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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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04/02: The Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on April 1, 2010


Friday, April 2

Oakland School for the Arts Spring Exhibition

Once, former Oaklander and current emerging art star Josh Keyes taught art here to many deserving students. Now you can lend your support by checking out and possibly buying the work of the current slate of student artists at the Oakland School for the Arts’ annual spring exhibition. This is a time when funding sources for schools like this 8-year-old charter high school are at risk and your support is key. There will be hundreds of student-generated prints, paintings, drawings, digital artworks, sculptures, jewelry pieces, and more for sale, with prices starting at a very kind ten dollars. I wonder if someone will find the next Josh Keyes here?

Marion E. Greene Black Box Theatre, 531 19th Street
Friday, April 2, 6 PM – 8 PM, Saturday, April 3, 12 PM to 5 PM, Sunday, April 4, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

It’s the First Friday of the month, which means it’s time for the art walk. For the first time, art@the OakBook will be open tonight. 6.30 p.m. onwards, 423 Water Street (inside Jack London Square). Get down there to see a fantastic show — The Golden Dawn.

Saturday, April 3

Nano Days

Take the little ones to learn more about the science of the super small at the Chabot Space and Science Center this weekend. There will be hands on demos of nanoscience guaranteed to pique the interest of kids in this cutting-edge realm of technology.

Saturday April 3, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard
$14.95 for Adults, $10.95 for kids 3-12

Taste for Artisans

What with all the chickens, urban farms, and crafty DIYers in Oakland these days, it can start to look like “Little House on the Prarie” around here. The East Bay ExpressTaste for Artisans event, which includes a Handmade Ho Down, promises a tasty mash-up of food, crafts, and fun. Look for creamed corn wrestling, a mechanical bull, in addition to rows upon rows of local eats and drinks.

Saturday April 3, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
98 Broadway, Jack London Square
Free Admission


Adachi Tomomi

Pacific Exchange Concert Series

Back in 1997, two composers at Mills College wanted a place for people who created sound in unique and novel ways to get together. Thingamajigs was born. Among the many programs run by this singular outfit is the Pacific Exchange Concert Series, which “brings composers and performers from diverse areas of the Pacific Rim together in order to exchange ideas and create music on a single concert stage. Thingamajigs.org created this event to emphasize the commonalities of artists living on the Pacific Rim, as well as to showcase their diversity.”

The Pacific Exchange concerts have exhibited the music of composers from Japan, Korea, and the United States. The performance group tov, Megumi Matsuhashi, Jean Ann, Kiyoshi Suzuki, Edward Schocker, Shizuka Takeuchi, Tomoko Sogabe, Akiko Hasegawa, and Niji Ito are just a few of the artists that have been featured by this series.

This year, the Pacific Exchange comes to the United States for the first time. Go to 21 Grand Saturday night to hear Adachi Tomomi, Laetitia Sonami, Judy Halebsky, Dylan Bolles, Suki O’Kane, and Edward Schocker.

Saturday, April 3, 8 p.m.
21 Grand, 416 25th Street
$10- $15

Tin Can Cabaret

Ever heard of the Paper Doll Militia? It’s a performance group that tells stories through theatre, acrobatic feats, aerial arts, live music, and other performance forms. This Saturday, they present their newest aerial theatre pieces and other circus acts in the Tin Can Cabaret. In the timeless and forgotten spaces, deep in the cracks of the city streets faeries and floozies, mimes and minstrels have gathered to enchant and delight you. Join us and be transported into a dark and magical Underworld. Prepare to be dazzled by elusive illusionists, astonishing aerialists, profane pantomimes, pirate burlesque acrobats and crazed contortionists.

Saturday, 3 April, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Kinetic Arts Canter, 785 7th Street
Pay what you can

Guitar Hero is Dead: Guitarists Play Video Games Using Real Guitars as Controllers

Two classically trained New York City guitarists calling themselves Modal Kombat have hacked into classic video games Pong, Tetris, Mortal Kombat and Mario Kart. This Saturday night, they’re going to make their characters move — and battle against each other — with a flurry of guitar-plucking.

The event, part of Modal Kombat’s ‘Guitar Hero is Dead’ tour, is a video-game battle/performance-art hybrid that’s open to the public. The goal is to demonstrate that real guitars — or other musical instruments — can be viable video game controllers.

Saturday, 3 April, 8 p.m. to midnight
Flux 53 Theater, 5306 Foothill Boulevard (Foothill & Fairfax)
$5-$10 sliding scale

Monique at the Paramount

Even if you hadn’t heard of Monique six months ago, you probably know who she is by now. With an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA award under her belt for her work in Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, the comedian/actor/talk show host is enjoying her moment in the spotlight. Catch her at the Paramount this weekend.

Saturday, April 3, 8 p.m. (doors open 60 minutes before show time)
The Paramount Theater, 2025 Broadway
$59.50, $39.50

Changing the Dream

Awakening the Dreamer stands at the intersection of sustainability and spirituality. A program of the well-respected Pachamama Alliance, the Changing the Dream symposium promises participants a chance to “connect with people who care about sustainability, spirituality and social justice, the biggest challenges and opportunities of our time.” The four-hour, free symposium will be held Saturday afternoon. Registration is required.

Saturday, April 3, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
United Lutheran Church, 8800 Fontaine Street
Free

Sunday, April 4

Strictly Same-Sex Ballroom

Dancing with the Queers offers three afternoons of same-sex ballroom dancing beginning this Sunday. The classes in Fox Trot, Waltz, and Cha Cha are taught by same-sex ballroom champs Zoe Balfour and Citabria Phillips. The hour-long lessons are incredibly well-priced at $15 a class. No partner or experience necessary.

Sunday, April 4, 11:30 a.m. (Int. Fox Trot), 12:30 p.m. (Beg. Waltz), 1:30 p.m. (Beg. Cha Cha)
200 Grand Avenue
$15 for one lesson, $39 for the series

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