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1-02 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

Now go party!!

Friday, January 2

Soja Martial Arts Open House

Stop by the Dojo after your Art Murmor meanderings for martial arts demonstrations, sublime tunage from DJ Jef Stott and of course, the ever so popular free professional massage and BBQ. Tonight is a fundraiser for Chris Andersen’s trip to train at the PGB headquarters in Java,

Soja Open House
2406 Webster, Oakland


Open Space

Open Space’s current show is a series of new works by Zachary Royer Scholz created in response to the architecture of the gallery. Sholtz’s Minimalist work includes scupltures, wall mounted cut foam works and a painting created directly on the gallery wall. Ben Cooper, Collections Manager at the di Rosa Preserve, will give a curator’s walk through at 7pm.

Open Space
Chandra Cerrito Contemporary
25 Grand Avenue, upper level
Oakland, CA

Pharoah Sanders

If you like your jazz free and your sax loud than Pharoahe Sanders is your own personal Jesus. The legendary axeman is constantly ranked among the best to ever lay lips to a reed and his experimentations and distinctive sound have kept him cranking out inventive music for the last 40 years. Sanders plays a 3 night residency at Yoshi’s Oakland starting tonight. See why famous players from Trane to Ornette Coleman to Albert Ayers have sung his praises.

Pharoah Sanders
$28, Sunday matinee: $5 Kids, $18 Adults, $24 General
Fri & Sat. 8 & 10pm, Sun. 2 & 7pm
Yoshi’s Jazz Club
510 Embarcadero West Oakland


In the wild Bonobo chimps are nature’s nymphos, screw the bunny rabbit. These little sex fiends are known to do the do any time, any where and for any reason-from procreation to just saying hello. And in the dance music jungle, Ninja Tune DJ and producer Bonobo is known to cause a similar kind of sweaty coupling. He’s playing a likely to sell out gig over at Blasthaus and piling on loads of dance floor friendly hip hop, jazz, broken beats, Latin and funk with the occasional cheeky bit of psyche rock and drum and bass thrown in. Go get in touch with you inner simian.

$12.00 presale
9pm – Afterhours
103 Harriet Street

Saturday, January 3

Cuban Revolution Celebration

La Pena’s celebrating the Cuban Revolution over two days starting tonight with a lecture and film screening with Saul Landau, an internationally-known scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy. Landau will speak on Cuba’s revolution and show highlights of his film clips of Fidel and Cuba from the 60s to the present. Local Cuban activists will have tables with Cuban literature, art and crafts, and will take part in a Q&A panel. The Cuban tunes will be provided by DJ Emiliano Echeverria.

Cuban Revolution Celebration
$10 donation requested, no one turned away
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 USA

DJ Rooz B-Day Bash with Mark Farina

What could bring together 3 of SF’s biggest promotions crews, one of the world’s top house music labels Om Records, and one of the worlds most popular house DJs? And just two days after the biggest party night of the year? Simple baby-DJ Rooz, SF superstar party rockin’ house DJ, is turning the big 3-0. Another SF big baller, Mushroom Jazz mastamind DJ Mark Farina will be rocking the happy birthday beats in the main room, with help from Fluid, Michael Anthony, The Art Affect and of course Mr. R. himself.

DJ Rooz B-Day Bash with Mark Farina
119 Utah St. San Francisco


With and inventive mix of electronics and acoustics and a sultry lead singer, Loquat has been climbing the ranks of the bay’s indie scene and since they dropped their latest full length, Secret Life of Bees, a couple months back the roar of the crowd has only been getting louder. But thankfully not loud enough to drown out their moody indie pop and spacey lyrics. Loquat headlines the bill with Golden Graham and Helene Renault.

Loquat w/Golden Graham and Helene Renault
1928 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 451-8100

Mochi Pounding Party

On your mark. Get set. Pound That Mochi!!!! If you’ve ever tasted mochi, the tasty little Japanese rice dumplings, or just have a hankering to take a mallet to something, come to the Asian Museum and get out some frustrations and taste the sweet, sticky rewards. Families are invited to bring the kids out to this all day event where guests will pound out their own mochi in celebration of Oshogatsu, the Japanese New Year. The interactive ceremony also feature music, dance, and costumes for the kiddies.

Mochi Pounding Party
Adults $12, kids under 12 free
Sat Jan 3 (12pm – 4pm) – 12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Mochi Pounding; 1:00-4:00 pm: Hands-on Art Activity
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco

Sunday, January 4

Nigerian Brothers

Just because it’s cold and a little wet is no reason to stay locked up in the house all weekend. Bring the family out to Soggy Sunday’s, Ashkenaz’s new winter family music series. The Nigerian Brothers kick off the series with some sunny West African Highlife and an open dance floor.

Nigerian Brothers
$6 Adults/$4 Kids
1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley

Man From Two Havanas

A Taiko drum demonstration and lecture on the cultural exchange between Japan and Cuba precedes the feature screening of “Man of Two Havanas”, the award winning documentary by Vivien Lesnik Weisman, following her father, renowned Cuban activist and commentator Max Lesnik, as he struggles with the internal conflicts of the country he both fought for and fights against.

Man From Two Havanas
$8 donation requested, no one turned away
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705 USA

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