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5/22 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 22, 2009

Friday, May 22

TV on the Radio

TV on the Radio have been darlings of the music press since their debut release Young Liars in 2003 and built up a pretty huge fan base of loyal, um, Radioheads? And normally the constant adoration, fawning and gushing would get old quick except for one small thing-they’re really, really good. Really. By combining a meditative, somewhat Shoe Gaze rock style with free jazz experimentations and old school street corner soul, they’re one of the best bands to come out in the last 10 years. If you’ve missed them when they rolled through town in the past, you should probably just go ahead and cancel whatever else you’re doing tonight and head over to the Fox. Really.

TV On The Radio w/Dirty Projectors
Fox Theater
1807 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland

Confronting the Police State and Imagining Alternatives 

With violent crimes on the rise throughout the area and tensions between police and community members steadily increasing, many people are asking themselves how can communities police themselves and work together to end the violence. This event, sponsored by the Friendly Fire Collective, will feature a panel discussion with organizers from police accountability groups around the Bay, including San Francisco, the East Bay, San Jose, Sonoma County, and Watsonville. There’ll be an open discussion covering current campaigns, strategies for increasing community policing and building strong neighborhood networks.

Confronting the Police State and Imagining Alternatives
AK Press Warehouse
674-A 23rd St, Oakland

id:ENTITY: Investigations into identity

Four Bay Area photographers-Linda Kramer, Lisa Levine, Peter Tonningsen and Jan Watten-come together to address the theme of identity with their own unique artistic styles capturing individuals from the rich multicultural environment of the Bay, where people identify themselves in the context of their ethnicity, class, culture, gender and age.

id:ENTITY: Investigations into identity
Autobody Fine Art
1517 Park St. Alameda

Ranferi Aguilar & Hacederos de Lluvia

Ranferi Aguilar blends ancient Mayan sounds with guitar and more modern instruments to create new arrangements of traditional Mayan music. As one half of the experimental outfit Rainmmker Aguilar, along with Hacedores de lluvia, blend traditional Guatemalan music and instruments with heavy percussions and vocals. Tonight the duo will play a live set and discuss how traditional culture influence their sound and ideas. 

Ranferi Aguilar & Hacederos de Lluvia
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Saturday, May 23

Seamus Berkeley Portrait Painting Demo

Seamus Berkeley is widely considered one of the most prominent artists in the Southwest. Dublin-born, Berkeley moved to Taos, New Mexico in 1999 in order to integrate into a more diverse artistic community, drawing upon Taoseños as subjects and inspiration for his paintings. In 2005, Seamus opened a studio in Berkeley, California and divides his time there and at home in Taos. Today he will be live painting and giving art enthusiasts a peek at his creative process.

Seamus Berkeley Portrait Painting Demo
Frank Bette Center for the Arts
1601 Paru Street, Alameda, CA 94501

Cash’d Out

Cash’d Out was born in late 2004 when Douglas Benson met Kevin Manuel through an ad in The Reader. The main purpose for starting the band was to create an authentic tribute to the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. After acquiring stand-up bass player, Sean Glithero, the band began learning every Cash song possible. By January 2005, the Cash’d Out was ready to play live. Once people heard the authentic sounds of the band, the word started to spread around the Southwest and Cash’d Out’s popularity has been growing ever since.

Cash’d Out w/The B-Stars and True Danger
The Uptown Nightclub
1928 Telegraph Ave. Oakland

At the Edge of the World

Mountainfilm Berkeley is a two-day festival of documentaries about art and culture, adventure and the environment. A collaboration between the new David Brower Center and the renowned Mountainfilm Festival of Telluride, the festival features films that show the innovative ways people are helping to change the world and reconnect with nature. The films include At the Edge of the World, Carts of Darkness and Journey of a Red Fridge.

At the Edge of the World
May 23-May 24
Various times
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley

Sunday, May 24

In Search of My Clitoris

Liberian-born Sia Amma survived the coming of age ritual of female circumcision at nine years old. On a search for her most precious possession, we are led into a collage of characters and culture, blending music, dance and tradition. Listen to her story and the stories of other women and rejoice in the dance. The show is a clever combination of stand-up comedy and theater and Sia has created an act to empower and educate the general public on female circumcision and to call attention to that part of a woman’s body that has been subjected to mutilation.

In Search of my Clitoris
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Carnaval San Francisco

Rolling into it’s 31st year, the San Francisco Carnaval showcases the best of the city’s Latin American and Caribbean cultures with a hot mix of foods, music and dance. The parade kicks off bright and early and rolls down mission to a huge party. A HUGE party.

Carnaval San Francisco
Mission District
24th and Bryant St to Mission and 17th St.

The 5th Annual Carnival Fete

An event as big as Carnival needs an afterparty just as huge and the folks from Angel Magic, Bayonics have come through Loco Bloco big time. There’ll be 3 rooms of music bumping everything from Soca and Roots to Hip Hop and Club tracks. Performers include Bayonics, Native Elements, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, Los Rakas, Apollo, D Sharp, Ren The Vinyl Archaelogist, Jah Warrior Shelter w/ DJ Jah Yzer, DJ Irie Dole, DJ I-Vier and a whole lot more.

The 5th Annual Carnival Fete
Club Six
60 6th St. San Francisco, CA


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