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5-16-08 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 16, 2008

Featured Event:

Extra Action Marching Band

Those among us lucky enough, or unfortunate enough (depending on your circumstances), to have logged time in the marching band while in school have a particular view of all those after school games, concerts and weekend parades that the rest of you lucky people will never know: spending hours in a hot ass band room, practicing the same tired score over and over (Flight of the Bumble Bee? I mean come on…); trying unsuccessfully to sneak into the Color Guard and Cheerleader cabin during Band Camp; playing horn in a sweltering military gettup while sweat drips down your face and into your reed; waking up at the butt crack of dawn on those frigid fall mornings, lacing up the spats for that long parade march (if you were lucky enough to march Core Style you got some reprieve, Big 10-my heart goes out to you).
But of course, those are just the blisters talking. Because when you get right down to it, there’s really nothing like the sound of a couple hundred strong, human music machine making it’s way down Main St. And when the band is really cranking-when the corps is lucky enough to get a director that shrugs off conventional standards and dips into the real funky stuff-well, let’s just say that the reason football games like the Bayou Classic sell out every year has very little to do with touchdowns.
And that’s where the Extra Action Marching Band hits the sweet spot. For the last 10 years the 35 plus member band has been foregoing the sports arenas and bringing the psychadelic marching band funk straight to the people-with as much raunch and sweat as you can cram into their customarily crowded shows.
By combining Vaudeville like performances, Lousiana Brass Band chops and Burning Man freakishness with a commitment to create as much chaos and manic dancing as possible, Extra Action is pure Bay Area music. Led be a polysexual color guard of nearly naked flag wavers and cheerleaders, the band of horn players, drummers and barkers is known for slinking off the stage and through the crowd and will just as soon break into a rendition of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” as they will a Black Sabbath tune, lacing everything with a sheen of glitter, beer and sweat. Extra emphasis on the sweat.
They’re joined Saturday night at the Uptown by the “Sophisticated Country Funk” of Apple Pie Hopes and Michael Musika for what should be a packed and over the top show; with just enough sex appeal to make up for those lonely nights at band camp.-Kwan

Extra Action Marching Band
The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Friday, May 16

WOBO Bike Night

May is National Bike Month and the folks from Walk Oakland, Bike Oakland, a newly formed group of pedal powered pedestrians, has made it their mission to make “walking and bicycling safe, accessable, easy and fun” in the Town. Tonight the all-volunteer advocacy group is taking over Mama Buzz for a night of two wheeling fun aimed at getting more people out of their cars and into the bike lane. There’ll be a no host bar, music by Dj Nik Garlynn and much discussion around how we can turn the town into a more friendly place to ride your fixed gear.

WOBO Bike Night
Mama Buzz
2318 Telegraph

Kofy Brown

Kofy Brown has been mixing it up and making waves in the poetry, soul, funk and straight on rock scenes for a minute. She’s known for commanding a stage, whether it’s a spoken word set, lovers lament or power ballad and along with her band the KBB and as one third of “Black Girl Rock” power Sistas in the Pit, she’s played with everyone from Iggy Pop to the Rare Groove Orchestra and gotten press everywhere from USA Today to Vibe Magazine. Tonight she’s going metal as she’s joined by Alameda rockers Band Called Pain for what should be a loud, classicly high energy set.

Kofy Brown w/A Band Called Pain
The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Stuffed And Starved: Raj Patel On The Politics Of Global Food Production

Half the world is malnourished, the other half obese-both symptoms of the corporate food monopoly. To show how a few powerful distributors control the health of the entire world, Raj Patel, visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies, conducts a global investigation, uncovering the real reasons for famine in Asia and Africa, an epidemic of farmer suicides, and the false choices and conveniences in supermarkets. Yet he also finds hope-in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable, and joyful food system.
His new book, Stuffed And Starved, explains the steps we need to make in order to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers, and rebalance global sustenance. He reads tonight and offers suggestions o what we can do to end the crisis.

Stuffed And Starved: Raj Patel On The Politics Of Global Food Production
Free admission
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cody’s Bookstore
2201 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Saturday, May 17

Malcolm X Jazz Festival

Since it first started back in ’99, the Malcolm X Jazz Festival has become one the most well known and well attended festivals in the city. Celebrated every year around the time of X’s birthday, the all day event regularly draws a large cross section of people for a day of music and performing in E. Oakland’s San Antonio Park. The crowd is usually a who’s who of area community organizers, hip hop heads, social justice workers, art and theater lovers and straight up jazz aficionados. Featured performers for this year’s festival includes The John Santos Quintet, The Freedom Now Band & Howard Wiley, the Ambrose Akinmusire Project f/Goapele and a youth stage with shows by Nukedes, Bodirock Culture, DJ Treat U Nice and others.

Malcolm X Jazz Festival
San Antonio Park
18th and Foothil Blvd.

People’s Grocery People’s Grub Party

Come celebrate eatin’ good and learn about the connections between food, health, culture and community. The latest installment of People’s Grocery’s monthly series will feature a cooking demo and edible delights by guest chef Jay Foster, a nutrition workshop, kid’s games, guest DJ’s, dancing, visual arts exhibition, poetry, performances and more fresh, free produce than you can shake a carrot at.

People’s Grub Party
DeFremery Park
1651 Adeline St.

Sunday, May 18

Lake Merritt Boating Center Open House

To kick off National Safe Boating Week, The Lake Merritt Boating Center is opening it’s doors for a day of free boat rentals, giveaways, drawings and free boating classes. With a heat wave on the horizon for the next few days, spending the day down by the water is one cool option.

Lake Merritt Boating Center Open House
11am – 5pm
Lake Merritt Boating Center
568 Bellevue Ave.


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