Luna Mexicana, Hip Hop Nutcracker and the Return of Hoodslam
November is here, and it means the start of a busy season of holiday events. This week, we’re already seeing the classic Nutcracker Christmas tale hit the calendar – and this one is the hip-hop version.
Also, be prepared, because daylight saving time ends this Sunday, November 7 at 2 a.m. At that point, our clocks will âgo backâ one hour, giving us more daylight on winter mornings but less in the evening.
We’ve rounded up some of the best events happening around Oakland this week. As a reminder, we now include indoor events where proof of vaccination and wearing a mask are mandatory in addition to outdoor events.
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In April, when we spoke to Graham Lustig, director of the Oakland Ballet Company, he told Oaklandside that the team was ready and excited to return to the stage at Paramount’s Theater for the upcoming 2021-2022 season. The time has come: The Oakland Ballet to host a live audience this weekend for two presentations of the Oakland Ballet’s Day of the Dead show Luna Mexicana. Now in its fifth year, this popular show will kick off the ballet company’s season. With choreography by Lustig, the program includes additional performances by Aztec dance ensemble Nahui Ehekatl and Co. and Ballet FolklÃ³rico by MÃ©xico Danza. This year’s presentation will honor the lives lost to COVID-19. The show will have two dates, one taking place on the same day as the first Fridays. All guests 12 years of age and older will need to be fully immunized to participate.
Friday November 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday November 6 at 2:30 p.m., $ 24 to $ 59, Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway.
Oakland Vintage Market
Those looking for rare finds for their homes, look no further. The parking lot behind Jack London Square’s vintage decor and furniture store, Narrative, will transform this weekend into an open-air market featuring more than 40 merchants. As the holidays approach, now is a good time to find some unique gifts for your loved ones. The market is open air, and the organizers ask you to wear a mask.
Saturday November 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free access, Oakland Vintage Market, 222 Jefferson St.
Last year, the pandemic forced Hoodslam to suspend its popular shows and the celebration of its 10th anniversary. Hoodslam has been the underground professional wrestling phenomenon that has entertained wrestling fans since its inception in 2010. This weekend, the wrestling gang will be back in the ring for a night of pro wrestling mixed with dangerous stunts and profanity for 21 year old fans. and up to. This is an outdoor event outside of 16th Street Station in West Oakland.
Friday November 5, 7 p.m., $ 20, Hoodslam, 16th Street Station, 1601 Wood Street.
Weekly shows at the Golden Bull bar
In 2019, four friends Jason Beebout, Bill Schneider, Mark W Lynn, and Billie Joe Armstrong purchased Oakland’s longtime dive, The Golden Bull, on 14th Street. At the time, the new owners didn’t anticipate that a pandemic would hamper their plans to revive the bar and turn it into a top-notch live music scene. After remaining closed for months, in June the bar reopened its indoor operations and slowly added new shows every month. For the month of November, the bar offers a program of 14 different shows to discover. And, on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, the bar offers karaoke. Head to a show or purchase merchandise to support the live music and this legendary dive club.
Check the calendar for specific shows and ticket prices, Golden Bull, 412 14th St.
The Nutcracker Hip Hop at the Paramount Theater
Hip hop pioneer Kurtis Walker, known professionally as Kurtis Blow, is back as the MC of this reimagined version of the classic ballet by 129-year-old Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The Hip Hop Nutcracker includes a dozen dancers, a live DJ and an electric violinist. Just like the classic, in The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Maria-Clara and Prince The Nutcracker go on an adventure, but the setting of this tale is New York. The tour was canceled last year due to the pandemic. Walker also had a heart transplant last year, and after recovering, he will once again lead the show’s 31-city tour that begins Nov. 6 in San Diego.
Wednesday November 10, 7:30 p.m., $ 41 to $ 79, Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway.