While much of the country endures frigid temperatures, Oakland will be graced with 60-degree weather this weekend — making it the perfect time to get out and enjoy live music, a culinary event or a holiday toy drive and party.
Rebirth Brass Band
New Orleans' own Rebirth Brass Band has arrived in Oakland for a two-night performance at Starline Social Club. While Friday's show is already sold out, fans can still catch the Grammy-winning group tonight for its signature blend of New Orleans second-line culture with funk, jazz, soul and hip-hop.
When: Thursday - Friday, November 14 - November 15, times vary
Where: Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
A Chef's Journey to Oakland
This live music and dinner series aims to reflect the 30-year culinary career of chef Eddie Blyden, whose ties to Africa and the Caribbean inform dishes like Moroccan lamb sliders with harissa crema and slow-roasted jerk chicken with fried plantains. The $10 admission includes live music from the James Henry World Music Band and a free cocktail, beer or glass of wine; food is available for purchase separately.
When: Friday, November 15, 6:30 - 10 p.m.
Where: The Terrace Room, 1800 Madison St.
United Motorcycle Clubs of Alameda County Toy Drive
Kick off the holiday season by donating an unwrapped toy to a child in need at the United Motorcycle Clubs of Alameda County. In exchange for their generosity, attendees can enjoy food, drinks, desserts, music and a photo booth. Harley-Davidson will also break out mini electric demo bikes for kids to ride. All proceeds from the $20 admission will go to Adopt-An-Angel, which fills the Christmas wish lists of hundreds of needy kids in Alameda County.
When: Saturday, November 16, 12 - 3 p.m.
Where: Oakland Harley-Davidson, 151 Hegenberger Rd
Price: $20 donation + unwrapped toy
Sleater-Kinney at Fox Theater
Feminist rock icons Sleater-Kinney are once again on tour, to promote their August release "The Center Won't Hold." While drummer Janet Weiss departed the group in July, guitarist Carrie Brownstein and vocalist Corin Tucker will still be front-and-center, performing new tracks like "Hurry on Home" and "Can I Go On."
When: Sunday, November 17, 8 p.m.
Where: Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave.