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1-9-09 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 9, 2009

Friday, January 9

Reflections: Documentary Photojournalism

Joyce Gordon’s newest show features images from documentary photographer and educator D. Michael Cheers, whose photojournalism spans more than three decades. Cheers is also the coauthor of the Hugh Masakela biography “Still Grazing” and a professor of photojournalism at San Jose State. He’s shot assignments throughout the US, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa.

Reflections: Documentary Photojournalism
Free
5:00-9:30
Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
510-465-8928
www.joycegordongallery.com

Photographs by Cary Hock

Take a journey through rural Ohio with photographer Cary Hock. Trees, machinery and buildings become rugged, worn, textured with the aging process, gaining both an increased personality and an aesthetic perfection. This collection highlights the imperfections of rural life.

Photographs by Cary Hock
Free
6-9pm
Awaken Cafe
414 14th St., Oakland
www.awakencafe.com
510-836-2058

Earl Zero photographed by Billy Espejel

Earl Zero photographed by Billy Espejel

Earl Zero and the Fire Band

Stop by the museum for a show by legendary rasta musician Earl Zero and the Fire Band in the cafe. After the skankin’s done try out the belly dance lessons with Aazura Nour.

Earl Zero and the Fire Band
5-9 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak @10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
510/238-2200
www.museumca.org

Rebirth Brass Band

New Orleans ultimate party band returns to the Bay for a two nights of brass blowing funk. Rebirth Brass Band. For the last 30 years Rebirth has been upholding the traditions of New Orleans Brass and updating the sound with funky covers and original tunes. Rebirth Brass Band has toured the world over rocking stages and has worked with crowd pleasers including George Clinton, Maceo Parker, Dr. John.

Rebirth Brass Band
Jan. 9 & 10
$22
The Independent
628 Divisadero St | San Francisco
www.independentsf.com

Saturday, January 10

Meat and Greet

Vegetarians beware. This event is the land where carnivores roam. The Bay Area Meat CSA, a project of Slow Food Berkeley, in hopes of promoting a more sustainable food culture, are promoting this meat eating social over at Leo L. Cotella Produce. Buy a box of mixed cuts from localy raised cows, talk to the ranchers who raised them and meet neighbors of yours who might want to go in on buying good, sustainable, happy meat. There’ll be 10 lb (!) boxes of meat raised by Seth Nitzchke of Open Space Meats and James Rickert of Prather Ranch. You can also
expect homemade sauerkraut, sustainable wine and live entertainment.

Meat and Greet
Free
5pm
Leo L. Cotella Produce
370 2nd St. Oakland
http://bamcsa.pbwiki.com/

Forty Four Presidents

In preparation for the bug O Day, Lena Reynoso has turned Blankspace into a hall of Presidents with diaramas, prints and 44 portraits of the men who have held the highest office. Come see our corpus of Presidents and meet Abe Lincoln and George Washington!

Forty Four Presidents
Free
6-9pm
blankspace
6608 san pablo ave
oakland, ca 94608
www.blankspacegallery.com
510.547.6608

Contra & Waltz dance and classes

Try something a little different this afternoon, with a bit of fancy dancing. The crew from Friday Night Waltz presents a special night of Waltzes and Contra dances, with a couple of polkas thrown in for shits and giggles. A far cry from the usual Saturday night dance party, these semi formal events regularly draw hundreds of curious two steppers. Tonight Seattle based contra band KGB will be providing the tunes and Richard Powers will be offering beginning social dances starting at 7pm.

Contra + Waltz dance and classes with KGB and Richard Powers
$20 for the evening. $10 for students with id
Class-7pm, Dance-9pm
Oakland Veterans Hall
200 Grand Ave., Oakland
http://www.fridaynightwaltz.com

“This Too Shall Pass” New Work by Deth P. Sun

In his first hometown solo show since 2002, Oakland artist Deth P. Sun fills Rowan Morrison with over a hundred small paintings, larger works, and a site specific installation. Sun’s work has long focused on “the mythological quest of anthropomorphic cats. The characters are often equipped only with a blade and a lantern as they travel vast landscapes of mountain ranges, haunted caverns, turbulent oceans, and misting forests. A cast of legendary wolves, ghosts, vampires, turtles, and birds are regularly encountered as accomplices, antagonists, or both.” Sun is a graduate of California College of the Arts and regularly appears in magazine and publications around the world.

“This Too Shall Pass” New Work by Deth P. Sun
Free
7pm – 10pm
Rowan Morrison
330 40th St, Oakland
510.384.5344
http://www.rowanmorrison.com

Sarah Edwards: Empire Makers

The Compound Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Sarah Edwards that explore the relationship between subject and narrativd. The paintings engage their surrounding environment as well as its viewers by incorporating an element of installation to further develop the worlds created in Sarah’s paintings, as animals and mythical creatures escape from the confines of oversized canvases and inhabit the gallery.

Sarah Edwards: Empire Makers
Free
6-9pm
The Compound Gallery
The Compound Gallery & Studios
6602/6604 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94608
http://thecompoundgallery.com/

Sunday, January 11

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of S.F.

The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble (LJYE) of San Francisco is one of the most celebrated youth orchestras in the country and have shared the stage with such as the great Cuban bassist, Cachao; piano virtuoso Chuchito Valdes; and the Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The group is comprised of youth ages 10-18 and perform a mix ofLatin jazz classics and original compositions.

Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of S.F.
$10 gen., $8 students, $5 kids 12 & under
7:30pm
LaPena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
http://www.ljye.com

Justice for Oscar Community Discussion

The New Year’s shooting of Oscar Grant has sparked a wave of protest in Oakland and throughout the area. While the details of the case are still coming to light, the community has been up in arms for the last 10 days. Stop by Revolution Books for a community discussion on what we can do to help Grant’s family and make sure situations like this don’t occur again.

Justice for Oscar Community Discussion
Free
7pm
Bay Area Revolution Club/Revolution Books
2425 Channing Way Berkeley
510-848-1196 2425
www.revolutionbooks.org

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