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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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TONIGHT: Kev Choice @ Yoshi’s

Posted by novoscene on October 26, 2009

Kev Choice

It’s Monday.. Maybe your week got off to a good start. Maybe your day sucks. Either way, pamper yourself by heading out to Yoshi’s tonight to see pianist Kev Choice and his ensemble. A local celebrity, Kev is already making waves on the national circuit. What people seem to love about him is his versatility and unpredictability — you never know what he’s going to play next. No matter what genre you like, there’s got to be something in his show for you – soul, funk, hip hop, jazz, classical…

Local musician Knox Bronson met up with Kev Choice and his ensemble while they were rehearsing in Jack London Square last week. Watch this video where Knox is trying to get to know Kev a little bit better…

Getting to Know Kev Choice’s Music

8 p.m.
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W.

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6/15 A little Punk with your Funk, Ma’am?

Posted by novoscene on June 15, 2009

When your name is inspired by a term originally coined by superfreak Rick James, you’ve got some pretty big shoes to fill-some big, glittery, high heeled, sexy in-a-dirty-way kinda shoes. Luckily Punk Funk Mob has their stilletos strapped tight, and a big bag of hot licks tucked into their shiny studded belts, right next to the 5th of Jack.

Described as the Ramones meets Funkadelic with Betty Davis on vocals, the funky four piece is fronted by town soul star Femi on vocals and syths, with Quincy Ramone on guitar, Dante McClinton on Drums and Mozell Dixon on Bass. Recently signed to indie label Moore Mapp Records, the Mob’s first single HOW R U? is a great intro to the bands hybridized soul rock. Get a full course tonight over at Yoshi’s. Read the rest of this entry »

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6/15 Many styles, one drummer

Posted by novoscene on June 15, 2009

He’s toured the world and played with greats ranging from Stan Getz to Chaka Khan and considers Art Blakey his biggest influence even though his music, dubbed “R & Bebop,” infuses everything from blues to dancehall. When drummer Victor Jones says he gets inspiration from everywhere, he definitely means it.

Get a taste of Jones’ eclectic sensibilities when he brings his band Culture-Versy to the Oakland Public Conservatory tonight. The group blends Hip Hop, Soul, Jazz and Funk into a totally unique sound. Kick your week of with a bit of melody. Read the rest of this entry »

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6/8 Monday, Bluesy Monday

Posted by novoscene on June 8, 2009

If you’re looking for a place to unwind after that 1st day back at the work then head down to Jack London square tonight for the 1st session of their new Musical Monday series.  For the next 2 months the square will feature a rotating lineup of local performers and tunes fit for the whole family.  Things kick off tonight with the Blues Burners, winners of the KRSH Favorite Local Blues Band award, playing a mix of funky soul, modern blues, and good old-fashioned R & B. Read the rest of this entry »

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4/27 Deep, Funky Monday

Posted by novoscene on April 27, 2009

A quick heads up for those still in party mode check out Kingman’s Lucky Lounge’s Soulful Vibrations, a Monday night house music session for the dancing inclined. Dj’s Imani and Rahiem Jihad throw down all deep and funky so check it out if you’re in need of a quick 4/4 fix.

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And now for something completely random…

Posted by novoscene on April 27, 2009


I got into a pretty random and unusually involved conversation at an art show the other night on the merits and spectacle of Ms. Brittney Spears. Dude I was talking to, hands down one of the most take no shit political artists I know, went in deep on the complexities of Miss Brit, her media stardom, his strange affinity, and the incredibly short lines for the men’s bathroom at the pop diva’s Oakland show (apparently the show at the Coliseum was anything but a sausage fest).

So in honor of the nothing in particular, here are a few vids from the April 22nd show. I don’t particularly want a piece of you, Brit, I am digging the pyrotechnics.

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4/20 Smoke em if you got em!

Posted by novoscene on April 20, 2009


If cannibus is your religion, here are a few places to praise the most high on this most holy of days:
Cannabis Comedy Festival
Today!, 8
This yearly comedy event is a fundraiser for those who have been jailed for medical marijuana. Featuring Ngaio Bealum, Al Gonzales, and Tapan Trivedi and more… Sponsored by NORML and local cannabis cl…
Club Deluxe
1511 Haight St. San Francisco, CA

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4/13 Social media for social change

Posted by novoscene on April 13, 2009

If you’re interested in social media, wiki’s group working or cloud computing  in any way (or just looking for an excuse to get out of work a little early) this meetup going down today in SF, sounds pretty like a good way to spend a Monday afternoon.

Interested in starting a collaborative site for your organization, public lab or community group but not sure where to start? Curious to learn more about wikis, including the tools to build them and keep them running? Join Shaping SF and their siteFoundsf.org and the CTO and head of Community Outreach for MediaWiki to learn more about wikis and meet others in the community technology field. 

To find out more and RSVP check out the site here.

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4/6 Ab Baars Trio & Ken Vandermark free tonight @Yoshis

Posted by novoscene on April 6, 2009

Straight from the horse’s mouth.  Or the horse’s website.  Not that we’re calling the folks at Yoshi’s in Oakland horses mind you…

Over the years, Ken Vandermark and Ab Baars often met ‚ they only ever once played together. On November 14th, 1999, they performed at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. “Like a longstanding duo we worked ourselves through the set, almost inadvertently confronting the forces of drummers Han Bennink and Hamid Drake. A sweeping night!”

It was about time to invite Ken as a guest to the Ab Baars Trio. He will carry a bit of Chicago with him: the legendary jazz tradition of that city, mingled with European influences that have come to affect his music in recent years.

And the Ab Baars Trio? After seventeen years it sounds more vital, more idiosyncratic, more poetic and exciting than ever, with Ab Baars (tenor saxophone and clarinet), Martin van Duynhoven (drums) and Wilbert de Joode (bass).

Dutch musician-composer and bandleader Ab Baars performs on tenor saxophone, clarinet and shakuhachi. He focuses mainly on the Ab Baars Trio, Duo Baars-Henneman and the ICP Orchestra.

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