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10/17 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on October 17, 2008

Friday, Oct. 17

Dance Night with Orquesta La Moderna Tradición

Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion will perform great Cuban dance music, from Danzón and Cha-cha-cha to Songo and Timba, as well as new arrangements of compositions by Juan Carlos Formell- you’ll be dancing all night long! Come listen to some great charanga, and support the Bay Area’s own, playing classic and modern Cuban dance music.

Orquesta La Moderna Tradición
$12
9pm
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
http://www.lapena.org

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha started in Japan as a way for designers and architects to present their work. The event has grown to include artist events in over 500 cities worldwide. Tonight 10 Bay Area Artists gather to share their unique visions on the meaning of “home” as part of a global network of Pecha Kucha Nights. Keeping with the tradition of the original Pecha Kucha in Japan, each artist will present 20 images and speak on each image for 20 seconds. Confirmed artists for Pecha Kucha Night Oakland include April Banks, Traci Bartlow, Scott Braley, Nora Barrows-Freidman, Sophie Lan Hou, Josue Roja, Keba Konte, Estria Miyashiro, Seher Sikandar and Amanda Williams, along with music from DJs So Fresh and So Gene.

Pecha Kucha
$5
8pm
Eastside Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA
510.533.6629
www.eastsideartsalliance.com

“Home of the Black Panthers”

Tune in to a key piece of Oakland’s history without leaving the couch. It’s common knowledge that Oakland was the birthplace of the Black Panthers. But it’s not so widely known how their roots tangle with Merritt College. The program, co-produced by PeraltaTV and Streit Productions, takes a closer look at the relationship between the Black Panthers and the Peralta Community College District’s own Merritt College, which also led the nation with the first Black Studies Program. “…Inspired, promoted, developed by the Black Panther Party,” says Dr. Cecilia Arrington, who worked at Merritt for some 30 years.

“Home of the Black Panthers”
8pm
Peralta TV
Channel 28 in Oakland, Emeryville and Piedmont, Channel 27 in Alameda and Berkeley
www.peralta.tv

Wake Yo Game Up Voter Registration Weekend

Wake Yo Game Uo, Oakland’s voting campaign, is sponsoring a weekend of events to encourage young people to get out and vote in this important election.

Friday, October 17th “The Panel Discussion” A reception and panel discussion about the value and importance of voter participation and political activism in the younger community. The panel will also address the relationship between voting and community engagement, with a special emphasis placed on “turning talk into action.” Panelists include a diverse cross-section of civic, social and music industry representatives. This event is free and open to the public.
6-8:30pm
Youth Uprising
8711 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland
510.777.9909

Saturday, October 18th “Bowl-N-Vote” The purpose of this event is to encourage the revitalization of the culture of community. All will be there to enjoy in the fun and to continue to provide education on Oakland’s political state and the current state of our country.
7-10pm
South Shore Lanes
300 Park St. Alameda
510.523.6767

Sunday, October 19th “Wake Yo Game Up Block Party” This event will be a celebration of the WYGU campaign that has brought more than 10K people into the political conversation. The event will feature a host of Oakland’s finest talented individuals and community leaders.
2-5pm
Downtown Oakland

For more info on the events and the campaign go to http://www.wakeyogameup.org.

Saturday, Oct. 18

2nd Annual Estria’s Invitational Living Word Graffiti Battle

Estria is one of the true legends of the Bay Area graffiti scene. For the last 20 years he’s been making his art publicly on the walls throughout the Bay and around the world-from gallery spaces to trainyards. With the help of The Living Word Project, Samurai Graphix and Hard Knock Radio he’s bringing together some of the best aerosol artists around for a day of painting, skating and music. Featuring a free performance by Mos Def, Ledisi and Los Rakas and in conjunction with the opening of the Town Park in west Oakland, this is sure to be a great event for art lovers, skaters and the whole family.

Estria’s Invitational Living Word Graffiti Battle
Free
11am-4pm
deFremery Park
1651 Adeline St., Oakland, CA

Red Bull Soapbox Race

The Red Bull Soapbox Race makes its San Francisco debut as more than 30 teams of gear heads and auto amateurs speed down Dolores Street in their homemade, human-powered vehicles in a race against the clock. Teams have already been chosen, and those selected will be judged on four criteria – speed (of course), the creativity of their car and showmanship and the quality of their performance prior to crossing the starting line. Pit Row, where you can check out all the cars pre-race, opens at 11am, with first race scheduled for 1pm. Award ceremonies are expected to take place around 3:30.

Red Bull Soapbox Race
Free
1pm
Dolores Park
Intersection of Dolores St. and 21st St, San Francisco
http://www.redbullsoapboxusa.com/

Women’s Self Defense

This course is designed to empower women to feel confident by teaching them specific skills and techniques to defend themselves in potentially dangerous situations. The 4 week course covers topics such as Self Protection and Sexual Assault Awareness.

Women’s Self Defense
Saturdays, October 18 – November 8
Free
3-6 pm
Redwood Heights Recreation Center
3883 Aliso Avenue (510) 238-2384
Titus Taylor at 510.238.2384
email: ttaylor@oaklandnet.com

That Funky Doo Wop

Studio One Art Center presents this musical stage play that offers a swinging look into the 1950’s and early 1960’s street corner harmonies, dance crazes, love ballads and comedy! Proceeds will support Citywide Children’s Drama Program.

That Funky Doo Wop
$25
8pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice st., Oakland
510.238.7219

Poor Man’s Art Show

Breaking all the rules of showing and selling art, this show follows the philosophy that Art should be affordable for all, no exceptions, no regrets! All artwork is priced between, $1.00 – $50.00 so now’s your chance to grab works by up and coming artists and support the local creative community. Featured artists include deadeyes, 2am, Gats, Terms and Esu, along with music from DJ’s Justin Adams “Aka DJ Adams” & Scott Taylor “Aka BONSCOTT” of WaxONWaxOff productions spinning funk, hip hop, and jungle.

Poor Man’s Art Show
Free
6-9pm
FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery
1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116, Oakland
www.thefloatcenter.com

Sunday, Oct. 19

Target Family Day

The annual free museum tour and performance event is a creative marathon of family events and exhibits in downtown San Francisco’s museum district. Zeum, SF MOMA, the Center for Contemporary Jewish Culture and the Museum of the African Diaspora are all opening their doors for a day so hands on art activities. There’s also a full day of music planned as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

Target Family Day
Free
11am-4pm
Downtown San Francisco
www.yerbabuena.org

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