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12/11: Your O-Scene Weekend’s Here

Posted by novoscene on December 10, 2009

The weekend starts today with the Holiday Buy Night market in Jack London Square. There’s shopping, more shopping, lots of art, parties, music and a lot more to see and do in Oak-town this weekend.

Tonight: Holiday Buy Night

Tonight, come to Jack London Square to shop for gifts, accessories, clothes, art and specialty items that were made and manufactured locally. Hosts Oakland Unwrapped, ProArts, Oakland Grown and Jack London Square want this event to be your mall-ternative.

Jack London Market, 55 Harrison Street @ Water Street
Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, December 11

Strumming, Picking, and Sawing

A banjo, a fiddle, and a geetar – that’s the Paper Crocodiles. The Oakland trio will be one of three East Bay bands performing at Mama Buzz Friday evening. The Paper Crocodiles, along with Scattered Like Birds, and Glass Cake will be at the venerable coffee house/art gallery starting at 7 pm. A $3 donation is suggested.

Friday, 7 p.m.
2318 Telegraph Avenue
$3 Donation

Uptown Improv

There’s something about the daredevilry of improv that makes audience participation inevitable. If the performers go down in flames, the house goes with them. The improv masters at Pan Theater take the thrilling demolition of the fourth wall a step further by using audience suggestions as the departure points for their sketches. On Friday night, Pan’s performers put on a theater jam and comedy show with both comedic and dramatic sketches.

Friday, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
2135 Broadway
$10 at the door

The Wiz at the Fox

This is the inaugural event of the Oakland School for the Arts in the Fox Theatre. If you feel like seeing some musical theater at the Fox, or are just curious about the school that Jerry Brown built, this is your chance. And they have a special offer for you — If you buy 20 or more general admission tickets, you’ll get 50% off the adult $20 tickets.

Friday, 7 p.m.
Fox theater, 1807 Telegraph
Tickets: $30, $20, $10 (youth and seniors)

Beer fest

Old Oakland’s beer bar, the Trappist is hosting the KerstBier festival this weekend. They’ll have more than 20Belgian, Danish, French and America Christmas beers for you to try out.

Friday & Saturday; Starts at 4 p.m. on Friday
The Trappist, 460 8th Street,www.thetrappist.com,(510)326-5881
$25 tasting flight includes commemorative glass & 5 – 5 oz samples

A Long Way from the Cabbage Patch: Art@TheOakbook’s Holiday Art Show

This holiday season, Art@theOakBook invites you to discover the work of six local emerging artists who have received positive critical accolades on the local and national level. Affordable art will be presented by Marcos LaFarga, Kevin Earl Taylor, Jake Watling, Savanna Snow, Theo Konrad Auer, and Joel Scilley. Their beautiful – and inexpensive — artworks make for great Made-in-Oakland holiday gifts.

Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Art@theOakBook, 423 Water Street (inside Jack London Square)
The show runs through January 9, 2010 (Disclosure: This gallery is run by the OakBook.)

SATURDAY, December 12

Jingletown Art Walk

It’s called Jingletown because the Portuguese cannery workers who used to work there would jingle their wages in their pockets on the way home from work. You can stroll the neighborhood tucked between I-880 and the Estuary Saturday and Sunday with an eye for affordable, local art. The many artists who now live and work in Jingletown are holding their 4th annual Holiday Art Walk. Click here for directions and a list of participating artists. You’ll get to see mosaic art, metal work, ceramic sculpture, oil paintings, stationary, and much more.

Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fun for Kids: Candy Cottages

The Museum for Children’s art is calling kids to build candy cottage or cookie castle using sugary frosting paste, licorice, lollipops, gumdrops and more.  Your kids will have their fair share of sticky, gooey fun.

The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA), 538 9th Street,  510-465-8770, www.mocha.org
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
$7 per child, $3 per adult (This includes the cost of all materials)
No need to pre-register

KFOG’s 24th Annual Concert for Kids to benefit Toys for Tots and Ronald McDonald House

The concert features Brandi Carlile, Mat Kearney, and Eoin Harrington. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped book or toy to donate to the Marines’ Toys for Tots program. Proceeds from tickets sales benefit The Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Saturday, December 12 @ 7 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show time.
$125.00, $65.00, $50.00, $45.00, $35.00

For more, visit KFOG

LOCAL LOVE

Join Rowan Morrison Gallery and the businesses of the 40th Street Corridor are hosting Local Love, a holiday stroll and an informal open house.

If you didn’t already know, Rowan Morrison is one of the best galleries in Oakland. Their show Double Exposure is worth seeing. If that weren’t enough, they’ll be serving up chai, snacks, treats, & drinks (later on).  The other businesses in the corridor include Manifesto Bicycles, Premium Tattoo and Vintage, 1234GO! Records

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rowan Morrison, 330 40th Street
http://www.rowanmorrison.com/doubleexposure.html

SUNDAY, December 13

Let us Break Bread Together

This is Oakland’s musical holiday event. The Oakland East Bay Symphony celebrates the holidays with performances of gospel music, classical selections and other holiday favorites, as well as a few sing-alongs. The ever-popular Michael Morgan conducts the orchestra. You’ll also see (and hear) the Oakland Symphony Chorus, Terrance Kelly and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Mt. Eden High School Choir, Klezmer ensemble  Kugelplex, and others.

Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
Sunday, 4 p.m.
Tickets: $40, $25, $15, $10 (youth), Family pack – $50

The Silver Screen

WE Artspace, the brainchild of artists Tina Dillman and Naaman Rosen, hosts the first of its short film series – the Silver Screen. In December, WE will be showcasing California film-makers, who explore the realm of documentary and experimental film through portraits and music. We will be screening short films by Brigid McCaffrey, Erika Anderson, K.C. Bull, Molly Snyder-Fink, Orlando Richards and Luke Judd.

Sunday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
768 40th Street (two blocks west of the MacArthur Bart Station)
$2 donation at the door, snacks and beverages available.
For more, visit their website.

Get Those Cool gifts at the Crucible

Support local artists and community arts education for youth and adults while you shop at the Crucible’s Holiday Gifty celebration. Shop for gifts created by over 70 Bay Area artisans — handmade jewelry, glass creations, sculpture, clothing, ceramics and more. Catch the demonstrations of glass blowing, metal casting and blacksmithing
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa gets in at 1 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1260 7th Street, 510-444-0919, http://thecrucible.org
Free admission

Saturday: Tibetan Breakfast

Churu, it’s what the folks eat for breakfast in Kongpo, a Tibetan area of China along the banks of the Yarlung River. Learn to make this delicious fermented cheese soup, along with parched barley flour, and tingmo, a steamed leavened bread at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center Saturday morning. There’s a $30 donation to cover materials, but no one will be turned away. Space is limited, so call to make sure there’s a spot: 510-637-0462.

Saturday, December 12 10 am – 1pm
388 9th Street
$30 Donation for materials

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Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on December 4, 2009

Christmas Palm Trees

FREE: The palm trees at Jack London Square will be lighted for the holidays tonight. It will be more than just flipping a switch. The organizers promise dancing lights, “pulsating motion,” and music.  While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by one of JLS’ restaurants for happy hour, and then swing by to say hello at Art@theOakBook  (423 Water Street.)

Friday, December 4, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Broadway and Water Street
Free

Jingletown Art Walk

FREE: It’s called Jingletown because the Portuguese cannery workers who used to work there would jingle their wages in their pockets on the way home from work. You can stroll the neighborhood tucked between I-880 and the Estuary Saturday and Sunday with an eye for affordable, local art. The many artists who now live and work in Jingletown are holding their 4th annual Holiday Art Walk. Click here for directions and a list of participating artists.

Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 11 am – 6pm

Creative Growth

Creative Growth is one of the most interesting and well-regarded galleries in Oakland. On Friday, the art studio opens its holiday sale featuring community-made art at a great value: “In the gallery, recent Creative Growth artist collaborations with visiting artists: Kathleen Henderson, Meagan Donegan, Ed Musante, Jessica Dasher, Livia Stein, Sas Colby, Paper Magazine and more! Shop for drawings, ceramics, rugs, wood, prints, cigar box art, sculpture, textiles galore, holiday cards, art books, AND the premiere of the Creative Growth for Marc Jacobs Pop-Up-Shop, with merchandise direct from our exciting fundraising project. Music by Tommy Guerrero and Friends seasonal food and spirits by B Restaurant, Oakland.”


Friday, December 4, 5:30 pm – 8pm
355 24th Street
(The gallery is also open for the next three Saturdays, 11am – 4pm)

Tamales and Trinkets

Two of Oakland’s coolest, independent, and women-owned businesses are partnering Saturday to host a crafts fair featuring handiwork from developing world artisans. La Borinquena, home of Oakland’s best tamales, hosts Mangosteen Imports. As Tina Tamale says, “Shop locally, help globally.”

Saturday, December 5, 1pm – 4pm
582 7th Street

Women’s Party

The new Bench and Bar on 17th Street launches a new East Bay party for women. Saucily dubbed the WETBar, the gay-owned and operated nightclub promises a night “of explosive sound and tantalizing eyecandy” to the DTO.

Sunday, December 6, 4 pm until ?
510 17th Street
$8 before 6pm, $10 after

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Oakland Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted by novoscene on November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Oakland. Check out these Oakland events for the loooong weekend. On Friday, skip the mall, don some plaid, and support Oakland businesses.

Thursday, November 26

Volunteering over Thanksgiving

You may or may not be into the whole turkey scene, but if you’re into volunteering, consider helping out at the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner hosted through the City of Oakland’s hunger programs. Contact volunteer coordinator Chyrill Quamina at (510) 238-7756 for opportunities to help out this holiday season.

Friday, November 27

Plaid Friday

Plaid Friday isn’t about being preachy or doing the right thing. It’s about having fun. It’s about dressing up in plaid and going shopping. Two excellent local galleries, Blankspace and Compound Gallery, came up with the idea of an event that gets shoppers to local indie businesses on the country’s busiest shopping day – the day often referred to as Black Friday.  More than 60 cafes, stores, boutiques and all kinds of retailers across Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville have signed up to be a part of the Plaid party. Don’t miss Holidayland at Blankspace and Compound galleries.

So, if you’re planning to go shopping, wear plaid and head out across the east bay. The list of participating stores is here. You might surprise yourself with how much fun you have by skipping the mall.

Friday, November 27,
http://www.plaidfriday.com/participants.html

Plaid Friday After-Party

And once you’re done with all that shopping, stop by Old Oakland’s newest bar, Penelope, for the after-party. Tina Tamale of La Borinqueña

Tina Tamale of La Borinqueña is co-hosting and will be serving her famous tamales.

$3 Plaid Friday Shots
$6 Select Signature Drinks
1 cent Indie Special shot if you wear plaid
$6 Tamale Plate with tortilla chips & salsa

November 27, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.
Penelope, 555th Street (11th @ Clay)

Pro-Arts Juried Annual

The ever-popular Pro Arts has opened the doors to its Juried Annual 2010 exhibit with selections by Sherman Sam, an independent London-based curator based. The show aims to highlight the “best new work in the region,” selected from the artworks submitted by more than 300 artists.

The exhibit showcases the work of Robert Abrams, Chris Ashley, Steven Barich, Timothy Buckwalter, Jane Fisher, Adam Green, Elizabeth Johnson, Lisa S. Kang, Eric Larson, Helen Lee, Janet Lucroy, Anna Ludwig, Rico Marcelli, Michael McConnell, Klea McKenna, Jill McLennan, Dominic Hoang Nguyen, Lauren Parent, David Ryan, Tim Ryan, Julianne Sterling, Marilyn Wong, Lika Yurkovetsky, Pamela Zwehl-Burke.

Pro Arts, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
proartsgallery.org

The exhibition is on view November 24, 2009 – January 15, 2010. An artists’ reception is scheduled on Thursday, December 3, 6 – 8 pm and an artists’ talk is scheduled Thursday, January 14, 6 pm. Exhibition events are free and open to the public.

Mercurius, Drawings by Robert Porter and Obi Kaufmann

If you like art that pushes boundaries and makes you think, check out the work of these two talented artists.

The Swee(t)Art Drawing Gallery at the Compound Gallery, 6602 San Pablo Ave. Oakland.
Friday, November 27, 6 p.m.
oaklandsweetart.info/sweetartgallery.html

Saturday, November 28

West Oakie Turkey Shoot Benefit for the Golden Mean

This is not everyone’s scene, but here’s something for those of you who like to fight for your turkey. Read on for an event from Oakland sculptor/blacksmith Jon Sarriugarte.

Times is hard and we know not all of you can afford a turkey this year, so drop your last dollar on us and hope your aim is as good as you say. 3 birds will go home to the best shots of the night.

Between shots, grab drinks at the Boiler Bar, check out strange art vehicles, and catch performances by El Radio Fantastique, The Easy Leaves, Mykee Ramen, JD Limelight, Tanzee, Denzel and Jodi Details. Even if you can’t hold a gun, there should be enough excitement to keep you entertained.

Saturday, November 28, 8 p.m.- 2 a.m., 2600 Magnolia @ 26th Street in West Oakland $10 donation to support the Golden Mean, a giant iron snail car. http://www.formandreform.com/wordpress/?p=2981
Kraftworks, 2601 Adeline, Oakland

Rocky Horror

For 36 years, the Rocky Horror Show has been wowing its fans on stage and the big screen. This Saturday, you get a chance to re-live the time warp with the live Rocky Horror cast. They promise fun, laughs and midnight excitement.

Saturday, November 28
The Grand Lake, 3200 Grand Avenue (at Lake Merritt)
www.barelylegal.rhps.org www.myspace.com/blrocky
11:30 p.m. – 02:30 a.m.
$10

Sunday, November 29

Cinderella and Fantasyland

Take your kids to see Cinderella’s story told through 22 beautifully crafted puppets, lush scenery and music. Oakland’s prettiest auto body shop is being transformed into a traditional Christmas fairyland with large scale decorations, visits from Santa, and a sweet shop.

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sunday, 29 November, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.,

Doors open 45 minutes before shows

$10 (2 & under free on lap)
Uptown Body & Fender, 401 – 26th St.
Tickets at the door – cash only

Take your kids to see Cinderella’s story told through 22 beautifully crafted puppets, lush scenery and music. Oakland’s prettiest auto body shop is being transformed into a traditional Christmas fairyland with large scale decorations, visits from Santa, and a sweet shop.
Sunday, 29 November, 2009

Shows at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., 33 minutes long

Doors open 45 minutes before shows

$10 (2 & under free on lap)
Uptown Body & Fender, 401 – 26th St.
Tickets at the door – cash only

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11/20: Your O-Scene Weekend’s Here

Posted by novoscene on November 20, 2009


Friday, November 20

 

The Swell Season

Irish performer Glen Hansard and Czech pianist and singer Marketa Irglova, who found fame, glory and love with their album, Once, roll into town tonight to perform at the Paramount. They’re on tour to promote their latest album, Strict Joy.

Friday, November 20, 8 p.m.
2025 Broadway
$35 and $40


Sentinel, Maldroid and Goodbye Gadget

Some really good local indie bands play tonight at the Uptown: Sentinel, Maldroid, Tornado Rider and Goodbye Gadget.

Uptown, 1928 Telegraph,
9 p.m. 21 and over
$10

For more on Sentinel, go to sentineltheband.com

If you want to learn about Maldroid, read this OakBook article on the band.

A Comedy Revolution

The Revolution Café on 7th Street out by the main post office has been slowly expanding over the past few years, growing in size and ambition. Now the Revolution Café is getting into comedy. On the third Friday of each month, it hosts a cover-free comedy night. The café is only three blocks from West Oakland Bart.

Friday, November 20, 8:30 p.m.
1612 7th Street

Holiday Shopping – Locally

Stop by Namaste Yoga for a holiday bazaar and henna lounge this Friday evening. The studio and store will be filled with locally made handicrafts and trinkets. You’ll be supporting Oakland artisans, and a hefty 20 percent of proceeds go to the Options Recovery Center, an outfit that helps parolees.

Friday November 20 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
5416 College Avenue

Cornel West Reads

Cornel West, one of America’s most interesting public intellectuals, will be at Barnes and Noble in Jack London Square Friday evening to discuss his new memoir, “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.”

Friday, November 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, Jack London Square
Free

Saturday, November 21


Dominoes Downtown

Do you throw the bones? Maxwell’s Lounge is holding a dominoes tournament Saturday afternoon. Twenty bucks gets you a spot. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers win cash prizes. Registration starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday

Saturday, November 21, 11 a.m. onwards
341 13th Street

For the Fashionistas

Oakland designer Cari Borja is having a pre-holiday sample sale on Saturday afternoon. Head over to her Berkeley studio to grab some bargains on her beautiful clothes. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

30% off any one new collection item and extra 50% off on all samples
Baby Royal and Baby August hats are 2 for $25
Saturday, November 21
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

2117 4th Street, Studio B, Berkeley
510-981-0067, www.cariborja.com

Book Reading, Belly Dancing and Coffee

Romney Steele, an Oakland-based writer, cook and food stylist, has written a book about growing up in the famous Big Sur restaurant, Nepenthe. She will read from My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family, and Big Sur at Caffe Trieste on Piedmont Avenue this Saturday evening. There will be a no-host wine and coffee bar. Belly dancing, an integral part of the Nepenthe experience, will begin at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 21, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Caffe Trieste, 4045 Piedmont Avenue
mynepenthebook.com/my-book/

Black Dynamite

The always-engaging Oakland Underground Film Festival presents Black Dynamite on Saturday night at the Grand Lake Theater. The 2009 blacksploitation spoof will be preceded by Will “The Thrill” Viharo and Monica the Tiki Goddess of Thrillville with 70’s movie trivia.

Saturday, November 21, Midnight
Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Avenue

Sunday, November 22

Philippine Dance Showcase

From tinkling to dances with roots in the Spanish Court, Philippine dance is as varied as the archipelago itself. On Sunday afternoon, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and The American Center for Philippine Arts present a showcase of Pilippino dancing. After the dancing, there’ll be food and activities like Make Your Own Parol for the kids.

The center is less than a year old, but already teaches 40 kids in the age range of five to 15. Executive director Herna Cruz-Louie says that traditional dance forms can be a tool that help second and third generation kids develop pride in their culture and learn about their history and heritage. The center, which also offers classes in the traditional Philippine mandalin, plans to eventually expand beyond music and dance. But this Sunday, explore Philippine arts through the performances of the center’s dance students. Come for the dancing, stay for the lumpia.

Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m.
388 Ninth Street
Free

Lake Merritt Vigil for Murdered Gay Teens

A group of queer and transgendered people of color are holding a vigil at Lake Merritt this weekend for gay teens murdered in Maryland and Puerto Rico. For more info, call 510-282-5223 or e-mail morethanavigil@gmail.com

Sunday, November 22, 3.30 p.m.
Grand and MacArthur
morethanavigil.blogspot.com/

Toy Drive

If you’ve been hit by the economy, and are getting worried about holiday gifts for the kids, head over to City Hall on Saturday morning. Take your ID, proof of an Oakland residence, proof of kids’ ages and proof of income, and get on the list to receive toys through Mayor Ron Dellums’ toy drive. For more information, call 777-toys or just show up at 10 a.m. on Saturday. If you’d like to find out how to donate toys, call Albert Lujan at 510-238-7366.

Saturday, November 21
Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 3
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Your 11/12 O-Scene weekend

Posted by novoscene on November 12, 2009

FRIDAY

Buy Coffee to Support Khadafy

Nine years ago, Marilyn Washington Harris founded the Khadafy Foundation for Non-Violence as a tribute to her son, Khadafy Washington, who was shot while riding his bicycle in West Oakland. Since then, the group has worked to provide healing and support services to people who have lost friends or family members due to violence.

Farley’s East is hosting a benefit for the Khadafy Foundation Friday evening. If you get something at the café – a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or some food – 20% will go to the foundation. Their board members will be there for you to talk and mingle with.

Friday, November 13
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Farley’s East
33 Grand Avenue

For more information, please go to khadafyfoundation.org

Utunes

Utunes Time

The organizers of the Utunes coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland say they are going after an old-timey church basement coffee house vibe, but with an Oakland twist. The events feature folk and popular music from all over the world. This Friday, the exceptional East Bay Anointed Voices perform in the cozy venue. Here’s a little bit more about EBAV: “East Bay Anointed Voices is a multi-racial, inter-denominational mix of talented vocalists and musicians of all ages under the direction of Donald Taylor and Rachelle Rogers-Ard. EBAV’s music is a mix of traditional and contemporary gospel styles, infused with jazz, Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms.”

Friday, November 13 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street
$18 at the door, $5 kids 6-15, 6 and under are free
$14 in advance

Re-Create

The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) is putting on a show of artwork made by Oakland K-12 students from discarded or reused materials.

The fifth annual Re-Create art contest and exhibition, which features artworks like giant gold robots made from old CDs to winged water bottle creatures, aims to highlight creative approaches to the 4 Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle, rot.

The Re-Create exhibit runs November 13 through December 20. Gallery hours are Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Public reception and award ceremony
Friday November 13, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
472 Water Street in Jack London Square
www.mocha.org

Opening Concert: Night at the Opera

Friday is Michael Morgan’s big night. Mr. Morgan, who celebrates his twentieth anniversary with the Oakland East Bay Symphony this year has picked arias, overtures and intermezzos from many of his favorite operas and brought a group of talented and high profile young singers such as former Adler Fellow Joshua Bloom, who recently made a successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera, for opening of the symphony’s 2009-2010 season. The program for Night at the Opera includes music from some of the world’s most well known operas, including Aida and other Verdi favorites, Lucia di Lammermoor and Bernstein’s Candide.

Friday, November 13, 8 p.m.
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Tickets: $20 to $65
oebs.org

SATURDAY

Special School Board Meeting

It might not be your notion of an ideal weekend afternoon, but Oakland Unified’s governing board is holding a special meeting at the district’s downtown HQ Saturday, which address some of the biggest issues facing the district: teacher compensation, school size, and class size. Tony Smith, the district’s new boss, has said that Oakland public schools are going to have to perform at a higher level with a lot less money. On Saturday, the public will get a glimpse of what a post-Great Recession school district will look like.

Saturday, November 14, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Paul Robeson Board Room, 1025 2nd Avenue

Awkward_Face

Think Fast Theater

For the past six or so weeks, Awkward Face, the improvisational troupe at Uptown’s Pan Theater have been performing two shows every Saturday night. The first show of the evening is called The Montage. It’s a collection of scenes, monologues, and games built around audience suggestions. The Harold, the evening’s second show, is a long-form improv piece with recurring characters in three pieces. With that kind of intensity, the motto of Pan Theater pretty much has to be “Where Neurons Fire Faster.” Maybe you’ll catch the improv bug. The theater’s holding auditions at the end of the month.

Saturday, November 14 8 p.m. and 9:10 p.m.
2135 Broadway
$10 at the door

Bay Area Bead Extravaganza 2009

This weekend, the 11th annual Bay Area Bead Extravaganza (BABE), the largest bead and jewelry show in the West, comes to Oakland.

There will be more than 160 juried exhibitors showing unusual beads, jewelry and beading supplies. Designers and fashion connoisseurs can go shop and those that like to work with beads can pick up tips and lessons.

Saturday, Nov 14. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway
$7
For more information, call 510- 684-2484 or visit beadextravaganza.com/

SUNDAY

Discussing Afghanistan

If you’re feeling like you’re in the mood for a political debate, here’s something for you. The title that tells you where the discussion’s going: Afghan lives and freedom sucked into U.S. quagmire.

Agree or disagree? This is your chance to be heard. There will be a free and open discussion led by Htun Lin, News & Letters “Workshop Talks” columnist this Sunday.

Sunday, November 15, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. (at Alcatraz)
For more information call (510) 658-1448 or email banandl@yahoo.com
To read News & Letters articles on Afghanistan, visit newsandletters.org

Jazzschool at Yoshi’s

The award winning Jazzschool Studio Band is an advanced-level high school ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of standard and contemporary big band literature. Directed by Keith Johnson, the group is made up of some of the Bay Area’s top high school musicians who are selected each year by competitive audition. The Jazzschool Studio Band performs frequently throughout the Bay Area and participates in national jazz festivals and competitions throughout the United States. The band has performed at esteemed jazz clubs including Yoshi’s in Oakland, The Jazzschool, and Savanna Jazz in San Francisco in addition to performances in New York, Seattle, and Idaho.

Sunday, November 16
8 p.m. ($15) and 10 p.m.  ($10)
510 Embarcadero West (Jack London Square)
510-238-9200

Howl-o-ween pics!

If you’re pet-crazy, you have to see these photos from the Halloween party at Paws and Claws in the Dimond. The pet store run by the Dimond dynamos Ruth and Diane raised $300 for PAWS East Bay that evening through this fun event. Click here to see the slide show.

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Full Moon, Full Stomach, and Full Shopping Bags!

Posted by novoscene on October 1, 2009

Come on down to the free, fun, family-friendly night bazaar tonight (October 1) on Oakland’s waterfront at Jack London Square.

There will be more than 40 Oakland shops and artisans with cool items for everyone. Tons of food vendors (including produce) and Jack London Square restaurants, ice skating, stilt – walking, fire dancing, marching bands,  telescope viewing with Chabot, live music, floating bars and more. Family-friendly, foodie-friendly, and a great way to support our local economy!

And stop by the art@theoakbook art gallery to watch our latest show — Improvised Branches.

inside Jack London Square — on the waterfront
5.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.
Free admission!

Full Moon Buy Night

PARTICIPATING VENDORS (PARTIAL LIST)
1.by.liz
5ft 2in Clothing
AC Clothing and Bags
ALQUIMIA
Ashay by the Bay
Bay Area Bikes
Bridgland Studios
Bunny Warez
C5 Company
California Canoe & Kayak
Clothes for the Soul
Compassionate Cooks
Corinthia Peoples Designs
Crackerjacks Kids
Culural Crossroads
Donna Lee Retro
Ear to Ear Jewelry
Eco Fashion
Estilo Clothing Co
Field Day Wearables
fiftyseven-thirtythree
Helen Krayenhoff
Jasper Hearts Wren
The Joys of Life
Just Glam Cosmetics
Kelley Designs
Lemonade Handmade Jewelry
Like Minded People
Little Luxuries
Lwanga Designs
Mangosteen
Mariposa Baby
Michelle Walker Photography
O Lover Hats
Oaklandish
One Small Step
Overton Designs
Peek a Green
Rosemary Dudley Designs
Scott Courtenay Smith
Senses and Scents
Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel
Skin Care by Feleciai
Urban Indigo
Vertical Home Gardens
Western Christian Bookstore
Well / Pretty Fun
Yahzi Rose

A SAMPLING OF ITEMS AVAILABLE

*Recycled & New*
*Hand-made & Manufactured*
Women’s clothing * Eco-friendly toys * Kids clothing
Jewelry * Fine Art * Photography
Bags * Home goods
* Scarves * Hats * Watches * Belts
Soaps * Scrubs * Candles
Notecards * Calendars * Books
* Oakland tees * Screenprinted Items
* Cookbooks * Kitchen goods
Bikes * Kayaks * Sporting goods

Bike Valet provided by Bay Area Bikes!

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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

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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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08/21: O-Scene weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 20, 2009

Rear Window
Friday, August 21

Rear Window@ the Paramount

Sure, Jimmy Stewart’s character is kind of a whiny pill, but Grace Kelly is sublime. Could there be a better venue than the Paramount to see Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece Rear Window?

“Return to Hollywood’s Golden Era in America’s finest Art Deco movie palace. Movie Classic presentation includes a newsreel, cartoon, previews and the Paramount’s prize give-away game “Dec-O-Win”. Live organ serenade begins at 7:30 p.m. with Jerry Nagano at the Mighty Wurlitzer!”

$5
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Doors open at 7 p.m. Box office opens at 6 p.m.

2009 Butch Voices Conference

Butch Voices is a grassroots organization dedicated to all self identified Butches, Studs, Aggressives, other similar identities, and their Allies. It is hosting the 2009 Butch Voices Conference this year at the Oakland Marriott. The event features keynotes by Jeanne Cordova, S. Bear Bergman and Malkia “MAC” Cyril. The program includes workshops, presentations, networking dinners, artists’ showcase, performances, film screenings and more. Registration and workshops take place at the Marriott, but other venues include Humanist Hall and the Vibe Lounge. Visit butchvoices.com for details.

Thursday, August 20 through Sunday, August 23.
Oakland Marriott, 1001 Broadway, 510-451-4000

Saturday, August 22

40th Street ArtQuest
Closing reception for Resound – Carl Auge’s solo show – at Rowan Morrison Gallery

A group of local merchants along 40th Street, which connects MacArthur BART and Piedmont Avenue, are having an art party of sorts on Saturday night. Manifesto Bicycles, Rowan Morrison Gallery, Premium Tattoo and Vintage, 1234GO! Records and Issues are all hosting art receptions on the same evening as part of the 40th Street Corridor Art Quest 2.

If the artwork isn’t enough to tempt you to visit each location, they’ll have treasure maps. If you get stamps from all the galleries and stores, you could win gift certificate prizes.

There will, of course, be music, refreshments, and lots of things to buy. Local retailers credit the first ArtQuest, held in February, for boosting the neighborhood’s profile and attracting new small businesses like Subrosa Coffee to the area.

40th Street Corridor ArtQuest
Saturday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Manifesto Bicycles, 421 40th St.
“The Living City 2” featuring the work of Oakland artists Bruk Dunbar, Jane Elliot, Marcos Lafarga, Marc Landes, Jeff Riley and Alex Rosmarin.

Rowan Morrison Gallery and Artist’s Bookstore
, 330 40th St.
Closing reception for the paintings of Oakland artist Carl Auge in an exhibit called “Resound, New Work by Carl Auge.”

Premium Tattoo and Vintage, 4130 Broadway Ave.
An installation of the paintings by Oakland artist David Seiler.

Issues, 20 Glen Ave.
A reception of works by Sacramento artist Bluewater Avery called ‘Schlock and Aww Shucks!’

The following businesses will also be open late:
1234Go! Records, 423 40th St. & Subrosa Coffee, 419 40th St.

Concrete Jungle
Jammin’ In Tha Concrete Jungle

Youth Movement Records and the Hood Games are having another skateboard contest & jam Saturday evening. There’ll be live art-making and music.

The Fox Lot @ 19th St. & San Pablo Ave
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free

Plant a tree and have some fun

The Ella Baker Center’s Soul of the City program and Urban Releaf are planting trees to beautify West Oakland this Saturday. The goal: To bring more than 500 people together to plant 50 trees along West MacArthur Blvd, between West Street and San Pablo Avenue.

And just in case you’ve forgotten why trees are important: Planting trees is one of the best ways to clean the air and make a neighborhood look like.. a neighborhood. They’ll also be cleaning up the streets, planting flowers, and talking with community members about the importance of clean air and caring for the neighborhood. If you feel like doing some work in your community, mark this one on your calendar. You’ll feel good, meet some cool people, and yes- get free food and music.

9.45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West MacArthur Blvd. at West Street (meet in the Big O Tires parking lot)

Sunday, August 23

In the Spirit of James

Artist Talk: Ted Pontiflet at the Joyce Gordon Gallery

Sculptor and painter Ted Pontiflet will talk about the inspiration behind his current show – the novelist James Baldwin. There will also be a poetry reading with the Black Dot Artists, Marcel Diallo, Duane Detterville and others.

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th St. (12th St. Bart Exit)
www.joycegordongallery.com, 510-465-8928

Oaklandish Regatta '08

Oaklandish Regatta '08

Radio Regatta

This summertime party will go down at the Lake Merritt Sailboat House with DJs, food and beer, and free gondola rides. You can also go out for a spin on the Lake on other half-priced boat rentals. Bring your radio, because the event also features an FM micro-broadcast – and you can hear it with your radio even if you’re out on the water. This event is free for all ages.

Free
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Lake Merritt Boathouse, 568 Bellevue Ave.

Uniquely Yours: Green Windows’ creative writing workshop

The workshop is for young people 16-25 and their friends – youth
workers, teachers, parents. Faculty, students and staff of the Peralta Community Colleges especially welcome.  Just email Peggy (gww@greenwindowswriters.org) if you’re wondering about whether you fit in or not. Drop-ins are welcome, but long term commitment is encouraged. Class will be held every fourth Sunday

Suggested class fee: $1-$25, sliding scale; additional donations welcome
7 p.m. to 9.15 p.m.,
Rock Paper Scissors, 278 Telegraph Ave.
greenwindowswriters.org

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07/17: The O-Scene Weekend’s Here.

Posted by novoscene on July 16, 2009

Movies, book readings, swaps, bloggers’ BarCamp, kid-friendly wine parties, and of course, art.. there’s all this and more going down in Oakland this weekend…

Friday July 17

Annual T-10 Video Festival

See the weird work of Bulk Foodveyor (Philip Bonner) at 21 Grand Friday evening. Bulk makes “media based theater using physical assemblage with a bizarre satirical humor.” It will be the second night of the 9th Annual T-10 Video Festival. “… Conceived by Sarah Lockhart, (T-10 Video Festival) began shortly after 21 Grand first opened its doors. As the cultural landscape has shifted, so has T-10, redefining its purpose each year, while remaining focused on short form works. Including experimental documentary, narrative shorts, animations and expanded media works.”

Admission is $6
8:30 p.m.
21 Grand, 416 25th St.

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Oakland Bites and Sucks

In Adrian Harper’s Oakland, the city is as diverse and multi-culti as it is in real life. However, in Harper’s book, “Night Biters,” vampires are also part of the city’s cultural fabric. Come hear Harper read from his young adult novel at Laurel Books Friday at 7 pm.

Free
7 p.m.
Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard, 510-531-2073

Saturday, July 18

RPS Clothing Swap

Forget the consignment stores. The RPS Collective is having a huge clothing swap Saturday afternoon. Take clean clothes, meet new people, buy some food and drinks and make it a swap party. They even have a sewing machine for alterations.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors, 2278 Telegraph Avenue @ 23rd Street, 510-238-9171

Beast (East Bay) Bloggers Camp

East Bay bloggers, this one’s for you. One of Oakland’s best-known bloggers, V Smoothe (A Better Oakland), Spot.us and Anca Mosoiu, a tech entrepreneur and founder of TechLiminal, a physical space for tech, are hosting Beast Bloggers Bar Camp.

They say East Bay is pig latin for beast. And if you’re wondering what a bar camp is – BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn from each other in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants.

It promises to be an interesting event.  Look at the schedule here.

$20, sliding scale
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Techliminal, 268 14th Street, 510-832-3401

Red&White_groupshowRed, White and Booze

Obi Kaufmann will be the first to admit that he hates wine bar art. (We’re not sure exactly what that is, but like pornography, we’d probably know it when we see it.) About a year ago, Kaufmann set out to show that wine bar art didn’t have to be blander than a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck Chardonnay. He’s curated 11 shows at Zza’s Wine Bar, and on Saturday is the reception for “Red and White,” the first group show for the wine bar’s alumni artists.

Free
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Zza Wine Bar, 550 Grand Avenue

Faders
First and third Friday of the month, the party’s at Luka’s where the Oakland Faders present Flashback Fridays. DJs Platurn and Mere One will spin “old school hip hop, party anthems and all things funky.”

$10
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Luka’s Tap Room, 2221 Broadway @ Grand

Sunday, July 19

Beach Blanket

The Oakland winery JC Cellars is hosting its annual beach party Sunday. The $25 admission gets you snacks from an “urban chic” taco truck, cheeses and pates, ice cream, and, of course, 12 types of wine to sample. The beach party is family friendly with a DJ, petanque, and a craft table for kids. If you buy your tickets early, the price is $20. It’s on Sunday, so you won’t have to worry about the City’s new parking enforcers slapping you with a $55 fine.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
JC Cellars Winery. 55 Fourth Street. 510-465-5900

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