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1-9-09 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 9, 2009

Friday, January 9

Reflections: Documentary Photojournalism

Joyce Gordon’s newest show features images from documentary photographer and educator D. Michael Cheers, whose photojournalism spans more than three decades. Cheers is also the coauthor of the Hugh Masakela biography “Still Grazing” and a professor of photojournalism at San Jose State. He’s shot assignments throughout the US, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa.

Reflections: Documentary Photojournalism
Free
5:00-9:30
Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
510-465-8928
www.joycegordongallery.com

Photographs by Cary Hock

Take a journey through rural Ohio with photographer Cary Hock. Trees, machinery and buildings become rugged, worn, textured with the aging process, gaining both an increased personality and an aesthetic perfection. This collection highlights the imperfections of rural life.

Photographs by Cary Hock
Free
6-9pm
Awaken Cafe
414 14th St., Oakland
www.awakencafe.com
510-836-2058

Earl Zero photographed by Billy Espejel

Earl Zero photographed by Billy Espejel

Earl Zero and the Fire Band

Stop by the museum for a show by legendary rasta musician Earl Zero and the Fire Band in the cafe. After the skankin’s done try out the belly dance lessons with Aazura Nour.

Earl Zero and the Fire Band
5-9 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak @10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
510/238-2200
www.museumca.org

Rebirth Brass Band

New Orleans ultimate party band returns to the Bay for a two nights of brass blowing funk. Rebirth Brass Band. For the last 30 years Rebirth has been upholding the traditions of New Orleans Brass and updating the sound with funky covers and original tunes. Rebirth Brass Band has toured the world over rocking stages and has worked with crowd pleasers including George Clinton, Maceo Parker, Dr. John.

Rebirth Brass Band
Jan. 9 & 10
$22
The Independent
628 Divisadero St | San Francisco
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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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11/07 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on November 7, 2008

Friday, Nov. 7

FEMI

Oakland funk meets Minneapolis soul whenever Femi Andradres steps onto a stage. If you haven’t heard the new EP “Sweetwater Soul” or missed her recent performances at the San Jose Jazz Festival then you owe it to yourself to end your Art Murmor meandering tonight with a stroll over to Maxwell’s Lounge, where she’ll be holding it down with a full band.

Femi’s music is blend of Afro-Latin/Carribean rhythms, jazz, hip-hop, salsa and rock but refuses to fit neatly into any box. The Oakland raised singe and producer honed her sensual chops on the open mic and spoken word scene and has shared stages with the likes of Ledisi, Goapele and Martin Luther while also mixing it up with local electronic and metal outfits. She’s been shining bright in the background for years, and now says she’s ready to take center stage.

The cuts on “Sweetwater Soul” are on the mellow side, made for late night chill sessions-but onstage expect anything from vamped out electro cover songs to punk rock ballads. Look for the full feature on Oakland’s next great soul diva in the next edition of The Oakbook and lose yourself in some sweet water’s tonight.

FEMI
$15
7:30 doors, 9pm Show
Maxwell’s Lounge
341 13th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
www.maxwellslounge.com

First Friday Follies

Jumping into the 1st Friday fray with , the Stork Club kicks off Art Murmur with a full on musical raunch fest, a little bit of style and a whole lot of leg-all for free, like a good peep show should be. The ladies of Belle Du Jour (which, according to the group’s myspace, is “American-white-trash-revolution-speak for ‘More junk in the trunk than a McDonald’s Chicken Mcnugget Happy Meal'”) are joined by a lineup guaranteed to get you all hot and bothered. Check out Burlesque-esque undulations from Frederique, Marie Lafaux, Hoopsie Daisy, Charlie Starr, Eeyore The Clown, Little Eyeful, Dirty Dot with backing tunes from The Gomorran Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

First Friday Follies
Free
9 p.m.
Stork Club
2330 Telegraph Ave. Oakland
510.444.6174
www.StorkClubOakland.com

Dance At Large

More than any industry outside of fashion, the dance world is famous and notoriously body conscious. You’ve got to be both swan graceful and pencil thin. It’s not often you see a Rubenesque ballerina and to make it to be the big time, you can’t be too big in the behind. But being f* that!  We like our dancers big, small, short, tall and all the colors of the Skittles package and the crew from Big Moves Bay Area is here to give you that bit of body diversity you probably won’t get from the usual Swan Lake. The girls are getting together with other size positive dancers for Dance at Large a program that celebrates movement in all it’s forms. Participants include including Rubenesque Burlesque, NaachDuniya, and hip-hop crew Culture Shock Oakland.

Dance At Large
10/7 and 10/8
$12/$10 students
8pm.
Laney College Theater
900 Fallon St., Oakland
http://www.bigmoves.org

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Photos: San Francisco LoveFest

Posted by novoscene on October 6, 2008

Yes there was love, yes there was dancing, and to answer the question posed to me by a curious bystander yes, they most certainly do allow people to walk around naked during LoveFest.

Anymore questions?  Good.  Now check out the photos.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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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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6/25 Crookers!!!!!

Posted by novoscene on June 25, 2008

Crookers LIVE @ Effenaar

Alright, I was all set to suggest a quiet night of classical tunes ‘n flutes when I remembered this show, and I could not, in good conscious, not blog about it. The house head and former raver boy in me just would not let it pass. I’m already flashing back to the shiny pants and glowsticks days…

Italian production duo Crookers (named for the way they remix songs all sideways and crooked) have been crafting a kind of jittery, spastic club music for the last 5 years. They’ve got a fresh approach to remixing that still borrows a lot of the PLURry feeling from the old school large scale warehouse parties. A crisp mix of electro, hip hop, Baltimore Club and house, their remixes are a party DJ’s fall back bangers armed with the ability to get any dancefloor jumping-unless of course, you’re no friend of the bleepy, the bloopy or the techy. If that’s the case then you should really stay far away from Vessel in San Francisco tonight. I’m sure you’ll be able to feel the electro love for blocks.

But for the initiated, Crookers remixes of songs like We Are All Prostitutes and Kid Cudi’s Day ‘n Night unleash a bit of bass filled fever in our heads that just wont’ be cured by more cowbell. Unless it’s looped under a vocal track, synthesized and tracked to a 4/4 rhythm. It’s hump day people, the perfect night to get a little Crooked. -kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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5/23 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 23, 2008

Featured Event: Decoy

The ability to manipulate form and color in order to blend into your surroundings is one of nature’s true wonders and a time honored tool for hunting and basic survival. Whether it’s a frog turning itself all types of rust colors to snag that tasty fly, or a fish that blends into the background whenever the big bad eel comes along, or the short skinny kid from middle school who strikes a ninja pose and vanishes into the crowd to avoid that weekly ass kicking, in certain situations, the ability to fade and mimic have proven to be crucial skills.

Along these same lines, certain industries have been known to use visual deceptions to their advantage in several, sometime shiesty ways. From passing counterfeit twenties to packaging a generic product to look just like the New! Improved! Tide! sitting right next to it, media and marketing especially have been using mimicry,camouflage and decoys to get over for years.

Tonight a group of artists are giving the technique a try. Decoy, the new show at Lobot Gallery is a group exhibition of sculpture, painting, video, and works on paper featuring recent work by Patrick Blaeser, Robert Burden, Ross Campbell, Diane Derr, Robert Jackson Harrington, Claire Jackel, Whitney Lynn, Jana Rumberger and Brian Stinemetz. The show attempts to engage the political and psychological aspects of deception, perception, cognition and abstraction.

There’ll be music by The Tea Set, MNDR and Family Tree, and Lobot Resident Artist Patrick Blaeser will open his studio for viewing.

Decoy
Friday May 23
Free
8:30
Lobot Gallery
1800 Campbell St. Oakland
www.lobotgallery.com

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2/22 Jesse Boykins III CD Release Party

Posted by novoscene on February 22, 2008

While I admit I’m not the most R&B friendly music listener, the last couple of years have been good ones for the both the Rhythm and the Blues. The genre’s recovered from a nasty case of Neo Soul that while sometimes inspirational, was the kind of sweet more in line with saccharine than molasses and tended to leave a bad aftertaste.
But in the 41510, hometown darlings Ledisi, Goapele, Keyshia Cole and Jennifer Johns have been making big moves, while the national scene has seen inspiring work from the likes of Erykah Badu, Dwele, Sa-Ra and Martin Luther among others. All have the smoothness required for those late night cuddle sessions, but enough substance that you don’t feel guilty the morning after.
The latest young lion to toss his hat into the ring for nu soul ruler is Brooklyn’s Jesse Boykins III, whose debut EP “Dopamine: My life on My Back” is a purging collection of 8 tracks spawned from a lost love. Read the rest of this entry »

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2-15-08 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 15, 2008

This weekend there are events all over the map from “American Soul” to boogie, lindy hops to art talk.  We’re starting the weekend on a  somber night with a candlelight Vigil tonight for those we’ve lost this year.  It’s necessary to remember those we’ve lost to help remember how much we’ve got to live for.  Go show some love tonight then show some life by checking out some of these other events.-kwan

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1/17-1/19 Hot Couture – A Fusion of Fashion and Fire

Posted by novoscene on January 16, 2008

 

The Crucible is like that one little cousin you had when you were young that was always setting shit on fire. Every time you turned around-lighter in hand, I didn’t do it expression on face, flames everywhere. I guess one man’s trash is another man’s kindling. But it helps that the shit they set on fire is pretty damned cool and that you probably won’t get in trouble if you’re mom walks in and finds the place ablaze.

Continuing there mission to bring industrial art hotness to the masses, the Crucible’s latest heaping helping of smoldering performance art celebrates the nonprofit’s 9 year anniversary. The Hot Couture fashion show runs from tonight through Sunday and features over 20 of the Bay’s hottest (you knew that was coming) up and coming designers. including KAYO, miss velvet cream, Fluidance, Alexandria Von Bromssen, Super Sugar Ray Ray and Miranda Caroligne.

The show begins with Community Night and discounted admissions tonight and continues through Saturday with a VIP gala featuring cellist Zoe Keating and contortionist Serchmaa Byamba.

Hot Couture – A Fusion of Fashion and Fire
1/17 – Preview & community night:$15
1/18 : $35 General Admission, $30 Crucible Members, $40 at the door
1/19 – VIP gala $125 in advance, $100 Crucible Members, $150 at the door
7pm
The Crucible
1260 Seventh Street, Oakland
www.thecrucible.org


				

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