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7/25 O-scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 25, 2008

Friday July 25

Hotter Than July Block Party

Youth UpRising has made it their mission to provide positive activities and opportunities for youth and young adults, and they know how to throw a party! Come out and enjoy the sun, food and activities today at Youth UpRising’s 3rd annual all ages block party. There’ll be face painting and jumpers, water slides and video game competitions, hip hop and dancing-all for free and all by the kids from YU’s various youth programs. And did we mention there’ll be ice cream? Bring the family and come cool off in East Oakland.

Hotter Than July Block Party
Noon – 6:00 PM
Youth UpRising
8711 MacArthur Blvd.
(510) 777-9909
www.youthuprising.org

Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival

Brainwash features indie and experimental flicks that are sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes wacky, sometimes strange, but always original. The lineup for this year’s juried festival includes original shorts such as Heartless, Filmdog TM, Hotel Paradiso, Mercury Men, and Amor Peligrosa and dozens more. Head over to West Oakland BART and check out two nights of quirky cinema with a few hundred of your closest friends. Bring your blanket, some munchies and an FM radio and stake out a choice spot on the concrete.

Brainwash Drive-In/Bike-In/Walk-In Movie Festival
July 25th & 26th, 2008.
$9
9:00 pm
Alliance for West Oakland Development Parking Lot
1357 5th St. Mandela Parkway, Oakland
www.brainwashm.com

Rock Paper Scissors Art Auction

Do you love to support local artists? Do you love to rock out to live music and silly videos while sipping local brew? Do you love the work of downtown Oakland’s Rock Paper Scissors Collective?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions then head over to the 3rd annual RPS art auction and party tonight. Bid on visual art, wearable art and artistic crafts from your favorite local designers and check out the tunes from the bands that drive all the kids wild. Funds raised go to support the ongoing operations of the Rock Paper Scissors Collective.

Rock Paper Scissors Art Auction
Free
6-11pm
839 55th St., Oakland
510.238.9171
www.rpscollective.com

Portable Sunset: artwork by Nathan Gwynne

Nathan Gwynne’s work takes a nomadic approach to media, fusing artistic values with social and psychological ones. In the exhibition Portable Sunset, new photographs, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and animation explore the metonymic and metaphoric connotations of the sunset. The work is influenced by nostalgia and the competing romantic impulses of home-sickness and far-sickness. A California native son returns and contemplates the sun. An artist’s book will accompany the exhibition, along with music by No Please, Hackles, Sailing Solutions.

Portable Sunset: artwork by Nathan Gwynne
Free
7-11pm
Lobot Gallery
1800 Campbell St., Oakland
www.lobotgallery.com

Saturday, July 26

Roberta Gambarini

Born in Torino, Italy, into a family where jazz was much loved and appreciated, Roberta Gambarini began listening to the classics and standards as a child and was taking clarinet lessons by the time she was twelve. By 17, she was performing in jazz clubs around Northern Italy and at the age of 18, she headed to Milan to pursue a career as a jazz singer. Gambarini’s original takes on the classics and uncanny knack for scatting and improv have earned her places beside jazz greats including Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Slide Hampton, Roy Hargrove and gigs from Kennedy Center to Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Roberta Gambarini
$26
8pm and 10pm
Yoshis Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607
510.238.9200
www.yoshis.com

The People-Bay Love Edition

You know we love The People, and this month the People is showing love for the Bay with a day long BBQ and mini music marathon featuring a line up of the area’s best dancefloor rocking DJ’s. Guest selectors Dedan, Hakobo, Jayvi Velasco, Proof and Soul Profess will be spinning a full kaleidoscope of party tunes ranging from house to broken beat, funk to electro in addition to tons of food, vendors and cool people. But then again, you knew that didn’t you?

The People Bay Area Love Edition
$5 b4 10pm $10 after
5pm-3am
Club Oasis
135 12th Street Oakland
http://www.thepeopleoakland.com

Sunday, July 27

Folk This! and Friends’ Tribute to Utah Phillips

Folk This! is a collective of activists and musicians using music from history’s various civil rights and social justice movements to link creative people across the generational divides. Their playlists include music from the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement, and back even further to the songs of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Paris Commune. Tonight they honor the music of Utah Phillips, the late singer, songwriter, storyteller, anarchist, railroad tramp, and defender of the homeless and working man. Phillips was a seminal figure in American folk music who performed extensively for audiences on two continents for nearly 4 decades. He died earlier this year and tonight’s performance is to honor the hell he raised and the music he made throughout his career.

Folk This! and Friends’ Tribute to Utah Phillips
$10
7pm
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley
510-849-2568
http://www.lapena.org

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