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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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05/14: Your Indie Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 13, 2010

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

FRIDAY, May 14

The Indies

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

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

Rockridge Jazz and Wine Stroll

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

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

City Slicker Farms Fundraiser

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

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

Into the Woods at Mills College

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

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

Chinyakare and the KTO Project play UTunes Coffeehouse

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY, May 15

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

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

Learn How to make Buttons

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

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

Mysterious Women

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

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

Elephants at the Zoo

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

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

Oakland Underground Film Festival/ Jack London Square Summer Film Series

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY, May 16

Culture Fest

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

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

Greek Festival

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

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

Ode to Joy

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

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

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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.
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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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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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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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01/28: Your O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 28, 2010

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

FRIDAY, JANAUARY 28

Comedy off Broadway

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

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

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29

NOC for Your Next House

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

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

Spin Master

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

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

One Year of Fluxation

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

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

Pixels at an Exhibition


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

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

A Winter’s Ale

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

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

Haiti Benefit at Oliveto

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

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 30

White Elephant Sale

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

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

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Welcome 2010

Posted by novoscene on December 31, 2009

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

Balloon Drop

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

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

Cedric the Entertainer

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

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

Dance Extravaganza

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

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

Eclectic Fever 2010

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

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

Taoist Meditation

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

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

Open Mic Party

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

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

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12/11: Your O-Scene Weekend’s Here

Posted by novoscene on December 10, 2009

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

Tonight: Holiday Buy Night

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

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

FRIDAY, December 11

Strumming, Picking, and Sawing

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

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

Uptown Improv

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

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

The Wiz at the Fox

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

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

Beer fest

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

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

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

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

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

SATURDAY, December 12

Jingletown Art Walk

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

Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fun for Kids: Candy Cottages

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

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

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

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

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

For more, visit KFOG

LOCAL LOVE

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

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

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

SUNDAY, December 13

Let us Break Bread Together

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

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

The Silver Screen

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

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

Get Those Cool gifts at the Crucible

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

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

Saturday: Tibetan Breakfast

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

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

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Oakland Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted by novoscene on November 25, 2009

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

Thursday, November 26

Volunteering over Thanksgiving

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

Friday, November 27

Plaid Friday

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

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

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

Plaid Friday After-Party

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

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

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

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

Pro-Arts Juried Annual

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

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

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

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

Mercurius, Drawings by Robert Porter and Obi Kaufmann

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

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

Saturday, November 28

West Oakie Turkey Shoot Benefit for the Golden Mean

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

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

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

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

Rocky Horror

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

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

Sunday, November 29

Cinderella and Fantasyland

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

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

Doors open 45 minutes before shows

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

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

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

Doors open 45 minutes before shows

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

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