There’s a heaping helping of events all around the town this fine October weekend. We’ve got some scrumptious choir performances with side helpings of dance lecture and hood theater. Some fresh out the oven girl rock along with a little experimental film to wash it down and some sweet, sweet beat poetry to top it off, and that’s just the first course. Pull up a chair, grab a fork and dig in.-kwan
Thursday Oct. 4
Lecture: “50 Million Ways to Make a Dance”
Genius choreographer Gus Solomons Jr has been putting the proverbial “smack down” on the dance world for over 30 years. The M.I.T. trained architect has created experimental dance programs for the Alvin Ailey Rep, performed with Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham and is a regular contribute to big name rags like Dance Magazine, the Village Voice, and the New York Times. Solomon is a professor at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and tonight’s lecture promises to be a heady look into the various ways dance can be constructed, deconstructed, conceptualized and generally made to defy expectations.
“50 Million Ways to Make a Dance”
Danford Hall, Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland
Friday Oct. 5
I.C. You is the story of a truck driver with one very important, chilly mission-to keep all of America nice and cold. Sit back as performance artists Sue Costabile and Laetitia Sonami direct this “live film,” written by poet Tom Sleigh, using a projector, miniature icebergs, mechanized shadows and amplified pencils to tell the gut wrenching inside story of one of the Universe Company’s most valued employees as he hauls his ice all ‘round the great blue yonder.
7, 8, 9pm
492 23rd St., Oakland
Arts: Oakland Youth Chorus at Oakland Arts Day
Over the years the Oakland Youth Chorus has produces some of the city’s most amazing soul vocalists. LaToya London, Goapele and Jennifer Johns all first cut their teeth in the chorus back in the mid 90’s and the concert choir has been producing outstanding performances regularly for over 30 years. They’re playing tonight as part of the Oakland Arts Day Celebration, the city’s kickoff for National Arts and Humanities Month and featuring performances by organizations who’ve received assistance from Cultural Funding Program including Oaktown Jazz Workshops with Khalil Shaheed, AXIS Dance Company and Prescott Circus Theatre.
Oakland Youth Chorus/Oakland Arts Day
Friday, October 5, 2007
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Theatre: Ebony & Johnny: A Star Crossed Hood-Tale
For the last few years West Oakland’s unofficial dramaturge in residence has been shaking the dust of old Bill Shakespeare’s master works and giving them the candy painted, spinning rims ‘hood treatment. Playwright and director Ayodele “WordSlanger” Nzinga uses both trained actors and neighborhood folks from around the Prescott Joseph Center to draw in both theater lovers and the cats on the block out front. Last year’s “O” brought the famous Moor down to the Lower Bottoms and this year, “Ebony & Johnny” finds good ol’ Romeo and Juliet running around 7th St.
The performance features cameos by members of the nu-jazz band Hairdoo, hip hop supergroup the TurfStarz and poet President Davis.
Ebony & Johnny: A Star Crossed Hood-Tale
4pm Fri, Sat, Sun through Oct 13
Sister Thea Bowman Theater
920 Peralta St., Oakland
Saturday Oct. 6
Music: 5th Annual Girlstock Art & Music Festival
Now in its 5th year, Girlstock is returning to the East Bay with two venues worth of kick ass estrogen fueled art and music. The grassroots festival celebrating, all self identified females, will be taking over Mama Buzz and the Stork Club with a roster of emerging and well known visual artists and musicians ranging from metal to country, sculpture to cartoons.
The “what the fuckabilly” (damn I wish I thought of that) alt-country band “Mighty Slim Pickins,” promises a punky, campy good set, heavy on the Patsy Cline style sass while metal heads of all genders should check out Thredd, whose lead singer Mel Mari has been described as “Jim Morrison meets Marilyn Manson in a female Body.” And for some reason I find that really, really hot.
Local luminaries like Other Magazine’s Charlie Anders and bellydancer Suhaila Salimpour also make special appearances.
Girlstock Art & Music Festival
Mama Buzz Café
2318 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
2330 Telegraph, Oakland
Performance: Oakland Art Clash
Last year’s Art Clash brought creators from several of the town’s various arts tribes together under one roof at the Malonga Center for a night of performances that crashed against each other in unexpected and often pleasant way. Dancers from Savage Jazz rocked with the Harvey Cartel as soul music DJ extraordinaire Sake 1 mixed it up with the East Bay Rats.
While the air at last year’s event, produced by local arts collective the Electric Vandals, was heavy with the memory of recently deceased community leader Carlos Aceituno, this year’s lineup can rock a little freer, and with a line up including brit soul/rock outfit Damon and the Heathens, DJ Isaac Owen Money and the Company C Contemporary Ballet, expect a whole lotta clashin’ Saturday night down on Alice St.
The 2nd Annual Oakland Art Clash
7pm Reception, 8pm Show
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice Street, Oakland
Third Baby Beat Poetry Festival
Time to break out the beret, dust off that battered copy of “On the Road,” grab your favorites Bird side and bop on down to the Humanist Hall with all the other kids of the beat generation.
This annual festival celebrating all things hip and groovy will feature art and poetry from writers including Ivan Argüelles, Sterling Bunnell, H.D. Moe, NeeliCherkovski, Jerry Ferraz, Deirdre Evans, Chris Trian, Judy Wells, Marsha Campbell, Mark Schwartz, Gary Bolstridge, David Seaborg, Jack Foley, Adelle Foley, Geoffrey Cook, Michael Kelly, Randy Fingland, Jesse Beagle, Joie Cook, Bill Mercer, and Janet de Bar. Swing by Daddy O, and bring something for the potluck, all you damned freeloading poets…
Third Baby Beat Poetry Festival
390 27th St, Oakland
Sunday Oct 7
Film: Found Footage Film Festival
This one-of-a-kind event compiles more than an hour’s worth of footage from videos that were found at garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country. Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, whose credits include The Onion and the Late Show with David Letterman, host each screening in-person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.
Found Footage Film Festival
The Parkway Theater
1834 Park Blvd. Oakland,