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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

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.

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.

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


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

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

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


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


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


Dimond 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


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


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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09/18: Your O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 17, 2009

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

Friday, September 18

Magic Jester Improv Show

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

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

Saturday, September 19

Oakland’s Historic Town Squares Walking Tour

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

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

KoreaTown Poster

The KoreaTown-Northgate Culture fest

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

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

Swap, Not Shop

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

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

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

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

Circus Arts Variety Show

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 20

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

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

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

Sundays in the Redwoods

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

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

Questions: oaklandnet.com/parks/Sundays/

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

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

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

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

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

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

Folkin Blues Festival

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

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

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08/14: The Art and Soul Weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 14, 2009

Art and Soul

Featured Event: ART & SOUL

The City may be broke, but that’s not stopping Oakland’s annual two-day downtown block party. Art and Soul goes down this weekend at a new and improved time (who wanted to be home for Labor Day weekend?) As always, there will be stages showcasing R&B, hip-hop, and Latin music. The headliner on Saturday is Shawn Colvin and on Sunday, it’s Will Downing. Look for an excellent kid’s zone and bring your hunger. The food vendors represent a nice mix of State Fair style dreck and healthier offerings from Oakland’s varied culinary scene. Free bike parking is available at the festival’s Broadway and 14th Street entrance.

Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, Noon to 6 p.m.
Adult admission $10, seniors and youth (12-17) $5, kids 12 and under are free
Downtown Oakland. Entrances: 14th Street & Broadway, 16th Street & San Pablo
For more, visit artandsouloakland.com

Friday, August 14


Mine, the documentary

Mine, the documentary

Dog lovers, this is for you. Take your lovely self and your dog down to Hollywoof tonight. It’s a fundraiser for various organizations and a very good documentary.

But the real reason that you’ll go there is to spend an evening with your beloved dog and other dog lovers. There’ll be a dog masseuse, photographers, and of course, a doggy bar. Indi filmmaker Geralyn Pezanoski will show Mine, his award-winning documentary about the animals left behind during Katrina. And yes, your dog can stay for the movie. Buy your tickets at the event page at dogopolis.com

6.30 p.m.to 9.30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $8 canine admission
Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street

Dancing Under the Stars

Head over to Jack London Square for a free salsa dance lesson tonight.
Instructors from Linden Street studio will teach you some moves, and then let you practice while the Cuban group Edgardo Cambon y Latido performs live in the background. There will also be a dance “exposition.”

Class begins at 7.30 p.m.
Open dance at 8.30 p.m.
Jack London Square (Broadway at Water)

Pan’s Improv Jam

At Pan’s monthly improv theater jam, Pan Theater performers and guests form teams of performers on the spot for twenty-minute long form sets. Each set team will explore an audience suggested theme through games, scenes, and everything else.

Guests can watch, or participate. No scripts, no rules – other than have fun. Admission up until half an hour before the jam is over. Those wishing to perform must arrive at least an hour before the evening is over.

8 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Tickets $10 at the door (to participate and/or watch)
Pan Theater, 2135 Broadway (one block from BART)

And if you haven’t read about the New Life party on theOakBook.com already, here’s the scoop on it.

Saturday, August 14

Key System Walk

Remember the Key System that we love to write about – the transport system that inspired our line of tee shirts (see the bottom of the home page.) You can walk the Key’s C line (A Level) walk from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday. It’s sponsored by the Oakland Heritage Alliance.

10 a.m.
Start at MacArthur BART station underpass on 40th St.
For more, call 510-763-9218.

FOR KIDS: Blowin’ in the Wind

The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland offers a workshop each month that’s focused on family art-making and collaboration. This Saturday, kids learn about various kinds of kites (the paper-kind that fly in the air). Then, they get to make their own.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
$7 per child
538 Ninth Street
George Duke

George Duke at Yoshi’s

Piano/synthesizer performer and singer George Duke is playing at Yoshi’s this weekend. He got famous with an album called The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He is known for his solo work as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa.

Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows $30
Sunday 2 p.m. Kids Matinee: $5 kids, $18 adult (with kid), $30 adult (general)
Sunday 7 p.m. show $30
510 Embarcadero W. in Jack London Square

Sunday, August 16

Wild Teens

Are you a teenager, or the parent of a teenager? If yes, then consider the Teen Wild Guides program at the Oakland Zoo.  These guides are young people (13 years to 18 years) interested in animals, plants, conservation, and children. They’re trained to be animal interpreters and conservation leaders. And they have a lot of fun.

If this sounds remotely interesting, go to an orientation. There’s one on Sunday evening and if you can’t make it, there’s another one on Monday evening. You can ask questions, learn more about the program and application process, and meet zoo staff.

Sunday, August 16, 5:00pm/Monday, August 17, 7 p.m.
Classroom #1, Education Center, Contact: Melinda Sievert, Teen Coordinator, 510-632-9525 ext 201, or email here at msievert@oaklandzoo.org.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road

The Vibe Lounge

Special Events to say bye to one of Oakland’s coolest LGBT destinations: The Vibe Lounge

Friday, August 14

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Complimentary Happy Hour appetizers
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Five dollar Fridays with DJ Serg spinning fresh hip-hop & DJ Mallie spinning old school jams

Saturday, August 15

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Club Rimshot & The Vibe Lounge have teamed up to present a blowout FAREWELL PARTY. DJ Rum’s hooking it up with hip-hop, rap, old skool and more

Sunday, August 16th

4 p.m. to 9 p.m.: The Last Dance – afternoon tea dance featuring R & B, soul
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: The Party Ain’t Ova

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Independence Day Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 2, 2009

It’s the July 4th weekend, but there’s a lot more than fireworks on the calendar. We’ve got creative performances, music and dancing, and several Independence day celebrations.

July 4th

Friday, July 3

Opera Piccola @ the Oakland Museum of California

The always enjoyable Opera Piccola is staging readings from four new plays by Oakland playwrights at the Oakland Museum of California’s First Fridays After Five. Hear lines from new works by Judith Offer, Jay Chee, Julie Rainbow, and Nicole Shaw. The show starts at 7:30, so you’ll have plenty of time to hit up Uptown, the First Friday epicenter, post performance. If you’re walking from the museum toward Uptown, consider stopping off at the Joyce Gordon Gallery at 406 14th Street to see the opening of Glimpses in Time 2009, a photo competition juried by Rene de Guzman, the Oakland Museum of California’s senior curator.

Oakland Museum of California’s First Fridays After Five
1000 Oak Street
5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th Street
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Terrence McManus & Phillip Greenlief, Theresa Wong

These musicians are creative and acclaimed, and they’re in Oakland. Saxophonist Phillip Freenlief, improvisational guitarist Terrence McManus and cellist/vocalist Theresa Wong will be performing in the town tomorrow night, and those who know their music will be there. Check out the links below to get to know them, if you don’t already.

9 p.m.
Flux 53 Theater
5300-5312 Foothill Boulevard

Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble

3rd Annual Frederick Douglass Day / Alternative Fourth of July Celebration

At the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, they’re honoring the abolitionist Frederick Douglass. And the recently formed youth ensemble that bears his name will perform, along with popular local jazz poetry ensemble, UpSurge! (The founder of Upsurge, Raymond Nat Turner has been instrumental in creating the youth ensemble.) The evening’s special guests are actor/director Michael Lange, who will read excerpts from Douglass’ famous speech, “What Is the Fourth of July to the Slave?, and activist/poet Cesar A. Cruz.

Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
1616 Franklin Street, (bet. 16th and 17th St, downtown Oakland)
BBQ: 6 p.m. BBQ (incl. veggie burgers) available, donation goes to OPC music programs for youth
Showtime: 8 p.m.

Salsa dancing

If you’re feeling festive this weekend, or just toying with the idea of learning a dance, try the free class in Jack London Square on Friday evening. This week, they’re teaching the salsa. Try an old-fashioned evening — dinner and dance instead of the usual dinner and a movie.

8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Foot of Broadway (at Water Street)

Saturday, July 4

Party Like its 1909

Two of Oakland’s eminent historic houses, the Pardee Home Museum and the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, are hosting old-timey Fourth of July celebrations on Saturday. Hellman Dunsmuir is opening its grounds to picnickers and letting visitors view the home on self-guided tours. There’ll be games for children and live music. Admission is $5. For a few dollars more you can relive the early 20th century in downtown Oakland without having to bring your own food. The Pardee Patriotic Picnic and Stereopticon Ice Cream Social costs $12 for adults and $5 for kids between 5 and 11, but there’s a $2 discount for grown ups willing to don period garb. The proceeds will benefit the upkeep of the old home and its gardens.

Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
12 p.m.-6 p.m.
2960 Peralta Oaks Ct.; 510-615-5555

Pardee Patriotic Picnic and Stereopticon Ice Cream Social
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
$12 for adults, $5 for kids
672 11th Street

Party like it 2009

If you like watching fireworks by the water, then Jack London Square is where you need to be Saturday evening. Live music begins at 7 with Ben Oni Orchestra and the Bluesburners, an Oakland R & B band. Little kids might want to know that K.C., the lead vocalist of the Bluesburners, was once queen of Fairyland. If you’re worried about the crowd and parking, then take the bikes out. Bay Area Bikes will offer free bike valet services.

Music: 7 p.m. onwards
Fireworks: 9:15 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.
On the waterfront in Jack London Square

Celebrations on the Bay – Dinner & Fireworks

If you’d like to be someplace a little fancier than the waterfront, then try a three-hour dinner cruise around the Bay. Board at the Oakland ferry dock at 7 p.m., and watch the fireworks from the middle of the water. There will be an all-night cash bar on board.

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Dinner Cruise
$70 for adults, and $35 for children 10 and under
More information: Celebrations on the Bay at 1-877-499-4229 or www.celebrationsonthebay.com

Sunday, July 5


Water Lounge is more than a place for $1 oysters. On Sunday evenings, it’s home for spinnin’ soul, R & B, Hip Hop and funk with djs wonway, dion decibels, LN.
8 p.m
5634 College Avenue (near Rockridge Bart)

Big_Trio_by_Chick_Harrity_ Wayne De La Cruz and the Big Trio

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2009

If the traditional July 4th celebrations aren’t your scene, stop by the Fillmore Jazz Fest. Three stages of music and a chef’s stage, there’s got to be something for you in the mix. The line up features popular local names like the Marcus Shelby orchestra, Bobbie Webb and the Smooth Blues Band, Kim Nalley and many others. See the complete schedule here.

Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Fillmore — between Jackson and Eddy streets in San Francisco

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6/8 Monday, Bluesy Monday

Posted by novoscene on June 8, 2009

If you’re looking for a place to unwind after that 1st day back at the work then head down to Jack London square tonight for the 1st session of their new Musical Monday series.  For the next 2 months the square will feature a rotating lineup of local performers and tunes fit for the whole family.  Things kick off tonight with the Blues Burners, winners of the KRSH Favorite Local Blues Band award, playing a mix of funky soul, modern blues, and good old-fashioned R & B. Read the rest of this entry »

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5/5 Cinco De Mayo-where we drinkin’?

Posted by novoscene on May 5, 2009

It’s the 5th of May, do you know where your party is?

Here are a few selections of party options to get you started.  Get out, grab some friends, grab some drinks at party like it’s…well, party like it’s Cinco De Mayo!

Soul Fyah Cinco De Mayo

Latin meets Jamaican with choice Reggae, Dancehall, Lover’s Rock Reggaeton cuts from DJ’s Serg, Kool Kyle, Stepwise and Santero. Special Cinco De Mayo drink specials all night.

Soul Fyah Cinco De Mayo
Lukas Lounge
2221 Broadway, Oakland

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4/27 Deep, Funky Monday

Posted by novoscene on April 27, 2009

A quick heads up for those still in party mode check out Kingman’s Lucky Lounge’s Soulful Vibrations, a Monday night house music session for the dancing inclined. Dj’s Imani and Rahiem Jihad throw down all deep and funky so check it out if you’re in need of a quick 4/4 fix.

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2/26 Soul Rock and Secret Societies

Posted by novoscene on February 26, 2009


After some much needed, but fun stifling waterworks, the skies above The Bay have cleared for a bit and now it’s time to get back to the regularly scheduled business of partying. And tonight we’ve got a couple of great contenders.

For the last couple of weeks Thursday nights over at Karibbean City have been heating up with some of the most promising up and comers and below the radar veteran soul musicians in the area throwing it down for “Soul Searching Thursdays.” Performers so far have included Czelena, DJ B-love, Agape Soul, Malcolm Marshall and DJ Manny Black. Tonight soul music OG Kofy Browntakes the stage to show these new whipper snappers how it’s done.

While getting her start in the Bay’s mid ’90’s spoken word scene and dipping both feet into the singer/songwriter waters more than once, for the last few Kofy’s been swimming more in the river of hard rock, both as the lead singer of the Black Girls Rock poster girls “Sistahs in the Pit” and with cuts off the new album, “Soul Rock.” Just back from touring Vienna and Switzerland, I’m sure Kofy and crew are in the mood for a little hometown love and support. Read the rest of this entry »

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2/13 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 13, 2009

Friday, Feb. 13

Formations: new work by Victoria Wagner & Erik Parra

blankspace’s latest exhibit touches on the order and chaos found both in natural and man made worlds. In this two-person exhibition artists Victoria Wagner & Erik Parra tackle the theme with their own style and approach, fleshing out the unexpected interactions that happen when worlds collide. Tonight also marks the end of Victoria’s “mobile listening service” project, that required her to set up a table in several selected communities and listen to anyone that wanted to sit down and talk.

6608 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Pecha Kucha

Tonight on Valentine’s eve 10 Bay Area Artists are giving you their riffs on all things L-O-V-E. Features for this month’s Pecha Kucha include poetry by Aisha Heredia and Joel B Tan, visual art by Emory Douglas and Running Forward and photos by Opal Essence, Bethanie Hines, Hasain Rasheed, Sheila Menezes and Eric K. Arnold. There’ll also be a special dedication to Bay Graffiti legend Mike “Dream” Francisco presented by members of TDK crew. Keeping with the tradition of the original Pecha Kucha Nights in Japan, each artist will present 20 pieces of work and speak on each image for 20 seconds.

Pecha Kucha
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

1LOVE Valentine’s Edition

Alright I know it’s kinda cheesy with the marketing and the sales and the buying and the expectations and all, but really, what’s so wrong with spending a day celebrating love? And even more-what’s wrong with celebrating love with some fresh beats? DJ Dmadness has been releasing V-Day themed mix tapes for the last 3 year and this year’s “ExtraLoving: A Valentine’s Lovers Rock Reggae Mix” is quite lovealicious and packed with 62 tracks of lover’s rock and snuggle inspired island riddims. He’s joined on the decks tonight by Pam the Funkstress and Green B and all attendees receive a free copy of the mix-cuz it’s all for the love ya’know?

1LOVE Valentine’s Edition
Poleng Lounge
1751 Fulton St. San Francisco

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