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8/15 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 15, 2008

Friday, Aug. 15

Friday at Five Free Concert Series: The Amigos

Jack London Square free Friday at Five summer concert series continues 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 Latin Pop group The Amigos.

Friday at Five Free Concert Series: The Amigos
Free
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Broadway at Water Street, Jack London Square, Oakland
www.jacklondonsquare.com/newscenter/free-oakland-summer-concerts.html

Last Year at Marienbad

The plot for “Last Year at Marienbad” involves the attempt of one man to convince one woman that, a year ago, they met and fell in love at a European spa, perhaps Marienbad, where they are now. Some critics have interpreted Marienbad’s labyrinthine gardens as a dreamscape, others as a landscape of the mind, which rejects cause and effect. Either way, the seamless integration of past and present is central to the director Alain Resnais’ films, but, as author-screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet said, “The image is always in the present tense.”

Last Year at Marienbad
$10
7pm
Pacific Film Archive
2625 Durant Ave, Berkeley
http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries

Good: A Music and Community Benefit

The women of Grown and Sexy are out to make fund raising and community responsibility…Sexy. The company works with young entrepreneurs and community organizations to produce fashion, art and music events with a community focus. The Grown and Sexy Fashion show will feature designs by Effie’s Heart, J. Richell & Pink Lemonaid and music by Netta Brielle (winner of the Def Jam Mega Star Search), the multi-talented musician Kev Choice & hip hip head nodder Boondox. Proceeds from the nights events will be split between the Ella Baker Center, Youth Uprising and Vision of la Moda.

Good: A Music and Community Benefit
$20
Historic Sweet’s Ballroom
1933 Broadway, Oakland
www.myspace.com/GOODcause
707.479.8514

Saturday, Aug. 16

6th Annual Golden Gate Renaissance Faire

The annual Golden Gate Renaissance Faire is the ultimate Renaissance bash and Dionysian party where guests enjoy exotic food and drink as they banter with the myriad performers filling the streets. The event sports one-of-a-kind shows, music, and comedy including the Myth and Magic comedy and magic show, the country dancing of The Merry Pranksters and of course-The Joust! The Knights of Avalon will be strapping on the armour, jumping on their trusty steeds, and displaying their lance wielding skills during demonstrations throughout the weekend. The fair runs Saturday and Sunday.

6th Annual Golden Gate Renaissance Faire
$18 adults, $13 seniors, military and teens, $8 children 6-12, under six free.
Golden Gate Park
25th Ave @ Fulton St.
http://www.ggfaire.com/

Rock the Bells

Since the bells first starting rocking 5 years ago, this annual festival has become the go-to, must see event for hip hop heads and backpacker MC purists across North America. This year’s lineup once pulls out the heavy artillery with main stage sets by A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, Rakim and members of Wu Tang Clan and a second stage of young guns including Spank Rock, the Cool Kids and The Pack.

Rock the Bells
$35-75
11am-10pm
Shoreline Amphitheater
Mountain View
www.guerillaunion.com/rockthebells

Cool Remixed Closing Party

For the Cool Remixed closing party, Youth Speaks has brought together an intergenerational crew of female spoken word poets for a head-to-head battle. In addition to the competition, DJs, graffiti artists and turf dancers will be showing off the best in Oakland youth culture, including mini film festival featuring work from Youth Uprising and Streetside Productions video education workshops.

Cool Remixed Closing Party
Free w/Museum admission
11-5pm
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St. Oakland
www.museumca.org

Ryan & Black’s R&B Party

In conjunction with Oakland LGBT Film Festival and in preparation for next week’s East Bay Dyke March, the crews from Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride and “R&B” are inviting all area lesbians and the people who love them to come catch their breath between film programs, then get on the floor and dance till it hurts! This benefit show for SSIP will feature guest selector, and Oakbook favorite, DJ Olga T spinning sets of deep and soulful house and dance grooves.

Ryan & Black’s R&B Party
$7 before 11, $10 after
Velvet
3411 MacArthur, Oakland
www.SistahsSteppin.org

Drag Swap

Whether you’re late for spring cleaning or just getting kitted out for Burning Man, Drag Swap is the place to be to get your decked out duds and all the boas, broaches and accessories you didn’t know you couldn’t live without. Load up with fresh stuff and discover a new you. Bring clothes, “especially sexy stuff” you’ve outgrown or gotten tired of or that never really fit to begin with or whose associate persona bores you now. Trade it or leave it behind (all left over clothing will be donated to the St. James Infirmary’s clothing program.) Get all dolled up for the big party later at DNA Lounge.

Drag Swap
$5-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds.
2-7 pm
Center for Sex and Culture
1519 Mission near 11th St.
www.sexandculture.org

13th Annual SF Drag King Contest

Virile Virtuoso, Fudgie Frottage, “The Man with The Biggest Balls in Show Business,” The Indra. If you don’t know the names of the biggest, most hilariously fierce drag king performers around, then you don’t know jack about Drag. And you need to be at DNA tonight. If you know the names, then chances are you’ve already got your tickets. The hairy sibling to traditional drag performances, drag king shows see the women packing on testosterone, stuffing rolled up socks (or other long somewhat phallic instruments) into their jeans and belting out inspiring, campy tunes from some of your favorite pop singers-from Clay Aiken to Prince. Contestants are judged on talent, creativity, studliness, sex appeal, originality, humor, make-up/facial hair and fashion.

13th Annual SF Drag King Contest
$25.00
9pm
DNA Lounge
375 11th Street, SF.
www.sfdragkingcontest.com
415.282.2363

Conversation and Performance: Umar Bin Hassan and Marcel Diallo

Tonight features a special arts dialog and performance between two generations of revolutionary poets-Black Dot Artists Inc. founder Marcel Diallo and Umar Bin Hassan of the legendary Last Poets. Inspired by the civil rights movement and the work of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, the Last Poets fused poetry, music and a progressive ideology into a style of vocal performance that gave birth to modern hip hop. Bin Hassan will talk to Diallo about the place of art in cultural struggle before the two poets hit the stage along with percussionist Kele Nitoto.

Umar Bin Hassan and Marcel Diallo
$10
8pm Discussion, 9pm Performance
Black New World
836 Pine St., Oakland
www.blacknewworld.com

Sunday, Aug 17

Lucha Libre and Savage Machiine

Get ready for an afternoon of hot and sweaty Machismo over at the newly opened Oakland Metro. Between the body slams and high flying antics of the Lucha Libre Mexican wrestlers and the balls to the wall extremism of Mexican metal band Savage Machiine expect the adrenaline to be high, the music to be loud and the visuals to be explosive, “like an acid trip without the side effects.”

Lucha Libre and Savage Machiine
$13
Doors: 5:30, Bell Time: 6pm
The Oakland Metro
630 3rd St. Oakland
www.myspace.com/eventosotromundo

Lawrence of Arabia

“Produced as the first film spectacular for adults, Lawrence of Arabia makes no attempt to unravel the enigma of T. E. Lawrence (played by Peter O’Toole); rather, it thrives on it. The film was criticized for being a study of Lawrence, the desert warrior, to the detriment of Lawrence, the writer and diplomat. Cinematographer Freddie Young brings out the exquisite fragility and the pitiless constancy of the desert in images that seem framed by the sun’s shimmering, hazy heat: that hooded figure on camel back riding toward the camera might just be a mirage.”

Lawrence of Arabia
$10
3:30pm
Pacific Film Archive
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2625 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries

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