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Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on April 29, 2010

Whatever else you do or don’t do, you can’t miss the Oakland Museum’s grand re-opening this weekend. The museum is hosting a 31-hour-long free extravaganza from Saturday through Sunday evening. But you don’t have to spend all 31 hours at the museum — there’s a lot more going down in Oaktown this weekend.

Friday, April 30

The Coup

In these frustrating political times it’s cathartic to hear voices like Oakland’s Coup, one of the most lucid producers of socially conscious hip hop since 1993. Boots (nee Raymond Riley) and DJ Pam the Funkstress will be at New Parish Friday night. The fire on the stage just might even restore your belief in democracy.

What: The Coup with Katdelic Featuring Ronkat
When: Friday April 30, 8:30 p.m.
Where: The New Parish, 579 18th Street
How Much: $20

The Secret Society

This is the Oakland Museum of California’s big reopening weekend, so we feel a little unfaithful mentioning an artsy thing in Berkeley, but The Secret Society at the Berkeley Art Museum sounds awfully interesting, if only because L@TE’s taking the secret part seriously. Joseph del Pesco (The man who turned moonshining into art) has programmed the evening and all we’re told to expect are parachutes, speakeasies, and a secret “porchlight” event somewhere in the museum. And don’t worry about hitting the hometown party, too. The Oakland Museum of California is going to be free and open for 31 hours straight all weekend. You can do both.

What: L@TE
When: Friday, April 30, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
How Much: $5

Saturday, May 1

Brew for the Beautiful Game

The brewmasters over at Linden Street have whipped up a special batch of suds for a fundraiser at the brewery Saturday afternoon. For $25 dollars you can drink the specially crafted Unity Lane Lager, enjoy wine from Periscope Cellars and taste the entries from a Jamaican jerk cook-off. The best part is that it’s all for a worthy cause. The proceeds will go to My Yute Soccer Camp, which runs a one-week, absolutely free summer soccer camp for 60 kids in Oakland.

What: First Annual Jamaican Jerk Cook-Off
Where: Linden Street Brewery,
When: Saturday, May 1, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
How Much: $25

Walking in Jane’s Name

Join Annalee Allen, historian and director of Oakland’s walking tour program, through a 90-minute-tour of Old Oakland. Walk through what was once the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad. Formerly Oakland’s bustling downtown district in the days of railroads and streetcars, this area’s restored brick and Victorian buildings now live on as offices, galleries and eateries. Visit the historic Washington Inn, G.B. Ratto & Co. International Grocers, Swans Marketplace and the “Friends of the Library” bookstore. The tour will end at La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen at 582 Seventh Street.

This walk is meant to be Oakland’s Jane Walk and will launch the 2010 Walking Tour program. Jane’s Walk is an international day of city walks in honor of the late urban theorist Jane Jacobs.

The 10,000 Steps team will join Annalee Allen to share some of the stories they have collected for their Walking the Invisible City tour.

What: Jane’s Walk
When: Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m.
Where: Meet in front of Ratto’s Deli, 821 Washington Street in Old Oakland

Opening of the 57-33 store

The people behind Fiftyseven-thirtythree, those popular and stylish handmade-in-Oakland tee shirts that you’ve probably seen at local street fairs and night markets, are moving on up to their own store. It’s a store where you might go just to look at the cool art, thanks to artist Eddie Colla’s work on the walls. The grand opening party’s this Saturday.

What: 57-33 Opens.

When: Saturday, May 1. Store hours: Noon to 6, the party begins at 7.
Where: 4125 Piedmont Avenue (2nd floor)
First 50 guests get free shirts.

Keep Oakland Beautiful

If you care about how Oakland looks and want to do your bit to keep it beautiful, you get your chance this Saturday.  From 9 a.m. to noon, Keep Oakland Beautiful’s board members, volunteers and local residents will be working to clean up and beautify 42nd Avenue, between International and Foothill.

What: Keep Oakland Beautiful/the 2010 Great American Cleanup, a national campaign organized by nonprofit Keep America Beautiful.
When: Saturday, May 1, 9 a.m.
Where: Volunteers are to meet in the FAMSA furniture store parking lot at 4215 Foothill Blvd., www.keepoaklandbeautiful.org,

Second Kids Otter Read Around the Bay Day

Take your kids to Laurel Bookstore and meet four authors of books for kids, ask them your questions, and find out about some new books. The bookstore will be hosting Rachel Rodriguez (Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi), Madeleine Dunphy (Here is Antarctica), Debra Sartell (Time for Bed, Baby Ted), and Sara Kahn (Opus and the Red Chair.)

What: Kids Otter Read
When: Saturday, May 1, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur Blvd.

Sunday, May 2

Lag BaOmer Picnic

In Israel, Lag BaOmer is a holiday for bonfires. On Sunday, the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay andWilderness Torah are hosting a picnic at Lake Temescal. Expect barbecue, arts and crafts, hikes, and games. The JCCEB will have kosher hot dogs, veggie burgers, and drinks.

What: Lag BaOmer
When: Sunday, May 2, 12 PM – 4 PM
Where: Lake Temescal, 6500 Broadway
How Much: Free

The Deconstruction Orchestra

Sax master Josh Allen returns for a four-week residency at East O’s own Flux 53 with his monster avant-improv ensemble, and the word is they’re bigger and badder than ever.

This Sunday, Allen opens at 8 p.m. playing with drummer Kjell Nordeson. At 9 p.m. the Orchestra goes on, featuring well known local musicians, such as Henry Kaiser, Darren Johnston, Ava Mendoza, Tom Djll, Ron Heglin, Damon Smith, and Roberto Haven of the Church of Coltrane.

What: Allen and the Deconstruction Orchestra
When: Sunday, 2 May, 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: Flux 53 Theater, Foothill & Fairfax
$10 suggested donation

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4/3 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on April 3, 2009

Friday, April 3

First Fridays After Five

Head over to the Oakland Museum’s First Friday’s shindig for tunes by jazz sax man Ric Alexander and his band 2wo 4our 1ne then grab a seat in the theater for the 6th annual EarthDance film festival. The collection of short films celebrates the relationship between nature, culture, people and the natural world, and screens twice throughout the night. Stop by early for a 5pm talk by Gerald Henig, CSU East Bay professor emeritus of history, who’ll explain ways we can look at Abraham Lincoln’s presidency as a blueprint for navigating the current political climate.

First Fridays After Five
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St. Oakland

Ferment Change: A celebration of Urban Agriculture, Food Justice

This annual fund raiser for West Oakland’s City Slicker Farms is a celebration of community, urban agriculture, food justice and fermented foods. The event highlights the work of City Slicker Farms’ “Backyard Garden Program”, and will feature local food activists, a fermented food and drink potluck, a fermentation workshop, live music, a City Slicker Farms plant sale and a presentation on international urban agriculture and food politics.

Ferment Change: A celebration of Urban Agriculture, Food Justice
Humanist Hall
411 28th Street, Oakland

Swarm 3rd Year Anniversary Show

Big things over at Swarm tonight. To celebrate their 3rd year anniversary the gallery opens 3 new shows tonight-a group exhibition and solo shows by John Casey and Don Porcella. While Regime Change group show celebrates the reality of new era in Washington the other two step a lot lighter with Casey serving up oddball ink drawings and Porcella crafting fine, funny pipe cleaner sculptures. Check out a preview of the show by Theo Konrad Auer over here

Swarm 3rd Year Anniversary Show
Swarm Gallery
560 Second Street

A Celebration for Geoffrey Pete

When Geoffrey’s closed its doors a couple of weeks ago it was truly the end of an era. Old time Oaklanders will tell you how, in the early 90’s downtown Oakland was one of the few places in the Bay that catered to Hip Hop and R&B clubs. Over the years as the neighborhood changed and one by one the clubs shut their doors, Geoffrey’s “Inner Circle” weathered the storms, serving as both an a event space, nightclub and community center. Tonight friends and business partners gather for a final drink and a look back through the years. The event is hosted by artist Raymond Saunders.

A Celebration for Geoffrey Pete
Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St, Oakland

The Phenomenauts, Peelander Z, The Secretions and Tabaltix

Ashkenaz opens up the doors and the dancefloor for a night of sci fi ska and punk from 4 distincly spacey bands. To get an idea of the the Phenomenauts sound just “imagine if the Kinks, the Ventures, Stray Cats and Devo were galactic pioneers and joined forces to defend earth’s right to ‘rocket roll.” NY’s Peelander-Z describes their music as Japanese Action Comic Punk, and they’ve got the costumes and wild ass stage show to prove it. The title of The Secretions’ new CD says all you need to know about their music-Greasyhotmeatcheezy, while Healdsburg’s Tabaltix describes themselves as “psychobilly at its worst” even though I kinda liked them. In a freaky, rockabilly, punkish kind of way of course.

The Phenomenauts, Peelander Z, The Secretions and Tabaltix
1317 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley

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3/4 Got African Art?

Posted by novoscene on March 4, 2009

As part of their ongoing “Got Africa” series, tonight UC Berkeley hosts South African Scholar Abebe Zegeye in a discussion of Ethiopian artist Elias Sime. Who has been making waves on the international art scene since scoring a feature spot at art impresario Peter Seller’s 2006 New Crowned Hope Festival. As Chair of Genocide and Holocaust studies at the Graduate School at the University of South Africa, Professor Zegeye has spearheaded several research studies on the intersections of art and activism and written extensively on African identity formation, nationalist struggles, ethnicity, African genocide and Ethiopian socio-political trends in the Horn of Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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3/4 The Sound of Black Olives

Posted by novoscene on March 4, 2009


Need a little Balkan roots music in your life? Sure you do, that’s why you’ll be at Ashkenaz tonight for a spicy dose of the Black Olive Babes and their eclectic mix of Balkan, Romani, Sephardic, and American roots music. Travel from the shores of the Black Sea to the foothills of the Appalachians with founder Juliana Graffagna and her crew of innovative dance interpreters. Get there early for a lesson in the finer points of Balkan Dance. BOB is Juliana Graffagna, vocals and guitar; Dan Auvil, percussion; Tom Farris, laouto and guitar; Gari Hegedus, violin and oud; Peter Jaques, clarinet and vocals; and Bill Lanphier, bass. Read the rest of this entry »

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2/19 People’s Poetry

Posted by novoscene on February 18, 2009

When June Jordan created the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley in 1991, she envisioned a world where everyone read and wrote verse-where construction workers and policemen shared sestinas and haiku’s with schoolteachers and priests and Pablo Neruda was as well known as Britney Spears.  Well maybe not Britney.

Over the years the program has produced some of the most impressive poets in the area and even after Jordan’s death in 2002, the continues to inspire.  For Black History Month the latest incantation of P4P, now under the direction of spoken word/actor/professor Aya de Leon, presents this “multi-generational poetry conversation” between National Poetry Series prizewinner Tyehimba Jess, Slam Champion Chinaka Hodge and Nico Cary of Ill-Literacy.   Read the rest of this entry »

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2/18 RIP NYT?

Posted by novoscene on February 18, 2009

Is the media dead? Is journalism going the way of the dodo? And if so, who do we blame? Those damned bloggers? Lazy journalists? A TV addicted public?

The media’s not dead. Journalism is going to be around for a long time. And the need for news isn’t going away anytime soon, even though bloated print news orgs are breathing heavier than a 500 pound couch potato doing wind sprints.

The big question is what form will journalism take in the next few years. Projects like Spot.us, Daily Kos and even your humble Oakbook, offer some ideas-smaller niche publications, community funded reporting and solo journalists are all proving that people still need the news.

But do they still need the big news organizations? That’s what New York Times editor Gerald Marzorati and UC Berkeley journalism prof. Mark Danner will be trying to figure out tonight. Will the old grey lady get a face lift or get knocked off the block by a younger, fitter model?

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2/9 New media and the Digital Political

Posted by novoscene on February 9, 2009

Screenshot from Dead In Iraq

It’s a question every socially aware artist and creative activist begins asking as soon as they create their 1st hand drawn protest sign-can artistic intervention really ignite significant social and political change?  The newest twist on the old question targets New Media-performances and works that live primarily online and depend heavily on new and emerging media technologies.  Artistic video games, viral videos, experimental blogs and websites-does this stuff actually make a difference?

That’s the question new media artist and professor Joseph DeLappe has been asking himself for the last 25 years.  In 2001 DeLappe created the controversial “dead-in-iraq”, video game as a direct opposition to a pro Iraq game used by the US military as a recruiting tool.  Taking on the Army with a video game controller?  That’s pretty hardcore.

Tonight DeLapp discusses his recent projects, the changing face of the arts world and pontificates on how to make effective, socially consious art in the virtual world.-Kwan
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1/30 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 30, 2009

Friday, Jan. 30


Patty Labelle, Nona Hendrix and Sarah Dash=pure soul royalty and their name is mythic in most musical circles. For sure due to the mega success of Ms. Patti herself, but also because of the shear dopeness of her eponymous Afrofuturist soul outfit. While their song “Lady Marmalade” (yes, the “Voulez-vous” song) was their most popular, the entire catalog is a banging melodic mix of R&B, rock and funk penned mostly by the oh so amazing Hendrix. Now with the release of the 1st album of original material in 32 years the ladies are back in the limelight and if early reviews are any indication, they’re still on top of their game.

$49.50 – $95
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway, Oakland
(510) 893-2300


Fresh Jamz 1 year anniversary

It’s the 1 year anniversary of this popular monthly happy hour and DJ Odiaka wants to thank all the people who’ve made it a success for the last 365. Odiaka is joined on the decks honight by DJ Delgado while My-Linh Nguyen creates live chalk drawings. There’ll be plenty of Fresh Jamz merch on hand and the winners of the FreshJamz sticker contest will be announced.

DJ Odiaka’s Fresh Jams Happy Hour
Parkway Lounge
1850 Park Blvd. Oakland

We Love the Town

Time for another We Love the Town, the monthly Oakland love fest with DJs Zita and Dmadness. They’ll be spinning hip hop, reggae, dancehall,and Oakland sounds. And make sure to get there early for free goodies from Oakbook and Oaklandish.

We Love the Town
2221 Broadway (at Grand)

Best Sex Writing 2009

You know you want to go, and all your friends will be there too, so why front? While some are slow to admit it, the success of this wildly popular series (and spin offs covering everything from oral sex to sex in hotels) proves that while the publishing industry in general is in the toilet, smut still sells. At least quality smut. Far from just the usual stroke stories, the writers of BSW cover everything from the gender politics of a one night stand to the correct way to tie up your partner. And Rachel Kramer Bussel, this year’s editor, is delightfully kinky in her own right so tonight’s reading should leave everyone in the audience all hot and bothered.

Best Sex Writing 2009
Good Vibrations
2504 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

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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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1-9-09 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 9, 2009

Friday, January 9

Reflections: Documentary Photojournalism

Joyce Gordon’s newest show features images from documentary photographer and educator D. Michael Cheers, whose photojournalism spans more than three decades. Cheers is also the coauthor of the Hugh Masakela biography “Still Grazing” and a professor of photojournalism at San Jose State. He’s shot assignments throughout the US, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa.

Reflections: Documentary Photojournalism
Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St.
Oakland, CA 94612

Photographs by Cary Hock

Take a journey through rural Ohio with photographer Cary Hock. Trees, machinery and buildings become rugged, worn, textured with the aging process, gaining both an increased personality and an aesthetic perfection. This collection highlights the imperfections of rural life.

Photographs by Cary Hock
Awaken Cafe
414 14th St., Oakland

Earl Zero photographed by Billy Espejel

Earl Zero photographed by Billy Espejel

Earl Zero and the Fire Band

Stop by the museum for a show by legendary rasta musician Earl Zero and the Fire Band in the cafe. After the skankin’s done try out the belly dance lessons with Aazura Nour.

Earl Zero and the Fire Band
5-9 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak @10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Rebirth Brass Band

New Orleans ultimate party band returns to the Bay for a two nights of brass blowing funk. Rebirth Brass Band. For the last 30 years Rebirth has been upholding the traditions of New Orleans Brass and updating the sound with funky covers and original tunes. Rebirth Brass Band has toured the world over rocking stages and has worked with crowd pleasers including George Clinton, Maceo Parker, Dr. John.

Rebirth Brass Band
Jan. 9 & 10
The Independent
628 Divisadero St | San Francisco
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