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10/31 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on October 31, 2008

Friday, Oct. 31

Farewell to the Thief

Hail Hail, the Witch is dead! After 8 years of terror, Bush is finally movin’ on out, and no matter who wins the election, we’ll finally be able to shake off the last 8 years of WTF!! So to celebrate the momentous eviction and the release of the “Farewell to the Thief” CD, performers including Jon Fromer, Francisco Herrera, George Mann, Faith Petric, Pat Wynne and Bernard Gilbert will gather to sing folk music tunes, labor songs and and work from the compilation, which includes music by Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips and Billy Bragg among others.
“Farewell to the Thief” celebration and CD release
$10, no one turned away for lack of funds
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
1924 Cedar St., Berkeley

Morris Day and the Time Halloween w/ Darondo, The Park and Nino Moschella

It doesn’t matter if you’re into Halloween and costumes, this is Morris Day we’re talking about people! Mister “O-E-O-E-O” himself!!! Mister Jungle Love!!! Mr. “I’ve got a manservant to hold my mirrors and open my doors and laugh at my jokes, and you don’t” years before Puffy pulled the same act. If you don’t know Mssr. Day then just check the song titles to get a whiff of the funk, “Gigolos Get Lonely Too,” “Wild and Loose,” Get It Up.” This man, along with his arch nemesis for life, Prince, shaped the glammed out hood funk sound of the 80’s. The Time throw down tonight with help from SF soul and funk legend Darondo and the baddest session band in the Bay, the Park.
Morris Day and the Time
The Grand Ballroom
290 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA

Saturday, Nov. 1

Alternative Press Expo

Everyone’s favorite APE is back with another peek at what’s hot on the alternative publishing scene. One of the largest conventions of indie comic books and publishing in the country APE draws huge crowds of artists, fanboys and cool media types every year. With a full line up of workshops, panels and special events to compliment the overflowing showroom featuring new work from SLG Publishing, Fantagraphics, Drawn and Quarterly, Oni Press, Top Shelf, this is always one event that’s well worth the dough. Just the fan costumes alone are worth the price of admission!

Alternative Press Expo
$10/single day, $15 both days, free for 2008 Comic-Con International San Diego badge holders
11/1, 11am-7pm; S11/2, 11am-6pm.
San Francisco’s Concourse
620 7th St., San Francisco

2012 Conference

If ghouls and goblins aren’t your thing but you’re still in the mood to get other wordly, than the 2012 conference is right up your alley. According to several ancient tribal cultures including the Mayan, the Incas, the Hopi and the Aztecs, the year 2012 has uber significance as the year when things really, really start to change across the planet. Change how? Universal peace and understanding? The end of the world? The year we all discover how to fly, dunk a basketball and rub our tummies and pat our heads at the same time? That’s what this conference, and these experts, including Daniel Pinchbeck, John Major Jenkins and Sharron Rose are hoping to figure out as they present research and discoveries from ancient cultures, debate theories on mysticism and spirituality and a partake in healthy doses of ritualistic partying. The conference runs through Sunday.

2012 Conference
Fort Mason
Intersection of Marina Blvd and Buchanan st,San Francisco

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint workshop

Concerned about the environment? Of course you are, we all are. So don’t just sit on the couch munching popcorn, throwing fits and stewing in your own greenhouse gases, check out this 4 week workshop and learn how you can do something about it! Instructors from The Climate Change Action Group will show you how to calculate your personal carbon footprint, Create a measurable action plan to reduce your footprint and discuss ways to be a climate change leader in your home and community by greening your workplace, neighborhood and school district.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint workshop
Free ($10 fee for workbook and class materials, no one turned away for lack of funds)
The Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley


While technically a Halloween party, the only scary thing about this event is the amount of gas it’ll take to drive your ass out to Richmond. Other than that, if you’re an electronic head of the techno/trance variety or missing the old school warehouse rave vibe, this party could be the best thing to happen in a long time. Featuring a “How in the Hell Did They Get Them?” roster of superstars including Paul Van Dyke, Junkie XL and Christopher Lawrence, party promotion crew SKILLS has put together what’s arguably the biggest lineup of electronic talent this year. And did we mention it’s in Richmond?

SKILLS Presents: etd.FRIGHT!
Craneway Pavilion
1440 Harbour Way South, Richmond

Fitness Party

We love seeing small businesses succeed. Today, we’re cheering for Urban Fitness in Jack London Square, which will celebrate its one-year anniversary tomorrow, November 1. And they’re having a party. If you want to continue partying post-Halloween — and if you’re interested in fitness — visit 121 2nd Street between 5 pm and 8 pm.

Sunday, Nov. 2

Cinema Japan: A Wreath for Madame Kawakita

For followers of Japanese cinema. the Kawakita Film Institute at the Pacific Film Archive is a familiar name. Now in this centennial year of her birth, PFA presents a twenty-four-film tribute to Japanese film patron Kashiko Kawakita, who along with her husband was a major force in bringing Japanese cinema to international attention and introducing many Western films to the Japanese public. The eclectic tribute features work from the full spectrum of Japanese cinema including Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon” and Kon Ichikawa’s “A Full Up Train,” both screening today.

Cinema Japan: A Wreath for Madame Kawakita
$9.50 general
5pm -A Full-Up Train
Pacific Film Archive
2625 Durant Ave. Berkeley

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