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1/16/09 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 16, 2009

Friday, Jan. 16

Pre-Presidential Inauguration Steppers-Line Dancers Party

With a slight nod to traditional Ballroom dancing but with loads more cool, Chicago Stepping is a windy city tradition that’s spread slowly over the more sophisticated dance floors over the years. Andes, there’s extra emphasis on sophistication. You don’t come to a Step with last nights duds, this is an all suits and evening gowns event. Just make sure you can dip in those high heels. In preparation for their big inaugural day bash, The Bay Area Steppers and their Steppin Lee will be playing the best Steppin, Line Dance, Salsa, Top 40, Classic RnB, & Hip Hop Music Newcomers come get down to “the Obama Music, Obama Hustle Line Dances, the Obama Videos.” Check it out, i for no other reason that to say you did “The Obama Hustle.”

Pre-Presidential Inauguration Steppers-Line Dancers Party
$10 before 10/$15.00 after
8pm-1:30am
Kimball’s Carnival
215 Washington St Oakland, CA

Project Censored Book Release Party

Hear Dr. Peter Phillips, longtime Director of Sonoma State University’s Project Censored, and PC Assistant Director Mickey Huff detail the last year’s most important and unreported news stories and social issues, and the unique process that produces this annual collection. Haitian great Diego Jameau, “The Whistler,” will be performing before the audience Q & A and reading from the latest edition: “Censored: Media Democracy in Action.”

Project Censored Book Release Party
$10-20
7:00 PM, wheelchair accessible.
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists Hall
1924 Cedar St, Berkeley
510.527.7543

Dgiin

Gin, the drink, is a strong colorless alcohol flavored with juniper berries. djinn, the apparition, is a mischievous spirit, often confined to a bottle due to reprehensible acts. Dgiin, the band, blends a little bit of bathtub liquor with a happy go lucky attitude for a unique dance floor friendly Flamenco sound.

Dgiin
$10 gen. $8 students
9pm
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
http://www.myspace.com/dgiin

Saturday, Jan. 17

What the? The amazing art of Lola & Brian Young

Environmentalist and mixed media artist Lola, and ceramicist Brian Young speak through their challenge viewers to recognize, take responsibility and make sense of what they see. This show defies categorization. Come draw your own conclusions.

What the?
Free
6-9pm
FLOAT Gallery
1091 Calcot Place #116, Oakland
http://thefloatcenter.com

MLK Celebration

The Knitting Basket is Dead. Long Live The Oakland Yard Store! Basket owner Kelley Nayo is opening the doors to the new store in East Oakland soon, but this weekend she’s inviting all you yarn dogs to come out and thread a couple for Martin Luther King. The event is free and there’ll be craft workshops, food and live music by Branice McKenzie.

MLK Celebration
Free
6-9pm
Oakland Yarn Store
2708 98th Avenue.
Oakland, CA 94605
510.339.6295
http://www.oaklandyarnstore.com/

Golden: Aaliyah Birthday Celebration

Much loved DJs’s DJ Zita and DMadness host their regularly monthly throwback banger, this month with a special tribute to R&B singer Aaliyah,who would have been 30 this month. Reminisce with classics from Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Sa-Fire, Stevie B, Cover Girls, Sweet Sensation and check out the special midnight tag team tribute.

Golden
Free before 10:30, $5 after
9pm
Laszlo Bar
2526 Mission St., San Francisco
http://www.myspace.com/goldenlaszlo

Willie Nelson

You don’t need a cute introduction. You don’t need another reason. You don’t even have to sweat the $55 price tag (well, maybe). It’s Willie Nelson. Willie Fucking Nelson.

Willie Nelson
$55
8pm, Through Wed 1/21
The Fillmore Auditorium
1805 Geary Blvd., San Francisco

Sunday, Jan. 18

International Rubik’s Cube Competition

You loved it-that little multi-colored cube provided hours of zoned out entertainment when you were a kid. You hated it-there was always that on G**amned square that never fit. Over the years we’ve developed a love/hate relationship with the Rubik’s Cube, and a sense of envy for those select super mutants among us who can solve the damned things. This Sunday watch the most super of the puzzle super solvers from around the world, or at least around the bay, at this international cube-con. There’ll be competitions like 3x3x3 Speed Solve and 3x3x3 Blindfold Solve (Seriously? Blindfolded?) Game on.

International Rubik’s Cube Competition
Various Prices
10am-4:30pm
Exploratorium
3601 Lyon St, Sn Francisco
415.561.0360
www.exploratorium.edu/rubiks

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