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2/13 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 13, 2009

Friday, Feb. 13

Formations: new work by Victoria Wagner & Erik Parra

blankspace’s latest exhibit touches on the order and chaos found both in natural and man made worlds. In this two-person exhibition artists Victoria Wagner & Erik Parra tackle the theme with their own style and approach, fleshing out the unexpected interactions that happen when worlds collide. Tonight also marks the end of Victoria’s “mobile listening service” project, that required her to set up a table in several selected communities and listen to anyone that wanted to sit down and talk.

Formations
Free
7-10pm
blankspace
6608 San Pablo Ave, Oakland
510.547.6608
www.blankspacegallery.com

Pecha Kucha

Tonight on Valentine’s eve 10 Bay Area Artists are giving you their riffs on all things L-O-V-E. Features for this month’s Pecha Kucha include poetry by Aisha Heredia and Joel B Tan, visual art by Emory Douglas and Running Forward and photos by Opal Essence, Bethanie Hines, Hasain Rasheed, Sheila Menezes and Eric K. Arnold. There’ll also be a special dedication to Bay Graffiti legend Mike “Dream” Francisco presented by members of TDK crew. Keeping with the tradition of the original Pecha Kucha Nights in Japan, each artist will present 20 pieces of work and speak on each image for 20 seconds.

Pecha Kucha
$5
8pm
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland
http://www.eastsideartsalliance.com/

1LOVE Valentine’s Edition

Alright I know it’s kinda cheesy with the marketing and the sales and the buying and the expectations and all, but really, what’s so wrong with spending a day celebrating love? And even more-what’s wrong with celebrating love with some fresh beats? DJ Dmadness has been releasing V-Day themed mix tapes for the last 3 year and this year’s “ExtraLoving: A Valentine’s Lovers Rock Reggae Mix” is quite lovealicious and packed with 62 tracks of lover’s rock and snuggle inspired island riddims. He’s joined on the decks tonight by Pam the Funkstress and Green B and all attendees receive a free copy of the mix-cuz it’s all for the love ya’know?

1LOVE Valentine’s Edition
Poleng Lounge
1751 Fulton St. San Francisco

Saturday, Feb. 14

MoAD Family: The Soundtrack to Revolution

Join MoAD for the first of two Family Days dedicated to exploring music of resistance performed by some of the best musical talent around. Local artists will be on hand in the education area to help youth create original artwork inspired by the Museums’ current exhibit “Decoding Identity: I Do It for My People.” The musical guest for today’s event is New York’s Sparlha Swa, a multitalented singer and dancer whose music lives somewhere near the intersection of Sade, Astrud Gilberto, Miriam Makeba and Ravi Shankar.

MoAD Family: The Soundtrack to Revolution
Free
11am-4pm
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission St. San Francisco
415.358.7200
www.moadsf.org

World Record Attempt: Largest Group Kiss

So apparently central Mexico is the “kissing capital of the world” and the current world record for largest mass kiss goes to the city of Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where on Sept. 1, 2001 6,980 couples gathered to take part in a simultaneous lip lock. Amateurs. This is the bay dammit, and if it’s one thing we do well, it’s spread the love. And since another thing we’re really good at is gathering massive crowds for random acts of silliness and social disruption, breaking this world record should be a piece of cake. Just grab your favorite smooch buddy and head over to Justin Herman Plaza. Or go solo, I’m sure there’ll be some free agent lips on hand eager to help out.

World Record Attempt: Largest Group Kiss
Free
7-8pm
Justin Herman Plaza
1 Market St., San Francisco
415.772.0700
newmaya@yahoo.com

Sunday, Feb. 15

“Blood Types” Staged Reading

Blood Types is a play about rage. The play centers around a conflict between two African American sisters spurred by feelings of helplessness living in a culture dominated by white men. The anger that the women have felt, fueled by racism, sibling rivalry and jealousy comes to a head and causes the two to reexamine both their lives and the circumstances of African Americans still grappling with the effects of slavery.

Blood Types
$10
4pm
Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
1616 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 836-4649
www.opcmusic.org

Fresh Steps: Love Hangover Edition

Alright so you spent all Saturday snuggling and getting your romance on, now it’s time to show the dance floor some of that same love. Performers for the Post V-Day edition of this popular monthly party include Brotha Beejus, Will & ID, Fiyawata and Mic-G with resident DJ Aebldee in the mix.

Fresh Steps: The Love Hangover
Free
8pm
Luka’s Taproom
2221 Broadway, Oakland
www.lukasoakland.com

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