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Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on June 18, 2010

Friday

Hidden and Lost Gems

From the ghostly traces of 1920s advertisements on downtown buildings to the neon of 1050s motels, Oakland is a trove of old signs.Hidden and Lost Gems, a photo exhibit showing the work of seven artists unearths some of these treasures we so often overlook.

What: Art Opening: Hidden and Lost Gems of Oakland
When: Friday, June 18, 6 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Woody’s Café, 1841 Park Boulevard
How Much: Free

Kaiser Garden Series

Speaking of hidden treasures. It’s not exactly a secret garden, but the rooftop garden at the Kaiser Center remains one of Oakland’s more undiscovered assets. Visit the garden Thursday at noon for live salsa music. The summer concert series is a great way for downtown workers to break out of the lunch rut on Thursdays. Tito o y su son de Cuba inaugurates the series on Friday.

What: Kaiser Garden Series
When: Friday, June 18, 12 pm – 1pm
Where: Kaiser Center Roof Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive
How Much: Free

Oakland Underground Film Festival

The Oakland Underground Film Festival continues with a showing of nine short films from local talents, including “Traditional Indegenous Values” by the Dimond District’s own Ruth Villasenor. Her film looks at the damage done by Proposition 8 and the ballot initiative to colonization. Andrew Levy, the author of the blog Inhman Eating Machine, takes us on a culinary tour of Oakland. With luck the 9 minute documentary by D. Silva will be as engaging and disturbing as Levy’s blog.

What: Oakland Underground Film Festival
When: Friday, June 18, Doors open at 7:30 pm, movies at 8:30 pm
Where: 98 Broadway, the Jack London Square Pavillion
How Much: Free

Saturday

A Transformative Experience opens at Art@theOakBook Saturday. This show features work from eighteen artists reflecting the eclecticism and inventiveness of the Bay Area and takes place June 19th at Art@theOakbook in Jack London Square. Sales of work from the show will raise money towards funding a student to attend UWC Atlantic College – an international school where students age 16-18 from all parts of the world, and all social and economic backgrounds live and study together. Read more here.

Laurel Books

Karin Kallmaker, author of Stepping Stone and other works of Lesbian beachreading, will join Cliffi Henderson, the author of Spanking New at Laurel Books Saturday evening.

What: Karin Kallmaker and Cliffi Henderson
When: Saturday, June 19, 7 pm
Where: Laurel Books, 4100 Mac Arthur Boulevard
How Much: Free

Juneteenth

Stop by the hidden orchard in thee Fruitvale known as Charcoal Park for delicious Everett and Jones bbq, music from Oakland’s The Missin’ Cousins, Luther Monday, and The Magic Hammer, plus lemonade and Juneteenth tales.

What: Juneteenth in Charcoal Park
When: Saturday, June 19, Noon – 9 pm
Where: 2727 Fruitvale Avenue
How Much: $5 suggested donation

Sunday

Molly Giles at the OPL

Another author event: Hear Molly Giles, prize winning author of “Seeking Moments of Authentic Life,” this Sunday at the Oakland Public Library’s main branch as she discusses her book “Nobody’s Friend.”

What: Molly Giles, presented by The California Writers Club
When: Sunday, June 20, 2 pm – 4 pm
Where: Oakland Library, West Auditorium, 125 14th Street
How Much: Free

San Francisco Choral Artists

The 25 singers of San Francisco Choral Artists will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a selection of world premieres. As she has for the past 15 years, Magen Solomon directs the choral artists Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

What: 25 by 25
When: Sunday, June 20, 4 pm
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito
How Much: $10 student, $25 senior, $30 general  (Discount withadvance purchase)

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05/14: Your Indie Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 13, 2010

It’s a very busy Oakland weekend, and there’s got to be something in this mix to get you excited about living here — the best of Oakland, jazz and wine, urban agriculture, stage shows, elephants, music from Zimbabwe, the Greek festival, mystery writers, documentary screenings, the Symphony’s closing show and so much more.

FRIDAY, May 14

The Indies

The annual celebration of all things Oakland and indie moves to Jack London Square this year. The Oakland Indies will be held in the Pavillion (You know it as the old Barnes and Noble) Friday night to bestow its awards: Pillar, Newbie, Greenie, Neighborhood Dynamo, and our favorite, Oakland Soul (we won two years ago).

What: Oakland Indie Awards
When: Friday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: 98 Broadway, Jack London Square
How Much: $20

Rockridge Jazz and Wine Stroll

Merchants along College Avenue are having a jazz and wine stroll Friday evening, which will be pretty much what it sounds like along with nice discounts at some of your favorite stores like Jan Christensen Heller Gallery and Fit.

What: Rockridge Jazz and Wine Stroll
When: Friday, May 14 May 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: College Avenue between Claremont and Broadway

City Slicker Farms Fundraiser

Care about urban agriculture? Care about West Oakland? If you answered yes to either of these, then you’ve probably heard about City Slicker Farms, a community-driven group in West Oakland that grows fresh produce for the area’s residents. Friday night, they’re doing some fund-raising at an event where you can learn more about — and celebrate — their work. There will be a potluck, live music, demonstrations and fermented product tasting. Let them know what fermented treats you’re taking at info@fermentchange.org.

What: Ferment Change 2010 – Fermented Food Feast and Celebration of Urban Agriculture
When: Friday, May 14, 7 p.m.– 10 p.m.
Where: 390 27th Street
How Much: $10-$30, sliding scale, No one turned away for lack of funds. Email info@fermentchange.org to find out about work-trade.
For more info, cityslickerfarms.org

Into the Woods at Mills College

Curtain Call Performing Arts, an outfit committed to keeping ticket prices low and performance quality high, brings its production of Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods to Mills College’s Lisser Theatre this month. Directed by Catherine Heck, the musical debuts Friday night. It’s a spooky retelling of the Grimm Brothers, but it’s still safe for kids.

What: Into the Woods
When: Friday and Saturday May 14 and 15, 8 p.m.
Where: The Lisser Theatre, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Boulevard
How Much: $12

Chinyakare and the KTO Project play UTunes Coffeehouse

The Chinyakare Ensemble & the KTO Project celebrate the music of Zimbabwe with mbira (a wooden musical instrument) player Musekiwa Chingodza from Harare, Zimbabwe.

Under the direction of Julia Tsitsi Chigamba, the Chinyakare Ensemble will perform traditional dance, mbira, drums, marimba and songs from tribal groups from around Zimbabwe.

The KTO Project, led by Kelly Takunda Orphan Martinez, is a blend of music with ethnic sensibilities from Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.

What: UTunes Coffeehouse, a concert series (with coffee)
When: Friday, May 14, 8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Where: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street
How Much: $18 for Adults, $5 for Children ages 6-15 (kids under age 6 are free).

SATURDAY, May 15

While you’re in Jack London Square, stop by our gallery to check out the second iPhontography show. Art@TheOakBook will be showing the winners from the art of the iPhone contest, a subgenre of photography that is perhaps best summed up in two quotes (The second quote is from iPhontography’s founding father): “Aim well, shoot fast, and scram.”—Henri Cartier-Bresson. “Aim well, shoot until you get it, and app that bitch until it sings.” —Knox Bronson.

What: Pixels at an exhibition
When: Saturday, May 15, 4 PM – 8 PM
Where: 423 Water Street, JLS
How Much: Free

Learn How to make Buttons

If you think buttons make great small gifts and promotional materials, this all-level class is for you. This is your chance to use a professional grade button maker and circle cutter to make 30 buttons of your design. Take clippings, photos, drawings, reused paper, and other images to make your original art. Saskia, who is passionate about creative reuse, will be teaching the class.

What: Button making class
When: Saturday, May 15, Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue @ 23rd Street
How much: $5 class fee to cover materials
Register online rpscollective.com

Mysterious Women

Seven women mystery writers of the Bay Area will be discussing their work at the Oakland Public Library Main Branch. Meet and listen to authors Rhys Bowen, Diana Chambers, Lucha Corpi, Susan Dunlap, Priscilla Royal, Susan Sherrell, and Kelli Stanley talk about why and how they do what they do.

What: Panel of Women Mystery Writers at the Oakland Library
When: Saturday May 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Main Library, 125 14th St.
Contact: Main Library Reference Services, 510-238-3138
How Much: Free

Elephants at the Zoo

The Zoo’s got a busy Saturday mapped out for you. Circus Finelli, an animal –free circus will have acrobats and clowns performing at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The zoo’s hosting an elephant day. There will be elephant information stations throughout the zoo, teaching fascinating things about the zoo’s pachyderms. Pick up your binocular and data sheet and become an elephant researcher at Oakland Zoo’s elephant research camp.  The elephant keepers will be taking people for a behind-the-scenes tour of the elephant barn for a $5 donation. All proceeds go to the Amboseli Elephant Research Project.

Saturday, May 15th 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
The Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd. oaklandzoo.org

Oakland Underground Film Festival/ Jack London Square Summer Film Series

The Oakland Underground Film Festival will presentRemembering Playland at 7:30 p.m. and Special When Lit at 9:15 p.m. for the May installment of the Jack London Square Summer Film Series.

Director Tom Wyrsch has resurrected San Francisco’s now-extinct Playland at the Beach, a 10-acre amusement park located next to Ocean Beach, in Remembering Playland.Playland at the Beach was established in the 1880s and dismantled in 1972.

Co-presented by Pacific Pinball Machine of Alameda, Special When Lit is the definitive story of the rise and fall of pinball as told by hardcore fans, collectors, designers, and champion players from across the globe.  A product of the mechanical and electrical age, this American invention swept the world and defined cool. A game, a sport, a lifestyle, pinball made more money than the entire American movie industry through the 50s and 60s. Brett Sullivan’s film retraces the passion of pinball followers, and also revealing the demise of pinball to the new era of video games. Rediscover the lure of the lost pop icon-Pinball.

What: Summer Movies
When: Saturday, May 15, 7.30 p.m. onwards
Where: Jack London Square Pavilion Theater, 98 Broadway (inside Jack London Square)
How Much: $10, no one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets at  brownpapertickets.com.

SUNDAY, May 16

Culture Fest

The Koreatown-Northgate neighborhood is holding a party Sunday, which promises to be worthy of the diversity along that stretch of Telegraph Avenue. Called Culture Fest the event will have food (look for gyros from the folks at Oasis), music (on three stages), martial arts demos, and a neighborhood swap meet.

What: Culture Fest
When: Sunday May 16, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Telegraph Avenue between 23rd and 25th Streets
How Much: Free

Greek Festival

The Oakland Greek Festival has been treating the town to Hellenic hospitality, food, and music each spring for nearly 40 years. This weekend, visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Acension for spinach pie, lamb, and other treats from the cradle of Democracy. The weekend-long event will feature all sorts of Greek music and dancing from pop to classical. Visit the website for a coupon that brings the admission down to $5.

What: Oakland Greek Festival
When: Friday-Sunday, May 14-16, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Fri & Sat) 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Sun)
Where: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700
How Much: $6

Ode to Joy

The Oakland East Bay Symphony ends its season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It’s been more than a decade since the OEBS performed the “Choral” symphony. This time Maestro Michael Morgan will lead tenor Thomas Glenn on Friday and Adam Flowers on Sunday. Baritone Bojan Knezevic will lead off with one of the most amazing moments in classical music, “Freude, schoner Gotterfunken…” John Kendall Bailey will lead pre-concert talks before both performances.

What: Ode to Joy
When: Friday and Sunday, May 14 and 16, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Paramount Theatre,
How Much: $20 to $65

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03/05: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 4, 2010

We see classic thrillers, feathered serpents, used books, tarot cards and gigantic sales this Oakland weekend.

Friday, March 5

Wait Until Dark


The Paramount Theatre Movie Classics series has been picking some winners recently. The last show was “The Lady from Shanghai.” On Friday night, the movie to be projected on the Paramount’s massive screen is “Wait Until Dark.” Starring Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman terrorized by Alan Arkin in his best turn as a villain, “Wait Until Dark” is a tense, tight thriller. As always, the organ starts cranking at 7:30 PM.

Friday, March 5. Doors open at 7 p.m., the movie starts at 8 p.m.
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
$5

Illuminated Art Walk

This First Friday in March, the folks behind the Illuminated Art Corridor have organized the Illuminated art walk. Every hour, a guide riding a bicycle projecting art images will lead an illuminated art walk from venue to venue. The route will go from Rock Paper Scissors Collective to Creative Growth Art Center to 21 Grand and then back to Rock Paper Scissors Collective.

The Illuminated Art Walk is part of a larger multi-gallery event honoring Art IS Education, a celebration of youth arts learning.
Friday, March 5, 6 p.m.to 9 p.m.
2278 Telegraph
510-238-9171/rpscollective.com

Opening Reception for ‘Radical Botanical’ contemporary botanical photography

Danielle Fox curates the work of Hiroko To, Hagit Cohen, Michele Hofherr, and Chi Fang at Slate gallery. These are contemporary photos with botany as their central theme.

The show celebrates the exquisite designs that nature offers us, grappling with art’s capacity to represent it, while also reflecting on the fleeting nature of perfection and beauty, an age-old metaphor for our own mortality. At once beautiful and dark, the exhibition also makes clear what is at stake when man’s drive for technological, urban, and economic development threatens nature’s delicate balance.

Radical Botanical: Contemporary Botanical Photography
Opening Reception
Friday, March 5, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Slate art & design gallery, 4770 Telegraph Ave (& 48th)

The Feathered Serpent


The Art Murmur is going down this weekend. Before you embark on a debauched cultural tour of Telegraph Avenue, stop by the Art@TheOakBook gallery for a shamanistic art opening that’s more neolithic than neo-anything else. Obi Kaufmann will be on hand under candlelight to discuss the genesis behind his stunning three-wall mural, The Feathered Serpent.

Friday, March 5, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Art@theOakbook gallery
423 Water Street, Jack London Square (across from where Barnes and Noble used to be)

Saturday, March 6


Papercuts by Ryohei Tanaka

Tokyo-based artist Ryohei Tanaka comes to the Rowan Morrison Gallery, where he conjures fanciful creatures, realistic portraits, and realistic portraits of fanciful creatures with a folded piece of paper and a pair of scissors. His unique take on the traditional Japanese art form kirigami has been featured in international exhibitions and contemporary art publications such as Giant Robot.

At the opening reception, you’ll get to see Ryohei creating papercut portraits. For more on his work, visit ryoheitanaka77.com

Saturday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Rowan Morrison Gallery, 330 40th Street

Book Sale

Replenish your library at College Prep’s second annual fundraiser this Saturday or Sunday. Although, we suggest you get there Saturday for the best used books, CDs and DVDs. The prices will hit rock bottom at noon on Sunday when five bucks gets you a grocery bag full of books.

Saturday and Sunday, March 6 – 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Sunday)
6100 Broadway (Near Lake Temescal and Highway 24)

The Corner of Tarot and Collage

Pick a card, any card. Valerie Adinolfi will teach a class binding the wisdom of the tarot with the self-expression of collage at Oakopolis Saturday. “In this workshop, we will be working with the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck. The workshop begins with a short meditation led by Valerie. Each participant will pull a tarot card, which will be the focus for their collage. Materials provided. However, feel free to bring your own images, decorative paper, scraps and/or calendars that are special to you.”

Saturday, March 6 Noon – 4 p.m.
Oakopolis, 447 25th Street
Sliding scale $15-$20

Music and the Love of Food

At this dinner the guitar is scalloped – not necessarily the potatoes. The In the Mood for Food Dinner Concert Series continues Saturday night with a duet “version of the pioneering world fusion music group Ancient Future featuring scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort and santurist Mariah Parker.” Renowned chef Philip Gelb will be making a gourmet vegetarian meal. The cost is $55 per person, and there’s for 20. Guests should bring their own drinks. The location is somewhere in Oakland. For reservations call 510-393-6096, or email phil@philipgelb.com.

Saturday March 6, 7 p.m.
Location TBA
$55

Sunday, March 7

Women’s Day

Back in the days of the USSR and its satellites, International Women’s Day was a big deal. Women would receive flowers at work, and the ancient patriarchy of Central and Eastern European societies would get a progressive gloss for a day. Since 1989, International Women’s Day hasn’t been what it used to be. But on Sunday morning, the Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library will be hosting a panel discussion on the role of women in fighting injustice.

Sunday, March 7 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Avenue
Free

White Elephant Sale

It is that time of the year again. The Oakland Museum Women’s Board brings back the beloved White Elephant sale. If you step into that giant warehouse, you’ll find yourself shopping for all kinds of things you didn’t even know you wanted. This is the ultimate rummage sale. The thing to watch out for: the sale attracts thousands of people, so parking on Lancaster Street is limited.

Saturday, March 6 & Sunday, March 7 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
333 Lancaster Street (at Glascock)
510-536-6800

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We Heart Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 12, 2010

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Monday Hearts for Madelene

Page Hodel, the multi-talented dj and impresario, has a new book out just in time for Valentine’s Day. Monday Hearts for Madelene is filled with hearts made from a variety of materials. Page will be at Laurel Books Friday night for a party celebrating love and creativity. Drop by the biggest little bookstore in Oakland to buy your copy and support local artists.

Friday, February 12 7 PM
Laurel Books, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard
Free

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Family Extravaganza: Art Hearts

Families and kids can follow in Page’s arty-hearty footsteps and make their own valentine cards at MOCHA Saturday and Sunday afternoon. “Stamp, print and glue unique Valentine cards for all your loved ones. Use paper-mâché, lace and fabric to sculpt a heart centerpiece for display.”

Saturday & Sunday, February 13-14, 1-3 PM
MOCHA 538 Ninth Street
$7 per child and $3 per adult

THIS IS FOR SUN RA: A performance by The Chamber Unit

The Flux Theater is the perfect venue to showcase Big Band improvisation by Eddie Gale, “the original avant-garde trumpeter.” The Blue Note recording and The Coup collaborator, brings his new ensemble, the Chamber Unit, to the Flux for four performances over two days.

Friday & Saturday February 12 & 13, 8:30 PM and 10 PM
Flux 53 Theater, 5306 Foothill Boulevard
$15, $12 for students

Oakland Then and Now

It’s an Oakland kind of exhibit: Embroidery crafted by Mien women living here on display at the big house of a 19th century ranchero. “On Saturday, February 13 at the Peralta Hacienda a trained docent will give a special kid’s tour, getting hands-on with history. In our temporary exhibit, “Embroidering Our Lives: Mien Women at Peralta Hacienda,” we’ll have a family-friendly embroidery activity: challenge yourself to create the complex patterns found on traditional Laotian Mien clothing, and learn what they mean!”

Saturday, February 13, 2 PM, 3 PM kid’s tour
Antonio Peralta House, 2465 34th Avenue
$3 suggested donation

St. Valentine Sweetie Pie and Art Fest

Join the Pie Extremists to eat pie. Yes, this is a festival where people bring pies they made or bought and eat them together. And bonus points if you bring a fork and materials to decorate it with. They’ll have some spares on hand, too — in case you forget. Attendees are welcome to bring pie or other things to eat. And of course, this is a kid-friendly event.

After you’re done eating, do some shopping: Jewelry, handmade books, love potions (or so they promise), art cards, paintings, prints, handmade creams and soaps, and of course, tee-shirts.

Saturday, February 13, 2 PM – 8 PM
4928 Telegraph Ave #1 (dial #19 for entry)

Rocky Horror Valentine

If the Rocky Horror Picture Show fans have a patron saint, it’s surely St. Valentine. The bawdy performers working under the name Barely Legal are back at the Grand Lake Saturday night with their annual Valentine’s Day show.

Saturday, February 13 11:45 PM
The Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand
$10

Sound Tribe Sector 9

If you’re into electronic music — the kind where the computers and samplers marry pianos, drums and guitars — you’ve probably heard of STS9. The five-member band from Santa Cruz is touring after their new album, Ad Explorata, and will be at the Fox Theater on Saturday night. Guest star: the Nalepa Dub Orchestra

Saturday, February 13, 8 PM
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph
$27.50

F Cupid

Over the decades the Merchant’s Saloon in the heart of the produce market has no doubt been the site of many a messy and ill-considered hook-up. That’s perhaps why the bar, which is Oakland’s best hipster dive, is hosting a F*CK Valentine’s Day party. 

It will feature such audience contests as: THE WORST SEX EVER Contest: Participants will have their worst one night stands re-told in interpretive dance!

THE WORST EX EVER Contest: Participants will have one minute to rant and roar why they have the worst ex in history. Winners will have pig hearts sent to their ex lover’s house!

Salacious Burlesque by ISIS STAR * Beatbox Performance by SYZYGY and ASHERMANE * A Notorious SEX ED SQUAD Live Demonstration * Twisted Short Films * Fierce Flogging by the Pussy Posse * Sex Toy Give-Aways. Featuring the Scathing Comedy of THE SCALESMAN with a special ‘Fuck Love’ Set. Hosted by JAMIE DEWOLF and SIS!”

Saturday, 13 February, 8 PM – 12 PM
Merchant’s Saloon, 401 Second Street
$10

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Comedy on a Sunday

Mike Epps has his roots in Def Comedy Jam stand up, but is probably best known for his oles in the Resident Evil films. The comedian, rapper, and actor Mike Epps comes to the Paramount on Sunday.

Sunday, February 14 7 PM – 11 PM
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Tickets: $75.75, $55.75, $39.75

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11/20: Your O-Scene Weekend’s Here

Posted by novoscene on November 20, 2009


Friday, November 20

 

The Swell Season

Irish performer Glen Hansard and Czech pianist and singer Marketa Irglova, who found fame, glory and love with their album, Once, roll into town tonight to perform at the Paramount. They’re on tour to promote their latest album, Strict Joy.

Friday, November 20, 8 p.m.
2025 Broadway
$35 and $40


Sentinel, Maldroid and Goodbye Gadget

Some really good local indie bands play tonight at the Uptown: Sentinel, Maldroid, Tornado Rider and Goodbye Gadget.

Uptown, 1928 Telegraph,
9 p.m. 21 and over
$10

For more on Sentinel, go to sentineltheband.com

If you want to learn about Maldroid, read this OakBook article on the band.

A Comedy Revolution

The Revolution Café on 7th Street out by the main post office has been slowly expanding over the past few years, growing in size and ambition. Now the Revolution Café is getting into comedy. On the third Friday of each month, it hosts a cover-free comedy night. The café is only three blocks from West Oakland Bart.

Friday, November 20, 8:30 p.m.
1612 7th Street

Holiday Shopping – Locally

Stop by Namaste Yoga for a holiday bazaar and henna lounge this Friday evening. The studio and store will be filled with locally made handicrafts and trinkets. You’ll be supporting Oakland artisans, and a hefty 20 percent of proceeds go to the Options Recovery Center, an outfit that helps parolees.

Friday November 20 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
5416 College Avenue

Cornel West Reads

Cornel West, one of America’s most interesting public intellectuals, will be at Barnes and Noble in Jack London Square Friday evening to discuss his new memoir, “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.”

Friday, November 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, Jack London Square
Free

Saturday, November 21


Dominoes Downtown

Do you throw the bones? Maxwell’s Lounge is holding a dominoes tournament Saturday afternoon. Twenty bucks gets you a spot. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers win cash prizes. Registration starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday

Saturday, November 21, 11 a.m. onwards
341 13th Street

For the Fashionistas

Oakland designer Cari Borja is having a pre-holiday sample sale on Saturday afternoon. Head over to her Berkeley studio to grab some bargains on her beautiful clothes. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

30% off any one new collection item and extra 50% off on all samples
Baby Royal and Baby August hats are 2 for $25
Saturday, November 21
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

2117 4th Street, Studio B, Berkeley
510-981-0067, www.cariborja.com

Book Reading, Belly Dancing and Coffee

Romney Steele, an Oakland-based writer, cook and food stylist, has written a book about growing up in the famous Big Sur restaurant, Nepenthe. She will read from My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family, and Big Sur at Caffe Trieste on Piedmont Avenue this Saturday evening. There will be a no-host wine and coffee bar. Belly dancing, an integral part of the Nepenthe experience, will begin at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 21, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Caffe Trieste, 4045 Piedmont Avenue
mynepenthebook.com/my-book/

Black Dynamite

The always-engaging Oakland Underground Film Festival presents Black Dynamite on Saturday night at the Grand Lake Theater. The 2009 blacksploitation spoof will be preceded by Will “The Thrill” Viharo and Monica the Tiki Goddess of Thrillville with 70’s movie trivia.

Saturday, November 21, Midnight
Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Avenue

Sunday, November 22

Philippine Dance Showcase

From tinkling to dances with roots in the Spanish Court, Philippine dance is as varied as the archipelago itself. On Sunday afternoon, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and The American Center for Philippine Arts present a showcase of Pilippino dancing. After the dancing, there’ll be food and activities like Make Your Own Parol for the kids.

The center is less than a year old, but already teaches 40 kids in the age range of five to 15. Executive director Herna Cruz-Louie says that traditional dance forms can be a tool that help second and third generation kids develop pride in their culture and learn about their history and heritage. The center, which also offers classes in the traditional Philippine mandalin, plans to eventually expand beyond music and dance. But this Sunday, explore Philippine arts through the performances of the center’s dance students. Come for the dancing, stay for the lumpia.

Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m.
388 Ninth Street
Free

Lake Merritt Vigil for Murdered Gay Teens

A group of queer and transgendered people of color are holding a vigil at Lake Merritt this weekend for gay teens murdered in Maryland and Puerto Rico. For more info, call 510-282-5223 or e-mail morethanavigil@gmail.com

Sunday, November 22, 3.30 p.m.
Grand and MacArthur
morethanavigil.blogspot.com/

Toy Drive

If you’ve been hit by the economy, and are getting worried about holiday gifts for the kids, head over to City Hall on Saturday morning. Take your ID, proof of an Oakland residence, proof of kids’ ages and proof of income, and get on the list to receive toys through Mayor Ron Dellums’ toy drive. For more information, call 777-toys or just show up at 10 a.m. on Saturday. If you’d like to find out how to donate toys, call Albert Lujan at 510-238-7366.

Saturday, November 21
Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 3
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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09/25: Here’s the O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 25, 2009

There are movies, more movies, delicious street fairs, a mad hatter tea party, Oakland’s finest artists at our own gallery – art@theoakbook – and much more this fine O-scene weekend.

FRIDAY, September 25, 2009


Oakuff

Oakland Underground Film Festival

The Oakland Underground Film Festival is so underground it’s not even being held in Oakland. This year the DIY film festival will be held in a location the organizers are calling West West Oakland aka Alameda. For only $25 bucks you can get an all-festival pass for three days of films that are practically guaranteed not to not bore you. Consider “Destined to be Ingested,” which is about a boatload of rich folk running afoul of cannibals on an unexplored South Pacific island in the 1980s.

Friday September 25 to Sunday September 27.  Click here for the schedule
2700 Saratoga Street, Alameda

Fourth Friday Music and Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland
The outdoor movie season isn’t over – as yet! Watch Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet in Finding Neverland tonight at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. The movie starts after sunset, but there will be live music to keep you entertained until then.

Grounds open at 6 p.m.
Movie begins shortly after sunset (approximately 8:30 pm).
Admission: $5, Self-guided mansion tours: Free

For more on Dunsmuir, go to www.dunsmuir.org/

SATURDAY, September 26

Book Release: Historic Photos of Oakland by Steven Lavoie

Steven Lavoie, the librarian in charge of the Oakland History Room, will talk about his new book featuring the history of Oakland in photographs. Lavoie knows the town’s fascinating history well – from the Pullman Porters and the Black Panther Party to Jack London, Isadora Duncan, and Gertrude Stein.  His depth of knowledge shines through his collection of photos that accurately reflect Oakland’s past and present.

Free
West Auditorium in the Main Library, 125 14th Street,  510-238-3138
3 p.m.

Grassroots Economy Festival

The global economy may remain be shaky, but grassroots economies are blossoming all over the country, and Oakland is an epicenter of cooperatives, co-housing, and other forms of resource sharing. The first ever Festival of Grassroots Economics is a must for anyone interested in knowing more about economies that care about the environment and social justice. The free event includes expert-packed panels on subjects like the legal issues associated with the formation of a cooperative, the existing resources for grassroots economies, and urban food security.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street
For more information, go to
jasecon.org

Improvised Branches
Improvised Branches

Come to our art gallery in Jack London Square, art@theoakbook, to view the work of 11 of Oakland’s – and the Bay Area’s — finest artists. Come for the art, stay to mingle and talk. If this art doesn’t get people talking, nothing will.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
423 Water Street (in Jack London Square across from Barnes and Noble)

Pads4Girls Sew-A-Thon

This event was supposed to be held on Saturday, but has been postponed. However, we suggest following it at calendar.rpscollective.com/month.php

This event at Rock Paper Scissors hopes to accomplish two goals: to teach people to sew and in the process, create reusable cloth pads for girls in Africa. As you might or might now know, in many parts of Africa, girls miss school when they have their periods since menstrual supplies are hard to come by. The volunteer-run art space on Telegraph is working in conjunction with Lunapads to ship the pads to several non-profits in Africa.

For more information about the Pads 4 Girls program, check out lunapads.com/donate.htm

Mad Tea party

Artists Bruce Tamberelli, Darwin Price and Yvette M. Buigues have reinterpreted Wonderland for this show at the Float gallery, aptly titled Through the Looking Glass. The opening reception features live Jazz by ManOverboard and bubbling absinth spiked tea. They promise you’ll be grinning like a Cheshire cat!

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  (Show runs through Oct 31)
Float gallery
Free – unless you choose to buy something.
1091 Calcot place #116 Oakland
510-525-1702, thefloatcenter.com

SUNDAY, September 27

Out and About on College

The highlight of last year’s Rockridge Out and About Festival was the whole pig roasting over an open fire at the corner of College and Shafter. The picnic in the street will return this year along with several blocks of other attractions, including live music, fashion shows, and a green living expo. It’s the last Oakland street fair of the summer. Don’t miss it.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
College Avenue (Between Claremont and Manila)

John Handy at Sundays in the Redwoods

Want to get some of that parking money back? The Oakland East Bay Symphony will be performing free at the Woodminster Amphitheater as part of the city’s excellent Sundays in the Redwoods program. Michael Morgan will conduct winners of the OEBS Young Artists Competition in recitals of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rossini, and others. John Handy, the remarkable alto saxist, will close the performance. The concert begins at 2 p.m. with performances by local groups. OEBS tunes up at 4 p.m.

Free
2 p.m.
Woodminster Amphitheater
3300 Jaoquin Miller Road

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09/18: Your O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 17, 2009

Korean street fests, walking tours, clothing swaps, music in the park — there’s all this and more in Oakland this weekend…

Friday, September 18

Magic Jester Improv Show

High energy, funny, and full of heart—Magic Jester improv theater performances are entirely made up on the spot, inspired by suggestions from you, the audience; also featuring a blues guitarist.
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$12
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street (Uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway)

Saturday, September 19

Oakland’s Historic Town Squares Walking Tour

As part of the 10000 Steps Celebration, the Oakland Heritage Alliance is conducting a walking tour guided by Annalee Allen around Oakland’s historic town squares. You can read about 10000 Steps here.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meet at the corner of 9th & Jackson Streets
$15

KoreaTown Poster

The KoreaTown-Northgate Culture fest

The first annual KoreaTown-Northgate Festival will showcase the cultures and businesses that lie in between the better known neighborhoods of Uptown and Temescal. But this event, which features a BBQ contest, a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, an artists’ alley, a beverages garden, and two stages with performances by the Ong Dance Company, Mystic Man, Abby and the Pip Squeaks, TurfUnity, and many others, will certainly raise the profile of Oakland’s Koreatown.

11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Telegraph Avenue, between 24th & 27th Streets (ride BART to the 19th Street Station)
Free

Swap, Not Shop

If you’ve been wanting to expand your wardrobe, and the economy’s been getting in the way, this one’s for you. Swap, not shop. At the risk of sounding preachy, we say that it’s good for the environment and for your pocket.

This Saturday, Homeygrown, a collective of artists and homies who make one-of-a-kind art wear using recycled materials and/or original, hand-screened designs, is having one of its biannual clothing swaps.

3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Soundwave Studios, 2200 Wood Street, Oakland CA
$1 drinks for 21+ (with id)
$5 admission with your bag of items

For more: homeygrown.blogspot.com/2009/08/919-swap-not-shop-fall-into-free-finds.html

Circus Arts Variety Show

Here’s a show for the family with juggling, comedy, aerial acts, unicycling and more. It’s in Berkeley, but that’s not too far out.

Frank Olivier, the well known juggler from Oakland, will be your host. You’ll get to see, amongst other things, world unicycle freestyle champion Ryan Woessner, comedian Michael Davis (SNL, Tonight Show, etc), aerial trapeze by Athletic Playground – all with live music.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
King Middle School Auditorium, 1781 Rose Street
$10 – $20 sliding scale

Tickets are available at the door or on Friday and Saturday at the Berkeley Juggling Festival held at Berkeley High (9/18 and 9/19).

Sunday, September 20

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

Celebrate old-world German culture with music, dance, food and song as the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate and the United German-American Societies of the East Bay celebrate the Hellman family’s Bavarian heritage. Advance sale tickets are available for purchase on the website.

Noon to 7 p.m.
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, 510-562-0328
$10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 Children
Buy tickets at dunsmuir.org/calendar.htm

Sundays in the Redwoods

The outdoor concert series brings to Oakland four-time Grammy nominee John Santos’s sextet, who is widely regarded as one of the leading Afro-Latin percussionists in the world today. Bay area favorites Dos Four Y Los Mios, Rankin Scroo, and Candidi Oye-Oba will also be performing.

2 p.m., Gates open at 1.30 p.m. Table reservations available at 510-238-4720
Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road
Free. Parking $4

Questions: oaklandnet.com/parks/Sundays/

Book Reading: Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

Local writers Kathy Briccetti, Meilan Carter, and Jasmine Dawson will talk about their work in the national anthology, Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave.

Bios of the writers from the Diesel website:
Kathy Briccetti has published essays, poetry, and criticism in literary and commercial magazines. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination for an essay excerpted from her forthcoming memoir, Blood Strangers, which will be published by Heyday Books in spring 2010. She lives in El Cerrito and works in Oakland.

Meilan Carter is interested in crossing literary genres, documenting family history, and challenging language. The beauty in death, magic, and the complexities of relationships, are some of the themes that appear in her work. A writer of both fiction and creative non-fiction, Meilan recently completed her MFA in Fiction at Mills College. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction novel about the loss of her father titled The Etiquette of Death. She lives in Oakland with her husband David and son Kamau.

Jasmine Dawson is an Oakland native and received her BA from San Francisco State University and MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She has written and published book reviews, essays, and research. She finished her novel and is currently working for the City of Oakland.

Folkin Blues Festival

The evening begins with an optional social hour and pot luck supper at 5 p.m,, followed by the show at 6 p.m., followed by an open jam at the end of the show at 10 p.m.

Humanist Hall, which claims to be the only solar-powered Blues space in the Bay Area, is hosting an evening of dancing, blues and folk this weekend. There will also be a fire in the backyard.

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07/30: Here’s the O-Scene weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 30, 2009

Friday, July 31

Space Jam

Street Cinema

The Parkway’s future may be uncertain, but folks in the Lake Merritt area are doing things for themselves. On Friday, there will be a free outdoor showing of Space Jam (the so-so movie with Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny) across the street from the Parkway. Pre-show entertainment includes live music and Native American dancing. Show up around 7:30 with a lawn chair and a blanket.

Free
Friday July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Across from 1834 Park Boulevard

Poetry on a Summer Evening

H.D. Moe is hosting Poetry on a Summer Evening. If poetry’s your thing, get to Humanist Hall anytime between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to hear from Jack and Adele Foley, Ivan Arguelles, Garrtt Lambrev, Richard Di Grazia, Andy Hayes, Kush, Jeff Grossman and many others. There will be surprise guests and open readers and musicians, too.

Free. Donations welcome
6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Potluck begins at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Poetry begins at 7.
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street

We Love the Town

Deejays Zita and Dmadness will be spinning at Luka’s again. It’s time for their We Love the Town party. They’ll be serving up some funk, dancehall, hip hop and Oaktown love.

$10
Every fifth Friday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Luka’s Taproom and Lounge

Saturday, August 1

The re-opening of the Fish

The 87-year-old iconic bar that shut down in 2008 is reopening its doors on Saturday. The Kingfish Café and Pub on Claremont Avenue started out as a bait shop in 1922. But it soon became a sports bar that developed a loyal following over the years. Expect a lively crowd fighting for the jukebox and the shuffleboard.

Noon onwards
Kingfish Café and Pub, 5227 Claremont Avenue

Paper Chase

You’ve got to know when to fold ’em. Rock Paper Scissors, the excellent arts collective on Telegraph Avenue, is holding an origami class on Saturday afternoon. In addition to learning some nifty origami models that will make great holiday ornaments, you’ll learn the origins and philosophy of the art form. The teacher has been practicing origami since his grandmother taught him to do it when he was seven. The cost is what you can afford.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
RPS Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue
RSVP over at their website, Questions: 510-238-9171

Market Mural

Community Rejuvenation Project The Community Rejuvenation Project celebrates the completion of a new big ass mural at El Ranchito on the corner of 23rd Avenue and East 16th Street. If the prospect of checking out the handiwork of CRP, which aims to transform “blighted areas of the community through murals, community clean-up, landscaping & gardening, and community celebrations,” doesn’t hook you, maybe this will: El Ranchito is offering free food.

Saturday August 1, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
El Ranchito, 23rd Avenue and East 16th Street

Burlesque ‘n’ Brass

You saw them at Uptown Unveiled. Now you can see them again at Café Van Kleef. It’s Burlesque ‘n’ Brass night at the popular downtown destination.

Blue Bone Express & Hot Pink Feathers.
$10
First Saturday of the month, 9 p.m.
Café Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, CafeVanKleef.com,  (510) 763-7711

Lakefest

This is not your typical toe ring, tie-dye tee shirt street festival with a bunch of generic “crafts.” This fair looks like Oakland. Lakefest starts its second year Saturday with a full line up of music, beer, wine, food and craftspeople from all over Oakland. For more, click here.

Aug 1 and Sug 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free
Lakeshore
oaklandlakefest.com/

Sunday, August 2

Beer garden

Alpine Oakland

While beer gardens are all the rage in many towns where hipsters dwell, the trend hasn’t yet taken root in Oakland. But on Sunday, you can hoist a stein in a genuine Bavarian-style lodge hidden in the Oakland hills. The Oakland branch of the California Nature Friends Corporation ( a nearly 100 year-old institution) opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of bier, wurst, and the brassy tones of the Al Gruber band (their motto? When you’re ready to Polka…)

Noon – 6 p.m.
3118 Butters Drive
Admission: $10 for adults, kids under 14 are free.

Yanga Celebration

In Yanga, Mexico, “Carnaval” is dedicated to black African culture. The Mexican Consulate and the East Bay Center for the Performing arts present an afternoon filled with music and dance celebrating this tradition from Yanga.

Noon to 4 p.m.
$5 to $8 (included with the cost of museum admission)
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, 510-238-2200
www.museumca.org

Lucille Lang Day

Poetry Flash with Lucille Lang Day & Roz Spafford

Lucille Lang Day’s new book of poems is The Curvature of Blue; Lucille Lang Day’s new book of poems is The Curvature of Blue; Lucille Day (pictured above) has published four previous books of poetry, including InfinitiesWild One, and Self-Portrait with a Hand Microscope, her first, for which she won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She is the founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books, a literary press in the Bay Area. Spafford has been a writer, teacher, and activist for the last three decades. She wrote book reviews and a newspaper column of media and cultural criticism called ‘Mediations’ for much of that time. Her poetry and fiction have been widely published in literary magazines.

3 p.m.
Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue
dieselbookstore.com, 510-653-9965

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

One of the best known indie rock bands in the country plays at the Fox Sunday night. Don’t let the weekend end on a mellow note.

8 p.m.
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Avenue
$35.50
thefoxoakland.com/

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07/17: The O-Scene Weekend’s Here.

Posted by novoscene on July 16, 2009

Movies, book readings, swaps, bloggers’ BarCamp, kid-friendly wine parties, and of course, art.. there’s all this and more going down in Oakland this weekend…

Friday July 17

Annual T-10 Video Festival

See the weird work of Bulk Foodveyor (Philip Bonner) at 21 Grand Friday evening. Bulk makes “media based theater using physical assemblage with a bizarre satirical humor.” It will be the second night of the 9th Annual T-10 Video Festival. “… Conceived by Sarah Lockhart, (T-10 Video Festival) began shortly after 21 Grand first opened its doors. As the cultural landscape has shifted, so has T-10, redefining its purpose each year, while remaining focused on short form works. Including experimental documentary, narrative shorts, animations and expanded media works.”

Admission is $6
8:30 p.m.
21 Grand, 416 25th St.

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Oakland Bites and Sucks

In Adrian Harper’s Oakland, the city is as diverse and multi-culti as it is in real life. However, in Harper’s book, “Night Biters,” vampires are also part of the city’s cultural fabric. Come hear Harper read from his young adult novel at Laurel Books Friday at 7 pm.

Free
7 p.m.
Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard, 510-531-2073

Saturday, July 18

RPS Clothing Swap

Forget the consignment stores. The RPS Collective is having a huge clothing swap Saturday afternoon. Take clean clothes, meet new people, buy some food and drinks and make it a swap party. They even have a sewing machine for alterations.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors, 2278 Telegraph Avenue @ 23rd Street, 510-238-9171

Beast (East Bay) Bloggers Camp

East Bay bloggers, this one’s for you. One of Oakland’s best-known bloggers, V Smoothe (A Better Oakland), Spot.us and Anca Mosoiu, a tech entrepreneur and founder of TechLiminal, a physical space for tech, are hosting Beast Bloggers Bar Camp.

They say East Bay is pig latin for beast. And if you’re wondering what a bar camp is – BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn from each other in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants.

It promises to be an interesting event.  Look at the schedule here.

$20, sliding scale
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Techliminal, 268 14th Street, 510-832-3401

Red&White_groupshowRed, White and Booze

Obi Kaufmann will be the first to admit that he hates wine bar art. (We’re not sure exactly what that is, but like pornography, we’d probably know it when we see it.) About a year ago, Kaufmann set out to show that wine bar art didn’t have to be blander than a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck Chardonnay. He’s curated 11 shows at Zza’s Wine Bar, and on Saturday is the reception for “Red and White,” the first group show for the wine bar’s alumni artists.

Free
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Zza Wine Bar, 550 Grand Avenue

Faders
First and third Friday of the month, the party’s at Luka’s where the Oakland Faders present Flashback Fridays. DJs Platurn and Mere One will spin “old school hip hop, party anthems and all things funky.”

$10
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Luka’s Tap Room, 2221 Broadway @ Grand

Sunday, July 19

Beach Blanket

The Oakland winery JC Cellars is hosting its annual beach party Sunday. The $25 admission gets you snacks from an “urban chic” taco truck, cheeses and pates, ice cream, and, of course, 12 types of wine to sample. The beach party is family friendly with a DJ, petanque, and a craft table for kids. If you buy your tickets early, the price is $20. It’s on Sunday, so you won’t have to worry about the City’s new parking enforcers slapping you with a $55 fine.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
JC Cellars Winery. 55 Fourth Street. 510-465-5900

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3/31 Walter Mosley Reading

Posted by novoscene on March 30, 2009

Walter Mosley is one of the only authors with two books on my best ever list. Blue Light, Mosley’s 1998 sci fi investigation of metaphysics, spirituality and hippie era San Francisco and Killing Johnny Fry, Mosley’s nearly impossible to find erotic novel of midlife crisis and sexual exploration. Of course, Mosley is most well known for his series of Easy Rawlins mystery series and their accompanying films starring big name stars like Denzel Washington, Lawrence Fishburne and Don Cheadle.

Tonight Mosley he’ll be reading from his new novel, The Long Fall and discussing his life in letters, the pressures of being best selling author and the joys and drawbacks of genre fiction.

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