Utopia: Forecasting Our Future
Vessel Gallery’s current exhibit takes a look at environmental preservation as artists explore the idea of utopia. In partnership with the recent Global Climate Action Summit and San Francisco’s COAL + ICE exhibit, Utopia: Forecasting Our Future features philosophical and historical ruminations through photography, acrylic ink, weaving, and other works by a slate of predominantly local artists of color: Kim Anno, David Burke, Rubén Salgado Escudero, Dave Young Kim, Hyeyoung Kim, Christy Kovacs, Yuyang Liu, and Cyrus Tilton. “Preserving what we know to be precious, individuals must collectively advance a global, inclusive vision of unity and resect for Mother Nature,” Vessel Gallery owner Lonnie Lee wrote in her curator’s statement. “A collaboration rooted in love and respect for all human life, and reverence for nature, is ultimately the only way to bring us closer to utopia.” Discuss your own vision of utopia — and combatting climate change — at the celebration coinciding with First Friday. — Janelle Bitker
Reception Friday, Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m., runs through Oct. 20, free,
471 25th St., Oakland, Vessel-Gallery.com
$5 First Friday at Chabot: Each $5 First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages! Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. Each month there will be new things to explore!, Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served. Pre-purchase your tickets First Friday of every month, $5, Chabot Space & Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, ChabotSpace.org.
Before You, Above the Circle: Mika Sperling takes viewers on an introspective journey through visual imagery and welcomes them into an intimate layer of personal history that explores the complexities of family and place. Oct. 5-Nov. 3, free, Aggregate Space, 801 West Grand Ave., Oakland, AggregateSpace.com.
Into The Woods: New nature-inspired paintings in oil by Oakland artist Bella Bigsby. Artists reception on Friday, Oct. 5, from 5:30-8 p.m.., Oct. 5-Dec. 3, free, 482-A 49th St., Oakland, ShopEsqueleto.com.
Loop Melody: United by a mutual appreciation for rhythm, color, and pattern, artists Alexander Kori Girard and Rachel Kaye spiral off into their own personal explorations of hidden symbols and frenetic motion. Art murmur reception on Friday, Oct. 5, from 5-8 p.m.., Oct. 5-Jan. 4, free, Johansson Projects, 2300 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, JohanssonProjects.com.
Marconi’s Machines: A unique audio installation by sculptor, composer and playwright Dan Weber. Artist reception on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 2-4 p.m.., Fridays, Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Nov. 10, free, Manna Gallery, 473 25th St., Oakland, MannaGallery.com.
Setting forth by signs: A group exhibition featuring sculptures and paintings by Yevgeniya Baras, Sahar Khoury, Lauren McKeon, and Mindy Rose Schwartz. Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21, free, Interface Gallery, 486 49th St., Oakland, InterfaceArtGallery.com.
Being Seen: A photography exhibition that explores themes of identity, anonymity, privacy, and space. Through Oct. 27, free, SLATE contemporary, 473 25th St., Oakland, SlateArt.net.
First Friday Follies: Burlesque performances, with MC JUICY D. Light and music by, Elegant Trash First Friday of every month, free. Stork Club, 2330 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, StorkClubOakland.com.
First Fridays at The New Parkway: Come enjoy the First Friday Art Walk at The New Parkway Theater! Happy hour specials: $10 for a pint and appetizer, 6-9 p.m. (with flyer). Artist showcase: All Around Oaktown, by Bayflix (reception 6-7:45 p.m. in the Mezzanine). Karaoke in the Mezzanine, 8-11 p.m. Throwback Theater: Love Jones, 9:30 p.m. First Friday of every month, 6-11 p.m. free. The New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St., Oakland, TheNewParkway.com.
First Fridays Community Potluck: Once a month ArtVale invites the community to come on out and break bread with one another. Bring friends, family and food to share. Stay for a small drawing session. First Friday of every month, 6-9 p.m., free. ArtVale Gallery, 3463 Champion St., Oakland, ArtValeGallery.com.
For Now for Magical Power: An exhibition based on the world of magic and make-believe places and events. Through Oct. 5, free. Creative Growth Art Center, 355 24th St., Oakland, CreativeGrowth.org.
Friday Nights @ OMCA!: Jam to live music, get crafty at drop-in art workshops and join local foodies for a variety of demos and tastings. Gallery admission is half-price for adults and free for ages 18 and under. Fridays, 5-10 p.m., free. Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland, MuseumCA.org.
Gilded Age: Artist Dickson Schneider makes collages of Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto books, then gilds the pages of the black and white comic to create textural, “modernist” pieces. Through Oct. 20, free. Gallery at the Werkshack, 481 25th St., Oakland, Werkshack.com.
Hoodslam: Monthly underground wrestling event for the 21+ crowd. First Friday of every month, 9 p.m., $20. Oakland Metro Operahouse, 522 2nd St., Oakland, OaklandMetro.org.
The Light and Texture of Mexico: Three photographers share their unique perspectives of life in Mexico Through Oct. 11, free. EBMUD Gallery, 375 11th St., Oakland, EBMUD.com/Art.
Noche Divina: Live music, art on display from local artists, food, and overall good vibes First Friday of every month, 9 p.m. Continues through Oct. 5, $5 donation. Beauty Botanica, 304 15th Street, Oakland.
Oakland First Fridays: An immersive art and community experience with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJs, and poets gathering. First Friday of every month, 5-9 p.m. Telegraph Ave. from W. Grand to 27th St., Oakland.
Oakland Print Show: A group exhibition featuring over 30 local artists and showcasing a variety of framed prints in different mediums. First Friday reception on October 5, from 6-10 p.m.., Oct. 5-28, free, OaklandPrintFair.com. Classic Cars West, 411 26th St., Oakland, ClassicCarsWest.com.
Oaxaca Plus: Contemporary Art of Mexico: Presented by Les Arts, and featuring paintings, art prints, and drawings from “contemporary masters and emerging talent.” Oct. 4-29, free. Warehouse 416, 416 26th St., Oakland, Warehouse416.com.
Passion and Restraint: Paintings by Irene Nelson and sculpture by Gina Telcocci, with special installation, Burn Pile by Bachrun LoMele in the Inner Room. Through Oct. 6, free, GearBox Gallery, 770 West Grand Ave, Oakland, GearBoxGallery.com.
Protection Shields 2.0: The Alignment: Artist Gale Madyun explores the delicate, precious, and sacredness of human beings through a collection of assembled pieces. Through Oct. 26, free. Oakstop, 1721 Broadway, Oakland, Oakstop.com.
A Room with a View: New landscape and figurative paintings by Gage Opdenbrouw, Sandy Ostrau, Andrew Walker Patterson Artists’ reception on Friday, Oct. 5, from 6-9 p.m.., Through Nov. 3, free. The Fourth Wall Art Gallery, 473 25th St., Oakland.
Shimmer: A solo exhibition featuring all new works by Jenn Shifflet. Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 25, free. Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, 480 23rd St., Oakland, ChandraCerritoContemporary.com.
Subtlety of Beauty: The complex and subtle paintings of Mario Navasero. Opening reception on Friday, Oct. 5, from 6-9 p.m., Oct. 5-21, free. Temescal Studios, 4201 Telegraph Ave., Ste. A, Oakland.
Three Solo Exhibitions: PK Frizzell’s multi-media audio visual installation Humpty Dumpty, Ruth Tabancay’s site-specific embroidery exhibition Stitch, and Kerry Vander Meer’s monochromatic prints The Shape of It. Through Oct. 20, free. Mercury 20 Gallery, 475 25th St., Oakland, MercuryTwenty.com.
Time Machine: An exhibit exploring the idea of warping time, placing historic events in a future sci-fi environment. Continues through Oct. 21, free, Pro Arts Gallery, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, ProArtsGallery.org.