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It’s Not Just a Rainy Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 26, 2010

Kid Sister comes to the New Parish this weekend.

FRIDAY, February 26

Mercury 20’s Closing Party

It’s time to say goodbye to another Oakland art gallery. Mercury 20 is closing its doors after three and a half years at 25 Grand. But it isn’t necessarily sad news, unless you’re sentimental about this particular space. The gallery will continue in a new location after a brief hiatus: The new address will be 471 25th Street. But before they gear up to develop the new space, they’re throwing a closing party. Head over to sip some wine and wish them luck. The gallery is currently showing Dave Meeker’s Plugged In and two other shows, Don’t Look Back and Works on Paper.

Friday, February 26, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Mercury 20 Gallery, 25 Grand Avenue (at Broadway)

Tron in WEST O

LoBot Gallery in West O hosts a Tron 4.0 party Friday night “featuring a 3D grid, Lifesize Recognizer, Tank, Light Cycle, sculptures, decorations, lighting, video projections, and high def sound system. Tron costume contest – special prizes awarded to the best dressed guy & gal.” EATS TAPES, Jonny Onetime, PRINTS, stevedood, and DJ Don’t Tell Mom will be playing live electronic music.

Friday, February 26 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
1800 Campbell
$5

SATURDAY, February 27

The Dracula Collection

One of our favorite Oakland designers, Cari Borja, is having a collection preview and accessories launch party on Saturday. And in these modern times, when everyone seems to be in love with vampires, she’s turned to the most famous one ever for inspiration. Her collection is titled “The Dracula Collection.”

Saturday, February 27, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
SALA Boutique, 1746 Shattuck (between Virginia and Francisco), Berkeley
510-848-1080
Please rsvp by emailing Cari directly: cari@cariborja.com or leave a message at her studio 510-981-0067

Gaskell Ball

Have you been looking for an excuse to let your muttonchops grow? Ye Gaskell Occasional Dance Society presents its February Gaskell Ball. “Dance Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, set dances and other Victorian-era dances to live music by the Brassworks in the beautiful ballroom of Oakland’s Scottish Rite Center.” The dress code is 19th to 21st century formal. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. for a short dance workshop.

Saturday, February 27, 8:30 p.m. to Midnight
Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive
$20.

Eclipse String Quartet at Mills

This is for the real music lovers with adventurous appetites. Nearly 50 years ago some musicians and composers at Mills College founded the Mills Performing Group. The idea was to present contemporary music with older pieces in order to instigate a musical discussion across eras. On Saturday, the Eclipse String Quartet joins the Mills Performing Group for an eclectic and interesting line up of music.

Saturday, February 27, 8  p.m.
Littlefield Concert Hall 5000 MacArthur Boulevard
$15 general, $10 seniors and non-Mills students

Benefit for Tutoring

The Tutorpedia Foundation, a Bay Area-based education non-profit, is hosting a benefit concert to raise money for free one on one tutoring low-income Bay Area students. Why you might want to care? Because the foundation’s parent company, Tutorpedia has provided free tutoring in the past in Oakland schools. And with some help, they could continue to do so. A local band, Guella, will perform at the event. The foundation is looking to raise money through a silent auction and raffle. It says all proceeds will go directly toward providing free one-on-one tutoring for low-income students. For more on the foundation, read the blog at  www.thethickenvelope.com.

Tutorpedia Foundation Benefit Concert
Saturday, February 27, 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Connecticut Yankee, 100 Connecticut Street, San Francisco (Potrero Hill)
$10 donations, $5 raffle tickets

SUNDAY,  February 28

Kid Sister and Honor Roll

Kid Sister, the Chicago rapper who just released her debut album Ultraviolet on Kanye West’s label comes to the New Parish Sunday night. Honor Roll heats up the 18 and over show.

Sunday, February 28, 8 p.m.
579 18th Street
$14

Trifecta

Three galleries have collaborated to bring Oaklanders an evening of music, film, poetry and food. The Royal NoneSuch Gallery, Macarthur b arthur, and WE Artspace present Trifecta, which they describe as “a three-course gallery walk of food and culture.” It begins at 5 p.m. at WE Artspace with drinks and music by DJ Don’t Tell Mom. At 6 p.m., the art lovers walk to MacArthur b arthur for a screening of three new films by Bay Area artist, Vanessa Woods, while dining on food catered by Chef Chris. At 7:45, the event moves to dessert and a poetry reading from Robin Ekiss at the Royal NoneSuch Gallery. Feel free to join in at any point in the evening.

Sunday, 28 February, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sliding Scale donations. $10-$20

5 p.m. to 6 p.m: Music and appetizers at WE Artspace: 768 40th Street

6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.: Film screening and dinner at MacArthur b arthur: 4030 Martin Luther King Boulevard

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Poetry reading and dessert at Royal NoneSuch Gallery: 4231 Telegraph Avenue

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Tuesday: Party like it’s Mardi Gras

Posted by novoscene on February 15, 2010

Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday Celebration

Miss Pearl’s Jam House is celebrating Mardi Gras with a Fat Tuesday Party tomorrow. You’ll get food, music, and possibly a trip to New Orleans….

The Craig Caffall Band will be playing and Brazilian samba dancers will be performing. And if you drop off a business card or complete a comment card, you’ll be entered to win a trip to New Orleans (The winner must be present at the time of drawing.)

Tuesday, February 16 7 p.m. to Midnight.
Miss Pearl’s Jam House, Waterfront Hotel, 1 Broadway (inside Jack London Square)
For additional information on the Mardi Gras Festival at Miss Pearl’s Jam House, call 510-444-7171.

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01/28: Your O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 28, 2010

There’s comedy, co-housing, knitting, music, performances, beer and a lot more in Oakland this weekend.

FRIDAY, JANAUARY 28

Comedy off Broadway

Bay Area comedians have discovered the charms of Broadway. Stand up comics make their way to downtown Oakland Thursday and Friday nights — and some of them are really, really good. This Friday, head over to Miss Pearl’s Jam  House in Jack London Square to see seven comedians pull out all the stops to make you laugh.

Comedy off Broadway
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (in Jack London Square)
1 Broadway
comedyoffbroadwayoakland.com

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29

NOC for Your Next House

North Oakland Cohousing Oakland has long been regarded as one of the centers of cohousing. If you’re interested in learning more about the many facets of intentional communities, a group called North Oakland Cohousing is holding an information session Saturday afternoon. NOC originally sought to build a cohousing community in Temescal, but are now looking at buying an apartment building. An equity stake is expected to cost between $45,000 and $75,000.

Saturday, January 30, 3 p.m.
Temescal Branch Library, 5205 Telegraph Avenue
Free
510-597-5049

Spin Master

Sit and Spin Knitting with store-bought wool is what they do in Hollywood. In Oakland, we spin our own. Learn to turn raw wool into yarn with Spin Master at Piedmont Yarn and Apparel Saturday afternoon. Bring your own wheel or borrow one from the teacher, Lou Grantham of SF Fibers.

Saturday, January 30 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
4171 Piedmont Avenue
$30, includes materials
piedmontyarn.com/

One Year of Fluxation

Flux 53, the eclectic and bold theater in East O, is marking one year since its first show with a pot luck on Saturday afternoon. The event free but all dishes are welcome. It will be a good chance to mingle with past performers and learn more about this excellent space.

Saturday, January 30 3 p.m.
5306 Foothill Boulevard
Free
flux53.com

Pixels at an Exhibition


A first of its kind art show called Pixels at an Exhibition culled hundreds of iPhone images from around the world and is assembling the best for display at a gallery near the Claremont Hotel this weekend.
(Full disclosure: the OakBook was involved in judging the photos in this contest.)

Saturday, January 30, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Giorgi Gallery, 2911 Claremont Avenue
For more, visit giorgigallery.com and pixelsatanexhibition.com

A Winter’s Ale

An afternoon at the end of January is as fine a time for beer as a balmy summer evening. The Beer Network and Oakland’s own Linden Street Brewery are hosting a Winter Brews Festival at the Linden Street HQ near the Port of Oakland. For a highly reasonable $25 you get a glass and the opportunity to choose five drinks from 30 local breweries. This is Oakland, so count on good live music and plenty of varieties of swine to soak up the suds.

Saturday, January 30 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden Street
$25
lindenbeer.com

Haiti Benefit at Oliveto

“This coming Saturday, Oliveto will be hosting a benefit in partnership with the Bay Area Red Cross to raise funds for survivors of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Food and drinks (including wine) provided with your choice of donation from $25 (minimum per adult) to $300+ cash or check payable to “American Red Cross” (write “Haiti Earthquake” in Memo) Featuring guest speakers Blaine Bookey, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) Legal Fellow and Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) Development Director and Walter Riley, prominent Civil Rights Attorney in Oakland and Chair of the Haiti Emergency Relief Fund in Berkeley.”

Saturday January 30 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oliveto 5655 College Avenue
Minimum donation $25
oliveto.com

SUNDAY, JANUARY 30

White Elephant Sale

It’s the swankiest, biggest, and best garage sale you’ve ever seen. The Oakland Museum Women’s Board White Elephant Sale boasts 17 departments of everything from old baseball mitts to grandpa’s vintage houndstooth overcoat. You can get admission to Sunday’s preview sale for $12.50.

Sunday, January 31 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
333 Lancaster Street
$12.50

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Welcome 2010

Posted by novoscene on December 31, 2009

We’ll leave the decade in review articles to others. Nor will we make any predictions about the decade to come. This is Oakland after all; the town that’s always shocking and never surprising. We’re living in the moment, and there are plenty of options for ringing in the Blue Moon New Year Thursday night. Here are our selections.

Balloon Drop

If you have small kids, and you’re likely to be asleep before 11 p.m. anyway, consider taking them to the Chabot Space and Science Center for the 10th annual New Year’s Eve Balloon Drop. “Kids will have a blast ringing in 2010 without staying up past their bedtime!”

Thursday, December 31, 10:45 a.m. for kids 6 and under, 12:45 and 3:45 for 6 and up
Chabot Space and Science Center 10000 Skyline Boulevard
$4 plus Chabot Admission

Cedric the Entertainer

This one’s not for kids. Sure, some of his act is predictable “women do this, men do that” standup schtick, but Cedric the Entertainer can still whip off a joke that’s funny as hell. When he warms up and has the audience roaring, he earns his name. He’ll be at the Paramount Thursday night starting at 11 p.m.

Thursday, December 31, 11 p.m.
Paramount Theatre 2025 Broadway
Tickets from $45.75 to $85.75

Dance Extravaganza

If you’re looking for a women-only event, and one that’s smoke-, drug-, booze- ,and perfume-free, try the New Year’s Eve Rejuvenation Ceremony & Dance Extravaganza at the Humanist Hall.
“Under the blue moon, in a magical forest the soul and spirit muses celebrate, the dawn of a new decade with songs, dances, rituals, games and spells that invoke the sensuous, the spiritual and the surreal.
Rejuvenation Ceremony: Experiential extravaganza through interactive rituals, games, dance, music, art and worship of the sensual, the spiritual and the surreal – A Rejuvenation Ceremony on the Night of the Blue Moon. A truly magical journey to a fantastical world of joy & hope.”

Thursday, December 31 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Humanist Hall 390 27th Street

Eclectic Fever 2010

The New Parish, one of Oakland’s newest and finest venues, hosts a New Year’s Eve bash that promises to deliver a jambalaya of sound. The line up includes Aphrodesia, the Kev Choice Ensemble, Boca Do Rio, DJ Santero, DJ Jermiah, The People & Energia Do Samba. This is from Kev Choice’s publicist: “Forget all the same old same old NEW Year’s Eve parties…COME NEW FOR 2010!!!! Come celebrate The New Year, at one of Oakland’s freshest NEW venues, The NEW Parrish, with Oakland’s own Kev Choice as he brings NEW music, a NEW band, and a NEW direction. This event, “Eclectic Fever” feature’s a diverse lineup with an array of musical treats for those who want to bring in the NEW Year with a good vibe, good music, and good times. COME NEW for 2010!”

Thursday December 31 8 p.m.
New Parish 579 18th Street
$40 in advance, $50 at the door

Taoist Meditation

And then there’s the complete opposite of entering the New Year with noise and revelry. The Taoist Meditation Center is hosting meditation with with Dr. Alex Feng Thursday evening. A potluck diinner starts at 8:30 p.m. It’s free and ends at 11 p.m., so you can still go crazy after getting your mindfullness on.

Thursday December 31, 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Taoist Meditation Center 3824 MacArthur Boulevard

Open Mic Party

The Eastside Arts Alliance’s Holla Back Thursday falls on NYE, so they’re turning it into a party. A short open-mic session will be followed by a performance by 7Daize. And a DJ will spin past the midnight hour. The event is a fundraiser for Holla Back.

Thursday December 31 8:30 p.m.
EastSide Arts Allliance 2277 International Boulevard
$15

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12/11: Your O-Scene Weekend’s Here

Posted by novoscene on December 10, 2009

The weekend starts today with the Holiday Buy Night market in Jack London Square. There’s shopping, more shopping, lots of art, parties, music and a lot more to see and do in Oak-town this weekend.

Tonight: Holiday Buy Night

Tonight, come to Jack London Square to shop for gifts, accessories, clothes, art and specialty items that were made and manufactured locally. Hosts Oakland Unwrapped, ProArts, Oakland Grown and Jack London Square want this event to be your mall-ternative.

Jack London Market, 55 Harrison Street @ Water Street
Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, December 11

Strumming, Picking, and Sawing

A banjo, a fiddle, and a geetar – that’s the Paper Crocodiles. The Oakland trio will be one of three East Bay bands performing at Mama Buzz Friday evening. The Paper Crocodiles, along with Scattered Like Birds, and Glass Cake will be at the venerable coffee house/art gallery starting at 7 pm. A $3 donation is suggested.

Friday, 7 p.m.
2318 Telegraph Avenue
$3 Donation

Uptown Improv

There’s something about the daredevilry of improv that makes audience participation inevitable. If the performers go down in flames, the house goes with them. The improv masters at Pan Theater take the thrilling demolition of the fourth wall a step further by using audience suggestions as the departure points for their sketches. On Friday night, Pan’s performers put on a theater jam and comedy show with both comedic and dramatic sketches.

Friday, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
2135 Broadway
$10 at the door

The Wiz at the Fox

This is the inaugural event of the Oakland School for the Arts in the Fox Theatre. If you feel like seeing some musical theater at the Fox, or are just curious about the school that Jerry Brown built, this is your chance. And they have a special offer for you — If you buy 20 or more general admission tickets, you’ll get 50% off the adult $20 tickets.

Friday, 7 p.m.
Fox theater, 1807 Telegraph
Tickets: $30, $20, $10 (youth and seniors)

Beer fest

Old Oakland’s beer bar, the Trappist is hosting the KerstBier festival this weekend. They’ll have more than 20Belgian, Danish, French and America Christmas beers for you to try out.

Friday & Saturday; Starts at 4 p.m. on Friday
The Trappist, 460 8th Street,www.thetrappist.com,(510)326-5881
$25 tasting flight includes commemorative glass & 5 – 5 oz samples

A Long Way from the Cabbage Patch: Art@TheOakbook’s Holiday Art Show

This holiday season, Art@theOakBook invites you to discover the work of six local emerging artists who have received positive critical accolades on the local and national level. Affordable art will be presented by Marcos LaFarga, Kevin Earl Taylor, Jake Watling, Savanna Snow, Theo Konrad Auer, and Joel Scilley. Their beautiful – and inexpensive — artworks make for great Made-in-Oakland holiday gifts.

Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Art@theOakBook, 423 Water Street (inside Jack London Square)
The show runs through January 9, 2010 (Disclosure: This gallery is run by the OakBook.)

SATURDAY, December 12

Jingletown Art Walk

It’s called Jingletown because the Portuguese cannery workers who used to work there would jingle their wages in their pockets on the way home from work. You can stroll the neighborhood tucked between I-880 and the Estuary Saturday and Sunday with an eye for affordable, local art. The many artists who now live and work in Jingletown are holding their 4th annual Holiday Art Walk. Click here for directions and a list of participating artists. You’ll get to see mosaic art, metal work, ceramic sculpture, oil paintings, stationary, and much more.

Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fun for Kids: Candy Cottages

The Museum for Children’s art is calling kids to build candy cottage or cookie castle using sugary frosting paste, licorice, lollipops, gumdrops and more.  Your kids will have their fair share of sticky, gooey fun.

The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA), 538 9th Street,  510-465-8770, www.mocha.org
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
$7 per child, $3 per adult (This includes the cost of all materials)
No need to pre-register

KFOG’s 24th Annual Concert for Kids to benefit Toys for Tots and Ronald McDonald House

The concert features Brandi Carlile, Mat Kearney, and Eoin Harrington. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped book or toy to donate to the Marines’ Toys for Tots program. Proceeds from tickets sales benefit The Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Saturday, December 12 @ 7 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show time.
$125.00, $65.00, $50.00, $45.00, $35.00

For more, visit KFOG

LOCAL LOVE

Join Rowan Morrison Gallery and the businesses of the 40th Street Corridor are hosting Local Love, a holiday stroll and an informal open house.

If you didn’t already know, Rowan Morrison is one of the best galleries in Oakland. Their show Double Exposure is worth seeing. If that weren’t enough, they’ll be serving up chai, snacks, treats, & drinks (later on).  The other businesses in the corridor include Manifesto Bicycles, Premium Tattoo and Vintage, 1234GO! Records

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rowan Morrison, 330 40th Street
http://www.rowanmorrison.com/doubleexposure.html

SUNDAY, December 13

Let us Break Bread Together

This is Oakland’s musical holiday event. The Oakland East Bay Symphony celebrates the holidays with performances of gospel music, classical selections and other holiday favorites, as well as a few sing-alongs. The ever-popular Michael Morgan conducts the orchestra. You’ll also see (and hear) the Oakland Symphony Chorus, Terrance Kelly and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Mt. Eden High School Choir, Klezmer ensemble  Kugelplex, and others.

Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
Sunday, 4 p.m.
Tickets: $40, $25, $15, $10 (youth), Family pack – $50

The Silver Screen

WE Artspace, the brainchild of artists Tina Dillman and Naaman Rosen, hosts the first of its short film series – the Silver Screen. In December, WE will be showcasing California film-makers, who explore the realm of documentary and experimental film through portraits and music. We will be screening short films by Brigid McCaffrey, Erika Anderson, K.C. Bull, Molly Snyder-Fink, Orlando Richards and Luke Judd.

Sunday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
768 40th Street (two blocks west of the MacArthur Bart Station)
$2 donation at the door, snacks and beverages available.
For more, visit their website.

Get Those Cool gifts at the Crucible

Support local artists and community arts education for youth and adults while you shop at the Crucible’s Holiday Gifty celebration. Shop for gifts created by over 70 Bay Area artisans — handmade jewelry, glass creations, sculpture, clothing, ceramics and more. Catch the demonstrations of glass blowing, metal casting and blacksmithing
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa gets in at 1 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1260 7th Street, 510-444-0919, http://thecrucible.org
Free admission

Saturday: Tibetan Breakfast

Churu, it’s what the folks eat for breakfast in Kongpo, a Tibetan area of China along the banks of the Yarlung River. Learn to make this delicious fermented cheese soup, along with parched barley flour, and tingmo, a steamed leavened bread at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center Saturday morning. There’s a $30 donation to cover materials, but no one will be turned away. Space is limited, so call to make sure there’s a spot: 510-637-0462.

Saturday, December 12 10 am – 1pm
388 9th Street
$30 Donation for materials

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Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on December 4, 2009

Christmas Palm Trees

FREE: The palm trees at Jack London Square will be lighted for the holidays tonight. It will be more than just flipping a switch. The organizers promise dancing lights, “pulsating motion,” and music.  While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by one of JLS’ restaurants for happy hour, and then swing by to say hello at Art@theOakBook  (423 Water Street.)

Friday, December 4, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Broadway and Water Street
Free

Jingletown Art Walk

FREE: It’s called Jingletown because the Portuguese cannery workers who used to work there would jingle their wages in their pockets on the way home from work. You can stroll the neighborhood tucked between I-880 and the Estuary Saturday and Sunday with an eye for affordable, local art. The many artists who now live and work in Jingletown are holding their 4th annual Holiday Art Walk. Click here for directions and a list of participating artists.

Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 11 am – 6pm

Creative Growth

Creative Growth is one of the most interesting and well-regarded galleries in Oakland. On Friday, the art studio opens its holiday sale featuring community-made art at a great value: “In the gallery, recent Creative Growth artist collaborations with visiting artists: Kathleen Henderson, Meagan Donegan, Ed Musante, Jessica Dasher, Livia Stein, Sas Colby, Paper Magazine and more! Shop for drawings, ceramics, rugs, wood, prints, cigar box art, sculpture, textiles galore, holiday cards, art books, AND the premiere of the Creative Growth for Marc Jacobs Pop-Up-Shop, with merchandise direct from our exciting fundraising project. Music by Tommy Guerrero and Friends seasonal food and spirits by B Restaurant, Oakland.”


Friday, December 4, 5:30 pm – 8pm
355 24th Street
(The gallery is also open for the next three Saturdays, 11am – 4pm)

Tamales and Trinkets

Two of Oakland’s coolest, independent, and women-owned businesses are partnering Saturday to host a crafts fair featuring handiwork from developing world artisans. La Borinquena, home of Oakland’s best tamales, hosts Mangosteen Imports. As Tina Tamale says, “Shop locally, help globally.”

Saturday, December 5, 1pm – 4pm
582 7th Street

Women’s Party

The new Bench and Bar on 17th Street launches a new East Bay party for women. Saucily dubbed the WETBar, the gay-owned and operated nightclub promises a night “of explosive sound and tantalizing eyecandy” to the DTO.

Sunday, December 6, 4 pm until ?
510 17th Street
$8 before 6pm, $10 after

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Oakland Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted by novoscene on November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Oakland. Check out these Oakland events for the loooong weekend. On Friday, skip the mall, don some plaid, and support Oakland businesses.

Thursday, November 26

Volunteering over Thanksgiving

You may or may not be into the whole turkey scene, but if you’re into volunteering, consider helping out at the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner hosted through the City of Oakland’s hunger programs. Contact volunteer coordinator Chyrill Quamina at (510) 238-7756 for opportunities to help out this holiday season.

Friday, November 27

Plaid Friday

Plaid Friday isn’t about being preachy or doing the right thing. It’s about having fun. It’s about dressing up in plaid and going shopping. Two excellent local galleries, Blankspace and Compound Gallery, came up with the idea of an event that gets shoppers to local indie businesses on the country’s busiest shopping day – the day often referred to as Black Friday.  More than 60 cafes, stores, boutiques and all kinds of retailers across Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville have signed up to be a part of the Plaid party. Don’t miss Holidayland at Blankspace and Compound galleries.

So, if you’re planning to go shopping, wear plaid and head out across the east bay. The list of participating stores is here. You might surprise yourself with how much fun you have by skipping the mall.

Friday, November 27,
http://www.plaidfriday.com/participants.html

Plaid Friday After-Party

And once you’re done with all that shopping, stop by Old Oakland’s newest bar, Penelope, for the after-party. Tina Tamale of La Borinqueña

Tina Tamale of La Borinqueña is co-hosting and will be serving her famous tamales.

$3 Plaid Friday Shots
$6 Select Signature Drinks
1 cent Indie Special shot if you wear plaid
$6 Tamale Plate with tortilla chips & salsa

November 27, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Penelope, 555th Street (11th @ Clay)

Pro-Arts Juried Annual

The ever-popular Pro Arts has opened the doors to its Juried Annual 2010 exhibit with selections by Sherman Sam, an independent London-based curator based. The show aims to highlight the “best new work in the region,” selected from the artworks submitted by more than 300 artists.

The exhibit showcases the work of Robert Abrams, Chris Ashley, Steven Barich, Timothy Buckwalter, Jane Fisher, Adam Green, Elizabeth Johnson, Lisa S. Kang, Eric Larson, Helen Lee, Janet Lucroy, Anna Ludwig, Rico Marcelli, Michael McConnell, Klea McKenna, Jill McLennan, Dominic Hoang Nguyen, Lauren Parent, David Ryan, Tim Ryan, Julianne Sterling, Marilyn Wong, Lika Yurkovetsky, Pamela Zwehl-Burke.

Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
proartsgallery.org

The exhibition is on view November 24, 2009 – January 15, 2010. An artists’ reception is scheduled on Thursday, December 3, 6 – 8 pm and an artists’ talk is scheduled Thursday, January 14, 6 pm. Exhibition events are free and open to the public.

Mercurius, Drawings by Robert Porter and Obi Kaufmann

If you like art that pushes boundaries and makes you think, check out the work of these two talented artists.

The Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery at the Compound Gallery, 6602 San Pablo Ave. Oakland.
Friday, November 27, 6 p.m.
oaklandsweetart.info/sweetartgallery.html

Saturday, November 28

West Oakie Turkey Shoot Benefit for the Golden Mean

This is not everyone’s scene, but here’s something for those of you who like to fight for your turkey. Read on for an event from Oakland sculptor/blacksmith Jon Sarriugarte.

Times is hard and we know not all of you can afford a turkey this year, so drop your last dollar on us and hope your aim is as good as you say. 3 birds will go home to the best shots of the night.

Between shots, grab drinks at the Boiler Bar, check out strange art vehicles, and catch performances by El Radio Fantastique, The Easy Leaves, Mykee Ramen, JD Limelight, Tanzee, Denzel and Jodi Details. Even if you can’t hold a gun, there should be enough excitement to keep you entertained.

Saturday, November 28, 8 p.m.- 2 a.m., 2600 Magnolia @ 26th Street in West Oakland $10 donation to support the Golden Mean, a giant iron snail car. http://www.formandreform.com/wordpress/?p=2981
Kraftworks, 2601 Adeline, Oakland

Rocky Horror

For 36 years, the Rocky Horror Show has been wowing its fans on stage and the big screen. This Saturday, you get a chance to re-live the time warp with the live Rocky Horror cast. They promise fun, laughs and midnight excitement.

Saturday, November 28
The Grand Lake, 3200 Grand Avenue (at Lake Merritt)
www.barelylegal.rhps.org www.myspace.com/blrocky
11:30 p.m. – 02:30 a.m.
$10

Sunday, November 29

Cinderella and Fantasyland

Take your kids to see Cinderella’s story told through 22 beautifully crafted puppets, lush scenery and music. Oakland’s prettiest auto body shop is being transformed into a traditional Christmas fairyland with large scale decorations, visits from Santa, and a sweet shop.

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sunday, 29 November, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.,

Doors open 45 minutes before shows

$10 (2 & under free on lap)
Uptown Body & Fender, 401 – 26th St.
Tickets at the door – cash only

Take your kids to see Cinderella’s story told through 22 beautifully crafted puppets, lush scenery and music. Oakland’s prettiest auto body shop is being transformed into a traditional Christmas fairyland with large scale decorations, visits from Santa, and a sweet shop.
Sunday, 29 November, 2009

Shows at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., 33 minutes long

Doors open 45 minutes before shows

$10 (2 & under free on lap)
Uptown Body & Fender, 401 – 26th St.
Tickets at the door – cash only

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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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10/16: O-Scene’s Weekend Picks

Posted by novoscene on October 15, 2009

Friday, October 16

Crabby Friday

This week, Lake Chalet debuts Crab Friday with whole steamed crabs for $24, a crab cocktail for $5 and happy hour on the dock and at all of the restaurants bars. Beers are $3, selected wines and cocktails are $5. The crab is all evening, but happy hour expires at 6 p.m.

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
1520 Lakeside Drive
510-653-8660

Bench and Bar: Change of Venue

As if one needed any more evidence that Oakland’s Uptown district was jumping these days, the Bench and Bar is opening a new location in the site of the old @17th on Friday. Downtown’s venerable gay bar, and the host of the Mr. Gay Vaquero contest, will move to the new location, while the old spot will become Club 21. Stop by Friday night for their cross over party with a Live Performance by Lolene.
At Midnight, Bench and Bar @ 2111 Franklin Street will become Club 21. The official opening is October 22.

9 p.m. to 2 p.m.
bench-and-bar.com/

Saturday, October 17

Strange Beerfellows

File this event under Only in Oakland. The Rotary Club and Oaklandish (polar opposites on the hipness scale) are hosting a fundraiser at Linden Street Brewery. The afternoon will be an ideal time to try Linden Street’s two delicious brews: Urban People’s Lager and Burning Oak Black Lager. Star Meats made the brats. Ten bucks gets you a mug and two beers. The proceeds go to Bay Area Community Services and the Rotary Club’s community endowment.

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden Street

Plan for a Safer Oakland presents a community townhall

Saturday morning – head out to MetWest High School to meet the EastSide Arts Alliance staff and youth for a town hall meeting discussing safety. Meet other Oaklanders and local organizations and talk about Oakland’s future. There will be speakers, free food, child care & live performances.

Sponsored by Plan for a Safer Oakland; a community collaboration organized by All of Us or None and Critical Resistance. For more info: 510-444-4484

MetWest High School 314 E.10th Street
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free

Black Panther Film Festival

Celebrate Black Panther month with a film festival at the Oakland Public Library. You can read about their events at the Chron’s In Oakland here.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
West Oakland Branch, 1801 Adeline
Questions: Veronica Lee 510-238-7352

Oakland’s Diwali Celebration

Diya

As you might know, Oakland is an attractive destination for refugees looking to resettle. Recently, many Sri Lankan Tamils as well as refugees from Bhutan and Nepal have been finding their way to Oaktown. A non-profit called RMD Housing and Support Services is hosting a little Diwali celebration to make them all feel at home this Saturday evening. For those of you that do not know what Diwali is, it is the festival of lights, celebrated across parts of south Asia. It’s a Hindu festival, but is often celebrated as a secular holiday in the Indian subcontinent. So if you know someone who might enjoy a taste of Diwali festivities, spread the word.

October 17, 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
759 Barbara Road, Oakland
Free

Musical Monsters

Monsters of Folk


Get out of the house to cheer the Monsters of Folk: Conor Oberst, Jim James, M Ward and Mike Mogis will perform for two and a half hours. You’ll hear new songs from the forthcoming album as well as music from Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket and M Ward.

Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph
8 p.m.
Tickets 39.50 to 45.50
thefoxoakland.com
monstersoffolk.com/

Sunday, October 18

Cedar Walton Performs
Cedar Walton

Pianist Cedar Walton has written popular tunes like Mosaic, Ugetsu and Bolivia used by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He has been Abbey Lincoln’s accompanist and has made records with the likes of Lee Morgan and Hank Mobley.

From Yoshi’s website: “One of the most valued of all hard bop accompanists, Cedar Walton is a versatile pianist whose funky touch and cogent melodic sense has graced the recordings of many of jazz’s greatest players.”

Hear Cedar Walton this weekend at Yoshi’s, where he will be accompanied by Steve Nelson, Eric Alexander and others.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West
Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. shows $15;  10 p.m. shows $10
Sunday 2 p.m. kids matinee – $5 kids, $15 Adult
Sunday 7 p.m.  show $15
For tickets, go to the Yoshi’s website

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10/09: Weekend plans

Posted by novoscene on October 8, 2009

River of Renewal

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Oakland International Film Festival

The 8th Annual Oakland International Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening, and runs until Wednesday. Movies shot as close to home as West O and from as far away as Pakistan will be screened the Grand Lake Theater, Maxwell’s Lounge, Jack London Theater, and Merritt College during the event. Click here for showtimes and a list of the films. (Above: Still from River of Renewal, screening at Maxwell’s lounge on Sunday, 9 p.m.)

Thursday, October 8 through Wednesday, October 14

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Prairie Home Companion in the DTO

So you didn’t want to brave the throngs in Golden Gate Park last weekend for the free bluegrass festival, but you still have a hankering for some fiddle playing? No worries. Berkeley’s own Laurie Lewis will play with Tom Rozum at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland Friday evening. You’ll have to pay for this gig, but the price is reasonable for big bluegrass names like these: $14 in advance at $18 at the door. The show is part of the ongoing Utunes Coffee House program.

Friday, October 9, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
685 14th Street
$5 for kids 6-15

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Dimond oaktoberfest

Oaktoberfest

There used to be breweries and beer gardens in what’s now the Dimond District, and the suds will be flowing there again when the neighborhood throws an Oaktoberfest this Saturday. To get that old Munich atmosphere, there’ll be a beer hall featuring brewers from all over the Bay, including the excellent beer from the Town’s own Linden Street Brewery. A homebrewer competition will determine who makes the best DIY beer in Oakland. It’s a family friendly scene with live music, food, and a rootbier garten for the kinder.

Saturday, October 10, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Corner of Fruitvale and MacArthur

Town Park Opening/Graffiti Battle

On Saturday, the much-awaited town park finally opens. K-Dub, a former teacher-turned-local skating celebrity, has spent the last few years taking this skate park from concept to reality. Celebrate the skate park’s “official” opening this weekend with him, lots of skaters and graffiti artists, who’re going to come out for the Big Battle: the Third Estria Annual Invitational Graffiti Battle.
Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
De Fremery Park, 18th & Adeline street  (West Oakland)
For a list of events associated with the battle, click here.

Sing Like Taylor Swift in Jack London Square

Taylor_Swift

The radio station 95.7 – The Wolf will be in Jack London Square on Saturday from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to host the Sing Like Taylor Swift contest. If you think you can sing like her, look up the rules over at their website and then head over to be videotaped by the Wolf.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Inside Jack London Square

East Bay for East Africa Fundraiser

Just last year a school opened in western Kenya with the goal of teaching young people from the area of Musoli critical trades such a sewing, welding, and other skills that can provide self reliance. The Saint Teresa Technical School was funded by the folks from East Bay for East Africa, a small non-profit that grew out of a conversation between a visiting Kenyan priest and an East Bay resident four years ago.  On Saturday night, East Bay for Africa holds its annual fundraiser at Uptown Body and Fender (the coolest body shop in the East Bay.) Tickets are $50 and $35 for folks under 35. RSVP here.

Saturday, October 10, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
401 26th Street

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

Regina Carter

Acclaimed violinist Regina Carter plays at Yoshi’s this weekend. This talented MacArthur fellow has wowed audiences worldwide with her ability to play across genres — classical, pop, jazz, even folk.

Regina Carter – violin
Will Holshouser – accordion
Yacouba Sissoko – kora
Chris Lightcap – bass
Alvester Garnett – drums & percussion

Thursday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows $18
Friday – Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $22
Sunday 2 p.m. Kids’ matinee: $5 Kids, $18 Adult (with kid), $22 Adult (general)
Sunday 7 p.m. $22

510  Embarcadero W.  For tix, visit http://yoshis.inticketing.com/


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