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04/08: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on April 8, 2010

We’ve got pet parties, art, fairy tales, comedians, tree huggers, ladies’ rock bands, Bill Frisell and more in Oakland this weekend.

Friday, April 9

Animal Art at Paws & Claws

This is an art show for you and your pets. Artist Beth Barton’s photographs capture “the reason we love our furry friends,” say the dynamic owners of Paws and Claws.  If you’re an animal lover, head over to to Dimond’s popular pet destination to check out these animal portraits. They’ll be serving hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  Here are photos from their last “Yappy Hour event!

Friday, April 9, 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Paws & Claws, 2023 MacArthur Blvd., 510-336-0105
pawsnclawsoakland.com

Comedy off Broadway

Comedy Off Broadway brings comedians from all over the Bay Area to Oakland. You’ll probably recognize some performers from appearances on Comedy Central, HBO, BET, Late Night and other national shows.

Friday, April 9, 9 p.m.
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (inside Jack London Square),  1 Broadway
$9.99. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/94886 or 510-214-2626
comedyoffbroadwayoakland.com

Saturday, April 10

Cinderella at Uptown

If your kid’s into Cinderella, see this non-Disney production of the fairy tale. Zanzibar fairytale puppet  theater tells the old story with 22 costumed puppets. Uptown will serve Spring Tea before the show – sandwiches, cakes, cookies, punch and tea.

Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street
$12. Tickets available between 11 a..m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the venue
For more info., go to Zanzibarpuppets.com or call 510-388-9228

Arbor Day Weekend

Go to Fairyland this weekend if you’re a tree lover. They’ll have professional arborists visiting —  your kids can learn to care for trees as they watch tree climbing demonstrations, special characters, performances by the Tree Circus and more. Of course, there’ll be puppet shows on both days at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. This week, it’s Perez and Mondinga. The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center will also be open with activities geared toward children and their families from noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 10 a.m. onwards
Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, fairyland.org
$7

Sunday, April 11

Ladies Rock Camp Showcase

The Oakland-based nonprofit Bay Area Girls Rock Camp hosts its camp for women aged 19 and over. The participants learn and practice instruments, form bands, write an original song, attend workshops, and perform in a live concert in this three-day music event. The showcase is the grand finale, where 6 bands made up of 25 women perform all original songs. And you could win a prize: Health and wellness packages from local acupuncturists and yoga studios, museum passes and gift certificates.

Sunday, April 11, 3 p.m.
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street
For more on the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, please visit bayareagirlsrockcamp.org

Food, Books, and Movies

Microcosm Publishing comes to Oakland for a food demonstration by vegan chef Joshua Ploeg, a film-showing by artist Joe Biel, and an edible secrets’ mobile museum by authors Mia Partlow and Michael Hoerger.

Issues, 20 Glen Avenue (at Piedmont Avenue)
Sunday, April 11, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Donations welcome. microcosmpublishing.com/

Bill Frisell, live at Jazz Alley, Seattle - 25 April 2004: The B3 Trio

Bill Frisell’s Residency at Yoshi’s

Popular guitarist, composer and bandleader Bill Frisell has taken up residency at Yoshi’s Oakland, April 8 through 11. Joining Frisell are some familiar collaborators – Kenny Wollesen, Greg Leisz, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr — as well as some new ones – Marc Ribot and Jason Moran.

According to the New York Times – It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he’s found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness.

Thursday, Apr 8- Sunday, Apr 11, with special guests each night
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows $32, Sunday 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. shows $32
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, yoshis.com

  • Thursday, April 8th: Frisell brings together three other guitarists; iconic downtown guitarist Marc Ribot, lap/pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz and a third special mystery guitarist/singer from Nashville.
  • On Friday, April 9th, Frisell and crew provide a live score to the short films of Buster Keaton, Jim Woodring and Bill Morrison.
  • For the Saturday, April 10th performances, Frisell is joined by his Quintet featuring critically acclaimed violinist Jenny Scheinman.
  • To close out the residency on Sunday, April 11th, Frisell and his battery mate Kenny Wollesen, welcome risk-taking pianist Jason Moran to the fold.

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03/19: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 19, 2010

This beautiful weekend begins with a happy hour for you and your pets. It goes on to bring you a lot more than the sun — there are neighborhood get togethers, art shows, bake sales, and movies in Oakland this weekend.

FRIDAY, MARCH 19

Old Oakland Neighbors Annual Fundraiser

Contribute to the making of Walking the Invisible City, an anthropological visual art and performance installation, at Old Oakland Neighbors’ annual fundraiser at La Borinquena. The 10,000 Steps team will be there to answer your questions and take your suggestions. A Profile of Four Squares, a documentary film by Matt Dibble that chronicles the history of Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison and Lincoln Square Parks will be on view. Enjoy delicious food, meet new people and support a community effort. All ages welcome.
Friday, March 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
La Borinquena, 582 7th St.
Free


Yappy Hour @ Paws & Claws

Join the dynamic duo, Ruth and Diane, for the hippest pet happy hour in the East Bay. Primal Pet Foods has donated T-shirts & goodies for raffle prizes to benefit a Haiti relief fund. Come out with your well-socialized four (or 3) legged companion and enjoy music by local musician Damond Moodie, hors· doeuvres, drinks, and a chance to win cool prizes.
For more info on this event visit the Paws & Claws website at pawsnclawsoakland.com

Friday, March 19, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Paws and Claws, 2023 MacArthur Blvd., 510-336-0105

If You’d Like to Travel like the French

Laurel books will host Jacqueline Grandchamps, owner of French Escapade, a tour company, for an evening designed to make you want to travel if you don’t already. As a travel expert and European native, Jacqueline will introduce you to authentic French living and food, including sample tasting.

Friday, March 19 7 p.m.
Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard, 510-531-2073

And don’t miss a very cool, Californian show at our gallery — art@the OakBook: The Golden Dawn. Read about it here.

SATURDAY, MARCH 20

Bake/Volunteer/Eat

The second East Bay Vegan Bakesale is here. The last one was such a success that the organizers are back with it. This bakesale’s proceeds will be donated 50/50 to Animal Place sanctuary in Vacaville (soon to be Grass Valley!), and Haiti Emergency Relief Fund (HERF), an organization based right here in the East Bay helping to fund crucial relief work in Haiti.

Saturday, March 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In front of Issues, 20 Glen Avenue, off Piedmont Avenue in Oakland.
For more info, email ebveganbakesale@gmail.com.

Solo Theater

For Women’s History Month, Third Root Productions, a local art collective, presents two Saturday daytime solo theater performances, in collaboration with Joyce Gordan Gallery in downtown Oakland. Featured pieces include Thao P. Nguyen’s “Fortunate Daughter” and Zahra Noorbakhsh’s “All Atheists Are Muslims.” Watch the performances, and don’t miss the art on display at the gallery. For more info, visit thirdrootproductions.wordpress.com

Third Root Theater
at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street.(510) 465-8928
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
$5 to $15, sliding scale

SUNDAY, MARCH 21

The Silver Screen: Take II

WE Artspace hosts Take II of The Silver Screen, a new short film series of documentary and experimental films. This round of film screening focuses on the abstract landscape of poetic imagery and the intrinsic nature of sound. There will be a question and answer period with the artist following each screening.

Sunday, March 21, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Schedule:
7 p.m. -7:20 p.m.: Film screening of “Halides” with a live performance by John Davis
7:30 p.m.- 7:50 p.m.: Film screening of “Awake But Dreaming” by Kerry Laitala
8 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.: Film screening of “Flower Fall” by Laura Zaylea with music by Matt Hettich
8:30 p.m.- 8:50 p.m.: Film screening of a series of short films by Vanessa Woods

WE artspace, 768 40th Street
weartspace.com, (415) 297-8869
$2: Suggested donation at the door

Music at the Movies

Oakland East Bay Symphony presents the Mighty Wurlitzer: Music at the Movies. Michael Morgan conducts. This event will feature the Paramount Theatre’s celebrated “Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ and one of the greatest – and funniest – silent movies ever made, Buster Keaton’s The General.

Friday, March 19, 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 2 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show times.
$20 – $65

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03/11: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 11, 2010

FRIDAY, March 12

Scofield and Friends Come to Oakland

The John Scofield New Jazz Quartet is in town this weekend. Jazz lovers know that name well. Guitarist John Scofield has been around a long time, and has many stories to tell. Scofield began influencing the jazz scene in the late 70s and continues to do so today. His music falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. He’ll be accompanied by Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ben Street on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W.
Thu 10 p.m. $14; Fri 8 p.m. $24 & 10 p.m. $18; Sat 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $24; Sun 2 p.m. (Kids Matinee) $5 (ages 15 and under), Adults (with children) $18, Adults $24;
Sun 7 p.m. $24
Yohis.com

Bitter Harvest at the Royal NoneSuch Gallery

Bitter Harvest explores Lauren Adams’ research into Afghani poppy fields and the relationship between American military operations, the Taliban, and civilian farmers in Afghanistan’s ‘Golden Crescent’. For the past few years, the artist has documented images published about issues surrounding these topics in popular media and will re-inscribe the found narratives in a site specific painting on the gallery’s interior walls in Bitter Harvest, resulting in a claustrophobic interior overwhelmed by poppy flowers and human figures. The visual pattern evident in the installation, inspired by contemporary war reporting and traditional wallpaper and ornament design, visually seduces the viewer while simultaneously assaulting them with hallucinatory images of poppy cultivation and its relationship to the international drug trade, the American military incursion in Afghanistan, and the cycle of economic underdevelopment in rural farm areas of the Golden Crescent.

Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Ave.,
Fri, March 12
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Free

Happy Hour for The Crucible

If you love the Crucible or just think it’s cool, head over to Farley’s on Friday for free appetizers and hang with folks from your favorite industrial arts educational group. Farley’s owners have “adopted” The Crucible as their non-profit of the month, and a portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to The Crucible to help support its programs.

Fri  5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Farley’s East 33 Grand Avenue (at Broadway), thecrucible.orgfarleyseast.blogspot.com/

Alternative Theater with an Alternative Cast

If you’d like to support the Oakland School of the Arts, you have a lot of chances to do so this weekend. The OSA Actor’s Guild’s has put together their version of Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Black Box Theatre, 19th and Telegraph
Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun 2 pm
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. www.oakarts.org/www.tix.com

For more, visit OakArt here.

SATURDAY, March 13

Martin Lawrence at the Paramount

Martin Lawrence, actor and producer, who’s starred in dozens of Hollywood hits (Remember Big Momma’s House?), is returning to stand-up comedy on stage. Catch him at the Paramount on Saturday or Sunday. He’s made enough people laugh all his life to know how to do it well.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Sat, 8 p.m., Sun, 8 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show times.
Tickets: $77.50, $57.75, $42.75

SUNDAY, March 14


Closing Tea Reception at Blankspace

A fantastic Oakland gallery closes and throws a tea party to say goodbye. The last show at Blankspace was Steuart Pittman’s exhibit Nowhere/Anywhere.  It all ends this Sunday.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
6608 San Pablo Ave
For more, see Theo Konrad Auer’s art picks for the month.

KID-FRIENDLY: The Princess and the Unicorn

Wondering how to entertain your kids this weekend? Try the puppet show at Children’s Fairyland. This weekend, it’s the Princess and the Unicorn, complete with evil counts and handsome princes that get turned into unicorns, and of course – a princess. Puppets and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (at Grand Ave.),  fairyland.org
Sat & Sun,11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

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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
$5

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.

RSVP Here
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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We Heart Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 12, 2010

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Monday Hearts for Madelene

Page Hodel, the multi-talented dj and impresario, has a new book out just in time for Valentine’s Day. Monday Hearts for Madelene is filled with hearts made from a variety of materials. Page will be at Laurel Books Friday night for a party celebrating love and creativity. Drop by the biggest little bookstore in Oakland to buy your copy and support local artists.

Friday, February 12 7 PM
Laurel Books, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard
Free

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Family Extravaganza: Art Hearts

Families and kids can follow in Page’s arty-hearty footsteps and make their own valentine cards at MOCHA Saturday and Sunday afternoon. “Stamp, print and glue unique Valentine cards for all your loved ones. Use paper-mâché, lace and fabric to sculpt a heart centerpiece for display.”

Saturday & Sunday, February 13-14, 1-3 PM
MOCHA 538 Ninth Street
$7 per child and $3 per adult

THIS IS FOR SUN RA: A performance by The Chamber Unit

The Flux Theater is the perfect venue to showcase Big Band improvisation by Eddie Gale, “the original avant-garde trumpeter.” The Blue Note recording and The Coup collaborator, brings his new ensemble, the Chamber Unit, to the Flux for four performances over two days.

Friday & Saturday February 12 & 13, 8:30 PM and 10 PM
Flux 53 Theater, 5306 Foothill Boulevard
$15, $12 for students

Oakland Then and Now

It’s an Oakland kind of exhibit: Embroidery crafted by Mien women living here on display at the big house of a 19th century ranchero. “On Saturday, February 13 at the Peralta Hacienda a trained docent will give a special kid’s tour, getting hands-on with history. In our temporary exhibit, “Embroidering Our Lives: Mien Women at Peralta Hacienda,” we’ll have a family-friendly embroidery activity: challenge yourself to create the complex patterns found on traditional Laotian Mien clothing, and learn what they mean!”

Saturday, February 13, 2 PM, 3 PM kid’s tour
Antonio Peralta House, 2465 34th Avenue
$3 suggested donation

St. Valentine Sweetie Pie and Art Fest

Join the Pie Extremists to eat pie. Yes, this is a festival where people bring pies they made or bought and eat them together. And bonus points if you bring a fork and materials to decorate it with. They’ll have some spares on hand, too — in case you forget. Attendees are welcome to bring pie or other things to eat. And of course, this is a kid-friendly event.

After you’re done eating, do some shopping: Jewelry, handmade books, love potions (or so they promise), art cards, paintings, prints, handmade creams and soaps, and of course, tee-shirts.

Saturday, February 13, 2 PM – 8 PM
4928 Telegraph Ave #1 (dial #19 for entry)

Rocky Horror Valentine

If the Rocky Horror Picture Show fans have a patron saint, it’s surely St. Valentine. The bawdy performers working under the name Barely Legal are back at the Grand Lake Saturday night with their annual Valentine’s Day show.

Saturday, February 13 11:45 PM
The Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand
$10

Sound Tribe Sector 9

If you’re into electronic music — the kind where the computers and samplers marry pianos, drums and guitars — you’ve probably heard of STS9. The five-member band from Santa Cruz is touring after their new album, Ad Explorata, and will be at the Fox Theater on Saturday night. Guest star: the Nalepa Dub Orchestra

Saturday, February 13, 8 PM
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph
$27.50

F Cupid

Over the decades the Merchant’s Saloon in the heart of the produce market has no doubt been the site of many a messy and ill-considered hook-up. That’s perhaps why the bar, which is Oakland’s best hipster dive, is hosting a F*CK Valentine’s Day party. 

It will feature such audience contests as: THE WORST SEX EVER Contest: Participants will have their worst one night stands re-told in interpretive dance!

THE WORST EX EVER Contest: Participants will have one minute to rant and roar why they have the worst ex in history. Winners will have pig hearts sent to their ex lover’s house!

Salacious Burlesque by ISIS STAR * Beatbox Performance by SYZYGY and ASHERMANE * A Notorious SEX ED SQUAD Live Demonstration * Twisted Short Films * Fierce Flogging by the Pussy Posse * Sex Toy Give-Aways. Featuring the Scathing Comedy of THE SCALESMAN with a special ‘Fuck Love’ Set. Hosted by JAMIE DEWOLF and SIS!”

Saturday, 13 February, 8 PM – 12 PM
Merchant’s Saloon, 401 Second Street
$10

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Comedy on a Sunday

Mike Epps has his roots in Def Comedy Jam stand up, but is probably best known for his oles in the Resident Evil films. The comedian, rapper, and actor Mike Epps comes to the Paramount on Sunday.

Sunday, February 14 7 PM – 11 PM
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Tickets: $75.75, $55.75, $39.75

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Super Bowl Weekend

Posted by novoscene on February 4, 2010

It’s the Super Bowl weekend, and there are a bunch of Oakland destinations where you can head over to watch and cheer your favorite team. But before and after the Super Bowl, there’s enough to keep you entertained, stimulated and busy: art, music, citizen journalism, puppet shows and glitzy opening parties. It’s also the First Friday weekend, so get ready to take a walk in the rain. We’ll be posting our art picks on the site Friday morning.

Friday, February 5

Getting There

If you haven’t pedaled over to Actual Café yet, Getting There, a photography exhibit by Christopher Hall, represents the perfect excuse to visit the bike-friendly neighborhood spot. The show opens Friday evening.

Friday, February 5, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Actual Café 6334 San Pablo (at Alcatraz)
Free

Cometbus

1-2-3-4 Go! Records is holding a reception for “author/artist/muscian type” Aaron Cometbus. Steve over at the popular record store writes: “It’s a retrospective of past work and possibly some surprises. Show runs through the end of February.”

Friday, February 5, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
423 40th Street
Free

Era Opens


Old Oakland’s heavy hitters are venturing into Uptown. The people behindTamarindo Antojeria, B Restaurant and Bar, and Air Lounge have teamed up to launch Era Art Bar and Lounge at Grand@Broadway. It opens to the public Friday evening and offers art, two bars, and music in a 5000 sq. foot space.

Friday February 5, 4.30 p.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Era Art Bar and Lounge’s grand opening
19 Grand Avenue @ Broadway, oaklandera.com

Dream Benefit

Ten years ago, one of the biggest names in the Bay Area’s graffiti world was murdered. Mike “Dream” Francisco helped create the visual aesthetic of Oakland’s Hip Hop culture, say his admirers. The artist, who was also celebrated in his Filipino American community, worked with subjects that promoted tolerance and explored social issues affecting minorities.  To mark his tenth death anniversary, a group of DJs and artists have put together a benefit for Francisco’s son, Akil Francisco, whose mother recently succumbed to breast cancer.

Dream Day: Celebrating the life and legacy of Mike “Dream” Francisco
Friday, February 5
Art Show: 6 p.m.- 9 p.m., all ages, free
Showtime: 9 p.m.-2 a.m., $10 (Donations accepted), all ages (with parent)
The New Parish, 579 18th Street, Oakland
Checks to made out to The Dream Trust Fund or Akil Francisco

Saturday, February 6

Prose and Poetry in West O

The West Oakland branch of the library is going to be busy this weekend. The 20th Annual African American Celebration through Poetry starts at 1 PM on Saturday. Poets of all ages have been encouraged to share work on the theme of the African Diaspora. But it’s prose before poetry. At 11 a.m., the Oakland Tribune debuts its Community Media Access Center inside the West Oakland branch. Here’s an excerpt from the Trib’s press release:

“As part of this program, the Oakland Tribune is looking for West Oakland residents interested in reporting, writing, and taking photos for its community correspondents program. The 6-month program was created to put the power of storytelling in the hands of West Oakland residents.

This creative initiative will train West Oakland residents to become community correspondents and serve as the new voices in coverage of Oakland.”

Saturday, February 6 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
West Oakland Branch, 1801 Adeline Street
Free

Kid-friendly: Children’s Fairyland

It’s black history weekend at Fairyland and storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic African tales with an original flair.
Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7: 1:30p.m. & 2:30p.m.

Puppet Show: The Frog Prince: “Princess Gwendolyn is the sweetest princess in the countyside, until the evil Mizard the Wizard puts a “badness” spell on her.  Now she’s bratty, selfish and pouty. When her heroic prince is turned into a frog, the fun begins.”
Puppets by Lewis Mahlmann, adapted by Lewis Mahlmann
Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7:11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Children’s Fairyland,  699 Bellevue Avenue
$7 admission, fairyland.org

The Bitchass Benefit
This is a benefit for local musician/artist/dancer/single mom Vanessa Smith, who has colon cancer.  There’ll be music and a raffle with prizes such as private yoga classes, movie passes to the Red Vic, artwork, clothes, designer bags, gift bags from Good Vibrations etc. The line-up includes: The extra action marching band, Beats antique special d.j. set featuring Zoe Jakes, special performances by members of the Yard Dogs Road Show, the Turks, Sugar Butt Tiger, Cowboy Girls, D.J. Junk Drawer, and Flash Hopkins as master of ceremonies.

Friday, February 5
The Oakland Metro Operahouse
630 3rd Street (just one block from Jack London Square!)
$15 — $100 Sliding scale admission, cash only.
vanessafightingcancer.blogspot.com/

Sunday, February 7

Stupor Bowl

Jack London Square is a destination for folks looking to feast while watching the Super Bowl. The Waterfront Hotel is putting out a spread called Beerunch. For $40, you get swanky brews and brunch fare between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., followed by a Super Bowl viewing party. Down Water Street, at Bocanova, the same $40 buys unlimited appetizers, happy hour drink specials, and the game on two big screen TVs. Nearby Kincaids, which has as many flat screens as beer taps, is dishing appetizers at half price and pouring beer, wine, and margaritas.

Sunday, February 7
Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington Street, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., $40
Bocanova, 55 Webster Street, Pre-game starts at 2:30 p.m., $40
Kincaids, 1 Franklin Street, 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Kid-Friendly: Chinese New Year – Gung Hay Fat Choy!

A workshop for the whole family where you get to “make lanterns, dragon puppets and traditional tiger hats to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.”

Sunday, February 7, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
$7 per child/$3 per adult
MOCHA, 538 Ninth Street

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Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on December 4, 2009

Christmas Palm Trees

FREE: The palm trees at Jack London Square will be lighted for the holidays tonight. It will be more than just flipping a switch. The organizers promise dancing lights, “pulsating motion,” and music.  While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by one of JLS’ restaurants for happy hour, and then swing by to say hello at Art@theOakBook  (423 Water Street.)

Friday, December 4, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Broadway and Water Street
Free

Jingletown Art Walk

FREE: It’s called Jingletown because the Portuguese cannery workers who used to work there would jingle their wages in their pockets on the way home from work. You can stroll the neighborhood tucked between I-880 and the Estuary Saturday and Sunday with an eye for affordable, local art. The many artists who now live and work in Jingletown are holding their 4th annual Holiday Art Walk. Click here for directions and a list of participating artists.

Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 11 am – 6pm

Creative Growth

Creative Growth is one of the most interesting and well-regarded galleries in Oakland. On Friday, the art studio opens its holiday sale featuring community-made art at a great value: “In the gallery, recent Creative Growth artist collaborations with visiting artists: Kathleen Henderson, Meagan Donegan, Ed Musante, Jessica Dasher, Livia Stein, Sas Colby, Paper Magazine and more! Shop for drawings, ceramics, rugs, wood, prints, cigar box art, sculpture, textiles galore, holiday cards, art books, AND the premiere of the Creative Growth for Marc Jacobs Pop-Up-Shop, with merchandise direct from our exciting fundraising project. Music by Tommy Guerrero and Friends seasonal food and spirits by B Restaurant, Oakland.”


Friday, December 4, 5:30 pm – 8pm
355 24th Street
(The gallery is also open for the next three Saturdays, 11am – 4pm)

Tamales and Trinkets

Two of Oakland’s coolest, independent, and women-owned businesses are partnering Saturday to host a crafts fair featuring handiwork from developing world artisans. La Borinquena, home of Oakland’s best tamales, hosts Mangosteen Imports. As Tina Tamale says, “Shop locally, help globally.”

Saturday, December 5, 1pm – 4pm
582 7th Street

Women’s Party

The new Bench and Bar on 17th Street launches a new East Bay party for women. Saucily dubbed the WETBar, the gay-owned and operated nightclub promises a night “of explosive sound and tantalizing eyecandy” to the DTO.

Sunday, December 6, 4 pm until ?
510 17th Street
$8 before 6pm, $10 after

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10/16: O-Scene’s Weekend Picks

Posted by novoscene on October 15, 2009

Friday, October 16

Crabby Friday

This week, Lake Chalet debuts Crab Friday with whole steamed crabs for $24, a crab cocktail for $5 and happy hour on the dock and at all of the restaurants bars. Beers are $3, selected wines and cocktails are $5. The crab is all evening, but happy hour expires at 6 p.m.

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
1520 Lakeside Drive
510-653-8660

Bench and Bar: Change of Venue

As if one needed any more evidence that Oakland’s Uptown district was jumping these days, the Bench and Bar is opening a new location in the site of the old @17th on Friday. Downtown’s venerable gay bar, and the host of the Mr. Gay Vaquero contest, will move to the new location, while the old spot will become Club 21. Stop by Friday night for their cross over party with a Live Performance by Lolene.
At Midnight, Bench and Bar @ 2111 Franklin Street will become Club 21. The official opening is October 22.

9 p.m. to 2 p.m.
bench-and-bar.com/

Saturday, October 17

Strange Beerfellows

File this event under Only in Oakland. The Rotary Club and Oaklandish (polar opposites on the hipness scale) are hosting a fundraiser at Linden Street Brewery. The afternoon will be an ideal time to try Linden Street’s two delicious brews: Urban People’s Lager and Burning Oak Black Lager. Star Meats made the brats. Ten bucks gets you a mug and two beers. The proceeds go to Bay Area Community Services and the Rotary Club’s community endowment.

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Linden Street Brewery, 95 Linden Street

Plan for a Safer Oakland presents a community townhall

Saturday morning – head out to MetWest High School to meet the EastSide Arts Alliance staff and youth for a town hall meeting discussing safety. Meet other Oaklanders and local organizations and talk about Oakland’s future. There will be speakers, free food, child care & live performances.

Sponsored by Plan for a Safer Oakland; a community collaboration organized by All of Us or None and Critical Resistance. For more info: 510-444-4484

MetWest High School 314 E.10th Street
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free

Black Panther Film Festival

Celebrate Black Panther month with a film festival at the Oakland Public Library. You can read about their events at the Chron’s In Oakland here.

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
West Oakland Branch, 1801 Adeline
Questions: Veronica Lee 510-238-7352

Oakland’s Diwali Celebration

Diya

As you might know, Oakland is an attractive destination for refugees looking to resettle. Recently, many Sri Lankan Tamils as well as refugees from Bhutan and Nepal have been finding their way to Oaktown. A non-profit called RMD Housing and Support Services is hosting a little Diwali celebration to make them all feel at home this Saturday evening. For those of you that do not know what Diwali is, it is the festival of lights, celebrated across parts of south Asia. It’s a Hindu festival, but is often celebrated as a secular holiday in the Indian subcontinent. So if you know someone who might enjoy a taste of Diwali festivities, spread the word.

October 17, 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
759 Barbara Road, Oakland
Free

Musical Monsters

Monsters of Folk


Get out of the house to cheer the Monsters of Folk: Conor Oberst, Jim James, M Ward and Mike Mogis will perform for two and a half hours. You’ll hear new songs from the forthcoming album as well as music from Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket and M Ward.

Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph
8 p.m.
Tickets 39.50 to 45.50
thefoxoakland.com
monstersoffolk.com/

Sunday, October 18

Cedar Walton Performs
Cedar Walton

Pianist Cedar Walton has written popular tunes like Mosaic, Ugetsu and Bolivia used by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. He has been Abbey Lincoln’s accompanist and has made records with the likes of Lee Morgan and Hank Mobley.

From Yoshi’s website: “One of the most valued of all hard bop accompanists, Cedar Walton is a versatile pianist whose funky touch and cogent melodic sense has graced the recordings of many of jazz’s greatest players.”

Hear Cedar Walton this weekend at Yoshi’s, where he will be accompanied by Steve Nelson, Eric Alexander and others.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West
Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. shows $15;  10 p.m. shows $10
Sunday 2 p.m. kids matinee – $5 kids, $15 Adult
Sunday 7 p.m.  show $15
For tickets, go to the Yoshi’s website

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10/09: Weekend plans

Posted by novoscene on October 8, 2009

River of Renewal

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8

Oakland International Film Festival

The 8th Annual Oakland International Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening, and runs until Wednesday. Movies shot as close to home as West O and from as far away as Pakistan will be screened the Grand Lake Theater, Maxwell’s Lounge, Jack London Theater, and Merritt College during the event. Click here for showtimes and a list of the films. (Above: Still from River of Renewal, screening at Maxwell’s lounge on Sunday, 9 p.m.)

Thursday, October 8 through Wednesday, October 14

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Prairie Home Companion in the DTO

So you didn’t want to brave the throngs in Golden Gate Park last weekend for the free bluegrass festival, but you still have a hankering for some fiddle playing? No worries. Berkeley’s own Laurie Lewis will play with Tom Rozum at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland Friday evening. You’ll have to pay for this gig, but the price is reasonable for big bluegrass names like these: $14 in advance at $18 at the door. The show is part of the ongoing Utunes Coffee House program.

Friday, October 9, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
First Unitarian Church
685 14th Street
$5 for kids 6-15

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Dimond oaktoberfest

Oaktoberfest

There used to be breweries and beer gardens in what’s now the Dimond District, and the suds will be flowing there again when the neighborhood throws an Oaktoberfest this Saturday. To get that old Munich atmosphere, there’ll be a beer hall featuring brewers from all over the Bay, including the excellent beer from the Town’s own Linden Street Brewery. A homebrewer competition will determine who makes the best DIY beer in Oakland. It’s a family friendly scene with live music, food, and a rootbier garten for the kinder.

Saturday, October 10, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Corner of Fruitvale and MacArthur

Town Park Opening/Graffiti Battle

On Saturday, the much-awaited town park finally opens. K-Dub, a former teacher-turned-local skating celebrity, has spent the last few years taking this skate park from concept to reality. Celebrate the skate park’s “official” opening this weekend with him, lots of skaters and graffiti artists, who’re going to come out for the Big Battle: the Third Estria Annual Invitational Graffiti Battle.
Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
De Fremery Park, 18th & Adeline street  (West Oakland)
For a list of events associated with the battle, click here.

Sing Like Taylor Swift in Jack London Square

Taylor_Swift

The radio station 95.7 – The Wolf will be in Jack London Square on Saturday from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to host the Sing Like Taylor Swift contest. If you think you can sing like her, look up the rules over at their website and then head over to be videotaped by the Wolf.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Inside Jack London Square

East Bay for East Africa Fundraiser

Just last year a school opened in western Kenya with the goal of teaching young people from the area of Musoli critical trades such a sewing, welding, and other skills that can provide self reliance. The Saint Teresa Technical School was funded by the folks from East Bay for East Africa, a small non-profit that grew out of a conversation between a visiting Kenyan priest and an East Bay resident four years ago.  On Saturday night, East Bay for Africa holds its annual fundraiser at Uptown Body and Fender (the coolest body shop in the East Bay.) Tickets are $50 and $35 for folks under 35. RSVP here.

Saturday, October 10, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
401 26th Street

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

Regina Carter

Acclaimed violinist Regina Carter plays at Yoshi’s this weekend. This talented MacArthur fellow has wowed audiences worldwide with her ability to play across genres — classical, pop, jazz, even folk.

Regina Carter – violin
Will Holshouser – accordion
Yacouba Sissoko – kora
Chris Lightcap – bass
Alvester Garnett – drums & percussion

Thursday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows $18
Friday – Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $22
Sunday 2 p.m. Kids’ matinee: $5 Kids, $18 Adult (with kid), $22 Adult (general)
Sunday 7 p.m. $22

510  Embarcadero W.  For tix, visit http://yoshis.inticketing.com/


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09/25: Here’s the O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 25, 2009

There are movies, more movies, delicious street fairs, a mad hatter tea party, Oakland’s finest artists at our own gallery – art@theoakbook – and much more this fine O-scene weekend.

FRIDAY, September 25, 2009


Oakuff

Oakland Underground Film Festival

The Oakland Underground Film Festival is so underground it’s not even being held in Oakland. This year the DIY film festival will be held in a location the organizers are calling West West Oakland aka Alameda. For only $25 bucks you can get an all-festival pass for three days of films that are practically guaranteed not to not bore you. Consider “Destined to be Ingested,” which is about a boatload of rich folk running afoul of cannibals on an unexplored South Pacific island in the 1980s.

Friday September 25 to Sunday September 27.  Click here for the schedule
2700 Saratoga Street, Alameda

Fourth Friday Music and Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland
The outdoor movie season isn’t over – as yet! Watch Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet in Finding Neverland tonight at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate. The movie starts after sunset, but there will be live music to keep you entertained until then.

Grounds open at 6 p.m.
Movie begins shortly after sunset (approximately 8:30 pm).
Admission: $5, Self-guided mansion tours: Free

For more on Dunsmuir, go to www.dunsmuir.org/

SATURDAY, September 26

Book Release: Historic Photos of Oakland by Steven Lavoie

Steven Lavoie, the librarian in charge of the Oakland History Room, will talk about his new book featuring the history of Oakland in photographs. Lavoie knows the town’s fascinating history well – from the Pullman Porters and the Black Panther Party to Jack London, Isadora Duncan, and Gertrude Stein.  His depth of knowledge shines through his collection of photos that accurately reflect Oakland’s past and present.

Free
West Auditorium in the Main Library, 125 14th Street,  510-238-3138
3 p.m.

Grassroots Economy Festival

The global economy may remain be shaky, but grassroots economies are blossoming all over the country, and Oakland is an epicenter of cooperatives, co-housing, and other forms of resource sharing. The first ever Festival of Grassroots Economics is a must for anyone interested in knowing more about economies that care about the environment and social justice. The free event includes expert-packed panels on subjects like the legal issues associated with the formation of a cooperative, the existing resources for grassroots economies, and urban food security.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street
For more information, go to
jasecon.org

Improvised Branches
Improvised Branches

Come to our art gallery in Jack London Square, art@theoakbook, to view the work of 11 of Oakland’s – and the Bay Area’s — finest artists. Come for the art, stay to mingle and talk. If this art doesn’t get people talking, nothing will.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
423 Water Street (in Jack London Square across from Barnes and Noble)

Pads4Girls Sew-A-Thon

This event was supposed to be held on Saturday, but has been postponed. However, we suggest following it at calendar.rpscollective.com/month.php

This event at Rock Paper Scissors hopes to accomplish two goals: to teach people to sew and in the process, create reusable cloth pads for girls in Africa. As you might or might now know, in many parts of Africa, girls miss school when they have their periods since menstrual supplies are hard to come by. The volunteer-run art space on Telegraph is working in conjunction with Lunapads to ship the pads to several non-profits in Africa.

For more information about the Pads 4 Girls program, check out lunapads.com/donate.htm

Mad Tea party

Artists Bruce Tamberelli, Darwin Price and Yvette M. Buigues have reinterpreted Wonderland for this show at the Float gallery, aptly titled Through the Looking Glass. The opening reception features live Jazz by ManOverboard and bubbling absinth spiked tea. They promise you’ll be grinning like a Cheshire cat!

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  (Show runs through Oct 31)
Float gallery
Free – unless you choose to buy something.
1091 Calcot place #116 Oakland
510-525-1702, thefloatcenter.com

SUNDAY, September 27

Out and About on College

The highlight of last year’s Rockridge Out and About Festival was the whole pig roasting over an open fire at the corner of College and Shafter. The picnic in the street will return this year along with several blocks of other attractions, including live music, fashion shows, and a green living expo. It’s the last Oakland street fair of the summer. Don’t miss it.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
College Avenue (Between Claremont and Manila)

John Handy at Sundays in the Redwoods

Want to get some of that parking money back? The Oakland East Bay Symphony will be performing free at the Woodminster Amphitheater as part of the city’s excellent Sundays in the Redwoods program. Michael Morgan will conduct winners of the OEBS Young Artists Competition in recitals of Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rossini, and others. John Handy, the remarkable alto saxist, will close the performance. The concert begins at 2 p.m. with performances by local groups. OEBS tunes up at 4 p.m.

Free
2 p.m.
Woodminster Amphitheater
3300 Jaoquin Miller Road

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