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2/22 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 22, 2008

From wine tasting to booty shaking, art tours to praise songs, this weekend’s events combine the sacred and spiritual with the secular and the satirical, kind of like the novometro gang. With only slight leanings towards the secular. Just slightly.-kwan

By the way, look out for Oakbook vol. 2 at these fine locations. You’ll be glad you did!

Friday, Feb. 22

Planetary Alignment
Planetary Alignment is a new live arts performance talk show dedicated to artistic empowerment, ecology, education, health, enterprise, and global awareness presented by Laney College and Peralta TV. This opening show will feature performances and conversations with community arts and artists including musicians Hairdoo, dance companies Starchild Dance and Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet and live painting by Oakland muralist Khufu. The show will be hosted by the husband/wife hip hop/soul raggae duo Fiyawatah.

Planetary Alignment live taping
Laney College Theater
900 Fallon St in Oakland

Saturday Feb. 23

United Nations 3-Day Film Festival
The UNA Film Festival began a decade ago to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 6 films selected by the East Bay Chapter , including The Lost Children of Cite Soleil, The Devil Came on Horseback and Salud!, focus on humanitarian issues in Haiti, Kenya, Israel, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, Sudan, Uganda, and the USA. Each screening will be accompanied by expert speakers on and community dialogues. Through Feb. 25 at various times.

United Nations 3-Day Film Festival
Various Times and Prices
International House
2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley
Pacific Film Archive
2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

DJ Miller Presents Hot Hot Hot Caribbean Nights w/Kalbass, Avotcja, and Friends
Bay Area sextet Kalbass’ high-spirited style reflects the many cultures the bandmembers have come in contact with. The band plays classic Haitian and Caribbean dance music, specializing in kompa, rara, zouk, reggae, salsa, and merengue. Kalbass came together in 2005, taking its name from the Haitian word for “gourd.” Its mission is to promote awareness about Haiti by sharing with its audience the hopeful and inspiring side of the island through music. In addition to Haitian-born founders singer-guitarist Mr G (Gary Bellot) and lead vocalist-songwriter Sophis (Fredy Dorsainvil), Kalbass features fellow Haitians Pierrot (Pierre Loiseau) on bass and arrangements and J-T (James Thelusma) on keyboards; East Bay native Jason Gouveia on guitar; and master drummer Arsene Kounde from Benin, formerly with Mory Kante and Soukous Stars. Acclaimed poet and music-word artist Avotcja, host of music programs on KPFA and KPOO, serves as MC.

Hot Hot Hot Caribbean Nights w/Kalbass, Avotcja, and friends

$15/$12 Advance
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Tales from the Vineyard

Lost Canyon Winery welcomes Sarale Kunde-one of their “world class” growers-share the science and art of grape growing. Few things make a bigger difference in the production of quality wine than vineyard management. You will hear about trellises, clones, irrigation, planting, harvest and much more

Tales From the Vineyard

$20, $10 for wine club members


Lost Canyon Winery

2102 Dennison Street, Oakland, CA 94606


Die Stirnrunde Art Reception

Grosser Happen & Nogger, (aka Niklas Schechinger and Hank Schmidt in der Beek) the dynamic conceptual duo from Berlin, have created a series of paintings based on the elements of chance, including an installation of multi-panel paintings and a video based on the duo’s performative actions.

The two have been collaborating artists and friends since their birth in 1978 in Munich, Germany. The artists both attended the Academie des Beaux Arts in Bruxelles, Belgium, and the Art Academy of Offenbach am Main, Germany, from 1999 to 2005. They have exhibited worldwide and were recently featured in an exhibition at the Kim Light/LIGHTBOX Gallery in L.A. curated by Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand fame.

Die Stirnrunde Art Reception



6608 san pablo ave, Oakland



Sunday, Feb. 24

Riffat Sultana & Party

The acclaimed Pakistani classical-folk singer Riffat Sultana performs in a set steeped in a centuries-old family heritage,combines traditional Sufi music with Muslim and Hindu praise songs. Over the years Sultana has performed Punjabi folk, devotional Sufi songs, and classical music as well as ghazal, geet, and electronic and acoustic fusion. She is accompanied by Shiraz Ali Khan on 12-string guitar and Gurdeep Singh on tabla and dhole.
Growing up in Lahore, Pakistan, Sultana wasn’t allowed to learn the classical music her father and four brothers performed. After playing tambourine in her father’s band she decided to pursue singing in the West, eventually settling in the Bay Area. Since her arrival, Sultana has sang with her brother Sukhawat Ali Khan in his band – the Ali Khan Band, later named Shabaz – for which she wrote many of the world trance songs and renowned DJ Cheb i Sabbah used her singing on his 1996 breakthrough CD, “Shri Durga.”

Riffat Sultana & Party

1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Guided Tour: Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia

Mickey Mouse meets Aztec gods and Francisco Goya meets Jerry Falwell in Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia, the first major museum retrospective of the work of Mexico-born, San Francisco–based artist Enrique Chagoya. In the more than seventy works in the exhibition—paintings, charcoal and pastel drawings, prints, and mixed-media codices (accordion-folded books)—Chagoya intermingles icons and cultural references spanning hundreds of years and thousands of miles to create fantastic images and scathingly funny satires. Chagoya has described this universe of hybrid influences as a place where “all cultures meet and mix in the richest ways, creating the most fertile ground for the arts ever imagined.” Putting it another way, the artist has also said, “Humankind is in constant war with itself, perfectly capable of total destruction. This is the raw material for my art.” UC Berkeley grad students will lead the tours and be available for questions and translations.

Guided Tour: Enrique Chagoya: Borderlandia
Tour free w/Museum admission
2:00 p.m.
Berkeley Art Museum
2621 Durant Ave, Berkeley

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