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2/10 Oaktown Arts

Posted by novoscene on February 9, 2009

The Mayor’s Model City Summit on Women officially goes down next Tuesday, but there have been a load of mini “Wisdom Circle” summits since last year, focusing on topics from public safety to economics. Tuesday’s presentation shines the mayoral spotlight on Oakland’s arts and entertainment communities. Want more nightlife downtown? Can’t find a decently priced art studio? Absolutely love the new mural going up on Broadway and 11th? Come out and voice your opinion on where we are and where we need to be as well as offering suggestions on how to actually get there.

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2/10 Books, beautiful books

Posted by novoscene on February 9, 2009

Most non literary folks-ie. those who have less than 1,000 books stacked high in piles around their houses and/or multiple advanced degrees and no job marketable job skills-don’t pay much attention to book design.  Sure there are a few exceptions (Chip Kidd and McSweeney’s) and the occasional lusty paperback or creative graphic novel catches our eye, but for the most part, much to the chagrin of book designers-we read it, love it , we toss it aside.

But the artists from CCA’s Printmaking Program are out to change the way you look at and approach the book.  In the age of the e-book, these old school craftsmen put as much care into crafting quality dusk jackets and creative packaging as the authors who write the stories.  Check out their creations at this reception for their latest batch of literary masterpieces.-kwan

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1/20 Inaugural Events in the Bay

Posted by novoscene on January 19, 2009

Tomorrow’s the big day.  Where are you watching the election and where are you partying afterwords?  Here are a few suggestions.

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12/2 Before God made Santogold, there was Res

Posted by novoscene on December 2, 2008

You might recognize the sonic similarities between Madame Gold-the current princess of funky electro, and the most excellent vocals stylings of Res, the uber hot Philly girl who flew sadly under the mainstream radar in the early years of the decade.  The slightly eccentric swagger, abstract diversions and mixtures of 80’s rock with R&B all spring from the same source.

Back in the late 90’s when Santogold was still Santi White, the two singers met up on the Philadelphia music scene and collaborated on Res’ debut album, 2001’s “How I Do.”  In fact Santi wrote the entire album, which could explain the sublimely un R&B sound of singles like “Golden Boys” (above), “How I Do” and “Ice King.”  A sound that would win Santogold worldwide acclaim and sponsorship by Bud Light (WTF of the moment) 7 years later, was just a bit before it’s time in 2001.  Sometimes genius just can’t catch a break.

But after a long hiatus, Res is thankfully back on the scene with a new internet only album “Black.Girls.Rock” and a live show tonight at PST.  The music scene’s a bit more open now and if there’s any justice at all in the business, we’ll be getting a lot more of her ill soul in the future.  But since the music biz isn’t exactly known for being forward thinking, I wouldn’t miss the show tonight. -kwan

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11/25 Food for the ear and tummy

Posted by novoscene on November 24, 2008

Stop by the PTB Records food drive tomorrow night for some local hip hop beats and drop of some holiday treats for underserved communities throughout the city. The night will feature performances by PTB artists Beeda Weeda (I still have no Idea just what a Beeda Weeda is) and D-Lo. Can goods and wrapped food items can be dropped off at the door.

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2008 Election Night Parties in the Bay

Posted by novoscene on November 3, 2008

Grab your tap shoes boppers, the Big Dance is finally here.  In less than 24 hours the last two years of political waltzing and maneuvering will come to a close.  It doesn’t matter if you’re achin’ for Change or riding the Straight Talk Express, I think everyone is pretty full up on politics for a while-from the scandal of Troopergate and Fist Bump terrorism to racial anxieties and Joe the Plumber patronizing, we all need a second to rub our tired tootsies and stretch out for a bit before starting the important business of giving the next president hell.

That’s why, after you complete the all important business of casting your vote, we recommend you kick back with close friends, closer family and complete strangers at one of these election night parties.  They run the gamut from elegant to humble, round-the-way get togethers to cross the bridge spiffy.  Find one (or six) that fits your voting style and usher in the next president.  Or throw popcorn at the screen-Kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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10/28 The Sound of Oaktown Brass

Posted by novoscene on October 27, 2008

Ambrose Akinmusire is one of those Oakland home town hero’s people can brag about when people talk smack about The Town.  The 26 year old trumpet player has been blowing professionally since before he could vote and last year took first place at two of the world’s most prestigious Jazz competitions-the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition.

He’s played sideman for some of the coolest of the current big gunners including Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, and Steve Coleman and experimented with the newer crop of young lions including Esperanza Spaulding, Vijay Iyer and hip hop/fusion artist Mike Ladd.  Seems like a bit of an understatement, but young dude is amazingly badass with a horn.

He’s got gigs lined up around the world for the rest of the year, so catch him in all his badassness at Yoshi’s Oakland Tuesday night.  Then go tell all your friends how great Oakland musicians are.-kwan

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10/21: Got cultural art’s funding?

Posted by novoscene on October 20, 2008

Well if you live in The Town, you might not have it for long.  With Oakland facing a $42 million deficit, City Hall is slashing budgets for programs and next on the chopping block: funding for the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission, the office that regularly provides grants and art opportunities to the local creative community.  This program has allowed for some really fine programming and creative works over the years and to see it nixed would be a huge loss for the city. Art & Soul festival,

If you’re and artist, have friends who are artists or just love the idea of publicly funded creative projects, tell everyone you know to come out to tomorrow’s city council meeting where the matter will be voted on.  If the local artistic community doesn’t raise it’s voice, it could be bye bye arts funding, and Jeebus knows we already struggle with the dough as it is.

So far the petition opposing the measure has over 900 signatures but the more there are, the better the chances of making sure the cuts don’t happen.  Sign the petition to save the commission here and attend the meeting tomorrow night.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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9/30-10/5-“The most important living composer in jazz”

Posted by novoscene on September 30, 2008

So says the New York Times about sax player, composer and bandleader Wayne Shorter.  Shorter is one of the last living jazz giants, one of the mythical circle of players from the 60’s and 70’s that totally shaped and reshaped America’s ideas on not just Jazz but on music in general-what it should sound and feel like, how we should think about and move to it.

Throughout his 40 plus year career Shorter has lent his mix of cool jazz, free jazz, bebop and latin grooves to nearly 100 albums with every jazz great around and provided sax sounds to some of the most important albums in the genre.    From exploring the edges of jazz and fusion with Miles Davis on album like Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way to Weather Report’s jazz/rock forays to sides with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Joni Mitchell and fellow living legend Ron Carter, it’s no understatement to say that Shorter’s been a part of some of the most significant musical movements in the last half century.  Most important living compose-yeah, we’ll grant him that.

From tonight through Sunday Shorter and his quartet (an accomplished group of players in their own right-Brian Blade on drums, John Patitucci on bass and Danilo Perez on piano) will be laying down the jazz law at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Check him out for a trip though music history.-Kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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9/17 Fight for your right to…

Posted by novoscene on September 16, 2008

40 years later, and we’re still fighting the good fight, or fighting the long fight, or the just fight, or the hopeless fight or however you choose to categorize the people’s movement that got their grounding in 1968.  In that year Robert Kennedy was killed, Martin Luther King was killed, the war in Vietnam was raging and protests and revolts around the US and in Paris, Prague, Mexico City, Tokyo and Italy let it be known that ordinary folks-workers, students, families-were mad as hell, and they weren’t going to take it anymore.

Now on the 40 year anniversary, in the middle of a possiblly tide shifting election year, educational institutions and community organizations have joined together to present “The Great Rehearsal” a week’s worth of programming to commemorate, reflect and reignite the movement’s initial sparks. Global Commons Foundation, Historians Against the War, and PM Press along with UC Berkeley, KPFA, University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley and several other organizations will bo hosting programs from Sept. 17 through Sept. 25. Below is a selection of the events. Go to the main website for the full schedule.-kwan

The Great Rehearsal
Sept. 17-Sept. 25
Various Times, donations accepted

Wed 17th:
American Indian Movement to the World Indigenous Movement, 1968-Present
@ Intertribal Friendship House, Oakland
6PM – 10PM

40th Anniversary: San Francisco State Strike 1968-69
@ CounterPULSE, San Francisco
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