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The Marathon Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 25, 2010

Yes. This is the weekend of the Oakland Running Festival, and 26 miles can take a lot out of a body, but whether your running or rooting, you’ll still have time to enjoy other Oakland offerings. Exercise your mind with a music talk on Sunday, or swap plants with neighbors on  Saturday. There’s even still time to get tickets for Natalie Cole’s late shows at Yoshi’s.

Friday, March 26

A Clockwork Orange

C’mon Droogs, pop on over to the Piedmont sinny for one of the great dystopian films of the Cold War from a master of dystopian Cold War films. On Friday, the Piedmont Theatre has a midnight showing of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. The Park Avenue Bar and Grill across the street is offering themed drinks for only $5. Now that’s not much golly.

Friday, March 26, 11:45 p.m.
Piedmont Theatre, 4186 Piedmont Avenue
$8

Oso

Call him Bear. Oso, a rocker rolling over the genres borders, will be at Flux 53 Friday night. His music is described as “technical folk” and “math-rock.” His influences range from the Beatles and Bob Dylan to Dredge and Radiohead.

Friday, March 26, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Flux 53, 5306 Foothill Boulevard
$10

Natalie Cole

She’s a winner. She’s a fighter. She’s a great jazz singer.  Natalie Cole owns nine Grammy awards and has battled drug addiction and illness. The gifted daughter of Nat King Cole comes to Yoshi’s for three nights starting on Friday. Not surprisingly, the first shows are all sold out, but there’s still tickets available for the late shows.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 26, 27, and 28, 10 p.m., 10 p.m., and 9 p.m.
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero
$75

Saturday, March 27

Saturday is the day when people are planning to turn off non-essential lights at 8.30 p.m. for Earth Hour. For more, go to myearthhour.org/

Soweto Gospel Choir

Known as much for their performances of traditional South African songs as their interpretations of American gospel music, and even American folk, the Soweto Gospel Choir has inspired and surprised audiences all over the world since forming eight years ago. Fans of Wall-E will recall that the Soweto Gospel Choir were featured on that movie’s theme song, “Down to Earth.” The Soweto Gospel Choir comes to the Paramount Theatre Saturday night. The New York Times said the choir “has a cornucopia of remarkable voices: sharp, sweet, kindly, raspy and incantatory leads above a magnificently velvety blend the music is both meticulous and unstoppable.”

Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m.
2025 Broadway
$25 – $65

West O Bike Tour

West Oakland has a rich past, but it’s not the sort of history that’s easily gleaned from behind a car or bus window. Bikes4life a non-profit committed to making West O greener by promoting bike riding is hosting a history ride Saturday afternoon. Interested riders should meet at the B4L HQ near the West Oakland Bart Station.

Saturday, March 27 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Seventh Street and Peralta
Free

Jazz Artists in the Concert Hall

Join composers Rebeca Mauleón, Benedikt Brydern, Scott Amendola, and moderator John Kendall Bailey to discuss “the history of jazz composers making the transition to the concert hall, including Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Darius Milhaud.”

“Topics will include American cultural history and the stratification of popular vs. classical culture that began in the 19th century, and the split that occurred at the turn of the century.”

The Oakland East Bay Symphony is presenting the talk, which will be introduced by Michael Morgan.

Saturday, March 27, 3 p.m.
200 Grand Avenue
Free

Plant Exchange

It’s a neighborly way to cull your garden, get new plants, and meet other green thumbs. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a free neighborhood plant exchange on Lakeshore. The organizers say that all types and sizes of healthy plants are welcome (so are gardening accessories, tools and supplies). You don’t even have to repot your donations. Just stick ‘em in a bag and bring ‘em over.

Saturday, March 27 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
3811 Lakeshore
Free

Sunday, March 28

The Oakland Running Festival

This is the big day that local runners have been waiting for — when Oakland hosts its first marathon in 25 years. While the event kicks off with a twilight race around Lake Merritt on Saturday evening at 6.30 p.m., the big events — a kids’ race, a relay race, a half marathon and the marathon — are all on Sunday and all go through Oakland. There’s still time to register. If you’d just like to take your chairs and sit along the route to cheer the runners, make sure you do so early. And after the runners have gone past you, think about visiting your favorite restaurant, store or art gallery. Everyone’s got specials going to celebrate the running festival. For more on the marathon, please go to oaklandmarathon.com

At our gallery, art@theOakBook in Jack London Square, watch artists Savanna Snow and Michael Eli sketch. You’ll find it fun, and perhaps even inspiring. They’re very, very good. 423 Water Street – inside Jack London Square, 11.30 onwards

The Ellington

The downtown condos of the housing boom years still exert a mysterious pull: Who lives in them, what do they look like inside, how much do they cost? On Sunday, the Ellington in Jack London Square unveils its “Club Level Residences” on floors 12 through 15, and is opening the doors to the public for a peek. Combine a visit to the Ellington with brunch at Miss Pearl’s Jam House, and art viewing at The OakBook gallery (423 Water Street).

Sunday, March 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
222 Broadway
Free

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03/11: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 11, 2010

FRIDAY, March 12

Scofield and Friends Come to Oakland

The John Scofield New Jazz Quartet is in town this weekend. Jazz lovers know that name well. Guitarist John Scofield has been around a long time, and has many stories to tell. Scofield began influencing the jazz scene in the late 70s and continues to do so today. His music falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. He’ll be accompanied by Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ben Street on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W.
Thu 10 p.m. $14; Fri 8 p.m. $24 & 10 p.m. $18; Sat 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $24; Sun 2 p.m. (Kids Matinee) $5 (ages 15 and under), Adults (with children) $18, Adults $24;
Sun 7 p.m. $24
Yohis.com

Bitter Harvest at the Royal NoneSuch Gallery

Bitter Harvest explores Lauren Adams’ research into Afghani poppy fields and the relationship between American military operations, the Taliban, and civilian farmers in Afghanistan’s ‘Golden Crescent’. For the past few years, the artist has documented images published about issues surrounding these topics in popular media and will re-inscribe the found narratives in a site specific painting on the gallery’s interior walls in Bitter Harvest, resulting in a claustrophobic interior overwhelmed by poppy flowers and human figures. The visual pattern evident in the installation, inspired by contemporary war reporting and traditional wallpaper and ornament design, visually seduces the viewer while simultaneously assaulting them with hallucinatory images of poppy cultivation and its relationship to the international drug trade, the American military incursion in Afghanistan, and the cycle of economic underdevelopment in rural farm areas of the Golden Crescent.

Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Ave.,
Fri, March 12
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Free

Happy Hour for The Crucible

If you love the Crucible or just think it’s cool, head over to Farley’s on Friday for free appetizers and hang with folks from your favorite industrial arts educational group. Farley’s owners have “adopted” The Crucible as their non-profit of the month, and a portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to The Crucible to help support its programs.

Fri  5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Farley’s East 33 Grand Avenue (at Broadway), thecrucible.orgfarleyseast.blogspot.com/

Alternative Theater with an Alternative Cast

If you’d like to support the Oakland School of the Arts, you have a lot of chances to do so this weekend. The OSA Actor’s Guild’s has put together their version of Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Black Box Theatre, 19th and Telegraph
Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun 2 pm
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. www.oakarts.org/www.tix.com

For more, visit OakArt here.

SATURDAY, March 13

Martin Lawrence at the Paramount

Martin Lawrence, actor and producer, who’s starred in dozens of Hollywood hits (Remember Big Momma’s House?), is returning to stand-up comedy on stage. Catch him at the Paramount on Saturday or Sunday. He’s made enough people laugh all his life to know how to do it well.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Sat, 8 p.m., Sun, 8 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show times.
Tickets: $77.50, $57.75, $42.75

SUNDAY, March 14


Closing Tea Reception at Blankspace

A fantastic Oakland gallery closes and throws a tea party to say goodbye. The last show at Blankspace was Steuart Pittman’s exhibit Nowhere/Anywhere.  It all ends this Sunday.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
6608 San Pablo Ave
For more, see Theo Konrad Auer’s art picks for the month.

KID-FRIENDLY: The Princess and the Unicorn

Wondering how to entertain your kids this weekend? Try the puppet show at Children’s Fairyland. This weekend, it’s the Princess and the Unicorn, complete with evil counts and handsome princes that get turned into unicorns, and of course – a princess. Puppets and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (at Grand Ave.),  fairyland.org
Sat & Sun,11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

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1/21: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 21, 2010

Benefits for Haiti, art, food, shopping, parties — the weather isn’t getting in the way of a busy Oaktown weekend.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22

Shangri La

Narangar Glover, a talented artist and the co-owner of the popular Oakland art gallery Rowan Morrison, is sharing some of her childhood memories through an installation at MG gallery. Join her at the reception this Friday to learn more about her panoramic drawing installation based on the Shangri-La Girls School in India. The installation will be up until January 30th.

Friday, January 22, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
MG Gallery, 5532 Shattuck Avenue
Free

KID-FRIENDLY: Star Children’s Art School – Pictures from Guizhou

The Museum of Children’s Art presents the artwork of the young children of the celebrated Star Children’s Art School in China’s Guizhou Province. “The works combine brilliant colors, bold lines and modern abstraction to create superb painterly images.” The exhibition ends Sunday, so if your kid enjoys art, get over to Old Oakland this weekend.

Through January 24, noon to 4 p.m.
Museum of Children’s Art, 538 Ninth St., 510-465-8770,mocha.org
Free

Oakland East Bay Symphony: NOTES FROM ARMENIA

The rhythms and instrumentation of music from Armenia are represented by works from Mozart’s Prague Symphony and Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto. Also on the program is Edvard Mirzoyan’s exciting Symphony for Timpani and String Orchestra, and Lazar Saryan’s Panel Armenia, which was inspired by the paintings of the composer’s father, the great Armenian painter Martiros Saryan. Michael Morgan conducts.

Friday, January 22, 8 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show time.
$20 – $65
http://www.oebs.org/page/january22.htm

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23

Bakesale for Haiti

If Haiti’s on your mind, here’s another way to help out: attend a local bake sale. Local food blogger Samin Nosrat has organized, with a little help from friends, bake sales in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. All the proceeds will go to Partners in Health. Six hours, three locations and a goal of $7,500. Do-able. If you’d like to be involved by donating baked goods or volunteering your time, write to saminnosrat@yahoo.com

Saturday, January 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
PIZZAIOLO: 5008 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland) GIOIA: 1586 Hopkins St. (Berkeley) BI-RITE:3639 18th St. (SF-Mission)

“Departures” art show reception

Three artists interpret their travels – and all that a photo can’t convey — through their art. Anna W. Edwards, Nanci Price Scoular, and the gifted Martin Webb show their work at Float this month through February 13.

There’s a party Saturday evening to celebrate the art and the artists. Live music by didjeridu artist Outlaw Dervish/aka Travis Wernet.

Saturday, January 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Float gallery, Cotton Mill Studios, 1091 Calcott Place

Soja at Second – Grand Opening Party

Oakland must really love martial arts. SOJA, the martial arts studio in Uptown Oakland, is opening up a second location near Jack London Square this weekend. And you’re invited to the grand opening party.

Saturday, January 23, 7 p.m. till late
550 Second Street@ Clay Street.
Free

SHOP: I’m Sure

The holidays may be over, but the shopping doesn’t have to end. This Saturday, head over to Blankspace gallery for the opening of the SHOP, where ten artists present specially commissioned charms that may or may not ward off evil, but will certainly look very charming. Made of paper, wood, plastic, and metal, these charms will be on sale for the next two months through March 14.

Saturday, 23 January, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Blankspace, 6608 San Pablo

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1/8: A Winter Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 7, 2010

It’s a chilly weekend: A perfect time to pack into a church basement to hear some bluegrass or seek out some soul-warming Oakland art.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8

Comedy Nights

Every Friday night, comedians from all across the Bay Area descend on Washington Inn to entertain. They’ve been on Comedy Central, they all seem to have performed at Punchline comedy club as well as various other Bay Area venues. They are Joe Klocek, Mike Moto, Samson Koletkar, Joe Gleckler, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan and others. They may not all be Oakland residents, but together, they’re as diverse as Oakland — not just in how they look, but what they present.

Friday, January 8, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., doors open at 8:30 p.m.
The Washington Inn, 495 10th Street @ Washington Street
$10/$8 w/ student ID
Reservations online:comedyoffbroadwayoakland.com
(415) 676-1371/comedyoffbroadwayoakland@gmail.com
Ages 18 & up

The Names Project

This project sounds more like a test of artist Renetta Sitoy’s memory than the pleasurable work of art it no doubt is. The artist has created a mixed media installation by collecting, from memory, more than 500 names of people from her past. Her intention is to re-create histories, as well as to explore the extent to which the Internet can aid and extend one’s memory.

Friday, January 8, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Ave
Free

Love of Fate

Check out Amor Fati, a thought-provoking exhibit at Joyce Gordon Gallery, which highlights the work of fêted local artists like Favianna Rodriguez, Carlos Villa, Miju, Kwantro-Kantos, and Malaquias Montoya. “The work has a lot to do with the parallel side of history and progress, says Lian Ladia, the show’s co-curator.” This may include politics, chaos; it may include passion.”

Opening reception: Friday, January 8, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show continues through February 8.
Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th Street, joycegordongallery.com/

Cool Meets Comfy Bluegrass

The always-excellent Utunes Coffeehouse hosts the Circle R Boys Friday night at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. Imagine the melding of Greenwich Village folk club circa 1960 with a Lake Woebegon church basement social and you’ll have a sense of the friendly, fun vibe at the Utunes Coffeehouse. The Circle R Boys are 10 year-old Bay Area Bluegrass group. “They are known for their vocal harmonies and solid instrumentation, with not a lot of fancy stuff – ust good, clean pickin’.”

Friday, January 8, 8 p.m.
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street
$18

Marx in Soho

The Flux 53 Theater out in East O is putting on Howard Zinn’s Marx in Soho this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. “Historian and activist Howard Zinn (best known for his People’s History of the United States) has created a one-man play resurrecting the iconic and controversial historical figure, who returns to clear his name and reject the ideological rigidity of many of his followers with the declaration “I am not a Marxist!” Zinn paints a poignant, funny, and intimate portrait of the man as he was – an impoverished immigrant struggling to survive in London amid family, friends, and enemies – while demonstrating that Marx’s critique of capitalism is more relevant than ever.”

Saturday, Sunday, Monday January 8-10, 8 p.m.
5306 Foothill Boulevard
$15 suggested, $20 on opening night with wine and cheese reception

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9


East Bay Vegan Bakesale

Calling all East Bay vegans! Get over to Issues this Saturday for an all-vegan bakesale. This one’s in front of Issues, the popular Piedmont bookstore. The organizers, Ashley Rowe, Chelsea, and Carolynn Webb, will be putting this together every other month and are looking for bakers and volunteers. The money raised from the sale will go to groups and causes they want to support. This month, the proceeds go to the Bad Rap Pit Bull Rescue and to the Laurel Elementary School to construct and maintain a school garden.

Saturday, January 9, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Issues, 20 Glen Avenue

Zodiac Death Valley

Zodiac Death Valley, the weird and enigmatic San Francisco band, headlines at Uptown nightclub Saturday night. Also on the bill: Bare Wires, Hot Daxx, Hanna Moriah.

Saturday, January 9, 9 p.m.
Uptown nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Avenue
$10

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10

Memories of Oakland

For this show, local artists have collaborated with Oakland musician and artist Winston Goertz-Giffen’s on his concept: Memories of Oakland. The gallery will showcase original artwork that has gone into the making of an art book devoted to memories of Oakland. The book and the accompanying CD, a compilation of the work of musicians that Winston has worked with while he has lived in Oakland, will be celebrated.

The following artists contributed work for this show: Vanessa Maida, Conor Ottenweller, Sarah Haba, Willey Frick, Ian Huebert, PJ Calihan, Jaden Alexander, Naaman Rosen, Eric Philpott, Priya Ray, Fatimah Guienze, Kristi Holohan, Lexi Babayan, Niki Banffy-Nesbitt, Michael Steffan, Aubrey Ferreira, Rosie Steefy, Cansafis Foote, Dirk Schmidt, Winston Goertz-Giffen, Roberto Miguel, Amanda Stahl, Zach Houston, Luke Judd, Andrew Macy, Aaron Handler, Jon Latimer, Annie Alonzi and Boguslaw Moravec.

The opening reception will feature music by Saything, Trainwreck Riders, The Aimless Never Miss, Anteater Eats Ant, Roberto Miguel, Tyler Wagner, and Tall Grass

Memories of Oakland will be installed at WE Artspace from Jan 10-Jan 31.
Opening reception: Sunday, January 10, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
768 40th Street (on the corner of West Street, two blocks from the MacArthur Bart Station)
Free

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Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on December 4, 2009

Christmas Palm Trees

FREE: The palm trees at Jack London Square will be lighted for the holidays tonight. It will be more than just flipping a switch. The organizers promise dancing lights, “pulsating motion,” and music.  While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by one of JLS’ restaurants for happy hour, and then swing by to say hello at Art@theOakBook  (423 Water Street.)

Friday, December 4, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Broadway and Water Street
Free

Jingletown Art Walk

FREE: 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.

Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6, 11 am – 6pm

Creative Growth

Creative Growth is one of the most interesting and well-regarded galleries in Oakland. On Friday, the art studio opens its holiday sale featuring community-made art at a great value: “In the gallery, recent Creative Growth artist collaborations with visiting artists: Kathleen Henderson, Meagan Donegan, Ed Musante, Jessica Dasher, Livia Stein, Sas Colby, Paper Magazine and more! Shop for drawings, ceramics, rugs, wood, prints, cigar box art, sculpture, textiles galore, holiday cards, art books, AND the premiere of the Creative Growth for Marc Jacobs Pop-Up-Shop, with merchandise direct from our exciting fundraising project. Music by Tommy Guerrero and Friends seasonal food and spirits by B Restaurant, Oakland.”


Friday, December 4, 5:30 pm – 8pm
355 24th Street
(The gallery is also open for the next three Saturdays, 11am – 4pm)

Tamales and Trinkets

Two of Oakland’s coolest, independent, and women-owned businesses are partnering Saturday to host a crafts fair featuring handiwork from developing world artisans. La Borinquena, home of Oakland’s best tamales, hosts Mangosteen Imports. As Tina Tamale says, “Shop locally, help globally.”

Saturday, December 5, 1pm – 4pm
582 7th Street

Women’s Party

The new Bench and Bar on 17th Street launches a new East Bay party for women. Saucily dubbed the WETBar, the gay-owned and operated nightclub promises a night “of explosive sound and tantalizing eyecandy” to the DTO.

Sunday, December 6, 4 pm until ?
510 17th Street
$8 before 6pm, $10 after

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Celebrations: Halloween and the Day of the Dead

Posted by novoscene on October 29, 2009

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29

Uptown masquerade

Fox benefit
When was the last time you went to a masquerade, complete with masks and all? This Halloween bash will have masks for sale, if you didn’t get a chance to pick up yours. The organizers are promising an evening of live music, dancing and of course, food. Reed Fromer Band, an R & B group, will perform, and there will be a “surprise celebrity guest.”

This is a benefit for the Fox Theater, with proceeds going to Friends of the Oakland Fox, which preserves the theater, and to East Bay Emergency Relief efforts.

Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m. to midnight.
The Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph General admission:$20, VIP: $100

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30


Pre-Halloween with Frankenstein

Want a low key beginning to your Halloween? Watch the 1948 scary comedy, Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein on the big screen at the Paramount.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Box Office opens at 6:00pm, doors open at 7:00. The curtain rises at 8:00pm
All Tickets: $5.00

10000_Halloween

10000 Things That go Bump in the Night

Chabot’s having its Halloween party with live music from BandWorks School of Rock, a costume contest, spooky beverages, views of the cosmos (if the weather holds up) and a special haunt jaunt crawl of things that go bump in the night with the Galaxy Explorers. Kids of all ages –and all kinds of costumes – welcome.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard
$20 Adults, $15 Students/Members $8

6th Annual Dimond Howl-o-ween Pet Parade & Costume Party

Don’t leave the pets out of the Halloween fun! The Dimond movers and shakers at Paws & Claws are hosting a party for you and your pets. Meet at Paws and Claws, then join the 6 p.m. parade through the district collecting treats, then return to Paws & Claws and enjoy the outdoor campfire, food & drinks.

$5 Donation Benefits PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support)
6 p.m.to 9 p.m. Paws & Claws 2023 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland 510-336-0105
pawsnclawsoakland.com

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31

Day of the Dead

Days of the Dead Fiesta 2009

On Saturday, head over to La Borinqueña Restaurant & Specialty Shop in Old Oakland for cooking demonstrations, folk arts and crafts, and to celebrate both the Day of the Dead holiday as well as the 10,000 Steps project. Old Oakland impresario Tina “Tamale” has put together an afternoon that anyone who loves Mexican food and culture will enjoy. If you miss this event, catch up with the tamale queens at the Fruitvale festival on Sunday.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
582 7th Street at Jefferson

Halloween Haunted House

If your kids are into scary Halloween events, consider what the folks at Studio One Art Center are offering. They’re hosting a haunted house – for adults and kids. There will be face painting, games and light treats.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Studio One Art Center, 365 45th Street

$2 for children accompanies by adults, $2 for adults with children, $3 for everyone else.
For info, call 510-597 5027

Celebrations on Piedmont/Halloween Movie Night for Kids

Oakland retailers are really getting into the Halloween spirit. On Piedmont Avenue, they’ve got a full day of Halloween activities – free cartoons at Piedmont theater, a grand parade, trick-or-treat, face painting, live music, and a lot more. Check out the complete schedule at piedmontavenuemerchants.org/halloween-parade-09-schedule

And when the day’s over, Video Room on Piedmont will have a kids costume contest and a free screening of the Nightmare Before Christmas. Remember to take your chair and blanket.

7 p.m.
4364 Piedmont Avenue
Free
For questions, e-mail: Mandel Lum twentybelowzero@gmail.com

Thrillerthon: Haitian Day of the Dead party

Thrillerthon

This Halloween costume party celebrates Haitian “Gede” and Michael Jackson’s thriller. DJ Epic and DJ Mpenzi will spin Soca, Soukous, Samba, Soul and Dancehall. El Wah Movement Caribbean Dancers and the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble will perform.
The Den @ the Fox
1807 Telegraph Ave, Uptown Oakland
Doors open @ 8:30 p.m., $5 before 10pm/$10 thereafter


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1


The Annual 2009 Fruitvale “Día de Los Muertos” festival

It’s happening! Earlier this year, it had looked like Oakland’s Dia De Los Muertos Festival would be a victim of the recession. But Council member Ignacio de la Fuente intervened. With some help from the City, the Day of the Dead celebration, which is the largest festival of its kind in the Bay Area with more than 100,000 attendees, is back on its feet.

Held in Fruitvale every year, this one day event will feature more than 20 altars, art and craft vendors, traditional Latin American foods, musical performances, and an interactive exhibit by the Oakland Museum of California. There’s also going to be a kids area with games and rides.

The festival honors a traditional holiday in several Latin American countries, where families and friends gather to pray for and remember ancestors and relatives who have died. If you’d like to volunteer, get in touch with Claudia Burgos at
cburgos@oaklandnet.com

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Along International Boulevard between Fruitvale Ave. and 35th Ave.; at the Fruitvale Transit Village;  and along 12th Street to 37th Avenue in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California
Free

Sunday Book Readings

Poets C.S Giscombe and Charity Ketz will be reading at Diesel in Oakland. Giscombe, the editor of Mixed Blood, a poetry journal, has written several books of poetry and a memoir. His newest collection is Prairie Style. Ketz, a Ph.D student in English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, recently had her first poetry collection published – The Narcoleptic Yard.

3 p.m.
Diesel – A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., dieselbookstore.com

Local author Canyon Sam will be reading from her new book, Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History, at Laurel Books.

4 p.m.
Laurel Books, 4100 MacArthur, 510-531-2073

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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

Taylor_Swift

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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09/18: Your O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 17, 2009

Korean street fests, walking tours, clothing swaps, music in the park — there’s all this and more in Oakland this weekend…

Friday, September 18

Magic Jester Improv Show

High energy, funny, and full of heart—Magic Jester improv theater performances are entirely made up on the spot, inspired by suggestions from you, the audience; also featuring a blues guitarist.
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$12
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street (Uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway)

Saturday, September 19

Oakland’s Historic Town Squares Walking Tour

As part of the 10000 Steps Celebration, the Oakland Heritage Alliance is conducting a walking tour guided by Annalee Allen around Oakland’s historic town squares. You can read about 10000 Steps here.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meet at the corner of 9th & Jackson Streets
$15

KoreaTown Poster

The KoreaTown-Northgate Culture fest

The first annual KoreaTown-Northgate Festival will showcase the cultures and businesses that lie in between the better known neighborhoods of Uptown and Temescal. But this event, which features a BBQ contest, a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, an artists’ alley, a beverages garden, and two stages with performances by the Ong Dance Company, Mystic Man, Abby and the Pip Squeaks, TurfUnity, and many others, will certainly raise the profile of Oakland’s Koreatown.

11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Telegraph Avenue, between 24th & 27th Streets (ride BART to the 19th Street Station)
Free

Swap, Not Shop

If you’ve been wanting to expand your wardrobe, and the economy’s been getting in the way, this one’s for you. Swap, not shop. At the risk of sounding preachy, we say that it’s good for the environment and for your pocket.

This Saturday, Homeygrown, a collective of artists and homies who make one-of-a-kind art wear using recycled materials and/or original, hand-screened designs, is having one of its biannual clothing swaps.

3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Soundwave Studios, 2200 Wood Street, Oakland CA
$1 drinks for 21+ (with id)
$5 admission with your bag of items

For more: homeygrown.blogspot.com/2009/08/919-swap-not-shop-fall-into-free-finds.html

Circus Arts Variety Show

Here’s a show for the family with juggling, comedy, aerial acts, unicycling and more. It’s in Berkeley, but that’s not too far out.

Frank Olivier, the well known juggler from Oakland, will be your host. You’ll get to see, amongst other things, world unicycle freestyle champion Ryan Woessner, comedian Michael Davis (SNL, Tonight Show, etc), aerial trapeze by Athletic Playground – all with live music.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
King Middle School Auditorium, 1781 Rose Street
$10 – $20 sliding scale

Tickets are available at the door or on Friday and Saturday at the Berkeley Juggling Festival held at Berkeley High (9/18 and 9/19).

Sunday, September 20

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

Celebrate old-world German culture with music, dance, food and song as the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate and the United German-American Societies of the East Bay celebrate the Hellman family’s Bavarian heritage. Advance sale tickets are available for purchase on the website.

Noon to 7 p.m.
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, 510-562-0328
$10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 Children
Buy tickets at dunsmuir.org/calendar.htm

Sundays in the Redwoods

The outdoor concert series brings to Oakland four-time Grammy nominee John Santos’s sextet, who is widely regarded as one of the leading Afro-Latin percussionists in the world today. Bay area favorites Dos Four Y Los Mios, Rankin Scroo, and Candidi Oye-Oba will also be performing.

2 p.m., Gates open at 1.30 p.m. Table reservations available at 510-238-4720
Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road
Free. Parking $4

Questions: oaklandnet.com/parks/Sundays/

Book Reading: Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

Local writers Kathy Briccetti, Meilan Carter, and Jasmine Dawson will talk about their work in the national anthology, Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave.

Bios of the writers from the Diesel website:
Kathy Briccetti has published essays, poetry, and criticism in literary and commercial magazines. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination for an essay excerpted from her forthcoming memoir, Blood Strangers, which will be published by Heyday Books in spring 2010. She lives in El Cerrito and works in Oakland.

Meilan Carter is interested in crossing literary genres, documenting family history, and challenging language. The beauty in death, magic, and the complexities of relationships, are some of the themes that appear in her work. A writer of both fiction and creative non-fiction, Meilan recently completed her MFA in Fiction at Mills College. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction novel about the loss of her father titled The Etiquette of Death. She lives in Oakland with her husband David and son Kamau.

Jasmine Dawson is an Oakland native and received her BA from San Francisco State University and MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She has written and published book reviews, essays, and research. She finished her novel and is currently working for the City of Oakland.

Folkin Blues Festival

The evening begins with an optional social hour and pot luck supper at 5 p.m,, followed by the show at 6 p.m., followed by an open jam at the end of the show at 10 p.m.

Humanist Hall, which claims to be the only solar-powered Blues space in the Bay Area, is hosting an evening of dancing, blues and folk this weekend. There will also be a fire in the backyard.

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Oakland weekend: 9/11 to 9/13

Posted by novoscene on September 11, 2009

Friday, September 11

slumdog
Blood drive and Slumdog Millionaire

Regeneration, an Oakland church, is having a blood drive from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and showing the Oscar-winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire, at 8.30 p.m. on the wall at E. 15th and 3rd Ave. in Oakland

Free, Bring your ownchairs and blankets
E. 15th and 3rd Ave.

2nd Friday Estuary Art Attack

The Estuary art attack begins as the sun goes down tonight. Various galleries and studios in Oakland’s Jingletown neighborhood have receptions tonight. Start out with the exhibit at 4:20 Gallery and work your way into Alameda. Incidentally, for those of you who didn’t know, this art walk takes place on the second Friday each month.

Free
Opening reception: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
4:20 Gallery, in Oakland’s Jingletown Art District
420 Peterson Street between Ford and Glascock, Oakland, 94601
estuaryartattack.com

Saturday, September 12

Feria Urbana

Have you been curious about the chickens out back at Piazziolo? There’s a perfect excuse to see the hens while shopping for locally made clothes, jewelry, and home accessories this Saturday. Pizzaiolo hosts the excellent Feria Urbana while serving its famous toast with Blue Bottle Coffee and Blue Chair jams.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5008 Telegraph Avenue
feriaurbanasf.com

Sunday, September 13Creek Keepers

Clean the Creek

In keeping with the sense of service tied to the anniversary of 9/11, spend a few hours on Sunday helping to clean Arroyo Viejo Creek, which runs through the Oakland Zoo. It’s a good chance to learn about the local watershed, spot some wildlife, and meet new friends. Kids 4 and older with chaperons are welcome. You don’t need to bring anything except a willingness to get your hands dirty.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
9777 Golf Links Road
For more info call Amy at 632-9525 ext. 122

Play Readings

Oakland’s own Opera Piccola is hosting is hosting readings from two plays by local playwrights this Sunday. It’s a good opportunity to see the theater company’s new headquarters in the Dimond District. After the reading company members will engage the audience in a discussion about the works. There will also be an open-mic poetry reading. The readings aren’t recommended for children under 15 years of age. The event is free but donations are always welcome.

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Opera Piccola, 2946 MacArthur Boulevard
510-482-0967

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08/28: The Food Weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 27, 2009

Access: 16th anniversary party

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28

ACCESS: Sixteenth Birthday Party

This party has all the ingredients for a good time: DJs, dancing, cake, giveaways, and a good venue. Tomorrow night, join the ACCESS people as they celebrate their sixteenth birthday. The California women’s health rights group is promising everyone a good time.

9 p.m. to 1:15 a.m.
The Den
19th and Telegraph (near 19th Street BART)
donate $16 and get in free, donate $35+ for VIP access
http://www.whrc-access.org/donate or http://www.causes.com/access

Questions: Samara at sweet16@access-whrc.org

Picture of a taco truckOAKLAND COOKS: A photo exhibit

Swing by the OakBook’s gallery to meet, mingle, drink wine and get a glimpse into some Oakland kitchens.  Winners of the OakBook’s first photo contest present images from Oakland kitchens – from taco trucks to an immigrant’s home-cooking to a themed kitchen and more.

4.30 p.m. onwards
art@theOAKBOOK
423 Water Street (Jack London Square, across from Barnes and Noble, next to the bike store)

Eat Real

EAT REAL FESTIVAL: A street fair with healthy food

If you haven’t heard about this festival by now, you haven’t been living in Oakland. It may or may not be on TV, but it’s on the radio, it’s on the web, it’s been in the papers, people are tweeting about it. It’s everywhere. But for those of you who’ve been out of it, it’s the mother of all food festivals: street food, fresh fruits and vegetables, local beers, ice cream, live music, butchery contests, cooking demonstrations and more. For the full schedule, click head over to eatrealfest.com/

Aug 28, 29, 30
Jack London Square
Friday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29

WALKATHON around Lake Merritt: benefit to fight cervical cancer in Africa

Want to do something good this Saturday morning? You have a lot of choices, but consider a walkathon around the lake. And consider asking friends and family to sponsor you. A non-profit group called Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer or PINCC is behind this walk that hopes to raise money to screen women in Africa for the virus that causes cervical cancer and to provide treatment when needed. Apparently, a $15 donation can cover the cost of 1 woman’s screening in Africa. That’s less than what a lot of people spend on coffee in a week. To learn more about this Oakland non-profit, visit pincc.org

Starting at the Pergola at 10 a.m., Ends at 1 p.m.

Lake Merritt, starting at the pergola (with the Greek columns)

Some of Theo's pictures

WE ARE NOT RESPONSE FOR ANY BELONGING: Theo Konrad Auer’s photo show

If you’re a regular OakBook reader, you know that name. He is the OakBook art writer and is also an artist and curator. As many of you know, he’s one of the people involved in the founding of the Art Murmur. He’s having his first solo photography show at Zza’s Wine Bar & Gallery. Like all of Zza’s shows, this one is also curated by Obi Kaufmann. If the Oakland landscape interests you at all, make sure you stop by his show.

The exhibit will be up through October 2nd, but the opening reception is on Saturday night.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Zza’s wine bar and gallery
550 Grand Avenue
Questions: Call 925-951-7501

KID-FRIENDLY: Fairyland

Kids have something to be excited about this weekend: Renovated story book boxes and a grand puppet fair. Read the entire article about the celebration here.

Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$7
699 Bellevue Ave.
(510) 452-2259, fairyland.org

SATURDAY NIGHT MUSIC

Death Angel is playing at the Uptown, 1928 Telegraph, 9 p.m. $15 For more info, go to Uptown’s website

Annie Sampson
is at Cafe Van Kleef,  1621 Telegraph. Questions? Call (510) 763-7711 or go to Cafe Van Kleef’s website here.

Grammy-winner Terence Blanchard is performing at Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W. in Jack London Square.
Saturday: $22, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m., Kids Matinee $5 kids, $18 adult (with kid), $22 adult(general); 7 p.m., $22

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30

SOUND HEALING WORKSHOP: Calling All Bohemians

Think you’re a Bohemian? If yes, the folks at the Sauce are inviting you over for an Acutonics workshop on Sunday. Never heard of Acutonics? Here’s a crash course in it:acutonics.com

If you do know about acutonics – Sunanda Harrell-Stokes, MSW, LAc Certified Acutonics Practitioner and Senior Instructor will be conducting the workshop.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$60 – $85 sliding Scale (includes a meal).
thaSAUCE 950 30th Street



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