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04/02: The Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on April 1, 2010


Friday, April 2

Oakland School for the Arts Spring Exhibition

Once, former Oaklander and current emerging art star Josh Keyes taught art here to many deserving students. Now you can lend your support by checking out and possibly buying the work of the current slate of student artists at the Oakland School for the Arts’ annual spring exhibition. This is a time when funding sources for schools like this 8-year-old charter high school are at risk and your support is key. There will be hundreds of student-generated prints, paintings, drawings, digital artworks, sculptures, jewelry pieces, and more for sale, with prices starting at a very kind ten dollars. I wonder if someone will find the next Josh Keyes here?

Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre, 531 19th Street
Friday, April 2, 6 PM – 8 PM, Saturday, April 3, 12 PM to 5 PM, Sunday, April 4, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

It’s the First Friday of the month, which means it’s time for the art walk. For the first time, art@the OakBook will be open tonight. 6.30 p.m. onwards, 423 Water Street (inside Jack London Square). Get down there to see a fantastic show — The Golden Dawn.

Saturday, April 3

Nano Days

Take the little ones to learn more about the science of the super small at the Chabot Space and Science Center this weekend. There will be hands on demos of nanoscience guaranteed to pique the interest of kids in this cutting-edge realm of technology.

Saturday April 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard
$14.95 for Adults, $10.95 for kids 3-12

Taste for Artisans

What with all the chickens, urban farms, and crafty DIYers in Oakland these days, it can start to look like “Little House on the Prarie” around here. The East Bay ExpressTaste for Artisans event, which includes a Handmade Ho Down, promises a tasty mash-up of food, crafts, and fun. Look for creamed corn wrestling, a mechanical bull, in addition to rows upon rows of local eats and drinks.

Saturday April 3, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
98 Broadway, Jack London Square
Free Admission


Adachi Tomomi

Pacific Exchange Concert Series

Back in 1997, two composers at Mills College wanted a place for people who created sound in unique and novel ways to get together. Thingamajigs was born. Among the many programs run by this singular outfit is the Pacific Exchange Concert Series, which “brings composers and performers from diverse areas of the Pacific Rim together in order to exchange ideas and create music on a single concert stage. Thingamajigs.org created this event to emphasize the commonalities of artists living on the Pacific Rim, as well as to showcase their diversity.”

The Pacific Exchange concerts have exhibited the music of composers from Japan, Korea, and the United States. The performance group tov, Megumi Matsuhashi, Jean Ann, Kiyoshi Suzuki, Edward Schocker, Shizuka Takeuchi, Tomoko Sogabe, Akiko Hasegawa, and Niji Ito are just a few of the artists that have been featured by this series.

This year, the Pacific Exchange comes to the United States for the first time. Go to 21 Grand Saturday night to hear Adachi Tomomi, Laetitia Sonami, Judy Halebsky, Dylan Bolles, Suki O’Kane, and Edward Schocker.

Saturday, April 3, 8 p.m.
21 Grand, 416 25th Street
$10- $15

Tin Can Cabaret

Ever heard of the Paper Doll Militia? It’s a performance group that tells stories through theatre, acrobatic feats, aerial arts, live music, and other performance forms. This Saturday, they present their newest aerial theatre pieces and other circus acts in the Tin Can Cabaret. In the timeless and forgotten spaces, deep in the cracks of the city streets faeries and floozies, mimes and minstrels have gathered to enchant and delight you. Join us and be transported into a dark and magical Underworld. Prepare to be dazzled by elusive illusionists, astonishing aerialists, profane pantomimes, pirate burlesque acrobats and crazed contortionists.

Saturday, 3 April, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Kinetic Arts Canter, 785 7th Street
Pay what you can

Guitar Hero is Dead: Guitarists Play Video Games Using Real Guitars as Controllers

Two classically trained New York City guitarists calling themselves Modal Kombat have hacked into classic video games Pong, Tetris, Mortal Kombat and Mario Kart. This Saturday night, they’re going to make their characters move — and battle against each other — with a flurry of guitar-plucking.

The event, part of Modal Kombat’s ‘Guitar Hero is Dead’ tour, is a video-game battle/performance-art hybrid that’s open to the public. The goal is to demonstrate that real guitars — or other musical instruments — can be viable video game controllers.

Saturday, 3 April, 8 p.m. to midnight
Flux 53 Theater, 5306 Foothill Boulevard (Foothill & Fairfax)
$5-$10 sliding scale

Monique at the Paramount

Even if you hadn’t heard of Monique six months ago, you probably know who she is by now. With an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award under her belt for her work in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, the comedian/actor/talk show host is enjoying her moment in the spotlight. Catch her at the Paramount this weekend.

Saturday, April 3, 8 p.m. (doors open 60 minutes before show time)
The Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway
$59.50, $39.50

Changing the Dream

Awakening the Dreamer stands at the intersection of sustainability and spirituality. A program of the well-respected Pachamama Alliance, the Changing the Dream symposium promises participants a chance to “connect with people who care about sustainability, spirituality and social justice, the biggest challenges and opportunities of our time.” The four-hour, free symposium will be held Saturday afternoon. Registration is required.

Saturday, April 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
United Lutheran Church, 8800 Fontaine Street
Free

Sunday, April 4

Strictly Same-Sex Ballroom

Dancing with the Queers offers three afternoons of same-sex ballroom dancing beginning this Sunday. The classes in Fox Trot, Waltz, and Cha Cha are taught by same-sex ballroom champs Zoe Balfour and Citabria Phillips. The hour-long lessons are incredibly well-priced at $15 a class. No partner or experience necessary.

Sunday, April 4, 11:30 a.m. (Int. Fox Trot), 12:30 p.m. (Beg. Waltz), 1:30 p.m. (Beg. Cha Cha)
200 Grand Avenue
$15 for one lesson, $39 for the series

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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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03/11: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 11, 2010

FRIDAY, March 12

Scofield and Friends Come to Oakland

The John Scofield New Jazz Quartet is in town this weekend. Jazz lovers know that name well. Guitarist John Scofield has been around a long time, and has many stories to tell. Scofield began influencing the jazz scene in the late 70s and continues to do so today. His music falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. He’ll be accompanied by Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ben Street on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W.
Thu 10 p.m. $14; Fri 8 p.m. $24 & 10 p.m. $18; Sat 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $24; Sun 2 p.m. (Kids Matinee) $5 (ages 15 and under), Adults (with children) $18, Adults $24;
Sun 7 p.m. $24
Yohis.com

Bitter Harvest at the Royal NoneSuch Gallery

Bitter Harvest explores Lauren Adams’ research into Afghani poppy fields and the relationship between American military operations, the Taliban, and civilian farmers in Afghanistan’s ‘Golden Crescent’. For the past few years, the artist has documented images published about issues surrounding these topics in popular media and will re-inscribe the found narratives in a site specific painting on the gallery’s interior walls in Bitter Harvest, resulting in a claustrophobic interior overwhelmed by poppy flowers and human figures. The visual pattern evident in the installation, inspired by contemporary war reporting and traditional wallpaper and ornament design, visually seduces the viewer while simultaneously assaulting them with hallucinatory images of poppy cultivation and its relationship to the international drug trade, the American military incursion in Afghanistan, and the cycle of economic underdevelopment in rural farm areas of the Golden Crescent.

Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Ave.,
Fri, March 12
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Free

Happy Hour for The Crucible

If you love the Crucible or just think it’s cool, head over to Farley’s on Friday for free appetizers and hang with folks from your favorite industrial arts educational group. Farley’s owners have “adopted” The Crucible as their non-profit of the month, and a portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to The Crucible to help support its programs.

Fri  5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Farley’s East 33 Grand Avenue (at Broadway), thecrucible.orgfarleyseast.blogspot.com/

Alternative Theater with an Alternative Cast

If you’d like to support the Oakland School of the Arts, you have a lot of chances to do so this weekend. The OSA Actor’s Guild’s has put together their version of Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Black Box Theatre, 19th and Telegraph
Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun 2 pm
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. www.oakarts.org/www.tix.com

For more, visit OakArt here.

SATURDAY, March 13

Martin Lawrence at the Paramount

Martin Lawrence, actor and producer, who’s starred in dozens of Hollywood hits (Remember Big Momma’s House?), is returning to stand-up comedy on stage. Catch him at the Paramount on Saturday or Sunday. He’s made enough people laugh all his life to know how to do it well.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Sat, 8 p.m., Sun, 8 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show times.
Tickets: $77.50, $57.75, $42.75

SUNDAY, March 14


Closing Tea Reception at Blankspace

A fantastic Oakland gallery closes and throws a tea party to say goodbye. The last show at Blankspace was Steuart Pittman’s exhibit Nowhere/Anywhere.  It all ends this Sunday.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
6608 San Pablo Ave
For more, see Theo Konrad Auer’s art picks for the month.

KID-FRIENDLY: The Princess and the Unicorn

Wondering how to entertain your kids this weekend? Try the puppet show at Children’s Fairyland. This weekend, it’s the Princess and the Unicorn, complete with evil counts and handsome princes that get turned into unicorns, and of course – a princess. Puppets and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (at Grand Ave.),  fairyland.org
Sat & Sun,11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

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Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 18, 2010

From the Paramount’s “Mighty Wurlitzer” to an Oaklandish Tour de Taco, we’ve got the best Oakland-only events going down this weekend.

Friday, February 19

The Lady from Shanghai

Before there were David Lynch movies, there was Orson Welles’ “The Lady From Shanghai.” Starring Welles and Rita Hayworth, the eerie noir thriller’s climax takes place in San Francisco’s famed Playland. You can see it in black and white, big screen splendor at the Paramount Friday night for only five clams. The Wurlitzer starts cranking at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 19, Doors open at 7 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
$5

WOBO Fundraiser

Willie Weir, the tightwad, two-wheeled traveler who writes for Cycling Adventure magazine is in Oakland Friday night. He’s the main event at a fundraiser for Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. For $25, you can hear Weir and get a WOBO membership. “Willie will will bring to life tales from his latest book Travels with Willie that will have you chuckling and leave you wanting to chuck your day job and hit the road. Bicycling magazine says, ‘Travels with Willie is one of the rare bike books that gets it right.’ Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine and a cycling commentator for public radio station KUOW in Seattle. His bicycle travels have taken him around the globe–including such ‘off the tourist path’ destinations as India, South Africa, Bosnia, Laos and Colombia.” WOBO is dedicated to making Oakland a more livable city by promoting safe and easy bike and pedestrian routes.

Friday, February 19, 7 p.m.
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street
$5 Members, $10 non-members, $25 special admission and membership package

Saturday, February 20

5 for 5

Downtown art space Warehouse 416 hosts a music and art extravaganza Saturday night. It’s five bands for five bucks (or $8 if you’re feeling flush). Beatworm, The Careerers, Million Star Hotel, Measures, and Lunch are on the bill. DJ Guapo spins. Exhibits from local artists are on the wall.

Saturday, February 20 8 PM
416 26th Street
$5 – $8

Tour de Taco


Over at the OakBook, we’re big taco truck fans. In fact, at our Oakland Eats photo exhibit, we had a wall devoted to taco trucks. So we’re really excited that Cyrus Farivar of Californiatacotrucks.com had teamed up with the East Bay Bike Coalition and Oaklandish for what they describe as a “gastronomical quest on wheels through the Fruitvale district of Oakland.” They ask that you bring your friends, bikes and an empty stomach to Fruitvale BART at 11 a.m. The Tour de Taco will cover the following hot spots:

1. El Ojo De Agua – 12th St. & Fruitvale Ave.
2. Tamales Mi Lupita – 34th Ave. & Foothill Blvd.
3. El Gordo – International & 42nd Ave.
4. Tacos Guadalajara – 10th St. & Fruitvale Ave.
5. (Bonus) Cinco de Mayo Ice Cream – 3340 E 12th St & 33rd Ave.
6. (Bonus) The Trappist – 460 8th St (& Broadway)

Bring: Bike, helmet, camera, $10-15 for tacos, maybe $5-$10 for ice cream/beer.

Saturday, February 20, Tour begins at 11 a.m.
Meet at Fruitvale BART

Obama Movie Night at Everett and Jones

This Saturday evening, if you’re feeling politically inclined, go to Everett and Jones on Broadway. Volunteers are hosting a viewing party for the HBO documentary, “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama.”

You can connect with other political junkies, eat some BBQ and watch a movie. The party begins at 5, the movie at 5.30.

RSVP Here
Saturday, February 20, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Everett and Jones, 126 Broadway (corner of 2nd)

Do it for Haiti

Oakland’s NIMBY is hosting a benefit and clothing drive for Haiti. They’ve partnered with a group of other organizations — Architecture for Humanity, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, FONHEP, Kledèv, SOIL, Sirona Cares, What If Foundation, and Zanmi Lakay – to put on a show with musicians, art installations and other performers. The line up includes Haitian musicians Kalbass Kreyol and Rosemond Jolissaint and local performers Sila, The Bodice Rippers, Joe Rut and the Ironic Mustache, Fat Chance Belly Dance, Funky Beulah, Diva Marisa, Naima Shalhoub, The Society, Chicken John & Dr. Hal. They’ll have children’s theater, too. Relief workers returning from Haiti as well as people from the groups organizing the event will be talking about their work.

Saturday, February 20,  2 PM to 12 AM
NIMBY – 8410 Amelia Street
$10 (children under 12 free) Donations of summer weight clothing for children and adults will be accepted on site.

Sunday, February 21

Lift Every Voice

Oakland’s own Cantare Chamber Ensemble joins the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Sunday afternoon for a concert celebrating “the heroic journey of African-Americans from slavery to freedom.” It’s a multi-media affair with photographs, video, and the poetry of Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and others.

Sunday, February 21, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street
$10 for youth, $20 for seniors, $25 general admission

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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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Super Bowl Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 4, 2010

It’s the Super Bowl weekend, and there are a bunch of Oakland destinations where you can head over to watch and cheer your favorite team. But before and after the Super Bowl, there’s enough to keep you entertained, stimulated and busy: art, music, citizen journalism, puppet shows and glitzy opening parties. It’s also the First Friday weekend, so get ready to take a walk in the rain. We’ll be posting our art picks on the site Friday morning.

Friday, February 5

Getting There

If you haven’t pedaled over to Actual Café yet, Getting There, a photography exhibit by Christopher Hall, represents the perfect excuse to visit the bike-friendly neighborhood spot. The show opens Friday evening.

Friday, February 5, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Actual Café 6334 San Pablo (at Alcatraz)
Free

Cometbus

1-2-3-4 Go! Records is holding a reception for “author/artist/muscian type” Aaron Cometbus. Steve over at the popular record store writes: “It’s a retrospective of past work and possibly some surprises. Show runs through the end of February.”

Friday, February 5, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
423 40th Street
Free

Era Opens


Old Oakland’s heavy hitters are venturing into Uptown. The people behindTamarindo Antojeria, B Restaurant and Bar, and Air Lounge have teamed up to launch Era Art Bar and Lounge at Grand@Broadway. It opens to the public Friday evening and offers art, two bars, and music in a 5000 sq. foot space.

Friday February 5, 4.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Era Art Bar and Lounge’s grand opening
19 Grand Avenue @ Broadway, oaklandera.com

Dream Benefit

Ten years ago, one of the biggest names in the Bay Area’s graffiti world was murdered. Mike “Dream” Francisco helped create the visual aesthetic of Oakland’s Hip Hop culture, say his admirers. The artist, who was also celebrated in his Filipino American community, worked with subjects that promoted tolerance and explored social issues affecting minorities.  To mark his tenth death anniversary, a group of DJs and artists have put together a benefit for Francisco’s son, Akil Francisco, whose mother recently succumbed to breast cancer.

Dream Day: Celebrating the life and legacy of Mike “Dream” Francisco
Friday, February 5
Art Show: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., all ages, free
Showtime: 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10 (Donations accepted), all ages (with parent)
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland
Checks to made out to The Dream Trust Fund or Akil Francisco

Saturday, February 6

Prose and Poetry in West O

The West Oakland branch of the library is going to be busy this weekend. The 20th Annual African American Celebration through Poetry starts at 1 PM on Saturday. Poets of all ages have been encouraged to share work on the theme of the African Diaspora. But it’s prose before poetry. At 11 a.m., the Oakland Tribune debuts its Community Media Access Center inside the West Oakland branch. Here’s an excerpt from the Trib’s press release:

“As part of this program, the Oakland Tribune is looking for West Oakland residents interested in reporting, writing, and taking photos for its community correspondents program. The 6-month program was created to put the power of storytelling in the hands of West Oakland residents.

This creative initiative will train West Oakland residents to become community correspondents and serve as the new voices in coverage of Oakland.”

Saturday, February 6 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
West Oakland Branch, 1801 Adeline Street
Free

Kid-friendly: Children’s Fairyland

It’s black history weekend at Fairyland and storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic African tales with an original flair.
Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7: 1:30p.m. & 2:30p.m.

Puppet Show: The Frog Prince: “Princess Gwendolyn is the sweetest princess in the countyside, until the evil Mizard the Wizard puts a “badness” spell on her.  Now she’s bratty, selfish and pouty. When her heroic prince is turned into a frog, the fun begins.”
Puppets by Lewis Mahlmann, adapted by Lewis Mahlmann
Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7:11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Children’s Fairyland,  699 Bellevue Avenue
$7 admission, fairyland.org

The Bitchass Benefit
This is a benefit for local musician/artist/dancer/single mom Vanessa Smith, who has colon cancer.  There’ll be music and a raffle with prizes such as private yoga classes, movie passes to the Red Vic, artwork, clothes, designer bags, gift bags from Good Vibrations etc. The line-up includes: The extra action marching band, Beats antique special d.j. set featuring Zoe Jakes, special performances by members of the Yard Dogs Road Show, the Turks, Sugar Butt Tiger, Cowboy Girls, D.J. Junk Drawer, and Flash Hopkins as master of ceremonies.

Friday, February 5
The Oakland Metro Operahouse
630 3rd Street (just one block from Jack London Square!)
$15 — $100 Sliding scale admission, cash only.
vanessafightingcancer.blogspot.com/

Sunday, February 7

Stupor Bowl

Jack London Square is a destination for folks looking to feast while watching the Super Bowl. The Waterfront Hotel is putting out a spread called Beerunch. For $40, you get swanky brews and brunch fare between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., followed by a Super Bowl viewing party. Down Water Street, at Bocanova, the same $40 buys unlimited appetizers, happy hour drink specials, and the game on two big screen TVs. Nearby Kincaids, which has as many flat screens as beer taps, is dishing appetizers at half price and pouring beer, wine, and margaritas.

Sunday, February 7
Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington Street, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $40
Bocanova, 55 Webster Street, Pre-game starts at 2:30 p.m., $40
Kincaids, 1 Franklin Street, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Kid-Friendly: Chinese New Year – Gung Hay Fat Choy!

A workshop for the whole family where you get to “make lanterns, dragon puppets and traditional tiger hats to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.”

Sunday, February 7, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
$7 per child/$3 per adult
MOCHA, 538 Ninth Street

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1/21: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 21, 2010

Benefits for Haiti, art, food, shopping, parties — the weather isn’t getting in the way of a busy Oaktown weekend.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22

Shangri La

Narangar Glover, a talented artist and the co-owner of the popular Oakland art gallery Rowan Morrison, is sharing some of her childhood memories through an installation at MG gallery. Join her at the reception this Friday to learn more about her panoramic drawing installation based on the Shangri-La Girls School in India. The installation will be up until January 30th.

Friday, January 22, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
MG Gallery, 5532 Shattuck Avenue
Free

KID-FRIENDLY: Star Children’s Art School – Pictures from Guizhou

The Museum of Children’s Art presents the artwork of the young children of the celebrated Star Children’s Art School in China’s Guizhou Province. “The works combine brilliant colors, bold lines and modern abstraction to create superb painterly images.” The exhibition ends Sunday, so if your kid enjoys art, get over to Old Oakland this weekend.

Through January 24, noon to 4 p.m.
Museum of Children’s Art, 538 Ninth St., 510-465-8770,mocha.org
Free

Oakland East Bay Symphony: NOTES FROM ARMENIA

The rhythms and instrumentation of music from Armenia are represented by works from Mozart’s Prague Symphony and Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto. Also on the program is Edvard Mirzoyan’s exciting Symphony for Timpani and String Orchestra, and Lazar Saryan’s Panel Armenia, which was inspired by the paintings of the composer’s father, the great Armenian painter Martiros Saryan. Michael Morgan conducts.

Friday, January 22, 8 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show time.
$20 – $65
http://www.oebs.org/page/january22.htm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23

Bakesale for Haiti

If Haiti’s on your mind, here’s another way to help out: attend a local bake sale. Local food blogger Samin Nosrat has organized, with a little help from friends, bake sales in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. All the proceeds will go to Partners in Health. Six hours, three locations and a goal of $7,500. Do-able. If you’d like to be involved by donating baked goods or volunteering your time, write to saminnosrat@yahoo.com

Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
PIZZAIOLO: 5008 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland) GIOIA: 1586 Hopkins St. (Berkeley) BI-RITE:3639 18th St. (SF-Mission)

“Departures” art show reception

Three artists interpret their travels – and all that a photo can’t convey — through their art. Anna W. Edwards, Nanci Price Scoular, and the gifted Martin Webb show their work at Float this month through February 13.

There’s a party Saturday evening to celebrate the art and the artists. Live music by didjeridu artist Outlaw Dervish/aka Travis Wernet.

Saturday, January 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Float gallery, Cotton Mill Studios, 1091 Calcott Place

Soja at Second – Grand Opening Party

Oakland must really love martial arts. SOJA, the martial arts studio in Uptown Oakland, is opening up a second location near Jack London Square this weekend. And you’re invited to the grand opening party.

Saturday, January 23, 7 p.m. till late
550 Second Street@ Clay Street.
Free

SHOP: I’m Sure

The holidays may be over, but the shopping doesn’t have to end. This Saturday, head over to Blankspace gallery for the opening of the SHOP, where ten artists present specially commissioned charms that may or may not ward off evil, but will certainly look very charming. Made of paper, wood, plastic, and metal, these charms will be on sale for the next two months through March 14.

Saturday, 23 January, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Blankspace, 6608 San Pablo

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MLK Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 14, 2010

For some folks it’s a three-day weekend. For all of us it’s a weekend to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy. One of the best MLK events this weekend is “In the Name of Love.”

And if you’re thinking of honoring Dr. King’s legacy, think about Haiti. Here are some ways to get involved. Locally –there’s a fundraiser at Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley on Saturday, 9 pm.

FRIDAY, January 15

Hubba Hubba

San Francisco’s DNA Lounge is closed for most of this month, and that means the Hubba Hubba Revue is homeless, or would be, if the bawdy brigade weren’t coming to the Uptown nightclub Friday night for a special East Bay edition.

Friday January 15, Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph, Doors $10
Show @10 pm, Doors open @9 pm

Madea Comes to Oakland

Tyler Perry, the man behind Madea, has returned to the road after building a one-man entertainment empire with hits like “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Daddy’s Little Girls.” Perry will be at the Paramount playing the lead in his new play, “Madea’s Big Happy Family.”

Friday January 15, 8pm, Saturday 3pm and 8pm, Sunday 3pm, Paramount Theater 2025 Broadway, $55 – $75

King for a Day

Dr. King’s birthday is a good reason to head over to the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music to celebrate with some strong poetry and jazz. You’ll get to hear beloved local poets like Devorah Major and Raymond Nat Turner and musicians like Lewis Jordan and John-Carlos Perea.

Friday January 15, 8 pm, Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, 1616 Franklin St., $10. For more, go to opcmusic.org/

SATURDAY, January 16

Art Collective

Mercury 20, the 20-member artists collective with its HQ on Grand Avenue in Uptown, hosts the opening of a group show titled “Elemental” Saturday night. The artists will be hanging out at the gallery, so you’ll be able to chat with them about their work. Because Mercury 20 is looking for new members, it’s a good opportunity to check out how the outfit works.

Saturday January 16, noon to 3 pm, Mercury 20, 25 Grand Avenue, Free

Spud Stud

There he is, with his unique talent, his poise, and his ardent wishes for world peace. It’s Mr. Potato Head! MOCHA, the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art, hosts its sixth annual Mr. Potato Head Beauty Pageant Saturday afternoon. It’s your chance to turn a spud into a stud. MOCHA has all the supplies and everyone wins.

Saturday January 16, 1 – 3 pm, MOCHA, 538 9th St., $7 child, $3 adult

SUNDAY, January 17

In the Name of Love

Oakland’s best Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute is In the Name of Love. It’s a jamming, high-energy blast of song and poetry. It looks like Oakland. It sounds like Oakland. Like The Town when it’s at its best, In the Name of Love does the man who had a dream proud. This year Ledisi is the headliner and Brian Copeland (“Not a Genuine Black Man”) is the emcee.

Sunday January 17, 7 pm, Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive $12

Tribute to Dr. King: MONDAY, JANUARY 18

Make the Dream Real

In the spirit of making MLK Day a holiday of national service, the Taylor Memorial Methodist Church is hosting its 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Celebration – Make The Dream Real. Oakland’s new police chief, Anthony Batts, will be the keynote speaker. “There will also be youth performers: Destiny Knuckles, Winnie Wong and the Chinese Traditional Orchestra, Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir, Oakland School for the Arts Choir and ArtEsteem Youth Leaders.”

Monday, January 18, 10 am to 12 pm, Taylor Memorial Methodist Church, 1188 Adeline, Free

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1/8: A Winter Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 7, 2010

It’s a chilly weekend: A perfect time to pack into a church basement to hear some bluegrass or seek out some soul-warming Oakland art.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8

Comedy Nights

Every Friday night, comedians from all across the Bay Area descend on Washington Inn to entertain. They’ve been on Comedy Central, they all seem to have performed at Punchline comedy club as well as various other Bay Area venues. They are Joe Klocek, Mike Moto, Samson Koletkar, Joe Gleckler, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and others. They may not all be Oakland residents, but together, they’re as diverse as Oakland — not just in how they look, but what they present.

Friday, January 8, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., doors open at 8:30 p.m.
The Washington Inn, 495 10th Street @ Washington Street
$10/$8 w/ student ID
Reservations online:comedyoffbroadwayoakland.com
(415) 676-1371/comedyoffbroadwayoakland@gmail.com
Ages 18 & up

The Names Project

This project sounds more like a test of artist Renetta Sitoy’s memory than the pleasurable work of art it no doubt is. The artist has created a mixed media installation by collecting, from memory, more than 500 names of people from her past. Her intention is to re-create histories, as well as to explore the extent to which the Internet can aid and extend one’s memory.

Friday, January 8, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Ave
Free

Love of Fate

Check out Amor Fati, a thought-provoking exhibit at Joyce Gordon Gallery, which highlights the work of fêted local artists like Favianna Rodriguez, Carlos Villa, Miju, Kwantro-Kantos, and Malaquias Montoya. “The work has a lot to do with the parallel side of history and progress, says Lian Ladia, the show’s co-curator.” This may include politics, chaos; it may include passion.”

Opening reception: Friday, January 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show continues through February 8.
Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street, joycegordongallery.com/

Cool Meets Comfy Bluegrass

The always-excellent Utunes Coffeehouse hosts the Circle R Boys Friday night at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. Imagine the melding of Greenwich Village folk club circa 1960 with a Lake Woebegon church basement social and you’ll have a sense of the friendly, fun vibe at the Utunes Coffeehouse. The Circle R Boys are 10 year-old Bay Area Bluegrass group. “They are known for their vocal harmonies and solid instrumentation, with not a lot of fancy stuff – ust good, clean pickin’.”

Friday, January 8, 8 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street
$18

Marx in Soho

The Flux 53 Theater out in East O is putting on Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. “Historian and activist Howard Zinn (best known for his People’s History of the United States) has created a one-man play resurrecting the iconic and controversial historical figure, who returns to clear his name and reject the ideological rigidity of many of his followers with the declaration “I am not a Marxist!” Zinn paints a poignant, funny, and intimate portrait of the man as he was – an impoverished immigrant struggling to survive in London amid family, friends, and enemies – while demonstrating that Marx’s critique of capitalism is more relevant than ever.”

Saturday, Sunday, Monday January 8-10, 8 p.m.
5306 Foothill Boulevard
$15 suggested, $20 on opening night with wine and cheese reception

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9


East Bay Vegan Bakesale

Calling all East Bay vegans! Get over to Issues this Saturday for an all-vegan bakesale. This one’s in front of Issues, the popular Piedmont bookstore. The organizers, Ashley Rowe, Chelsea, and Carolynn Webb, will be putting this together every other month and are looking for bakers and volunteers. The money raised from the sale will go to groups and causes they want to support. This month, the proceeds go to the Bad Rap Pit Bull Rescue and to the Laurel Elementary School to construct and maintain a school garden.

Saturday, January 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Issues, 20 Glen Avenue

Zodiac Death Valley

Zodiac Death Valley, the weird and enigmatic San Francisco band, headlines at Uptown nightclub Saturday night. Also on the bill: Bare Wires, Hot Daxx, Hanna Moriah.

Saturday, January 9, 9 p.m.
Uptown nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Avenue
$10

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

Memories of Oakland

For this show, local artists have collaborated with Oakland musician and artist Winston Goertz-Giffen’s on his concept: Memories of Oakland. The gallery will showcase original artwork that has gone into the making of an art book devoted to memories of Oakland. The book and the accompanying CD, a compilation of the work of musicians that Winston has worked with while he has lived in Oakland, will be celebrated.

The following artists contributed work for this show: Vanessa Maida, Conor Ottenweller, Sarah Haba, Willey Frick, Ian Huebert, PJ Calihan, Jaden Alexander, Naaman Rosen, Eric Philpott, Priya Ray, Fatimah Guienze, Kristi Holohan, Lexi Babayan, Niki Banffy-Nesbitt, Michael Steffan, Aubrey Ferreira, Rosie Steefy, Cansafis Foote, Dirk Schmidt, Winston Goertz-Giffen, Roberto Miguel, Amanda Stahl, Zach Houston, Luke Judd, Andrew Macy, Aaron Handler, Jon Latimer, Annie Alonzi and Boguslaw Moravec.

The opening reception will feature music by Saything, Trainwreck Riders, The Aimless Never Miss, Anteater Eats Ant, Roberto Miguel, Tyler Wagner, and Tall Grass

Memories of Oakland will be installed at WE Artspace from Jan 10-Jan 31.
Opening reception: Sunday, January 10, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
768 40th Street (on the corner of West Street, two blocks from the MacArthur Bart Station)
Free

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The Nutcracker

Posted by novoscene on December 24, 2009

Are Nutcracker tickets on your shopping list? Even if you don’t have kids, do consider going for it this year. The Oakland Ballet Company has gone all out to make sure Oaklanders get to enjoy the annual performance of the Nutcracker this year -just as they’ve done for the past 36 years. And it’s our turn to show them some love and support now.

In case you missed it, here’s the story of this year’s Nutcracker — the story of how the ballet company weathered the economy and kept going.

WHEN:

Thursday, December 24 at 11 a.m.

Saturday, December 26 at 2 p.m. *

Saturday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 27 at 2 p.m.*

*The Saturday and Sunday matinees will be followed by a Sweet Dreams party, which will feature light refreshments and Nutcracker characters posing for pictures and signing autographs. Separate tickets are required and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

TICKETS: $15-$50 with student and senior discounts through www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000

WHERE:
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway 510-465-6400, paramounttheatre.com

Are Nutcracker tickets on your shopping list? Even if you don’t have kids, do consider going for it this year! The Oakland Ballet Company has gone all out to make sure Oaklanders get to enjoy the annual performance of the Nutcracker.. as they’ve done for the past 36 years. And it’s our turn to show them some love and support now. In case you missed it, here’s the story of this year’s Nutcracker — the story of how the ballet company weathered the economy and kept going.

WHEN:

Thursday, December 24 at 11 a.m.

Saturday, December 26 at 2 p.m. *

Saturday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 27 at 2 p.m.*

*The Saturday and Sunday matinees will be followed by a Sweet Dreams party, which will feature light refreshments and Nutcracker characters posing for pictures and signing autographs. Separate tickets are required and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

TICKETS: $15-$50 with student and senior discounts through www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000

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