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6/27 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on June 27, 2008

Featured Event: Soulstice Swap

I got a call a few weeks back from the moms. She’d found a box of my old clothes and wanted to know if should she keep them or sacrifice them to the gods of Goodwill. When she started describing the threads it instantly took me back the early ’90’s, what’s referred to in hip hop as the Golden Age, when the usic was pure and the clothes were super huge and super bright-I’m talking purple jeans, orange and purple Nikes, multicolored Cross Colours button ups with the fitted baseball caps and jackets that matched the rest of the outfit way, way too much. And these were the stepping out clothes. We must have looked like a gang of hood peacocks. Needless to say the box got the donation treatment real quick.
If you’re in possession of such a box of unmentionables, or just have a closet full of last year’s designs you’re itching to get rid of, the homeys from Homeygrown have to solution: bring everything down to Soundwave Studios this Saturday for the Soulstice Swap, a knock down drag out free for all clothing and stuff swapathon. Just show up with your own bag of clothes, movies, books, music or nonperishables and dive right into the mountains of free schwag.
Homeygrown is a local arts and design collective with the mission to “provide a support system for striving artists by offering outlets for exposure.” In the past they’ve sponsored fashion shows, screen printed T-shirts, pushed artist created merch at local street fairs and thrown kick ass parties on both sides of the bay.
Saturday’s event should be another good time. And with the promise all you can drink beer and Sangria for 5 bucks, you just might find yourself coming home with a few questionable items, but hell, just toss them in the closet till next Summer. Unless you find a pair of Orange and Purple Nikes. I might want to get those from you.-kwan

Soulstice Swap
$5
3pm
Soundwave Studios
2200 Wood St,
www.homeygrown.org

Friday, June 27

Equinox: The Movement

After winning rave reviews at the San Francisco Black Film Festival earlier this month, Oakland fimmaker Baayan Bakari is bringing the show to the Oakland Museum tonight. Set in Oakland and featuring a local cast of trained and untrained actors, the Equinox centers around 18-year-old Malachi, who joins a ‘rites of passage’ program to learn the true definition of manhood. What he learns is put to the test when his girlfriend resists his growth, his mother abuses his father, his sister’s lifestyle endangers her safety, and he’s asked to join a revolution against the local radio station. The program is presented by Leadership Excellence and features two screenings of the film, with a cast member Q&A following the 7:15 show.

Equinox: The Movement
5:20 show-$8, 7:15 show-$15
Oakland Museum of California
10th and Oak St., Oakland
www.equinoxmovie.com

Artist Reception: Junction & Display/Dispense

Tonight Swarm Gallery present standout selections from this year’s Mills College MFA program. Junction, a two-person exhibition featuring new works by Michael Hall and Ethan Worden, represents the creative paths and unrevealed futures of each emerging artist, coming together in the gallery setting. Each working with disparate themes, the two artists pull together polarized ideas within their work. Michael Hall’s oil paintings explore concepts of control and protection and the difficulties encountered in achieving a balance between the two. Ethan Worden plays with the associations we make with objects. He manipulates scale and configuration to jostle these connections and loosen the ties between the stories we assign to an object and the object itself.
In the Project Space, Trisha Grover examines disposability in our consumer culture with room-size application of plastic called Display/Dispense. Cheap, shiny, and able to retain any form imaginable, plastic is the material that has come to define modern living. What do we ignore in order to rationalize these objects’ disposability?

Junction & Display/Dispense
Free
6-8pm
Swarm Gallery
560 Second Street, Oakland
swarmstudios.net
510.839.2787

First Friday at Five: Ben Oni Orchestra

Jack London Square kicks off of its series of free Friday at Five summer concert series tonight.
The series of live performances will take place every week from June 27th through August 29th with a mix of Big Band, oldies, rhythm & blues, and more. Tonight’s performance features the Ben Oni Orchestra a classic Big Band steeped in the sounds of Swing Era icons including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson and other Swing Era icons.

Ben Oni Orchestra
Free
5 to 7pm
Jack London Square, Oakland
510.550.8176

Saturday, June 28

33rd Annual Montclair Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival

More than 90 professional artists from across the western United States are convening in Oakland this weekend for this annual festival, where artisan sells original paintings, sculptures, jewelry and photography right on the streets of the Montclair business district. A great place to pick up gifts for the special people in your life or that special piece for yourself or home. The event runs from Friday through Sunday.

Montclair Fine Arts Sidewalk Festival
Free
10am-6pm
Montclair Business District
Mountain Avenue at LaSalle
www.montclairvillage.com

People’s Grub Party

The “Flavors of the Garden” parties are a series of three tasting events featuring appetizers & beverages crafted by local Bay Area chefs made with organic seasonal produce straight from the gardens and farm of the People’s Grocery. Each event will feature cooking demonstrations by local chefs as well as instructional segments on growing your own food and the importance of supporting local farmers. You’ll also have the chance to sign up for the new People’s Grocery Grub Box program, to get fresh fruits and veggies delivered right to your door.

People’s Grub Party
Free
11am-1pm
People’s Grocery Garden
1167 55th Street, just west of San Pablo.
http://peoplesgrocery.org

Courtesy of Sushi Powered

Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines

Hearing Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines is like stepping into an uptown New Orleans club circa 1955. Blackman, a band leader, pianist/vocalist and musicologist was first inspired by the early jazz of King Oliver and Louis Armstrong and The Mighty Fine’s music forges a synthesis between early New Orleans Jazz and the R&B of the early ’50’s. Joining Blackman are Nancy Wright, tenor saxophone extraordinaire, Ken “Snakebite” Jacobs, a New Orleans expatriate on baritone saxophone, perennial local favorite, Bing Nathan, on bass and the incomparably magnificent Jack Dorsey on drums. If this music doesn’t make you move your feet, it’s amazing you made it here at all.

Macy Blackman and the Mighty Fines
Call for Prices
Dinner starting at 5pm, show at 8
Anna’s Jazz Island
2120 Allston Way, Downtown Berkeley
510-841-5299
www.AnnasJazzIsland.com

Le Heat: Scissors for Lefty

The Boys from Le Heat and the girls from Hottub are at it again with the monthly party at The Uptown. This month Le Heat welcomes San Francisco Indie Pop sensation Scissors for Lefty, the “thai food connoisseurs, cyclist enthusiasts, mistletoe fanatics” that have been shaking up the indie world of late. Described as “sort of a Bay Area version of the Strokes, only with less attitude and more fun,” by San Francisco Magazine Scissors is on a mission to bring dancing back to the rock crowd with a light hearted combo of 80’s synth, lighthearted lyrics combined for a butt shaking good time.

Le Heat w/Scissors for Lefty
9pm
$10
The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave, Oakland
www.uptownnightclub.com

Sunday, June 29

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration

The time is here when all of San Francisco turns gay for the weekend and parties their rainbow colored butts off! While Pride is always a huge event, the city’s recent ruling in favor of Gay marriage has brought in a whole slew of out of towners anxious to get hitched and get freaky over the weekend. The party starts on Saturday with a celebration in Civic Center featuring LGBTQ icon Meshell Ndegeocello and continues through Sunday with the Parade kicking things off at 10:30 followed by more Civic Center revelry and a special set by the original Girl Who Just Wants To Have Fun-Cyndi Lauper. The two day festival features something for just about everyone from Saturday’s Dyke March to performances by Crystal Waters, Charo, and Margaret Cho.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration
Free
12-6pm, Saturday and Sunday, Parade 10:30 Sunday
Civic Center and Various Locations
www.sfpride.org

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