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1/04/08 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 4, 2008

-N Dash, “Ghosts of the Land” 

The forecast over the weekend is promising fine weather conditions for ducks, otters and other downpour loving creatures.  For the non web footed among us, those brave enough to brave the weekend weather will find tons of events to kick off the new year right.  From art openings tonight at Swarm and Joyce Gordon Galleries to Ledisi’s final performance at Yoshi’s Sunday evening.  Grab an umbrella and some waterproof boots and get busy!



Friday, Jan. 4


Film: The Message

Every first Friday, the Center for Urban Peace in Berkeley hosts film screenings and discussions aimed at discovering new ways of living in harmony with the planet and each other.  Tonight’s screening, The Message: An Indigenous Perspective on How to Survive the next 100 Years, is the film version of Evon Peter’s Plenary Speech given at last year’s Bioneer’s Conference.  Peter, Chairman of Native Movement and former Chief of the Neetsaii Gwich’in in Northern Alaska, asserts that in order to move forward, healing old cultural wounds is necessary. 

On Saturday, the center will hold an Entering Ceremony to formally welcome new Dharma practitioners, followed by a special temple naming ceremony.

The Message



Center for Urban Peace

2584 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley,





Art: Brenda Ann Kenneally, Woody Johnson and Yusuf Al-Waajid  

Joyce Gordon Gallery’s  1st show of the New Year features award winning photographer Brenda Ann Kenneally, painter Woody Johnson and sculptor Yusuf Al-Waajid.  An internationally acclaimed photojournalist, Kenneally’s newest series “Money Power Respect” is her personal survey of community life in Brooklyn, NY.  Johnson’s “negroglyphics” series of paintings explores the different visual themes brought over from various sections of African, while Al-Waajid’s sculptures use metals hard woods and stone to recreate images from his dreams and imagination.

Brenda Ann Kenneally, Woody Johnson and Yusuf Al-Waajid



Joyce Gordon Gallery

406 14th Street Oakland



Love & Color feat. Valerie Troutt

Love and Color is a new event dedicated to women of all walks of life and their friends. The monthly party is committed to providing a space where women can feel comfortable in a relaxed atmosphere while fusing the Bay’s various Jazz, Folk, Rock and Electronic music communities.   

Valerie Troutt, tonight’s headliners, is one of few young singers creating new stylistic changes in the Vocal Jazz.  For years Ms. Troutt has been under the mentorship of jazz vocalists Kevin Mahogany and Dianne Reeves and her style flows from blues to scat to electronica.  DJ’s dj’s:: ladyRyan and remarkable open the show and  portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Higher Ground Neighborhood Development Corporation

Love & Color


9 pm

Shattuck Down Low

2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley





We’re All in This Together:

Carrie Mae Weems, Hank Willis Thomas and N. Dash

We’re All In This Together, Swarm Gallery’s first show of the new year, features three artists reinterpreting history by linking it to a new narrative. Carrie Mae Weems, in her series May Days Long Forgotten, creates a modern day, turn-of-the-century pastoral that references both the historical and the traditional.  Hank Willis Thomas explores how African Americans have been largely invisible in corporate advertising and in Ghosts of the Land as well as in the Project Space, N. Dash reweaves the American bison into the fabric of the United States.

We’re All in This Together



Swarm Studios + Gallery

560 Second St, Oakland




Saturday, Jan. 5


“Rendezvous at the Temple of Love”: Poetry Reading and Open Mic with Richard Amoroso

The Noetic Advanced Studies Institute, publishers of the Noetic Journal, believe in the inter-national study of consciousness, Astrophysics, Cosmology and other such heady mind expanding sciences. The Institutes director, Richard Amoroso is also a poet who’s work explores similar themes in verse.  He reads from his new latest collection and hosts an open mic afterwards.

“Rendezvous at the Temple of Love”: Poetry Reading and Open Mic with Richard Amoroso



Oakland Public Library, Lakeview Branch

550 El Embarcadero, Oakland





Poetry: Justin Chin

San Francisco poet Justin Chin has published three books of poems, Harmless Medicine, Bite Hard, and Gutted, which received Publishing Triangle’s 2007 Thom Gunn Award for Poetry. Out magazine says of him, “Even as Chin’s poems confront and try to comprehend death, they burst with urgent, vibrant life.” He’s also published two essay collections, Burden of Ashes and Mongrel Essays, Diatribes and Pranks, and a collection of performance art texts, Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms. Born in Germany and raised in Northern California, widely published in literary journals like Grand Street and AGNI, Cynthia Cruz has published her first book of poems, Ruin. Thomas Lux says, “These spare, intense poems are both terrifying and excruciatingly tender, often both at once. Rarely is mystery so lucid, rarely does poetry rush so directly to the marrow. Ruin is a brilliant debut.”

Justin Chin



1730 Fourth Street

Berkeley, CA 94710




Sunday, Jan. 6   



Grammy nominated Oakland soulstress Ledisi closes out her Yohshi’s residency tonight.  Ledisi’s latest album, Lost & Found, released in 2007 has garnered comparisons to Ella Fitzerald and Billy Holiday.    



7 & 9pm

510 Embarcadero West

Oakland, CA 94607




One Response to “1/04/08 Novoscene Weekend”

  1. I am glad that Tiger Woods is back playing. It makes the sport interesting again.

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