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4/11/08 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on April 11, 2008

Friday, April 11

Femi, Photo by Andreas Branch

R & B Fridays w/MoeSoul and Femi

Maybe it’s something in the Bay Area water that’s made the region such fertile soil for sultry soul, R&B and funk singers over the years, but whatever it is-from the Pointer Sisters to Sugar Pie DeSanto to the current crop of soul, hip hop and rock influenced musicians-there’s no denying that the Bay’s soul.

MoeSoul and Femi are two of the shining stars in a galaxy of talented but largely underground singers hitting up spoken word spots and jazz joints around the area. The Oakland divas to be have been putting in work for years, gigging from Jack London to Lagos and playing gigs with everyone from Les Nubian to Nelson Mandela.

MoeSoul is more of the straight ahead R&B singer. With sweet songs of lost loves, found loves and all the holdovers in between, she adds a moving soundtrack to the art getting busy. Femi’s music is a bit harder and belies her African and Puerto Rican heritage as she blends soul and hip hop with hints of salsa and rock-a little bit Mary J Blige rolled in with a little Tribe Called Quest and Celia Cruz.

Catch both singers performing with a live band tonight as part of Maxwell’s R&B Friday’s series. Proof that the funky legacy continues.

R & B Fridays w/MoeSoul and Femi
$10 presale, $15 at the door
Maxwell’s Restaurant & Lounge
341 13th Street, Oakland

Yes, Yes, Ya’ll Fundraiser

The social justice nonprofit Beats Rhymes & Life uses hip-hop as a model for therapy and mental health treatment with at-risk youth. Using “Rap Therapy” as a way to bridge the gap between young people and traditional social work they hope to alleviate some of the hesitancy youth have about talking openly about their problems. The team of mental health professionals offers training, consultations and multimedia programs to groups interested in cultural sensitive in the mental health field. For Yes Yes Ya’ll, Hip Hop talents including DJ Sake One, Haylow, and Prince Aries spin the funky rekkids to raise funds for the young organization. Party for a good cause anyone?

Yes, Yes, Ya’ll Fundraiser
$10-20 Sliding Scale
Shattuck Downlow
2284 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Saturday, April 12

Voices in Cloth “Extraordinary Quilt Show”

For pure snuggleability, nothing can beat a handmade quilt and the East Bay Heritage Quilters have been creating these hand stitched love wraps for the last 30 years, way before the current stitch n bitch craze took hold. And they’ve got plenty of pricked fingers and grateful recipients to prove it.
This weekend their celebrating the Big 3-0 over two days with an exhibition of over 200 quilts created by members, along with quilting demonstrations, a silent auction and an appearance by author Jennifer Chiaverini, showing quilts inspired by her “Elm Creek” novels.

Voices in Cloth “Extraordinary Quilt Show”
Saturday10-5, Sunday: 10-4
Oakland Convention Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland

Ellen Sussman-Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave

Ellan Sussman likes to do all the wrong things. “I behave badly to set myself apart. To test myself. To push myself. To prove something. To shock someone….I behave badly because I can,” says the editor of the anthology Bad Girls. Throughout the collection of 26 essays, a host of women from Beth Lisick to Erica Jong lay claim to being bad and liking it. From one night stands to forging parental permission slips to facing and overcoming bulimia, the essay’s explore just what it means to be a woman living outiside life’s various and sometimes maddening social norms. Sussman will read from the collection and sign copies.

Ellen Sussman
Berkeley Central Library
2090 Kittredge, Berkeley

Yuri’s Night Bay Area

Once a year in over a hundred places all over the world, Yuri’s Night commemorates the anniversary of the launch of the first man in space with crazy expos of science, art and music. And of course, the bay being the sci-fi freakfest it is, you know our party’s got to be the most Massv. Starting in 2007, party promoters Space Generation teamed up with the NASA to host Yuri’s Night at Mountain View’s Ames Research Center. Imagine a huge NASA hangar filled to bursting with thousands of space geeks, ravers and burners, all heavily illuminated , sucking back space ice cream and dancing till dawn alongside high tech space exhibits, working spacecraft, retired aircraft and working space shuttles. Yeah, it’s just as wild as it sounds. But be warned-while the party goes full blast, it’s still NASA, so don’t get too spaced. But go, definitely go.

Yuri’s Night Bay Area
$40 online, $50 at the door
NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field , Moffett Field, CA

Sunday, April 13

2nd Annual San Francisco Chocolate Salon

Chocoholics of the Bay rejoice as the finest major chocolate show on the West Coast touches down at the Fort Mason Conference Center, giving chocolate aficionados, fanatics and buyers the chance to experience the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolates.
Some of the worlds premier manufactures will be on hand for a series of chocolate tastings, demonstrations, chef & author talks and wine pairings. There’ll be a live chocolate body frosting demonstration and filming for special episode of TasteTV’s Chocolate Television. Give your waistlines a break and your taste buds a little something special. I mean, c’mon, it’s a warehouse full of chocolate people!

San Francisco Chocolate Salon
Fort Mason Center
Marina Boulevard at Buchanan St, San Francisco


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