08/14: The Art and Soul Weekend
Posted by novoscene on August 14, 2009
Featured Event: ART & SOUL
The City may be broke, but that’s not stopping Oakland’s annual two-day downtown block party. Art and Soul goes down this weekend at a new and improved time (who wanted to be home for Labor Day weekend?) As always, there will be stages showcasing R&B, hip-hop, and Latin music. The headliner on Saturday is Shawn Colvin and on Sunday, it’s Will Downing. Look for an excellent kid’s zone and bring your hunger. The food vendors represent a nice mix of State Fair style dreck and healthier offerings from Oakland’s varied culinary scene. Free bike parking is available at the festival’s Broadway and 14th Street entrance.
Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, Noon to 6 p.m.
Adult admission $10, seniors and youth (12-17) $5, kids 12 and under are free
Downtown Oakland. Entrances: 14th Street & Broadway, 16th Street & San Pablo
For more, visit artandsouloakland.com
Friday, August 14
Dog lovers, this is for you. Take your lovely self and your dog down to Hollywoof tonight. It’s a fundraiser for various organizations and a very good documentary.
But the real reason that you’ll go there is to spend an evening with your beloved dog and other dog lovers. There’ll be a dog masseuse, photographers, and of course, a doggy bar. Indi filmmaker Geralyn Pezanoski will show Mine, his award-winning documentary about the animals left behind during Katrina. And yes, your dog can stay for the movie. Buy your tickets at the event page at dogopolis.com
6.30 p.m.to 9.30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $8 canine admission
Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street
Dancing Under the Stars
Head over to Jack London Square for a free salsa dance lesson tonight.
Instructors from Linden Street studio will teach you some moves, and then let you practice while the Cuban group Edgardo Cambon y Latido performs live in the background. There will also be a dance “exposition.”
Class begins at 7.30 p.m.
Open dance at 8.30 p.m.
Jack London Square (Broadway at Water)
Pan’s Improv Jam
At Pan’s monthly improv theater jam, Pan Theater performers and guests form teams of performers on the spot for twenty-minute long form sets. Each set team will explore an audience suggested theme through games, scenes, and everything else.
Guests can watch, or participate. No scripts, no rules – other than have fun. Admission up until half an hour before the jam is over. Those wishing to perform must arrive at least an hour before the evening is over.
8 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Tickets $10 at the door (to participate and/or watch)
Pan Theater, 2135 Broadway (one block from BART)
And if you haven’t read about the New Life party on theOakBook.com already, here’s the scoop on it.
Saturday, August 14
Key System Walk
Remember the Key System that we love to write about – the transport system that inspired our line of tee shirts (see the bottom of the home page.) You can walk the Key’s C line (A Level) walk from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday. It’s sponsored by the Oakland Heritage Alliance.
Start at MacArthur BART station underpass on 40th St.
For more, call 510-763-9218.
FOR KIDS: Blowin’ in the Wind
The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland offers a workshop each month that’s focused on family art-making and collaboration. This Saturday, kids learn about various kinds of kites (the paper-kind that fly in the air). Then, they get to make their own.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
$7 per child
538 Ninth Street
George Duke at Yoshi’s
Piano/synthesizer performer and singer George Duke is playing at Yoshi’s this weekend. He got famous with an album called The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He is known for his solo work as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa.
Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows $30
Sunday 2 p.m. Kids Matinee: $5 kids, $18 adult (with kid), $30 adult (general)
Sunday 7 p.m. show $30
510 Embarcadero W. in Jack London Square
Sunday, August 16
Are you a teenager, or the parent of a teenager? If yes, then consider the Teen Wild Guides program at the Oakland Zoo. These guides are young people (13 years to 18 years) interested in animals, plants, conservation, and children. They’re trained to be animal interpreters and conservation leaders. And they have a lot of fun.
If this sounds remotely interesting, go to an orientation. There’s one on Sunday evening and if you can’t make it, there’s another one on Monday evening. You can ask questions, learn more about the program and application process, and meet zoo staff.
Sunday, August 16, 5:00pm/Monday, August 17, 7 p.m.
Classroom #1, Education Center, Contact: Melinda Sievert, Teen Coordinator, 510-632-9525 ext 201, or email here at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road
Special Events to say bye to one of Oakland’s coolest LGBT destinations: The Vibe Lounge
Friday, August 14
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Complimentary Happy Hour appetizers
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Five dollar Fridays with DJ Serg spinning fresh hip-hop & DJ Mallie spinning old school jams
Saturday, August 15
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Club Rimshot & The Vibe Lounge have teamed up to present a blowout FAREWELL PARTY. DJ Rum’s hooking it up with hip-hop, rap, old skool and more
Sunday, August 16th
4 p.m. to 9 p.m.: The Last Dance – afternoon tea dance featuring R & B, soul
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: The Party Ain’t Ova