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11/14 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on November 13, 2008

Friday, Nov. 14

Reception: Final Dream Fringe

Swarm Gallery’s latest show, Final Dream Fringe, with Erik Friedman and Reuben Margolin explores the inspiration drawn from the beauty of nature and urbanity, and the logic of mathematics and technology.
Erik Friedman’s work focuses on investigating the industrial and severely depressed section of East Oakland where he lives. He looks closely within the seemingly bleak visual landscape and discovers where bright, beautiful, and hopeful intrusions occur.
Reuben Margolin’s large-scale kinetic sculptures invite contemplation from a variety of perspectives: as a mesmerizing kinetic sculpture; as a visualization of the complexities of wave motion and related scientific and mathematical concepts; and as an intricate and beautiful mechanical device. Reuben’s work combines the logic of mathematics with inspiration drawn from the beauty and patterns of nature. The artists will discuss the exhibit on Nov. 19 at 6pm.

Final Dream Fringe
Swarm Gallery
560 Second St.,Oakland

Womansong Circle with Betsy Rose and Evelie Posch and

The Womansong Circles are monthly participatory singing groups for women welcoming all voices and skill levels for stress relieving sessions of Chants, rounds, simple harmonies, and improvisation. The Circles are the creation of healing singer and writer Betsye Rose, and features sessions led by Evelie Posch, a sacred singer, writer musician and educator who blends tribal, fusion and devotional music.

Womansong Circle with Betsy Rose and Evelie Posch and
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing St, Berkeley

Build and They Will Come w/KRS-One

The Blast Master, Mr. Temple of Hip Hop himself, is back in the Bay for a series of shows kicking it with the talented local talent. While his claims a few years ago that “KRS-One is hip hop” might be an overstatement, it’s not much of one. One of the 1st MC’s to combine social observations with his rhymes while ushering in the era of tongue twisting lyrical niceness back when most heads were still working with nursery rhyme deliveries, Kris has been there at every stage of the game. And at 43 years old, dude is still one of the illest freestyle MC’s out there. He’s joined by Oakland’s freestyle king Mistah F.A.B., Mavrik, Bo-Rat and DJ True Justice.

Build it and They Will Come: KRS-One
Shattuck Downlow
2284 Shattuck Downlow, Berkeley

Green Festival

The nation’s longest running green living event stops in San Francisco this weekend with 125 lectures and live presentations, workshops, green films, kids’ activities, live music and over 350 eco-friendly vendors.
The festival highlights economic and environmental sustainability issues and celebrates what’s working in our communities-for people, business and the environment. Featured guests include Public Enemy’s Chuck D, Cornel West, Winona LaDuke and Van Jones.

Green Festival
$15/day $35 3 day package
Friday 12-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm

San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center
635 8th St., San Francisco

Giftcenter Pavillion Theater
888 Brannan St. San Francisco


Saturday, Nov. 15

Protest Prop 8

Raise your voice and join protesters across the country taking a stand against Prop 8, which denies LGBT couples the right to marry in California. Demonstrations are being planned around the country including Oakland and San Francisco.

Oakland Protests Prop 8
Oakland City Hall
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
San Francisco Protests Prop 8
City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. (Civic Center Park), San Francisco

How To Secure Land for Urban Agriculture

Land is essential in building community-driven urban agriculture systems and this full day of information sharing and discussions on how to secure land for food production to increase can be the first step in owning your own piece of the locally grown pie. Workshop topics include accessing public and private land, zoning and planning laws, community organizing strategies and easements and policies we can pass to help grow urban agriculture. This training is being organized by the California Food & Justice Coalition and is co-hosted by the Oakland Food Connection, OBUGS, People’s Grocery, Alemany Farm, SF Victory Gardens, Urban Tilth, Hope Collaborative, City Slickers Farm, Farm Link, Mo’ Better Food & Full Circle Farm.

How To Secure Land for Urban Agriculture
$20 Members, $40 Non-Members (Scholarships available)
Alameda County Public Health Department
1000 Broadway, Oakland
jessicabell (at) cafoodjustice.org

Open Mic in the Victory Garden

Slow Food Nation invites poets, storytellers, musicians, dancers, advocates, eaters, anyone and everyone to come perform in front of an open mic on the Soap Box stage in the Victory Garden. As cultural expressions often grow from traditions of the land, the seasons, food, farming, beekeeping, harvesting and struggling for food justice, we particularly invite performances of any and every art rooted in agrarian or culinary traditions. Picnics and children are specifically allowed.

Open Mic in the Victory Garden
San Francisco Victory Garden
Civic Center Plaza San Francisco, CA

Live at the Uptown ft. Chuck D

It’s a weekend of hip hop legends as KRS One rolls in Friday night at Public Enemy front man Chuck D holds down this showcase of new and indie hip hop artists. Bay Area veterans Suga T and Spice-1 are joined by Jahi, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist and Chuck D’s new hip hop girl group, Crew Grrl Order.

Live at the Uptown ft. Chuck D
The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave. Oakland

Black Market Techno’s 1 year anniversary

Finding a high quality, regularly scheduled techno party in the East Bay is damned near impossible and that’s why the cats from Black Market deserve so much love-for keeping the gritty rhythms going steady for a whole 365. They’re bringing in dance floor killers Reference straight from The D for an anniversary part packed with dynamic zoned out grooves.

Black Market Techno’s 1 year anniversary
135 12th St., Oakland


After Saturday’s projected scorcher head over to Golden for the smooth refreshing grooves via a special tag team set of 80’s freestyle by DJ’s Zita and DMadness. Remenisce with classics from Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Sa-Fire, Stevie B, Cover Girls, Sweet Sensation and more.

Free before 10:30, $5 after
Laszlo Bar
2526 Mission St., San Francisco

Book signing with Barbara Lee

Congresswoman Barbara Lee is giving writing a shot with her new book, Renegade for Peace and Justice. If you happen to be a fan, get to Vero, a Rockridge hair salon, on Saturday evening.

Saturday, November 15 2008, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Vero, 6052 college ave.,510-985-0406
Book available for purchase at signing

Sunday, Nov. 16

Venezuela: Democracy Beyond Elections

Following a preview of portions of the film “Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas,” Venezuelanalysis reporter James Suggett will provide an update on the status of implementation of social programs based on his personal interviews with grassroots organizations in the barrios of Venezuela. Suggett is a journalist and researcher who has spent the last 3 years living and working in Venezuela.

Venezuela: Democracy Beyond Elections
$5-10 Donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Niebyl-Proctor Library
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

Opera Apocalypse

For the last 11 years San Francisco Cabaret Opera has premiered new musical theater programs in intimate venues around the Bay Area. This weekend is the West Coast premiere of 3 one-act operas featuring trios of women in a post-apocalyptic world:
Ophelia Forever – The Deconstruction of Ophelia: Violated Saint, Mad Mermaid, Faithful Seductress.
Quantum Mechanic – A Stringy Fable from the Future. Featuring the 3 Quark Sisters from a parallel universe, Miss Up-Down, Miss Charm-Strange, Miss Top-Bottom.
Antigone – “I must bury my brother!” Righteousness gone mad in a post-apocalyptic future. World leader hanging by threads in the hands of the Greek Chorus.
The Program also screens on Friday at 8pm

Opera Apocalypse
$25 general; $20 seniors, students
Lifemark Group
4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

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