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05/21: The Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 20, 2010

Friday, May 21


People’s Grocery Open House

People’s Grocery is having an Open House to celebrate its new office and to spread the word about its programs, partners, friends, and neighbors.

They’ll have delicious food, drinks from Honest Tea, music from the Western Whistleblowers, and a great opportunity for the community to meet the staff and each other.

Friday, May 21st, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
909 7th Street (94607)
Free
For more info, call 510- 652-7607/ jonathan@peoplesgrocery.org

The Uncomfortable Zones of Fun

Frank Moore, shaman performance artist, “will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor.”

For more information Call: 510-526-7858 email: fmoore@eroplay.com

Friday, 21 May, 8 PM onwards
Temescal Arts Center
511 48th St. (at Telegraph)
Free, but donations accepted

The Empty Tomb + Tongues of Fire: Easter to Pentecost in East and West

“Celebrating the Feast of Feasts and the foundation of the Church, Artistic Director John Michael Boyer leads the Josquin Singers on a journey from Easter to Pentecost and from East to West. The holidays of Pascha (Easter) and Pentecost have yielded some of the most joyful and profound music in both the East and the West. This Pentecost weekend, the Josquin Singers will perform repertoire from this joyful season taken from the chant and polyphonic traditions of Rome, England, Moscow and Constantinople, sung in their original languages of Latin, Greek and Slavonic.”

Friday, 21 May, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue
$25 suggested donation

Saturday, May 22

Fashion Expo

Oakland is known to be fashion forward. Here’s your chance to take in some fashions from Oakland and beyond at the Urban Couture Fashion and Art Expo in Jack London Square this weekend. The expo will present art showcases, exhibits, workshops, and a fashion show. And of course, there’ll be all kinds of world music in the house.

The expo is free during the day (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) In the evening, the event morphs into a 21+ event. The fashion show will feature the work of designers like Alexandria von Bromssen, Skylier Wear, Rag Doll Designs, Swati Couture, and Heather Guevarra Arcega.

Urban Couture Fashion and Art Expo
Saturday, May 22, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Free

An Evening of Fashion & Art

Saturday, May 22, 7 PM Onwards
$10 Admission, 21+
Jack London Square

Mystery Talk

Head over to Montclair library on Saturday for its final anniversary program of the month, 80 YEARS OF MYSTERY with Mark Coggins, the author of “The Big Wake,” which is set in Oakland. Coggins will discuss Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon,” which was published in 1930, also the year the Montclair library opened. Expect Coggins to also discuss his own novel.

Saturday, May 22, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
1687 Mountain Boulevard

UniCann

Do you sometimes feel like a sucker for going into any line of work other than medical marijuana grower? If you’re interested in the nascent pot business (it’s more than just growing), then stop by iGrow, the world’s largest “hydroponic superstore” for an outdoor expo celebrating the debut of UniCann – the Yale to Oaksterdam University’s Harvard. In addition to lots of pot-oriented business ideas, you’ll be able to enjoy food, music, and drink.

Saturday, May 22 9 AM – 5 PM
70 Hegenberger Loop
Free

Salsa Battle

Join Project Peace East Bay for its 2nd annual Battle of the Salsa Bands! Dance the night away to celebrate the volunteers and partnerships that cultivates more sustainable East Bay communities. Featuring the music of Orquesta Borinquen, Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor. Powered by Digit Sound and Mauricio Acevedo.

Saturday, May 22, 2010 6:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Veterans Memorial Building, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland
$20

Walk to End Poverty

The City of Oakland and United Way of the Bay Area are hosting the 5th Annual WALK TO END POVERTY Saturday morning. “Multi-Cultural Entertainment with D’Wayne Wiggins and his Pop Lyfe band (and others) and awards hosted by Miranda Wilson plus a Community Fair offering services and help to those in need. Join the “Power of Ten” this year and walk the lake to show your support in ending poverty in Oakland.”

Saturday, May 22 Registration 9 a.m.
At the Lake Merritt Bandstand, across from 666 Bellevue
Free

Sunday, May 23

Frisbie Street

Mirror Image: An Art Show about Body (Mis) Perceptions is curated by Becky Jaffe, Carrie-Andrea Kaye and Lanell Dike. It is a one-weekend event with live music, spoken word, and art activities for kids and adults. It’s being held at Frisbie St., a volunteer-run alternative art space.

Exhibiting artists include Myles Boisen, Bruce Temuchin Brown,  Mercy Calman, Carrel Crawford, G.M.M. Coghlan,  Lauren Davis,  Deanne Emmons,  JJ Fryzel, Evert Grobbelaar,  CJ Grossman,  Maia Huang,  Becky Jaffe,  Molly Kate Taylor, Frank King,  Abby Kojola,  Matthew Kowalski,  Linda Shanti McCabe,  Courtney McCutcheon,  Diane Rosenblum Althoff,  Elisa Salasin,  Michael Slack, Mollee Weaver, Gary Wilson,  Scott D.S. Young.

Address: 204 Fribie Street

Show Schedule:

Friday, May 21
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
Show Opening, Spoken Word & Live Music by Vanessa and Her Many Moons

Saturday, May 22
2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Art Activities for kids/adults, Spoken Word & Live Music by Waste Band and Ryan James

Sunday, May 23
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m
Show Closing, Art Activities for kids/adults

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05/07: Your Mother’s Day Weekend’s Here

Posted by novoscene on May 7, 2010

Our picks for this month’s Art Murmur are here. And don’t forget that only suckers pay for taxi rides downtown on First Fridays.

The Peralta in Bloom Cakewalk

Friday

Beards and Bellies

One of our favorite downtown cafes is opening a show Friday called Beards and Bellies: Urban Collage Paintings on Gender. Farley’s East is showing work by E. Morrow Howe, which delves into “gender, ladyness, sexuality, race, secrets, heartaches, and identity in 2010.”

What: Beards and Bellies
When: Friday, May 7, 7PM – 9PM
Where: Farley’s East, 33 Grand Avenue
How Much: Free

Peace about Life

Claudine Naganuma has been an innovator and an iconoclast in the world of dance since she founded dNaga in 2001. This weekend, her company will perform Peace about Life: Dancing with Parkinson’s at Laney College.  As always, the cast represents all ages, genders, races, and sizes, and the performance promises “a powerful experience that will nourish your mind and stimulate your heart.”

What: Peace about Life: Dancing with Parkinson’s
When: Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, both shows at 8 PM
Where: Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon Street
How Much: $20

Feria Urbana

As you head out for the art walk, consider making a stop at Feria Urbana. It’s an excellent place to pick up locally made gifts from for both you and your mom. Usually, this cool urban fair brings together artists and designers selling jewelry, artwork, home accessories, ceramics, fashion accessories, baby items and more.

This Friday, expect to see the work of Aiko Designs, Cookie and the Dude, By Nieves, King Bag Company, Found Jewelry, Eristotle, SuperSugarRayRay, Estilo Clothing, note•ify, Mangosteen, Honeycomb Jewelry, Tidal Ware, Georgie Be,  Ruby Roxanne Designs, Ichi-V, Rock N Socks, Isla Corbett,  Birdy Botanicals, Cutthroat Sewing, Bright Light Designs, Nneka, Rosemary Dudley Designs, and others.

Get additional info at feriaurbanasf.com

When: Friday May 7, 6 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Where: The New Parish – 579 18th Street @ San Pablo
(510) 444-7474, www.thenewparish.com/
How much: Free admission

Saturday

Tear Down the Walls

The United States has more prisoners than any other country in the world. Yet abuses in our prisons rarely see the light of day. There is far more public outcry for what has happened at Gitmo than the everyday torture and mistreatment that is part of our broken corrections system. The Prison Activist Resource Center seeks to expose these abuses, and act as an advocate for prisoners. Uptown Body and Fender Shop (a great place to have a party, and get your car fixed) is hosting a fundraiser for the grassroots, volunteer organization Saturday evening. There’ll be live music, bellydancing, and a DJ.

What: Music and Performance for the Prison Activist Resource Center
When: Saturday, May 8, 7 PM – Midnight
Where: Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street
How Much: $1 to $10 suggested donation

Peralta in Bloom

The Peralta in Bloom festival benefits one of Oakland’s greatest elementary schools. The North Oakland public school boasts great test scores for its entire student body. It’s one school where you can watch the achievement gap disappear. If the cup of organic edible dirt doesn’t grab you, then have a sno-cone, a pulled-pork sandwich, or scale the 30-feet high climbing wall. The proceeds go to one of the most committed parent teacher groups in the city.

What: Peralta in Bloom
When: Saturday, May 8, Noon – 4 PM
Where: 460 63rd Street

Back to the Rancho

It used to be that every California school kid had to make an adobe brick as part of learning the state’s history. But with the state’s disastrous finances and the relentless emphasis on testing, straw and dirt are probably no longer in school district budgets. Happily, the Peralta Hacienda is opening up its school tour to the general public Saturday afternoon, so everyone will be able to make an adobe brick, play Ohlone games, and sample a test of life on the ranch back before California became part of the United States. Back to the Rancho will also include coffee, tea, homemade snacks, and a nice excuse to see what’s new in the Fruitvale, if you’re not from the neighborhood.

What: Back to the Rancho
When: Saturday, May 8, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Where: Antonio Peralta House, 2465 34th Avenue
How Much: Free

Behind the Bellows

Quick! What musical instrument was patented in 1829? If you answered, “Everybody knows the accordion,” then this event is for you. The Fishtank on Piedmont Aenue is screening “Behind the Bellows,” a documentary film by Steve Mobia. No accordion event would be complete without live performances, and well-known local accordionists (Dackmandu, Salane and Friends) will perform before the movie. Even if your not a Bellowshead, the doc promises to be loaded with all sorts of interesting things you didn’t know you wanted to know.

What: “Behind the Bellows”
When: Saturday, May 8, 8 PM – 11PM
Where: The Fishtank, 3405 Piedmont Avenue
How Much: $5 to $15

Hot Tub and  Friends

If you haven’t seen the diabolically entertaining band Hot Tub, you should. The fine gals will be at The Uptown Saturday night with Isis G and Party Effects.

What: Hot Tub and Friends
When: Saturday, May 8, 9 PM – 2 AM
Where: Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue
How Much: $10

Sunday

Brazzissimo

After brunch, or a visit to the Sweet Shoppe, take mom to see Brazzissimo, a ten-piece Bay Area brass band playing music from all over the world. As their name suggests, there’s a strong Latin American influence, but they are still as likely to play Bach as they are a Bossa Nova. Brazzissimo will be at the Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church Sunday afternoon for a spring concert which will include jazz favorites, classical, and Latin music.

What: Brazzissimo Spring Concert
When: Sunday, May 9 1 Pm – 3PM
Where: Park Boulevard Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Boulevard

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Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on April 29, 2010

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

Friday, April 30

The Coup

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

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

The Secret Society

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

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

Saturday, May 1

Brew for the Beautiful Game

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

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

Walking in Jane’s Name

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

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

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

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

Opening of the 57-33 store

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

What: 57-33 Opens.

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

Keep Oakland Beautiful

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

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

Second Kids Otter Read Around the Bay Day

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

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

Sunday, May 2

Lag BaOmer Picnic

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

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

The Deconstruction Orchestra

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

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

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

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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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1/8: A Winter Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 7, 2010

It’s a chilly weekend: A perfect time to pack into a church basement to hear some bluegrass or seek out some soul-warming Oakland art.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8

Comedy Nights

Every Friday night, comedians from all across the Bay Area descend on Washington Inn to entertain. They’ve been on Comedy Central, they all seem to have performed at Punchline comedy club as well as various other Bay Area venues. They are Joe Klocek, Mike Moto, Samson Koletkar, Joe Gleckler, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and others. They may not all be Oakland residents, but together, they’re as diverse as Oakland — not just in how they look, but what they present.

Friday, January 8, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., doors open at 8:30 p.m.
The Washington Inn, 495 10th Street @ Washington Street
$10/$8 w/ student ID
Reservations online:comedyoffbroadwayoakland.com
(415) 676-1371/comedyoffbroadwayoakland@gmail.com
Ages 18 & up

The Names Project

This project sounds more like a test of artist Renetta Sitoy’s memory than the pleasurable work of art it no doubt is. The artist has created a mixed media installation by collecting, from memory, more than 500 names of people from her past. Her intention is to re-create histories, as well as to explore the extent to which the Internet can aid and extend one’s memory.

Friday, January 8, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Ave
Free

Love of Fate

Check out Amor Fati, a thought-provoking exhibit at Joyce Gordon Gallery, which highlights the work of fêted local artists like Favianna Rodriguez, Carlos Villa, Miju, Kwantro-Kantos, and Malaquias Montoya. “The work has a lot to do with the parallel side of history and progress, says Lian Ladia, the show’s co-curator.” This may include politics, chaos; it may include passion.”

Opening reception: Friday, January 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show continues through February 8.
Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street, joycegordongallery.com/

Cool Meets Comfy Bluegrass

The always-excellent Utunes Coffeehouse hosts the Circle R Boys Friday night at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. Imagine the melding of Greenwich Village folk club circa 1960 with a Lake Woebegon church basement social and you’ll have a sense of the friendly, fun vibe at the Utunes Coffeehouse. The Circle R Boys are 10 year-old Bay Area Bluegrass group. “They are known for their vocal harmonies and solid instrumentation, with not a lot of fancy stuff – ust good, clean pickin’.”

Friday, January 8, 8 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street
$18

Marx in Soho

The Flux 53 Theater out in East O is putting on Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. “Historian and activist Howard Zinn (best known for his People’s History of the United States) has created a one-man play resurrecting the iconic and controversial historical figure, who returns to clear his name and reject the ideological rigidity of many of his followers with the declaration “I am not a Marxist!” Zinn paints a poignant, funny, and intimate portrait of the man as he was – an impoverished immigrant struggling to survive in London amid family, friends, and enemies – while demonstrating that Marx’s critique of capitalism is more relevant than ever.”

Saturday, Sunday, Monday January 8-10, 8 p.m.
5306 Foothill Boulevard
$15 suggested, $20 on opening night with wine and cheese reception

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9


East Bay Vegan Bakesale

Calling all East Bay vegans! Get over to Issues this Saturday for an all-vegan bakesale. This one’s in front of Issues, the popular Piedmont bookstore. The organizers, Ashley Rowe, Chelsea, and Carolynn Webb, will be putting this together every other month and are looking for bakers and volunteers. The money raised from the sale will go to groups and causes they want to support. This month, the proceeds go to the Bad Rap Pit Bull Rescue and to the Laurel Elementary School to construct and maintain a school garden.

Saturday, January 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Issues, 20 Glen Avenue

Zodiac Death Valley

Zodiac Death Valley, the weird and enigmatic San Francisco band, headlines at Uptown nightclub Saturday night. Also on the bill: Bare Wires, Hot Daxx, Hanna Moriah.

Saturday, January 9, 9 p.m.
Uptown nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Avenue
$10

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

Memories of Oakland

For this show, local artists have collaborated with Oakland musician and artist Winston Goertz-Giffen’s on his concept: Memories of Oakland. The gallery will showcase original artwork that has gone into the making of an art book devoted to memories of Oakland. The book and the accompanying CD, a compilation of the work of musicians that Winston has worked with while he has lived in Oakland, will be celebrated.

The following artists contributed work for this show: Vanessa Maida, Conor Ottenweller, Sarah Haba, Willey Frick, Ian Huebert, PJ Calihan, Jaden Alexander, Naaman Rosen, Eric Philpott, Priya Ray, Fatimah Guienze, Kristi Holohan, Lexi Babayan, Niki Banffy-Nesbitt, Michael Steffan, Aubrey Ferreira, Rosie Steefy, Cansafis Foote, Dirk Schmidt, Winston Goertz-Giffen, Roberto Miguel, Amanda Stahl, Zach Houston, Luke Judd, Andrew Macy, Aaron Handler, Jon Latimer, Annie Alonzi and Boguslaw Moravec.

The opening reception will feature music by Saything, Trainwreck Riders, The Aimless Never Miss, Anteater Eats Ant, Roberto Miguel, Tyler Wagner, and Tall Grass

Memories of Oakland will be installed at WE Artspace from Jan 10-Jan 31.
Opening reception: Sunday, January 10, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
768 40th Street (on the corner of West Street, two blocks from the MacArthur Bart Station)
Free

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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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The Nutcracker

Posted by novoscene on December 24, 2009

Are Nutcracker tickets on your shopping list? Even if you don’t have kids, do consider going for it this year. The Oakland Ballet Company has gone all out to make sure Oaklanders get to enjoy the annual performance of the Nutcracker this year -just as they’ve done for the past 36 years. And it’s our turn to show them some love and support now.

In case you missed it, here’s the story of this year’s Nutcracker — the story of how the ballet company weathered the economy and kept going.

WHEN:

Thursday, December 24 at 11 a.m.

Saturday, December 26 at 2 p.m. *

Saturday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 27 at 2 p.m.*

*The Saturday and Sunday matinees will be followed by a Sweet Dreams party, which will feature light refreshments and Nutcracker characters posing for pictures and signing autographs. Separate tickets are required and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

TICKETS: $15-$50 with student and senior discounts through www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000

WHERE:
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway 510-465-6400, paramounttheatre.com

Are Nutcracker tickets on your shopping list? Even if you don’t have kids, do consider going for it this year! The Oakland Ballet Company has gone all out to make sure Oaklanders get to enjoy the annual performance of the Nutcracker.. as they’ve done for the past 36 years. And it’s our turn to show them some love and support now. In case you missed it, here’s the story of this year’s Nutcracker — the story of how the ballet company weathered the economy and kept going.

WHEN:

Thursday, December 24 at 11 a.m.

Saturday, December 26 at 2 p.m. *

Saturday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 27 at 2 p.m.*

*The Saturday and Sunday matinees will be followed by a Sweet Dreams party, which will feature light refreshments and Nutcracker characters posing for pictures and signing autographs. Separate tickets are required and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

TICKETS: $15-$50 with student and senior discounts through www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000

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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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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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Celebrations: Halloween and the Day of the Dead

Posted by novoscene on October 29, 2009

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29

Uptown masquerade

Fox benefit
When was the last time you went to a masquerade, complete with masks and all? This Halloween bash will have masks for sale, if you didn’t get a chance to pick up yours. The organizers are promising an evening of live music, dancing and of course, food. Reed Fromer Band, an R & B group, will perform, and there will be a “surprise celebrity guest.”

This is a benefit for the Fox Theater, with proceeds going to Friends of the Oakland Fox, which preserves the theater, and to East Bay Emergency Relief efforts.

Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m. to midnight.
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph General admission:$20, VIP: $100

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30


Pre-Halloween with Frankenstein

Want a low key beginning to your Halloween? Watch the 1948 scary comedy, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein on the big screen at the Paramount.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Box Office opens at 6:00pm, doors open at 7:00. The curtain rises at 8:00pm
All Tickets: $5.00

10000_Halloween

10000 Things That go Bump in the Night

Chabot’s having its Halloween party with live music from BandWorks School of Rock, a costume contest, spooky beverages, views of the cosmos (if the weather holds up) and a special haunt jaunt crawl of things that go bump in the night with the Galaxy Explorers. Kids of all ages –and all kinds of costumes – welcome.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard
$20 Adults, $15 Students/Members $8

6th Annual Dimond Howl-o-ween Pet Parade & Costume Party

Don’t leave the pets out of the Halloween fun! The Dimond movers and shakers at Paws & Claws are hosting a party for you and your pets. Meet at Paws and Claws, then join the 6 p.m. parade through the district collecting treats, then return to Paws & Claws and enjoy the outdoor campfire, food & drinks.

$5 Donation Benefits PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support)
6 p.m.to 9 p.m. Paws & Claws 2023 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland 510-336-0105
pawsnclawsoakland.com

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

Day of the Dead

Days of the Dead Fiesta 2009

On Saturday, head over to La Borinqueña Restaurant & Specialty Shop in Old Oakland for cooking demonstrations, folk arts and crafts, and to celebrate both the Day of the Dead holiday as well as the 10,000 Steps project. Old Oakland impresario Tina “Tamale” has put together an afternoon that anyone who loves Mexican food and culture will enjoy. If you miss this event, catch up with the tamale queens at the Fruitvale festival on Sunday.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
582 7th Street at Jefferson

Halloween Haunted House

If your kids are into scary Halloween events, consider what the folks at Studio One Art Center are offering. They’re hosting a haunted house – for adults and kids. There will be face painting, games and light treats.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street

$2 for children accompanies by adults, $2 for adults with children, $3 for everyone else.
For info, call 510-597 5027

Celebrations on Piedmont/Halloween Movie Night for Kids

Oakland retailers are really getting into the Halloween spirit. On Piedmont Avenue, they’ve got a full day of Halloween activities – free cartoons at Piedmont theater, a grand parade, trick-or-treat, face painting, live music, and a lot more. Check out the complete schedule at piedmontavenuemerchants.org/halloween-parade-09-schedule

And when the day’s over, Video Room on Piedmont will have a kids costume contest and a free screening of the Nightmare Before Christmas. Remember to take your chair and blanket.

7 p.m.
4364 Piedmont Avenue
Free
For questions, e-mail: Mandel Lum twentybelowzero@gmail.com

Thrillerthon: Haitian Day of the Dead party

Thrillerthon

This Halloween costume party celebrates Haitian “Gede” and Michael Jackson’s thriller. DJ Epic and DJ Mpenzi will spin Soca, Soukous, Samba, Soul and Dancehall. El Wah Movement Caribbean Dancers and the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble will perform.
The Den @ the Fox
1807 Telegraph Ave, Uptown Oakland
Doors open @ 8:30 p.m., $5 before 10pm/$10 thereafter


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1


The Annual 2009 Fruitvale “Día de Los Muertos” festival

It’s happening! Earlier this year, it had looked like Oakland’s Dia De Los Muertos Festival would be a victim of the recession. But Council member Ignacio de la Fuente intervened. With some help from the City, the Day of the Dead celebration, which is the largest festival of its kind in the Bay Area with more than 100,000 attendees, is back on its feet.

Held in Fruitvale every year, this one day event will feature more than 20 altars, art and craft vendors, traditional Latin American foods, musical performances, and an interactive exhibit by the Oakland Museum of California. There’s also going to be a kids area with games and rides.

The festival honors a traditional holiday in several Latin American countries, where families and friends gather to pray for and remember ancestors and relatives who have died. If you’d like to volunteer, get in touch with Claudia Burgos at
cburgos@oaklandnet.com

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Along International Boulevard between Fruitvale Ave. and 35th Ave.; at the Fruitvale Transit Village;  and along 12th Street to 37th Avenue in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California
Free

Sunday Book Readings

Poets C.S Giscombe and Charity Ketz will be reading at Diesel in Oakland. Giscombe, the editor of Mixed Blood, a poetry journal, has written several books of poetry and a memoir. His newest collection is Prairie Style. Ketz, a Ph.D student in English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, recently had her first poetry collection published – The Narcoleptic Yard.

3 p.m.
Diesel – A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., dieselbookstore.com

Local author Canyon Sam will be reading from her new book, Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History, at Laurel Books.

4 p.m.
Laurel Books, 4100 MacArthur, 510-531-2073

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