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9/26 O-scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 26, 2008

Friday Sept. 26

Critical Resistance 10 year Conference

This weekend leaders in the social justice movement from all over the country are converging on Oakland to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Critical Resistance, the respected international organization dedicated to reforming the US prison system. The conference and series of workshops, teach ins, skill shares and networking events aim to offer spaces to assess the prison justice movement and encourage collective conversation about where activists and organizers should head next in their efforts to build a “world without walls.” Guests include Dr. Angela Davis, Dr. Terry Kupers, M.D., author of “Prison Madness” and a fund raising concert Saturday featuring Martin Luther, Silk E, Rico Pabon and Khalil Anthony.

Critical Resistance 10
Most events free, check website for details
Laney College and various Oakland locations

CR10 Fundraising Concert
Sept 28
6:30 pm
$10 – $20 sliding scale
First Unitarian Church
14th Street & Castro, Oakland

Emergence ft. Kev Choice, Dynamic, DJ African Sciences and Davey D

Kev Choice- recently dubbed “The East Bay’s Most Multi-Talented Musician” by the East Bay Express – presents the second installment of “Emergence,” a new monthly musical showcase featuring some of the freshest up-and-coming musical talent from the Bay Area and beyond.
Tonight’s special guests include Dynamic, an Oakland-based hip-hop/jazz/funk combo featuring soulful chanteuse Kimiko Joy, genre hopping beatmaster DJ Afrikan Sciences and a special closing set by legendary DJ and on air personality Davey D.

Shattuck Down Low
2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA

Womensart opening reception

San Francisco’s WomensArt.com, LLC offers fine arts and crafts created by women artists. The company not only provides online gallery space for women artists to share their work with consumers and art enthusiasts, but also educates the general public about art and the often under-recognized contribution of women artists. This exhibit, which runs through Sept. 28 will showcase the art and fine crafts by artists who are exhibiting on the virtual art gallery – WomensArt.com.

Womensart opening reception
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
4148 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94619

Newstyle Motherlode 10 Year Anniversary

In the 10 years it’s been around the New Style Motherlode dance company has gained nearly mythic status among the local dance community. Company creator Corey Action is not only an accomplished dancer but skilled teacher known for pushing his youth dancers to genre defying performances that combine formal and street dance, old school jazz, soul and hip hop with modern day theatrics and choreography. He celebrates the company’s anniversary this weekend with help from a cast talented friends including Teela Shine-Ross and Traci Bartlow.

Newstyle Motherlode 10 Year Anniversary
Malonga Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St, Oakland

Inamorata Boutique Trunk Show

This weekend’s trunk show features a special selection of Seril and Hyde belts and handbags that embody that “tough-chic” glamour. The brand utilizes only the finest Italian leather and hardware and has made an impression on celebrities including Charlize Theron, Angelina Jolie and Vanessa Hudgens. Local visual artist Cassandra, whose work was recently featured in Form Vintage Modern Furniture Store and Dapper Men’s Store will be displaying her collection of female centered creations and everything is 30% off original retail price.

Inamorata Trunk Show
7-10 pm
Inamorata Boutique & Beauty Bar
5326 College Ave.
Oakland, CA 94618
510.594.9400 / 925.550.7523

Panel Discussion-Homage: Presenting Frida Kahlo

This weekend is your last chance to check out the Frida Kahlo exhibit at SF Moma and tonight kicks off a series of weekend long closing events. In November 1978, San Francisco’s Galeria de la Raza presented Homenaje a Frida Kahlo: El Día de los Muertos, a special Day of the Dead exhibition honoring Frida Kahlo. Today, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Rupert Garcia, Carmen Lomas Garza, and Rene Yanez, the celebrated Bay Area artists who organized and contributed work to the show, discuss this key moment in highlighting Kahlo’s achievement. The artists examine how Kahlo’s reputation shifted across the 1970’s and 80’s, and how their own work responded to Kahlo’s example as artist and icon. Curator and art historian Tere Romo moderates the conversation.

Homage: Presenting Frida Kahlo
Phyllis Wattis Theatre
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 3rd St, San Francisco

Saturday Sept. 27

“Green Jobs Now!” National Day of Action

With its roots in the Oakland grassroots community, The Green Jobs Campaign has been gaining national steam for the last year and the organizers of this Saturday’s national day of action hope to keep the momentum going with events are being held around the country. Oakland soul singer Femi, The Attik, Jahi, Cov House Records, Crystal Denise, and Queen Deelah will be on hand providing the day’s soundtrack along with demonstrations of green technology including solar and gray water systems. Bring the family and learn about new advancements in legislation and what it means for the future of American labor.

“Green Jobs Now!” National Day of Action
1-4pm Group photo at 3pm
Mosswood Park
3612 Webster St, Oakland

The People ft Lady Alma

Lady Alma is a performer whose talent and pedigree way exceeds her fame. Her songs are an incarnation of that playful and wise spirit that passed through the likes of Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan. Long a go to singer for experimental, house and broken beat anthems, Lady Alma has lent her voice to some of the greatest club tracks of the last decade (including 4-Hero’s “Hold It Down”) When she takes the stage Saturday night the dance floor’s sure to explode.

The People ft. Lady Alma
9pm to 3am
Club Oasis
135 12th St. Oakland

Expo for the Artist and Musician

With a week’s worth of workshops,education sessions and performances, The Expo has become the largest networking and arts event for community based arts programs in the bay. And after outgrowing previous venues, the team from Indyarts and Media have moved the event over to Delores Park. The daylong “culture fair” features a long list of activities including workshops & skillshares on arts marketing and promotions, “art as intervention,” LPFM and Internet radio, silkscreen, bookbinding, breakdancing, political theater and glassblowing while over 100 exhibitors and individual artists will be on hand showcasing their crafts and providing program information. Bring the family for a day of hands on arts and education.

Expo for the Artist and Musician
Delores Park
18th St. @ Dolores

Social Bike Ride

Ever ask yourself: “What’s the best way to ride through Downtown?”, “What’s happening near Kaiser Hospital?”, “What’s a sharrow?”, or “Holy cow, that was a hairy intersection – when is this road going to be re-paved?” Join Walk Oakland Bike Oakland for a group bike ride from Jack London Square to Lake Temescal. See what lies along the route and learn about the City of Oakland Bicycle Master Plan, as well as important developments that could affect bike travel and communities along the Broadway corridor. It’s a fun way to meet like-minded folks and learn about WOBO campaigns and activities geared toward making Oakland a better place to walk and ride. Bicyclists of all skill levels welcome. Refreshments will be provided en route. Bring along picnic items to enjoy at the post-ride gathering at Lake Temescal.

Social Bike Route
Meet in front of Barnes and Noble
Jack London Square

Sunday Sept, 28

The Art of Solar Cooking

Solar cookers are used as a humanitarian tool in many parts of the world, such as Kenya and India, to help alleviate the high costs and terrible health risks associated with wood-burning stoves. Did you know that you, too, can benefit from the efficiency and high quality cooking provided by solar cookers? This workshop will teach participants about the use, design, and practical applications of solar cookers and solar water pasteurization. The workshop will also explore the connections between function and aesthetics of solar cookers in the garden, and as components of green building and improved sustainability. Those who would like to can pay a $5 materials fee and make their own cooker from materials supplied by the teacher. Call to pre-register.

The Art of Solar Cooking
$15 sliding scale, plus optional $5 materials fee.
Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
510-548-2220 x233

Folsom St. Fair

The world’s biggest leather fair is going down this weekend, and we’re not talking leather jackets and boots. The Folsom Street Fair is the largest BDSM/kink event in the world and this weekend thousands of enthusiasts will walk the streets of Folsom, strutting their often barely covered stuff. Representatives from the area most prominent erotic organizations and business will be represented along with special parties taking place throughout the area club and bar scene. Warning-this is definitely NOT and family friendly event and not for the faint of heart.

Folsom St. Fair
Free/$7Donations excepted
11 a.m. to 6 p.m
Folsom St. San Francisco

Sunday in the Redwoods Music Series

The Sundays in the Redwoods music series continues with a program of strings and symphony. This weekend’s featured performers include the Oakland East Bay Symphony featuring Michael Morgan & the winner of the Youth Artist Competition, S.O.N.G.- Strings of a Nubian Groove, Destiny, the Harpist from the Hood, and Strings of Soul- Youth Violinists. 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

Out and About in Rockridge

Rockridge’s main drag is turning itself inside out for its annual Out and About festival Sunday afternoon. College Avenue between Manila and Claremont will be filled with food, fashion, and fun. There’s going to be a gourmet street picnic going down and don’t miss the Rockridge Runway with six fashion shows starting at noon.

Out and About in Rockridge
College Avenue, Between Claremont and Manila Avenues

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