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In Oakland, the weekend starts today…

Posted by novoscene on June 18, 2009

kev choice we all we got 038Thursday, June 18

The Sharing Solution

Our favorite book store, Laurel Books, is hosting a reading and book signing with authors Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow. Their book is relevant in this economy: The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community.

7 p.m.
Laurel Books
4100 MacArthur Bl.

Thursday Night Movies

If you’d rather be at the movies tonight, stop by  49th and Telegraph for the second installment of Temescal Street Cinema. Tonight, it’s a series shorts under the headline “Bay Area Icons.” There’s free popcorn and music –be sure to bring a chair.

For those who know who he is, Frank Chu of 12 Galaxies fame, will be there.

8.30 p.m.
49th Street and Telegraph (Bank of the West building)

Uptown Unveiled

If you haven’t yet had the experience of standing at the triangle where Telegraph meets Broadway and seeing the marquees of the Fox and the Paramount ablaze together, Thursday night is your chance. The six square blocks comprising Uptown will make their official debut at a free, nighttime street fair Thursday with 15 musical acts (including Kev Choice, pictured above) on three stages, plenty of art, and the food and drink of more than a dozen restaurants and clubs. You’d be crazy not to make reservations at hotspots like Mua, Pican or Flora. Bring your bikes. The East bay Bike Coalition will be running free bike valet parking at the corner of 20th and Telegraph.

Thursday, June 18 5 pm to 10 pm
Uptown Oakland, Telegraph and 19th Streets

Friday, June 19

Dancing Under the Stars – Hustle Night

Could there be a better dance for the city of strivers, operators, and dreamers than the hustle? Put on your platforms and come down to Jack London Square for a free class in the dance that defined the 70s.

8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Jack London Square — Pavilion Stage
Broadway & Water Street

Russian River Wine Tasting

Taste wines from the Russian River region right here in Oakland. The folks over at the Wine Mine, a wine boutique, will bring out Pinots, chardonnays, and a zin to help your taste buds navigate the Russian River. They’ll bring out cheese, pate, salmon and veggies to help the wine go down better.

The Wine Mine
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
5427 Telegraph Ave #D1 (on the side of the large brick building)


Like to shop or like to party? MADE has both covered. It’s a party (complete with a line-up of great DJs) that celebrates Bay Area designers, independent boutiques and artists.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Mercury Lounge
1582 Folsom street, San Francisco
$5 before 10.30 p.m., $10 after

Saturday, June 20

Zoot Suit – Cabaret / The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s  Chorus

What better Father’s day gift could there be than a return to the age of the Zoot suit, the swing, and the smoky ballroom?  Join the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus for their Third Annual Cabaret evening at the First Christian Church of Oakland. There’ll be good food, wine, a silent auction, Swing Fever will supply the old-time jams, and don’t forget “the swing’n-est bunch of gay singers in town.”

Saturday: 7:30 p.m., Sunday: 5 p.m.
First Christian Church of Oakland
111 Fairmount Avenue

Sunday, June 21

Keyshia Cole

Keyshia Cole

There’s music at Stern Grove during the day and then there’s music in Oakland in the evening on Sunday. The Grammy-nominated R & B singer, Keyshia Cole comes to the Paramount Sunday night.

7:30 p.m.
Paramount theater, 2025 Broadway


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