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9/12 O-scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 12, 2008

Friday, Sept. 12

MilkBar International Live Film Festival

The big weekend is here for MilkBar, East Oakland’s ongoing studio artist salon, as the annual International Live Film Festival runs throughout the weekend at the newly opened Noodle Factory. True to it’s name, the fest combines live collaborations with visual art and films from around the globe-from Oakland and El Cerrito to Australia and Singapore. The rotating matinees pay homage to cinema from Russia and Finland while the evening programs open at 7pm with five new works by local filmmaker/composer collaborations.

MilkBar International Live Film Festival
$15 / main show,$8/matinee
Various times throughout weekend
Noodle Factory Performing Arts Center
1255 26th St., West Oakland

Eth6 Magazine Artists Exhibition

In magazine publishing, the artwork plays an integral role in balancing the editorial content and providing another entry point of resonance with the reader. For Eth6, the artwork is even more necessary to balance the magazine’s weighty copy. Eth6 is an annual collaborative publication between artists, social workers and journalists covering stories that otherwise might remain invisible in mainstream media. Tonight’s art show features work from the new edition’s artists and photographers, who provide graphics for stories ranging from the community response to gang violence in San Francisco’s churches to the ethical choices of caring for the homeless.

Eth6 Magazine Artists Exhibition
Blank Space Gallery
6608 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Photo by Jamison Boyer

All the Way Live Urban Dance Festival

After battling it out in the semifinals four area high school B-boy crews from Redwood City, Stockton and Fremont will be sharing the stage with crews from around the world including Super Crew, winner’s of this season’s America’s Best Dance Crew, and Germany’s Storm and Battle Squad. The two day festival will include a $1000 group battle as well as individual competitions, performances and workshops for all ages and skill levels.

All the Way Live Urban Dance Festival
Various times
Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd. Fremont

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

The final film in the Pacific Film Archive’s tribute to the early work of Milos Forman feature a hyperactive Jack Nicholson, even nuttier than usual, but this time surrounded by a cast of characters just as loopy.
“Convinced that a short stint at the nuthouse would be preferable to hard time in jail, the ever-manic McMurphy (Nicholson) convinces the prison docs that he’s crazy. Inside the asylum, however, the cruelty of the institution is promptly made apparent in the form of Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher), a cold hearted matron. Cantankerous to a fault, McMurphy refuses to succumb, becoming the oddball idol of the other inmates, cracked curios played by Christopher Lloyd, Danny De Vito, Brad Dourif, and others. McMurphy’s is a fine and tragic madness-his unyielding resistance grows in grandeur as attempts to crush him mount. Nicholson’s pumped portrayal became a seventies symbol for the struggle against a soulless System. Alternately unruly, ribald, and tender, Forman’s black comedy swept the Oscars.”-Steve Seid

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2625 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 642-6883

Saturday, Sept. 13

Unity in the Community

Join Acts Full Gospel Community Development, Bridging the GAP Soldiers, and Oakland Parks & Recreation for family fun and community building at the “Unity In The Community Event,” featuring entertainment, food and a host of information and resources for the District 7 community!

Unity in the Community
10am – 3pm
Ira Jinkins Recreation Center
9175 Edes Ave. Oakland

Experience on the Green

Say farewell to summer and welcome fall at “Experience on the Green,” with musical icons Roberta Flack, Dr. Donald Byrd, Patrice Rushen, Ray Parker, Jr., and Michael Henderson. An art exhibition featuring established and emerging artists curated by the Linen Life Gallery, a Wellness Center under the direction of Dr. Geoffrey Watson and in the Oakland Museum’s James Moore Theater the premiere of All About Us staring Boris Kodjoe, Morgan Freeman and Ruby Dee. Bay Area television personalities Belva Davis Moore. Barbara Rodgers, Pam Moore and Carolyn Tyler will be honored at a special presentation.

Experience on the Green
Oakland Museum
1000 Oak Street
Oakland, CA

9th Annual All Nation Pow-Wow

The Medicine Warriors Dance Troupe and All Nations Singers host year round classes that focus on mentoring Native youth, developing their self-confidence and teaching traditional culture. Medicine Warriors & All Nations also provide dancing, singing and drumming to a wide variety of Bay Area events and their annual Pow Wow is their chance to see the fruits of all their hard work. The daylong event will feature singing, drumming, contest dancing, gourd dancing, authentic crafts, Native foods and a raffle.

9th Annual All Nation Pow-Wow
11am – 7 pm
Clinton Square Park
International Boulevard between 6th & 7th Ave, Oakland.

Benito Cereno

Benito Cereno mixes Puerto Rican rhythms (salsa, bomba, plena and bolero) with funk, rock, reggae, blues and other world beats to create a unique urban-inspired dance groove steeped in Caribbean flavor. As a reflection of the band’s leader and lead singer, Manny Martinez, it’s the musical by-product of a New York city born Latino who spent his formative years in Puerto Rico, and the last twenty in California. With an all-star Bay Area cast of characters that include Fabian Paredes on drums, Javier Navarrette on timbales and vocals, Hector Lugo on congas and vocals, Ayla Davila on bass, Peter Meredith on keyboards, Camilo Landau on guitar and vocals and Sandra Garcia Rivera on percussion and vocals, Benito Cereno is a bilingual manifestation of the embracing of cultures with no musical boundaries attached…and the insatiable desire to get your groove on.

Benito Cereno
East Side Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd., Oakland

Air Cartoons: Azeem record release party

This all night event brings together a huge hodge podge of musical styles to celebrate the release of Oakland MC Azeem’s latest ,Air Cartoons, out now on Oaklyn Records. Azeem has been grinding on the Bay Area hip hop and spoken word scene for over 10 years and his recordings with Om records have garnered him a worldwide following for his clever lyrics and adventurous music. Three rooms of music from hip hop to dub step and glitch hop are rocking from 10pm until 8am with a lineup including AN-TEN-NAE, BreakBeatBuddha, Andre Lucero and of course Azeem himself.

Air Cartoons releae party
SomArts Center
934 Brannan St. San Franciso
www.oaklynrecords.com/eventSunday, Sept. 14

Sunday, Sept. 14

Music @ Arroyo Park ft. Zapp

Councilmember Desley Brooks and Dwayne Wiggins have been hosting this free event for the last 4 years, bringing in legendary souls and R&B musicians for this family friendly day of music and games. Zapp’s string of hits, including “More Bounce to the Ounce” and “Computer Love” are sure to take the crowd back to the good ol’ funky days.

Music @ Arroyo Park ft. Zapp
Arroyo Viejo Park
7701 Krause Ave, Oakland

Africa Unite

“Africa Unite” is a documentary film by director Stephanie Black that combines Bob Marley concert footage with historical news reels and excerpts from a Pan-Africanism conference. The juxtaposition of news footage from Africa’s colonial past with new material in which participants such as actor Danny Glover, and Marley’s mother, Cedella Booker, discuss the vital importance of African self-sufficiency tells a compelling story. Bob Marley’s work contained an overt political element, and it is his message of resistance to oppression and the necessity for people to work together to enact change that galvanizes Black’s film. The film offers a well-balanced and informative perspective on an important and interesting subject and will be followed by a community discussion.
Africa Unite
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission St. San Francisco


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