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Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 18, 2010

From the Paramount’s “Mighty Wurlitzer” to an Oaklandish Tour de Taco, we’ve got the best Oakland-only events going down this weekend.

Friday, February 19

The Lady from Shanghai

Before there were David Lynch movies, there was Orson Welles’ “The Lady From Shanghai.” Starring Welles and Rita Hayworth, the eerie noir thriller’s climax takes place in San Francisco’s famed Playland. You can see it in black and white, big screen splendor at the Paramount Friday night for only five clams. The Wurlitzer starts cranking at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 19, Doors open at 7 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m.
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway

WOBO Fundraiser

Willie Weir, the tightwad, two-wheeled traveler who writes for Cycling Adventure magazine is in Oakland Friday night. He’s the main event at a fundraiser for Walk Oakland Bike Oakland. For $25, you can hear Weir and get a WOBO membership. “Willie will will bring to life tales from his latest book Travels with Willie that will have you chuckling and leave you wanting to chuck your day job and hit the road. Bicycling magazine says, ‘Travels with Willie is one of the rare bike books that gets it right.’ Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine and a cycling commentator for public radio station KUOW in Seattle. His bicycle travels have taken him around the globe–including such ‘off the tourist path’ destinations as India, South Africa, Bosnia, Laos and Colombia.” WOBO is dedicated to making Oakland a more livable city by promoting safe and easy bike and pedestrian routes.

Friday, February 19, 7 p.m.
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street
$5 Members, $10 non-members, $25 special admission and membership package

Saturday, February 20

5 for 5

Downtown art space Warehouse 416 hosts a music and art extravaganza Saturday night. It’s five bands for five bucks (or $8 if you’re feeling flush). Beatworm, The Careerers, Million Star Hotel, Measures, and Lunch are on the bill. DJ Guapo spins. Exhibits from local artists are on the wall.

Saturday, February 20 8 PM
416 26th Street
$5 – $8

Tour de Taco

Over at the OakBook, we’re big taco truck fans. In fact, at our Oakland Eats photo exhibit, we had a wall devoted to taco trucks. So we’re really excited that Cyrus Farivar of Californiatacotrucks.com had teamed up with the East Bay Bike Coalition and Oaklandish for what they describe as a “gastronomical quest on wheels through the Fruitvale district of Oakland.” They ask that you bring your friends, bikes and an empty stomach to Fruitvale BART at 11 a.m. The Tour de Taco will cover the following hot spots:

1. El Ojo De Agua – 12th St. & Fruitvale Ave.
2. Tamales Mi Lupita – 34th Ave. & Foothill Blvd.
3. El Gordo – International & 42nd Ave.
4. Tacos Guadalajara – 10th St. & Fruitvale Ave.
5. (Bonus) Cinco de Mayo Ice Cream – 3340 E 12th St & 33rd Ave.
6. (Bonus) The Trappist – 460 8th St (& Broadway)

Bring: Bike, helmet, camera, $10-15 for tacos, maybe $5-$10 for ice cream/beer.

Saturday, February 20, Tour begins at 11 a.m.
Meet at Fruitvale BART

Obama Movie Night at Everett and Jones

This Saturday evening, if you’re feeling politically inclined, go to Everett and Jones on Broadway. Volunteers are hosting a viewing party for the HBO documentary, “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama.”

You can connect with other political junkies, eat some BBQ and watch a movie. The party begins at 5, the movie at 5.30.

Saturday, February 20, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Everett and Jones, 126 Broadway (corner of 2nd)

Do it for Haiti

Oakland’s NIMBY is hosting a benefit and clothing drive for Haiti. They’ve partnered with a group of other organizations — Architecture for Humanity, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, FONHEP, Kledèv, SOIL, Sirona Cares, What If Foundation, and Zanmi Lakay – to put on a show with musicians, art installations and other performers. The line up includes Haitian musicians Kalbass Kreyol and Rosemond Jolissaint and local performers Sila, The Bodice Rippers, Joe Rut and the Ironic Mustache, Fat Chance Belly Dance, Funky Beulah, Diva Marisa, Naima Shalhoub, The Society, Chicken John & Dr. Hal. They’ll have children’s theater, too. Relief workers returning from Haiti as well as people from the groups organizing the event will be talking about their work.

Saturday, February 20,  2 PM to 12 AM
NIMBY – 8410 Amelia Street
$10 (children under 12 free) Donations of summer weight clothing for children and adults will be accepted on site.

Sunday, February 21

Lift Every Voice

Oakland’s own Cantare Chamber Ensemble joins the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Sunday afternoon for a concert celebrating “the heroic journey of African-Americans from slavery to freedom.” It’s a multi-media affair with photographs, video, and the poetry of Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and others.

Sunday, February 21, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street
$10 for youth, $20 for seniors, $25 general admission

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2008 Election Night Parties in the Bay

Posted by novoscene on November 3, 2008

Grab your tap shoes boppers, the Big Dance is finally here.  In less than 24 hours the last two years of political waltzing and maneuvering will come to a close.  It doesn’t matter if you’re achin’ for Change or riding the Straight Talk Express, I think everyone is pretty full up on politics for a while-from the scandal of Troopergate and Fist Bump terrorism to racial anxieties and Joe the Plumber patronizing, we all need a second to rub our tired tootsies and stretch out for a bit before starting the important business of giving the next president hell.

That’s why, after you complete the all important business of casting your vote, we recommend you kick back with close friends, closer family and complete strangers at one of these election night parties.  They run the gamut from elegant to humble, round-the-way get togethers to cross the bridge spiffy.  Find one (or six) that fits your voting style and usher in the next president.  Or throw popcorn at the screen-Kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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All Barack, All the Time

Posted by novoscene on October 15, 2008

And I guess some of that other guy too.  But hell, if the SF Examiner can stump for McCain, damned right I’m flying the B-Rock flag (BTW click here for a look at the flyest Barack Obama shirts I’ve seen yet, made right here in The Bay baby!).

So tonight’s the last presidential debate, the last big night before the big, big night.  Folks from all stripes are gathering to watch what we hope will be a political smack down of the extreme Democratic variety.  Will McCain spontaneously combust into a ball of into maverick, free market rhetoric?  Will Obama hit him with more zingers like last week’s “Bomb, bomb, bomb. Bomb Bomb Iran” line.  Tune in tonight for all the action kiddies.

Here’s a short list of debate watching parties on both sides of the water.  I’m digging the shinding over at Lobot.  The promo promised Obama themed foods, bring your own shirt screen printing, rounds of McLiar Bingo and instant fact checking and lie detection.  Let the political games begin!-Kwan

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8/14 Hip Hop the Vote, Bowl the Balls

Posted by novoscene on August 14, 2008

Image courtesy of Barackobamaismyhomeboy.com

More than ever, the Hip Hop generation is gunning to have it’s voice heard in the political arena and with the onslaught of Hip Hop inspired endorsement ads, candidates brushing their shoulders off at the podium and speaking high level hip hop conventions, it looks like the suits are starting to listen to the streets.
But that doesn’t mean things are all good between hip hop and the white house. Young people’s voices still aren’t heard en masse and most teens still don’t see the need to contribute to the political process. So tonight the Town Business Network is gathering together bunch of hip hop personalities, some tunes and a few frames of bowling to try and change their minds.
The organizers of the 1st Annual Vote Bowl ’08 are hoping to register 125,000 young voters by the October 21 registration deadline. Tonight they’ll be over at AMF Southshore Lanes in Alameda along with some of local hip hop’s elite including Too Short, Goapele, San Quinn, Jimmie Reign, Dwayne Wiggins, Mistah F.A.B., Beeda Weeda, Hieroglyphics, E-40, Zion I and players from the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors. Vote Bowl moderator and host Chuck Johnson says the purpose of the event is “to raise voter awareness and increase participation in the political process among Oakland’s Hip Hop community.” Ten pins, registration forms and hip hop, -democracy in action.-Kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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