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5/9 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 9, 2008

Friday May, 9

Oakbook Magazine Release Party

Call me biased, but hands down the best party going on anywhere tonight is ours! It’s time for the release of the 3rd edition ofOakbook , the Town’s new most favorite magazine, (as proven by our recent win at the Oakland Indie awards-applause are appreciated). We’re partying tonight over at the Uptown Body and Fender shop and you’re welcome to stop on by. There’ll be a photography exhibit from the finalists of the Novometro.com/Oakbook photo contest, lots of food, lots of music and lots of cool, cool people. Come out, meet the staff,schmooze with the locals, drink a little too much and stumble home just a little more in love with the town we call home.

Oakbook #3 Release Party
Uptown Auto and Fender Shop
401 26th St, Oakland

Queenie Pie

Ellington’s last large scale work, Queenie Pie is the story of a Harlem beauty queen. Originally commissioned for television, the work has never before been performed on the west coast and has been lost since the 1986 death of Ellington’s son, Mercer. The Duke left the work unfinished at his death in 1974, and the Oakland Opera has assembled an expert team to finish the orchestration and create a version like it might have appeared on TV in the 1960’s.

Queenie Pie
Oakland Metro Opera House
630 3rd St., Oakland

Situationist Intermediaries: Monochrom & the Damon Smith Group

Monochrom is an art-technology-philosophy group of basket weaving enthusiasts and theory doit-yourselfers having its seat in Vienna and Zeta Draconis. Monochrom is an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science and political activism. “What are we doing? monochrom is an open field of experimentation:international art scene, panel discussion event technology, souls bought and sold, game and shame shows, readings of the dreariest sort, theory cocooning, film short processing, website squatters’ consultancy, alternative space travel projects, do-it-yourself surveillance courses, ecumenical field services, overhead projector comics, circumstantiation, Power Point fairy tales, producing, promoting and destroying music, party service, expressional dance, Biennial brawls, and lots more… Performing a musical score by Monochrom and also an improvised set are: Aurora Josephson (voice), Damon Smith (bass), Weasel Walter (drums), Phillip Greenlief (saxophone) and others. Curated by Mara Arrowood.

Situationist Intermediaries: Monochrom & the Damon Smith Group
21 Grand
416 25th St., Oakland

The Sisyphus Syndrome

The Sisyphus Syndrome, the new collaboration between poet and playwright Amiri Baraka and avant garde sax player and composer David Murray, uses the Greek allegory of Sisyphus to discuss modern day themes of race, class, security and planetary survival, rolling the issues over in much the same way the greedy king in the original story was forced to roll a heavy stone uphill for eternity. Working with a selection of Baraka’s poems, Murray composed a music score that which attempts to contemporize W.E.B. DuBois ‘ “Sisyphus Syndrome” – “humanity’s eternal struggle to roll the rock to higher ground.” In the hands of the experienced playwright and composer, both of whom have made challenging, politically conscious art since the 70’s, the traditional story symbolizes America’s constant battle to maintain and expand democratic space. The play runs through May 10 and again on May 17th during the Malcolm X Jazz festival.

The Sisyphus Syndrome
$20, $10 students
EastSide Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.

Saturday, May 10

Oye La Musica!

The annual Spring Choral Concert for the Oakland Youth Chorus, Oye La Musica! is a showcase for singers age five to adult, including the all-city Elementary School Miracle Chorus and the teens of the acclaimed Concert Chorus. The concert will also feature a special performance by singer and composer Maria Marquez.

Oye La Musica!
Arts First Oakland/First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street
510.287.9700 ext. 110

Funny Girlz: A Smorgasbord of Women Comedians

Funny Girlz is a celebration of women comedians that’s been blowing the roof off the Herbst Theatre every May for the last 10 years. The night showcases funny women, many of whom don’t normally get equal stage time, even in 2008. The promo materials promise there’ll be limited male bashing (but it wouldn’t be fun if it was totally PC now would it?) and the proceeds are donated to the Bay Area Women & Children’s Center. Come get your yucks on for a good cause with a line up including Diane “The Pine Sol Lady” Amos, Phranc the “All American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger,” Last Comic Standing finalist Gina Yashere and Drag personality extraordinaire Matthew “Peggy Lee” Martin.

Funny Girlz: A Smörgåsbord of Women Comedians
$25- $40
Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco

BFCC Bike Day

This year will be the 6th year that the Bicycle Friendly Berkeley Coalition has joined with the Ecology Center to put on Bike Day at the Farmer’s Market. Volunteers from area bike shops including Missing Link and Cycles of Change will be on hand to show you how to keep you and your bike safe and what to do if something goes haywire.  Events include workshops designed for cyclists of all levels including effective bike locking, traffic safe cycling and a hands-on repair class.

BFCC Bike Day
Berkeley Farmer’s Market
Center Street between Milvia and MLK Way, Berkeley


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