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2/18 Wednesday night Boogie

Posted by novoscene on February 18, 2009

Tonight the hip hop archivists over at True Skool open the doors for  “Best Kept Secret,” a new night of classic hip hop, reggae and soul.  The lineup over the next few months  includes local club mainstays and floor rocking pros including Sake One, Pam the Funktress and Jah Yzer.

And for the inaugural night DJ J-Boogie, multiple music award winner, mix master extraordinaire, and bandleader of the formidable Dubtronic Science.  And don’t be too intimidated by the offers for “$100 bottle service.”  Admission’s free with RSVP, only 5 bucks after and Boogie’s rep for laying down slappin’ grooves should be enough even ake you forgett the “Ultra Lounge” in the club name. Read the rest of this entry »

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2/18 RIP NYT?

Posted by novoscene on February 18, 2009

Is the media dead? Is journalism going the way of the dodo? And if so, who do we blame? Those damned bloggers? Lazy journalists? A TV addicted public?

The media’s not dead. Journalism is going to be around for a long time. And the need for news isn’t going away anytime soon, even though bloated print news orgs are breathing heavier than a 500 pound couch potato doing wind sprints.

The big question is what form will journalism take in the next few years. Projects like Spot.us, Daily Kos and even your humble Oakbook, offer some ideas-smaller niche publications, community funded reporting and solo journalists are all proving that people still need the news.

But do they still need the big news organizations? That’s what New York Times editor Gerald Marzorati and UC Berkeley journalism prof. Mark Danner will be trying to figure out tonight. Will the old grey lady get a face lift or get knocked off the block by a younger, fitter model?

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2/11 Local Artist Love

Posted by novoscene on February 11, 2009

Round these parts we love our indie artists-nothing like someone who puts the craft first and is willing to spend years in anonymity, foresaking fame and rent payments for the sake of The Work. But after a while, the Ramen really does get old and you start to yearn for a little more recognition. And that brings me to another thing we love round here-community networking. So this new Thursday night artist showcase and networking event gets both thumbs stuck straight up.
Hosted by spoken word poet Sellasie, and featuring a guest spot by Oakland’s Ise Lyfe, We All You Got aims to link like minded musicians, poets and performers looking to take their careers to the next level. Slide through, bring your CD, grab the mic, discover new artists and build artisitic allies.
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2/11 Town Bizness

Posted by novoscene on February 11, 2009

Almost a month and a half after Oscar Grant was killed, tensions in the area are still running hot.  Since January there have been protests, organizing meetings and strategy sessions on how to mobilze community members and make sure their voices are heard.  The last community town hall at the Black Dot was so packed people were lined up outside so early arrival is suggested.
Some of the speakers for tonights event include: Jack Bryson, the father of two sons who were with Oscar Grant when he was murdered by police, on New Years Day, Martina Davis – sister of Georgia deathrow inmate Troy Anthony Davis, POCC’s Chairman Fred Hampton Jr-a former political prisoner of 9 years and son of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, Randy Murphy-an Oakland man who was paralyzed by the OPD and  Min. Keith Muhammad of the Nation of Islam. Read the rest of this entry »

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2/4 Plant a tree, save a child

Posted by novoscene on February 4, 2009

The final event of the inaugural Comuni-tree festival will feature speakers, performance and mixed media dedicated moving us all towards a more culturally rich, ecologically minded society. Tonight’s program features a keynote by Joanna Macy (Eco-Philosopher, Author, Buddhist Scholar) and the panel discussion “The Ecology and Economy of Community,” with Brahm Ahmadi (founder of Peoples Grocery), Kemba Shakur (Urban Releaf), Beth Waitkus (Insight Garden Project), and special guest Drew Dellinger (Poets for Global Justice). There’ll also be live music by flamenco, reggae, folk artists LoCura. This event is a benefit to raise money for COV Records (Art in Action) to create a Green Media Arts Center for Oakland youth. Read the rest of this entry »

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1/28 Gwen Ifill in conversation with Neil Henry

Posted by novoscene on January 28, 2009

She caused a bit of a stir during the presidential debates and has a long history as a correspondent for PBS. Now journalist Gwen Ifill has released her new book (and subject of the debate bickering) “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.” In the book, Ifill who’s reported for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, investigates the black political power structure in a post-Civil Rights era and examines the impact of an Obama Presidency on the nation. Ifill will discuss the book tonight with Neil Henry, professor and dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. Read the rest of this entry »

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San Francisco Bay New Year’s Events

Posted by novoscene on December 21, 2008

O-Scene’s Bay Area New Year’s Eve Calendar

Sugar and Gold headline the New Year’s Bash at The Uptown

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12/10-12/14 Old Italian Cinema

Posted by novoscene on December 9, 2008

Last month Berkeley’s BAM/PFA presented a program of China’s new cinema vanguard. This month they’re looking in the opposite direction with “Moments of Truth: Italian Cinema Classics” a month of films by Italy’s old masters. Well, old as in like, the ’40’s.

Through Dec. 21 check out favorites from Rossellini, Fellini, Visconti, De Sica, Olmi, and others. This week’s flicks focus on the arthouse works of Luchino Visconti and Francesco Rosi with screenings Wed. Saturday and Sunday.


7:00 Rocco and His Brothers

Luchino Visconti (Italy, 1960, 172 mins)
(Rocco e i suoi fratelli). At once lyrical and brutal, this family saga is fatalist film noir expressed through a purity of vision; like the saintly Rocco (Alain Delon) himself, it takes a lot of violence to daunt Visconti’s love. Rocco is a character like Dostoyevsky’s Prince Mishkin, or Bresson’s Balthazar. He is the anomaly among the five sons of a poor but canny widow (Katina Paxinou) who brings her family from the south to Milan, where they “arrive like an earthquake,” unprepared for the strains of urban living. The film develops in five episodes, one devoted to each brother, but the structure is as complex as their lives are intertwined. Delon, in his finest role, and Annie Girardot, as the prostitute who takes the fall for the saint, validate Visconti’s view that “an expression of the burden of being human is the only thing that really counts on the screen.”

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12/10-12/13 Hot Cats and Drunken Brothers

Posted by novoscene on December 9, 2008

Y’know, reading “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ” in high school I totally missed how down right Movie of The Week/soap opera-ish Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize winning play was.

Drama! Drinking! Life and death secrets! Latent homesexual urges! Scorned lovers! Then more drama and drinking! It’s a good thing it’s Skyline High’s Advanced drama students that’ll be taking on the play. This stuff could be too sizzly for the kiddies.

For the next 3 days, the mature-beyond-there-years-I’m-sure cast of young actors will stage a production of the play, delving into the pysches of this uber disfunctional southern family. Will down and out son Brick quit drinking? Will he ever touch his lovin’ starved wife again? Will his millionaire father die and leave him control over the family fortune. Will Brick’s brother ever forgive him for being daddy’s favorite? Is Brick (gasp) Gay? Find out the answers to these and more edge of your seat questions on the next “As The World Turns.” Or just go see the play. Read the rest of this entry »

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12/10 Silencing Oakland’s Violence

Posted by novoscene on December 9, 2008

Regular readers of this blog and the Oakbook website know that there’s lot to celebrate inThe Town, but we also know that we’ve still got a long way to go in some areas-namely public safety and the high murder rate. in 2007, Oakland recorded 127 homicides and while the number of homicides in 2008 dropped slightly, violence continues to be a serious issue and according to a new report published in by CQ Press Oakland is now the 5th most dangerous city in the United States. We’ve got to do better folks.

Tomorrow night join The Ella Baker, The Silence the Violence Campaign, community leaders and concerned Oakland residents as they remember those we’ve lost in 2008 and work to find solutions to keep the same from happening in 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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