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10/19 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on October 19, 2007


This weekend we’ve got a couple of cool additions from the ol’ Oakland Museum, a gallery show of African Masks and a little chick lit from some really deep chicks, the kind who are so much smarter and well read than we are…


Friday Oct. 19

Make/shift Magazine, Issue 2 Release Party

If you’re fed up with mainstream women’s mags with their shopping and makeovers and article after article on how to snag a guy, lose 10 pounds and find the perfect eye shadow, Make/Shift Magazine is for you. The new rag is dedicated to documenting the culture and activism of the next generation of feminists and the masthead boasts an impressive combination of big brained academics and frontline activists. Kinda like Bitch Magazine with a spiked Mohawk and a Masters in Sociology.

The collective celebrates the release of their second issue tonight at like minded Grrrl helmed Mama Buzz, “the queen bee of Oakland’s young underground art scene.”

Expect readings from the magazine’s staff and contributors including Irina Contreras, Myriam Gurba, Nomy Lamm, Kaya Oakes, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Julia Serano, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.

Make/shift Magazine, Issue 2 Release Party



Mama Buzz Café
2318 Telegraph Ave @23rd
Oakland, CA 94612


Saturday Oct. 20

Soul Summer Nights II “Night @ the Museum”

Remember Zhane? The early 90’s soul duo with the fly single, “Hey Mr. DJ”, and the even flyer close shaved domes? Chicks could actually blow, ever wonder where they went? Well Renee Neufville is in town tonight to prove she’s still got the pipes and the tunes. Renee’s been singing with Roy Hargrove and touring internationally, prepping for a solo comeback. She’s at the Oakland Museum tonight for a fundraiser for Oakland School for the Arts and the Having Our Prize Enrichment Foundation (H.O.P.E). Also on the bill are students from OSA’s performance program, Bay Area sax player Stabe Wilson and spoken word artist Khari. International graffiti artstar Justin Bua, will also be in the house selling pieces for the cause. Hosted by KBLX’s Antoine Davis.

Soul Summer Nights II “Night @ the Museum”



Oakland Museum 1000 Oak St.


Youth Uprising Community Employment Fair

Hey, need a job? Broke and need a better job? Just looking to see what’s out there just in case you have to tell your current boss to stick it up his you know where? Well come on over to Youth Uprising today with a few resumes and a firm handshake. The youth center has partnered with the mayor’s office to bring together over 20 different organizations looking to add some extra muscle.

Reps from some of the largest unions, civil service and government organizations will be on hand including: Alameda County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship (IBEW 595), Ironworkers Apprenticeship, Teamsters Joint Council 7, Kaiser Permanente, SEIU UHW (Service Employees International Union-Health Care Workers), District Council 16 Northern California Northern Nevada Int’l Union of Painters and Allied Trades, City of Oakland OPRM (Office of Personnel Resource Management), SEIU 1021 (Service Employees International Union), Port of Oakland, the Alameda County Central Labor Council, the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Council.

Youth Uprising Community Employment Fair



Youth Uprising, 8711 MacArthur Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94605


FilmOakland Outdoor Cinema: Babe

If you’re haven’t OD’ed on films yet thanks to the Oakland International Film Fest, take the kids and head down to Old Oakland for the final flick in the annual summer Outdoor Cinema series. You remember Babe, the Aussie flick about the talking pig who wants to be a dog. I mean, how can you forget? He was the cutest little runt running around after all those sheep and besides, with the exception of Charlotte’s Web, when was the last time you saw a talking pork chop? Did I mention that there’ll be free popcorn?! Oink Oink my friends. Oink Oink.

FilmOakland Outdoor Cinema: Babe

Old Oakland, 9th and Washington

Art Opening: Masks of Africa

Collectors and entrepreneurs Horgan Edet and Judah Dwyer are said to have one of the finest collections of authentic African art in the Bay Area. The two have been collecting and showcasing African art and artifacts for over 20 years and run the nonprofit Paths of Native Africa. The couple have made it their mission to preserve and educate people about art from the motherland and in 1989 opened the African Outlet, an eclectic store located in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco just for this purpose.

For tonight’s show at Float they’ve partnered with Frisco photographer Craig Riedel for an expansive look at the various ceremonial masks of Africa.

Masks of Africa



FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery

1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116

Oakland, CA 94606




Sunday Oct. 21

Community Celebration for the Day of the Dead

The Oakland Museum 14th annual Days of the Dead celebration began with the opening of Ancient Roots/Urban Journeys: Expressions for Días de los Muertos and guest curator Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez has asked artists to reinterpret Day of the Dead imagery and expressions from pre-colonial Mesoamerica to its contemporary configurations including mixed media and graffiti.

The exhibit includes special ofrendas for community leader Chiori Santiago, Chicano activist Antonio R. (Tony) Salazar, and street altars for slain journalist Chauncey Bailey.

The hands-on family day will include crafts, demonstrations, music, dance, ceremonia, for the entiree family with performances by Ensembles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco, Orquesta La Moderna Tradición, Tamborazo Zacatecano El Herradero, Danza Cuauhtonal, Ixim-Tinamit, and Balamcoatl.

Community Celebration for the Day of the Dead

Free with half priced admission


Oakland Museum 1000 Oak St.



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