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Tonight: Poetry Reading by Geoff Bouvier @ 7 p.m.

Posted by novoscene on May 20, 2010

Tonight, poetry lovers need to head over to Mercury 20 Gallery for a reading by award-winning poet Geoff Bouvier.

For the uninitiated, Geoff Bouvier was the Roberta C. Holloway visiting poet at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall of 2009. His first book, Living Room, was selected by Heather McHugh as the winner of the 2005 APR/Honickman Prize. His second book, Glass Harmonica, is due out next year from Quale Press.

In the fall of 2010, Geoff Bouvier will curate a reading series at Mercury 20 Gallery, featuring some of the most prominent poets in the country.

Poetry Reading
May 20, 7 p.m.
Mercury 20 Gallery
475 25th St. (at Telegraph), Oakland, CA 94612
510-701-4620
www.mercurytwenty.com

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03/19: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 19, 2010

This beautiful weekend begins with a happy hour for you and your pets. It goes on to bring you a lot more than the sun — there are neighborhood get togethers, art shows, bake sales, and movies in Oakland this weekend.

FRIDAY, MARCH 19

Old Oakland Neighbors Annual Fundraiser

Contribute to the making of Walking the Invisible City, an anthropological visual art and performance installation, at Old Oakland Neighbors’ annual fundraiser at La Borinquena. The 10,000 Steps team will be there to answer your questions and take your suggestions. A Profile of Four Squares, a documentary film by Matt Dibble that chronicles the history of Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison and Lincoln Square Parks will be on view. Enjoy delicious food, meet new people and support a community effort. All ages welcome.
Friday, March 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
La Borinquena, 582 7th St.
Free


Yappy Hour @ Paws & Claws

Join the dynamic duo, Ruth and Diane, for the hippest pet happy hour in the East Bay. Primal Pet Foods has donated T-shirts & goodies for raffle prizes to benefit a Haiti relief fund. Come out with your well-socialized four (or 3) legged companion and enjoy music by local musician Damond Moodie, hors· doeuvres, drinks, and a chance to win cool prizes.
For more info on this event visit the Paws & Claws website at pawsnclawsoakland.com

Friday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Paws and Claws, 2023 MacArthur Blvd., 510-336-0105

If You’d Like to Travel like the French

Laurel books will host Jacqueline Grandchamps, owner of French Escapade, a tour company, for an evening designed to make you want to travel if you don’t already. As a travel expert and European native, Jacqueline will introduce you to authentic French living and food, including sample tasting.

Friday, March 19 7 p.m.
Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard, 510-531-2073

And don’t miss a very cool, Californian show at our gallery — art@the OakBook: The Golden Dawn. Read about it here.

SATURDAY, MARCH 20

Bake/Volunteer/Eat

The second East Bay Vegan Bakesale is here. The last one was such a success that the organizers are back with it. This bakesale’s proceeds will be donated 50/50 to Animal Place sanctuary in Vacaville (soon to be Grass Valley!), and Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (HERF), an organization based right here in the East Bay helping to fund crucial relief work in Haiti.

Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In front of Issues, 20 Glen Avenue, off Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.
For more info, email ebveganbakesale@gmail.com.

Solo Theater

For Women’s History Month, Third Root Productions, a local art collective, presents two Saturday daytime solo theater performances, in collaboration with Joyce Gordan Gallery in downtown Oakland. Featured pieces include Thao P. Nguyen’s “Fortunate Daughter” and Zahra Noorbakhsh’s “All Atheists Are Muslims.” Watch the performances, and don’t miss the art on display at the gallery. For more info, visit thirdrootproductions.wordpress.com

Third Root Theater
at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street.(510) 465-8928
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
$5 to $15, sliding scale

SUNDAY, MARCH 21

The Silver Screen: Take II

WE Artspace hosts Take II of The Silver Screen, a new short film series of documentary and experimental films. This round of film screening focuses on the abstract landscape of poetic imagery and the intrinsic nature of sound. There will be a question and answer period with the artist following each screening.

Sunday, March 21, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Schedule:
7 p.m. -7:20 p.m.: Film screening of “Halides” with a live performance by John Davis
7:30 p.m.- 7:50 p.m.: Film screening of “Awake But Dreaming” by Kerry Laitala
8 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.: Film screening of “Flower Fall” by Laura Zaylea with music by Matt Hettich
8:30 p.m.- 8:50 p.m.: Film screening of a series of short films by Vanessa Woods

WE artspace, 768 40th Street
weartspace.com, (415) 297-8869
$2: Suggested donation at the door

Music at the Movies

Oakland East Bay Symphony presents the Mighty Wurlitzer: Music at the Movies. Michael Morgan conducts. This event will feature the Paramount Theatre’s celebrated “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ and one of the greatest – and funniest – silent movies ever made, Buster Keaton’s The General.

Friday, March 19, 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 2 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show times.
$20 – $65

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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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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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10/23: The Pre-Halloween Scene

Posted by novoscene on October 22, 2009

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23

Percolating Poetry

Spoken word is a mixed bag, and it’s not for everyone. But it might be worth checking out the spoken word scene at Farley’s East on the fourth Friday of each month. Instrumentation is encouraged by the sponsors of “Uptown, Downtown, and Around Town,” which promises one or two featured artists followed by an open mic.
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
33 Grand Avenue
Free


Scholars on Ice
Cal is not exactly known for its ice hockey. How many people get excited about The Big Freeze? That’s when the Golden Bears take to the ice against Stanford. Still, five bucks to watch two decent teams clash over the puck is a good deal. On Friday, the Golden Bears take on Gonzaga University at the Oakland Ice Center. The Golden Bears are 4 and 3 this season, and they meet Gonzaga following a loss to UCLA last weekend.

Hockey: Cal Golden Bears vs. Gonzaga University
7  p.m.
Oakland Ice Center, 519 18th Street
$5

Book reading: Anne Laughlin
Anne Laughlin reads at Laurel Books on Saturday evening. Her second bay, Veritas, will be out this fall. The Chicago-based writer has been published in anthologies by several well known lesbian and gay presses. Last year, she was named an Emerging Writer by the Lambda Literary Foundation.

7 p.m.
4100 MacArthur

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24

Neo-Soul at the New Parish
Meshelle Ndegeocello performs at the New Parish Friday night. One of the first neo-soul artists, Ndegeocello a D.C.-native, but a Berkeley transplant, is known for her husky sweet voice and a searching, philosophical take on the world.
Doors open at 8 p.m., Show starts at 9 p.m.
The New Parish, 579 18th Street
$25


Brews and Boos

If Fairyland’s Halloween event is a tad too kid-centric for you, the pumpkin patch at the Dunsmuir House on Saturday will offer beer and sausages for the grown-ups. The only thing scary will be the polka music. Kids will enjoy the hay rides, the pumpkin carving, and old-fashioned games (and we don’t mean Pac Man.) One free pumpkin per family while supplies last. The event will be held around the Carriage House at Covington Gate.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dunsmuir House, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court
Adults are $7, Ages 5 – 12 are $5, Five and under are free

F.A.S.T. Community Event
The second annual F.A.S.T. (For A Safe Town) community event will serve up entertainment, free food, and employment opportunities, and promises “lots of old fashioned fun.” This event is a result of the partnership between Youth Uprising, a community youth organization, and the Oakland Police Department and represents an ongoing effort to help heal relations between the community and the police.

Noon to 5 p.m.
Verdese Carter Park
98th & Bancroft

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25

Scaryland
Fairyland turns spooky this weekend for the annual Jack O’Lantern Jamboree. Come in costume and enjoy unlimited rides, parades, goody bags for kid, pirate school, plus the usual puppet shows and other Fairyland attractions. Admission for everyone is $10.

Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
699 Bellevue Avenue
Admission $10
For more info, go to fairyland.org

Middle Eastern Treasure Concert
On Sunday afternoon, acclaimed Middle Eastern percussionist and recording artist Mary Ellen Donald will present a six-piece Arabic music ensemble. There will be singers from the Aswat Choir, a vocal ensemble called Mozaik, which will perform harmonies from around the world, belly dancing  by Amira Ariana and April Faith, and yes, audience dancing, too. They’ll bring out the wine and you’re welcome to take some food for a potluck. If you like Middle Eastern culture, you can’t miss this event.

2 p.m. to 5:15 pm
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street, Oakland, CA 94609 (between Broadway and Telegraph)
$17 adults, $8 children under 12. No advance ticket sales
Ticket price includes complimentary wine and other beverages.

For more details call Mary Ellen at (510) 654-DRUM (3786)

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ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN & LATIN@ POETRY NIGHT

Posted by novoscene on August 20, 2009

Five Asian Pacific American and Latina/o poets will gather in one room tonight. Swing by the Nest to hear the works of OSCAR BERMEO, MAI DOAN, KENJI C. LIU, BARBARA JANE REYES, and VICKIE VÉRTIZ.

Also at The Nest: Resident artist ADIA MILLETT.

Thursday, August 20, 8p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Nest, 200 Second Street
Free

About the poets and artist:

OSCAR BERMEO is the author of the poetry chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest and Heaven Below. Recent poems appear in BorderSenses, In the Grove and Spindle, among others. Oscar is a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own), IWL (Intergenerational Writers Lab) and VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) poetry fellow. He lives in Oakland with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes.

MAI DOAN likes mangoes and sticky things wrapped in banana leaves. Her experiences growing up Vietnamese/Mexican in and out of a Californian suburb known for its white supremacy has deeply influence the intent and content of her writing. She finds voice through her poetry and with it, seeks to break down borders and recreate connection, within and outside of herself. Her work can be found in the Spring 2009 Cipactli: La Raza Arts and Literature Journal as well as the 2009 Intergenerational Writers Workshop online anthology Flick of My Tongue.

KENJI LIU is a 1.5 generation Japanese-born Taiwanese American expatriate of New Jersey suburbia. He holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Arising from his work as an activist, educator and cultural worker, his writing explores the politics of identity, migration, race, gender, memory, history, mourning, joy and everyday small occurrences. Kenji’s poetry chapbook You Left Without Your Shoes is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. His writing has also appeared in Tea Party Magazine, Kartika Review, and the 2009 Intergenerational Writer’s Workshop Anthology called Flick of My Tongue.

ADIA MILLET: Deeply embedded in a series of metaphors and dark visual poetry, Adia Millett’ s changing installations suggest a story of a delicate transition from loss to potential love. Her works examine the beauty of impermanence, the power of the unknown, and the inevitable illusion of innocence. In the artist’s studio, symbolic gestures, objects and sounds convey an abstracted reality where the viewer is asked to fill in the blanks. Millett will be working on a short film project and a series of installations over the course of her two-month residency.

Adia Millett has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions at venues. She earned an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, 2000; and a BFA from the University of California, Berkeley, 1997.

BARBARA JANE REYES was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley, and her MFA at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish, 2005), for which she received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Reyes is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications. She is adjunct professor in Philippine Studies at USF, and she lives with her husband, the poet Oscar Bermeo, in Oakland, CA.

VICKIE VÉRTIZ is a writer, born and raised in Los Angeles, whose work is largely informed by the urban magical. Vickie’s poems can be found in Mujeres de Maiz and in the 2008 Intergenerational Writer’s Workshop Anthology called, “I Saw My Ex at a Party.” She lives in San Francisco. 

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07/30: Here’s the O-Scene weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 30, 2009

Friday, July 31

Space Jam

Street Cinema

The Parkway’s future may be uncertain, but folks in the Lake Merritt area are doing things for themselves. On Friday, there will be a free outdoor showing of Space Jam (the so-so movie with Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny) across the street from the Parkway. Pre-show entertainment includes live music and Native American dancing. Show up around 7:30 with a lawn chair and a blanket.

Free
Friday July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Across from 1834 Park Boulevard

Poetry on a Summer Evening

H.D. Moe is hosting Poetry on a Summer Evening. If poetry’s your thing, get to Humanist Hall anytime between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to hear from Jack and Adele Foley, Ivan Arguelles, Garrtt Lambrev, Richard Di Grazia, Andy Hayes, Kush, Jeff Grossman and many others. There will be surprise guests and open readers and musicians, too.

Free. Donations welcome
6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Potluck begins at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Poetry begins at 7.
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street

We Love the Town

Deejays Zita and Dmadness will be spinning at Luka’s again. It’s time for their We Love the Town party. They’ll be serving up some funk, dancehall, hip hop and Oaktown love.

$10
Every fifth Friday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Luka’s Taproom and Lounge

Saturday, August 1

The re-opening of the Fish

The 87-year-old iconic bar that shut down in 2008 is reopening its doors on Saturday. The Kingfish Café and Pub on Claremont Avenue started out as a bait shop in 1922. But it soon became a sports bar that developed a loyal following over the years. Expect a lively crowd fighting for the jukebox and the shuffleboard.

Noon onwards
Kingfish Café and Pub, 5227 Claremont Avenue

Paper Chase

You’ve got to know when to fold ’em. Rock Paper Scissors, the excellent arts collective on Telegraph Avenue, is holding an origami class on Saturday afternoon. In addition to learning some nifty origami models that will make great holiday ornaments, you’ll learn the origins and philosophy of the art form. The teacher has been practicing origami since his grandmother taught him to do it when he was seven. The cost is what you can afford.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
RPS Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue
RSVP over at their website, Questions: 510-238-9171

Market Mural

Community Rejuvenation Project The Community Rejuvenation Project celebrates the completion of a new big ass mural at El Ranchito on the corner of 23rd Avenue and East 16th Street. If the prospect of checking out the handiwork of CRP, which aims to transform “blighted areas of the community through murals, community clean-up, landscaping & gardening, and community celebrations,” doesn’t hook you, maybe this will: El Ranchito is offering free food.

Saturday August 1, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
El Ranchito, 23rd Avenue and East 16th Street

Burlesque ‘n’ Brass

You saw them at Uptown Unveiled. Now you can see them again at Café Van Kleef. It’s Burlesque ‘n’ Brass night at the popular downtown destination.

Blue Bone Express & Hot Pink Feathers.
$10
First Saturday of the month, 9 p.m.
Café Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, CafeVanKleef.com,  (510) 763-7711

Lakefest

This is not your typical toe ring, tie-dye tee shirt street festival with a bunch of generic “crafts.” This fair looks like Oakland. Lakefest starts its second year Saturday with a full line up of music, beer, wine, food and craftspeople from all over Oakland. For more, click here.

Aug 1 and Sug 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free
Lakeshore
oaklandlakefest.com/

Sunday, August 2

Beer garden

Alpine Oakland

While beer gardens are all the rage in many towns where hipsters dwell, the trend hasn’t yet taken root in Oakland. But on Sunday, you can hoist a stein in a genuine Bavarian-style lodge hidden in the Oakland hills. The Oakland branch of the California Nature Friends Corporation ( a nearly 100 year-old institution) opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of bier, wurst, and the brassy tones of the Al Gruber band (their motto? When you’re ready to Polka…)

Noon – 6 p.m.
3118 Butters Drive
Admission: $10 for adults, kids under 14 are free.

Yanga Celebration

In Yanga, Mexico, “Carnaval” is dedicated to black African culture. The Mexican Consulate and the East Bay Center for the Performing arts present an afternoon filled with music and dance celebrating this tradition from Yanga.

Noon to 4 p.m.
$5 to $8 (included with the cost of museum admission)
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, 510-238-2200
www.museumca.org

Lucille Lang Day

Poetry Flash with Lucille Lang Day & Roz Spafford

Lucille Lang Day’s new book of poems is The Curvature of Blue; Lucille Lang Day’s new book of poems is The Curvature of Blue; Lucille Day (pictured above) has published four previous books of poetry, including InfinitiesWild One, and Self-Portrait with a Hand Microscope, her first, for which she won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She is the founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books, a literary press in the Bay Area. Spafford has been a writer, teacher, and activist for the last three decades. She wrote book reviews and a newspaper column of media and cultural criticism called ‘Mediations’ for much of that time. Her poetry and fiction have been widely published in literary magazines.

3 p.m.
Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue
dieselbookstore.com, 510-653-9965

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

One of the best known indie rock bands in the country plays at the Fox Sunday night. Don’t let the weekend end on a mellow note.

8 p.m.
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Avenue
$35.50
thefoxoakland.com/

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2/19 People’s Poetry

Posted by novoscene on February 18, 2009

When June Jordan created the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley in 1991, she envisioned a world where everyone read and wrote verse-where construction workers and policemen shared sestinas and haiku’s with schoolteachers and priests and Pablo Neruda was as well known as Britney Spears.  Well maybe not Britney.

Over the years the program has produced some of the most impressive poets in the area and even after Jordan’s death in 2002, the continues to inspire.  For Black History Month the latest incantation of P4P, now under the direction of spoken word/actor/professor Aya de Leon, presents this “multi-generational poetry conversation” between National Poetry Series prizewinner Tyehimba Jess, Slam Champion Chinaka Hodge and Nico Cary of Ill-Literacy.   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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Photos: The Park presents Vol. 2

Posted by novoscene on October 7, 2008

If you’re a fan of live shows and know the Bay Area hip hop, funk and soul scene then you no doubt know The Park, even if it isn’t by name.  Known as the go to backing band for the area soul crowd, their sets have laid the ground work for some of the livest live music performances in the last few years-from longtime soul man Darondo’s return performance at the Independent to Jessie Boykins III killing the newschool sounds at the Black New World earlier this year.

This past Saturday the band brought together a mixtape’s worth of notable local MC’s, singers and spoken word performance for a throwdown jam session at La Pena Center as part of the Hecho en Califas Festival.  O-Scene contributing photographer Seher Sikandar was in the spot and took some amazing shots of the night.  Click inside to check ’em out.-Kwan

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