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2-15-08 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 15, 2008

This weekend there are events all over the map from “American Soul” to boogie, lindy hops to art talk.  We’re starting the weekend on a  somber night with a candlelight Vigil tonight for those we’ve lost this year.  It’s necessary to remember those we’ve lost to help remember how much we’ve got to live for.  Go show some love tonight then show some life by checking out some of these other events.-kwan

Friday, Feb. 15

Emergency Candlelight Vigil in Response to Oakland Violence

Silence The Violence, a campaign of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is holding an emergency candlelight vigil in response to the recent rash of violence in Oakland. This vigil will honor the lives of the deceased and spread a positive message of unity and peace on our streets. Silence the Violence advocates is calling on members of the community to come together in the spirit of hope and unification.

Emergency Candlelight Vigil
Intersection of 40th and Telegraph, Oakland, CA

The Season of Us
The Season of Us combine Bossa Nova, Jazz and Latin Rhythms into a lush tapestry musical. These “Troubadours of a New Millennium” use their music to balm against the insanity of everyday life.
The Season of Us
Numi Tea Garden
2230 Livingston St. Oakland

Frankie Manning w/Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

The Lindy Hop’s greatest living dancer, 93-year-old Frankie Manning, opens the evening with his biographical presentation, followed by music from Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers.
At Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom in the 1930s, Manning took the groundwork of first-generation Lindy Hop kings George “Shorty” Snowden and Leroy “Stretch” Jones and added his own innovations, winning competitions and later touring the country with Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, introducing the Lindy Hop and teaching new converts as he went. He has appeared in films ranging from 1941’s “Hellzapoppin'” to Spike Lee’s 1992 “Malcolm X.”

Before swing became a national craze, jazz vocal stylist Lavay Smith and her band were making music as sharp and irresistible as her period costumes that recall the pinup girls of the Forties. More than a decade later they are still the Bay Area’s hottest swing attraction, as well as that rarity that sounds as good as it looks.

Frankie Manning w/Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Lecture and Films at 7:30 p.m.; Show at 9:30 p.m.
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Saturday, Feb. 16

Part of Everything Opening Reception

Rowan Morrison’s latest show, by artist Christopher is a series of paintings and drawings, in addition to two small three-dimensional works. Through thickly layered oil paintings and patterned graphite drawings, Part of Everything explores his perception of and connection with the natural world. Russell struggles to embrace a tradition of nature-based spirituality while recognizing the incongruity of his generation appropriating native beliefs, a generation with high-tech gear and ample leisure time for quests into the remaining wilderness on our planet.

Part of Everything Opening Reception



Rowan Morrison Gallery

330 40th Street, Oakland




James McBride Reading
James McBride new novel Song Yet Sung has been received rave reviews and chronicles since it’s release. It follows a duel of wills between Liz, a runaway slave with a psychic ability to see the state of Black folks in the future, and a seasoned slave-catcher. The story traces the effects of a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game, told by the award-winning musician and author of the bestselling The Color of Water.

James McBride Reading

Marcus Books
3900 Martin Luther King Jr Way Oakland, CA

Sunday Feb. 17

Erik Yates and Friends
Mill Valley vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Erik Yates is probably best known for his tenure in Hot Buttered Rum, long a favorite among Bay Area rock, folk, and bluegrass fans. Taking a break from the very busy winter-spring HBR touring schedule, tonight Yates does a sort-of-solo gig that showcases both his acoustic and electric personalities, performing a combination of his newer compositions and some of his HBR favorites. Bandmate Bryan Horne (bass), as well as Julian Fritz (drums), Chris Haugen, and Asher Fulero (keyboards), join Yates for a body of new “Americana Soul” material that combines his powerful vocals and lyrics with two of his favorite instruments: the five-string banjo and the Hammond organ. Come for a night of unpredictable and unforgettable music.

Erik Yates and Friends

$15/$12 Advance & Students
8:00 p.m.

1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


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