10/26 Novoscene Weekend
Posted by novoscene on October 26, 2007
This weekend we’ve got Panthers and poets and westerns, Oh My!
Friday Oct 26
Black Panther Party 41st Anniversary
The Prisoners of Conscious Committee and It’s About Time are presenting a weekend of films and lectures in commemoration of the 41st anniversary of the Black Panther Party in Oakland. Things kick off tonight with a lecture by former Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Davis, and the official Black Panther Party “Party.”
Saturday is reserved for film screenings including Audio Rebellion, Legacy of Torture, and 3 Black Panthers and a Slave Plantation.
Things wrap up Sunday with a panel discussion on police brutality with members of the San Francisco 8 and Akua Njeri, widow of Illinois Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton, followed by a keynote address by Chairman Fred Hamption Jr. on the importance protecting the legacy of the Black Panther Party.
Black Panther Party 41st Anniversary Celebration
Black New World Social Aid and Pleasure Club
836 Pine St.
Saturday Oct. 27
Duck, You Sucker
The 1964 film Fistful of Dollars signaled the birth of a new genre-the spaghetti western, and the rise of a new director-Sergio Leone. In his 30 year career behind the camera, partially thanks to his creation of stylized, campy westerns, Leone created an oeuvre that broke boundaries and divided critics. For the last two weeks the Pacific Film Archive has been honoring the Italian iconoclast and one of the final installments, Duck, You Sucker, is also one of the best:
“For Duck, You Sucker, (Leone) moves his troops to…torrid Mexico, just in time for the undoing of Porfirio Diaz’s dictatorship. Sputtering in Spanglish, Rod Steiger plays Juan, a peasant bandito who is bent on burglarizing el banco. Then he meets Sean Mallory (James Coburn), mispronouncing his name as John, and their “destiny” is set: Juan and John, an unstoppable alliteration. Sean/John is a disillusioned revolutionary, late of the IRA, with explosive skills that include nitroglycerin. “You make the holes with the holy water,” Juan suggests. But then the popular revolt to depose Diaz intercedes: Juan becomes a reluctant rebel and John, the Man with the Short Fuse. Duck, You Sucker is Leone’s strangest concoction—a mix of high camp, booming ordnance, and radical zeal with a loopy Morricone soundtrack that calls out its hero’s name, “Sean, Sean, Sean,” as a chorus.”—Steve Seid
Duck, You Sucker
2575 Bancroft Way
Between College and Telegraph
Sunday Oct. 28
9th Annual Sisters of Fire Awards
For the past seventeen years, the Women of Color Resource Center has provided training and community resources that promote the political, economic, social and cultural well-being of women and girls of color.
Each year the organization recognizes the works of selected women who’ve provided leadership in community organizing, political advocacy, the arts, and social analysis. Past honorees have included Angela Davis, Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Cynthia McKinney. This year’s honorees include poet Ishle Park, Musician and cultural historian Linda Tillery and Assemblywoman Karen Bass. Civil right shero Angela Davis MCs accompanied by performances from Park and Tillery
Women of Color Resource Center’s 9th Annual Sisters of Fire Awards
Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive
510-444-2700 ext. 304
The Unity Council’s Dia de los Muertos
Recently inducted into Congress as a Local Legacy, the annual Dia De Los Muertos festival in the Fruitvale is the largest single day festival of it’s kind in the country. International Blvd between 40th Ave and Fruitvale Village Plaza will be turned into a giant memorial with music, kids activities and hundreds of alters to honor the family friends and community leaders who have passed away.
The Unity Council’s Dia de los Muertos Fruitvale
International Blvd, Oakland