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The Marathon Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 25, 2010

Yes. This is the weekend of the Oakland Running Festival, and 26 miles can take a lot out of a body, but whether your running or rooting, you’ll still have time to enjoy other Oakland offerings. Exercise your mind with a music talk on Sunday, or swap plants with neighbors on  Saturday. There’s even still time to get tickets for Natalie Cole’s late shows at Yoshi’s.

Friday, March 26

A Clockwork Orange

C’mon Droogs, pop on over to the Piedmont sinny for one of the great dystopian films of the Cold War from a master of dystopian Cold War films. On Friday, the Piedmont Theatre has a midnight showing of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. The Park Avenue Bar and Grill across the street is offering themed drinks for only $5. Now that’s not much golly.

Friday, March 26, 11:45 p.m.
Piedmont Theatre, 4186 Piedmont Avenue
$8

Oso

Call him Bear. Oso, a rocker rolling over the genres borders, will be at Flux 53 Friday night. His music is described as “technical folk” and “math-rock.” His influences range from the Beatles and Bob Dylan to Dredge and Radiohead.

Friday, March 26, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Flux 53, 5306 Foothill Boulevard
$10

Natalie Cole

She’s a winner. She’s a fighter. She’s a great jazz singer.  Natalie Cole owns nine Grammy awards and has battled drug addiction and illness. The gifted daughter of Nat King Cole comes to Yoshi’s for three nights starting on Friday. Not surprisingly, the first shows are all sold out, but there’s still tickets available for the late shows.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 26, 27, and 28, 10 p.m., 10 p.m., and 9 p.m.
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero
$75

Saturday, March 27

Saturday is the day when people are planning to turn off non-essential lights at 8.30 p.m. for Earth Hour. For more, go to myearthhour.org/

Soweto Gospel Choir

Known as much for their performances of traditional South African songs as their interpretations of American gospel music, and even American folk, the Soweto Gospel Choir has inspired and surprised audiences all over the world since forming eight years ago. Fans of Wall-E will recall that the Soweto Gospel Choir were featured on that movie’s theme song, “Down to Earth.” The Soweto Gospel Choir comes to the Paramount Theatre Saturday night. The New York Times said the choir “has a cornucopia of remarkable voices: sharp, sweet, kindly, raspy and incantatory leads above a magnificently velvety blend the music is both meticulous and unstoppable.”

Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m.
2025 Broadway
$25 – $65

West O Bike Tour

West Oakland has a rich past, but it’s not the sort of history that’s easily gleaned from behind a car or bus window. Bikes4life a non-profit committed to making West O greener by promoting bike riding is hosting a history ride Saturday afternoon. Interested riders should meet at the B4L HQ near the West Oakland Bart Station.

Saturday, March 27 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Seventh Street and Peralta
Free

Jazz Artists in the Concert Hall

Join composers Rebeca Mauleón, Benedikt Brydern, Scott Amendola, and moderator John Kendall Bailey to discuss “the history of jazz composers making the transition to the concert hall, including Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Darius Milhaud.”

“Topics will include American cultural history and the stratification of popular vs. classical culture that began in the 19th century, and the split that occurred at the turn of the century.”

The Oakland East Bay Symphony is presenting the talk, which will be introduced by Michael Morgan.

Saturday, March 27, 3 p.m.
200 Grand Avenue
Free

Plant Exchange

It’s a neighborly way to cull your garden, get new plants, and meet other green thumbs. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a free neighborhood plant exchange on Lakeshore. The organizers say that all types and sizes of healthy plants are welcome (so are gardening accessories, tools and supplies). You don’t even have to repot your donations. Just stick ‘em in a bag and bring ‘em over.

Saturday, March 27 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
3811 Lakeshore
Free

Sunday, March 28

The Oakland Running Festival

This is the big day that local runners have been waiting for — when Oakland hosts its first marathon in 25 years. While the event kicks off with a twilight race around Lake Merritt on Saturday evening at 6.30 p.m., the big events — a kids’ race, a relay race, a half marathon and the marathon — are all on Sunday and all go through Oakland. There’s still time to register. If you’d just like to take your chairs and sit along the route to cheer the runners, make sure you do so early. And after the runners have gone past you, think about visiting your favorite restaurant, store or art gallery. Everyone’s got specials going to celebrate the running festival. For more on the marathon, please go to oaklandmarathon.com

At our gallery, art@theOakBook in Jack London Square, watch artists Savanna Snow and Michael Eli sketch. You’ll find it fun, and perhaps even inspiring. They’re very, very good. 423 Water Street – inside Jack London Square, 11.30 onwards

The Ellington

The downtown condos of the housing boom years still exert a mysterious pull: Who lives in them, what do they look like inside, how much do they cost? On Sunday, the Ellington in Jack London Square unveils its “Club Level Residences” on floors 12 through 15, and is opening the doors to the public for a peek. Combine a visit to the Ellington with brunch at Miss Pearl’s Jam House, and art viewing at The OakBook gallery (423 Water Street).

Sunday, March 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
222 Broadway
Free

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03/19: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 19, 2010

This beautiful weekend begins with a happy hour for you and your pets. It goes on to bring you a lot more than the sun — there are neighborhood get togethers, art shows, bake sales, and movies in Oakland this weekend.

FRIDAY, MARCH 19

Old Oakland Neighbors Annual Fundraiser

Contribute to the making of Walking the Invisible City, an anthropological visual art and performance installation, at Old Oakland Neighbors’ annual fundraiser at La Borinquena. The 10,000 Steps team will be there to answer your questions and take your suggestions. A Profile of Four Squares, a documentary film by Matt Dibble that chronicles the history of Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison and Lincoln Square Parks will be on view. Enjoy delicious food, meet new people and support a community effort. All ages welcome.
Friday, March 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
La Borinquena, 582 7th St.
Free


Yappy Hour @ Paws & Claws

Join the dynamic duo, Ruth and Diane, for the hippest pet happy hour in the East Bay. Primal Pet Foods has donated T-shirts & goodies for raffle prizes to benefit a Haiti relief fund. Come out with your well-socialized four (or 3) legged companion and enjoy music by local musician Damond Moodie, hors· doeuvres, drinks, and a chance to win cool prizes.
For more info on this event visit the Paws & Claws website at pawsnclawsoakland.com

Friday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Paws and Claws, 2023 MacArthur Blvd., 510-336-0105

If You’d Like to Travel like the French

Laurel books will host Jacqueline Grandchamps, owner of French Escapade, a tour company, for an evening designed to make you want to travel if you don’t already. As a travel expert and European native, Jacqueline will introduce you to authentic French living and food, including sample tasting.

Friday, March 19 7 p.m.
Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard, 510-531-2073

And don’t miss a very cool, Californian show at our gallery — art@the OakBook: The Golden Dawn. Read about it here.

SATURDAY, MARCH 20

Bake/Volunteer/Eat

The second East Bay Vegan Bakesale is here. The last one was such a success that the organizers are back with it. This bakesale’s proceeds will be donated 50/50 to Animal Place sanctuary in Vacaville (soon to be Grass Valley!), and Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (HERF), an organization based right here in the East Bay helping to fund crucial relief work in Haiti.

Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In front of Issues, 20 Glen Avenue, off Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.
For more info, email ebveganbakesale@gmail.com.

Solo Theater

For Women’s History Month, Third Root Productions, a local art collective, presents two Saturday daytime solo theater performances, in collaboration with Joyce Gordan Gallery in downtown Oakland. Featured pieces include Thao P. Nguyen’s “Fortunate Daughter” and Zahra Noorbakhsh’s “All Atheists Are Muslims.” Watch the performances, and don’t miss the art on display at the gallery. For more info, visit thirdrootproductions.wordpress.com

Third Root Theater
at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street.(510) 465-8928
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
$5 to $15, sliding scale

SUNDAY, MARCH 21

The Silver Screen: Take II

WE Artspace hosts Take II of The Silver Screen, a new short film series of documentary and experimental films. This round of film screening focuses on the abstract landscape of poetic imagery and the intrinsic nature of sound. There will be a question and answer period with the artist following each screening.

Sunday, March 21, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Schedule:
7 p.m. -7:20 p.m.: Film screening of “Halides” with a live performance by John Davis
7:30 p.m.- 7:50 p.m.: Film screening of “Awake But Dreaming” by Kerry Laitala
8 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.: Film screening of “Flower Fall” by Laura Zaylea with music by Matt Hettich
8:30 p.m.- 8:50 p.m.: Film screening of a series of short films by Vanessa Woods

WE artspace, 768 40th Street
weartspace.com, (415) 297-8869
$2: Suggested donation at the door

Music at the Movies

Oakland East Bay Symphony presents the Mighty Wurlitzer: Music at the Movies. Michael Morgan conducts. This event will feature the Paramount Theatre’s celebrated “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ and one of the greatest – and funniest – silent movies ever made, Buster Keaton’s The General.

Friday, March 19, 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 2 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show times.
$20 – $65

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03/11: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 11, 2010

FRIDAY, March 12

Scofield and Friends Come to Oakland

The John Scofield New Jazz Quartet is in town this weekend. Jazz lovers know that name well. Guitarist John Scofield has been around a long time, and has many stories to tell. Scofield began influencing the jazz scene in the late 70s and continues to do so today. His music falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. He’ll be accompanied by Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ben Street on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W.
Thu 10 p.m. $14; Fri 8 p.m. $24 & 10 p.m. $18; Sat 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $24; Sun 2 p.m. (Kids Matinee) $5 (ages 15 and under), Adults (with children) $18, Adults $24;
Sun 7 p.m. $24
Yohis.com

Bitter Harvest at the Royal NoneSuch Gallery

Bitter Harvest explores Lauren Adams’ research into Afghani poppy fields and the relationship between American military operations, the Taliban, and civilian farmers in Afghanistan’s ‘Golden Crescent’. For the past few years, the artist has documented images published about issues surrounding these topics in popular media and will re-inscribe the found narratives in a site specific painting on the gallery’s interior walls in Bitter Harvest, resulting in a claustrophobic interior overwhelmed by poppy flowers and human figures. The visual pattern evident in the installation, inspired by contemporary war reporting and traditional wallpaper and ornament design, visually seduces the viewer while simultaneously assaulting them with hallucinatory images of poppy cultivation and its relationship to the international drug trade, the American military incursion in Afghanistan, and the cycle of economic underdevelopment in rural farm areas of the Golden Crescent.

Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Ave.,
Fri, March 12
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Free

Happy Hour for The Crucible

If you love the Crucible or just think it’s cool, head over to Farley’s on Friday for free appetizers and hang with folks from your favorite industrial arts educational group. Farley’s owners have “adopted” The Crucible as their non-profit of the month, and a portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to The Crucible to help support its programs.

Fri  5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Farley’s East 33 Grand Avenue (at Broadway), thecrucible.orgfarleyseast.blogspot.com/

Alternative Theater with an Alternative Cast

If you’d like to support the Oakland School of the Arts, you have a lot of chances to do so this weekend. The OSA Actor’s Guild’s has put together their version of Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Black Box Theatre, 19th and Telegraph
Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun 2 pm
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. www.oakarts.org/www.tix.com

For more, visit OakArt here.

SATURDAY, March 13

Martin Lawrence at the Paramount

Martin Lawrence, actor and producer, who’s starred in dozens of Hollywood hits (Remember Big Momma’s House?), is returning to stand-up comedy on stage. Catch him at the Paramount on Saturday or Sunday. He’s made enough people laugh all his life to know how to do it well.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Sat, 8 p.m., Sun, 8 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show times.
Tickets: $77.50, $57.75, $42.75

SUNDAY, March 14


Closing Tea Reception at Blankspace

A fantastic Oakland gallery closes and throws a tea party to say goodbye. The last show at Blankspace was Steuart Pittman’s exhibit Nowhere/Anywhere.  It all ends this Sunday.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
6608 San Pablo Ave
For more, see Theo Konrad Auer’s art picks for the month.

KID-FRIENDLY: The Princess and the Unicorn

Wondering how to entertain your kids this weekend? Try the puppet show at Children’s Fairyland. This weekend, it’s the Princess and the Unicorn, complete with evil counts and handsome princes that get turned into unicorns, and of course – a princess. Puppets and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (at Grand Ave.),  fairyland.org
Sat & Sun,11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

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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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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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Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 18, 2010

From the Paramount’s “Mighty Wurlitzer” to an Oaklandish Tour de Taco, we’ve got the best Oakland-only events going down this weekend.

Friday, February 19

The Lady from Shanghai

Before there were David Lynch movies, there was Orson Welles’ “The Lady From Shanghai.” Starring Welles and Rita Hayworth, the eerie noir thriller’s climax takes place in San Francisco’s famed Playland. You can see it in black and white, big screen splendor at the Paramount Friday night for only five clams. The Wurlitzer starts cranking at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 19, Doors open at 7 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
$5

WOBO Fundraiser

Willie Weir, the tightwad, two-wheeled traveler who writes for Cycling Adventure magazine is in Oakland Friday night. He’s the main event at a fundraiser for Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. For $25, you can hear Weir and get a WOBO membership. “Willie will will bring to life tales from his latest book Travels with Willie that will have you chuckling and leave you wanting to chuck your day job and hit the road. Bicycling magazine says, ‘Travels with Willie is one of the rare bike books that gets it right.’ Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine and a cycling commentator for public radio station KUOW in Seattle. His bicycle travels have taken him around the globe–including such ‘off the tourist path’ destinations as India, South Africa, Bosnia, Laos and Colombia.” WOBO is dedicated to making Oakland a more livable city by promoting safe and easy bike and pedestrian routes.

Friday, February 19, 7 p.m.
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street
$5 Members, $10 non-members, $25 special admission and membership package

Saturday, February 20

5 for 5

Downtown art space Warehouse 416 hosts a music and art extravaganza Saturday night. It’s five bands for five bucks (or $8 if you’re feeling flush). Beatworm, The Careerers, Million Star Hotel, Measures, and Lunch are on the bill. DJ Guapo spins. Exhibits from local artists are on the wall.

Saturday, February 20 8 PM
416 26th Street
$5 – $8

Tour de Taco


Over at the OakBook, we’re big taco truck fans. In fact, at our Oakland Eats photo exhibit, we had a wall devoted to taco trucks. So we’re really excited that Cyrus Farivar of Californiatacotrucks.com had teamed up with the East Bay Bike Coalition and Oaklandish for what they describe as a “gastronomical quest on wheels through the Fruitvale district of Oakland.” They ask that you bring your friends, bikes and an empty stomach to Fruitvale BART at 11 a.m. The Tour de Taco will cover the following hot spots:

1. El Ojo De Agua – 12th St. & Fruitvale Ave.
2. Tamales Mi Lupita – 34th Ave. & Foothill Blvd.
3. El Gordo – International & 42nd Ave.
4. Tacos Guadalajara – 10th St. & Fruitvale Ave.
5. (Bonus) Cinco de Mayo Ice Cream – 3340 E 12th St & 33rd Ave.
6. (Bonus) The Trappist – 460 8th St (& Broadway)

Bring: Bike, helmet, camera, $10-15 for tacos, maybe $5-$10 for ice cream/beer.

Saturday, February 20, Tour begins at 11 a.m.
Meet at Fruitvale BART

Obama Movie Night at Everett and Jones

This Saturday evening, if you’re feeling politically inclined, go to Everett and Jones on Broadway. Volunteers are hosting a viewing party for the HBO documentary, “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama.”

You can connect with other political junkies, eat some BBQ and watch a movie. The party begins at 5, the movie at 5.30.

RSVP Here
Saturday, February 20, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Everett and Jones, 126 Broadway (corner of 2nd)

Do it for Haiti

Oakland’s NIMBY is hosting a benefit and clothing drive for Haiti. They’ve partnered with a group of other organizations — Architecture for Humanity, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, FONHEP, Kledèv, SOIL, Sirona Cares, What If Foundation, and Zanmi Lakay – to put on a show with musicians, art installations and other performers. The line up includes Haitian musicians Kalbass Kreyol and Rosemond Jolissaint and local performers Sila, The Bodice Rippers, Joe Rut and the Ironic Mustache, Fat Chance Belly Dance, Funky Beulah, Diva Marisa, Naima Shalhoub, The Society, Chicken John & Dr. Hal. They’ll have children’s theater, too. Relief workers returning from Haiti as well as people from the groups organizing the event will be talking about their work.

Saturday, February 20,  2 PM to 12 AM
NIMBY – 8410 Amelia Street
$10 (children under 12 free) Donations of summer weight clothing for children and adults will be accepted on site.

Sunday, February 21

Lift Every Voice

Oakland’s own Cantare Chamber Ensemble joins the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Sunday afternoon for a concert celebrating “the heroic journey of African-Americans from slavery to freedom.” It’s a multi-media affair with photographs, video, and the poetry of Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and others.

Sunday, February 21, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street
$10 for youth, $20 for seniors, $25 general admission

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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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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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Super Bowl Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 4, 2010

It’s the Super Bowl weekend, and there are a bunch of Oakland destinations where you can head over to watch and cheer your favorite team. But before and after the Super Bowl, there’s enough to keep you entertained, stimulated and busy: art, music, citizen journalism, puppet shows and glitzy opening parties. It’s also the First Friday weekend, so get ready to take a walk in the rain. We’ll be posting our art picks on the site Friday morning.

Friday, February 5

Getting There

If you haven’t pedaled over to Actual Café yet, Getting There, a photography exhibit by Christopher Hall, represents the perfect excuse to visit the bike-friendly neighborhood spot. The show opens Friday evening.

Friday, February 5, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Actual Café 6334 San Pablo (at Alcatraz)
Free

Cometbus

1-2-3-4 Go! Records is holding a reception for “author/artist/muscian type” Aaron Cometbus. Steve over at the popular record store writes: “It’s a retrospective of past work and possibly some surprises. Show runs through the end of February.”

Friday, February 5, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
423 40th Street
Free

Era Opens


Old Oakland’s heavy hitters are venturing into Uptown. The people behindTamarindo Antojeria, B Restaurant and Bar, and Air Lounge have teamed up to launch Era Art Bar and Lounge at Grand@Broadway. It opens to the public Friday evening and offers art, two bars, and music in a 5000 sq. foot space.

Friday February 5, 4.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Era Art Bar and Lounge’s grand opening
19 Grand Avenue @ Broadway, oaklandera.com

Dream Benefit

Ten years ago, one of the biggest names in the Bay Area’s graffiti world was murdered. Mike “Dream” Francisco helped create the visual aesthetic of Oakland’s Hip Hop culture, say his admirers. The artist, who was also celebrated in his Filipino American community, worked with subjects that promoted tolerance and explored social issues affecting minorities.  To mark his tenth death anniversary, a group of DJs and artists have put together a benefit for Francisco’s son, Akil Francisco, whose mother recently succumbed to breast cancer.

Dream Day: Celebrating the life and legacy of Mike “Dream” Francisco
Friday, February 5
Art Show: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., all ages, free
Showtime: 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10 (Donations accepted), all ages (with parent)
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland
Checks to made out to The Dream Trust Fund or Akil Francisco

Saturday, February 6

Prose and Poetry in West O

The West Oakland branch of the library is going to be busy this weekend. The 20th Annual African American Celebration through Poetry starts at 1 PM on Saturday. Poets of all ages have been encouraged to share work on the theme of the African Diaspora. But it’s prose before poetry. At 11 a.m., the Oakland Tribune debuts its Community Media Access Center inside the West Oakland branch. Here’s an excerpt from the Trib’s press release:

“As part of this program, the Oakland Tribune is looking for West Oakland residents interested in reporting, writing, and taking photos for its community correspondents program. The 6-month program was created to put the power of storytelling in the hands of West Oakland residents.

This creative initiative will train West Oakland residents to become community correspondents and serve as the new voices in coverage of Oakland.”

Saturday, February 6 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
West Oakland Branch, 1801 Adeline Street
Free

Kid-friendly: Children’s Fairyland

It’s black history weekend at Fairyland and storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic African tales with an original flair.
Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7: 1:30p.m. & 2:30p.m.

Puppet Show: The Frog Prince: “Princess Gwendolyn is the sweetest princess in the countyside, until the evil Mizard the Wizard puts a “badness” spell on her.  Now she’s bratty, selfish and pouty. When her heroic prince is turned into a frog, the fun begins.”
Puppets by Lewis Mahlmann, adapted by Lewis Mahlmann
Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7:11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Children’s Fairyland,  699 Bellevue Avenue
$7 admission, fairyland.org

The Bitchass Benefit
This is a benefit for local musician/artist/dancer/single mom Vanessa Smith, who has colon cancer.  There’ll be music and a raffle with prizes such as private yoga classes, movie passes to the Red Vic, artwork, clothes, designer bags, gift bags from Good Vibrations etc. The line-up includes: The extra action marching band, Beats antique special d.j. set featuring Zoe Jakes, special performances by members of the Yard Dogs Road Show, the Turks, Sugar Butt Tiger, Cowboy Girls, D.J. Junk Drawer, and Flash Hopkins as master of ceremonies.

Friday, February 5
The Oakland Metro Operahouse
630 3rd Street (just one block from Jack London Square!)
$15 — $100 Sliding scale admission, cash only.
vanessafightingcancer.blogspot.com/

Sunday, February 7

Stupor Bowl

Jack London Square is a destination for folks looking to feast while watching the Super Bowl. The Waterfront Hotel is putting out a spread called Beerunch. For $40, you get swanky brews and brunch fare between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., followed by a Super Bowl viewing party. Down Water Street, at Bocanova, the same $40 buys unlimited appetizers, happy hour drink specials, and the game on two big screen TVs. Nearby Kincaids, which has as many flat screens as beer taps, is dishing appetizers at half price and pouring beer, wine, and margaritas.

Sunday, February 7
Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington Street, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $40
Bocanova, 55 Webster Street, Pre-game starts at 2:30 p.m., $40
Kincaids, 1 Franklin Street, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Kid-Friendly: Chinese New Year – Gung Hay Fat Choy!

A workshop for the whole family where you get to “make lanterns, dragon puppets and traditional tiger hats to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.”

Sunday, February 7, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
$7 per child/$3 per adult
MOCHA, 538 Ninth Street

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Dream Benefit

Posted by novoscene on February 3, 2010

Ten years ago, one of the biggest names in the Bay Area’s graffiti world was murdered. Mike “Dream” Francisco helped create the visual aesthetic of Oakland’s Hip Hop culture, say his admirers. The artist, who was also celebrated in his Filipino American community, worked with subjects that promoted tolerance and explored social issues affecting minorities.

To mark his tenth death anniversary, a group of DJs and artists have put together a benefit for Francisco’s son, Akil Francisco, whose mother recently succumbed to breast cancer.

The graffiti artist’s former colleagues at the TDK Crew (Those Damn Kids) will be putting up an art exhibit at the event. They’ve also been working on a book on Francisco’s art and life — The Title of My Book Reads: Advanced Vandalism. The proceeds from the sale of the book will also go to his son, Akil, say the event’s organizers.

The music will last a while, thanks to DJs Apollo, ShortKut, Sake One, Fuze, Myke One, Platurn, Namane, and Willie Maze. There will also be live performances — Equipto, F.A.M.E., the Bangers, and drums by Big G of the 808 Band.

Dream Day: Celebrating the life and legacy of Mike “Dream” Francisco
Friday, February 5
Art Show: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., all ages, free
Showtime: 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10 (Donations accepted), all ages (with parent)
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland
Checks to made out to The Dream Trust Fund or Akil Francisco

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