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7/18 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 18, 2008

Friday, July 18

Jazz @ Q’s ft. Wesley Thomas

The latest installment of Jazz @ Q’s brings Bay Area based guitarist/vocalist Wesley Thomas through for 2 special sets. Influenced by sounds as diverse as the jazz licks from his hometown of Louisville to the pre-techno clubs in Germany to the live music scene in Atlanta and the psychedelic soul sound of the Bay, Wes blends a full range of style and musical influences and tonight he’s joined by local favorites Bill Norwood, Maya K, Michael James and Tony Saunders to perform originals songs from his latest album Come Groove With Me.

Wesley Thomas and Friends
Q’s Lounge
126 Broadway, Oakland

Eric Swinderman ft. Joyce Grant

True to their band name-In Pursuit of The Sound-tonight’s show will be a walk through 100 years of American music as guitarist Eric Swinderman swings through the work of masters including Scott Joplin, Bessie Smith, Lady Day & Ella Firtgerald. Swinderman is accompanied by the vocal stylings of Joyce Grant, Marty Williams on piano, Ruth Davies on bass,Rhoyal Baibe on drums and Dave Ellis on sax.

Eric Swinderman ft. Joyce Grant
Call for prices
Anna’s Jazz Island
2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Lorca Summer Festival

This past June would have marked the 100 birthday of Federico García Lorca, the famed Spanish poet, playwright and artist. Lorca wrote some of the most beautiful and politically charged work in Spain’s history, relying heavily on the concept of duende-the idea that to create truly great art, the artist must live as close to death as possible. Many believe it was this no holds barred approach to life that led to his assasination at 38. Throughout the rest of the month, San Francisco based theater troupe Pangs Theater Ensemble performs three of Lorca’s best known tragedies – Blood Wedding, Yerma, and The House of Bernarda Alba – written only a few years before their author’s untimely death.

Lorca Summer Festival
$12 – 25 sliding scale
July 18 – Aug 2
Intersection for the Arts
446 Valencia St, San Francisco


All Known Metal Bands

All Known Metal Bands is a book listing just that-every metal band in the known universe. Period. Nothing pesky like liner notes or band bios to get in the way-just 300 pages containing the names of every band to ever rock out in long hair and power chords or even think of naming themselves after anything dealing with Hell, Death, Destruction and the like. It’s been alternately called the best book in the known universe, the best bathroom book ever, and a colossal waste of ink and brainpower. You be the judge today as author Dan Nelson reads from the weighty tome with the help of lots of beer and presumably, lots of metal heads.

All Known Metal Bands
Rowan Morrison Gallery
330 40th St, Oakland

Oakland State of Mind Block Party

Oakland youth organization Roots and Branches returns for it’s 3rd annual block party at North Oakland’s Island Park. Combining music, dance and visual arts from several Oakland communities, Roots and Branches aims to reclaim Oakland’s streets from increasing violence and redirect youth energy towards more creative outlets. Performers for the event include the Bumpitythump drummers and the Inspirational Movements, Conscious rapper Gemz, Brothers Big Hurt & Banger Bananas and live electronic music from gal*in_dog. Community members are encouraged to bring clothes for the free silk screening booths and free grub will be available all day long.

Oakland State of Mind Block Party
Island Park
Adeline Ave at 61st St, Oakland

The Art of A&R: How To Promote & Make Money From Songs

Calling all indie musicians: come find out how to get paid off your music. The National Association of Recording Industry Professionals hosts this intensive workshop taking a look at the A&R process and providing insight into how to commercially market songs, act as your own publisher and secure and capitalize on licensing opportunities. The workshop will provide hands on training on exactly how to create opportunities and income through your music, from getting your music played on FM and satellite radio to getting established artists to cover your work.

The Art of A&R: How To Promote & Make Money From Songs
$20 for NARIP Members, $40 for Non-Members
Ex’pression College for Digital Arts
6601 Shellmound Street, Emeryville

Grown and Sexy Party

All you 25 and overs who still like to get down and funky on the dancefloor without those pesky youngsters in your way need to head over to this regular Saturday night upscale party. Featuring DJ Jerry Ross spinning R&B, Classics, Neo Soul, Reggae and Club favorites and equipped with a tight dress code of “Hard Sole shoes, Collared ‘Button down’ dress shirts” and absolutely no sports gear, Maxwell’s Saturday night jam ensures that the grown folks can two step and electric slide till their hearts content, without all those damned kids gettin all rowdy all over the place.

Grown and Sexy Party
Club Maxwell’s
341 13th St, Oakland

Eric McFadden Trio

Eric McFadden may be one of the hardest working performers in the business. Fresh off a European tour with Eric Burdon and the New Animals, McFadden returned to the states and hit the ground running at last week’s Fire Arts Festival in West Oakland and the High Sierra Music Festival a couple of days before. Tonight the guitarist and singer performs with his own band including James Whiton on the acoustic bass, drummer Jeff Cohen and long-time friend and musical associate Robin Coomer joining-in on vocals.

Eric McFadden Trio
Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Ave. Oakland

Sunday, July 20

New Reading Series: Anna Moschovakis and Dennis Somera

This month’s New Reading Series features Anna Moschovakis who works with the Ugly Duckling Presse collective as an editor, book and web designer and letterpress printer. The poet also translates works from French to English and has published translations of Gautier, Michaux and Cendrars, among others. Her first full length collection, I Have Not Been Able To Get Through To Everyone, was published by Turtle Point Press in 2006. Anna is a doctoral student in Comparative Literature at CUNY’s Graduate Center, and currently teaches at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Dennis Somera writes poems blended with a pinch/punch of performance art and collaboration and some of his works have been published online at DeepOakland.com, 2ndAvenuePoetry, Cricket Online Review and offline in POMPOM, Bay Poetics, Chain and Tinfish.

New Reading Series: Anna Moschovakis and Dennis Somera
21 Grand
416 25th St. Oakland

Solar Cooking Workshop

The Eco House presents: The Art of Solar Cooking. This workshop will teach participants about the use, design, and practical applications of solar cookers and solar water pasteurization.

Solar Cooking Workshop
The Ecology Center
1305 Hopkins St, Berkeley


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