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9-5 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 5, 2008

Friday, Sept. 5

Chosen Terrain: Jamie Morgan and Mary Curtis Ratcliff

Tonight Mercury Gallery hosts a reception for artists Jamie Morgan and Mary Curtis Ratcliffe. Morgan’s interest in the urban landscape has evolved from a desire to make art from daily experience and reflect on the integration of natural and man-made beauty. For the current show, Morgan presents a group of pastel drawings focusing on street-scapes and architecture.
East Bay artist Mary Curtis Ratcliff photographs and composes images that are generated from concentrated observation of natural forms. Intuitively, the artist seeks out images that represent peace, calm, and a mysterious complexity. Ratcliff’s work in this exhibit begins with photographs taken during a month-long residency at New Pacific Studio in Mt. Bruce, New Zealand. Most of the images combine two or more original photographs, overlaying close-ups and long shots: terrain near and far.

Chosen Terrain: Jamie Morgan and Mary Curtis Ratcliff
Mercury 20 Gallery
25 Grand Ave. (at Broadway)
Oakland, CA 94612

The Present Group Issue #7 – Text/ile

Tonight The Present Group, a quarterly art subscription project based in Oakland, celebrates the release of their 7th Issue: Text/ile by Maggie Leininger. Leininger uses the woven form as a metaphor for the idea of multiplicity/multiples/repeats, creating hand woven textiles that examine the most basic structure of a human: the human genome. The work investigates the imagery of the chromosome and how it is translated through the Jacquard loom to make fragments, segments of information. This is the only time the entire edition of 51 individual tapestries will be shown together. The opening will also feature a retrospective of Present Group editions over the last two years including fine art books, collages, a print series, a video and a performance series.

The Present Group Issue #7 – Text/ile
465 9th Street, Oakland
When: September 5th, 2008, 5-10PM

Get Freaky Afterburn

Hopefully by now all the playa dust has washed off and the newly returned burners have had a chance to readjust to “the real world” as much as necessary. In case you’ve still got a dancefloor itch that you need to scratch, or if you missed the burn and want to get as close as possible without actually having to go to the desert, tonight you’re in luck. Get Freaky is hosting the mother of all afterburn parties and DJ’s and party people are coming in from all over to check the sounds of Sebastian(Ed Banger France), Bassnectar, Freq Nasty, Distance, Boxcutter and a entire lineup up of DJ’s with sublimely exotic sounding names for a night of sublime dance madness.

Get Freaky Afterburn
1015 Folsom
1015 Folsom, San Francisco

Saturday, Sept. 6

East Bay AIDS Walk

Now in it’s 4th year, the East Bay AIDS Walk is a grassroots effort developed in response to the increasing new HIV infections in East Bay area and decreasing public funding for HIV/AIDS. Walkers are asked to solicit donations and help raise awareness about the disease. Come out and show your support by walking, donating time/money and supporting the organization!

East Bay AIDS Walk
Lake Merritt
Bellevue and Grand Avenues, Oakland

Road To Fondwa

The new Documentary, The Road to Fondwa, by filmmaker Justin Brandon weaves the voices and imagery of Fondwa into a story that challenges the status quo of international development. Up against centuries of oppression, an unforgiving mountainous environment, decimated natural resources and a centralized state government that offers little or no development assistance to rural communities, the people of Fondwa, Haiti have taken matters into their own hands. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Justin Brandon and Special Guest of Honor from the local Haitian Community.

Road to Fondwa screening and reception
Free with Museum admission
Museum of the African Diaspora, 2nd Floor
685 Mission St, San Francisco

Crucible Fall Community Open House

If you’ve never taken a class or visited the Crucible, here’s an opportunity to experience The Crucible’s community of artisans, makers, innovators, performers, explorers, learners, mentors, and creators of all types. Browse through an expo of organizations that provide services to Oakland communities. Check out the latest community collaboration-a wheelchair access ramp crafted in steel by students, teachers and youth-and enjoy live demonstrations, circus & fire performances, food and fun for all ages.

Crucible Fall Community Open House
12 – 6PM
The Crucible
1260 7th Street, Oakland


What is Bookmob? Well it goes a little somethin’ like this: readers, book lovers, authors, poets, librarians and other literary types have been called to pick up a copy of “West of Kabul, East of New York: An Afghan American Story,” make their way to the San Francisco Ferry Building at exactly 11:45am, look for the bookmobile and the codeword OCOB on the median strip and then…Massive outloud reading? Group book juggling? Bookmark frisbee? We honestly have no idea. And that’s why we’re excited. Intrigue and mystery in literature is just so sexy…

Book Mob
11:45 am Sharp
Near the Ferry Building, San Francisco

Power to the Peaceful

Get ready San Francisco. Michael Franti’s back and he’s brought a 1000 yogis, a load of international DJ’s and performers and about 30,000 people ready to shake their asses and spread peace, love and understanding all over Golden Gate Park. The rally begins at 10:00am @ the Panhandle (between Oak and Fell at Ashbury). Then at 11:00 there’s a march up Ashbury to Haight, through Golden Gate Park to Speedway Meadows and on to the Concert. Performers for this huge free annual love-a-thon include, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Ziggy Marley, King Britt, Ursula Rucker, Kev Choice and Silk-E.

Power to the Peaceful
Speedway Meadows
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

Sunday, Sept. 7

Grind 4 the Green Solar Powered Hip Hop Concert

After grinding all summer-attending music workshops, learning the ins and outs of the biz, getting a primed on green culture and the green collar jobs movement and generally getting the inside dope on everything you need to know to be a fierce, beat rockin, lyric spittin’, super eco conscious MC, the youth from the 1st annual Grind 4 the Green music seminar are ready to take the stage at the 1st ever “Solar Powered Hip-Hop Concert.” In addition to the seminar grads the event will feature performances from Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers, Fiyawata, Jahi, Queen Deelah, Trunk Boiz and True Skool’s DJ Ren.

Grind 4 the Green Solar Powered Hip Hop Concert
Yerba Buena Gardens
Mission Street @ Third St, San Francisco

Not a Genuine Black Man fundraiser

Brian Copeland presents his wildly popular one man show at this benefit for the Piedmont High School Wellness Center and Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee. Not A Genuine Black Man tells the story of an African American man growing up in one of the most racist suburbs in America. In a monologue that’s both funny and poignant, Brian explores how surroundings make us who we are. This award winning show, which has sold out runs all around the Bay Area, was published as a book earlier this year and is being developed for television.

Not a Genuine Black Man fundraiser
$50 to $200
Piedmont High School Alan Harvey Theater
800 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont


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