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9/19 O-Scene weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 19, 2008

Friday, Sept. 19

Annual Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival

The Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival is dedicated to promoting experimental music that incorporates made/found instruments and alternate tuning systems.  Everything from toy instrument orchestras to home made turntables o PVC pipe organs are included.  The event runs throughout Sunday with programs on both sides of the Bay.  Tonight’s program features Pauline Oliveros, who since the 1960’s, has influenced American Music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Ian Power will perform a recent composition: “I seem to be a verb,” for reciter, table, ceramic coffee mug and butter knife. Jesse Olsen will present excerpts from Makings, an evening-length musical adaptation of writings by his grandmother, noted writer/activist Tillie Olsen. Makings is a song-cycle incorporating varied instrumentation and musical styles, and many of the songs use found and home-made instruments. Tom Djll has spent over twenty years experimenting with the idea of  trumpet as analog synthesizer and his musical language incorporates gritty textures explosive percussion.

Music for People and Thingamajigs
21 Grand
416 25th St., Oakland.
(510) 444-7263

Anthony B

After blazing performances all over California, Dancehall star Anthony B touches down in Berkeley tonight as part of the Rootz Underground tour with Rootz underground and Young Fyah. A devoted Rastafarian of the Bobo Ashanti sect, B’s lyrics champion spirituality over “slackness” and overcoming life’s struggles instead of falling victim to surroundings. But don’t expect a sermon from the stage. In his nearly 20 year career B ha built a reputation as a fierce performer.

Anthony B
Shattuck Down Low
2284 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley
(510) 548-1159

Battle in Seattle

Based on the events in Seattle in 1999, when activists, protesters and community workers converged on the city to demonstrate at the World Trade Organization’s annual conference.  During those 5 days what started out as a peaceful protest escalated to full scale riot and an eventual State of Emergency.  With a cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Andre “3000” Benjamin and Charlize Theron, the film has received nearly universal positive reviews, even among the activists who were actually involved in the events.  The film screens through Sept. 26.

Battle in Seattle
Various times and prices
Landmark Theatres
1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco
www.battleinseattlemovie.comSaturday, Sept. 20

Saturday, Sept. 20

Treasure Island Music Festival

Now in it’s second year, the Treasure Island Music Festival caps off a Summer of amazing music festivals in the Bay Area. The two day festival brings a hugely diverse lineup with performances by Justice, TV on the Radio, The Raconteurs, Hot Chip, Goldfrapp, Vampire Weekend, CSS, Antibalas, The Kills, Amon Tobim and Aesop Rock among many many others.

Treasure Island Music Festival
$65 one day/$115 both days,
12-9pm 9/20 & 9/21
Treasure Island

Chalk 4 Peace

Join artists, volunteers and the staff of at the Museum of Children’s Art in a planet-wide young artists’ chalk event paying respect to the visual concept of peace. Materials will be provided and attendees are encouraged to make your mark with chalk while connecting with other countries circling the globe including Chile, Egypt, England, Germany, and Mexico. Be one of one million artists participating in a weekend of creative expressions of peace.

Chalk 4 Peace
$7 per child
538 Ninth Street, Oakland

Fully Alive!

Beandrea Davis is a multi-talented healing artist, who writes, dances, sings, and plays almost every day. Tonight she presents a special performance of Fully Alive! as part of the in Bay Area Nonviolent Communication’s 2008 Leadership Program. Fully Alive is a multimedia performance using poetry, storytelling and live music to illustrate the various ways we can communicate difficult subjects without the use of violence. The performance also features the work of Susan Strasburger, Marcus Liefert, Shakthi Ganeshan. Queen Michelle Jordan and Shazam.

Fully Alive!
2273 Telegraph, Oakland

MoAD Family Day

Check out the Museum of the African Diaspora for it’s last Family Day program for the exhibition, Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera. Artist, Amanda Williams, will lead a series of activities focusing on portraiture. Learn how photographic images are produced and create an original art photograph that will become part of an installation project inside the museum.

MoAd Family Day
Free With Admission
1 to 4 pm
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission St, San Francisco
San Francisco, California 94105
www.moadsf.orgSunday, Sept. 21

Gallery of Thingamajigs

The Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival continues as artists fill the Oakland Museum’s Natural Sciences Gallery with a collage of sounds produced by unusual instruments created from found materials. Learn about the California Library of Natural Sounds with Carson Bell. Make your own instrument from found materials.

Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival
Free with museum admission.
Oakland Museum
1000 Oak St., Oakland

Sunday in the Redwoods Music Series

The 3rd Annual Sundays in the Redwoods music series kicks off today with a program of Latin and Afro Caribbean sounds. Billed as Oakland’s answer to San Francisco’s Stern Grove concerts, the series regularly features top artists from every musical genre from classical to hip hop. Today’s program includes Grammy Award winning Jazz trumpeter Julius Melendez, Rankin Scroo, the “Godfada of Urban Reggae,” Nigerian roots band Candido Oye-Oba and cuban salsa-reggae from Dos Four y Los Mios. Word to the wise: doors open at 2pm and space fills up quickly. Early arrival suggested.

Sundays in the Redwoods
Woodminster Amphitheater
Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland


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