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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,

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

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.

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.

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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10/23: The Pre-Halloween Scene

Posted by novoscene on October 22, 2009


Percolating Poetry

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

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

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

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

7 p.m.
4100 MacArthur


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

Brews and Boos

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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)

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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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!”

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.

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.

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.

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08/14: The Art and Soul Weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 14, 2009

Art and Soul

Featured Event: ART & SOUL

The City may be broke, but that’s not stopping Oakland’s annual two-day downtown block party. Art and Soul goes down this weekend at a new and improved time (who wanted to be home for Labor Day weekend?) As always, there will be stages showcasing R&B, hip-hop, and Latin music. The headliner on Saturday is Shawn Colvin and on Sunday, it’s Will Downing. Look for an excellent kid’s zone and bring your hunger. The food vendors represent a nice mix of State Fair style dreck and healthier offerings from Oakland’s varied culinary scene. Free bike parking is available at the festival’s Broadway and 14th Street entrance.

Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, Noon to 6 p.m.
Adult admission $10, seniors and youth (12-17) $5, kids 12 and under are free
Downtown Oakland. Entrances: 14th Street & Broadway, 16th Street & San Pablo
For more, visit artandsouloakland.com

Friday, August 14


Mine, the documentary

Mine, the documentary

Dog lovers, this is for you. Take your lovely self and your dog down to Hollywoof tonight. It’s a fundraiser for various organizations and a very good documentary.

But the real reason that you’ll go there is to spend an evening with your beloved dog and other dog lovers. There’ll be a dog masseuse, photographers, and of course, a doggy bar. Indi filmmaker Geralyn Pezanoski will show Mine, his award-winning documentary about the animals left behind during Katrina. And yes, your dog can stay for the movie. Buy your tickets at the event page at dogopolis.com

6.30 p.m.to 9.30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $8 canine admission
Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street

Dancing Under the Stars

Head over to Jack London Square for a free salsa dance lesson tonight.
Instructors from Linden Street studio will teach you some moves, and then let you practice while the Cuban group Edgardo Cambon y Latido performs live in the background. There will also be a dance “exposition.”

Class begins at 7.30 p.m.
Open dance at 8.30 p.m.
Jack London Square (Broadway at Water)

Pan’s Improv Jam

At Pan’s monthly improv theater jam, Pan Theater performers and guests form teams of performers on the spot for twenty-minute long form sets. Each set team will explore an audience suggested theme through games, scenes, and everything else.

Guests can watch, or participate. No scripts, no rules – other than have fun. Admission up until half an hour before the jam is over. Those wishing to perform must arrive at least an hour before the evening is over.

8 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Tickets $10 at the door (to participate and/or watch)
Pan Theater, 2135 Broadway (one block from BART)

And if you haven’t read about the New Life party on theOakBook.com already, here’s the scoop on it.

Saturday, August 14

Key System Walk

Remember the Key System that we love to write about – the transport system that inspired our line of tee shirts (see the bottom of the home page.) You can walk the Key’s C line (A Level) walk from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday. It’s sponsored by the Oakland Heritage Alliance.

10 a.m.
Start at MacArthur BART station underpass on 40th St.
For more, call 510-763-9218.

FOR KIDS: Blowin’ in the Wind

The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland offers a workshop each month that’s focused on family art-making and collaboration. This Saturday, kids learn about various kinds of kites (the paper-kind that fly in the air). Then, they get to make their own.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
$7 per child
538 Ninth Street
George Duke

George Duke at Yoshi’s

Piano/synthesizer performer and singer George Duke is playing at Yoshi’s this weekend. He got famous with an album called The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He is known for his solo work as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa.

Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows $30
Sunday 2 p.m. Kids Matinee: $5 kids, $18 adult (with kid), $30 adult (general)
Sunday 7 p.m. show $30
510 Embarcadero W. in Jack London Square

Sunday, August 16

Wild Teens

Are you a teenager, or the parent of a teenager? If yes, then consider the Teen Wild Guides program at the Oakland Zoo.  These guides are young people (13 years to 18 years) interested in animals, plants, conservation, and children. They’re trained to be animal interpreters and conservation leaders. And they have a lot of fun.

If this sounds remotely interesting, go to an orientation. There’s one on Sunday evening and if you can’t make it, there’s another one on Monday evening. You can ask questions, learn more about the program and application process, and meet zoo staff.

Sunday, August 16, 5:00pm/Monday, August 17, 7 p.m.
Classroom #1, Education Center, Contact: Melinda Sievert, Teen Coordinator, 510-632-9525 ext 201, or email here at msievert@oaklandzoo.org.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road

The Vibe Lounge

Special Events to say bye to one of Oakland’s coolest LGBT destinations: The Vibe Lounge

Friday, August 14

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Complimentary Happy Hour appetizers
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Five dollar Fridays with DJ Serg spinning fresh hip-hop & DJ Mallie spinning old school jams

Saturday, August 15

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Club Rimshot & The Vibe Lounge have teamed up to present a blowout FAREWELL PARTY. DJ Rum’s hooking it up with hip-hop, rap, old skool and more

Sunday, August 16th

4 p.m. to 9 p.m.: The Last Dance – afternoon tea dance featuring R & B, soul
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: The Party Ain’t Ova

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Independence Day Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 2, 2009

It’s the July 4th weekend, but there’s a lot more than fireworks on the calendar. We’ve got creative performances, music and dancing, and several Independence day celebrations.

July 4th

Friday, July 3

Opera Piccola @ the Oakland Museum of California

The always enjoyable Opera Piccola is staging readings from four new plays by Oakland playwrights at the Oakland Museum of California’s First Fridays After Five. Hear lines from new works by Judith Offer, Jay Chee, Julie Rainbow, and Nicole Shaw. The show starts at 7:30, so you’ll have plenty of time to hit up Uptown, the First Friday epicenter, post performance. If you’re walking from the museum toward Uptown, consider stopping off at the Joyce Gordon Gallery at 406 14th Street to see the opening of Glimpses in Time 2009, a photo competition juried by Rene de Guzman, the Oakland Museum of California’s senior curator.

Oakland Museum of California’s First Fridays After Five
1000 Oak Street
5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Joyce Gordon Gallery
406 14th Street
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Terrence McManus & Phillip Greenlief, Theresa Wong

These musicians are creative and acclaimed, and they’re in Oakland. Saxophonist Phillip Freenlief, improvisational guitarist Terrence McManus and cellist/vocalist Theresa Wong will be performing in the town tomorrow night, and those who know their music will be there. Check out the links below to get to know them, if you don’t already.

9 p.m.
Flux 53 Theater
5300-5312 Foothill Boulevard

Frederick Douglass Youth Ensemble

3rd Annual Frederick Douglass Day / Alternative Fourth of July Celebration

At the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, they’re honoring the abolitionist Frederick Douglass. And the recently formed youth ensemble that bears his name will perform, along with popular local jazz poetry ensemble, UpSurge! (The founder of Upsurge, Raymond Nat Turner has been instrumental in creating the youth ensemble.) The evening’s special guests are actor/director Michael Lange, who will read excerpts from Douglass’ famous speech, “What Is the Fourth of July to the Slave?, and activist/poet Cesar A. Cruz.

Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
1616 Franklin Street, (bet. 16th and 17th St, downtown Oakland)
BBQ: 6 p.m. BBQ (incl. veggie burgers) available, donation goes to OPC music programs for youth
Showtime: 8 p.m.

Salsa dancing

If you’re feeling festive this weekend, or just toying with the idea of learning a dance, try the free class in Jack London Square on Friday evening. This week, they’re teaching the salsa. Try an old-fashioned evening — dinner and dance instead of the usual dinner and a movie.

8:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Foot of Broadway (at Water Street)

Saturday, July 4

Party Like its 1909

Two of Oakland’s eminent historic houses, the Pardee Home Museum and the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate, are hosting old-timey Fourth of July celebrations on Saturday. Hellman Dunsmuir is opening its grounds to picnickers and letting visitors view the home on self-guided tours. There’ll be games for children and live music. Admission is $5. For a few dollars more you can relive the early 20th century in downtown Oakland without having to bring your own food. The Pardee Patriotic Picnic and Stereopticon Ice Cream Social costs $12 for adults and $5 for kids between 5 and 11, but there’s a $2 discount for grown ups willing to don period garb. The proceeds will benefit the upkeep of the old home and its gardens.

Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate
12 p.m.-6 p.m.
2960 Peralta Oaks Ct.; 510-615-5555

Pardee Patriotic Picnic and Stereopticon Ice Cream Social
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
$12 for adults, $5 for kids
672 11th Street

Party like it 2009

If you like watching fireworks by the water, then Jack London Square is where you need to be Saturday evening. Live music begins at 7 with Ben Oni Orchestra and the Bluesburners, an Oakland R & B band. Little kids might want to know that K.C., the lead vocalist of the Bluesburners, was once queen of Fairyland. If you’re worried about the crowd and parking, then take the bikes out. Bay Area Bikes will offer free bike valet services.

Music: 7 p.m. onwards
Fireworks: 9:15 p.m. – 9:35 p.m.
On the waterfront in Jack London Square

Celebrations on the Bay – Dinner & Fireworks

If you’d like to be someplace a little fancier than the waterfront, then try a three-hour dinner cruise around the Bay. Board at the Oakland ferry dock at 7 p.m., and watch the fireworks from the middle of the water. There will be an all-night cash bar on board.

7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Dinner Cruise
$70 for adults, and $35 for children 10 and under
More information: Celebrations on the Bay at 1-877-499-4229 or www.celebrationsonthebay.com

Sunday, July 5


Water Lounge is more than a place for $1 oysters. On Sunday evenings, it’s home for spinnin’ soul, R & B, Hip Hop and funk with djs wonway, dion decibels, LN.
8 p.m
5634 College Avenue (near Rockridge Bart)

Big_Trio_by_Chick_Harrity_ Wayne De La Cruz and the Big Trio

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2009

If the traditional July 4th celebrations aren’t your scene, stop by the Fillmore Jazz Fest. Three stages of music and a chef’s stage, there’s got to be something for you in the mix. The line up features popular local names like the Marcus Shelby orchestra, Bobbie Webb and the Smooth Blues Band, Kim Nalley and many others. See the complete schedule here.

Saturday, July 4 and Sunday, July 5
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Fillmore — between Jackson and Eddy streets in San Francisco

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2/13 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 13, 2009

Friday, Feb. 13

Formations: new work by Victoria Wagner & Erik Parra

blankspace’s latest exhibit touches on the order and chaos found both in natural and man made worlds. In this two-person exhibition artists Victoria Wagner & Erik Parra tackle the theme with their own style and approach, fleshing out the unexpected interactions that happen when worlds collide. Tonight also marks the end of Victoria’s “mobile listening service” project, that required her to set up a table in several selected communities and listen to anyone that wanted to sit down and talk.

6608 San Pablo Ave, Oakland

Pecha Kucha

Tonight on Valentine’s eve 10 Bay Area Artists are giving you their riffs on all things L-O-V-E. Features for this month’s Pecha Kucha include poetry by Aisha Heredia and Joel B Tan, visual art by Emory Douglas and Running Forward and photos by Opal Essence, Bethanie Hines, Hasain Rasheed, Sheila Menezes and Eric K. Arnold. There’ll also be a special dedication to Bay Graffiti legend Mike “Dream” Francisco presented by members of TDK crew. Keeping with the tradition of the original Pecha Kucha Nights in Japan, each artist will present 20 pieces of work and speak on each image for 20 seconds.

Pecha Kucha
EastSide Cultural Center
2277 International Blvd, Oakland

1LOVE Valentine’s Edition

Alright I know it’s kinda cheesy with the marketing and the sales and the buying and the expectations and all, but really, what’s so wrong with spending a day celebrating love? And even more-what’s wrong with celebrating love with some fresh beats? DJ Dmadness has been releasing V-Day themed mix tapes for the last 3 year and this year’s “ExtraLoving: A Valentine’s Lovers Rock Reggae Mix” is quite lovealicious and packed with 62 tracks of lover’s rock and snuggle inspired island riddims. He’s joined on the decks tonight by Pam the Funkstress and Green B and all attendees receive a free copy of the mix-cuz it’s all for the love ya’know?

1LOVE Valentine’s Edition
Poleng Lounge
1751 Fulton 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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Livenation Show Calender: Oasis, Adele, Madonna and more

Posted by novoscene on October 27, 2008

Soul crooner Maxwell plays Oakland’s Paramount Theatre Oct. 28 and 29

Here’s the latest batch of upcoming concerts from the folks over at Live Nation, the promoters behind such hits as Rock the Bells, U2, and just about everything Jay-Z produces from now through the foreseeable future.  There’s a lil’ something here, for every musical pallete.  I’m all about the Maxwell, Adele and Cheech and Chong shows, and who knows, maybe I’ll get a little Oasis while it’s going around too.-kwan

MADONNA: The Sticky & Sweet Tour

Saturday, November 1, Doors 7:00PM/ Show 8:00PM
Sunday, November 2, Doors 7:00PM/ Show 8:00PM
Tickets are $390.00, $195.00, $120.00 and $70.00 for reserved seating plus applicable charges

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6/1: Soul Sauce-Jazz-n-Funk-Fusion ft/Tarika Lewis

Posted by novoscene on June 1, 2008

If funky jazz with a hint of poetry sound like the ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon, then you can’t do much better than the Backstreet Sunday Jazz Series, going down today at the Oakland Public Conservatory in downtown Oakland.

The once a month series has been serving up sets by some Bay Area jazz and blues heavyweights since it’s creation earlier this year and today’s performance with electric violin player J. Tarika Lewis promises to bring a bit of genre hopping to the normally cool series. Lewis, a respected live performer and studio musician, has been mixing musical styles for over two decades-from the post Bop and jazz standards of 1989’s “Class”, recorded with John Handy, to her recent spiritual sets with Destiny “The Harpist from the Hood” and the blues, rock and R&B inspired collabs with The Bobby Young Project. Today Lewis is joined today by Lynn Bryant on keyboards, David Daniel playing bass. And be sure to check out the vintage jazz films screenings during intermission and after the show.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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