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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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04/16: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on April 15, 2010

Art and more art, music, food, shopping and fire dancers — there’s a lot going down in Oakland this sunny weekend.

Thursday, April 15

Sprung

Join Creative Growth for SPRUNG, an exhibition featuring artwork focused on animal themes, along with one-of-a-kind functional art. You’ll find drawings, paintings, textiles, wood, ceramics, furniture, prints, masks and more.

Music by Sandra Poindexter, beer donated by Trumer Pils Brauerei in Berkeley

Opening: Thursday April 15,  5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Also open Saturday, April 17, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Open late, Friday, May 7, 6:00pm – 9:00pm for Art Murmur

Creative Growth Art Center
355 24th Street, 510.836.2340 x15, creativegrowth.org

Friday, April 16

Shopping and Food at La Borinqueña@ Twilight


Love Oakland? Love shopping? Love tamales? You can show some Oakland love while shopping from fair trade certified providers and survivors of human trafficking by visiting La Borinqueña Friday evening  during its “Twilight” hours when it’ll be serving up its famous food, cerveza, sangria and more..

Friday, April 16, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen, 582 7th Street @ Jefferson
mangosteenoakland.com

Saturday, April 17



Party Like It’s 1969

The shopping fest continues at Urban Indigo. The Lakeshore Avenue store is throwing a retro party on Saturday. They’ll have live music and a contest for the best retro costume. And of course, they’ll be selling vintage items from the 60’s and 70’s while they serve retro foods and drinks.

Saturday, April 17
Urban Indigo, 3339 Lakeshore Avenue
510.889.6858, urbanindigo.com

Oakland ART Weekend

It isn’t the first Friday of the month, but it’s a busy time for art openings, nevertheless. Some excellent galleries are hosting receptions for shows that promise to be thought-provoking, at the very least. The following receptions all take place on Saturday, April 17.

Opening reception for the solo exhibit of paintings by Jason Byers

Oakland-based artist Jason Byers delves head long into an investigation of difference, utilizing an acute vocabulary of color and form. His work explores the interaction of shapes and their lines of demarcation, those minute spaces of mammoth proportion that press upon their surroundings, hold them at bay and delineate the extent of their reach.

7 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Rowan Morrison Gallery, 330 40th St. (near Broadway)
rowanmorrison.com

Opening reception for Protoform: Drawings by Sculptors

This show is based around sculptors and ceramicists’ drawn work as art in and of itself. The gathered roster includes emerging and established artists from a regional and national level who have built their careers on exploring their voice in three dimensions. This show explores their never before seen works at their creative genesis, as drawings. How does the sculptor relate to only two dimensions? Is their a tactile element that is maintained? How much of form is simply illusion.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Artists in show: Carrissa Bowman, Brük Dunbar, Crystal Morey, Lucien Shapiro
Curator: Obi Kaufmann
The SWEE(t)ART Drawing Gallery, 1167 65th Street (near San Pablo)
oaklandsweetart.info/gallery.html

Round Rhythm: Alissa Goss + Tallulah Terryll
Round Rhythm features the work of Alissa Goss and Tallulah Terryll, two visual artists who practice in Oakland. Both artists deal with repetition, color and texture to conjure up ideas about nature. Using clay, Goss meticulously crafts intimate sculptures and installations. Handmade stencils, ink and paints are Terryll’s choice for her works on paper.

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Compound Gallery, 6604 San Pablo Ave.

2010 Spring Open House at the Crucible

Everyone’s favorite Oakland art organization is having its spring open house, which means you can get in and explore this exciting house of creative energy for free.

There will have live demonstrations happening throughout the studio. You can enjoy performances by fire dancers and fire eaters, watch artists at work in their studios, shop for bikes and just get a sense of what the hype is all about. If you have kids, get there early. At 12:10 p.m., there will be doing a tour of the facility, highlighting the classes for youth this summer. Please sign up before hand, as space is limited.

Saturday, April 17, noon to 4 p.m.
The Crucible, 1260 7th Street, Oakland, (510) 444-0919, www.thecrucible.org

Sunday, April 18

Omar Sosa Afreecanos Ensemble

Five-time Grammy-nominated Cuban composer and pianist Omar Sosa brings his own style of Afro-Cuban jazz to Oakland for a three-night engagement on Friday-Sunday. Omar Sosa continues to explore the African roots of traditional musics throughout the diaspora, using modern jazz harmonies and the latest audio technology. Sosa’s new Afreecanos (rooted in Africa) ensemble features drum-&-bass pioneer Marque Gilmore, Mozambican electric bassist Childo Tomas, and well known Senegalese vocalist and percussionist Mola Sylla. The ensemble fuses the folkloric with the contemporary, the ancestral with the urban – all with a Latin jazz heart.  Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune has said — “Cuban pianists often tower over their peers.  But within this elite class of pianists, few have been more stylistically adventurous than Omar Sosa.  Though deeply schooled in jazz improvisation techniques, Sosa always has pushed beyond jazz orthodoxy.  At his best, his art encompasses a remarkable range of influences:  European symphonic repertoire, religious music of Gnawa, traditional sounds of Senegal and other far-flung idioms have coursed through his work.  All of which piques one’s interest in his newest ensemble, Afreecanos Quartet.”

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West (Jack London Square), yoshis.com
Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $22
Sunday 2 p.m. (Kids Matinee) $5 (ages 15 and under), Adults (with children) $18, Adults $22
Sunday 7 p.m. $22

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MLK Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 14, 2010

For some folks it’s a three-day weekend. For all of us it’s a weekend to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy. One of the best MLK events this weekend is “In the Name of Love.”

And if you’re thinking of honoring Dr. King’s legacy, think about Haiti. Here are some ways to get involved. Locally –there’s a fundraiser at Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley on Saturday, 9 pm.

FRIDAY, January 15

Hubba Hubba

San Francisco’s DNA Lounge is closed for most of this month, and that means the Hubba Hubba Revue is homeless, or would be, if the bawdy brigade weren’t coming to the Uptown nightclub Friday night for a special East Bay edition.

Friday January 15, Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph, Doors $10
Show @10 pm, Doors open @9 pm

Madea Comes to Oakland

Tyler Perry, the man behind Madea, has returned to the road after building a one-man entertainment empire with hits like “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Daddy’s Little Girls.” Perry will be at the Paramount playing the lead in his new play, “Madea’s Big Happy Family.”

Friday January 15, 8pm, Saturday 3pm and 8pm, Sunday 3pm, Paramount Theater 2025 Broadway, $55 – $75

King for a Day

Dr. King’s birthday is a good reason to head over to the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music to celebrate with some strong poetry and jazz. You’ll get to hear beloved local poets like Devorah Major and Raymond Nat Turner and musicians like Lewis Jordan and John-Carlos Perea.

Friday January 15, 8 pm, Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, 1616 Franklin St., $10. For more, go to opcmusic.org/

SATURDAY, January 16

Art Collective

Mercury 20, the 20-member artists collective with its HQ on Grand Avenue in Uptown, hosts the opening of a group show titled “Elemental” Saturday night. The artists will be hanging out at the gallery, so you’ll be able to chat with them about their work. Because Mercury 20 is looking for new members, it’s a good opportunity to check out how the outfit works.

Saturday January 16, noon to 3 pm, Mercury 20, 25 Grand Avenue, Free

Spud Stud

There he is, with his unique talent, his poise, and his ardent wishes for world peace. It’s Mr. Potato Head! MOCHA, the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art, hosts its sixth annual Mr. Potato Head Beauty Pageant Saturday afternoon. It’s your chance to turn a spud into a stud. MOCHA has all the supplies and everyone wins.

Saturday January 16, 1 – 3 pm, MOCHA, 538 9th St., $7 child, $3 adult

SUNDAY, January 17

In the Name of Love

Oakland’s best Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute is In the Name of Love. It’s a jamming, high-energy blast of song and poetry. It looks like Oakland. It sounds like Oakland. Like The Town when it’s at its best, In the Name of Love does the man who had a dream proud. This year Ledisi is the headliner and Brian Copeland (“Not a Genuine Black Man”) is the emcee.

Sunday January 17, 7 pm, Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive $12

Tribute to Dr. King: MONDAY, JANUARY 18

Make the Dream Real

In the spirit of making MLK Day a holiday of national service, the Taylor Memorial Methodist Church is hosting its 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Celebration – Make The Dream Real. Oakland’s new police chief, Anthony Batts, will be the keynote speaker. “There will also be youth performers: Destiny Knuckles, Winnie Wong and the Chinese Traditional Orchestra, Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir, Oakland School for the Arts Choir and ArtEsteem Youth Leaders.”

Monday, January 18, 10 am to 12 pm, Taylor Memorial Methodist Church, 1188 Adeline, Free

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10/28 The Sound of Oaktown Brass

Posted by novoscene on October 27, 2008

Ambrose Akinmusire is one of those Oakland home town hero’s people can brag about when people talk smack about The Town.  The 26 year old trumpet player has been blowing professionally since before he could vote and last year took first place at two of the world’s most prestigious Jazz competitions-the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition.

He’s played sideman for some of the coolest of the current big gunners including Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, and Steve Coleman and experimented with the newer crop of young lions including Esperanza Spaulding, Vijay Iyer and hip hop/fusion artist Mike Ladd.  Seems like a bit of an understatement, but young dude is amazingly badass with a horn.

He’s got gigs lined up around the world for the rest of the year, so catch him in all his badassness at Yoshi’s Oakland Tuesday night.  Then go tell all your friends how great Oakland musicians are.-kwan

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9/30-10/5-“The most important living composer in jazz”

Posted by novoscene on September 30, 2008

So says the New York Times about sax player, composer and bandleader Wayne Shorter.  Shorter is one of the last living jazz giants, one of the mythical circle of players from the 60’s and 70’s that totally shaped and reshaped America’s ideas on not just Jazz but on music in general-what it should sound and feel like, how we should think about and move to it.

Throughout his 40 plus year career Shorter has lent his mix of cool jazz, free jazz, bebop and latin grooves to nearly 100 albums with every jazz great around and provided sax sounds to some of the most important albums in the genre.    From exploring the edges of jazz and fusion with Miles Davis on album like Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way to Weather Report’s jazz/rock forays to sides with Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Joni Mitchell and fellow living legend Ron Carter, it’s no understatement to say that Shorter’s been a part of some of the most significant musical movements in the last half century.  Most important living compose-yeah, we’ll grant him that.

From tonight through Sunday Shorter and his quartet (an accomplished group of players in their own right-Brian Blade on drums, John Patitucci on bass and Danilo Perez on piano) will be laying down the jazz law at Yoshi’s in Oakland. Check him out for a trip though music history.-Kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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9/17 Malian Blues: a family tradition

Posted by novoscene on September 17, 2008

Children of musical greats often have a hard road to bear. Constantly compared to their famous parents their musical catalogs often fall far short of the family genius tree. But every so often a kid gets it right-Martha and Rufus Wainright, Femi and Seun Kuti, the inexplicable collective talent of the Marley clan and now you can add the Vieux Farka Toure to the list. The son of Malian blues man Ali Farka Touré, the multi-talented guitarist, singer and songwriter had taken up his father’s legacy in way’s even the older Toure never anticipated. Vieux’s soulful, sometimes spacey guitar work has on occasion earned him comparisons to both his father and Jimmie Hendrix. Hear the ancestral and psych rock influences that help make up Vieux’s unique sound when he plays Yoshi’s San Francisco tonight.

On his 2007 self titled debut CD, Vieux established himself as a confident and talented torchbearer of his fathers blend of Saharan and Malian blues and traditional music. And while Vieux laces his songs with flashes of jazz, rock and reggae and lends his music to remix projects like last year’s Remixed: UFO’s over Bamako, his music is full of tributes to his father and to the community of elders and advisers who influenced him. “Here in Africa, he who teaches you in life, you will follow his path,” he said during an interview following the album’s release, which also features the only recorded sessions featuring father and son. Vieux plays with a full band tonight at 8 and 10pm .-kwan

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Eulipia Performance Salon 1st Anniversary Finale Gala

Posted by novoscene on October 1, 2007

Eulipia Performance Salon 1st Anniversary Finale Gala

October 2nd, 8PM (sharp)

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Walter Kitundu

Please join us for this night of celebration and reflection.

Since October 2006, Eulipa/Knot Frum Hear has featured some of the Bay’s innovators in the worlds of word and music and continues to explore alternative spaces through performance, sound, and vision. Read the rest of this entry »

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