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10/24 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on October 24, 2008

Friday, Oct. 24

A Raisin in the Sun

The Bay Area Performing Arts Collective presents their latest play, an interpretation of the Lorraine Hansberry classic (and P-Diddy notorious) “A Raisin In The Sun,” with a new music score by Destiny “The Harpist from the Hood.” The play, which originally debuted in 1959, tells the growing pains story of the Youngers, a working class Chicago African American family, as they struggle with moving into an all white neighborhood and fight to keep the family together as financial and cultural challenges arise. While the premier was met with as much protest as acclaim, the initial production went on to be nominated for 4 Tony Awards in 1960.

A Raisin in the Sun
8pm 10/24-10/25, Additional 2om matinee Saturday 10/25
The Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St., Oakland

Christian Landers: Stuff White People Like

Described by Landers as “a scientific approach to highlight and explain stuff white people like” this website started as an in joke among a couple of friends and exploded into a cultural phenomenon. Millions tune in monthly to laugh with and at Landers’ stockpile of white people friendly trinkets, ideas and art projects, including Barack Obama, NPR, Pea Coats and appearing to enjoy Classical music. Landers reads tonight from his new book based on the website.

Christian Landers: Stuff White People Like
$10 no one turned away for lack of funds
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Saul Williams

From his role as the idealist poet in the 1999 movie “Slam” through an acclaimed and experimental spoken word phase up to his current electro/rock persona- “Niggy Tardust,” Saul Williams has made a career of pushing the boundaries of whatever particular art he’s jumping into at the time. Williams has developed an impressive collection of work and collaborators over the years(Trent Reznor, DJ Spooky, DJ Krust etc.)-check 1999’s “Coded Language” and 2003’s “,Said the Shotgun to The Head” for some of his best work. He plays tonight with a full band.

Saul Williams
Shattuck Down Low
2284 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Tonight is the official kickoff for Relay, a 6 week program performances by local and international sound artists. The sonic art showcase coincides with a gallery exhibition featuring Dan Nelson’s “140 Ways to Make a Cassette Tape Unlistenable,” Owen Martell and Simon Proffitt’s “Parallel Wales” project, and Jim Haynes’ “Every Island Fled Away and the Mountains Could Not Be Found.” Performances begin on Saturday, 10/25 with a show by Washington sound artists Desolation Wilderness and Lake.

Relay Reception
2948 16th St. San Francisco

Planet of the Drums

There’s the chill Friday night out, and then there’s a Friday night PARTY. There’s electronic music, and then there’s Drum ‘n Bass. There’s drumming, and then there’s Planet of the Drums, the most bass heavy, balls to the wall, cabinet speaker blasting Drum and Bass night there is. For the last 8 years, DnB heavyweights AK1200, Dara, Dieselboy and MC Messinian have been bringing their breakneck breakbeat tour to large clubs around the country and tonight it’s San Francisco’s turn to bang ’em. Loud. Fast. And Deep.

Planet of the Drums
119 Utah (at 15th St.)
San Francisco, CA

Saturday, Oct. 25

Oakland Ballet

Ronn Guidi’s much-loved Oakland Ballet Company is back for its second season at the Paramount Theatre. The two performances will feature excerpts from Ronn Guidis’s Romeo and Juliet, Ronn Thiele’s How’d They Catch Me? And Michael Lowe’s Bamboo, shows that have been favorably reviewed by critics in the past.

Oakland Ballet
$15-50 ( Support the Alameda County Community Food Bank by donating a nonperishable food item and receive a 20% discount for adults and $10 tickets for children (ages 12 & under).
2 p.m. and 8.p.m.
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway

Free day at the Oakland Museum

The Dia De Los Muertos festival takes over the Oakland Museum. This year’s exhibit “Evolution of a Sacred Place” features distinctively Californian interpretations of the Dia de los Muertos altar. The runs through December 7th but todays family day program includes activities for all ages –craft activities, food, costumed performers, a market (mercado), and ceremonial procession into the museum gardens. Performers include Danza Xitllali, Squeezebox Sabroso, Beshbeni, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, and Yolanda Aranda Coria.

Free day at the Oakland Museum
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St. Oakland

The Really Really Free Market

According to the organizers, the Really Really Free Market exists “because there is enough for everyone. Because sharing is more fulfilling than owning. Because corporations would rather see landfills overflow than anyone get anything for free. Because a sunny day outside is better than anything money can buy…” And you should check out this monthly free for all ‘cuz what’s better than a day in the park with a few hundred other bargain hunters, swapping and trading just about everything under the sun. Just grab the stuff from your closet/garage/basement that you have absolutely no use for, bring it over the the park and watch your trash turn into another man’s treasure. This month’s event is in memory of Kirsten Brydum, the San Francisco activist and founder of The Market, who was killed earlier this month in New Orleans. Attendees are asked to bring along any Kirsten memorabilia.

The Really Really Free Market
Dolores Park
18th and Dolores St. San Francisco

Artifact Reading Series

Kathleen Fraser, Katy Lederer, and Will Skinker are the latest group of super poets to grace the Artifact. And a super group they are. Fraser has published 18 books of poems, is a former director of the Poetry Center at San Francisco State, and has won a Guggenheim and two N.E.A. Fellowships in poetry. Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections “Winter Sex” and “The Heaven-Sent Leaf” as well as the memoir “Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers” and her poetry has appeared in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Paris Review and GQ. Will Skinker’s work has appeared in Weigh Station, Mirage/Periodical, Shuffle Boil, Ellipsis, word for/word, digital artifact, and The Denver Quarterly.

Artifact Reading Series
Oakland Art Gallery
199 Kahn’s Alley

Filipino Vegan Food

For all you foodies out there, head over to Bistro de Manila for a three-course meal of vegan Filipino cuisine, a live cooking demo by Chef Jay-Ar Isagani, and stand up comedy by the Bay Area native who’s been spending some time at Comedy Central, Kevin Camia.

Filipino Vegan Food
Bistro de Manila
365 19th Street

I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family Stone

San Francisco journalist Jeff Kaliss has accomplished the impossible: not only did he find the reclusive funk singer who gave us classics like “Everyday People,” “Stand!” and “I Want to Take You Higher, he got the first face to face Sly interview in 21 years, and got him to write the into to his book, which gives up the inside dirt on one of the founding fathers of the funk.

I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family Stone
Noe Valley Library
451 Jersey St., San Francisco

Sunday, Oct. 26

Dia De Los Muertos

Oakland holds the largest Dia de los Muertos Festival in the United States and this Sunday you get to experience the Day of the Dead in all it’s afterlife glory. The Fruitvale turns itself into a living art gallery with both traditional and distinctively multicultural altars scattered through the 10 block area of food, crafts, vendors and several stages of live entertainment (encompassing the

Dia De Los Muertos
Fruitvale Transit Village to 38th Ave

ill-Literacy and The Getback: The Natural Electricity Tour

One of the baddest spoken word crews around, or hip hop crews, or theater crews, or however you choose to classify this collective of poets, MC’s musicians and performers. Gearing up for their national tour iLL Lit is hitting the stage with some new material, some surprises for the crowd and some rocking music delivered by some of the area’s most slamminest poets.

ill-Literacy and The Getback: The Natural Electricity Tour
1840 Haight St. San Francisco

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