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Holiday Party for Political Junkies

Posted by novoscene on December 9, 2009

Tonight, a group of elected officials across the state, county and city levels are throwing a holiday party together. And you’re invited!

It’s a long list of hosts – Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Senator Loni Hancock, Assembly member Sandré Swanson, Assembly member Nancy Skinner, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Mayor Ron Dellums & Get Screened Oakland, AC Transit Director Joel Young, and Peralta Community College Trustee Abel Guillen.

They’ll be serving up some refreshments, but they ask that you bring a donation for the Socially Responsible Network, which will be holding a food and toy drive.  They’re hoping to collect canned vegetables and fruits, pasta and tomato sauce, beans, rice, peanut butter, cereal/oatmeal, powdered milk, nutritional beverages and snacks, toys, books, and school supplies.

Wednesday, December 9, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Uptown Body & Fender, 401 26th St.

For more information, please call:
Congresswoman Lee (510)663-1207
Senator Hancock (510)286-1333
Assemblymember Swanson (510)286-1670
Assemblymember Skinner (510)286-1400
Supervisor Carson (510)272-6695
Mayor Dellums (510)238-3141

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Today: Help Babies, Yeah-Yeah-Yeahs, 9-11 Film Festival

Posted by novoscene on September 9, 2009

Give Cheeks a Chance!

Help kick off a month-long diaper drive organized by Help a Mother Out tonight at SadieDey’s Café.

This goal of this drive is to provide diapers and basic supplies for homeless/low income babies and kids. Take the kids for a play-date and early dinner, donate diapers, new underwear and socks, and learn more about what you can do to help a mother out.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
SadieDey’s Café, 4210 Telegraph Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Street, www.sadiedeyscafe.com
Questions? Leah @ leah@sadiedeyscafe.com, 510-529-5202


Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Artsy New York dance punk is on at the Fox tonight and tomorrow as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs promote their third album It’s Blitz.

8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9 & Thursday, September 10
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph

Fifth Annual 9-11 Film Festival

Given the Van Jones controversy, it would probably be apt to give a nod to the Fifth Annual 9-11 Film Festival, which is a benefit for the Northern California 9/11 Truth Alliance, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and the NYC Coalition for Accountability Now (NYCCAN).

Wednesday, September 9, 6.15 p.m.
Thursday, September 10, noon onwards,
The Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Avenue

Full schedule at communitycurrency.org/filmfestival2009.html

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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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4/23 Like Love…Only Backwards

Posted by novoscene on April 23, 2009

What happens when you mix questions of love, race and masculinity and science fiction up into a short story? Find out tonight at Marcus Books when journalist, author and community activist Cheo Tyehimba reads from “Like Loving Backwards,” his new collection of short stories. The collection, inspired by the work of Henry Dumas, is a slightly sci-fi combo of narratives and meditations that start in The Town and end up in some pretty unexpected places.

Tyehimba is an award-winning journalist and former staffer at Time Inc. and Entertainment Weekly and has written for pubs including People, The Washington Post and Essence. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion on love in the “Age of Obama” moderated by radio journalist Davey D and featuring Bayan Bakari, filmmaker of “Equinox: Boys are Born. Men are Made,” Cedric Brown, director of the Mitchell Kapor Foundation and Ambessa The Articulate, educator and cofounder of the hip hop band Fiyawata International. Read the rest of this entry »

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4/23 (climate) Change is coming!

Posted by novoscene on April 23, 2009

“It’s been a long, long time coming, but I know a change gone come”
-Sam Cooke

Pity Mr. Cooke didn’t make it to 2009. While we’re not out of the woods yet at least we’re developing a map to get back on the right track. And tonight’s event is all about helping to build that change road map.

“Change is upon us. Changing leadership, a changing economy, and a rapidly changing climate. Now’s the time to shape that change toward positive solutions!
Join Bay Localize for an evening of music, insight, and conversation around building stronger communities in the face of climate change and the economic crisis. Learn how global, federal, and state policies will impact local efforts — and how you can get involved! Newcomers or veteran activists welcome.”

The event will feature panels on the “Global to State Level Policy” and Community initiatives with representatives from local orgs like the Union of Concerned Scientists, Ella Baker Center, Bay Localize, Urban Habitat and The CA Green Stimulus Coalition and performances by spoken word artists from Street Academy and HBO’s new Brave New Voices, poetry series.

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4/22 Hump Day Jam

Posted by novoscene on April 22, 2009

Quick! Grab an intrument and get thee musical behind over to East Oakland!  All instruments and styles are welcome, to this open jam session with an emphasis on “the exploratory” (kuduro/shoegaze/klezmer mashups anyone?).   According to the promo a  “guide” will be assigned to set the tone, cue solos, and stave off chaos.   Bring your friend and bring the noise at this new East O. art space. Read the rest of this entry »

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4/1 Dance to the Music!

Posted by novoscene on April 1, 2009

If we can’t have Sly Stone, then “Everyday People” is a pretty damned good substitute.  Check out this Family Stone tribute band tonight at Yoshi’s.  Happy April 1st! 

Everyday People
1330 Fillmore St. San Francisco

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3/18 Dead Birds and Yodeling?

Posted by novoscene on March 18, 2009

Happy happy!  Joy joy!  Looks like the folks over at 21 Grand have reopened their doors for more Avante Gard (sidenote-does anyody really describe themselves as “Avant Garde?”  If so please stop.) arts goodness.    Just saw this in my inbox.  Check it out:

“Seattle’s Dead Bird Movement performs their latest work Thrashaholic – a duo for dance (Jessie Smith) and drums (Jeffrey Mitchell) that is a full-on endurance blow out. This show is built of 100 short contemporary dance solos. Smith ‘s movements run the gamut of extremes, ranging from precise adagios to thrashing outbursts. Mitchell ‘s drumming follows a similar trajectory, mixing metal beats with complicated polyrhythms. As the performers near exhaustion, Thrashoholic takes an unexpected twist, jumping the piece into a realm of experimental performance art where the outcome could get very messy… Following this are two sets of music: one featuring the countryish/rockish band from New York, Plainville, featuring horn player Jeremy Udden, and also the duo of Fred Frith (guitar) and Matthias Bossi (percussion) – ” a quiet evening at home with two of music’s best-known yodelers.”

Yodeling huh?  Eh, sure.  It’s 21 Grand after all. Welcome back.

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3/4 Got African Art?

Posted by novoscene on March 4, 2009

As part of their ongoing “Got Africa” series, tonight UC Berkeley hosts South African Scholar Abebe Zegeye in a discussion of Ethiopian artist Elias Sime. Who has been making waves on the international art scene since scoring a feature spot at art impresario Peter Seller’s 2006 New Crowned Hope Festival. As Chair of Genocide and Holocaust studies at the Graduate School at the University of South Africa, Professor Zegeye has spearheaded several research studies on the intersections of art and activism and written extensively on African identity formation, nationalist struggles, ethnicity, African genocide and Ethiopian socio-political trends in the Horn of Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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3/4 The Sound of Black Olives

Posted by novoscene on March 4, 2009


Need a little Balkan roots music in your life? Sure you do, that’s why you’ll be at Ashkenaz tonight for a spicy dose of the Black Olive Babes and their eclectic mix of Balkan, Romani, Sephardic, and American roots music. Travel from the shores of the Black Sea to the foothills of the Appalachians with founder Juliana Graffagna and her crew of innovative dance interpreters. Get there early for a lesson in the finer points of Balkan Dance. BOB is Juliana Graffagna, vocals and guitar; Dan Auvil, percussion; Tom Farris, laouto and guitar; Gari Hegedus, violin and oud; Peter Jaques, clarinet and vocals; and Bill Lanphier, bass. Read the rest of this entry »

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