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07/10: O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 10, 2009

Friday, July 10

Estuary Art Attack

If you couldn’t get enough of First Friday, here’s a chance for you to do the art walk all over again – but in a different neighborhood. On the second Friday of each month, artists and studios along the Oakland estuary and in the island of Alameda put up the Estuary Art Attack. If you’ve never been to Jingletown, this is your chance to discover the home of a lot of Oakland art.

Free
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For a list of participating galleries, click here:
http://www.estuaryartattack.com/galleries.html

Comedy off Broadway

Cobb’s and Punch line are great comedy clubs, but you can give them a pass tonight. Two local comedians, Samson Koletkar and Joe Gleckler, have decided to bring some of their colleagues down to Oakland every Friday night. Tonight, the headliner is Joe Kolcek, who comes to Oakland via Comedy Central. You’ll also get to see some other up and comers like Brendan Lynch and Stephanie Paul.

$10, $8 for students
Doors open at 8.30 p.m., show begins at 9 p.m.
The Washington Inn, 495 10th Street
510-452-1776

For more on the show or the performers, go to http://comedyoffbroadwayoakland.com/20090710.html

Techliminal Opening party

Calling all geeks, freelancers, and anyone who wishes they didn’t have to host all their professional meetings in cafes. When you go to Techliminal, you’re going to wonder why you did not think of the idea yourself. You can rent a computer if you want one, rent space for an hour if that’s what you need, use the conference room of an office that’s bright, cheerful, and very silicon valley, and if you have any tech support needs or web help, turn to Anca Mosoiu and her ever-present I.T team.

Tonight’s event is free.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
268, 14th Street
510-832-3401

Saturday, July 11


Eat the Past

You can’t call yourself an East Bay foodie if you can’t make your own tortillas and cook them on a “comal” over an open fire. The curators of the Peralta Hacienda have realized that the way to engage us in East Bay history is through our stomachs.

On Saturday, the Peralta Hacienda in the Fruitvale hosts Bread and Tortillas: Delicious Traditions. In addition to the tortilla making lessons, there’ll be a Native American fry bread station and hoe cakes just the way the 49ers used to eat ‘em. The organizers also promise baskets of pastries of the ilk Old Antonio Peralta would have enjoyed sitting on the porch of his farmhouse in 1870.

The beauty part? It just costs a dollar. And of course there’s all that delicious history. Antonio Peralta’s farmhouse is now a museum stocked with information about the East Bay’s past and the family that once owned everything from El Cerrito to San Leandro.

$1
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
2465, 34th Avenue

Tartan it Up

When was the last time you tossed your caber? Unleash your inner Bobby Burns or Braveheart at the Scottish Highland Games hosted by the Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate this weekend. It’s going to be a Caledonian hoe-down complete with sheepdog competitions, a gathering of the clans, bagpipes, and food (or at least what passes for food north of Hadrian’s Wall.)

$12 for adults, $5 for children up to 12
Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court

FOR KIDS: Cartoon Grrlz

Girls can learn to draw their own cartoon character at MOCHA Saturday afternoon under the tutelage of author Sarah Davies and illustrator Jenny Mattheson, the creators of the book “Happy to be Girls”

Free
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
MOCHA, 538 9th Street

DA Bay Release Party

OakBook writer Alison Peters wrote a fabulous profile of DJ Olga T in the OakBook magazine last year. And if there’s anything we took away from that, it’s that one really shouldn’t miss an evening with DJ Olga T. Olga is releasing her CD on Saturday at Velvet, which is fast becoming an Oakland LGBT destination with its regular parties. If all the partying during Pride didn’t wear you out, continue the party this weekend.

$5 cover, $5 drink specials
9 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Velvet, 3411 MacArthur Blvd

Sunday, July 12

House (of Representatives) Party

Could there be a better venue for a fundraiser for the Uniting American Families Act than the Bench and Bar? No. The home of Mr. Gay Vaquero is the ideal place to raise money for legislation designed to make the country’s immigration laws less discriminatory against lesbians, gays, transgenders, and bisexuals. Sunday’s party won’t be as lively as the club’s signature annual event, but count on good food, music, and drinks all for an excellent cause.

Bench and Bar
2111 Franklin Street
4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Wanted: 21st Century Dorthea Langes

The cliché is an “arresting image,” a picture that stops you in your tracks and demands you notice. But in this noisy, tweety age, a better phrase for the power of documentary photography might be a silencing image. From his photographs of abandoned Filipino World War II vets living in poverty to pictures of Washington D.C. before the Obama inauguration, Rick Rocamora’s black and white photographs.

The award-winning photographer will speak at Joyce Gordon Gallery with Michael Cheers, the head of the photojournalism department at San Jose State University, on Sunday afternoon about photo activism.

Joyce Gordon Gallery Artist Talk Series: Rick Rocamora
406 14th Street, Oakland
Sunday, July 12 3pm – 5pm

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Photos: The Roots ft. Estelle

Posted by novoscene on October 27, 2008

There are some bands that no matter their latest album sounds like, no matter what you have going on that particular night, you drop it and get tickets.  The Roots is one of those bands.  For damned near 20 years they’ve been killing the live shows and through all the lineup shifts and sonic changes-from the jazzy, philly soul of Illadelph Halflife to the head scratching abstractions of Phrenology, they’re always kept been on point with the in persons.

Last weekend the Hardest Working Band in Hip Hop brought the show to San Jose State with openers Estelle and Gym Class Heroes.   The Hardest Working Photographer in the Bay Area, Oakbook contributor Seher Sikandar, was on the scene for the shots.

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10/27-11/16 Indulge your inner Angry White Boy

Posted by novoscene on October 27, 2008

“Angry Black White Boy,” the Intersection for the Art’s new play based on the book of the same name, opens tonight and sounds like it’s worth checking out.  The Chron reviewed the book this morning.  The production stars Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd from Felonius, and is directed by theater vet Sean San Jose.  All three have cred in the hip hop world, otherwise, given the touchy subject matter, I might be a little iffy about this show, but add the fact that Adam Mansbach, the novel’s author, has done an interesting and funny job of discussing the intersections of music, culture and race over the last few years and you have the makings of a thought provoking show.

Angry Black White Boy is a social satire of the highest order-think Paul Beatty and Terry Southern-telling the story of Macon Detornay, a mild mannered, upper middle class, Jewish suburban kid who is “reborn” as an ass kicking fist of reparations justice, militant pro Black rapper and leader of the most radical black liberation splinter group in the country (come on, could I really make this up?).  Of course it only gets more over the top from there.  The play runs from tonight through Nov. 16.-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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Naomi Klein and the Grrrl MC’s

Posted by novoscene on September 28, 2007

Tonight the ladies speak fire at the House of Stormz in East Oakland:

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