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6/21 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on June 21, 2008

Featured Event: Oaksterdam University Grand Opening Party

Oaksterdam, Smokeland, Amsterdam West. Over the years the Town’s liberal attitude towards smokin da herb has earned us some colorful monikers, won us praise for our forward thinking drug policy and resulted in Buddha knows how many raids by disgruntled federales none too happy with our tendency to more than happily inhale.
And while it’s possible the members of these various task forces could just be long overdue for a little smoke break, the founders of Oaksterdam University are taking steps to make California’s other green culture more palatable and respectable, while educating us on the finer points of building the perfect grow room.
What started as a weekend certification course last November has grown into a full blown educational program offering semester long courses on everything from horticulture to the politics and legalities of growing to how to establish and operate your own “Cannabusiness.” What to do if your spot gets bum rushed by federal agents? Need to know the finer points of Measure Z? Will G-13 or Bubble Kush grow better in your attic setup? Oaksterdam’s staff of trained professionals are here to help.
The classes have been so successful that Oaksterdam has opened a 2nd school in LA, and with well over 500 people enrolled at the downtown location, they’ve decided its time to move to bigger digs farther up Broadway. Just to air the place out a bit, y’know?
To celebrate the new location the university is opening it’s doors today to the curious public. Faculty members and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and enroll those ready to begin their journey of (you knew it was coming) higher learning.
Admission to the party includes a one year membership to the Marijuana Policy Project as well as a screening of the documentary “Super High Me”, partially filmed in Oakland, which sheds a new if slightly cloudy light on the conflict between medical Marijuana in California and Federal drug laws.
There’ll also be a ventilated lounge for those who indulge and of course gobs of free hors d’oeuvres. Cuz with all that learning is bound to give anyone the munchies.-kwan

Oaksterdam University Grand Opening
Oaksterdam University
1776 Broadway, Oakland

Saturday, June 21

2008 West Coast Beatbox Championship

This juried competition celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Vowel Movement, the Bay Area beatboxing association, as the most rhythmic noisemakers from the Left Coast square off tonight with styles ranging from throat singing to vocal turntablism and percussion to determine who’ll take home the $250 grand prize and title of West Coast Beatboxing Champion 2008. Competing artists include Kid Beyond, Tim Barsky, Soulati and Infinite from hip-hop band Felonious. The event is emceed by Joshua Walters, Jamie De Wolf, and Syzygy.

2008 West Coast Beatbox Championship
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

Lake Merritt Boating Center “Summer Sailstice”

The Lake Merritt Boating Center opens it’s doors for a day of free sailing-a great way to cool down while we’re in the middle of this damned heat wave. The event offers classes and rentals of canoes, kayaks, windsurfers and sailboats and a day packed with events for the whole family. Come rediscover one of the Town’s treasures.

“Summer Sailstice”
6:30 – 9:30pm
Lake Merritt Boating Center
568 Bellevue Avenue

Summer Sounds at Rhythmix: Michael Sea and Island Fever

Nationally recognized singer/songwriter Michael Sea has been writing and performing songs with a tropical/nautical theme for the past 25 years. A contemporary of genre touchstone Jimmy Buffett, Michael interpolates his own personal spin on Buffett classics into his set. Michael’s original songs tell stories both true and fanciful evoking exotic locales and bringing to life colorful characters like “Toucan Bill.” Island Fever complete the sound with a driving rhythm section and tight harmonies. Michael and the band will be playing songs from their latest CD “Stealing Coconuts.”

Michael Sea and Island Fever
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda

Sunday, June 22

Velerie Troutt: Prepare for a Future

Join Oakland’s futuristic jazzy soulstress Valerie Troutt tonight as she records songs for her new project “Prepare for a Future.” Fusing gospel, soul, world, folk and electronica into a jazz gumbo, Trout’s style is unique but familiar, brand new and old school all at the same time.
Armed with a BFA in Jazz studies from the New School University in New York, Val’s accomplishments include performing at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Marcus Strickland Quartet, earning accolades from jazz legends including Dianne Reeves and Rodney Whitaker and lighting up jazz stages across the country. She’s joined tonight by poet Buttaflysoul, Soul Nubian and members of Fear of a Fat Planet.

Valerie Troutt
$12-$20 sliding scale; 18 & under free
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


One Response to “6/21 O-Scene Weekend”

  1. Gernesse said

    Tahnks for posting

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