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The Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 8, 2010

A Contemplative Angel on the Crocker Tomb (Photo Mountain View Cemetery)

Friday

King Kong
It’s been remade twice in the last 75 years, and both versions failed to match the original RKO masterpiece of 1933. See King Kong the way the great ape was meant to be seen, on a huge screen in one of the nation’s great Art Deco film palaces. Watch Kong swat biplanes from atop the Empire State Building at the Paramount Theatre Friday night. The doors open at 7 pm.

What: King Kong
When: Friday, July 9, Movie Starts at 8 pm, Mighty Wurlitzer at 7:30 pm
Where: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
How Much: $5

Hairspray

The Woodminster Summer Musical series opens with Hairspray. Woodminster favorite Greg Carlson takes his first turn in drag as Edna Turnblad in the musical based on John Waters’ 1988 film. As always, champagne will be served on opening night.

What: Hairspray at Woodminster Amphitheater
When: Friday, July 9, 8 pm
Where: Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road
How Much: $25-$45

The Princess Bride

Angry apes not your thing? What about The Princess Bride, The sweetly goofy fairytale beloved by gentle nerds everywhere? See it for free at the Redwoods Heights Recreation Center.

What: Princess Bride
When: Friday, July 9, 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Where: Redwood Heights Rec Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue
How Much: Free

Sun Ceremony
Here’s the pitch: Come to drum and stare at the sun. Oakland-based artist David Wilson in collaboration with artist Chris Duncan, opens the Berkeley Art Museum to a “fully participation-based drum and light orchestration” Friday evening. There will be “light projections and visual guidance from Jeffrey Manson (Misto Reef Lights), a Chladni singing performance by Meara O’Reilly (Avocet), and SUN choir.”

What: L@TE: Friday Nights
When: Friday, July 9, Doors open at 6, Ceremony starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way
How Much: $5, free for members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff

Some Kinda
Dwele blends neo-soul, hip-hop, and jazz the way few musicians can. The sly musician and songwriter will be at Yoshi’s in Jack London Square all weekend. His new album is called “Some Kinda,” which gets it just about right.

What: Dwele at Yoshi’s Oakland
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 9, 10 & 11, 8 pm – 10 pm, 7 pm – 9 pm Sunday
Where: Yoshi’s. 510 Embarcadero West
How Much: $28

Saturday

Walking Tour of Mountain View Cemetery
One of the loveliest spots in our city is Mountain View Cemetery. It’s also fairly described as “California’s most historic” boneyard. Meet some of the legendary figures from our state’s past who made this corner of the Oakland Hills their last home on a walking tour sponsored by the Oakland Heritage Alliance. Barbara Smith and Michael Crowe are the tour leaders.

What: Walking Tour of Mountain View Cemetery
When: Saturday, July 10, 10 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Meet at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue
How Much: $15, $10 OHA members

Comics and Islam

G. Willow Wilson is an American author who lived in Cairo for four years. When she was there,  she met her husband and converted to Islam. She also wrote the graphic novel “Cairo.” Wilson will be at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California Saturday night to talk about her new book, “The Butterfly Mosque.”

What: G. Willow Wilson
When: Saturday, July 10, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison Street
How Much: $7, $5 for students

Sunday

Rowing Races on Lake Merritt
For the second year in a row the Lake Merritt Rowing Club is hosting the United States Rowing Association’s SW Masters Regionals on Lake Merritt. More than 800 rowers are expected to be racing 1,000 meter sprints. There is excellent viewing along Lakeshore Avenue, at the City Sailboat House, as well as the grounds near the remodeled Lake Merritt Boathouse on Lakeside Drive (the start line). Or have a drink at Lake Chalet while watching the races.

What: Rowing Club Hosts USRA Masters Regionals
When: Sunday, July 11, 7:30 am – 5 pm
Where: Lake Merritt
How Much: Free 

Justa Space Queen
We’re excited about our next show at Art@TheOakBook. Two women artists who have been inspired by the cannabis movement have joined forces to install “Justa Space Queen” at our Jack London Square location. Come to the opening to see the work ofMonika Lea Jones and Smokie of Guns and Brushes.

What: Justa Space Queen
When: Sunday, July 11, 12 pm – 3 pm
Where: Art@TheOakBook, 423 Water Street
How Much: Free

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Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on June 18, 2010

Friday

Hidden and Lost Gems

From the ghostly traces of 1920s advertisements on downtown buildings to the neon of 1050s motels, Oakland is a trove of old signs.Hidden and Lost Gems, a photo exhibit showing the work of seven artists unearths some of these treasures we so often overlook.

What: Art Opening: Hidden and Lost Gems of Oakland
When: Friday, June 18, 6 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Woody’s Café, 1841 Park Boulevard
How Much: Free

Kaiser Garden Series

Speaking of hidden treasures. It’s not exactly a secret garden, but the rooftop garden at the Kaiser Center remains one of Oakland’s more undiscovered assets. Visit the garden Thursday at noon for live salsa music. The summer concert series is a great way for downtown workers to break out of the lunch rut on Thursdays. Tito o y su son de Cuba inaugurates the series on Friday.

What: Kaiser Garden Series
When: Friday, June 18, 12 pm – 1pm
Where: Kaiser Center Roof Garden, 300 Lakeside Drive
How Much: Free

Oakland Underground Film Festival

The Oakland Underground Film Festival continues with a showing of nine short films from local talents, including “Traditional Indegenous Values” by the Dimond District’s own Ruth Villasenor. Her film looks at the damage done by Proposition 8 and the ballot initiative to colonization. Andrew Levy, the author of the blog Inhman Eating Machine, takes us on a culinary tour of Oakland. With luck the 9 minute documentary by D. Silva will be as engaging and disturbing as Levy’s blog.

What: Oakland Underground Film Festival
When: Friday, June 18, Doors open at 7:30 pm, movies at 8:30 pm
Where: 98 Broadway, the Jack London Square Pavillion
How Much: Free

Saturday

A Transformative Experience opens at Art@theOakBook Saturday. This show features work from eighteen artists reflecting the eclecticism and inventiveness of the Bay Area and takes place June 19th at Art@theOakbook in Jack London Square. Sales of work from the show will raise money towards funding a student to attend UWC Atlantic College – an international school where students age 16-18 from all parts of the world, and all social and economic backgrounds live and study together. Read more here.

Laurel Books

Karin Kallmaker, author of Stepping Stone and other works of Lesbian beachreading, will join Cliffi Henderson, the author of Spanking New at Laurel Books Saturday evening.

What: Karin Kallmaker and Cliffi Henderson
When: Saturday, June 19, 7 pm
Where: Laurel Books, 4100 Mac Arthur Boulevard
How Much: Free

Juneteenth

Stop by the hidden orchard in thee Fruitvale known as Charcoal Park for delicious Everett and Jones bbq, music from Oakland’s The Missin’ Cousins, Luther Monday, and The Magic Hammer, plus lemonade and Juneteenth tales.

What: Juneteenth in Charcoal Park
When: Saturday, June 19, Noon – 9 pm
Where: 2727 Fruitvale Avenue
How Much: $5 suggested donation

Sunday

Molly Giles at the OPL

Another author event: Hear Molly Giles, prize winning author of “Seeking Moments of Authentic Life,” this Sunday at the Oakland Public Library’s main branch as she discusses her book “Nobody’s Friend.”

What: Molly Giles, presented by The California Writers Club
When: Sunday, June 20, 2 pm – 4 pm
Where: Oakland Library, West Auditorium, 125 14th Street
How Much: Free

San Francisco Choral Artists

The 25 singers of San Francisco Choral Artists will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a selection of world premieres. As she has for the past 15 years, Magen Solomon directs the choral artists Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

What: 25 by 25
When: Sunday, June 20, 4 pm
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito
How Much: $10 student, $25 senior, $30 general  (Discount withadvance purchase)

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05/14: Your Indie Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 13, 2010

It’s a very busy Oakland weekend, and there’s got to be something in this mix to get you excited about living here — the best of Oakland, jazz and wine, urban agriculture, stage shows, elephants, music from Zimbabwe, the Greek festival, mystery writers, documentary screenings, the Symphony’s closing show and so much more.

FRIDAY, May 14

The Indies

The annual celebration of all things Oakland and indie moves to Jack London Square this year. The Oakland Indies will be held in the Pavillion (You know it as the old Barnes and Noble) Friday night to bestow its awards: Pillar, Newbie, Greenie, Neighborhood Dynamo, and our favorite, Oakland Soul (we won two years ago).

What: Oakland Indie Awards
When: Friday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: 98 Broadway, Jack London Square
How Much: $20

Rockridge Jazz and Wine Stroll

Merchants along College Avenue are having a jazz and wine stroll Friday evening, which will be pretty much what it sounds like along with nice discounts at some of your favorite stores like Jan Christensen Heller Gallery and Fit.

What: Rockridge Jazz and Wine Stroll
When: Friday, May 14 May 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: College Avenue between Claremont and Broadway

City Slicker Farms Fundraiser

Care about urban agriculture? Care about West Oakland? If you answered yes to either of these, then you’ve probably heard about City Slicker Farms, a community-driven group in West Oakland that grows fresh produce for the area’s residents. Friday night, they’re doing some fund-raising at an event where you can learn more about — and celebrate — their work. There will be a potluck, live music, demonstrations and fermented product tasting. Let them know what fermented treats you’re taking at info@fermentchange.org.

What: Ferment Change 2010 – Fermented Food Feast and Celebration of Urban Agriculture
When: Friday, May 14, 7 p.m.– 10 p.m.
Where: 390 27th Street
How Much: $10-$30, sliding scale, No one turned away for lack of funds. Email info@fermentchange.org to find out about work-trade.
For more info, cityslickerfarms.org

Into the Woods at Mills College

Curtain Call Performing Arts, an outfit committed to keeping ticket prices low and performance quality high, brings its production of Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods to Mills College’s Lisser Theatre this month. Directed by Catherine Heck, the musical debuts Friday night. It’s a spooky retelling of the Grimm Brothers, but it’s still safe for kids.

What: Into the Woods
When: Friday and Saturday May 14 and 15, 8 p.m.
Where: The Lisser Theatre, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Boulevard
How Much: $12

Chinyakare and the KTO Project play UTunes Coffeehouse

The Chinyakare Ensemble & the KTO Project celebrate the music of Zimbabwe with mbira (a wooden musical instrument) player Musekiwa Chingodza from Harare, Zimbabwe.

Under the direction of Julia Tsitsi Chigamba, the Chinyakare Ensemble will perform traditional dance, mbira, drums, marimba and songs from tribal groups from around Zimbabwe.

The KTO Project, led by Kelly Takunda Orphan Martinez, is a blend of music with ethnic sensibilities from Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.

What: UTunes Coffeehouse, a concert series (with coffee)
When: Friday, May 14, 8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Where: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street
How Much: $18 for Adults, $5 for Children ages 6-15 (kids under age 6 are free).

SATURDAY, May 15

While you’re in Jack London Square, stop by our gallery to check out the second iPhontography show. Art@TheOakBook will be showing the winners from the art of the iPhone contest, a subgenre of photography that is perhaps best summed up in two quotes (The second quote is from iPhontography’s founding father): “Aim well, shoot fast, and scram.”—Henri Cartier-Bresson. “Aim well, shoot until you get it, and app that bitch until it sings.” —Knox Bronson.

What: Pixels at an exhibition
When: Saturday, May 15, 4 PM – 8 PM
Where: 423 Water Street, JLS
How Much: Free

Learn How to make Buttons

If you think buttons make great small gifts and promotional materials, this all-level class is for you. This is your chance to use a professional grade button maker and circle cutter to make 30 buttons of your design. Take clippings, photos, drawings, reused paper, and other images to make your original art. Saskia, who is passionate about creative reuse, will be teaching the class.

What: Button making class
When: Saturday, May 15, Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue @ 23rd Street
How much: $5 class fee to cover materials
Register online rpscollective.com

Mysterious Women

Seven women mystery writers of the Bay Area will be discussing their work at the Oakland Public Library Main Branch. Meet and listen to authors Rhys Bowen, Diana Chambers, Lucha Corpi, Susan Dunlap, Priscilla Royal, Susan Sherrell, and Kelli Stanley talk about why and how they do what they do.

What: Panel of Women Mystery Writers at the Oakland Library
When: Saturday May 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Main Library, 125 14th St.
Contact: Main Library Reference Services, 510-238-3138
How Much: Free

Elephants at the Zoo

The Zoo’s got a busy Saturday mapped out for you. Circus Finelli, an animal –free circus will have acrobats and clowns performing at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The zoo’s hosting an elephant day. There will be elephant information stations throughout the zoo, teaching fascinating things about the zoo’s pachyderms. Pick up your binocular and data sheet and become an elephant researcher at Oakland Zoo’s elephant research camp.  The elephant keepers will be taking people for a behind-the-scenes tour of the elephant barn for a $5 donation. All proceeds go to the Amboseli Elephant Research Project.

Saturday, May 15th 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
The Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd. oaklandzoo.org

Oakland Underground Film Festival/ Jack London Square Summer Film Series

The Oakland Underground Film Festival will presentRemembering Playland at 7:30 p.m. and Special When Lit at 9:15 p.m. for the May installment of the Jack London Square Summer Film Series.

Director Tom Wyrsch has resurrected San Francisco’s now-extinct Playland at the Beach, a 10-acre amusement park located next to Ocean Beach, in Remembering Playland.Playland at the Beach was established in the 1880s and dismantled in 1972.

Co-presented by Pacific Pinball Machine of Alameda, Special When Lit is the definitive story of the rise and fall of pinball as told by hardcore fans, collectors, designers, and champion players from across the globe.  A product of the mechanical and electrical age, this American invention swept the world and defined cool. A game, a sport, a lifestyle, pinball made more money than the entire American movie industry through the 50s and 60s. Brett Sullivan’s film retraces the passion of pinball followers, and also revealing the demise of pinball to the new era of video games. Rediscover the lure of the lost pop icon-Pinball.

What: Summer Movies
When: Saturday, May 15, 7.30 p.m. onwards
Where: Jack London Square Pavilion Theater, 98 Broadway (inside Jack London Square)
How Much: $10, no one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets at  brownpapertickets.com.

SUNDAY, May 16

Culture Fest

The Koreatown-Northgate neighborhood is holding a party Sunday, which promises to be worthy of the diversity along that stretch of Telegraph Avenue. Called Culture Fest the event will have food (look for gyros from the folks at Oasis), music (on three stages), martial arts demos, and a neighborhood swap meet.

What: Culture Fest
When: Sunday May 16, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Telegraph Avenue between 23rd and 25th Streets
How Much: Free

Greek Festival

The Oakland Greek Festival has been treating the town to Hellenic hospitality, food, and music each spring for nearly 40 years. This weekend, visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Acension for spinach pie, lamb, and other treats from the cradle of Democracy. The weekend-long event will feature all sorts of Greek music and dancing from pop to classical. Visit the website for a coupon that brings the admission down to $5.

What: Oakland Greek Festival
When: Friday-Sunday, May 14-16, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Fri & Sat) 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Sun)
Where: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700
How Much: $6

Ode to Joy

The Oakland East Bay Symphony ends its season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It’s been more than a decade since the OEBS performed the “Choral” symphony. This time Maestro Michael Morgan will lead tenor Thomas Glenn on Friday and Adam Flowers on Sunday. Baritone Bojan Knezevic will lead off with one of the most amazing moments in classical music, “Freude, schoner Gotterfunken…” John Kendall Bailey will lead pre-concert talks before both performances.

What: Ode to Joy
When: Friday and Sunday, May 14 and 16, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Paramount Theatre,
How Much: $20 to $65

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04/23: Your O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on April 23, 2010

Art, fresh food, jazz, plants and gardens, clothing swaps, classical music, underground cinema and more to take in this Oakland weekend.

FRIDAY, APRIL 23

Underground Cinema

The Oakland Underground Film Festival gets underway Friday night in Jack London Square with a screening of “Everyday Black Man,” a feature film by Oakland’s own Carmen Madden. Even if the admission weren’t free, and there weren’t well-priced beer, booze, and food to enjoy instead of the usual $10 popcorn, Madden’s Oakland-grown movie would be worth checking out.

Screening of Everyday Black Man, with the director in attendance
Friday, April 23, 7.30 p.m.
The Jack London Square Pavilion, 98 Broadway
Free
oakuff.org

The Legacy of the Quran: The Beauty of Words

The opening reception is Friday, April 23, from 7 to 9 pm. This exhibit features paintings, photographs, and calligraphy by 31 artists on the theme of nature and ecology. This is a diverse group, including both adults (21 artists) and children (eleven artists). This exhibit is the first attempt to unite the diverse Bay Area Muslim community around an art exhibit. The inclusion of children artists, along with works by professional artists, is a way to bring together both families and the nascent Bay Area Islamic arts community. The theme of Qur’anic teachings n nature appeals to contemporary interests in ecology and nature spirituality.

Friday, 23 April, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
1433 Madison Street, 510-219-2431, islamicartexhibit.com/
Free (donations accepted)

Jazz Fest: Bay Area Musicians’ Healthcare Fundraiser

This is a San Francisco event, but involves many musicians who call Oakland home.

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, trumpeter Eddie Gale and Friends present the second annual Jazz Fest Bay Area Musicians Self-Help Healthcare Fundraiser on Friday April 23 & Saturday April 24, featuring live performances, free workshops & instrument giveaways and free health screenings.

Performing artists and legends include Donald Duck Bailey, Calvin Keys, John Handy, Valerie Mih and many more. The mission of the Jazz Musicians’ Healthcare Fundraising Project is for musicians to perform and raise money for healthcare while providing a model for upcoming musicians. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the California Jazz Foundation for Musicians Healthcare.

Friday, April 23, 8 p.m. onwards
Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Velma’s, 2246 Jerrold Avenue in San Francisco
Tickets available on line at brownpapertickets.com, $5 students/$10 general

For more about the Jazz Fest visit eddiegale.com or call 408-395-6598 or 415-846-2426.

SATURDAY, APRIL 24

People’s Grocery’s California Hotel Garden Plant Sale

West Oakland’s food activists at the People’s Grocery are selling tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, Sea Kale, herbs, squash, cucumbers, and much more. They’ll have plants from City Slicker Farms, and a presentation by one of People’s Grocery’s cooking demonstrators.

Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m – 3 p.m.
3501 San Pablo Avenue (in the back, around 35th and Chestnut)
For more info, contact Max Cadji at max@peoplesgrocery.org

Swap, Not Shop

The highlight of this weekend is a West Oakland event that celebrates Earth Week as well as fashion.

This Saturday, Homeygrown, a group of artists who create artwear from recycled, salvaged, and irregular material, will host Swap! Not Shop!

Since 2006, Homeygrown has held two swaps a year, moving from an intimate ladies-only event to a co-ed, all-ages party. Swap-goers also have the opportunity for fashion design and customization. For example, if someone finds a dull t-shirt that needs a boost, $1 will slap on a custom hand-printed silkscreen design from a homey. For the party animals that stick around, clothes will keep coming, and a “Fugly Fashion Show” will encourage people to dig through the piles and model something that they wouldn’t be caught dead wearing otherwise. Leftover clothing will be donated to charity.

Saturday, April 24, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Soundwave Studios, 2200 Wood Street
Admission: $5 and a bag of clean clothes/shoes/accessories
$1 drink donations
For more info, call 510-206-8072 or email yo@homeygrown.org

SUNDAY, APRIL 25

Lauda Jerusalem

The advanced performing groups of the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir present great Early Music and Baroque works.

Enjoy Carissimi’s great oratorio Jephthah, along with works by Michael Haydn, JS Bach, Henry Purcell, Nicola Porpora, Johann Adolph Haase, Antonio Vivaldi and WA Mozart. The choir will be accompanied on the period-accurate instruments of Jubilate Orchestra.

Performing groups include Ensemble, Ancora, and the Alumni Choir, conducted by Artistic Director Robert Geary; Ecco, conducted by Clifton Massey; and Concert Choir, conducted by Andrew Brown.

Sunday, 25 April, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street @ 27th
$12 for children, $18 general admission, $25 premium reserve (Premium seats via advance purchase only)
piedmontchoirs.org, 510-547-4441, presented by Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir

24th Annual Secret Gardens of the East Bay Tour

Eleven of the finest gardens of the East Bay will open their gates the last weekend in April in a flourish of vibrant spring colors, with a focus on green. The 24th Annual Secret Gardens of the East Bay tour will be held, rain or shine, on Sunday. The self-guided tour, along with a companion program of gardening and design workshops, will benefit the academic and financial assistance programs at Park Day School in Oakland.

Sunday, 25 April, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Park Day School, 360 42nd Street
$45


Closing exhibition for Kaleidoscape

WE Artspace will be holding a closing reception for Kaleidoscape, its first solo exhibition with works and an installation by artist Chris Vogel. Kaleidoscape is the visual exploration of dissected space and collaged geometric forms positioned in natural environments. This exhibit will on display until May 2.

Sunday, April 25, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Opening Reception at WE Artspace: 768 40th Street,
weartspace.com, (415) 297-8869
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Music by 9th Floor Radio.com
Free

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03/05: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 4, 2010

We see classic thrillers, feathered serpents, used books, tarot cards and gigantic sales this Oakland weekend.

Friday, March 5

Wait Until Dark


The Paramount Theatre Movie Classics series has been picking some winners recently. The last show was “The Lady from Shanghai.” On Friday night, the movie to be projected on the Paramount’s massive screen is “Wait Until Dark.” Starring Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman terrorized by Alan Arkin in his best turn as a villain, “Wait Until Dark” is a tense, tight thriller. As always, the organ starts cranking at 7:30 PM.

Friday, March 5. Doors open at 7 p.m., the movie starts at 8 p.m.
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
$5

Illuminated Art Walk

This First Friday in March, the folks behind the Illuminated Art Corridor have organized the Illuminated art walk. Every hour, a guide riding a bicycle projecting art images will lead an illuminated art walk from venue to venue. The route will go from Rock Paper Scissors Collective to Creative Growth Art Center to 21 Grand and then back to Rock Paper Scissors Collective.

The Illuminated Art Walk is part of a larger multi-gallery event honoring Art IS Education, a celebration of youth arts learning.
Friday, March 5, 6 p.m.to 9 p.m.
2278 Telegraph
510-238-9171/rpscollective.com

Opening Reception for ‘Radical Botanical’ contemporary botanical photography

Danielle Fox curates the work of Hiroko To, Hagit Cohen, Michele Hofherr, and Chi Fang at Slate gallery. These are contemporary photos with botany as their central theme.

The show celebrates the exquisite designs that nature offers us, grappling with art’s capacity to represent it, while also reflecting on the fleeting nature of perfection and beauty, an age-old metaphor for our own mortality. At once beautiful and dark, the exhibition also makes clear what is at stake when man’s drive for technological, urban, and economic development threatens nature’s delicate balance.

Radical Botanical: Contemporary Botanical Photography
Opening Reception
Friday, March 5, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Slate art & design gallery, 4770 Telegraph Ave (& 48th)

The Feathered Serpent


The Art Murmur is going down this weekend. Before you embark on a debauched cultural tour of Telegraph Avenue, stop by the Art@TheOakBook gallery for a shamanistic art opening that’s more neolithic than neo-anything else. Obi Kaufmann will be on hand under candlelight to discuss the genesis behind his stunning three-wall mural, The Feathered Serpent.

Friday, March 5, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Art@theOakbook gallery
423 Water Street, Jack London Square (across from where Barnes and Noble used to be)

Saturday, March 6


Papercuts by Ryohei Tanaka

Tokyo-based artist Ryohei Tanaka comes to the Rowan Morrison Gallery, where he conjures fanciful creatures, realistic portraits, and realistic portraits of fanciful creatures with a folded piece of paper and a pair of scissors. His unique take on the traditional Japanese art form kirigami has been featured in international exhibitions and contemporary art publications such as Giant Robot.

At the opening reception, you’ll get to see Ryohei creating papercut portraits. For more on his work, visit ryoheitanaka77.com

Saturday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Rowan Morrison Gallery, 330 40th Street

Book Sale

Replenish your library at College Prep’s second annual fundraiser this Saturday or Sunday. Although, we suggest you get there Saturday for the best used books, CDs and DVDs. The prices will hit rock bottom at noon on Sunday when five bucks gets you a grocery bag full of books.

Saturday and Sunday, March 6 – 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Sunday)
6100 Broadway (Near Lake Temescal and Highway 24)

The Corner of Tarot and Collage

Pick a card, any card. Valerie Adinolfi will teach a class binding the wisdom of the tarot with the self-expression of collage at Oakopolis Saturday. “In this workshop, we will be working with the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck. The workshop begins with a short meditation led by Valerie. Each participant will pull a tarot card, which will be the focus for their collage. Materials provided. However, feel free to bring your own images, decorative paper, scraps and/or calendars that are special to you.”

Saturday, March 6 Noon – 4 p.m.
Oakopolis, 447 25th Street
Sliding scale $15-$20

Music and the Love of Food

At this dinner the guitar is scalloped – not necessarily the potatoes. The In the Mood for Food Dinner Concert Series continues Saturday night with a duet “version of the pioneering world fusion music group Ancient Future featuring scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort and santurist Mariah Parker.” Renowned chef Philip Gelb will be making a gourmet vegetarian meal. The cost is $55 per person, and there’s for 20. Guests should bring their own drinks. The location is somewhere in Oakland. For reservations call 510-393-6096, or email phil@philipgelb.com.

Saturday March 6, 7 p.m.
Location TBA
$55

Sunday, March 7

Women’s Day

Back in the days of the USSR and its satellites, International Women’s Day was a big deal. Women would receive flowers at work, and the ancient patriarchy of Central and Eastern European societies would get a progressive gloss for a day. Since 1989, International Women’s Day hasn’t been what it used to be. But on Sunday morning, the Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library will be hosting a panel discussion on the role of women in fighting injustice.

Sunday, March 7 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Avenue
Free

White Elephant Sale

It is that time of the year again. The Oakland Museum Women’s Board brings back the beloved White Elephant sale. If you step into that giant warehouse, you’ll find yourself shopping for all kinds of things you didn’t even know you wanted. This is the ultimate rummage sale. The thing to watch out for: the sale attracts thousands of people, so parking on Lancaster Street is limited.

Saturday, March 6 & Sunday, March 7 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
333 Lancaster Street (at Glascock)
510-536-6800

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Celebrations: Halloween and the Day of the Dead

Posted by novoscene on October 29, 2009

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29

Uptown masquerade

Fox benefit
When was the last time you went to a masquerade, complete with masks and all? This Halloween bash will have masks for sale, if you didn’t get a chance to pick up yours. The organizers are promising an evening of live music, dancing and of course, food. Reed Fromer Band, an R & B group, will perform, and there will be a “surprise celebrity guest.”

This is a benefit for the Fox Theater, with proceeds going to Friends of the Oakland Fox, which preserves the theater, and to East Bay Emergency Relief efforts.

Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m. to midnight.
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph General admission:$20, VIP: $100

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30


Pre-Halloween with Frankenstein

Want a low key beginning to your Halloween? Watch the 1948 scary comedy, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein on the big screen at the Paramount.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Box Office opens at 6:00pm, doors open at 7:00. The curtain rises at 8:00pm
All Tickets: $5.00

10000_Halloween

10000 Things That go Bump in the Night

Chabot’s having its Halloween party with live music from BandWorks School of Rock, a costume contest, spooky beverages, views of the cosmos (if the weather holds up) and a special haunt jaunt crawl of things that go bump in the night with the Galaxy Explorers. Kids of all ages –and all kinds of costumes – welcome.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard
$20 Adults, $15 Students/Members $8

6th Annual Dimond Howl-o-ween Pet Parade & Costume Party

Don’t leave the pets out of the Halloween fun! The Dimond movers and shakers at Paws & Claws are hosting a party for you and your pets. Meet at Paws and Claws, then join the 6 p.m. parade through the district collecting treats, then return to Paws & Claws and enjoy the outdoor campfire, food & drinks.

$5 Donation Benefits PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support)
6 p.m.to 9 p.m. Paws & Claws 2023 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland 510-336-0105
pawsnclawsoakland.com

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

Day of the Dead

Days of the Dead Fiesta 2009

On Saturday, head over to La Borinqueña Restaurant & Specialty Shop in Old Oakland for cooking demonstrations, folk arts and crafts, and to celebrate both the Day of the Dead holiday as well as the 10,000 Steps project. Old Oakland impresario Tina “Tamale” has put together an afternoon that anyone who loves Mexican food and culture will enjoy. If you miss this event, catch up with the tamale queens at the Fruitvale festival on Sunday.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
582 7th Street at Jefferson

Halloween Haunted House

If your kids are into scary Halloween events, consider what the folks at Studio One Art Center are offering. They’re hosting a haunted house – for adults and kids. There will be face painting, games and light treats.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street

$2 for children accompanies by adults, $2 for adults with children, $3 for everyone else.
For info, call 510-597 5027

Celebrations on Piedmont/Halloween Movie Night for Kids

Oakland retailers are really getting into the Halloween spirit. On Piedmont Avenue, they’ve got a full day of Halloween activities – free cartoons at Piedmont theater, a grand parade, trick-or-treat, face painting, live music, and a lot more. Check out the complete schedule at piedmontavenuemerchants.org/halloween-parade-09-schedule

And when the day’s over, Video Room on Piedmont will have a kids costume contest and a free screening of the Nightmare Before Christmas. Remember to take your chair and blanket.

7 p.m.
4364 Piedmont Avenue
Free
For questions, e-mail: Mandel Lum twentybelowzero@gmail.com

Thrillerthon: Haitian Day of the Dead party

Thrillerthon

This Halloween costume party celebrates Haitian “Gede” and Michael Jackson’s thriller. DJ Epic and DJ Mpenzi will spin Soca, Soukous, Samba, Soul and Dancehall. El Wah Movement Caribbean Dancers and the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble will perform.
The Den @ the Fox
1807 Telegraph Ave, Uptown Oakland
Doors open @ 8:30 p.m., $5 before 10pm/$10 thereafter


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1


The Annual 2009 Fruitvale “Día de Los Muertos” festival

It’s happening! Earlier this year, it had looked like Oakland’s Dia De Los Muertos Festival would be a victim of the recession. But Council member Ignacio de la Fuente intervened. With some help from the City, the Day of the Dead celebration, which is the largest festival of its kind in the Bay Area with more than 100,000 attendees, is back on its feet.

Held in Fruitvale every year, this one day event will feature more than 20 altars, art and craft vendors, traditional Latin American foods, musical performances, and an interactive exhibit by the Oakland Museum of California. There’s also going to be a kids area with games and rides.

The festival honors a traditional holiday in several Latin American countries, where families and friends gather to pray for and remember ancestors and relatives who have died. If you’d like to volunteer, get in touch with Claudia Burgos at
cburgos@oaklandnet.com

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Along International Boulevard between Fruitvale Ave. and 35th Ave.; at the Fruitvale Transit Village;  and along 12th Street to 37th Avenue in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California
Free

Sunday Book Readings

Poets C.S Giscombe and Charity Ketz will be reading at Diesel in Oakland. Giscombe, the editor of Mixed Blood, a poetry journal, has written several books of poetry and a memoir. His newest collection is Prairie Style. Ketz, a Ph.D student in English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, recently had her first poetry collection published – The Narcoleptic Yard.

3 p.m.
Diesel – A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., dieselbookstore.com

Local author Canyon Sam will be reading from her new book, Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History, at Laurel Books.

4 p.m.
Laurel Books, 4100 MacArthur, 510-531-2073

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10/09: Weekend plans

Posted by novoscene on October 8, 2009

River of Renewal

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Oakland International Film Festival

The 8th Annual Oakland International Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening, and runs until Wednesday. Movies shot as close to home as West O and from as far away as Pakistan will be screened the Grand Lake Theater, Maxwell’s Lounge, Jack London Theater, and Merritt College during the event. Click here for showtimes and a list of the films. (Above: Still from River of Renewal, screening at Maxwell’s lounge on Sunday, 9 p.m.)

Thursday, October 8 through Wednesday, October 14

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Prairie Home Companion in the DTO

So you didn’t want to brave the throngs in Golden Gate Park last weekend for the free bluegrass festival, but you still have a hankering for some fiddle playing? No worries. Berkeley’s own Laurie Lewis will play with Tom Rozum at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland Friday evening. You’ll have to pay for this gig, but the price is reasonable for big bluegrass names like these: $14 in advance at $18 at the door. The show is part of the ongoing Utunes Coffee House program.

Friday, October 9, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
685 14th Street
$5 for kids 6-15

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Dimond oaktoberfest

Oaktoberfest

There used to be breweries and beer gardens in what’s now the Dimond District, and the suds will be flowing there again when the neighborhood throws an Oaktoberfest this Saturday. To get that old Munich atmosphere, there’ll be a beer hall featuring brewers from all over the Bay, including the excellent beer from the Town’s own Linden Street Brewery. A homebrewer competition will determine who makes the best DIY beer in Oakland. It’s a family friendly scene with live music, food, and a rootbier garten for the kinder.

Saturday, October 10, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Corner of Fruitvale and MacArthur

Town Park Opening/Graffiti Battle

On Saturday, the much-awaited town park finally opens. K-Dub, a former teacher-turned-local skating celebrity, has spent the last few years taking this skate park from concept to reality. Celebrate the skate park’s “official” opening this weekend with him, lots of skaters and graffiti artists, who’re going to come out for the Big Battle: the Third Estria Annual Invitational Graffiti Battle.
Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
De Fremery Park, 18th & Adeline street  (West Oakland)
For a list of events associated with the battle, click here.

Sing Like Taylor Swift in Jack London Square

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The radio station 95.7 – The Wolf will be in Jack London Square on Saturday from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to host the Sing Like Taylor Swift contest. If you think you can sing like her, look up the rules over at their website and then head over to be videotaped by the Wolf.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Inside Jack London Square

East Bay for East Africa Fundraiser

Just last year a school opened in western Kenya with the goal of teaching young people from the area of Musoli critical trades such a sewing, welding, and other skills that can provide self reliance. The Saint Teresa Technical School was funded by the folks from East Bay for East Africa, a small non-profit that grew out of a conversation between a visiting Kenyan priest and an East Bay resident four years ago.  On Saturday night, East Bay for Africa holds its annual fundraiser at Uptown Body and Fender (the coolest body shop in the East Bay.) Tickets are $50 and $35 for folks under 35. RSVP here.

Saturday, October 10, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
401 26th Street

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

Regina Carter

Acclaimed violinist Regina Carter plays at Yoshi’s this weekend. This talented MacArthur fellow has wowed audiences worldwide with her ability to play across genres — classical, pop, jazz, even folk.

Regina Carter – violin
Will Holshouser – accordion
Yacouba Sissoko – kora
Chris Lightcap – bass
Alvester Garnett – drums & percussion

Thursday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows $18
Friday – Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $22
Sunday 2 p.m. Kids’ matinee: $5 Kids, $18 Adult (with kid), $22 Adult (general)
Sunday 7 p.m. $22

510  Embarcadero W.  For tix, visit http://yoshis.inticketing.com/


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09/25: Here’s the O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 25, 2009

There are movies, more movies, delicious street fairs, a mad hatter tea party, Oakland’s finest artists at our own gallery – art@theoakbook – and much more this fine O-scene weekend.

FRIDAY, September 25, 2009


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Oakland Underground Film Festival

The Oakland Underground Film Festival is so underground it’s not even being held in Oakland. This year the DIY film festival will be held in a location the organizers are calling West West Oakland aka Alameda. For only $25 bucks you can get an all-festival pass for three days of films that are practically guaranteed not to not bore you. Consider “Destined to be Ingested,” which is about a boatload of rich folk running afoul of cannibals on an unexplored South Pacific island in the 1980s.

Friday September 25 to Sunday September 27.  Click here for the schedule
2700 Saratoga Street, Alameda

Fourth Friday Music and Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland
The outdoor movie season isn’t over – as yet! Watch Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet in Finding Neverland tonight at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. The movie starts after sunset, but there will be live music to keep you entertained until then.

Grounds open at 6 p.m.
Movie begins shortly after sunset (approximately 8:30 pm).
Admission: $5, Self-guided mansion tours: Free

For more on Dunsmuir, go to www.dunsmuir.org/

SATURDAY, September 26

Book Release: Historic Photos of Oakland by Steven Lavoie

Steven Lavoie, the librarian in charge of the Oakland History Room, will talk about his new book featuring the history of Oakland in photographs. Lavoie knows the town’s fascinating history well – from the Pullman Porters and the Black Panther Party to Jack London, Isadora Duncan, and Gertrude Stein.  His depth of knowledge shines through his collection of photos that accurately reflect Oakland’s past and present.

Free
West Auditorium in the Main Library, 125 14th Street,  510-238-3138
3 p.m.

Grassroots Economy Festival

The global economy may remain be shaky, but grassroots economies are blossoming all over the country, and Oakland is an epicenter of cooperatives, co-housing, and other forms of resource sharing. The first ever Festival of Grassroots Economics is a must for anyone interested in knowing more about economies that care about the environment and social justice. The free event includes expert-packed panels on subjects like the legal issues associated with the formation of a cooperative, the existing resources for grassroots economies, and urban food security.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street
For more information, go to
jasecon.org

Improvised Branches
Improvised Branches

Come to our art gallery in Jack London Square, art@theoakbook, to view the work of 11 of Oakland’s – and the Bay Area’s — finest artists. Come for the art, stay to mingle and talk. If this art doesn’t get people talking, nothing will.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
423 Water Street (in Jack London Square across from Barnes and Noble)

Pads4Girls Sew-A-Thon

This event was supposed to be held on Saturday, but has been postponed. However, we suggest following it at calendar.rpscollective.com/month.php

This event at Rock Paper Scissors hopes to accomplish two goals: to teach people to sew and in the process, create reusable cloth pads for girls in Africa. As you might or might now know, in many parts of Africa, girls miss school when they have their periods since menstrual supplies are hard to come by. The volunteer-run art space on Telegraph is working in conjunction with Lunapads to ship the pads to several non-profits in Africa.

For more information about the Pads 4 Girls program, check out lunapads.com/donate.htm

Mad Tea party

Artists Bruce Tamberelli, Darwin Price and Yvette M. Buigues have reinterpreted Wonderland for this show at the Float gallery, aptly titled Through the Looking Glass. The opening reception features live Jazz by ManOverboard and bubbling absinth spiked tea. They promise you’ll be grinning like a Cheshire cat!

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  (Show runs through Oct 31)
Float gallery
Free – unless you choose to buy something.
1091 Calcot place #116 Oakland
510-525-1702, thefloatcenter.com

SUNDAY, September 27

Out and About on College

The highlight of last year’s Rockridge Out and About Festival was the whole pig roasting over an open fire at the corner of College and Shafter. The picnic in the street will return this year along with several blocks of other attractions, including live music, fashion shows, and a green living expo. It’s the last Oakland street fair of the summer. Don’t miss it.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
College Avenue (Between Claremont and Manila)

John Handy at Sundays in the Redwoods

Want to get some of that parking money back? The Oakland East Bay Symphony will be performing free at the Woodminster Amphitheater as part of the city’s excellent Sundays in the Redwoods program. Michael Morgan will conduct winners of the OEBS Young Artists Competition in recitals of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rossini, and others. John Handy, the remarkable alto saxist, will close the performance. The concert begins at 2 p.m. with performances by local groups. OEBS tunes up at 4 p.m.

Free
2 p.m.
Woodminster Amphitheater
3300 Jaoquin Miller Road

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09/18: Your O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 17, 2009

Korean street fests, walking tours, clothing swaps, music in the park — there’s all this and more in Oakland this weekend…

Friday, September 18

Magic Jester Improv Show

High energy, funny, and full of heart—Magic Jester improv theater performances are entirely made up on the spot, inspired by suggestions from you, the audience; also featuring a blues guitarist.
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$12
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street (Uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway)

Saturday, September 19

Oakland’s Historic Town Squares Walking Tour

As part of the 10000 Steps Celebration, the Oakland Heritage Alliance is conducting a walking tour guided by Annalee Allen around Oakland’s historic town squares. You can read about 10000 Steps here.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meet at the corner of 9th & Jackson Streets
$15

KoreaTown Poster

The KoreaTown-Northgate Culture fest

The first annual KoreaTown-Northgate Festival will showcase the cultures and businesses that lie in between the better known neighborhoods of Uptown and Temescal. But this event, which features a BBQ contest, a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, an artists’ alley, a beverages garden, and two stages with performances by the Ong Dance Company, Mystic Man, Abby and the Pip Squeaks, TurfUnity, and many others, will certainly raise the profile of Oakland’s Koreatown.

11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Telegraph Avenue, between 24th & 27th Streets (ride BART to the 19th Street Station)
Free

Swap, Not Shop

If you’ve been wanting to expand your wardrobe, and the economy’s been getting in the way, this one’s for you. Swap, not shop. At the risk of sounding preachy, we say that it’s good for the environment and for your pocket.

This Saturday, Homeygrown, a collective of artists and homies who make one-of-a-kind art wear using recycled materials and/or original, hand-screened designs, is having one of its biannual clothing swaps.

3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Soundwave Studios, 2200 Wood Street, Oakland CA
$1 drinks for 21+ (with id)
$5 admission with your bag of items

For more: homeygrown.blogspot.com/2009/08/919-swap-not-shop-fall-into-free-finds.html

Circus Arts Variety Show

Here’s a show for the family with juggling, comedy, aerial acts, unicycling and more. It’s in Berkeley, but that’s not too far out.

Frank Olivier, the well known juggler from Oakland, will be your host. You’ll get to see, amongst other things, world unicycle freestyle champion Ryan Woessner, comedian Michael Davis (SNL, Tonight Show, etc), aerial trapeze by Athletic Playground – all with live music.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
King Middle School Auditorium, 1781 Rose Street
$10 – $20 sliding scale

Tickets are available at the door or on Friday and Saturday at the Berkeley Juggling Festival held at Berkeley High (9/18 and 9/19).

Sunday, September 20

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

Celebrate old-world German culture with music, dance, food and song as the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate and the United German-American Societies of the East Bay celebrate the Hellman family’s Bavarian heritage. Advance sale tickets are available for purchase on the website.

Noon to 7 p.m.
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, 510-562-0328
$10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 Children
Buy tickets at dunsmuir.org/calendar.htm

Sundays in the Redwoods

The outdoor concert series brings to Oakland four-time Grammy nominee John Santos’s sextet, who is widely regarded as one of the leading Afro-Latin percussionists in the world today. Bay area favorites Dos Four Y Los Mios, Rankin Scroo, and Candidi Oye-Oba will also be performing.

2 p.m., Gates open at 1.30 p.m. Table reservations available at 510-238-4720
Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road
Free. Parking $4

Questions: oaklandnet.com/parks/Sundays/

Book Reading: Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

Local writers Kathy Briccetti, Meilan Carter, and Jasmine Dawson will talk about their work in the national anthology, Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave.

Bios of the writers from the Diesel website:
Kathy Briccetti has published essays, poetry, and criticism in literary and commercial magazines. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination for an essay excerpted from her forthcoming memoir, Blood Strangers, which will be published by Heyday Books in spring 2010. She lives in El Cerrito and works in Oakland.

Meilan Carter is interested in crossing literary genres, documenting family history, and challenging language. The beauty in death, magic, and the complexities of relationships, are some of the themes that appear in her work. A writer of both fiction and creative non-fiction, Meilan recently completed her MFA in Fiction at Mills College. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction novel about the loss of her father titled The Etiquette of Death. She lives in Oakland with her husband David and son Kamau.

Jasmine Dawson is an Oakland native and received her BA from San Francisco State University and MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She has written and published book reviews, essays, and research. She finished her novel and is currently working for the City of Oakland.

Folkin Blues Festival

The evening begins with an optional social hour and pot luck supper at 5 p.m,, followed by the show at 6 p.m., followed by an open jam at the end of the show at 10 p.m.

Humanist Hall, which claims to be the only solar-powered Blues space in the Bay Area, is hosting an evening of dancing, blues and folk this weekend. There will also be a fire in the backyard.

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Oakland weekend: 9/11 to 9/13

Posted by novoscene on September 11, 2009

Friday, September 11

slumdog
Blood drive and Slumdog Millionaire

Regeneration, an Oakland church, is having a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and showing the Oscar-winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire, at 8.30 p.m. on the wall at E. 15th and 3rd Ave. in Oakland

Free, Bring your ownchairs and blankets
E. 15th and 3rd Ave.

2nd Friday Estuary Art Attack

The Estuary art attack begins as the sun goes down tonight. Various galleries and studios in Oakland’s Jingletown neighborhood have receptions tonight. Start out with the exhibit at 4:20 Gallery and work your way into Alameda. Incidentally, for those of you who didn’t know, this art walk takes place on the second Friday each month.

Free
Opening reception: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
4:20 Gallery, in Oakland’s Jingletown Art District
420 Peterson Street between Ford and Glascock, Oakland, 94601
estuaryartattack.com

Saturday, September 12

Feria Urbana

Have you been curious about the chickens out back at Piazziolo? There’s a perfect excuse to see the hens while shopping for locally made clothes, jewelry, and home accessories this Saturday. Pizzaiolo hosts the excellent Feria Urbana while serving its famous toast with Blue Bottle Coffee and Blue Chair jams.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5008 Telegraph Avenue
feriaurbanasf.com

Sunday, September 13Creek Keepers

Clean the Creek

In keeping with the sense of service tied to the anniversary of 9/11, spend a few hours on Sunday helping to clean Arroyo Viejo Creek, which runs through the Oakland Zoo. It’s a good chance to learn about the local watershed, spot some wildlife, and meet new friends. Kids 4 and older with chaperons are welcome. You don’t need to bring anything except a willingness to get your hands dirty.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
9777 Golf Links Road
For more info call Amy at 632-9525 ext. 122

Play Readings

Oakland’s own Opera Piccola is hosting is hosting readings from two plays by local playwrights this Sunday. It’s a good opportunity to see the theater company’s new headquarters in the Dimond District. After the reading company members will engage the audience in a discussion about the works. There will also be an open-mic poetry reading. The readings aren’t recommended for children under 15 years of age. The event is free but donations are always welcome.

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Opera Piccola, 2946 MacArthur Boulevard
510-482-0967

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