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12/12 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on December 12, 2008

Friday, Dec. 12

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha started in Japan as a way for designers and architects to present their work and the event has grown to include events in over 500 cities worldwide.  After the success of their first Pecha Kucha night, the crews from Hardknock Radio, EastSide Arts Alliance and Samurai Graphix decided another, end of the year holiday edition was in order.  Check out the visual work from some of the town’s most promising up and coming artists and old school legends.

Pecha Kucha
Eastside Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA

Womansong Circle

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 this month features special guest artist Edie Hartshorne on flute and Koto.

Womansong Circle
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing St, Berkeley


Do you have any idea how much energy it takes to be sexy?  To jet set around the world, showing off your hot stuff to adoring fans who’ve become addicted to your bubbly electro disco tunes?  To rub sexy shoulders with international “it’s” like Diplo, MIA and Santogold?  Well CSS knows all about it.  It seems this band of Brazilian hotties, who’s full name-“Cansei de ser sexy”-is Portuguese for “tired of being sexy,” predicted their heartthrob status before they ever played their first feather boa tossing set.  In the last couple of years they’ve whipped crowds into sweaty dance floor frenzies wherever they’ve played and they’re back again, this time with rockers, “Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head” for more dance floor madness.

Bimbo’s 365 Club
1025 Columbus Ave, San Francisco

Saturday, Dec. 13

The Stupendous Boiler Bar Holiday Party

What’s a holiday season without the chance to get all cozy by the fireplace with a mug of something warm and close friends all around?  Tonight the Oil Punk crew is giving you the large scale industrial version, yuletide logs not required.  During the year these West Oakland gear heads spend their time creating large scale metal works, mechanical monsters and humongous flaming something-or-others of the Burning man variety   For the holidays they’re rolling out the “Boiler Bar” (a 1920’s style bar topped with an 8 foot fire show), fire dancing Can-Can girls, snake charmers, Zen fire Gardens and the whole fire freak show to make sure you’re all toasty on this chilly winter night.  Santacon revelers still decked in their St. Nick garb get a free drink.

The Stupendous Boiler Bar Holiday Party
$5-10 donations
2600 Magnolia @26th, Oakland

Ajuana Black & Black Out

Join dynamic songstress Ajuana Black and her phenomenal band Black Out for a night of heartwarming songs from the soul.  Celebrating her latest recording, “A Soulful Journey,” Ajuana shares her infectious spirit and incredible vocals. Backed by the jazz flavored sounds of Black Out, she combines the spirit of her contemporaries like Jill Scott and Ledisi with the essence of Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan.

Ajuana Black & Blackout
Celestine’s Fine Dining & Entertainment
8475 Edes Ave. Oakland
Greg Bridges

Kwanzaa Holiday and Gift Show

Grab your wallet, holiday shopping list and your business cards, the Holiday Kwanzaa and Christmas Gift Show is going down this weekend. Now in it’s 23rd year, the annual event that draws large crowds and a diverse cross section of artists, businesses and crafts people eager to share their talents. Expect tons of vendors and local artists along with a Fashion show and music from Amar Khalil, Ajauna Black and many others. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday.

Kwanzaa Holiday and Gift Show
$5, under 12 free
11am to 8pm
Dec. 13 & 14
Oakland Marriott Convention Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland


All Stevie.  All night.  ALL GOOD!  In the last 5 years this once a year party has become one of the bestest shindigs around as New York DJ’s Spinna and Bobbito, drop every danceable permutation of all things Wonder-the funky Stevie originals, remixes, reworks and covers (it’s a testament to the strength of the man that you can dedicate a whole night to his music and the never once get tired of it). This always sold out show gets packed to the gills with soul music lovers, is hot as hell and a bit of a madhouse, but in the best possible way.  I mean, really folks, you haven’t lived until you’ve danced to a broken beat remix of “Superstitious” at 3am on a packed dance floor.  Make this a holiday gift to yourself and thank me in the morning.

119 Utah St. San Francisco

The Venezuelan Music Project

It’s Venezuelan dance night in Berkeley with the sounds of the Venezuelan Music Project.  Combining the Indigenous-Venezuelan, West African and Spanish-European influences, the VMP brings together a dynamic ensemble that gets down on a wide range of music—from folklore-driven songs to contemporary urban dance compositions.  Tonight they’ve going heavy on the dance numbers so grab a partners and hit the floor.

The Venezuelan Music Project
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Santa Clause is coming to town and chances are he’s going to be very drunk.  As many as 1000 merry revelers will be descending onto San Francisco this weekend and donning their Santa reds before taking a not so leisurely stroll through some of the city’s more discriminating watering holes and seediest dive bars.  For the last 15 years, Santarchy has reigned as members of the North Pole posse wreak stumbling holiday havoc on the city.  This year the organizers have created 3 separate routes for Santas to choose from so expect to see signs of St. Nick everywhere-pot bellied Santa’s bellying up to the bar in the Mission, naughty elves singing dirty Christmas carols in North Beach, rainbow reindeer in the Castro checking for the largest lump of coal.  Things kick off around noon, but organizers are keeping the exact start time, location, and routes a secret until the last minute, but check the website and Twitter updates regularly for the most up to date info.  Ho ho ho bitches!

Check website and Twitter page for details
http://sanfranciscosantarchy.wordpress.com/   http://twitter.com/sfsanta

Sunday, Dec. 14

Free Second Sundays

The Oakland Museum is giving away a free day for all the kiddies of The Town.  Come check out the museum’s permanent collection and the new exhibit LA Paint, a survey of 60 works by 11 SoCal artists.  There’ll also be special holiday events and members of the museum’s Council on Architecture will lead tours of the building and grounds.

Free Second Sundays
12-5 pm
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street@ 10th St.
Oakland, California 94607

International Food Tasting

Join the staff, family and friends of La Pena Cultural Center for a fundraising feast (4-dish tasting) in the spirit of the winter holidays. Artists, audience, activists & La Peña board, staff and volunteers will prepare & serve their favorite entrees, side dishes, or desserts from around the world.  Each recipe has a special story behind it–how it was handed down through the generations, or acquired while traveling abroad, or studying or performing with touring artists.  There’ll also be a no host bar and arts and crafts vendors.

International Food Tasting
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley
510-849-2568 x 12


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