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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

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.

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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2/5 Throwdown Thursdays

Posted by novoscene on February 5, 2009

Hey tonight’s big bash at the Fox is all sold out, so why not throw with some beats in Berkeley. The Thursday Throwdown features a rotating cast of DJ’s dropping a mix of hip hop classics, funk, electro, and everything in between. Tonight’s special guest is DJ Mike Nice. And for grand total of zero dollars. Read the rest of this entry »

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San Francisco Bay New Year’s Events

Posted by novoscene on December 21, 2008

O-Scene’s Bay Area New Year’s Eve Calendar

Sugar and Gold headline the New Year’s Bash at The Uptown

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12/19 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on December 19, 2008

Friday, Dec. 19

Taj Mahal Trio

For more than 40 years, Taj Mahal has delighted fans with an eclectic blending of cross-cultural musical styles. He is a master of finger-picking country blues, bluegrass banjo, slide guitar, southern blues, soul, R&B, reggae, music of Hawaii, the Caribbean and beyond, and more. His influences and abilities are seemingly endless and his energy to share and perform is equally as deep. He plays Yoshi’s Oakland through Sunday night.

Taj Mahal Trio
12/19 shows 8pm & 10pm $28
Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607

The Oakland Ballet’s Nutcracker

It’s that time of the year again. Ronn Guidi is back with his ever-popular Nutcracker. Head over to the Paramount this weekend to show your local ballet company some love and support. What’s cool about this is that unlike a lot of other ballet companies, this one keeps its standards high and ticket prices down.

The Nutcracker
12/18 through 12/24
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway

DJ Odiaka’s Fresh Jams Happy Hour

Once a month DJ Odiaka takes over the decks ar the Parkway for a night of Fresh Jams with good people, great music, drink specials and of course, pool. Cuz nothing says good times like a no look behind the back bank shot on the 8 ball. Bring your friends and your pool game.

DJ Odiaka’s Fresh Jams Happy Hour
Parkway Lounge
1850 Park Blvd. Oakland

Om Winter Ball

As a special holiday treat after spending all your had earned dough on loved ones, Om and Mighty are presented this free show of kick ass local music in the hopes that you’ll donate a litle bread t a good cause- NextAid World AIDS Day. The night features a special live performance by The Park (Nino Moshella, Alice Russell, Happy Mayfield) along with the sublime holiday sounds of M3, J-Boogie, Lance De Sardi, Solar, Galen, Alland Byallo, Dj Fluid, Rob G, Ryan Paulson. And don’t miss the frosty North Pole Lounge with Santa and his elves on site for the festive photos opps.

Om Winter Ball
Free ($10 donations accepted)
119 Utah St. San Francisco

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11/25 Food for the ear and tummy

Posted by novoscene on November 24, 2008

Stop by the PTB Records food drive tomorrow night for some local hip hop beats and drop of some holiday treats for underserved communities throughout the city. The night will feature performances by PTB artists Beeda Weeda (I still have no Idea just what a Beeda Weeda is) and D-Lo. Can goods and wrapped food items can be dropped off at the door.

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10/27-11/16 Indulge your inner Angry White Boy

Posted by novoscene on October 27, 2008

“Angry Black White Boy,” the Intersection for the Art’s new play based on the book of the same name, opens tonight and sounds like it’s worth checking out.  The Chron reviewed the book this morning.  The production stars Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd from Felonius, and is directed by theater vet Sean San Jose.  All three have cred in the hip hop world, otherwise, given the touchy subject matter, I might be a little iffy about this show, but add the fact that Adam Mansbach, the novel’s author, has done an interesting and funny job of discussing the intersections of music, culture and race over the last few years and you have the makings of a thought provoking show.

Angry Black White Boy is a social satire of the highest order-think Paul Beatty and Terry Southern-telling the story of Macon Detornay, a mild mannered, upper middle class, Jewish suburban kid who is “reborn” as an ass kicking fist of reparations justice, militant pro Black rapper and leader of the most radical black liberation splinter group in the country (come on, could I really make this up?).  Of course it only gets more over the top from there.  The play runs from tonight through Nov. 16.-kwan

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Photos: The Park presents Vol. 2

Posted by novoscene on October 7, 2008

If you’re a fan of live shows and know the Bay Area hip hop, funk and soul scene then you no doubt know The Park, even if it isn’t by name.  Known as the go to backing band for the area soul crowd, their sets have laid the ground work for some of the livest live music performances in the last few years-from longtime soul man Darondo’s return performance at the Independent to Jessie Boykins III killing the newschool sounds at the Black New World earlier this year.

This past Saturday the band brought together a mixtape’s worth of notable local MC’s, singers and spoken word performance for a throwdown jam session at La Pena Center as part of the Hecho en Califas Festival.  O-Scene contributing photographer Seher Sikandar was in the spot and took some amazing shots of the night.  Click inside to check ’em out.-Kwan

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Photos: Aerosoul Art Opening

Posted by novoscene on September 4, 2008

Joyce Gordon Gallery hosted a special exhibition of urban street art from Oakland’s TCB Crew over this past weekend.  Bay Area aerosol artists, dancers, curators and friends came out to check the canvases, drawings, installations and clothing painted by veteran artists Refa One, Toons One and Chris Herod aka MadHatter. Graffiti and street art have been getting play on the gallery circuit for years but the show was a first for the Gordon Gallery.  There’s talk of similar shows, more involved shows in the future and judging from the reception at the reception, A Joyce Gordon Graffiti Gallery might not be such a bad idea.  Check the photos if you missed it.-kwan

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Photos: Rock The Bells 2008

Posted by novoscene on August 18, 2008

Another year, another festival, another blissed out moment in hip hop history.  Overall, this past weekend’s Rock The Bells at Shoreline Amphitheater was a classically mellow affair with measured rounds of head nodding, way-back-when jamming and some well timed wildin’, drinkin’ and smokin’ the f- out, courtesy of Messieurs Redman and Methodman.

Performers on both stages were on their game but while the big names-from Rakim to The Phaycyde to Tribe Called Quest to the Bay’s own Blackalicious-rocked the packed main arena with the energy of old school heads proving they could still kick it, the hyperactive young guns on the second stage, including the Kidz in the Hall, Berkeley’s The Pack, Spank Rock and Amanda Blake, buzzed over their pint sized audience like first graders after way too much sugar.  Where do these kids get all that energy?

As the sun rolled down behind the hills of the amphitheater and headliners Tribe put the finishing touches on a satisfying old school set, the crowd was all smiles and hip swaying, secure that if the day’s perfomances were any indication, hip hop’s past and future were in good hands.  Check the pics inside.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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8/14 Hip Hop the Vote, Bowl the Balls

Posted by novoscene on August 14, 2008

Image courtesy of Barackobamaismyhomeboy.com

More than ever, the Hip Hop generation is gunning to have it’s voice heard in the political arena and with the onslaught of Hip Hop inspired endorsement ads, candidates brushing their shoulders off at the podium and speaking high level hip hop conventions, it looks like the suits are starting to listen to the streets.
But that doesn’t mean things are all good between hip hop and the white house. Young people’s voices still aren’t heard en masse and most teens still don’t see the need to contribute to the political process. So tonight the Town Business Network is gathering together bunch of hip hop personalities, some tunes and a few frames of bowling to try and change their minds.
The organizers of the 1st Annual Vote Bowl ’08 are hoping to register 125,000 young voters by the October 21 registration deadline. Tonight they’ll be over at AMF Southshore Lanes in Alameda along with some of local hip hop’s elite including Too Short, Goapele, San Quinn, Jimmie Reign, Dwayne Wiggins, Mistah F.A.B., Beeda Weeda, Hieroglyphics, E-40, Zion I and players from the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors. Vote Bowl moderator and host Chuck Johnson says the purpose of the event is “to raise voter awareness and increase participation in the political process among Oakland’s Hip Hop community.” Ten pins, registration forms and hip hop, -democracy in action.-Kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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