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08/07: The O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 7, 2009

Laurel Street Fest

FEATURED EVENT: The Annual Laurel Street Fair

Last week, we wrote that Lakefest was the essential Oakland street fair. We meant it was the essential Oakland street fair that weekend. On Saturday, the Laurel District Association holds its 10th annual street party. That’s three blocks of MacArthur Boulevard jam-packed with great food, cool stuff to buy, and a massive kid’s zone. The Laurel street fair has always distinguished itself with excellent music. This year the event features Las Bomberas de la Bahia (an all-female Puerto Rican dance band,) the Funkanauts, and more.

Saturday August 8, 1  p.m. – 6 p.m.
MacArthur Boulevard between 35th and 38th Avenues

Friday, August 7

Movie night at the Paramount

Watch an old classic on the big screen in downtown Oakland’s charming art deco theater.

The Women (1939) with Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell.
8 p.m., Box office opens at 6 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8 p.m.
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway

The Enamelist Society Conference/Ornament

If you notice more than the usual number of artsy types walking around City Center this weekend, it’s because several hundred members of the Enamelist Society of America are in town for their bi-annual convention. One doesn’t have to be a practitioner of the ancient art to visit the downtown Marriot and view the convention’s “instant gallery” or to participate in the silent auction.

Friday through Sunday – The Enamelist Society Conference
Monday and Tuesday – Post-Conference Workshops
Marriott, 1001 Broadway

For pricing and other information, click here


If you don’t want to lose yourself in the conference, but do want to get a glimpse of what the fuss is all about, visit the Christensen Heller gallery to see Cloisonne Enamel from Georgia: Ornament: Visiting from Tbilisi, Georgia – work by masters of this ancient art

Christensen Heller Gallery, 5829 College Avenue; 510-655-5952

August 5 to August 14
Gallery hours:
Wednesday –Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 5

First Friday Art Walk/Art Murmur

Come out for the art walk Friday evening. Our art writer called his favorites here, but consider walking around and coming up with your own list.

If you’re a James Baldwin fan, stop by Joyce Gordon gallery between 5.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to see the James Baldwin Series – Photographs and Paintings by Ted Pontiflet. If you like it, return for the artist talk at 3.30 p.m. on August 23.

406 Fourteenth Street, joycegordongallery.com/

Saturday, August 7

Embroidery Club (AKA Little Old Lady Club)

If you want to spice up some of your stuff, and think you could do it with some embroidery, visit the Club at Rock Paper Scissors on Saturday afternoon. They request you take a hoop if you have one. Tea provided. Gentlemen are welcome as well.

2 p.m.to 4 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph, 510-238-9171

Fourth Annual Urban Wine Experience

There are more than a dozen wineries spread across Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Alameda. Come to Jack London Square Saturday afternoon to taste and sample more than 50 wines at the Urban Wine Experience. Put together by the East Bay Vintners Alliance, the event features 14 wineries, each of whom has partnered with a restaurant or food purveyor for pairings.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Jack London Square
Advanced purchase tickets are $45 online (You can buy them here.)
Admission at the gate on the day of the event will cost $60

Sunday, August 9

Family Explorations at the Oakland Museum

Join the museum and the Oakland Public Library in celebrating the end of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Check out mystifying magic with Timothy James; art activities; cartooning with author Oliver Chin; dancing on our outdoor stage; scavenger hunt with prizes; interactive story times; and free frozen treats from Dreyer’s at the end of the day (as long as supplies last). And there’s more! At the end of the day, a ceremony honors all the children who completed the Summer Reading Program. Free Second Sundays.

12:30–4:30 p.m.
Included with museum admission ($8 for adults, $5 for seniors).
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak@10th Street

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07/24 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 24, 2009

This weekend’s got Shakespeare,  movies with drinks, a craft bazaar, celebrations in the park and a lot of things that are only happening here in the O-Town.

Friday, July 24

Fourth Friday Movie NightThe Secret Garden

It’s time for another move night at the Dunsmuir Hellman estate. Tonight, they’re showing the Secret Garden, a family-friendly movie about a special place where magic, love, and hope grow.

Take your picnic baskets and a blanket. There’ll be live jazz accompanying the sunset. The mansion will also be open for self-guided free tours.

Grounds open at 6 p.m., movie begins soon after sunset
Dunsmuir Hellman historic estate 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605

poster of Come Drink with Me

Come Drink with Me

If you’re a fan of the drunken style in martial arts, then you’ll want to stagger over to Soja tonight for a screening of the Hong Kong classic, “Come Drink with Me.” Filmed in 1966, the movie stars Cheng Pei Pei as Golden Swallow, a government agent charged with rescuing a kidnapped official from a gang of thugs.

9 p.m.
Soja Martial Arts 2406 Webster Street

Saturday, July 25

Craft Bazaar @ Pretty Penny

Craft flier

The Parlour Gallery and Pretty Penny, a Rockridge destination for vintage wear, are hosting a craft bazaar this weekend.  The bazaar will feature an intimate group of local fashion and craft designers. Show them some local love at Pretty Penny Saturday. And meet Sarah Dunbar, the owner of Pretty Penny — and a big believer in the community and all things local.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pretty Penny, 5488 College Avenue

Walk Chinatown

Learn the history of Chinatown while scoping out hidden eateries and markets in the city’s multi-ethnic, Pan-Asian district. The Oakland Heritage Alliance is sponsoring a free walking tour of Chinatown Saturday July 25. Meet at 10 a.m. at the fountain in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza on Ninth Street between Webster and Franklin.

10 a.m.
The fountain in the Pacific Renaissance Center, Ninth Street between Franklin and Webster

OPR’s 100

Defremery park celebration
Celebrate the city’s Office of Parks and Recreation while we still have one. OPR has been providing green space, tennis courts, swimming pools, and the like for 100 years. OPR is marking its centenary with an old-fashioned celebration at DeFremery Park. You’ll have pool access; there will be food vendors, crafts, music performances from the likes of Bay Area Blues Society and the Ray McCoy Band and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
DeFremery Park
For more information, call 510-238-3791

For Kids: String Things

The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) is hosting” String Things” on Saturday for the whole family. They’re inviting participants to use cords and thread to make loopy paintings and lacy sculptures

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Museum of Childrens Art, 538 Ninth Street.

For Kids: Family Sundown Safari

You might have had to cancel your wild safari plans because of the recession. But you don’t have to worry about disappointing your kids just yet. The Oakland Zoo’s having its own safari adventure. Camp overnight in the zoo’s meadow, take your kids for a twilight tour of the place, and give the animals handmade treats in the morning.

$85 for non-members, $75 for members
5 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Advance reservations required. Call 510-632-9525 x 220 to see if any last-minute spots are available.

Hawaiian World Festival

Three of Hawaii’s biggest musical acts will be at Yoshi’s this weekend: HAPA, Led Kaapana and John Cruz.

Hawaiian fest

HAPA: The overriding quality of their music is one of beauty and serenity, found in the majestic tones of the oli (chant), mele (song), the elegant movements of the sacred dance known as hula, and the exhilarating innovative sounds of virtuoso slack key guitar.

Led Kaapana’s
mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and  leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend.
John Cruz: Hawaii Magazine named him the Best Singer Songwriter in 2008. After a classic hit first album, this well-earned reputation became even more solidified when he released his long-awaited second album, One of These Days in 2007. Critics described it as “brilliant” and “one of the year’s finest albums, local or otherwise.”

Saturday 10 p.m. $35, Sunday 7 p.m., 9.30 p.m. $35
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West (at Jack London Square)

Sunday, July 26

Taming of the Shrew

Taming of the Shrew

Woman’s Will, the Bay’s all-female Shakespeare company, is bring “Taming of the Shrew” to Mosswood Park on Saturday and Dimond Park on Sunday. The performances are free. “Don’t miss founding Artistic Director Erin Merritt’s final production with the company, the triumphant return of El Beh (who played the title role in 2008’s Good Person), and the Woman’s Will debut of Kate Jopson as Kate, in a production that is sexy and sassy enough for adults but lively and lovely enough for the wee ones.” The play is two hours and fifteen minutes long. Both shows start at 1 p.m.

1 p.m.
Mosswood park (Saturday), Macarthur @ Broadway
Dimond Park (Sunday), 3860 Hanly Road

Eric Benet, Mint Condition, Ledisi

It’s going to be a smooth R & B evening at the Fox Theater on Sunday. Eric Benet, Mint Condition and Oakland’s own Ledisi will be performing in the hottest venue in Uptown.

$42.75, $82.75
7 p.m.
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph

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In Oakland, the weekend starts today…

Posted by novoscene on June 18, 2009

kev choice we all we got 038Thursday, June 18

The Sharing Solution

Our favorite book store, Laurel Books, is hosting a reading and book signing with authors Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow. Their book is relevant in this economy: The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community.

7 p.m.
Laurel Books
4100 MacArthur Bl.

Thursday Night Movies

If you’d rather be at the movies tonight, stop by  49th and Telegraph for the second installment of Temescal Street Cinema. Tonight, it’s a series shorts under the headline “Bay Area Icons.” There’s free popcorn and music –be sure to bring a chair.

For those who know who he is, Frank Chu of 12 Galaxies fame, will be there.

8.30 p.m.
49th Street and Telegraph (Bank of the West building)

Uptown Unveiled

If you haven’t yet had the experience of standing at the triangle where Telegraph meets Broadway and seeing the marquees of the Fox and the Paramount ablaze together, Thursday night is your chance. The six square blocks comprising Uptown will make their official debut at a free, nighttime street fair Thursday with 15 musical acts (including Kev Choice, pictured above) on three stages, plenty of art, and the food and drink of more than a dozen restaurants and clubs. You’d be crazy not to make reservations at hotspots like Mua, Pican or Flora. Bring your bikes. The East bay Bike Coalition will be running free bike valet parking at the corner of 20th and Telegraph.

Thursday, June 18 5 pm to 10 pm
Uptown Oakland, Telegraph and 19th Streets

Friday, June 19

Dancing Under the Stars – Hustle Night

Could there be a better dance for the city of strivers, operators, and dreamers than the hustle? Put on your platforms and come down to Jack London Square for a free class in the dance that defined the 70s.

8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Jack London Square — Pavilion Stage
Broadway & Water Street

Russian River Wine Tasting

Taste wines from the Russian River region right here in Oakland. The folks over at the Wine Mine, a wine boutique, will bring out Pinots, chardonnays, and a zin to help your taste buds navigate the Russian River. They’ll bring out cheese, pate, salmon and veggies to help the wine go down better.

The Wine Mine
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
5427 Telegraph Ave #D1 (on the side of the large brick building)


Like to shop or like to party? MADE has both covered. It’s a party (complete with a line-up of great DJs) that celebrates Bay Area designers, independent boutiques and artists.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Mercury Lounge
1582 Folsom street, San Francisco
$5 before 10.30 p.m., $10 after

Saturday, June 20

Zoot Suit – Cabaret / The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s  Chorus

What better Father’s day gift could there be than a return to the age of the Zoot suit, the swing, and the smoky ballroom?  Join the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus for their Third Annual Cabaret evening at the First Christian Church of Oakland. There’ll be good food, wine, a silent auction, Swing Fever will supply the old-time jams, and don’t forget “the swing’n-est bunch of gay singers in town.”

Saturday: 7:30 p.m., Sunday: 5 p.m.
First Christian Church of Oakland
111 Fairmount Avenue

Sunday, June 21

Keyshia Cole

Keyshia Cole

There’s music at Stern Grove during the day and then there’s music in Oakland in the evening on Sunday. The Grammy-nominated R & B singer, Keyshia Cole comes to the Paramount Sunday night.

7:30 p.m.
Paramount theater, 2025 Broadway

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12/3 King of the Fonts

Posted by novoscene on December 2, 2008

You can’t escape it if you try-it’s on your computer, the subway, U.S. mailboxes, IRS tax forms, and on countless corporate logos from Target to Fendi. Helvetica is the king of fonts. Filmmaker Gary Hustwit explores the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication and encourages us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. Following the film, Senior Curator of Art René de Guzman moderates a panel with Lonny Israel from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Minette Mangahas, co-creator of the CalliGRAFFitti project; and font fan Christopher Richard, curator of aquatic biology at the museum. The screening is a part of The ITVS Community Cinema Series.

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8/26 The Shape of Things to Come

Posted by novoscene on August 26, 2008

Urban development and gentrification are hot issues on the national and local fronts at the moment. Tonight NoneSuch Space hosts a special screening of Holding Ground, the 1996 documentary on community revitalization that The Boston Globe called “an inspirational image of what the neighborhood was and what, with toil and pride, it is becoming.” Filmmakers Mark Lipman and Leah Mahan will host a question and answer session following the screening.

Holding Ground is at once a cautionary tale of urban policies gone wrong and a message of hope for all American cities. In 1985, African-American, Latino, Cape Verdean, and European-American residents in Roxbury, MA united to revitalize their community. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative went on to gain national recognition as residents fought to close down illegal dumps, gain unprecedented control of land from City Hall and create a comprehensive plan to rebuild the fabric of their community. Through the voices of committed residents, activists and city officials, this moving documentary shows how a Boston neighborhood was able to create and carry out its own agenda for change.” Read the rest of this entry »

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8/21 Not So Beautiful Losers

Posted by novoscene on August 21, 2008

The life of pulp fiction novelist David Goodis reads like that of one of his main characters-A sad sack, down on his luck but high on his dreams, toils like mad in some dank hole, finally gets discovered and joins the “respectable class,” only to screw it up and find himself back on those same streets he wrote about so longingly. Art imitating life or just a bad roll of the dice.  Whatever the case, Goodis’ writing lends itself to gritty film noir adaptation.
During his stint in Hollywood and even after he died, Goodis’ work inspired the work of filmmakers, screenwriters and actors eager to capture an authentic street voice. Throughout August, BAM/PFA has been screening programs of work inspired by Goodis’ novels (legend has it that some days dude knocked out like 20,000 words a day-fuck writer’s block). Tonight there’s a triple screening, two short versions of the Goodis story “The Professional Man” and the love ‘n guns flick “And Hope to Die” based on the Goodis novel “Black Friday.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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8/14 All the Fabolous That Can Fit On Screen

Posted by novoscene on August 14, 2008

The Oakland International Black LGBT Film Festival kicks off four days of fabulosity tonight with a screening of the 1975 Diana Ross vehicle “Mahogany” that while not technically a “Gay” film gets props among the LGBT crowd for Madame Ross’ shear onstage ferocity and impeccable style (last year’s official selection was the Wiz).  Through Sunday, catch some of the best in queer and queer friendly cinema, some of which you’d be hard pressed to see anywhere else.  I guess, to paraphrase Joseph Beam, black lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenereds loving other lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenereds is still considered a revolutionary act.

Some of the festival standouts include Hanifah Walidah’s Music Video “U People” and a peak at “Shirts and Skins” chronicling the exploits of the first gay basketball team, located where else but San Francisco.  Screenings take place at the Parkway with afterparties every night at various locals.  Check the website for full details.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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7/29: The Sweet Smell of 50’s Journalism

Posted by novoscene on July 29, 2008

BAM/PFA continues it’s 2 month tribute to United Artists Studios with a one night screening of “The Sweet Smell of Success” the 1957 Noir flick loosely based on the life on (in)famous columnist Walter Winchell. A dark view of the sometimes gossipy world of journalism and Broadway in the 50’s when the rumors were juicy and the journalists held grudges:

“Like a journalist with a nose for the blues, this film sniffs out a perverse reality behind the fantasy world of Broadway, where personalities are made, and characters assassinated, with the stroke of a pen. Coming late in the witch-hunt era, it is a scathing indictment of the misuse of the all-powerful word to destroy lives and dreams. Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis are brilliantly cast in unlikely roles-Lancaster as the indomitable gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, who needs the dirty lowdown on his friends and enemies like a junkie needs a fix, and Curtis as Sidney Falco, the ingratiating press agent who delivers it on a silver platter. Curtis-as-Falco must have frightened his fans with a knowing portrait of this “man of forty faces, not one of them pretty.-Judy Bloch BAM/PFA”

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7/24 Free Jazz: the sound of silent film

Posted by novoscene on July 24, 2008

As the folks over at 21 Grand continue their battle with the gods of permits and city bureaucracy, here’s another reason why this spot really needs to stay open. Tonight’s show features experimental drummer William Hooker performing a live score for “Symbol of the Unconquered,” a rarely seen 1920 silent film from filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, arguably one the greatest and most underrated directors in the first half of the last century.

Hooker, who moved to New York in 1974, remained fundamentally faithful to the aesthetic of free-jazz… starting with the double-LP Is Eternal Life (1975), a set of collaborations with other improvisers, including tenor saxophonists David Murray and David Ware. Rediscovered by Sonic Youth’s guitarist Thurston Moore for the rock audience, Hooker returned to a more abstract and free-form kind of creative improvisation. His recent work has included projects with Zeena Parkins, DJ Olive, Lee Renaldo, and Christian Marclay. Opening set by the Weasel Walter Quintet (Liz Allbee – trumpet, Aurora Josephson – voice, Jacob Lindsay – clarinets, Weasel Walter – drums, William Winant – percussion).This quintet featuring five idiosyncratic, skilled improvisers from the bay area scene creates a music that tempers microscopic detail and nuance with bloodyminded humor and chaos.

Here’s a video of Hooker scoring the film at last years’ Rhythm in the Kitchen Jazz Festival

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7/17 Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Woody Allen

Posted by novoscene on July 17, 2008

By most accounts, Annie Hall and Manhattan are Woody Allen’s best movies (although to be honest, I think Celebrity and Sweet and Lowdown are tops). The flicks catch Allen at the height of his mature neuroticism, after the slapstick of What’s Up Tiger Lily and before the “just a little too dry” newer stuff like Cassandra’s Dream.  Both screen tonight as part of BAM/PFA’s 90 year anniversary tribute to United Artist Films.  Check ’em out.  Cuz anxiety,  depression and angst of this magnitude deserves to be seen on the big screen at least once. -kwan

Annie Hall’s Best scenes: (Best Line “We’ll kiss now, we’ll get it over with then we’ll go eat, we’ll digest our food better.”)

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