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Posted by novoscene on September 13, 2007

Lots going on in the town over the weekend. You can get literary with local writers and poets, get your grown folk on with some bay area soul music and learn how to kick some ass with the whole family. Oakland baby…gotta love it.

Thursday Sept. 13

Ella Baker Mural Unveiling


About a year ago the folks over at the Ella Baker Center started working on a mural to pertify the side of their building over at 40th and Manila-a work of art combined the center’s ten year mission of fighting for social, racial and environment justice with a community vision of a new, healthier Oakland. Earlier this year the center received a grant from the City Redevelopment Division and brought in Precita Eyes muralist Fred Alvarado and a team of youth artists to complete the job. Tonight at the unveiling, Fred and his team share their vision, along with youth performers and updates on the center’s current campaigns.

Ella Baker Mural Unveiling
Ella Baker Center
344 40th Street
Oakland, CA 94609
RSVP with Marcos Rodriguez at marcos@ellabakercenter.org
510-428-3939 ext. 287

Prosody Castle Poetry Reading: Chris Stroffolino and Erika Staiti


Poet, songwriter, high minded academic and overall free spirit Chris Stroffolino (Oops, Pavement Saw Press, 1994, Stealer’s Wheel, Hard Press, 1999, Speculative Primitive, Tougher Disguises, 2005) is the consummate arteest. After serving time with rock outfit The Silver Jews, Stroffolino did what any self respecting musician would: left the music scene, got a Doctorate in Shakespeare, came out west and spent the next few years spreading the gospel of rock to impressionable MFA creative writing students.

When the hallowed halls got a little too hollow, Chris stripped off the tweed blazer, joined East Bay indie band Continous Peasant, and set out to bring a little mo’ soul to the local warehouse/coffee shop music scene.

Tonight he’s joined by Mills College MFA candidate Erika Staiti for a reading of verse that promises to be a little bit country, a little bit rock n roll, and pretty damned interesting.

Prosody Castle



The Gallery of Urban Art
1746 13th St.

Friday Sept. 14

Reading: Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas


You remember Clarence Thomas right? The conservative Supreme Court justice who, thanks to a high profile sexual harassment case back in ’91, will forever be known to me (very very much to my dismay) as “Long Dong Silver?” Well a new book by Washington Post staffers Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher proves there’s much more to the man than pubic hair jokes and a love for Ayn Rand.

In Supreme Discomfort, the authors portrays Thomas as “an isolated and bitter man, savagely reviled by much of the black community, not entirely comfortable in white society…He has clearly never recovered from the searing experience of his Senate confirmation hearings.” That must be why he agreed toofficiate Rush Limbaugh’s wedding, in his own home, a couple of years later. Bruh had to be traumatized.

Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas
Reading and Q&A with Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Beebe Memorial Cathedral
3900 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609

Saturday Sept. 15

California Writers Club w/Mark Lundham


Heads up local authors! It’s a day of writin’, listenin’ and laughin’ with the California Writers Club. The group meets monthly at Barnes and Noble to hear from published authors and discuss all things literary, and then heads over to Rockridge library for some deep worskshopping and honing of “the craft.”

The featured speaker at this month’s meeting is funnyman Mark Lundham. Lundham has had his own comedy special on Showtime, performed standup on Comedy Central, and is currently touring his one man show “Addicted… a comedy of substance.” He’ll give the inside scoop on how to write funny without sounding like you’re trying to be funny.

Here’s a sample:

“If life was fair, teachers in this country would be paid a million dollars a year and professional athletes would work for tips. Some teams out there would actually owe YOU money. You might receive a note in the mail the week after the game.
Dear Fan,
Sorry about the defense on Sunday. Here’s a check for $100.
See you next weekend?
Your team.”

Raiders- gimme my damn check…

California Writers Club Monthly Meeting

Mark Lundham Lecture
Barnes and Noble
Jack London Square

Writers Workshop
Rockridge Public Library
5366 College Avenue

Hip Hop Soul Experience: Dahrio Wonder and Friends


Back in January, the music featured during the youth portion of the Dellums inauguration ceremony was promoted as “Hyphy Soul,” presumably music to get your groove onto in between sideshows and ghostridin’. While the performers at the show were good, I wasn’t too sold on the soul. Tonight the Oakland Metro is giving it another go with Hip Hop Soul, a lineup of up and coming songsmiths in that grand Oakland tradition.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, R&B crooner Dahrio Wonder has a resume that includes opening for The Isley Brothers and a stint as a backup dancer for Brittney Spears. But just as the recent VMA “Britastrophy” seems to be the nail in the coffin for America’s favorite Mousekateer, Wonder’s star looks like it’s just set to rise. With a voice that reminds of old school Oakland acts Tony! Toni! Tone! and Christion, Wonder brings a little eclecticism to the usually bland crop of current urban artists.

Wonder’s joined by a boatload of balladeers including Moesoul, V.E.R.A. Clique, Marcel Hutton Feat, Corey Action, Ariel, & Teela Shine.

Hip Hop Soul Experience

$15 presale, $20 at the door
201 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-763-1146

Sunday Sept. 16

Family Explorations! Martial Arts Around the World!

Do the Kung Fu hustle with some of the areas top schools. The Family Explorations program is bringing in Aikido, Tai Kwon Do, Wu Shu, and Capoeira practioners for a day of demonstration and instructions for the whole clan. Learn from instructors from Alameda Aikikai, Capoeira Arts Café, Jue’s Taekwon-Do, and Pacific Wushu. And when the hands to hand gets to be too much, switch to hand to clay as artists teach youth how to make their own clay action figures.

Martial Arts Around the World
Free with museum admission
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street@ 10th St.
Oakland, California 94607

John Santos CD Release Party


This event celebrates the release of John Santos’ latest CD, “20th Anniversary,” recorded with his crew of bad ass Bay Area Latin Jazz players “The Machete Ensemble.”

Santos is one of the world’s foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music. The Percussionist, composer, writer and educator is known for combining traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music way before it was fashionable.

He’s performed, recorded and studied with masters of the Afro-Latin and Jazz idioms such as Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Lazaro Ros, Armando Peraza, Eddie Palmieri, Patato Valdes, Francisco Aguabella, Orestes Vilata, Rene Lopez, Max Roach, Walfredo de los Reyes, Milton Cardona, Roberto Borrell and Chocolate Armenteros.
John Santos CD Release Party
EastSide Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.


2 Responses to “Weekendish”

  1. webby said

    Clarence Thomas and Rush Limbaugh?


  2. poetix said

    That Stroffolinos a hottie

    mmmm, academics…

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