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8/29 O-scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 29, 2008

Friday, Aug. 29


Urban Calligraphy, Street Art, Graffiti, whatever you call it and however you feel about it, there’s no denying that the creation of word based art on the walls of buildings and art galleries has left a lasting impression on global culture. As a part of their ongoing 5 year anniversary celebration, The Joyce Gordon Gallery’s latest show pays tribute to the history and culture of Spraypaint Art in a weekend long exhibit by the legendary TCB Crew. Graffiti artists Refa One, Toons One, and Chris Herod will be displaying works on canvas and on the walls while representatives from the West Coast Chapter of the Zulu Nation will be on the beats and the backspins, manning the turntables and performing Breakdance demos during the exhibit, which closes Sunday.
Aerosoul Reception
Joycve Gordon Gallery
406 14th Street Oakland

Zombies of Eureka

Taking advantage of Humboldt County’s dynamic local music scene, filmmaker Jon Olsen spent two and a half years shooting music videos for indie rock bands in the remote northern town of Eureka, California. The fifteen completed videos have one thing in common: more zombies than you can shake a severed limb at. With a thin narrative premise loosely based on actual events, the videos in Zombies of Eureka combine, Voltron-style, into an epically low-fi apocalyptic musical motion-picture event. Featured bands include The Ian Fays, The Invasions, The Buffy Swayze, The Monster Women, Dynamite Sweater, The Ravens, The Professional Superheroes, and Von Richter. Opening the night is the short film A.D.D. Generation is an subversive aggregate of video absurdity lampooning a plethora of cultural chestnuts and fads, including religion, YouTube, hippies, and the recent tiger attacks at the San Francisco Zoo.
Zombies of Eureka
Artists’ Television Access
992 Valencia St. San Francisco


The Bay Area’s award-winning Rough and Tumble theater presents Candide, Len Jenkin’s adaptation of Voltaire’s satiric masterpiece skewering the metaphysical philosophy of optimism, religion, politics, and romance. Using humor to expose some difficult truths about human nature, this production explores the current moment in history as it is wracked by religious fundamentalism, government corruption and war. Founding Artistic Director Cliff Mayotte directs the performance, re-interpreting the play into a stylish commedia dell’arte chamber play full of cheap theatrics featuring live music composed and performed by renowned Bay Area jazz composer Phillip Greenlief. The play runs Friday through Sunday this through
Aug 29 8pm, Sat Aug 30 8pm, Sun Aug 31 7pm
Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Ave. Berkeley

Slow Food Nation

San Francisco’s been prepping for Slow Food Nation for the last 3 months and at long last, this heaven on earth for slow foodists has arrived. Organizers say the event is designed to show how food and agriculture are interwoven within the larger issues of the environment, health, education, community, the global economy and long-term sustainability. The 3 day festival is packed with events throughout the area including tastings, forums, workshops, films, exhibits, a music festival and hundreds of the most respected farmers and food artisans from across the country.
Slow Food Nation
Various prices and times and locations

We Love the Town

Don’t miss We Love the Town, an Oakland love fest with DJs Zita and Dmadness, going down tonight at Luka’s. They’ll spin hip hop, reggae dancehall, Oakland sounds and more. If you do love Oakland, go show it!
We Love the Town
2221 Broadway (at Grand)
http://www.djzita.comSaturday Aug. 30

Saturday, Aug. 30

Slow Food Rocks

This two-day outdoor music festival provides the soundtrack to this weekend’s Slow Food Nation. One of only three public events permitted on the Great Meadow the entire year, the lineup includes spaced out beats and rhymes duo Gnarls Barkley headlining Saturday and original Dead Head Phil Lesh bringing out the big jam band guns on Sunday. G Love & Special Sauce, the John Butler Trio, Medeski Martin & Wood, New Pornographers and Ozomatli also perform throughout the weekend.

Slow Food Rocks
8/30 11am-7pm, 8/31 11am-5:30pm
Fort Mason/Great Meadow
Intersection of Marina Blvd and Buchanan St, San Francisco

Art and Soul Festival

Oakland’s largest festival is back for it’s 8th year. Over the course of the three event six concert stages will be packed with music and performances by over 60 artists while the downtown area opens up to a sea of people as crowds from all over the Bay stop in to see The show. Performers include local luminaries like Zion-I, Kev Choice and Legally Blynd and international superstars including the Indigo Girls, Stephanie Mills, The Matches, Bobby Hutcherson, Rose Royce and Walter Hawkins. Art and Soul is a bring-the-whole-family event and the Family Fun Zone will be packed with with rides, hands-on activities, entertainment and special performances. Plus admission is free for kids 12 and under.

Oakland Art and Soul Festival
$10 adults, $5 youth 13-18 & Seniors 65+
Through Sept. 1 11am-6pm
Oakland City Hall Plaza/Frank Ogawa Plaza
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Black August Celebration

Originally created twenty-nine years ago to honor Black Panthers George Jackson, John Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden, Black August has become one of the largest African Diaspora solidarity events in the nation. Throughout the month of August organizations from around the country come together for a series of workshops, lectures and community building exercises emphasizing sacrifice, fortitude and discipline. This year’s two day event will feature performances, workshops and discussions led by Emory Douglas, Antithesis Master Drummer Tacuma King, Ise Lyfe, Naru and the Caribbean All Stars.

Black August
8/30 12-8pm. 8/31 12-10pm
East Oakland Youth Development Center
8200 International Blvd., Oakland

Sunday Aug. 31

Sunday Streets

From Bayview to Chinatown and all along the Embarcadero, San Franciscans will be dancing, walking and biking in the streets during this morning street party. Inspired by similar events in New York, Seattle and Columbia, the city is shutting down it’s main drag and opening it up to a pedestrians and performers. The free activities include yoga, Tai Chi, rollerskating, bike lessons, soccer, aerobics, dance classes and events for the whole family.

Sunday Streets
Embarcadero Waterfront
San Francisco, CA 94102

Bang The Drum 24th Anniversary

DJ Kevvy Kev is a legend among bay area hip hop fans. For the last 24 years he’s hosted the The Drum, the longest running hip hop radio show in the world, every Sunday night from the campus of Stanford University. He’s been there through every era of Bay Area hip hop and helped to brake some of the area’s biggest stars. For his 24th anniversary celebration 24 MC’s and 24 DJ’s will be on hand to pay their respects and rock the crowd. The lineup this year includes Canibus, Das EFX, East Flatbush Project, Oakland Faders, Dan the Automator, Peanut Butter Wolf, Rec League, 4OneFunk, Pam the Funkstress, Foreign Legion, Delinquent Monastery, Boom Bap Project, D-Sharp, LCJ, Radioactive, Motion Man, Bash Brothers, Bayliens, Lunar Heights includes Secluded Journalists.

Bang The Drum 24th Anniversary
Golden Gate Park
Peacock Meadow, JFK Dr., San Francisco

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