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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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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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12/11: Your O-Scene Weekend’s Here

Posted by novoscene on December 10, 2009

The weekend starts today with the Holiday Buy Night market in Jack London Square. There’s shopping, more shopping, lots of art, parties, music and a lot more to see and do in Oak-town this weekend.

Tonight: Holiday Buy Night

Tonight, come to Jack London Square to shop for gifts, accessories, clothes, art and specialty items that were made and manufactured locally. Hosts Oakland Unwrapped, ProArts, Oakland Grown and Jack London Square want this event to be your mall-ternative.

Jack London Market, 55 Harrison Street @ Water Street
Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, December 11

Strumming, Picking, and Sawing

A banjo, a fiddle, and a geetar – that’s the Paper Crocodiles. The Oakland trio will be one of three East Bay bands performing at Mama Buzz Friday evening. The Paper Crocodiles, along with Scattered Like Birds, and Glass Cake will be at the venerable coffee house/art gallery starting at 7 pm. A $3 donation is suggested.

Friday, 7 p.m.
2318 Telegraph Avenue
$3 Donation

Uptown Improv

There’s something about the daredevilry of improv that makes audience participation inevitable. If the performers go down in flames, the house goes with them. The improv masters at Pan Theater take the thrilling demolition of the fourth wall a step further by using audience suggestions as the departure points for their sketches. On Friday night, Pan’s performers put on a theater jam and comedy show with both comedic and dramatic sketches.

Friday, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
2135 Broadway
$10 at the door

The Wiz at the Fox

This is the inaugural event of the Oakland School for the Arts in the Fox Theatre. If you feel like seeing some musical theater at the Fox, or are just curious about the school that Jerry Brown built, this is your chance. And they have a special offer for you — If you buy 20 or more general admission tickets, you’ll get 50% off the adult $20 tickets.

Friday, 7 p.m.
Fox theater, 1807 Telegraph
Tickets: $30, $20, $10 (youth and seniors)

Beer fest

Old Oakland’s beer bar, the Trappist is hosting the KerstBier festival this weekend. They’ll have more than 20Belgian, Danish, French and America Christmas beers for you to try out.

Friday & Saturday; Starts at 4 p.m. on Friday
The Trappist, 460 8th Street,www.thetrappist.com,(510)326-5881
$25 tasting flight includes commemorative glass & 5 – 5 oz samples

A Long Way from the Cabbage Patch: Art@TheOakbook’s Holiday Art Show

This holiday season, Art@theOakBook invites you to discover the work of six local emerging artists who have received positive critical accolades on the local and national level. Affordable art will be presented by Marcos LaFarga, Kevin Earl Taylor, Jake Watling, Savanna Snow, Theo Konrad Auer, and Joel Scilley. Their beautiful – and inexpensive — artworks make for great Made-in-Oakland holiday gifts.

Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Art@theOakBook, 423 Water Street (inside Jack London Square)
The show runs through January 9, 2010 (Disclosure: This gallery is run by the OakBook.)

SATURDAY, December 12

Jingletown Art Walk

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. You’ll get to see mosaic art, metal work, ceramic sculpture, oil paintings, stationary, and much more.

Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Fun for Kids: Candy Cottages

The Museum for Children’s art is calling kids to build candy cottage or cookie castle using sugary frosting paste, licorice, lollipops, gumdrops and more.  Your kids will have their fair share of sticky, gooey fun.

The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA), 538 9th Street,  510-465-8770, www.mocha.org
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
$7 per child, $3 per adult (This includes the cost of all materials)
No need to pre-register

KFOG’s 24th Annual Concert for Kids to benefit Toys for Tots and Ronald McDonald House

The concert features Brandi Carlile, Mat Kearney, and Eoin Harrington. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped book or toy to donate to the Marines’ Toys for Tots program. Proceeds from tickets sales benefit The Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Saturday, December 12 @ 7 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show time.
$125.00, $65.00, $50.00, $45.00, $35.00

For more, visit KFOG

LOCAL LOVE

Join Rowan Morrison Gallery and the businesses of the 40th Street Corridor are hosting Local Love, a holiday stroll and an informal open house.

If you didn’t already know, Rowan Morrison is one of the best galleries in Oakland. Their show Double Exposure is worth seeing. If that weren’t enough, they’ll be serving up chai, snacks, treats, & drinks (later on).  The other businesses in the corridor include Manifesto Bicycles, Premium Tattoo and Vintage, 1234GO! Records

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rowan Morrison, 330 40th Street
http://www.rowanmorrison.com/doubleexposure.html

SUNDAY, December 13

Let us Break Bread Together

This is Oakland’s musical holiday event. The Oakland East Bay Symphony celebrates the holidays with performances of gospel music, classical selections and other holiday favorites, as well as a few sing-alongs. The ever-popular Michael Morgan conducts the orchestra. You’ll also see (and hear) the Oakland Symphony Chorus, Terrance Kelly and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Mt. Eden High School Choir, Klezmer ensemble  Kugelplex, and others.

Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
Sunday, 4 p.m.
Tickets: $40, $25, $15, $10 (youth), Family pack – $50

The Silver Screen

WE Artspace, the brainchild of artists Tina Dillman and Naaman Rosen, hosts the first of its short film series – the Silver Screen. In December, WE will be showcasing California film-makers, who explore the realm of documentary and experimental film through portraits and music. We will be screening short films by Brigid McCaffrey, Erika Anderson, K.C. Bull, Molly Snyder-Fink, Orlando Richards and Luke Judd.

Sunday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
768 40th Street (two blocks west of the MacArthur Bart Station)
$2 donation at the door, snacks and beverages available.
For more, visit their website.

Get Those Cool gifts at the Crucible

Support local artists and community arts education for youth and adults while you shop at the Crucible’s Holiday Gifty celebration. Shop for gifts created by over 70 Bay Area artisans — handmade jewelry, glass creations, sculpture, clothing, ceramics and more. Catch the demonstrations of glass blowing, metal casting and blacksmithing
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa gets in at 1 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1260 7th Street, 510-444-0919, http://thecrucible.org
Free admission

Saturday: Tibetan Breakfast

Churu, it’s what the folks eat for breakfast in Kongpo, a Tibetan area of China along the banks of the Yarlung River. Learn to make this delicious fermented cheese soup, along with parched barley flour, and tingmo, a steamed leavened bread at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center Saturday morning. There’s a $30 donation to cover materials, but no one will be turned away. Space is limited, so call to make sure there’s a spot: 510-637-0462.

Saturday, December 12 10 am – 1pm
388 9th Street
$30 Donation for materials

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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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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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08/14: The Art and Soul Weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 14, 2009

Art and Soul

Featured Event: ART & SOUL

The City may be broke, but that’s not stopping Oakland’s annual two-day downtown block party. Art and Soul goes down this weekend at a new and improved time (who wanted to be home for Labor Day weekend?) As always, there will be stages showcasing R&B, hip-hop, and Latin music. The headliner on Saturday is Shawn Colvin and on Sunday, it’s Will Downing. Look for an excellent kid’s zone and bring your hunger. The food vendors represent a nice mix of State Fair style dreck and healthier offerings from Oakland’s varied culinary scene. Free bike parking is available at the festival’s Broadway and 14th Street entrance.

Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, Noon to 6 p.m.
Adult admission $10, seniors and youth (12-17) $5, kids 12 and under are free
Downtown Oakland. Entrances: 14th Street & Broadway, 16th Street & San Pablo
For more, visit artandsouloakland.com

Friday, August 14

Hollywoof

Mine, the documentary

Mine, the documentary

Dog lovers, this is for you. Take your lovely self and your dog down to Hollywoof tonight. It’s a fundraiser for various organizations and a very good documentary.

But the real reason that you’ll go there is to spend an evening with your beloved dog and other dog lovers. There’ll be a dog masseuse, photographers, and of course, a doggy bar. Indi filmmaker Geralyn Pezanoski will show Mine, his award-winning documentary about the animals left behind during Katrina. And yes, your dog can stay for the movie. Buy your tickets at the event page at dogopolis.com

6.30 p.m.to 9.30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $8 canine admission
Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street

Dancing Under the Stars

Head over to Jack London Square for a free salsa dance lesson tonight.
Instructors from Linden Street studio will teach you some moves, and then let you practice while the Cuban group Edgardo Cambon y Latido performs live in the background. There will also be a dance “exposition.”

Free
Class begins at 7.30 p.m.
Open dance at 8.30 p.m.
Jack London Square (Broadway at Water)

Pan’s Improv Jam

At Pan’s monthly improv theater jam, Pan Theater performers and guests form teams of performers on the spot for twenty-minute long form sets. Each set team will explore an audience suggested theme through games, scenes, and everything else.

Guests can watch, or participate. No scripts, no rules – other than have fun. Admission up until half an hour before the jam is over. Those wishing to perform must arrive at least an hour before the evening is over.

8 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Tickets $10 at the door (to participate and/or watch)
Pan Theater, 2135 Broadway (one block from BART)

And if you haven’t read about the New Life party on theOakBook.com already, here’s the scoop on it.

Saturday, August 14

Key System Walk

Remember the Key System that we love to write about – the transport system that inspired our line of tee shirts (see the bottom of the home page.) You can walk the Key’s C line (A Level) walk from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday. It’s sponsored by the Oakland Heritage Alliance.

10 a.m.
$10-$15.
Start at MacArthur BART station underpass on 40th St.
For more, call 510-763-9218.

FOR KIDS: Blowin’ in the Wind

The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland offers a workshop each month that’s focused on family art-making and collaboration. This Saturday, kids learn about various kinds of kites (the paper-kind that fly in the air). Then, they get to make their own.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
$7 per child
MOCHA
538 Ninth Street
George Duke

George Duke at Yoshi’s

Piano/synthesizer performer and singer George Duke is playing at Yoshi’s this weekend. He got famous with an album called The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He is known for his solo work as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa.

Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows $30
Sunday 2 p.m. Kids Matinee: $5 kids, $18 adult (with kid), $30 adult (general)
Sunday 7 p.m. show $30
510 Embarcadero W. in Jack London Square

Sunday, August 16

Wild Teens

Are you a teenager, or the parent of a teenager? If yes, then consider the Teen Wild Guides program at the Oakland Zoo.  These guides are young people (13 years to 18 years) interested in animals, plants, conservation, and children. They’re trained to be animal interpreters and conservation leaders. And they have a lot of fun.

If this sounds remotely interesting, go to an orientation. There’s one on Sunday evening and if you can’t make it, there’s another one on Monday evening. You can ask questions, learn more about the program and application process, and meet zoo staff.

Free
Sunday, August 16, 5:00pm/Monday, August 17, 7 p.m.
Classroom #1, Education Center, Contact: Melinda Sievert, Teen Coordinator, 510-632-9525 ext 201, or email here at msievert@oaklandzoo.org.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road

The Vibe Lounge

Special Events to say bye to one of Oakland’s coolest LGBT destinations: The Vibe Lounge

Friday, August 14

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Complimentary Happy Hour appetizers
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Five dollar Fridays with DJ Serg spinning fresh hip-hop & DJ Mallie spinning old school jams

Saturday, August 15

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Club Rimshot & The Vibe Lounge have teamed up to present a blowout FAREWELL PARTY. DJ Rum’s hooking it up with hip-hop, rap, old skool and more

Sunday, August 16th

4 p.m. to 9 p.m.: The Last Dance – afternoon tea dance featuring R & B, soul
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: The Party Ain’t Ova

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12/2 Before God made Santogold, there was Res

Posted by novoscene on December 2, 2008

You might recognize the sonic similarities between Madame Gold-the current princess of funky electro, and the most excellent vocals stylings of Res, the uber hot Philly girl who flew sadly under the mainstream radar in the early years of the decade.  The slightly eccentric swagger, abstract diversions and mixtures of 80’s rock with R&B all spring from the same source.

Back in the late 90’s when Santogold was still Santi White, the two singers met up on the Philadelphia music scene and collaborated on Res’ debut album, 2001’s “How I Do.”  In fact Santi wrote the entire album, which could explain the sublimely un R&B sound of singles like “Golden Boys” (above), “How I Do” and “Ice King.”  A sound that would win Santogold worldwide acclaim and sponsorship by Bud Light (WTF of the moment) 7 years later, was just a bit before it’s time in 2001.  Sometimes genius just can’t catch a break.

But after a long hiatus, Res is thankfully back on the scene with a new internet only album “Black.Girls.Rock” and a live show tonight at PST.  The music scene’s a bit more open now and if there’s any justice at all in the business, we’ll be getting a lot more of her ill soul in the future.  But since the music biz isn’t exactly known for being forward thinking, I wouldn’t miss the show tonight. -kwan

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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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Livenation Show Calender: Oasis, Adele, Madonna and more

Posted by novoscene on October 27, 2008

Soul crooner Maxwell plays Oakland’s Paramount Theatre Oct. 28 and 29

Here’s the latest batch of upcoming concerts from the folks over at Live Nation, the promoters behind such hits as Rock the Bells, U2, and just about everything Jay-Z produces from now through the foreseeable future.  There’s a lil’ something here, for every musical pallete.  I’m all about the Maxwell, Adele and Cheech and Chong shows, and who knows, maybe I’ll get a little Oasis while it’s going around too.-kwan

MADONNA: The Sticky & Sweet Tour

Saturday, November 1, Doors 7:00PM/ Show 8:00PM
Sunday, November 2, Doors 7:00PM/ Show 8:00PM
ORACLE Arena
Tickets are $390.00, $195.00, $120.00 and $70.00 for reserved seating plus applicable charges

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