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05/14: Your Indie Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 13, 2010

It’s a very busy Oakland weekend, and there’s got to be something in this mix to get you excited about living here — the best of Oakland, jazz and wine, urban agriculture, stage shows, elephants, music from Zimbabwe, the Greek festival, mystery writers, documentary screenings, the Symphony’s closing show and so much more.

FRIDAY, May 14

The Indies

The annual celebration of all things Oakland and indie moves to Jack London Square this year. The Oakland Indies will be held in the Pavillion (You know it as the old Barnes and Noble) Friday night to bestow its awards: Pillar, Newbie, Greenie, Neighborhood Dynamo, and our favorite, Oakland Soul (we won two years ago).

What: Oakland Indie Awards
When: Friday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: 98 Broadway, Jack London Square
How Much: $20

Rockridge Jazz and Wine Stroll

Merchants along College Avenue are having a jazz and wine stroll Friday evening, which will be pretty much what it sounds like along with nice discounts at some of your favorite stores like Jan Christensen Heller Gallery and Fit.

What: Rockridge Jazz and Wine Stroll
When: Friday, May 14 May 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: College Avenue between Claremont and Broadway

City Slicker Farms Fundraiser

Care about urban agriculture? Care about West Oakland? If you answered yes to either of these, then you’ve probably heard about City Slicker Farms, a community-driven group in West Oakland that grows fresh produce for the area’s residents. Friday night, they’re doing some fund-raising at an event where you can learn more about — and celebrate — their work. There will be a potluck, live music, demonstrations and fermented product tasting. Let them know what fermented treats you’re taking at info@fermentchange.org.

What: Ferment Change 2010 – Fermented Food Feast and Celebration of Urban Agriculture
When: Friday, May 14, 7 p.m.– 10 p.m.
Where: 390 27th Street
How Much: $10-$30, sliding scale, No one turned away for lack of funds. Email info@fermentchange.org to find out about work-trade.
For more info, cityslickerfarms.org

Into the Woods at Mills College

Curtain Call Performing Arts, an outfit committed to keeping ticket prices low and performance quality high, brings its production of Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods to Mills College’s Lisser Theatre this month. Directed by Catherine Heck, the musical debuts Friday night. It’s a spooky retelling of the Grimm Brothers, but it’s still safe for kids.

What: Into the Woods
When: Friday and Saturday May 14 and 15, 8 p.m.
Where: The Lisser Theatre, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Boulevard
How Much: $12

Chinyakare and the KTO Project play UTunes Coffeehouse

The Chinyakare Ensemble & the KTO Project celebrate the music of Zimbabwe with mbira (a wooden musical instrument) player Musekiwa Chingodza from Harare, Zimbabwe.

Under the direction of Julia Tsitsi Chigamba, the Chinyakare Ensemble will perform traditional dance, mbira, drums, marimba and songs from tribal groups from around Zimbabwe.

The KTO Project, led by Kelly Takunda Orphan Martinez, is a blend of music with ethnic sensibilities from Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.

What: UTunes Coffeehouse, a concert series (with coffee)
When: Friday, May 14, 8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Where: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street
How Much: $18 for Adults, $5 for Children ages 6-15 (kids under age 6 are free).

SATURDAY, May 15

While you’re in Jack London Square, stop by our gallery to check out the second iPhontography show. Art@TheOakBook will be showing the winners from the art of the iPhone contest, a subgenre of photography that is perhaps best summed up in two quotes (The second quote is from iPhontography’s founding father): “Aim well, shoot fast, and scram.”—Henri Cartier-Bresson. “Aim well, shoot until you get it, and app that bitch until it sings.” —Knox Bronson.

What: Pixels at an exhibition
When: Saturday, May 15, 4 PM – 8 PM
Where: 423 Water Street, JLS
How Much: Free

Learn How to make Buttons

If you think buttons make great small gifts and promotional materials, this all-level class is for you. This is your chance to use a professional grade button maker and circle cutter to make 30 buttons of your design. Take clippings, photos, drawings, reused paper, and other images to make your original art. Saskia, who is passionate about creative reuse, will be teaching the class.

What: Button making class
When: Saturday, May 15, Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue @ 23rd Street
How much: $5 class fee to cover materials
Register online rpscollective.com

Mysterious Women

Seven women mystery writers of the Bay Area will be discussing their work at the Oakland Public Library Main Branch. Meet and listen to authors Rhys Bowen, Diana Chambers, Lucha Corpi, Susan Dunlap, Priscilla Royal, Susan Sherrell, and Kelli Stanley talk about why and how they do what they do.

What: Panel of Women Mystery Writers at the Oakland Library
When: Saturday May 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Main Library, 125 14th St.
Contact: Main Library Reference Services, 510-238-3138
How Much: Free

Elephants at the Zoo

The Zoo’s got a busy Saturday mapped out for you. Circus Finelli, an animal –free circus will have acrobats and clowns performing at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The zoo’s hosting an elephant day. There will be elephant information stations throughout the zoo, teaching fascinating things about the zoo’s pachyderms. Pick up your binocular and data sheet and become an elephant researcher at Oakland Zoo’s elephant research camp.  The elephant keepers will be taking people for a behind-the-scenes tour of the elephant barn for a $5 donation. All proceeds go to the Amboseli Elephant Research Project.

Saturday, May 15th 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
The Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd. oaklandzoo.org

Oakland Underground Film Festival/ Jack London Square Summer Film Series

The Oakland Underground Film Festival will presentRemembering Playland at 7:30 p.m. and Special When Lit at 9:15 p.m. for the May installment of the Jack London Square Summer Film Series.

Director Tom Wyrsch has resurrected San Francisco’s now-extinct Playland at the Beach, a 10-acre amusement park located next to Ocean Beach, in Remembering Playland.Playland at the Beach was established in the 1880s and dismantled in 1972.

Co-presented by Pacific Pinball Machine of Alameda, Special When Lit is the definitive story of the rise and fall of pinball as told by hardcore fans, collectors, designers, and champion players from across the globe.  A product of the mechanical and electrical age, this American invention swept the world and defined cool. A game, a sport, a lifestyle, pinball made more money than the entire American movie industry through the 50s and 60s. Brett Sullivan’s film retraces the passion of pinball followers, and also revealing the demise of pinball to the new era of video games. Rediscover the lure of the lost pop icon-Pinball.

What: Summer Movies
When: Saturday, May 15, 7.30 p.m. onwards
Where: Jack London Square Pavilion Theater, 98 Broadway (inside Jack London Square)
How Much: $10, no one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets at  brownpapertickets.com.

SUNDAY, May 16

Culture Fest

The Koreatown-Northgate neighborhood is holding a party Sunday, which promises to be worthy of the diversity along that stretch of Telegraph Avenue. Called Culture Fest the event will have food (look for gyros from the folks at Oasis), music (on three stages), martial arts demos, and a neighborhood swap meet.

What: Culture Fest
When: Sunday May 16, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Telegraph Avenue between 23rd and 25th Streets
How Much: Free

Greek Festival

The Oakland Greek Festival has been treating the town to Hellenic hospitality, food, and music each spring for nearly 40 years. This weekend, visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Acension for spinach pie, lamb, and other treats from the cradle of Democracy. The weekend-long event will feature all sorts of Greek music and dancing from pop to classical. Visit the website for a coupon that brings the admission down to $5.

What: Oakland Greek Festival
When: Friday-Sunday, May 14-16, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Fri & Sat) 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Sun)
Where: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700
How Much: $6

Ode to Joy

The Oakland East Bay Symphony ends its season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It’s been more than a decade since the OEBS performed the “Choral” symphony. This time Maestro Michael Morgan will lead tenor Thomas Glenn on Friday and Adam Flowers on Sunday. Baritone Bojan Knezevic will lead off with one of the most amazing moments in classical music, “Freude, schoner Gotterfunken…” John Kendall Bailey will lead pre-concert talks before both performances.

What: Ode to Joy
When: Friday and Sunday, May 14 and 16, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Paramount Theatre,
How Much: $20 to $65

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Your 11/12 O-Scene weekend

Posted by novoscene on November 12, 2009

FRIDAY

Buy Coffee to Support Khadafy

Nine years ago, Marilyn Washington Harris founded the Khadafy Foundation for Non-Violence as a tribute to her son, Khadafy Washington, who was shot while riding his bicycle in West Oakland. Since then, the group has worked to provide healing and support services to people who have lost friends or family members due to violence.

Farley’s East is hosting a benefit for the Khadafy Foundation Friday evening. If you get something at the café – a cup of coffee, a glass of wine or some food – 20% will go to the foundation. Their board members will be there for you to talk and mingle with.

Friday, November 13
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Farley’s East
33 Grand Avenue

For more information, please go to khadafyfoundation.org

Utunes

Utunes Time

The organizers of the Utunes coffeehouse at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland say they are going after an old-timey church basement coffee house vibe, but with an Oakland twist. The events feature folk and popular music from all over the world. This Friday, the exceptional East Bay Anointed Voices perform in the cozy venue. Here’s a little bit more about EBAV: “East Bay Anointed Voices is a multi-racial, inter-denominational mix of talented vocalists and musicians of all ages under the direction of Donald Taylor and Rachelle Rogers-Ard. EBAV’s music is a mix of traditional and contemporary gospel styles, infused with jazz, Latin and Afro-Cuban rhythms.”

Friday, November 13 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street
$18 at the door, $5 kids 6-15, 6 and under are free
$14 in advance

Re-Create

The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) is putting on a show of artwork made by Oakland K-12 students from discarded or reused materials.

The fifth annual Re-Create art contest and exhibition, which features artworks like giant gold robots made from old CDs to winged water bottle creatures, aims to highlight creative approaches to the 4 Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle, rot.

The Re-Create exhibit runs November 13 through December 20. Gallery hours are Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Public reception and award ceremony
Friday November 13, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
472 Water Street in Jack London Square
www.mocha.org

Opening Concert: Night at the Opera

Friday is Michael Morgan’s big night. Mr. Morgan, who celebrates his twentieth anniversary with the Oakland East Bay Symphony this year has picked arias, overtures and intermezzos from many of his favorite operas and brought a group of talented and high profile young singers such as former Adler Fellow Joshua Bloom, who recently made a successful debut at the Metropolitan Opera, for opening of the symphony’s 2009-2010 season. The program for Night at the Opera includes music from some of the world’s most well known operas, including Aida and other Verdi favorites, Lucia di Lammermoor and Bernstein’s Candide.

Friday, November 13, 8 p.m.
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Tickets: $20 to $65
oebs.org

SATURDAY

Special School Board Meeting

It might not be your notion of an ideal weekend afternoon, but Oakland Unified’s governing board is holding a special meeting at the district’s downtown HQ Saturday, which address some of the biggest issues facing the district: teacher compensation, school size, and class size. Tony Smith, the district’s new boss, has said that Oakland public schools are going to have to perform at a higher level with a lot less money. On Saturday, the public will get a glimpse of what a post-Great Recession school district will look like.

Saturday, November 14, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Paul Robeson Board Room, 1025 2nd Avenue

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Think Fast Theater

For the past six or so weeks, Awkward Face, the improvisational troupe at Uptown’s Pan Theater have been performing two shows every Saturday night. The first show of the evening is called The Montage. It’s a collection of scenes, monologues, and games built around audience suggestions. The Harold, the evening’s second show, is a long-form improv piece with recurring characters in three pieces. With that kind of intensity, the motto of Pan Theater pretty much has to be “Where Neurons Fire Faster.” Maybe you’ll catch the improv bug. The theater’s holding auditions at the end of the month.

Saturday, November 14 8 p.m. and 9:10 p.m.
2135 Broadway
$10 at the door

Bay Area Bead Extravaganza 2009

This weekend, the 11th annual Bay Area Bead Extravaganza (BABE), the largest bead and jewelry show in the West, comes to Oakland.

There will be more than 160 juried exhibitors showing unusual beads, jewelry and beading supplies. Designers and fashion connoisseurs can go shop and those that like to work with beads can pick up tips and lessons.

Saturday, Nov 14. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway
$7
For more information, call 510- 684-2484 or visit beadextravaganza.com/

SUNDAY

Discussing Afghanistan

If you’re feeling like you’re in the mood for a political debate, here’s something for you. The title that tells you where the discussion’s going: Afghan lives and freedom sucked into U.S. quagmire.

Agree or disagree? This is your chance to be heard. There will be a free and open discussion led by Htun Lin, News & Letters “Workshop Talks” columnist this Sunday.

Sunday, November 15, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave. (at Alcatraz)
For more information call (510) 658-1448 or email banandl@yahoo.com
To read News & Letters articles on Afghanistan, visit newsandletters.org

Jazzschool at Yoshi’s

The award winning Jazzschool Studio Band is an advanced-level high school ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of standard and contemporary big band literature. Directed by Keith Johnson, the group is made up of some of the Bay Area’s top high school musicians who are selected each year by competitive audition. The Jazzschool Studio Band performs frequently throughout the Bay Area and participates in national jazz festivals and competitions throughout the United States. The band has performed at esteemed jazz clubs including Yoshi’s in Oakland, The Jazzschool, and Savanna Jazz in San Francisco in addition to performances in New York, Seattle, and Idaho.

Sunday, November 16
8 p.m. ($15) and 10 p.m.  ($10)
510 Embarcadero West (Jack London Square)
510-238-9200

Howl-o-ween pics!

If you’re pet-crazy, you have to see these photos from the Halloween party at Paws and Claws in the Dimond. The pet store run by the Dimond dynamos Ruth and Diane raised $300 for PAWS East Bay that evening through this fun event. Click here to see the slide show.

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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

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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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