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3/30 Drinks for Teacher

Posted by novoscene on March 30, 2009

What better way to show our gatekeepers of higher education that we love them than getting them plastered on a school night! Hopefully teachers don’t get too sloshed at this new weekly night that celebrate all things education. After showing a copy of their paystubs, all teachers get $2 well drinks and $1 off beers all night, while the sounds of dj Imani and Rahiem Jihad help melt away the chaos that is our education system. At least until Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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3/16-3/17 RIP SF Chronicle?

Posted by novoscene on March 16, 2009

chronWhen Hearst Corp announced at the end of February that it may be force to close the San Francisco Chronicle, journalists and media workers around the Bay Area exhaled a huge collective “What.The.Fuck?!” While everyone has an opinion on the paper and while may love to trash it just as much as we love to read it, the possible demise of San Francisco’s oldest and largest newspaper is really no laughing matter. A world without Violet Blue and Mark Morford? Totally unacceptable.

The response from the media workers and supporters is no joke. In addition to several closed door meetings between union workers, execs and supporters, over the next two days some of the area’s top media professionals will gather to weigh in on the situation and try to come up with some answers.

Tonight the UC Berkeley J-School hosts a round table discussion with several concerned journalists and public figures. Invited speakers include: Historian Gray Brechin, Investigative Reporter Lowell Bergman, Multimedia journalist Kevin Weston, Public radio producer Holly Kernan, San Francisco civic leader Clint Reilly and UC Berkeley Senior Lecturer Susan Rasky. Read the rest of this entry »

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2/16 Femi. Yoshi’s. Oakland. Tonight. Be there.

Posted by novoscene on February 16, 2009

If you don’t know who Femi is that means you have two problems.  The 1st is that you obviously haven’t read the last issue of the magazine where Femi is a featured artist.  And 2nd, that means you’ve been denying yourself the sweet sounds of of Oakland Soul.  But as much as you deserve to be flogged, just come to the show tonight and we’ll let yo slide.

Since her EP Sweetwater  Soul dropped last November, Femi’s been getting much critical acclaim and praise for Sweetwater’s mellow musical moods.   On stage though the vibe can rock from soul to funk to a little punk rock and electro.  We’ll see what she throws out tonight at the official release party. Read the rest of this entry »

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2/10 Jazz that’s not quite jazz

Posted by novoscene on February 9, 2009

Now in the second week of his 4 week Yoshi’s residency, experimental pianist and composer Marco Benevento plans on shaking things up the whole time he’s in town.  Already well known on the NY experimental scene and named by the LA Times as on of 2009’s “Artists to Watch,” Benevento is known for his creative-is-an-understatement use of electronics, fusion post jazz/rock compositions and inventive covers of artists including Deerhoof, Leonard Cohen and My Morning Jacket.

This Tuesday, he revisits the “two drummers and a saxophone” band from his  2008 Sullivan Hall residency with drummers Billy Martin and G. Calvin Weston and tenor saxophonist Skerik.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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2/9 Poetry by Moonlight

Posted by novoscene on February 9, 2009

The Bay Area’s longest running lunar literary and performance gathering kicks off its 2009 spring season with a line up of SoCal poet-performers and a special sneak peak of L.A. based Raquel Gutierrez’s (Butchlalis de Panochtitlan) solo show, “Malathion: Low Human Toxicity.”  Other featured readers for the night include Aida Salazar, Leticia Hernandez, Tomas Riley.  Tonight’s salon is guest curated by writer and CCA instructor Vickie Vertriz. Read the rest of this entry »

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2/9 New media and the Digital Political

Posted by novoscene on February 9, 2009

Screenshot from Dead In Iraq

It’s a question every socially aware artist and creative activist begins asking as soon as they create their 1st hand drawn protest sign-can artistic intervention really ignite significant social and political change?  The newest twist on the old question targets New Media-performances and works that live primarily online and depend heavily on new and emerging media technologies.  Artistic video games, viral videos, experimental blogs and websites-does this stuff actually make a difference?

That’s the question new media artist and professor Joseph DeLappe has been asking himself for the last 25 years.  In 2001 DeLappe created the controversial “dead-in-iraq”, video game as a direct opposition to a pro Iraq game used by the US military as a recruiting tool.  Taking on the Army with a video game controller?  That’s pretty hardcore.

Tonight DeLapp discusses his recent projects, the changing face of the arts world and pontificates on how to make effective, socially consious art in the virtual world.-Kwan
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12/8-12/12 Holiday Art Sale

Posted by novoscene on December 8, 2008

holiday saleIf you’ve got any cash left after Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the holiday sales, fairs and bazaars that went down this weekend, the fine artists over at OAG will be more than happy to relieve you of your boring green in exchange for some exciting holiday cheer of the visual variety.

Over 100 local artists will be setting up over shop at the gallery for this weeklong holiday sale. Doors are open everyday from 11am-6pm so stop by on your lunch break and pick up some original home grown art for the original, home grown people on your list. Or something like that. Just go buy some art.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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11/24 Gay men-bringin’ it home

Posted by novoscene on November 24, 2008

Join a multi-ethnic group of gay/bi men and other concerned community members this evening for a pre-world AIDS day forum at Oakland’s City Hall on Gay/Bi men’s health with a focus on HIV/AIDS.  Come voice your opinion, share your suggestions and hear about current initiatives in the HIV/AIDS front.  Frrefood, drinks and dessert.
Bringing It Home
Oakland City Hall
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

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11/10 That’s “Jaz”, one Z.

Posted by novoscene on November 10, 2008

Just because he’s short a letter doesn’t mean this cat is missing any of his Jazz chops. Drummer and record label owner Jaz Sawyer has had music in his blood from the beginning. This cat’s been playing drums since he was 2 years old and has worked with a who’s who of acts, from the Grateful Dead to Abby Lincoln. Sawyer leads the Downtown Jam Session over at the Oakland Public Conservatory tonight. Bring your axe if you want to sit in. Read the rest of this entry »

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11/10 Alice Russell and the SF Funk Festival

Posted by novoscene on November 10, 2008

The SF Funk Festival is back for the 1st time in 3 years and they’ve got a killer line up spread out over the next few weeks. While all the acts are definitely on the funky side, the tunes also lean heavily towards the electronic, with several solo DJ sets and performers who work just as much with laptops and cross faders as basses and wah wah pedals.

Alice Russell, performing tonight at The Independent, mixes bluesy funk with house and trip hop for a sound that’s distinctly British but all soul.  She fits snug in a box with UK soul artists like Amy Winehouse, Estelle and Duffy and has laid down tracks across the musical spectrum, collaborating with groups like Quantic, TM Juke, Bah Samba, The Bamboos, Susumu Yokota, Kushti, Unforscene, and Quantic Soul Orchestra.  Check her rework of the White Stripes’ “7 Army Nation” in the vid above-Jack White, who?

Parliament Funkadelic/Talking Heads keyboardist Burnie Worrell rolls through the Boom Boom Room Tuesday and Wednesday and LA turntable whiz DJ Cut Chemist hits DNA Lounge Friday.  Check the website for the full schedule.

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