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7/11 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 11, 2008

Summer Solos 2008

ProArt’s latest exhibit features three projects exploring the topics of race, identity, and cultural hybridity. Summer solos features installations by Ken Lo, Ala Ebtekar, and CalliGRAFFitti, a collaboration between calligraphy artist Minette Lee Mangahas and three generations of graffiti writers. Ken Lo’s video and sculpture installation focuses on the intersections between the perception of Chinese culture and the self aggrandizement of American Basketball. Berkeley born artist Ala Ebtekar fuses traditional Iranian imagery with American hip-hop iconography. CalliGRAFFitti focuses on the synergies between East Asian calligraphy and urban American graffiti word art forms with pieces by calligraphic painter Minette Lee Mangahas and nine graffiti writers from seven cities around the country.

ProArts Gallery
Free
6-8pm
ProArts Gallery
550 Second St., Oakland
www.proartsgallery.org

Mama at Twilight: Love by Death

The latest play by The Prescott Joseph Center’s resident theater company, The Lower Bottom Playaz, explores the effects of HIV/AIDS in the African American community. Playwrite and Artistic Director Ayodele Nzinga asks the audience to become a part of the performance and discuss issues of faith, relationships and gender rolls as The Johnson family struggles on stage to face a tragedy that has hit too close to home.

Mama at Twilight: Love by Death
$15 General Admission, $10 Students, $20 Reserved table seating.
8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun
The Sister Thea Theater (this is an outdoor theater, dress accordingly)
920 Peralta St, Oakland CA
510.208.1912, 510.835.8683

Saturday, July 12

Carol Queen’s Birthday Party

Join Good Vibrations in celebrating another year in the life of our famed sex educator/author/activist, Dr. Carol Queen. Enter the peepshow, complete with live performances, toasts, roasts, and more merriment than you can stand. Spin the Wheel of Pleasure, enter to win a variety of awesome prizes, and all proceeds go to the Center for Sex and Culture.

Carol Queen’s Birthday Party
Free
8-10pm
Good Vibrations
603 Valencia St, San Francisco
415.522.5460
www.goodvibes.com

Berkeley Community Media Short Film Festival

Following up on the success of last year’s BCM Horror Film Festival and HorrorTV, Berkeley Community Media returns this year with an open genre film night showcasing 10 min. short films produced by local filmmakers promoting the importance of community based TV. All proceeds from the night go to support Berkeley Community Media.

Berkeley Community Media Short Film Festival
$10
8pm
City Council Chambers
2134 Martin Luther King Jr Way
www.torridproductions.com/betv

Brass and Burlesque

Hot Pink Feathers and Blue Bone Express are a world cabaret/samba burlesque dance troupe and a New Orleans jazz brass band. Together they form a carnival jazz cabaret ensemble. The dances, choreographed by founder and director of Hot Pink Feathers, Kellita, marry Busby Berkeley’s humor & glamor with Carmen Miranda’s show stopping style & sass with Bob Fosse flair, dosed with shimmies and shakes in traditional Hot Pink Feather style.

Brass and Burlesque
$10
9pm
Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Ave. Oakland
510.763.7711
www.cafevankleef.com

Sunday, July 13

Bike for Life

Seeing one Scraper Bike is a sight. Seeing over a hundred, all candy painted out, swerving around Lake Merrit is a sight to tell your kids about. And this Sunday when it happens, you can feel good about the show of peddle power, knowing it’s all for a good cause. Bike for Life is an annual event sponsored by One Fam and promoted by bike-for-change organizations around the area that invites bike enthusiasts from recreational riders to top-level bike designers to join together for an anti-violence afternoon bike ride of critical mass proportions. This year Baby Champ and the Scraper Bike Movement are leading the ride with an army of brightly colored musical two and three wheelers. Expect to see new creations from some of the areas most inventive bike designers and they wind their way around the lake. The ride is open to any and all participants.

Bike for Life
Free
2pm
468 Perkins St. Oakland
http://www.onefam.org

iMaracaibera! Music from Quinteto Contrapunto

Unpublished for nearly 40 years, these original arrangements from the famous Venezuelan folk ensemble Quinteto Contrapunto have recently been rediscovered by Creative Voices music director Eduardo Mendelievich. The scores fuse traditional and popular folk songs with the methodology and treatment of the academic music theory. Accompanied by Venezuelan cuatro player Maria Fernanda Acuña, this is a rare opportunity to experience an authentic piece of Venezuelan culture.

iMaracaibera! Creative Voices
$18
7pm
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
www.lapena.org

The Umpteenth Annual Transbay Skronkathon and Community BBQ

Philip Glass, Merzbow, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Mike Patton, etc. etc. etc…While it may be difficult to describe just what qualifies as experimental music, it’s a pretty sure bet that what ever your definition, there’ll be a representive at this annual fundraisor for the Transbay Creative Music Calendar, the Bay Area Guide for all things musically out there. Get there early stay late to get your fill of the “many many artists and lots and lots of sausages.” Cause nothing screams experimental music quite like charred beef.

The Umpteenth Annual Transbay Skronkathon and Community BBQ
Free (donations accepted)
12pm
21 Grand
416 25th St
http://bayimproviser.com

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