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07/10: O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 10, 2009

Friday, July 10

Estuary Art Attack

If you couldn’t get enough of First Friday, here’s a chance for you to do the art walk all over again – but in a different neighborhood. On the second Friday of each month, artists and studios along the Oakland estuary and in the island of Alameda put up the Estuary Art Attack. If you’ve never been to Jingletown, this is your chance to discover the home of a lot of Oakland art.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For a list of participating galleries, click here:

Comedy off Broadway

Cobb’s and Punch line are great comedy clubs, but you can give them a pass tonight. Two local comedians, Samson Koletkar and Joe Gleckler, have decided to bring some of their colleagues down to Oakland every Friday night. Tonight, the headliner is Joe Kolcek, who comes to Oakland via Comedy Central. You’ll also get to see some other up and comers like Brendan Lynch and Stephanie Paul.

$10, $8 for students
Doors open at 8.30 p.m., show begins at 9 p.m.
The Washington Inn, 495 10th Street

For more on the show or the performers, go to http://comedyoffbroadwayoakland.com/20090710.html

Techliminal Opening party

Calling all geeks, freelancers, and anyone who wishes they didn’t have to host all their professional meetings in cafes. When you go to Techliminal, you’re going to wonder why you did not think of the idea yourself. You can rent a computer if you want one, rent space for an hour if that’s what you need, use the conference room of an office that’s bright, cheerful, and very silicon valley, and if you have any tech support needs or web help, turn to Anca Mosoiu and her ever-present I.T team.

Tonight’s event is free.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
268, 14th Street

Saturday, July 11

Eat the Past

You can’t call yourself an East Bay foodie if you can’t make your own tortillas and cook them on a “comal” over an open fire. The curators of the Peralta Hacienda have realized that the way to engage us in East Bay history is through our stomachs.

On Saturday, the Peralta Hacienda in the Fruitvale hosts Bread and Tortillas: Delicious Traditions. In addition to the tortilla making lessons, there’ll be a Native American fry bread station and hoe cakes just the way the 49ers used to eat ‘em. The organizers also promise baskets of pastries of the ilk Old Antonio Peralta would have enjoyed sitting on the porch of his farmhouse in 1870.

The beauty part? It just costs a dollar. And of course there’s all that delicious history. Antonio Peralta’s farmhouse is now a museum stocked with information about the East Bay’s past and the family that once owned everything from El Cerrito to San Leandro.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
2465, 34th Avenue

Tartan it Up

When was the last time you tossed your caber? Unleash your inner Bobby Burns or Braveheart at the Scottish Highland Games hosted by the Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate this weekend. It’s going to be a Caledonian hoe-down complete with sheepdog competitions, a gathering of the clans, bagpipes, and food (or at least what passes for food north of Hadrian’s Wall.)

$12 for adults, $5 for children up to 12
Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court

FOR KIDS: Cartoon Grrlz

Girls can learn to draw their own cartoon character at MOCHA Saturday afternoon under the tutelage of author Sarah Davies and illustrator Jenny Mattheson, the creators of the book “Happy to be Girls”

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
MOCHA, 538 9th Street

DA Bay Release Party

OakBook writer Alison Peters wrote a fabulous profile of DJ Olga T in the OakBook magazine last year. And if there’s anything we took away from that, it’s that one really shouldn’t miss an evening with DJ Olga T. Olga is releasing her CD on Saturday at Velvet, which is fast becoming an Oakland LGBT destination with its regular parties. If all the partying during Pride didn’t wear you out, continue the party this weekend.

$5 cover, $5 drink specials
9 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Velvet, 3411 MacArthur Blvd

Sunday, July 12

House (of Representatives) Party

Could there be a better venue for a fundraiser for the Uniting American Families Act than the Bench and Bar? No. The home of Mr. Gay Vaquero is the ideal place to raise money for legislation designed to make the country’s immigration laws less discriminatory against lesbians, gays, transgenders, and bisexuals. Sunday’s party won’t be as lively as the club’s signature annual event, but count on good food, music, and drinks all for an excellent cause.

Bench and Bar
2111 Franklin Street
4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Wanted: 21st Century Dorthea Langes

The cliché is an “arresting image,” a picture that stops you in your tracks and demands you notice. But in this noisy, tweety age, a better phrase for the power of documentary photography might be a silencing image. From his photographs of abandoned Filipino World War II vets living in poverty to pictures of Washington D.C. before the Obama inauguration, Rick Rocamora’s black and white photographs.

The award-winning photographer will speak at Joyce Gordon Gallery with Michael Cheers, the head of the photojournalism department at San Jose State University, on Sunday afternoon about photo activism.

Joyce Gordon Gallery Artist Talk Series: Rick Rocamora
406 14th Street, Oakland
Sunday, July 12 3pm – 5pm

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