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3-21-08 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 21, 2008

Friday, March 20

Who’s Krazy?
Anyone familiar with the bay area spoken word, hip hop and social justice scenes knows poet, MC and community activist Ise Lyfe. For years he’s been at just about every event, show and protest either in front of the mic rocking a crowd or behind the scenes pitching in. To say he grew up in “the movement” is an understatement and when he performs his community roots are at the forefront, alongside some heavy rhymes and beats.
Ise’s newest work, “Who’s Krazy?” finds him examining community, social justice and identity through a different lens. Following in the footsteps of other prominent spoken word poets, including Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Aya de Leon and the Suicide Kings, who’ve been adapting their short works into longer theater performances for years, Krazy finds the entertainer moving to center stage in his first full length theater piece.
“Krazy” tells the story of Milton Victor, an African American advertising executive. Forced to sell potentially deadly products to inner city residents, Milton slowly loses it as he’s faced with questions of loyalty, personal responsibility and the quest for the almighty dollar. In a turn that resembles work by theater performers Danny Hoch and Sarah Jones, Ise morphs into a host of characters including Milton, his brother, a G.W. Bush stand in and Milton’s tight ass boss. A preview of “Who’sKrazy?” at La Pena last year suggested that the young performer might have found his niche as a monologist and playwright.
Who’s Krazy? plays for one night only at the Malonga Casquelourd Center in downtown Oakland. Catch it now.

Who’s Krazy?
$15-20 sliding scare, Youth under 18 $8
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St., Oakland

Stomp the Stumps! Fundraisor w/Grapefruit Ed, Funky Nixons and the Gary Gates Band
Celebrating forest activism and the spring equinox, some of the Bay Area’s most dedicated political rock and dance bands team up in this Stomp the Stumps! fundraiser to help save what’s left of natural Northern California. Money raised goes to the Bay Area Coalition for Headwaters and Earth First!

A favorite of local Deadheads and jam band fans, East Bay-based Grapefruit Ed pays homage to rock legends Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young, with plenty of Grateful Dead thrown into the stew. Fronted by guitarist Pat Nevins, Grapefruit Ed is a high-octane shot of love that takes listeners back to the days of psychedelic light shows and swirling electric jams. The band features former members of Box Set, Jones Gang, Vicious Hippies, Dog Named Blue, and Deadbeats.

Berkeley’s Funky Nixons, a rocking band with honking sax, uses pointedly political and usually satirical lyrics to rally listeners to the causes of the day. Not as irreverent but just as rocking, the Gary Gates Band also donates its music to community causes, playing original jam band music that inspired the San Francisco Bay Guardian to compare it to Bob Marley and the Grateful Dead.

Stomp the Stumps! Fundraisor w/Grapefruit Ed, Funky Nixons and the Gary Gates Band
$15 / $12 students
Doors at 8:00 pm; Show at 8:30 pm
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
(510) 525-5054

Saturday, March 21

Artifact Poetry Series

Artifact began in 2004 in the living room of writer Melissa Benham and Chana Morgenstern. Recognizing the need for a new experimental poetry and pros venue, they began the Artifact reading series, which has quickly become a vital social and artistic gathering spot for many Bay Area writers. To date, the reading series has hosted over 65 emerging and established writers and Melissa Benham started Artifact press, publishing a series of chapbooks and in 2007 launched Digital Artifact. This inaugural reading at their new home features David Buuk, Craig Santos Perez and Leslie Scalapino.
Artifact Poetry Series
$5 Donation
Oakland Art Gallery
199 Kahn’s Alley (in the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza) Oakland

California Dreamin’

Brooklyn based artist Thomas Callahan’s work explores cultural iconography as his work incorporates video and structure to create aspects of the California experience. His installations are results of an interest in the conceptual content of video, what it represents, and its ability to preserve people and re-create space; as well his fascination with materials and structural engineering. Callahan’s hope is to push the usage of video further in his practice as he explores its nature of containment, preservation and cultural commentary. Tonight’s reception features music by Songs for Mom and performances by Nicole Beyries.
California Dreamin’
Lobot Gallery
1800 Campbell St., Oakland

Bayside Jazz w/Dan Hicks

Since the early 1960s, Dan Hicks has blended elements of Swing, Jazz, Folk and Country music to create the music he loves. TV personality Mal Sharpe has called Hicks “the best jazz singer in San Francisco!” Backed by a quintet of seasoned pros, this legendary singer/songwriter belts out the standards in a unique style. “It’s a style with plenty of room, and I’ve been wanting to do this as a separate endeavor for quite some time,” says Hicks. “And don’t be surprised if you hear some new lyrics here and there in these songs.”
Bayside Jazz
Call for prices
8 PM
Anna’s Jazz Island
2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Clitoris Day Celebration: Think Outside the Box

Taken as pure theater, if you liked the Vagina Monologues, you’ll feel right at home at Clitoris Day. As an educational excercise and resource for human rights organizing, everyone- theater goer or not, male or female-should see this work. Artist and activist Sia Amman created the play “What Momma Said About Down There” and dubbed March 20th “International Clitoris Day” to bring awareness to the practice of female circumcision and genital mutilation still prevelant in many countries including Senegal, Gambia, Liberia, and Guinea. Amman was a victim of the practice as a youth and has dedicated her professional and artistic career to educating the public about the practice. It’s a weighty subject but Amman handles the material beautifully with a combination of humor and honesty, music and dancing.

Clitoris Day Celebration
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley



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