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6/11: Richard Wright lives at Native Son(Remixed)

Posted by novoscene on June 11, 2008

When author Richard Wright died of mysterious circumstances in Paris in 1960, he was one of the most celebrated and controversial writers of his day. Even now, his novels-including Native Son and Uncle Tom’s Children-and nonfiction work like 1945’s Black Boy are still required reading for anyone looking for insight into African American culture and intellectual life.

Wright would have been 100 years old this year, and to honor the man and his art the Oakland Public Theater is hosting a yearlong celebration of his work and the artistry it has inspired. The project will culminate on September 4th-Wright’s birthday-with a play examining his life and influences as well as the rumors surrounding his death.

But for tonight, get a preliminary taste of what the OCT is cooking by heading down to the Oakland Main Library for Native Son (Remixed)-a reading series featuring reworks of the classic novel along with writing by his contemporaries, biographers and critics in addition to previews of the upcoming show.

For those unfamiliar with Wright’s work, this is should be a great intro. For those already well versed, come remember why he’s considered one of our country’s greatest literary figures.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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6/10: Noodle Factory Artist Lofts Open House

Posted by novoscene on June 10, 2008

We all know that housing prices in the Bay reached comethefuckon levels quite a while back, and that if you’re an artist looking for a place to hang your hat as well as your canvas/drum kit/photo equipment, chances are you’re going to have to open a vein, promise your 1st and 2nd born child, then get a 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) gig in order to afford your own piece of the California real estate pie. And that’s if you’re one of the lucky ones.

Well, 11 working artists are going to get really lucky, as the Noodle Factory has extended it’s call for applicants for it’s new live work arts complex in West Oakland. Once a staple in the West O underground warehouse scene, Noodle is in the process of being converted into 11 live work units, specially priced for working artists and artisans. (You can read the Novometro article about the conversion here.)

In addition to prices ranging from $175,000 to $275,000, the totally green, LEED certified project includes a new rehearsal area, theater and performance space and a cafe. And a deal with the Northern California Land Trust ensures that the units will remain low cost well into the foreseeable future.

The Noodle Factory is hosting an open house today from 6:30 to 8:30 for artists interested in applying for the units and organizations interested in renting the performance space. Be warned: the project is still in the construction phases so expect a little grunge and grit.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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6/9 Hubba Hubba Burlesque

Posted by novoscene on June 9, 2008

Come cure those Monday Blues with a little shimmy shimmy courtesy of Hubba Hubba, the weekly Burlesque review down at the Uptown. Tonight’s show features performances by Randy Johnson, Tricksie Treat, Maple Sugar, Rusty Mahakian, Room For Cream, Calamity Lulu, Bootsy LaRue, Gretl Von Boom Boom, Isabella Minx and Gorilla X, with Kingfish and Eddie holding down the MC duties. Check the footage above of the lovely Ms. Boom Boom and her dancing goat girls for a little preview of the night’s festivities. -kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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5/28 Ex Machina presents The Andersen Project

Posted by novoscene on May 28, 2008

From now through June 1, Cal Performances host the newest work by acclaimed director and writer Robert Lapage and the Ex Machina theater company-

“Robert Lepage is one of Canada’s most renowned artists, ‘a theatrical conjurer, whose dazzling shows have captivated audiences around the world with their mixture of storytelling and stunning imagery’ (The Guardian, London).

In The Andersen Project, he continues to push artistic boundaries with a work freely inspired by two stories by Hans Christian Andersen (“The Dryad” and “The Shadow”) as well as anecdotes drawn from the famed Danish author’s Parisian travels. This spellbinding solo piece draws on some of Lepage’s favorite themes: the confrontation of past and present, of Romanticism and modernism, and of recognized and underground art forms. In this fascinating piece, Lepage also explores more personal territories in questions about sexual identity, unfulfilled fantasies, and the thirst for recognition and fame that are drawn from Andersen’s life and writings.” Read the rest of this entry »

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5/7 Dance Discourse Project

Posted by novoscene on May 7, 2008

The San Francisco arts nonprofit Counterpulse says that the mission of it’s Dance Discourse Project is “to articulate in a cohesive and coherent way, from the participants themselves, what is happening in dance in the Bay Area and beyond.”

Tonight is the 3rd installment of the series and features a discussion between choreographer Jo Kreiter, performance and Butoh artist Ledoh (pictured), local dance legend Sara Shelton Mann and rising international choreographer Miguel Gutierrez. The panel will discuss the multiple layers of the political in their work, how bodies are politicized through movement, and how activism plays a unique role in the Bay Area dance scene.

This special installment, presented at Project Artaud Theater, is co-presented by CounterPULSE, Dancers’ Group, and ODC Theater, as part of its festival “For the Record: Dancers Debate the Body Politic.”

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Posted by novoscene on April 8, 2008

The Crucible’s Romeo and Juliet (2007)

From Novometro

There’s art for a good cause, art for kids, and here’s some art that’s just for you (and yes, it also supports a non-profit). It’s amazing, it’s beautiful, and it will probably leave you feeling elated — unless you don’t like hybrids and fusion, in which case, this is not your cup of tea. But if you can handle breakdancers and acrobats in a classical ballet that doubles up as a fire performance, buy your tickets for Stravinsky’s Firebird “L’oiseau de feu.” If you’re wondering about the Firebird, it’s a Pontiac Firebird that will make a blazingly grand entrance. Buy your tickets now — they go fast.-Adara Levidis

When: 8.30 pm, April 9-12 and 16-19
Firebird Gala, Friday, April 18
Where: The Crucible, 1260 7th Street
How much:
Tickets for the preview cost $35 in advance, tickets for the main performance cost $55 in advance, gala tickets cost $150. Members have a $5 discount for the performances. Tickets at the door cost an additional $5 over the non-members advance prices, if available.
For more information, go to www.thecrucible.org/ballet/index.html#1

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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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