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The Full Moon Weekend

Posted by novoscene on October 1, 2009

First Friday

OakBook art critic Theo Konrad Auer gave his picks for this month in Oakland’s art scene, but Friday is the first of the month, and you know what that means.


Timed to coincide with Art Murmur, the artfest that goes down in Oakland once a month, Oakland’s marketing department is unveiling 510arts.com and something called the East Bay Cultural Corridor. It might be worth stopping by the party at Frank Ogawa Plaza Friday night, if only to catch a glimpse of the “luminous corridor,” an idea to make the Uptown area even cooler.

Friday, October 2, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Frank Ogawa Plaza

Workplace Communication Workshop


We human beings are so whacked out and kooky it’s amazing the average workplace is as sane as it is. Do you ever imagine what your office would be like if everyone really let their freak flags fly, and didn’t just dribble out their neuroses in small acts of passive aggressive behavior? Those little demonstrations of wounded hearts and bruised egos are bad enough. Enter Bay Area Nonviolent Communication to the rescue. The outfit is offering a workshop aimed at improving workplace relationships. Led by Miki Kashtan, the two-hour program promises to help coworkers deliver feedback without criticism and maintaining presence during difficult times (Don’t call in sick when everything starts going to hell.) The workshop is free, and the organizers hope that small outfits with no training budgets will send representatives. You know who needs to go in your office. Register by calling 510-433-0700.

October 2, Friday, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison Street

The Annual Black Cowboy Parade


Oakland’s pre-automobile history is not famous for black cowboys. In fact, it’s not famous for cowboys of any race. That’s never bothered the Oakland Black Cowboy Association. Since 1974 Oakland has been home to the organization’s annual Black Cowboy Parade. Over the last 35 years there have been competing events in locales one associates more readily with bronco busting and cattle drives, but the Oakland parade is the survivor. It’s the big show for the Oakland Black Cowboy Association, which spends the rest of the year teaching folks about the contributions of people of color in settling the American West. The spectacle of cowboys riding on horseback down 14th Street is worth a trip downtown.

October 3, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The parade starts at DeFremery Park and finishes at Frank Ogawa Plaza

People Power Publications

Before there were bloggers, there were scrappy little rags printed on small presses serving folks who didn’t see themselves in the pages of the Trib and the Chron. The Oakland Public Library is launching its Black Panther Party History Month with an exhibit of “movement papers” from the 60s and 70s at the West Oakland Branch, not far from where many of the papers were printed. In addition to venerable mastheads like the Berkeley Barb, the exhibit has less well-known but equally fascinating publications like Flatlands and the SF Good Times. Stop by on Saturday and check out a DVD from the branch’s extensive African-American film collection.

Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
1801 Adeline Street

Martin Webb at Zza’s

Obi Kauffman curates a show of Martin Webb’s paintings called “Fully Guaranteed Genuine Pure” at Zza’s Gallery. Here’s an excerpt from the artist’s statement: “This group of pictures result from thinking about migration and immigration, and particularly about the personal journeys that people make. They’re populated by a cast that includes hopeful day‐laborers, forgotten coal miners, and elusive coyotes caught in fragmented narratives in fragmented landscapes. When looking at the work it may be useful to know that I grew up in an English town where coal was mined until Mrs. Thatcher shut down both the mines and the town.”

webbSaturday, October 3 6pm – 9pm, Zza’s Gallery 550 Grand Avenue

Otsukimi at Lake Merritt


Quick! What’s Oakland’s Japanese sister city? You don’t know? What kind of global citizen are you?

Let’s be honest. City sister relationships are usually only useful to the politicians and local nabobs who get to go on free trips to foreign lands.  But on Sunday you can enjoy Oakland’s sororal bond to Fukuoka, the capital of Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, by contemplating the full moon in the bonsai garden near Lake Merritt. The free event starts at 5:30 and the moon viewing – or otsukimi – starts at 7:30. There’ll be martial arts demos and musicians performing Japanese folk music.

Sunday, October 4 5:30 pm, Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave.

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