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2-1-08 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 1, 2008

Friday, Feb. 1

The Story of Stuff
From it’s extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is an animated 20-minute documentary that looks at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. The film will be followed by a community discussion with the director.

The Story of Stuff

The Center for Urban Peace
2584 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Berkeley
866.PEACE2008 | ext 6
510.549.FREE (3733) | ext 702

“The Junction” w/Kev Choice & Davey D
As part of the Black New World’s 1st Friday Black History Month Edition, The Junction presents a special night with tunes from one of the Bay’s hip hop champions, sandwiched between sets of jazz, broken beat and rare grooves. The venerable journalist, activist and commentator Davey D returns to his roots behind the decks for a tribute to hip hop, soul and funk pioneers. D is joined by Kev Choice with a homage to African American jazz pianists and composers and resident rhythm selectorAfrikan Sciences spinning all things funky and left field. The event is preceded by “Afrika” What’s Up Yo?, an instillation of new work by Black Dot resident artist Gathinji Wa Mbiri.

The Junction Black History Month Edition
11:00 PM – 4:00 AM
cover: $10.00 The Black New World
836 Pine St. Oakland

“Afrika” What’s Up Yo?
6-9 pm
Cornelia Bell’s Black Bottom Gallery
1018 Pine Street Oakland

First Friday Follies with Belle Du Joure

Jumping into the 1st Friday fray with a little bit of style and a whole lot of leg, the Stork Club kicks off their new monthly with a full on musicalraunchfest. All for free, like a good peep show should be. The ladies of Belle Du Jour (which, according to the group’s myspace, is “American-white-trash-revolution-speak for ‘More junk in the trunk than a McDonald’s Chicken Mcnugget Happy Meal'”) are joined by a lineup guaranteed to get you all hot and bothered no matter what the weather outside. MC Bella Trix, known from New York to San Francisco for her set of larger than life…talents, kicks off the night heavy with undulation and Ukulele. First there’s some hot string playing by Roger That and Captain Rehab of the Ship Disturbers, followed by another dose fromneo-vintage raconteur Uni and her Ukulele. The night is capped off by a performance from Hot Pink Feather’s Kellita aka “Little Miss Aftershock” aka “one of the hottest bums in show biz.” I’m a so there. Front row. Center seat.

Belles Du Joure w/MC Bella TRix, Roger That & Cap’n Rehab, plus Uni and her Ukulele
9 p.m.
Stork Club
2330 Telegraph Ave. Oakland

Saturday, Feb. 2

10th Annual Bay Area High School Film Festival
For the last ten years, high school students from throughout the Bay Area have submitted their films to the Pacific Film Archive for consideration for the annual
Screenagers program. Berkeley High School student curators select the final program, always a variety of fresh work. The films range in genre and style from the personal and poetic to the modern and urban. A handout will be available detailing this year’s selection, and after the festival, the featured artists will be introduced for a question-and-answer session with the audience. —Alisa Pickett
Curated by Berkeley High students in the Communication Arts and Sciences program, in collaboration with the Pacific Film Archive and the Consor
tium for the Arts at UC Berkeley. The student curators are Navarra Baxton, Alexis Bertoni, Maximilio Cutler, Simone Davenport, Lee Kittams, Malenca Logan, Alisa Pickett, Maricruz Sanchez, David Shore, and Lauri Tellez Cortez. Their mentor is Emelia Brown, and their teacher is Dharini Rasiah.

10th Bay Area High School Film Festival



Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2625 Durant Avenue #2250 Berkeley


African American Celebration through Poetry

Wanda Sabir, college professor, writer and longtime community advocate has been spearheading this annual event for the almost 2 decades. Community members of all ages will be reading and interpreting poetry dealing with the African America experience. This year’s performance celebrates the work of literary lion Richard Wright.

African American Celebration through Poetry
West Oakland Branch Library
1801 Adeline St. Oakland
Veronica Lee 510-238-7352

Sunday, Feb 3

Alan Rinzler’s Yearly Writers’ Workshop

Cody’s eighth annual three-session symposium will give you all the tools you need to go from wanna be author to published literary sensation. Alan Rinzler is a publishing veteran with 46 years in the book business. He’s worked with such authors as Toni Morrison, Hunter Thompson, Tom Robbins,Jerzy Kosinski, Robert Ludlum, Clive Cussler and Andy Warhol for all the major houses-from Simon & Schuster to Macmillan. During these workshops, taking place on the first Saturdays for the next 3 months, he’ll cover everything from research the book to building your author platform to providing a “newsworthy media hook” for your marketing plan. If anyone can help you plot your earth shattering climax, “now it all makes sense” denouement, Rinzler’s the guy. And then he’ll even tell you how to get folks to read it.

Alan Rinzler’s Yearly Writers’ Workshop



Cody’s Books

1730 Fourth St


(510) 559-9500


The Seventh Seal

It may be folly to think that life and thus death could hold any secrets. With The Seventh Seal Ingmar Bergman spoke to this modern query in a medieval setting rendered at once awesome and intimate in chiaroscuro. A knight, Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), and his squire Jöns return disillusioned from the Crusades to the hysteria of plague-infested fourteenth-century Sweden. On the shore Block encounters Death and challenges him to a game of chess, playing for time to perform one significant act in life. What is timeless about this existential passion play is the humanity of its characters, who seem to shun allegory like a kind of narrative death: Block, whom the Crusades took away from the real—the only proof of God—to the torment of the abstract; Jöns, cynical sensualist who articulates the void; Death himself, a picture of inconclusiveness; and the dreamer Jof and his wife, actors traveling into light.—Judy Bloch

The Seventh Seal



Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2625 Durant Avenue #2250 Berkeley


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