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05/21: The Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 20, 2010

Friday, May 21

People’s Grocery Open House

People’s Grocery is having an Open House to celebrate its new office and to spread the word about its programs, partners, friends, and neighbors.

They’ll have delicious food, drinks from Honest Tea, music from the Western Whistleblowers, and a great opportunity for the community to meet the staff and each other.

Friday, May 21st, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
909 7th Street (94607)
For more info, call 510- 652-7607/ jonathan@peoplesgrocery.org

The Uncomfortable Zones of Fun

Frank Moore, shaman performance artist, “will conduct improvised passions of musicians, actors, dancers, and audience members in a laboratory setting to create altered realities of fusion beyond taboos. Bring your passions and musical instruments and your senses of adventure and humor.”

For more information Call: 510-526-7858 email: fmoore@eroplay.com

Friday, 21 May, 8 PM onwards
Temescal Arts Center
511 48th St. (at Telegraph)
Free, but donations accepted

The Empty Tomb + Tongues of Fire: Easter to Pentecost in East and West

“Celebrating the Feast of Feasts and the foundation of the Church, Artistic Director John Michael Boyer leads the Josquin Singers on a journey from Easter to Pentecost and from East to West. The holidays of Pascha (Easter) and Pentecost have yielded some of the most joyful and profound music in both the East and the West. This Pentecost weekend, the Josquin Singers will perform repertoire from this joyful season taken from the chant and polyphonic traditions of Rome, England, Moscow and Constantinople, sung in their original languages of Latin, Greek and Slavonic.”

Friday, 21 May, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue
$25 suggested donation

Saturday, May 22

Fashion Expo

Oakland is known to be fashion forward. Here’s your chance to take in some fashions from Oakland and beyond at the Urban Couture Fashion and Art Expo in Jack London Square this weekend. The expo will present art showcases, exhibits, workshops, and a fashion show. And of course, there’ll be all kinds of world music in the house.

The expo is free during the day (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) In the evening, the event morphs into a 21+ event. The fashion show will feature the work of designers like Alexandria von Bromssen, Skylier Wear, Rag Doll Designs, Swati Couture, and Heather Guevarra Arcega.

Urban Couture Fashion and Art Expo
Saturday, May 22, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

An Evening of Fashion & Art

Saturday, May 22, 7 PM Onwards
$10 Admission, 21+
Jack London Square

Mystery Talk

Head over to Montclair library on Saturday for its final anniversary program of the month, 80 YEARS OF MYSTERY with Mark Coggins, the author of “The Big Wake,” which is set in Oakland. Coggins will discuss Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon,” which was published in 1930, also the year the Montclair library opened. Expect Coggins to also discuss his own novel.

Saturday, May 22, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
1687 Mountain Boulevard


Do you sometimes feel like a sucker for going into any line of work other than medical marijuana grower? If you’re interested in the nascent pot business (it’s more than just growing), then stop by iGrow, the world’s largest “hydroponic superstore” for an outdoor expo celebrating the debut of UniCann – the Yale to Oaksterdam University’s Harvard. In addition to lots of pot-oriented business ideas, you’ll be able to enjoy food, music, and drink.

Saturday, May 22 9 AM – 5 PM
70 Hegenberger Loop

Salsa Battle

Join Project Peace East Bay for its 2nd annual Battle of the Salsa Bands! Dance the night away to celebrate the volunteers and partnerships that cultivates more sustainable East Bay communities. Featuring the music of Orquesta Borinquen, Julio Bravo y su Orquesta Salsabor. Powered by Digit Sound and Mauricio Acevedo.

Saturday, May 22, 2010 6:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Veterans Memorial Building, 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland

Walk to End Poverty

The City of Oakland and United Way of the Bay Area are hosting the 5th Annual WALK TO END POVERTY Saturday morning. “Multi-Cultural Entertainment with D’Wayne Wiggins and his Pop Lyfe band (and others) and awards hosted by Miranda Wilson plus a Community Fair offering services and help to those in need. Join the “Power of Ten” this year and walk the lake to show your support in ending poverty in Oakland.”

Saturday, May 22 Registration 9 a.m.
At the Lake Merritt Bandstand, across from 666 Bellevue

Sunday, May 23

Frisbie Street

Mirror Image: An Art Show about Body (Mis) Perceptions is curated by Becky Jaffe, Carrie-Andrea Kaye and Lanell Dike. It is a one-weekend event with live music, spoken word, and art activities for kids and adults. It’s being held at Frisbie St., a volunteer-run alternative art space.

Exhibiting artists include Myles Boisen, Bruce Temuchin Brown,  Mercy Calman, Carrel Crawford, G.M.M. Coghlan,  Lauren Davis,  Deanne Emmons,  JJ Fryzel, Evert Grobbelaar,  CJ Grossman,  Maia Huang,  Becky Jaffe,  Molly Kate Taylor, Frank King,  Abby Kojola,  Matthew Kowalski,  Linda Shanti McCabe,  Courtney McCutcheon,  Diane Rosenblum Althoff,  Elisa Salasin,  Michael Slack, Mollee Weaver, Gary Wilson,  Scott D.S. Young.

Address: 204 Fribie Street

Show Schedule:

Friday, May 21
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m
Show Opening, Spoken Word & Live Music by Vanessa and Her Many Moons

Saturday, May 22
2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Art Activities for kids/adults, Spoken Word & Live Music by Waste Band and Ryan James

Sunday, May 23
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m
Show Closing, Art Activities for kids/adults


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10/16: O-Scene’s Weekend Picks

Posted by novoscene on October 15, 2009

Friday, October 16

Crabby Friday

This week, Lake Chalet debuts Crab Friday with whole steamed crabs for $24, a crab cocktail for $5 and happy hour on the dock and at all of the restaurants bars. Beers are $3, selected wines and cocktails are $5. The crab is all evening, but happy hour expires at 6 p.m.

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
1520 Lakeside Drive

Bench and Bar: Change of Venue

As if one needed any more evidence that Oakland’s Uptown district was jumping these days, the Bench and Bar is opening a new location in the site of the old @17th on Friday. Downtown’s venerable gay bar, and the host of the Mr. Gay Vaquero contest, will move to the new location, while the old spot will become Club 21. Stop by Friday night for their cross over party with a Live Performance by Lolene.
At Midnight, Bench and Bar @ 2111 Franklin Street will become Club 21. The official opening is October 22.

9 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 17

Strange Beerfellows

File this event under Only in Oakland. The Rotary Club and Oaklandish (polar opposites on the hipness scale) are hosting a fundraiser at Linden Street Brewery. The afternoon will be an ideal time to try Linden Street’s two delicious brews: Urban People’s Lager and Burning Oak Black Lager. Star Meats made the brats. Ten bucks gets you a mug and two beers. The proceeds go to Bay Area Community Services and the Rotary Club’s community endowment.

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden Street

Plan for a Safer Oakland presents a community townhall

Saturday morning – head out to MetWest High School to meet the EastSide Arts Alliance staff and youth for a town hall meeting discussing safety. Meet other Oaklanders and local organizations and talk about Oakland’s future. There will be speakers, free food, child care & live performances.

Sponsored by Plan for a Safer Oakland; a community collaboration organized by All of Us or None and Critical Resistance. For more info: 510-444-4484

MetWest High School 314 E.10th Street
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Black Panther Film Festival

Celebrate Black Panther month with a film festival at the Oakland Public Library. You can read about their events at the Chron’s In Oakland here.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
West Oakland Branch, 1801 Adeline
Questions: Veronica Lee 510-238-7352

Oakland’s Diwali Celebration


As you might know, Oakland is an attractive destination for refugees looking to resettle. Recently, many Sri Lankan Tamils as well as refugees from Bhutan and Nepal have been finding their way to Oaktown. A non-profit called RMD Housing and Support Services is hosting a little Diwali celebration to make them all feel at home this Saturday evening. For those of you that do not know what Diwali is, it is the festival of lights, celebrated across parts of south Asia. It’s a Hindu festival, but is often celebrated as a secular holiday in the Indian subcontinent. So if you know someone who might enjoy a taste of Diwali festivities, spread the word.

October 17, 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
759 Barbara Road, Oakland

Musical Monsters

Monsters of Folk

Get out of the house to cheer the Monsters of Folk: Conor Oberst, Jim James, M Ward and Mike Mogis will perform for two and a half hours. You’ll hear new songs from the forthcoming album as well as music from Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket and M Ward.

Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph
8 p.m.
Tickets 39.50 to 45.50

Sunday, October 18

Cedar Walton Performs
Cedar Walton

Pianist Cedar Walton has written popular tunes like Mosaic, Ugetsu and Bolivia used by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He has been Abbey Lincoln’s accompanist and has made records with the likes of Lee Morgan and Hank Mobley.

From Yoshi’s website: “One of the most valued of all hard bop accompanists, Cedar Walton is a versatile pianist whose funky touch and cogent melodic sense has graced the recordings of many of jazz’s greatest players.”

Hear Cedar Walton this weekend at Yoshi’s, where he will be accompanied by Steve Nelson, Eric Alexander and others.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West
Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. shows $15;  10 p.m. shows $10
Sunday 2 p.m. kids matinee – $5 kids, $15 Adult
Sunday 7 p.m.  show $15
For tickets, go to the Yoshi’s website

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Make Oakland Better Now

Posted by novoscene on August 27, 2009

Sorry that this is so last minute – the not-for-profit group, Make Oakland Better Now, is meeting in 30 mins. The kickoff meeting starts at 7 pm at St. Theresa’s Church, 30 Mandalay Rd. Oakland. If you’re an engaged Oaklander who’s into local politics, head over there NOW.

For more, head over to http://www.makeoaklandbetternow.org/

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Tonight: Fred Hampton Jr. in West Oakland

Posted by novoscene on July 28, 2009


Tonight, there will be a showing of the documentary film, “The Assassination of Chairman Fred,” which follows the life of Black Panther  leader Fred Hampton. It will be followed with a Q & A with Prisoners of Conscience Committee Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., the son of Fred Hampton, and updates from the family of Oscar Grant at the Black Dot Cafe, 1195 Pine St. in West Oakland.

7 p.m.
1195 Pine Street

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1-23-09 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 23, 2009

Friday, Jan. 23

Town Bizness Townhall Meeting-Against Police Terrorism

You’ve read the news reports and seen the videos, now come hear the news from the family of Oscar Grant, the protesters who were there and the community leaders, artists and activists driving the action around Grant’s killing. The even is hosted by Block Report Radio’s JR Valrey and Black Dot proprietor and cultural curator Marcel Diallo.

Town Bizness Townhall Meeting-Against Police Terrorism
Free, donations accepted
Black Dot Cafe
1195 Pine St., Oakland

The Collective

This monthly showcase is where you go to catch the funkiest soul singers from the bay and beyond sharing the stage with a rotating cast of slick jazz and hip hop spoken word poets. Tonight Grammy nominated soul man Eric Roberson mixes it up with Oakland songbird Jimmie Reign and Oakland poetry slam champion Ner City.

The Collective
Maxwell’s Lounge
341 13th St., Oakland

Noir City: The 7th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival

Oh yeah, you gotta love this one-I mean just the fact that there’s a whole 10 day festival devoted to gritty 40’s and 50’s noir flicks is great enough, but this year is dedicated to “Newspaper Noir” and all the hard drinkin’, chain smoking, high and low minded scuzzballs that come with it. The program kicks off tonight with “Deadline U.S.A.”, the 1952 Bogart flick about a lone wolf renegade newspaper editor battling the infamous mob of racketeers. Clawing to get the story before final deadline.

Noir City: The 7th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival
Jan. 23-Feb. 1
Various times and prices
The Castro Theatre
429 Castro St, San Francisco

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1-9-09 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 9, 2009

Friday, January 9

Reflections: Documentary Photojournalism

Joyce Gordon’s newest show features images from documentary photographer and educator D. Michael Cheers, whose photojournalism spans more than three decades. Cheers is also the coauthor of the Hugh Masakela biography “Still Grazing” and a professor of photojournalism at San Jose State. He’s shot assignments throughout the US, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and Africa.

Reflections: Documentary Photojournalism
Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th St.
Oakland, CA 94612

Photographs by Cary Hock

Take a journey through rural Ohio with photographer Cary Hock. Trees, machinery and buildings become rugged, worn, textured with the aging process, gaining both an increased personality and an aesthetic perfection. This collection highlights the imperfections of rural life.

Photographs by Cary Hock
Awaken Cafe
414 14th St., Oakland

Earl Zero photographed by Billy Espejel

Earl Zero photographed by Billy Espejel

Earl Zero and the Fire Band

Stop by the museum for a show by legendary rasta musician Earl Zero and the Fire Band in the cafe. After the skankin’s done try out the belly dance lessons with Aazura Nour.

Earl Zero and the Fire Band
5-9 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak @10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Rebirth Brass Band

New Orleans ultimate party band returns to the Bay for a two nights of brass blowing funk. Rebirth Brass Band. For the last 30 years Rebirth has been upholding the traditions of New Orleans Brass and updating the sound with funky covers and original tunes. Rebirth Brass Band has toured the world over rocking stages and has worked with crowd pleasers including George Clinton, Maceo Parker, Dr. John.

Rebirth Brass Band
Jan. 9 & 10
The Independent
628 Divisadero St | San Francisco
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11/13 Get your politics on

Posted by novoscene on November 13, 2008

Join the politically-inclined on tonight at Mix it /up as Oakbook’s own writer/uber blogger V Smoothe (aka Echa Schneider) chats it up with ABC reporter Cecilia Vega. Get the inside dirt on local politics, insight into the recent elections and rub elbows with all those new young change makers.

Mix it up East Bay
Arsimona’s Bar and Lounge
561 11th st., Oakland

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11/6 Shake it for Obama, one mo’ time

Posted by novoscene on November 6, 2008

He did it! Obama won! And all over the Bay Tuesday night they were dancing in the streets, thankin’ the lord and passing the wine.

The crowd at Everett and Jones gets down
Extra Action Marching Band doin’ the Obama in San Fran

A new era is on the way, but I figure we have only a couple of months before we have to remember that dude is, after all, still a politician. But until then there’s more partying to do, this event has been a long time coming. And to keep things festive Ruby Skye and Bay Area for Obama are throwing a huge FREE bash tonight over at the Skye. They’ve pulled together a list of crowd favorite DJ’s including Sake-1, Manny Black and Sam Isaac and free eats from Paplote. Eat, drink and be merry Obama lovers, cause soon it’s back to giving the powers that be a hard time.-Kwan

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5/2 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 2, 2008

Image courtesy of Hip Hop for President

Wake yo Game up!

I don’t think there’s much debate around the significance of the upcoming presidential election. Not only do we have two candidates, a woman and a black man, that have a damned good chance of winning the top spot but we also have the chance to unseat the party responsible for the last 8 years of failed international policy, economic downturns and general Anti US sentiment worldwide. To just say we have a lot at stake here would be a big ol’ fat understatement.
But the thing is, just how much does your vote count if things really don’t change much when the next set of suits step into the White House? And is saying that you voted in a historic election really that significant if it’s the only community minded thing you do all year? What about the historically low voter turnouts in low income communities nationwide? If anything, the people who need to have the loudest voices are often the most disenfranchised. What do we do about it?
These are the kinds of questions that’ll be flying around the room at the Oakland Museum tonight during the Wake Yo Game Up panel discussion and performance presented by the Town Business Network. A panel of deep thinkers, community organizers and activists are hoping to get down to the nuts and bolts of the electoral process, focusing the discussion on how to turn the political rhetoric into practical action,
the factors affecting voter participation in urban communities and where do we go after the election, no matter who wins. The panelist will be addressing the issues with a particular focus on hip hop culture and ways that artists and cultural influencers can be a part of the change. Speakers will include Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, writer and historian Davey D, radio personality Chuy Gomez, journalist Eric K. Arnold and Town Business Network founder Charles Johnson. -kwan
Wake Yo Game Up!
Oakland Museum
1000 Oak Street, Oakland

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3/26 Bush Family Fortunes

Posted by novoscene on March 26, 2008

Bush Family Fortunes

As the 5th anniversary of the war passes and the death toll for U.S. soldiers tops 4,000, tonight the humanist hall is offering just one more reason to question the intelligence of the “War on Terror”:

“This film by Greg Palast explores the connections between the Bush family, the Saudi Royal family and the Bin Laden family of Saudi Arabia. It covers much of the same Saudi ground as “Fahrenheit 9/11″ but it makes a bolder assertion: that the real reason for the war in Iraq is to wrest incredibly rich oil fields from Iraqi control and give them to international oil corporations. There is a lot of background on George Bush’s early career in the oil business and in Texas politics, and how Bush and Saudi money and influence smoothed over the bumps in his spotted career…What emerges is a story about a spoiled rich kid who never really had to suffer the consequences of his life choices. More than any other documentary, this one shows how Bush’s life of regal privilege has convinced him that he can get away with anything. He benefitted from powerful connections which smoothed over his problems. Way back behind him, pulling the strings and providing ample money, is the vast wealth of the Saudi Royal family, the Bin Laden family and Enron money, before Enron went belly up. It explains the energy policy and the current military strategy of the U.S. If you want to know where that policy came from, just follow the money.”

Bush Family Fortunes
$5 donations
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street, Oakland

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