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03/11: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 11, 2010

FRIDAY, March 12

Scofield and Friends Come to Oakland

The John Scofield New Jazz Quartet is in town this weekend. Jazz lovers know that name well. Guitarist John Scofield has been around a long time, and has many stories to tell. Scofield began influencing the jazz scene in the late 70s and continues to do so today. His music falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. He’ll be accompanied by Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ben Street on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W.
Thu 10 p.m. $14; Fri 8 p.m. $24 & 10 p.m. $18; Sat 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $24; Sun 2 p.m. (Kids Matinee) $5 (ages 15 and under), Adults (with children) $18, Adults $24;
Sun 7 p.m. $24
Yohis.com

Bitter Harvest at the Royal NoneSuch Gallery

Bitter Harvest explores Lauren Adams’ research into Afghani poppy fields and the relationship between American military operations, the Taliban, and civilian farmers in Afghanistan’s ‘Golden Crescent’. For the past few years, the artist has documented images published about issues surrounding these topics in popular media and will re-inscribe the found narratives in a site specific painting on the gallery’s interior walls in Bitter Harvest, resulting in a claustrophobic interior overwhelmed by poppy flowers and human figures. The visual pattern evident in the installation, inspired by contemporary war reporting and traditional wallpaper and ornament design, visually seduces the viewer while simultaneously assaulting them with hallucinatory images of poppy cultivation and its relationship to the international drug trade, the American military incursion in Afghanistan, and the cycle of economic underdevelopment in rural farm areas of the Golden Crescent.

Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Ave.,
Fri, March 12
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Free

Happy Hour for The Crucible

If you love the Crucible or just think it’s cool, head over to Farley’s on Friday for free appetizers and hang with folks from your favorite industrial arts educational group. Farley’s owners have “adopted” The Crucible as their non-profit of the month, and a portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to The Crucible to help support its programs.

Fri  5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Farley’s East 33 Grand Avenue (at Broadway), thecrucible.orgfarleyseast.blogspot.com/

Alternative Theater with an Alternative Cast

If you’d like to support the Oakland School of the Arts, you have a lot of chances to do so this weekend. The OSA Actor’s Guild’s has put together their version of Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Black Box Theatre, 19th and Telegraph
Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun 2 pm
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. www.oakarts.org/www.tix.com

For more, visit OakArt here.

SATURDAY, March 13

Martin Lawrence at the Paramount

Martin Lawrence, actor and producer, who’s starred in dozens of Hollywood hits (Remember Big Momma’s House?), is returning to stand-up comedy on stage. Catch him at the Paramount on Saturday or Sunday. He’s made enough people laugh all his life to know how to do it well.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Sat, 8 p.m., Sun, 8 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show times.
Tickets: $77.50, $57.75, $42.75

SUNDAY, March 14


Closing Tea Reception at Blankspace

A fantastic Oakland gallery closes and throws a tea party to say goodbye. The last show at Blankspace was Steuart Pittman’s exhibit Nowhere/Anywhere.  It all ends this Sunday.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
6608 San Pablo Ave
For more, see Theo Konrad Auer’s art picks for the month.

KID-FRIENDLY: The Princess and the Unicorn

Wondering how to entertain your kids this weekend? Try the puppet show at Children’s Fairyland. This weekend, it’s the Princess and the Unicorn, complete with evil counts and handsome princes that get turned into unicorns, and of course – a princess. Puppets and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (at Grand Ave.),  fairyland.org
Sat & Sun,11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

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The Nutcracker

Posted by novoscene on December 24, 2009

Are Nutcracker tickets on your shopping list? Even if you don’t have kids, do consider going for it this year. The Oakland Ballet Company has gone all out to make sure Oaklanders get to enjoy the annual performance of the Nutcracker this year -just as they’ve done for the past 36 years. And it’s our turn to show them some love and support now.

In case you missed it, here’s the story of this year’s Nutcracker — the story of how the ballet company weathered the economy and kept going.

WHEN:

Thursday, December 24 at 11 a.m.

Saturday, December 26 at 2 p.m. *

Saturday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 27 at 2 p.m.*

*The Saturday and Sunday matinees will be followed by a Sweet Dreams party, which will feature light refreshments and Nutcracker characters posing for pictures and signing autographs. Separate tickets are required and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

TICKETS: $15-$50 with student and senior discounts through www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000

WHERE:
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway 510-465-6400, paramounttheatre.com

Are Nutcracker tickets on your shopping list? Even if you don’t have kids, do consider going for it this year! The Oakland Ballet Company has gone all out to make sure Oaklanders get to enjoy the annual performance of the Nutcracker.. as they’ve done for the past 36 years. And it’s our turn to show them some love and support now. In case you missed it, here’s the story of this year’s Nutcracker — the story of how the ballet company weathered the economy and kept going.

WHEN:

Thursday, December 24 at 11 a.m.

Saturday, December 26 at 2 p.m. *

Saturday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 27 at 2 p.m.*

*The Saturday and Sunday matinees will be followed by a Sweet Dreams party, which will feature light refreshments and Nutcracker characters posing for pictures and signing autographs. Separate tickets are required and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

TICKETS: $15-$50 with student and senior discounts through www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000

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10/09: Weekend plans

Posted by novoscene on October 8, 2009

River of Renewal

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Oakland International Film Festival

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

Thursday, October 8 through Wednesday, October 14

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Prairie Home Companion in the DTO

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

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Dimond oaktoberfest

Oaktoberfest

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

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

Town Park Opening/Graffiti Battle

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

Sing Like Taylor Swift in Jack London Square

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

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

East Bay for East Africa Fundraiser

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

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

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

Regina Carter

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

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

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

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


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Tonight: A Greek Tragedy

Posted by novoscene on October 8, 2009

Do you enjoy a good story? There are few that can compete with the ancient Greek tragedies.

Tonight, the Round Belly Theatre Company presents Orestia: Before the Furies, adapted from Aeschylus’ classic Greek trilogy. The modernized tale depicts the brutal and tragic ramifications of a blood curse on the House of Atreus. The story of a woman’s murder of her husband, and their children’s desperate revenge explores the complex web of vengeance and personal redemption that plagues a prominent house in an age of war, poverty and a public teetering on the brink of cultural apocalypse.

When: Thursday Oct 8th – Saturday Oct 10th @ 8pm
Where: The Noodle Factory, 1255 26th St @ Union, Oakland
How much: $10 Suggested donation.

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09/18: Your O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 17, 2009

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

Friday, September 18

Magic Jester Improv Show

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

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

Saturday, September 19

Oakland’s Historic Town Squares Walking Tour

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

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

KoreaTown Poster

The KoreaTown-Northgate Culture fest

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

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

Swap, Not Shop

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

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

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

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

Circus Arts Variety Show

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

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

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

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

Sunday, September 20

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

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

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

Sundays in the Redwoods

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

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

Questions: oaklandnet.com/parks/Sundays/

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

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

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

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

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

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

Folkin Blues Festival

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

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

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Oakland weekend: 9/11 to 9/13

Posted by novoscene on September 11, 2009

Friday, September 11

slumdog
Blood drive and Slumdog Millionaire

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

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

2nd Friday Estuary Art Attack

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

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

Saturday, September 12

Feria Urbana

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

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

Sunday, September 13Creek Keepers

Clean the Creek

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

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

Play Readings

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

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

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08/07: The O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 7, 2009

Laurel Street Fest

FEATURED EVENT: The Annual Laurel Street Fair

Last week, we wrote that Lakefest was the essential Oakland street fair. We meant it was the essential Oakland street fair that weekend. On Saturday, the Laurel District Association holds its 10th annual street party. That’s three blocks of MacArthur Boulevard jam-packed with great food, cool stuff to buy, and a massive kid’s zone. The Laurel street fair has always distinguished itself with excellent music. This year the event features Las Bomberas de la Bahia (an all-female Puerto Rican dance band,) the Funkanauts, and more.

Saturday August 8, 1  p.m. – 6 p.m.
MacArthur Boulevard between 35th and 38th Avenues

Friday, August 7

Movie night at the Paramount

Watch an old classic on the big screen in downtown Oakland’s charming art deco theater.

The Women (1939) with Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell.
$5
8 p.m., Box office opens at 6 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8 p.m.
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway

The Enamelist Society Conference/Ornament

If you notice more than the usual number of artsy types walking around City Center this weekend, it’s because several hundred members of the Enamelist Society of America are in town for their bi-annual convention. One doesn’t have to be a practitioner of the ancient art to visit the downtown Marriot and view the convention’s “instant gallery” or to participate in the silent auction.

Friday through Sunday – The Enamelist Society Conference
Monday and Tuesday – Post-Conference Workshops
Marriott, 1001 Broadway

For pricing and other information, click here

Enamel

If you don’t want to lose yourself in the conference, but do want to get a glimpse of what the fuss is all about, visit the Christensen Heller gallery to see Cloisonne Enamel from Georgia: Ornament: Visiting from Tbilisi, Georgia – work by masters of this ancient art

Christensen Heller Gallery, 5829 College Avenue; 510-655-5952

August 5 to August 14
Gallery hours:
Wednesday –Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 5

First Friday Art Walk/Art Murmur

Come out for the art walk Friday evening. Our art writer called his favorites here, but consider walking around and coming up with your own list.

If you’re a James Baldwin fan, stop by Joyce Gordon gallery between 5.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to see the James Baldwin Series – Photographs and Paintings by Ted Pontiflet. If you like it, return for the artist talk at 3.30 p.m. on August 23.

Free
406 Fourteenth Street, joycegordongallery.com/

Saturday, August 7

Embroidery Club (AKA Little Old Lady Club)

If you want to spice up some of your stuff, and think you could do it with some embroidery, visit the Club at Rock Paper Scissors on Saturday afternoon. They request you take a hoop if you have one. Tea provided. Gentlemen are welcome as well.

2 p.m.to 4 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph, 510-238-9171

Fourth Annual Urban Wine Experience

There are more than a dozen wineries spread across Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Alameda. Come to Jack London Square Saturday afternoon to taste and sample more than 50 wines at the Urban Wine Experience. Put together by the East Bay Vintners Alliance, the event features 14 wineries, each of whom has partnered with a restaurant or food purveyor for pairings.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Jack London Square
Advanced purchase tickets are $45 online (You can buy them here.)
Admission at the gate on the day of the event will cost $60

Sunday, August 9

Family Explorations at the Oakland Museum

Join the museum and the Oakland Public Library in celebrating the end of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Check out mystifying magic with Timothy James; art activities; cartooning with author Oliver Chin; dancing on our outdoor stage; scavenger hunt with prizes; interactive story times; and free frozen treats from Dreyer’s at the end of the day (as long as supplies last). And there’s more! At the end of the day, a ceremony honors all the children who completed the Summer Reading Program. Free Second Sundays.

12:30–4:30 p.m.
Included with museum admission ($8 for adults, $5 for seniors).
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak@10th Street
www.museumca.org/



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1/16-2/10 Danny Hoch at the Berkeley Rep

Posted by novoscene on January 15, 2008

 

Danny Hoch is Taking Over

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For the next month expect a lot of discussion about gentrification and consumerism over at the Berkeley Rep-folks moving in moving out, urban redeveloping and the take over of space-as hip hop theater artist Danny Hoch premiers his first solo show in 10 years.

The new play “Taking Over” grapples with the issues of displacement and gentrification in trademark Hoch style. Through a collection of 10 characters based on people he’s come in contact with during his 20 year stay in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the actor, director and Hip Hop Theater Festival founder dissects what happens when a neighborhood gets a facelift. Using the uncanny knack for mimicry first displayed in the 1998’s Jails, Hospitals and Hip Hop ,the voices range from the trust funded hipster to the militant rapper to the big budget developer.

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Free Tickets to the new play in town!

Posted by novoscene on January 10, 2008

in-the-midst-of-them.jpgIf you feel like doing something artsy this weekend, you might want to check out a play staged by the Bay Area Repertory Theater at the Milonga Casquelord Center for the Arts in downtown Oakland.

Director James Brooks has adapted Terrence Tyrie Ivory’s tale of coal miners in a segregated town in West Virginia for the stage — In the Midst of Them is a story of a man trying to create a labor union while fighting to keep his family together.

“It’s based on a true story shared by the author’s grandmother about living in coal mines,” says Mr. Brooks. “It talks about love, betrayal, alcoholism, and what coal miners had to go through. It’s got all the slices of life that we, as humans, have to go through.”

Mr. Brooks chose to work with this play because it reminded him of what he saw as a youngster growing up in Richmond, Virginia, where many residents worked in steel mills and on tobacco plantations.

He is one of the founders of the four-year-old Bay Area Rep, a low-key group that’s best known for the play Meeting, a fictional account of the meeting of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

The founders of the Rep have the experience needed — about a hundred years between the three of them — to put up a good show. And if you want to win two free tickets to watch In the Midst of Them, write to editors@novometro.com.

What: In the Midst of Them
When: January 11 to January 20, 2008 (except for January 14th); Shows at 8 pm. On Sundays at 3 pm also.
Where: Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice Street.
How Much:
$20 in advance and $25 at the door — unless you win free tickets by writing to us as soon as you read this piece.

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