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2-06 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 6, 2009

Friday, Feb. 6

Anti-Police Brutality Art Show

Inspired by the recent Oscar Grant case, this show by bay area political artists and activists is in response to events on Jan 1st but also hopes to bring attention to incidents of police brutality that have happened around the country. Featuring work by Political Gridlock, Paul Barron, Not My Government, Smitty, Graveyard Shift and others

Anti-Police Brutality Art Show
Mama Buzz Cafe
2318 Telegraph Ave Oakland
Oakland, CA

Hearts and Minds Group Art Show

The SmartMoves afterschool program, sponsored by the East Oakland Boxing Association, combines academic mentoring with athletic training for young people throughout East Oakland. This fundraiser for the program features paintings, Valentine’s Day cards, watercolors, eucalyptus sculptures, and mixed media works by Barbara Cavoto, Steve Chabre, Marie Dern, Jason Gibson, Julia Marchand, Carin Rehbinder, Carl Dern and Danielle Giudici Wallis. There’ll also be a puppet show and and art from the SmartMoves youth participants.

Hearts and Minds Group Art Show
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda

Lil Tuffy Rock n Roll Prints

San Francisco-based designer Lil Tuffy has created hundreds of rock show posters for venues and artists including Mudhoney, CSS, TV On The Radio and My Morning Jacket. Tuffy will be on hand signing prints and giving away schwag, with music by Pandora Radio.

Lil Tuffy Rock n Roll Prints
Kuhl Frames + Art
412 22nd St Oakland

Black History Month/Geoffrey’s Closing Celebration

Geoffrey’s Inner Circle is closing it’s doors this Sunday and tonight the 1st Fridays networking group is honoring the club’s namesake, Oakland businessman and political insider Geoffrey Pete, during their annual black history month celebration. Come mingle with young professionals and send off the club in style.

Black History Month/Geoffrey’s Closing Celebration
Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
410 14th St, Oakland

The Juicy Lucy Show w/ Mike “Agent X” Clark

With an eye on mixing new sounds in the new year, the JLC’s lineup is a mish mash of big beats headlined by Detroit’s legendary DJ and producer, Mike “Agent X” Clark of Beatdown Sounds. San Francisco’s favorite house DJ, David Harness, will also be throwing down alongside Greg Eversoul and Angelita Jacala. There’s also a standup show by “San Francisco’s resident goofball,” Blaze, and vocalist Marissa Guzman’s new musical project, Lovelight Liberation , combination of downtempo, reggae and house.

The Juicy Lucy Show
Bossa Nova
139 8th St., San Francisco

Saturday, Feb. 7

Gary Lapow

For over 25 years, Gary Lapow has been performing inspiring music for millions of children, parents and teachers in both the US and Canada. He’s appeared on radio and TV and at festivals and schools with his catalog of songs that teach children to respect themselves and their communities, reach out to others, and celebrate the joys of life.

Gary Lapow
Adults $5, Kids $4 Family Pass $12 (+3)
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Jazz with Wil Blades

From cookin’ with blues legend John Lee Hooker and organ summits with B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith to television and radio appearances, young Wil Blades is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition. Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the country. In 2007 and 2008, he was named on Downbeat Magazine’s “Rising Star” list and for the past several years, Wil has been wowing Bay Area audiences with groups such as “O.G.D.,” “Motherbug”, “Amendola Vs. Blades”, “Steppin’.” He plays a midday set to inaugurate Awaken’s new Saturday Jazz series.

Jazz with Wil Blades
Awaken Cafe
414 14th St.,Oakland

Disco Death Tour

Celebrating the opening of OwenArt, the boys of blasthaus present a night of electro rock, analogue synths, and dirty disco. The pretty huge lineup of performers include Paris’ Blackstrobe and Arnaud Rebotini, New York’s In Flagranti and local love from Rasoul, Mephisto Odyssey (live), Spun, Garth & Jeno (back2back), Steve Loria, Nikola Baytala, Tony and Tom Thump.

Disco Death Tour
103 Harriet St., San Francisco

Sunday, Feb. 8

Cairo Station

“As shocking now as it was on its original 1958 release, Cairo Station is the great Egyptian director Youssef Chahine’s masterpiece, a street-level exposé of sexual obsession and working-class madness that’s as grimy and claustrophobic as its Cairo railway-station setting. From its noirish opening scene, in which a scruffy newspaper hawker discovers a rag-strewn living quarters filled with cutout girlie pictures and intones “I knew then that something was desperately wrong,” it’s clear that the film has departed from the upper-class realms of typical 1950s Arab cinema.”-Jason Sanders

Cairo Station
Pacific Film Archives
2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley


This 2-time Grammy nominee comes back home for a packed weekend of shows. Raised in The Town and a veteran of open mics and jam sessions all over the bay, Ledisi’s 2008 album “Lost and Found” blends smooth jazz and old school RnB with gritty Oaktown funk and gained her worldwide acclaim. The Saturday and Sunday shows have sold out so get tickets while you still can.

Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

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