Have fun, hippies.

 Fridays & Saturdays @ 9:15 p.m., Sundays @ 4:15 pm, through July 31, Chabot Space & Science Center, 1000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, $14

everybody can dance

3. Everybody Can Dance!

This dance workshop has an encouraging, supportive, beautiful philosophy: Everybody can dance! (Clearly they have never met me; I forgot to sign up for rhythm and coordination in the genetic lottery). Presented by Lucia August, this workshop is for everybody, regardless of age, size and shape, or physical abilities! Get your dance on with your community, and lessons from encouraging and knowledgeable dance instructors. It’s a safe space for all, whether you dance like Elaine from Seinfeld or Baryshnikov.

 Saturday, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th Ave, Oakland, FREE

seans shadows oakland

4. Sean’s Shadows

Ok, have some faith in my event recommendations. I know you see puppets and think “children” or “creepy” or just “no, dude.” But puppets are for everyone, creepy, child, or neither! I’ll admit I’m biased because I studied puppetry for a few years in college and am especially fond of making/watching shadow puppets. (Fun fact: my only official imdb credit is as a puppeteer in a short film. It’s a glamorous life I lead). Sean Powers is a talented local puppeteer who brings his beautiful, intricate shadow puppets to Oakland Public Library this Saturday. It’s early and there will be children, but there will also be beautiful puppets, and Sean answers questions and shows you his puppets after. Come on, drag your ass out of bed, it’ll be fun!

Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Oakand Public Library, Lakeview Branch, 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland, FREE

 5. Check out WYV writer Chani’s recommendations of Bay Area Dance Week right here! (did I mention they are all free?!)