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10/10 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on October 10, 2008

Friday, Oct. 10

8th Annual Shakespeare in the Yard! Ebony & Johnny

For the last few years West Oakland’s unofficial dramaturge in residence has been shaking the dust of old Bill Shakespeare’s master works and giving them the candy painted, spinning rims ‘hood treatment. Playwright and director Ayodele “WordSlanger” Nzinga uses both trained actors and neighborhood folks from around the Prescott Joseph Center to draw in both theater lovers and the cats on the block out front. Last year’s “O” brought the famous Moor down to the Lower Bottoms and this year, “Ebony & Johnny” finds good ol’ Romeo and Juliet running around 7th St.

Shakespeare in the Yard! Ebony & Johnny
$15 general admission, $10 students/seniors
Fri through Sunday
7pm 10/10, 10/11 2pm 10/12
Sister Thea Bowman Theater
920 Peralta St., Oakland

Artist Reception: Renee Adams and Ria Brodell

Using both natural and artificial materials, Renee Adams creates imaginary hybrid species that are delicate, alluring, and sometimes awkward or disturbing. She is interested in blurring lines, creating the indefinable, and manipulating the senses; leaving the viewer without a point of reference. Much of her work questions ideals of beauty and the way in which we manipulate nature or ourselves to attain it. She often refers to the eccentric drawings of German biologist, Ernst Haeckel, for visual inspiration.
Ria Brodell playfully explores “The Distant Lands” (series title) in her works — they are beautiful, vast, uninhabited and unblemished by human influence. There are many different creatures living here whom she carefully observes. Her drawings and sculptures are an attempt to represent them and record their characteristics and behaviors.

Artist Reception: Renee Adams and Ria Brodell
Swarm Gallery
560 Second St, Oakland

Youssoupha Sidibe, Markus James & The Wassonrai

Master of the kora (African harp), Senegal’s Youssoupha Sidibe has taken his West African music and talents into a number of realms, collaborating with an array of Non-African artists and receiving praise and acclaim for his talents. Sidibe began his music career more than 20 years ago in his Senegal homeland where he studied kora at the National Music Conservatory. He combined the lilting, angelic sounds of the kora with the Sufi chanting of the Senegalese Baay Faal community.Tonight he celebrates the release of two new CDs, the solo kora and vocal recording, “Xelcom,” and “For All,” co-produced with popular reggae band Midnite.

Youssoupha Sidibe, Markus James & The Wassonrai
$15/$12 students
9pm Show at 9:30 p.m.
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

HyperREAL – Sara Kraft

Kraft, known for her hybrids of multimedia performance, presents the first chapters of her newest work as part of the YBCA Bay Area Now Festival. Fusing text, song, music, movement, video and dense collages of live looped sound into an innovative and idiosyncratic hybrid of contemporary performance, HyperREAL is a postmodern mashup meditation on sharks, You Tube, the construction of self, and the nature of consciousness and reality. HyperREAL investigates the profoundly conflicted and complex ways we inhabit our minds, our bodies, our relationships and our world, and the paradox of physical, psychological and spiritual dislocation-and transcendence- amplified by the digital age.

HyperREAL – Sara Kraft
Fri-Sun. Oct. 10-12, 8pm
$15 (Members and Students $10)
1310 Mission Street, San Francisco

Saturday, Oct. 11

Oakland Arts Clash

The Electric Vandals, in cooperation with the City of Oaklands’ Parks and Recreation division and with promotional support from Oaklandish, are presenting their annual mixed arts festival. Every year the arts clash presents a live mashup of artistic styles and aesthetics and this year’s no different. Come mix a little rock and roll with your jazz dancing, some breakdancing with your guitar strumming. Some of this year’s highlights of this years clash will include; Axis Dance Company, the award winning mixed abilities dance company, Hyim, the award winning singer songwriter, rap/DJ duo Shawnee and Poetic will feature live break dancing. A modern dance performance by Oakland based Dance Elixir founder Leyya Tawil, A modern jazz performance with Antoine Hunters’ (of Savage Jazz fame) newly formed Urban Jazz dance Company. Oakland horn driven rock and soul outfit Damon and the Heathens.

Oakland Arts Clash
$15 reception at 7pm, show at 8pm
Malonga Center for the Arts

Bay Area Derby Girls 2008 Championship Bout

Make no mistake-the members of the the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls are as B.A.D. as their name implies, and if you don’t believe it, they’ll kick your ass. This full contact, all female, flat-track roller derby league invites any woman with a hankering for skates and mayhem to join up and kick butt. Tonight the ladies strap on the skates and the pads for their 2008 championship bout. Come cheer the Oakland Outlaws and the Richmond Wrecking Belles as they throw down elbows and attitudes to see who’s the best in the west.

Bay Area Derby Girls 2008 Championship Bout
Fort Mason Center
99 Marina Blvd, San Francisco

Knocktoberfest: A breast cancer fundraiser

For one reason or another, for all the fun and nourishment they’ve provided, everybody loves breasts. Now’s your chance to show some love to your favorite funbags at this Breast Cancer fundraiser featuring Live 80’s music, hot burlesque performance, kissing booths, karaoke and of course, free breast cancer screenings. Check out the sophisticated stylings of Fast Times, Dangerous Curves, Rubenesque Burlesque, Chi Chis Del Fuego, Miss Balla Fire, the Silicon Valley Roller Girls and a lot more, including guest MC Kingfish from the Hubba Hubba Review.

Knocktoberfest: A breast cancer fundraiser
$10 minimum donation
The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland CA

UpSurge! Jazz Poetry

UpSurge! presents a unique fusion of eclectic jazz and courageous poetry that reaches deep into your soul. Fun, community and good times are on the table. Come prepared for participatory “tough-fun.” Upsurge will feed your soul with great music mixed with poignant poetics and truth-telling, a cultural bailout and valuable investment in your own inspiration! Raymond Nat Turner, jazzpoetry vocals; Zigi Lowenberg, jazzpoetry vocals; Richard Howell, saxophones and vocals; Angela Wellman, trombone and vocals; Tammy Hall, piano; Erich Hunt, bass; Jaz Sawyer, drums. Voted “Best of the East Bay” critic Lee Hildebrand describes UpSurge! as a “free-pushing jazz band with two strong poets out front … fresh energy.”

UpSurge! Jazz Poetry
8 PM
Anna’s Jazz Island
2120 Allston Way, Berkeley

Sunday, Oct. 12

Sundays in the Redwoods: Dwele and Mo’Rockin Project

This year’s Sundays in the Redwoods series wraps up with a cool afternoon of soul and jazz from Dwele, Khalil Shaheed & Mo’Rockin Project, Jazz & Neo-Soul Experience, Dwele, Khalil Shaheed & Mo’Rockin Project, Blayze, Oakland School for the Arts Jazz Combo and DJ Manny Black
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

Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival

The Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association helps to foster and promote cultural awareness, understanding, and friendship between the people and cities of Oakland and Fukuoka. During their 42nd annual Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival guests are invited to snack on traditional “bento” box dinners, check out the Bonsai Garden open house, enjoys the jazz sounds from Tokyo Swing and, or of course, saddle up to a telescope for a view of the moon at it’s most full.

Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival
Free/Dinners $15
Lakeside Park Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland


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