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3/6 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 6, 2009

Friday, March 6


Night Scenes: Evenings in an urban environment

These paintings by Ryan Blackman represent a body of work that spans a two year period and focuses on a somewhat romantic yet ambiguous perspective of urban nightlife. It’s an exploration of movement and how artificial light affects the atmosphere of any given night scene. Inspiration is drawn from both photographic reference and life experiences. Indie Folk singer Jenn Harper will be providing the tunes.

Night Scenes: Evenings in an urban environment
Awaken Cafe
414 14th St, Oakland


Soja Open House

For this month’s party, Soja is getting down to the sounds of DJ Just, (from Ibiza, Stockholm, & Debmark), mixing up the lounge and downtempo as you try your hand, and foot, at Soja’s mixed martial arts and yoga demos. Then relax with a message and mingle a bit.

Soja Open House
Soja Martial Arts
2406 Webster, Oakland

Amoeba Music 3rd Annual Art Show

For one night only E-ville turns into 1960’s New York for Amoeba Music’s 3rd annual art show. Paying tribute to Pop art godfather Andy Warhol, and his Factory art space, the show features nine rooms of music, art, videos with contributions by Amoeba staff, help from the De Young Museum and sounds done right by Velvet Underground inspired bands Exploding Plastic Amoeba and Nihilist Outlook and Grace.

Amoeba Music 3rd Annual Art Show
6 -11pm
1343 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA

Saturday, March 7

White Elephant Sale

For 50 years Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale has been turning one man’s trash into another man’s treasure, and with a 96,000 square ft warehouse, you better believe they’ve collected quite a bit of treasure over the years. Thrifty shoppers take note-this is a great place to score high quality schwag at (almost) thrift store prices. Shop on.

White Elephant Sale
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak @10th St., Oakland

20 Minute Loop

The super catchy, slyly complex rock of 20 Minute Loop has been described as everything from “melodic art pop” to “a big ol’ cherry-flavored Tootsie Pop with a shot of bourbon inside” to being in the same class as New Wave staples XTC if you “subtract the TC, and pair the remainder of John Doe and Exene Cervenka with J. Robbins in a six-by-six cell haunted by Frank Black’s muse, with only a Radiohead CD, a Flannery O’Connor novel, and occasional visits from the members of Seely to break the psychosis.” So where’s a band to go after achieving height metaphorical descrption? To The Uptown course. Tonight the freakpop quintet is joined by the equally praiseworthy French Miami and Silian Rail

20 Minute Loop w/French Miami & Silian Rail
The Uptown
1928 Telegraph Ave. Oakland


Sunday, March 8

photo by Amy Parker

International Women’s Day 100th Anniversary

Join CodePink as they celebrate Women’s Day’s centennial with a march across the Golden Gate Bridge followed by a pot luck celebration in Berkeley’s Rosewood Gardens. Continuing it’s anti-war activism, CodePink is turning attention to the Afghanistan conflict and the US’s involvement. The program includes a short documentary of IWD Beijing by Margot Smith, music and dance by Carrie Gerendasy, Shazam, Becky Lyman, and Evelie Delfino Såles Posch and a special focus on the women of RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan). The celebration is also the kickoff for CodePINK’s “30,000 Hot Pink Bikes – not Soldiers – to Afghanistan: a Woman-to-Woman, Girl-to-Girl” campaign.

International Women’s Day 100th Anniversary
Golden Gate Bridge
Redwood Gardens
2951 Derby St, in Berkeley from 4-8pm.

Medicine For Melancholy

One night stands, philosophical discourse, long hilly walks, track bikes, obscure, catchy soundtrack-in many ways Medicine for Melancholy really is the quintessential San Francisco flick. And in some ways it’s not. Micah and ‘Jo wake up together The Morning After a bit hungover, a bit groggy and with the usual questions. What did I do? Where am I? Where are my underwear? As an African American in a city grappling with gentrification where do I fit in and what does this say about my identity? The film plays for the next week at the Embarcadero and at Sunday’s 7:20 screening, the director will be on hand for post screening discussion on some of the issues Medicine brings up.

Medicine For Melancholy
12:10 2:20 4:40 7:20 9:45pm
Embarcadero Cinema
1 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco


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