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8/8 O-scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 8, 2008

Friday, Aug. 8

Issues at Issues

The editors at Esquire should swing by Issues over in Piedmont tonight. While that magazine, once famous for brilliant covers like Muhammad Ali posing as St. Sebastian, is now making magazine history with the first ever battery-powered, flashing cover, Issues is going exploring the essence of magazine covers with an art opening featuring works from the artists at San Francisco’s Creativity Explored. Since 1983, Creativity Explored has been helping people with developmental disabilities express themselves through art.

Issues at Issues
20 Glen Avenue (at Piedmont Avenue)

Art Reception: 888 Pieces of We

The Oakland Art Gallery opens it’s doors once again with a reception/birthday party for artist Keba Konte, whose “888 Pieces of We: A Photo Memoir” is a collection of 888 photos taken since the artist’s childhood. Konte says he show features “images of protests and portraits, street movements and political movements, freaks, friends and family members” that have made up his life so far. Music will be provided by Balafo and DJ Yaddos, with tasty goodies by Sugar Catering, Guerrilla Cafe and Cafe de la Paz.

888 Pieces of We
Oakland Art Gallery
199 Kahn’s Alley, Oakland

Numi 9-Year Anniversary & Birthday Bash

Numi Tea is celebrating it’s 9 year anniversary and it’s party time! Come by tonight and enjoy Numi’s signature infusions of TEABeer, MarTEAnis & Hot Tea while listening to the jazzy vocals of VH1 Soul artist Nya Jade. Then check out the fire dancing and History of Tea exhibit while MJ Greenmountain and members of Hamsa Lila turn up the energy with some sacred world dance music. End the night with DJ Dragonfly spinning the dancefloor jams till 2am.

Numi 9-Year Anniversary & Birthday Bash
$5-10 donation
Numi Tea Garden
2230 Livingston St
Oakland, California 94606

Reading: Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity

Being black and male is a serious business, but its absurd contradictions are often too funny for words. In his award-winning book, Oakland’s Shawn Taylor leads us on a no-holds-barred tour of his masculine development, acknowledging some deep but often hilarious truths about black men. Full of unexpected turns of phrase and displays of vulnerability, the narrative contains powerful meditations on sexuality, romance, fatherhood, and violence. Unapologetic and sharply critical of the hatred and fear that American society harbors toward black men, Taylor brings the subject of black masculinity into the 21st century.

Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity
The Booksmith
1644 Haight St., San Francisco

Sharing Silences

Alchemy is an all female Bay Area dance troupe drawn together by a shared vision to “create a space and performance that allows womyn of all colors, sexualities, abilities, cultures, and backgrounds to unite and collaborate, empowering one another to express ourselves…and comment on where we stand in relation to current social and political events in the Bay Area and the world.” This Friday and Saturday’s show, “Sharing Silence” features performances that explore various kinds of silence-based on ideas from Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Bell Hooks and other noted artists and intellectuals. The collective of Aries Hines-Coleman, Elisa Noemi, Karla Flores, Rahshekah Kieth, Tai Cao, Vanessa Lewis, Yvonne Alvarez, Wendy Fong and Emily Encina aim to bring light to the complicated, and often glossed over identities, histories, and stories that make up the female experience.

Sharing Silences
$3-5 donations (no one turned away for lack of funds)
8pm Friday, Aug. 8 and Sat. Aug. 9
The Caretakers
848 Divisadero, San Francisco

Saturday, August 9th

Gumball 3000

120 of the world’s fastest, most expensive cars and their drivers- millionaires, rappers, CEO’s and gearheads will descend on the streets of San Francisco for the start of the world’s wildest car rally: 3,000 miles by day and VIP parties by night that ends at the Beijing Olympics. Entrants already include John Mayer, Cameron Diaz, Travis Barker, Mr. Cartoon, Daryl Hannah, Carlos Slim (richest man in the world), MTV’s Rob & Big, and Pimp My Ride host Xzibit – as well as Johnny Knoxville and the cast of Jackass. The rally kicks off today with a car show and be there at 1pm to catch the official start of the race.

Gumball 3000 Rally
10am (flag drops at 1pm)
Nob Hill (In front of the FAIRMONT Hotel), San Francisco

Pacific Manouche Trio

Headed by guitarist Louis Mathee, The Pacific Manouche take gypsy jazz and swing, inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, and mix in a little Latin, Blues, Rock, Pop, Classical, and traditional South African township music for their own unique sound. Check them out today as they serenade the midday crowd at The Mixing Bowl. And check out the arts and craft vendors kicking things off at 10am.

Pacific Manouche Trio
Mixing Bowl
4920 Telegraph Ave ,Ste A

Laurel St. Fest

The Laurel District Association pulls out all the stops today for their annual festival featuring over 70 vendor Booths, a children’s petting zoo and play area, a rock climbing course and two music stages featuring performances from the Mo’Rockin Project feat. Khalil Shaheed, Sonia Whittle’s Nia Movement, Tacuma King’s Bay Area Youth Arts, Music After Disco and others.

Laurel St. Fest
Macarthur Boulevard between 35th and 38th Ave, Oakland

Urban Wine Experience

Quickly becoming one of the area’s favorite culinary events, the 3rd annual Urban Wine Experience brings together 15 first class wineries with 15 gourmet restaurants to provide the ultimate wine and food tasting event. Attendees will enjoy live music provided by Cajun All Stars and complimentary limousine shuttle services to and from the Lake Merritt BART station while sampling exceptional wines and gourmet foods from Dashe Cellars, Fabrique Delice, Eno Wines,Irish Monkey and others. Hosted by the East Bay Vintner’s Alliance.

Urban Wine Experience
$45 in advance, $60.00 at the gate
The Meadow at Jack London Square, Oakland

Reception: AutoErotica “It’s All About The Car”

Let’s face it-big old beautiful cars are sexy! The US, with its love for the car, is fighting the need to become fuel efficient, healthy and green but huge American cars are in our blood and we aren’t letting them go easily. Each of these three Bay Area artists-Phillip Hall, Bill Silveira and Laurel True-have their own unique take on the love of the car and travel. In their own way, each honors our rapidly disappearing, uniquely American, decadent automotive past.

Autoerotica Group Show
Float, Floatation Center – Art Gallery
1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116, Oakland

Grind for the Green Beat Battle

Grind for the Green is a four part eco music festival and youth entertainment boot camp sponsored by Destined Nation Media. In preparation for the end of the year performance, young MC’s and producers spend months working with industry professionals and receiving instruction on the ins and outs of the business-everything from stage presence and how to tweak studio equipment to creating a press kit and conducting business meetings. Today’s free, all ages Beat Battle marks the halfway point in the workshops as 8 preselected contestants meet tonight armed with their freshest beats. The producers will compete head to head, showing off their best music for a cash prize of $300 and a slot on Grind for the Green’s upcoming compilation CD dropping Spring 2009.

Grind for the Green Beat Battle
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission St., San Francisco

Veni Vidi Vici: Juxtapoz Issue Release Party

Every hipster artist’s favorite art mag is set to release it’s latest addition and once again they’re pulling together some of the bay’s best visual and audio artists to celebrate the occasion. Taking over all three rooms of Club 6, tonight’s party features art installations by Cope 2, live painting by Ian Ross and Mae Mae and a roster of DJ’s and performers including Lutan Fyah, Ras Mathew, Jah Yzer, Rebs, Raashan Ahmad, Mike Boo, Cikee and Erik solo.

Veni Vidi Vici: Juxtapoz Issue Release Party
$10 before 11pm / $15 after
Club Six
60 6th St, San Francisco

Sunday, Aug 10

Arte Poetica – The Dream Poetry Team

This evening’s performance is La Peña celebration of California poetry and the full ripened voices. The four featured poets have taught up & coming new generations and upheld resolutely the arte poética for the people. The reading features San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, CA Poet Laureate finalist Francisco x Alarcón, Jose Montoya, Sacramento’s Poet Laureate in 2002 and Nina Serrano, poet, filmmaker and co-founder of the Mission Cultural Center.

Arte Poetica
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley


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