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11/2 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on November 2, 2007

Last weekend was all about Ghouls and Goblins and things that go bump when you’re drunk and stumble over them (but maybe that’s just us). This weekend we’re mellowing out with some poetry, a little art, a little soul and jazz and, if you’re feeling really frisky-some spooky surrealist Japanese Anime. For a good cause of course…

Friday, Nov. 2

An Evening with Amiri Baraka

Tonight join world renowned poet, educator, activist, and playwright Amiri Baraka as he reads from new work and discusses his upcoming jazz opera “The Sisyphus Syndrome.”
The new work will explore the Greek allegory of Sisyphus, the greedy king doomed forever in Hades to roll uphill a heavy stone which always rolled down again, symbolizing the constant battle of African-Americans to maintain and expand democratic space in American society.

Working with a selection of 8-10 of Baraka’s poems, world famous saxophonist David Murray will be composing music that compliments and gives voice to the work.

An Evening with Amiri Baraka

$10 at the door (no one turned away)
Eastside Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd
Oakland, CA 94606


Suddenly There Were Birds: Drawings and installations by Gaby Wolodarski and Jeff Stratford

Drawing inspiration from religious texts and the complexity of physical existence, Gaby Wolodarski and Jeff Stratford use color, light, composition and text to attempt to reconcile a sense of doom, born of awareness of the immense violence and injustice of human history, with the blink-of-an-eye newness of each moment. This newness is the liminal place at which one can still wonder at the impossible adaptability and grace of birds.
Art Opening-Suddenly There Were Birds
Art opening 6 to 9pm
492 23rd St., Oakland, CA




The Junction

The Junction, the new monthly soul and hip hop party in West Oakland, presents a special after hours edition with guest host Jennifer Johns, fresh from her album release party. Junction residents Kev Choice & JRod Indigo perform along with select soul and rare groove cuts compliments of DJs Sake One & D Sharp.

The Junction

The Black New World
836 Pine Street
West Oakland, 94607


Saturday, Nov. 3


Eddie Palmieri

Seven-time Grammy Award winning Eddie Palmieri’s musical career spans 50 years as a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras. As one of the foremost Latin jazz pianists of the last half of the 20th century, his ability to fuse the rhythms of his Puerto Rican heritage with the jazz influences of Thelonious Monk and McCoy Tyner made him an immediate hit when he played New York’s Palladium Ballroom in the 1950s and ’60s. He’s continued to roll on with stylistic innovations over the years, creating classic Tico albums and later mixing salsa with R&B, pop, rock, Spanish vocals and more jazz improvisation. Now 68, Palmieri who in 2005 celebrates an amazing 50-year career as a professional musician simply revolutionized the sound of Latin music, an accomplishment that alone would ensure his place in the music pantheon.

Eddie Palmieri

8pm & 10pm Sun 7pm $26 & 9pm $22
Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 238-9200


Sunday, Nov 4

Spirited Away

Along with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds and Princess Mononoke, this is one of Hayao Miyazaki’s greatest, and strangest, films. The Oscar winning animated fantasy follows young Chihiro as she tries to save her parents-who’ve been mysteriously turned into pigs-from ending up as dinner for a city full of Japanese gods and spirits. The special showing is a benefit for the Cornell School PTA in Albany.

Spirited Away

El Cerrito Speakeasy
10070 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA



Back Street Sunday Jazz Series

Renowned Bay Area musician, music educator and San Francisco Beacon Award winning pianist, Dr. Bill Bell headlines the inaugural concert for the new Back Street Sunday Jazz Series at the Oakland Public Conservatory. The concert is to celebrate the newly formed San Francisco Bay Area African American Music Productions/ Black Musicians Forum, an organization with a really long name and a really simple mission-to promote and facilitate discussion of music created by African Americans in the Bay.

The line up features a who’s who of the Bay’s jazz and blues players with performances by Rhonda Benin, Angela Wellman, Valerie Cooper, Robin Gregory, Melvin Butts, David Daniel, Michael Dennis, Roger Glenn, Ollen Erich Hunt, Glen Pearson, Kamau Seitu, Yancie Taylor, Mark Wright and special guests.

Back Street Sunday Jazz Series

Adults $15, Seniors (62 and older) and Children (17 and younger) $10
Dinner: $7 per person
Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
1616 Franklin St, Oakland
510.870.8712 or 510.868.0680



One Response to “11/2 Novoscene Weekend”

  1. Writing to say that you omitted Angela Wellman’s name in the list of performers.

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