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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

5ft 2in Clothing
AC Clothing and Bags
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
Helen Krayenhoff
Jasper Hearts Wren
The Joys of Life
Just Glam Cosmetics
Kelley Designs
Lemonade Handmade Jewelry
Like Minded People
Little Luxuries
Lwanga Designs
Mariposa Baby
Michelle Walker Photography
O Lover Hats
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


*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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Make Oakland Better Now

Posted by novoscene on August 27, 2009

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

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

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Posted by novoscene on August 20, 2009

Five Asian Pacific American and Latina/o poets will gather in one room tonight. Swing by the Nest to hear the works of OSCAR BERMEO, MAI DOAN, KENJI C. LIU, BARBARA JANE REYES, and VICKIE VÉRTIZ.

Also at The Nest: Resident artist ADIA MILLETT.

Thursday, August 20, 8p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Nest, 200 Second Street

About the poets and artist:

OSCAR BERMEO is the author of the poetry chapbooks Anywhere Avenue, Palimpsest and Heaven Below. Recent poems appear in BorderSenses, In the Grove and Spindle, among others. Oscar is a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own), IWL (Intergenerational Writers Lab) and VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) poetry fellow. He lives in Oakland with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes.

MAI DOAN likes mangoes and sticky things wrapped in banana leaves. Her experiences growing up Vietnamese/Mexican in and out of a Californian suburb known for its white supremacy has deeply influence the intent and content of her writing. She finds voice through her poetry and with it, seeks to break down borders and recreate connection, within and outside of herself. Her work can be found in the Spring 2009 Cipactli: La Raza Arts and Literature Journal as well as the 2009 Intergenerational Writers Workshop online anthology Flick of My Tongue.

KENJI LIU is a 1.5 generation Japanese-born Taiwanese American expatriate of New Jersey suburbia. He holds an MA in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Arising from his work as an activist, educator and cultural worker, his writing explores the politics of identity, migration, race, gender, memory, history, mourning, joy and everyday small occurrences. Kenji’s poetry chapbook You Left Without Your Shoes is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. His writing has also appeared in Tea Party Magazine, Kartika Review, and the 2009 Intergenerational Writer’s Workshop Anthology called Flick of My Tongue.

ADIA MILLET: Deeply embedded in a series of metaphors and dark visual poetry, Adia Millett’ s changing installations suggest a story of a delicate transition from loss to potential love. Her works examine the beauty of impermanence, the power of the unknown, and the inevitable illusion of innocence. In the artist’s studio, symbolic gestures, objects and sounds convey an abstracted reality where the viewer is asked to fill in the blanks. Millett will be working on a short film project and a series of installations over the course of her two-month residency.

Adia Millett has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions at venues. She earned an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, 2000; and a BFA from the University of California, Berkeley, 1997.

BARBARA JANE REYES was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley, and her MFA at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago, 2003) and Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish, 2005), for which she received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Reyes is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications. She is adjunct professor in Philippine Studies at USF, and she lives with her husband, the poet Oscar Bermeo, in Oakland, CA.

VICKIE VÉRTIZ is a writer, born and raised in Los Angeles, whose work is largely informed by the urban magical. Vickie’s poems can be found in Mujeres de Maiz and in the 2008 Intergenerational Writer’s Workshop Anthology called, “I Saw My Ex at a Party.” She lives in San Francisco. 

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In Oakland, the weekend starts today…

Posted by novoscene on June 18, 2009

kev choice we all we got 038Thursday, June 18

The Sharing Solution

Our favorite book store, Laurel Books, is hosting a reading and book signing with authors Janelle Orsi and Emily Doskow. Their book is relevant in this economy: The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life & Build Community.

7 p.m.
Laurel Books
4100 MacArthur Bl.

Thursday Night Movies

If you’d rather be at the movies tonight, stop by  49th and Telegraph for the second installment of Temescal Street Cinema. Tonight, it’s a series shorts under the headline “Bay Area Icons.” There’s free popcorn and music –be sure to bring a chair.

For those who know who he is, Frank Chu of 12 Galaxies fame, will be there.

8.30 p.m.
49th Street and Telegraph (Bank of the West building)

Uptown Unveiled

If you haven’t yet had the experience of standing at the triangle where Telegraph meets Broadway and seeing the marquees of the Fox and the Paramount ablaze together, Thursday night is your chance. The six square blocks comprising Uptown will make their official debut at a free, nighttime street fair Thursday with 15 musical acts (including Kev Choice, pictured above) on three stages, plenty of art, and the food and drink of more than a dozen restaurants and clubs. You’d be crazy not to make reservations at hotspots like Mua, Pican or Flora. Bring your bikes. The East bay Bike Coalition will be running free bike valet parking at the corner of 20th and Telegraph.

Thursday, June 18 5 pm to 10 pm
Uptown Oakland, Telegraph and 19th Streets

Friday, June 19

Dancing Under the Stars – Hustle Night

Could there be a better dance for the city of strivers, operators, and dreamers than the hustle? Put on your platforms and come down to Jack London Square for a free class in the dance that defined the 70s.

8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Jack London Square — Pavilion Stage
Broadway & Water Street

Russian River Wine Tasting

Taste wines from the Russian River region right here in Oakland. The folks over at the Wine Mine, a wine boutique, will bring out Pinots, chardonnays, and a zin to help your taste buds navigate the Russian River. They’ll bring out cheese, pate, salmon and veggies to help the wine go down better.

The Wine Mine
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
5427 Telegraph Ave #D1 (on the side of the large brick building)


Like to shop or like to party? MADE has both covered. It’s a party (complete with a line-up of great DJs) that celebrates Bay Area designers, independent boutiques and artists.

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Mercury Lounge
1582 Folsom street, San Francisco
$5 before 10.30 p.m., $10 after

Saturday, June 20

Zoot Suit – Cabaret / The Oakland-East Bay Gay Men’s  Chorus

What better Father’s day gift could there be than a return to the age of the Zoot suit, the swing, and the smoky ballroom?  Join the Oakland East Bay Gay Men’s Chorus for their Third Annual Cabaret evening at the First Christian Church of Oakland. There’ll be good food, wine, a silent auction, Swing Fever will supply the old-time jams, and don’t forget “the swing’n-est bunch of gay singers in town.”

Saturday: 7:30 p.m., Sunday: 5 p.m.
First Christian Church of Oakland
111 Fairmount Avenue

Sunday, June 21

Keyshia Cole

Keyshia Cole

There’s music at Stern Grove during the day and then there’s music in Oakland in the evening on Sunday. The Grammy-nominated R & B singer, Keyshia Cole comes to the Paramount Sunday night.

7:30 p.m.
Paramount theater, 2025 Broadway

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5/7 Aiding and Abetting Artists

Posted by novoscene on May 7, 2009

From the kind folks over at Hippy Sauce-

Tonight’s the second installment of their new monthly party for Swank Bohemian in us all.  Some great performances on the bill including words from MC/Poet/Dancer Sun Ru, The Genie killing it on the scratch guitar and a screening of “Pass me the Map” a documentary that asks several community leaders, politicians, street kids, indigenous farmers and everyday people to speak about the impact that development has on their lives.   Read the rest of this entry »

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5/6 Join the Communitree party!

Posted by novoscene on May 6, 2009


Show your love for momma earth, lend a hand on a community service project and party with a whole buncha green livin’. community activists and artists ranging from Emory Douglass to DJ Spooky at the week long Communitree Festival, which starts tonight and runs through the weekend.


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4/2 Passover can be a laughing matter

Posted by novoscene on April 2, 2009

Pop over to La Pena tonight to hear  hilarious  “real-life stories of contemporary liberation” from local social justice activists including Heather Gold, creator of the show “I Look Like an Egg, But I Identify as a Cookie”  and Amelia Mae Paradise, founder of the queer burlesque company Diamond Daggers.  The soul bearing, self depricating  standup is followed by a knock down drag out Kugel Throwdown.  Bring your bubbe’s best pre-Passover treats and get down while Klezmer rockers (yeah, really) Kugelplex and DJ Jason D bring the tunes.

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3/5 Poverty on Trial

Posted by novoscene on March 5, 2009


Tonight the GTU Justice Collaborative is putting poverty on trial.  The night begins with a screening of the film Redemption, which follows several Oakland residents who make their living recycling discarded bottles and cans. The flick offers an in debt look at the live of the people who live off what most of us discard.  
After thefilm the audience will have a chance to hear from the filmmaker about his insights and experience.  After the film will be a series of testimonies from some of the people profiled as well as from others who recycle for a living as well as from grassroots organizations that work regularly with the recycling community. There will be a networking event beginning at 4:30 and a a reception afterwards.

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3/5 Shine on Estelle, shine on…

Posted by novoscene on March 5, 2009

She loves her American Boys, she’s made it perfectly clear that she’s no ones Substitute Lover, and after taking over the UK soul scene, British Grammy Award winner Estelle is out to conquer the US, with some help from some very close and very influential partners like John Legend, Kanye West and Mark Ronson. She’s joined tonight by Solange aka “Don’t call me Beyonce’s little sister.” Read the rest of this entry »

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2/26 Soul Rock and Secret Societies

Posted by novoscene on February 26, 2009


After some much needed, but fun stifling waterworks, the skies above The Bay have cleared for a bit and now it’s time to get back to the regularly scheduled business of partying. And tonight we’ve got a couple of great contenders.

For the last couple of weeks Thursday nights over at Karibbean City have been heating up with some of the most promising up and comers and below the radar veteran soul musicians in the area throwing it down for “Soul Searching Thursdays.” Performers so far have included Czelena, DJ B-love, Agape Soul, Malcolm Marshall and DJ Manny Black. Tonight soul music OG Kofy Browntakes the stage to show these new whipper snappers how it’s done.

While getting her start in the Bay’s mid ’90’s spoken word scene and dipping both feet into the singer/songwriter waters more than once, for the last few Kofy’s been swimming more in the river of hard rock, both as the lead singer of the Black Girls Rock poster girls “Sistahs in the Pit” and with cuts off the new album, “Soul Rock.” Just back from touring Vienna and Switzerland, I’m sure Kofy and crew are in the mood for a little hometown love and support. Read the rest of this entry »

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