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Your 11/12 O-Scene weekend

Posted by novoscene on November 12, 2009

FRIDAY

Buy Coffee to Support Khadafy

Nine years ago, Marilyn Washington Harris founded the Khadafy Foundation for Non-Violence as a tribute to her son, Khadafy Washington, who was shot while riding his bicycle in West Oakland. Since then, the group has worked to provide healing and support services to people who have lost friends or family members due to violence.

Farley’s East is hosting a benefit for the Khadafy Foundation Friday evening. If you get something at the café – a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or some food – 20% will go to the foundation. Their board members will be there for you to talk and mingle with.

Friday, November 13
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Farley’s East
33 Grand Avenue

For more information, please go to khadafyfoundation.org

Utunes

Utunes Time

The organizers of the Utunes coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland say they are going after an old-timey church basement coffee house vibe, but with an Oakland twist. The events feature folk and popular music from all over the world. This Friday, the exceptional East Bay Anointed Voices perform in the cozy venue. Here’s a little bit more about EBAV: “East Bay Anointed Voices is a multi-racial, inter-denominational mix of talented vocalists and musicians of all ages under the direction of Donald Taylor and Rachelle Rogers-Ard. EBAV’s music is a mix of traditional and contemporary gospel styles, infused with jazz, Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms.”

Friday, November 13 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street
$18 at the door, $5 kids 6-15, 6 and under are free
$14 in advance

Re-Create

The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) is putting on a show of artwork made by Oakland K-12 students from discarded or reused materials.

The fifth annual Re-Create art contest and exhibition, which features artworks like giant gold robots made from old CDs to winged water bottle creatures, aims to highlight creative approaches to the 4 Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle, rot.

The Re-Create exhibit runs November 13 through December 20. Gallery hours are Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Public reception and award ceremony
Friday November 13, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
472 Water Street in Jack London Square
www.mocha.org

Opening Concert: Night at the Opera

Friday is Michael Morgan’s big night. Mr. Morgan, who celebrates his twentieth anniversary with the Oakland East Bay Symphony this year has picked arias, overtures and intermezzos from many of his favorite operas and brought a group of talented and high profile young singers such as former Adler Fellow Joshua Bloom, who recently made a successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera, for opening of the symphony’s 2009-2010 season. The program for Night at the Opera includes music from some of the world’s most well known operas, including Aida and other Verdi favorites, Lucia di Lammermoor and Bernstein’s Candide.

Friday, November 13, 8 p.m.
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Tickets: $20 to $65
oebs.org

SATURDAY

Special School Board Meeting

It might not be your notion of an ideal weekend afternoon, but Oakland Unified’s governing board is holding a special meeting at the district’s downtown HQ Saturday, which address some of the biggest issues facing the district: teacher compensation, school size, and class size. Tony Smith, the district’s new boss, has said that Oakland public schools are going to have to perform at a higher level with a lot less money. On Saturday, the public will get a glimpse of what a post-Great Recession school district will look like.

Saturday, November 14, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Paul Robeson Board Room, 1025 2nd Avenue

Awkward_Face

Think Fast Theater

For the past six or so weeks, Awkward Face, the improvisational troupe at Uptown’s Pan Theater have been performing two shows every Saturday night. The first show of the evening is called The Montage. It’s a collection of scenes, monologues, and games built around audience suggestions. The Harold, the evening’s second show, is a long-form improv piece with recurring characters in three pieces. With that kind of intensity, the motto of Pan Theater pretty much has to be “Where Neurons Fire Faster.” Maybe you’ll catch the improv bug. The theater’s holding auditions at the end of the month.

Saturday, November 14 8 p.m. and 9:10 p.m.
2135 Broadway
$10 at the door

Bay Area Bead Extravaganza 2009

This weekend, the 11th annual Bay Area Bead Extravaganza (BABE), the largest bead and jewelry show in the West, comes to Oakland.

There will be more than 160 juried exhibitors showing unusual beads, jewelry and beading supplies. Designers and fashion connoisseurs can go shop and those that like to work with beads can pick up tips and lessons.

Saturday, Nov 14. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway
$7
For more information, call 510- 684-2484 or visit beadextravaganza.com/

SUNDAY

Discussing Afghanistan

If you’re feeling like you’re in the mood for a political debate, here’s something for you. The title that tells you where the discussion’s going: Afghan lives and freedom sucked into U.S. quagmire.

Agree or disagree? This is your chance to be heard. There will be a free and open discussion led by Htun Lin, News & Letters “Workshop Talks” columnist this Sunday.

Sunday, November 15, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. (at Alcatraz)
For more information call (510) 658-1448 or email banandl@yahoo.com
To read News & Letters articles on Afghanistan, visit newsandletters.org

Jazzschool at Yoshi’s

The award winning Jazzschool Studio Band is an advanced-level high school ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of standard and contemporary big band literature. Directed by Keith Johnson, the group is made up of some of the Bay Area’s top high school musicians who are selected each year by competitive audition. The Jazzschool Studio Band performs frequently throughout the Bay Area and participates in national jazz festivals and competitions throughout the United States. The band has performed at esteemed jazz clubs including Yoshi’s in Oakland, The Jazzschool, and Savanna Jazz in San Francisco in addition to performances in New York, Seattle, and Idaho.

Sunday, November 16
8 p.m. ($15) and 10 p.m.  ($10)
510 Embarcadero West (Jack London Square)
510-238-9200

Howl-o-ween pics!

If you’re pet-crazy, you have to see these photos from the Halloween party at Paws and Claws in the Dimond. The pet store run by the Dimond dynamos Ruth and Diane raised $300 for PAWS East Bay that evening through this fun event. Click here to see the slide show.

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