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08/07: The O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 7, 2009

Laurel Street Fest

FEATURED EVENT: The Annual Laurel Street Fair

Last week, we wrote that Lakefest was the essential Oakland street fair. We meant it was the essential Oakland street fair that weekend. On Saturday, the Laurel District Association holds its 10th annual street party. That’s three blocks of MacArthur Boulevard jam-packed with great food, cool stuff to buy, and a massive kid’s zone. The Laurel street fair has always distinguished itself with excellent music. This year the event features Las Bomberas de la Bahia (an all-female Puerto Rican dance band,) the Funkanauts, and more.

Saturday August 8, 1  p.m. – 6 p.m.
MacArthur Boulevard between 35th and 38th Avenues

Friday, August 7

Movie night at the Paramount

Watch an old classic on the big screen in downtown Oakland’s charming art deco theater.

The Women (1939) with Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell.
8 p.m., Box office opens at 6 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8 p.m.
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway

The Enamelist Society Conference/Ornament

If you notice more than the usual number of artsy types walking around City Center this weekend, it’s because several hundred members of the Enamelist Society of America are in town for their bi-annual convention. One doesn’t have to be a practitioner of the ancient art to visit the downtown Marriot and view the convention’s “instant gallery” or to participate in the silent auction.

Friday through Sunday – The Enamelist Society Conference
Monday and Tuesday – Post-Conference Workshops
Marriott, 1001 Broadway

For pricing and other information, click here


If you don’t want to lose yourself in the conference, but do want to get a glimpse of what the fuss is all about, visit the Christensen Heller gallery to see Cloisonne Enamel from Georgia: Ornament: Visiting from Tbilisi, Georgia – work by masters of this ancient art

Christensen Heller Gallery, 5829 College Avenue; 510-655-5952

August 5 to August 14
Gallery hours:
Wednesday –Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 5

First Friday Art Walk/Art Murmur

Come out for the art walk Friday evening. Our art writer called his favorites here, but consider walking around and coming up with your own list.

If you’re a James Baldwin fan, stop by Joyce Gordon gallery between 5.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to see the James Baldwin Series – Photographs and Paintings by Ted Pontiflet. If you like it, return for the artist talk at 3.30 p.m. on August 23.

406 Fourteenth Street, joycegordongallery.com/

Saturday, August 7

Embroidery Club (AKA Little Old Lady Club)

If you want to spice up some of your stuff, and think you could do it with some embroidery, visit the Club at Rock Paper Scissors on Saturday afternoon. They request you take a hoop if you have one. Tea provided. Gentlemen are welcome as well.

2 p.m.to 4 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph, 510-238-9171

Fourth Annual Urban Wine Experience

There are more than a dozen wineries spread across Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Alameda. Come to Jack London Square Saturday afternoon to taste and sample more than 50 wines at the Urban Wine Experience. Put together by the East Bay Vintners Alliance, the event features 14 wineries, each of whom has partnered with a restaurant or food purveyor for pairings.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Jack London Square
Advanced purchase tickets are $45 online (You can buy them here.)
Admission at the gate on the day of the event will cost $60

Sunday, August 9

Family Explorations at the Oakland Museum

Join the museum and the Oakland Public Library in celebrating the end of the Library’s Summer Reading Program. Check out mystifying magic with Timothy James; art activities; cartooning with author Oliver Chin; dancing on our outdoor stage; scavenger hunt with prizes; interactive story times; and free frozen treats from Dreyer’s at the end of the day (as long as supplies last). And there’s more! At the end of the day, a ceremony honors all the children who completed the Summer Reading Program. Free Second Sundays.

12:30–4:30 p.m.
Included with museum admission ($8 for adults, $5 for seniors).
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak@10th Street

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07/30: Here’s the O-Scene weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 30, 2009

Friday, July 31

Space Jam

Street Cinema

The Parkway’s future may be uncertain, but folks in the Lake Merritt area are doing things for themselves. On Friday, there will be a free outdoor showing of Space Jam (the so-so movie with Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny) across the street from the Parkway. Pre-show entertainment includes live music and Native American dancing. Show up around 7:30 with a lawn chair and a blanket.

Friday July 31, 7:30 p.m.
Across from 1834 Park Boulevard

Poetry on a Summer Evening

H.D. Moe is hosting Poetry on a Summer Evening. If poetry’s your thing, get to Humanist Hall anytime between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to hear from Jack and Adele Foley, Ivan Arguelles, Garrtt Lambrev, Richard Di Grazia, Andy Hayes, Kush, Jeff Grossman and many others. There will be surprise guests and open readers and musicians, too.

Free. Donations welcome
6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Potluck begins at 6 p.m. All are welcome. Poetry begins at 7.
Humanist Hall, 390 27th Street

We Love the Town

Deejays Zita and Dmadness will be spinning at Luka’s again. It’s time for their We Love the Town party. They’ll be serving up some funk, dancehall, hip hop and Oaktown love.

Every fifth Friday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Luka’s Taproom and Lounge

Saturday, August 1

The re-opening of the Fish

The 87-year-old iconic bar that shut down in 2008 is reopening its doors on Saturday. The Kingfish Café and Pub on Claremont Avenue started out as a bait shop in 1922. But it soon became a sports bar that developed a loyal following over the years. Expect a lively crowd fighting for the jukebox and the shuffleboard.

Noon onwards
Kingfish Café and Pub, 5227 Claremont Avenue

Paper Chase

You’ve got to know when to fold ’em. Rock Paper Scissors, the excellent arts collective on Telegraph Avenue, is holding an origami class on Saturday afternoon. In addition to learning some nifty origami models that will make great holiday ornaments, you’ll learn the origins and philosophy of the art form. The teacher has been practicing origami since his grandmother taught him to do it when he was seven. The cost is what you can afford.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
RPS Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue
RSVP over at their website, Questions: 510-238-9171

Market Mural

Community Rejuvenation Project The Community Rejuvenation Project celebrates the completion of a new big ass mural at El Ranchito on the corner of 23rd Avenue and East 16th Street. If the prospect of checking out the handiwork of CRP, which aims to transform “blighted areas of the community through murals, community clean-up, landscaping & gardening, and community celebrations,” doesn’t hook you, maybe this will: El Ranchito is offering free food.

Saturday August 1, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
El Ranchito, 23rd Avenue and East 16th Street

Burlesque ‘n’ Brass

You saw them at Uptown Unveiled. Now you can see them again at Café Van Kleef. It’s Burlesque ‘n’ Brass night at the popular downtown destination.

Blue Bone Express & Hot Pink Feathers.
First Saturday of the month, 9 p.m.
Café Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, CafeVanKleef.com,  (510) 763-7711


This is not your typical toe ring, tie-dye tee shirt street festival with a bunch of generic “crafts.” This fair looks like Oakland. Lakefest starts its second year Saturday with a full line up of music, beer, wine, food and craftspeople from all over Oakland. For more, click here.

Aug 1 and Sug 2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, August 2

Beer garden

Alpine Oakland

While beer gardens are all the rage in many towns where hipsters dwell, the trend hasn’t yet taken root in Oakland. But on Sunday, you can hoist a stein in a genuine Bavarian-style lodge hidden in the Oakland hills. The Oakland branch of the California Nature Friends Corporation ( a nearly 100 year-old institution) opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of bier, wurst, and the brassy tones of the Al Gruber band (their motto? When you’re ready to Polka…)

Noon – 6 p.m.
3118 Butters Drive
Admission: $10 for adults, kids under 14 are free.

Yanga Celebration

In Yanga, Mexico, “Carnaval” is dedicated to black African culture. The Mexican Consulate and the East Bay Center for the Performing arts present an afternoon filled with music and dance celebrating this tradition from Yanga.

Noon to 4 p.m.
$5 to $8 (included with the cost of museum admission)
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, 510-238-2200

Lucille Lang Day

Poetry Flash with Lucille Lang Day & Roz Spafford

Lucille Lang Day’s new book of poems is The Curvature of Blue; Lucille Lang Day’s new book of poems is The Curvature of Blue; Lucille Day (pictured above) has published four previous books of poetry, including InfinitiesWild One, and Self-Portrait with a Hand Microscope, her first, for which she won the Joseph Henry Jackson Award. She is the founder and director of Scarlet Tanager Books, a literary press in the Bay Area. Spafford has been a writer, teacher, and activist for the last three decades. She wrote book reviews and a newspaper column of media and cultural criticism called ‘Mediations’ for much of that time. Her poetry and fiction have been widely published in literary magazines.

3 p.m.
Diesel, a Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue
dieselbookstore.com, 510-653-9965

Sonic Youth

Sonic Youth

One of the best known indie rock bands in the country plays at the Fox Sunday night. Don’t let the weekend end on a mellow note.

8 p.m.
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Avenue

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12/3 King of the Fonts

Posted by novoscene on December 2, 2008

You can’t escape it if you try-it’s on your computer, the subway, U.S. mailboxes, IRS tax forms, and on countless corporate logos from Target to Fendi. Helvetica is the king of fonts. Filmmaker Gary Hustwit explores the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication and encourages us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. Following the film, Senior Curator of Art René de Guzman moderates a panel with Lonny Israel from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Minette Mangahas, co-creator of the CalliGRAFFitti project; and font fan Christopher Richard, curator of aquatic biology at the museum. The screening is a part of The ITVS Community Cinema Series.

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10/24 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on October 24, 2008

Friday, Oct. 24

A Raisin in the Sun

The Bay Area Performing Arts Collective presents their latest play, an interpretation of the Lorraine Hansberry classic (and P-Diddy notorious) “A Raisin In The Sun,” with a new music score by Destiny “The Harpist from the Hood.” The play, which originally debuted in 1959, tells the growing pains story of the Youngers, a working class Chicago African American family, as they struggle with moving into an all white neighborhood and fight to keep the family together as financial and cultural challenges arise. While the premier was met with as much protest as acclaim, the initial production went on to be nominated for 4 Tony Awards in 1960.

A Raisin in the Sun
8pm 10/24-10/25, Additional 2om matinee Saturday 10/25
The Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St., Oakland

Christian Landers: Stuff White People Like

Described by Landers as “a scientific approach to highlight and explain stuff white people like” this website started as an in joke among a couple of friends and exploded into a cultural phenomenon. Millions tune in monthly to laugh with and at Landers’ stockpile of white people friendly trinkets, ideas and art projects, including Barack Obama, NPR, Pea Coats and appearing to enjoy Classical music. Landers reads tonight from his new book based on the website.

Christian Landers: Stuff White People Like
$10 no one turned away for lack of funds
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley

Saul Williams

From his role as the idealist poet in the 1999 movie “Slam” through an acclaimed and experimental spoken word phase up to his current electro/rock persona- “Niggy Tardust,” Saul Williams has made a career of pushing the boundaries of whatever particular art he’s jumping into at the time. Williams has developed an impressive collection of work and collaborators over the years(Trent Reznor, DJ Spooky, DJ Krust etc.)-check 1999’s “Coded Language” and 2003’s “,Said the Shotgun to The Head” for some of his best work. He plays tonight with a full band.

Saul Williams
Shattuck Down Low
2284 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley


Tonight is the official kickoff for Relay, a 6 week program performances by local and international sound artists. The sonic art showcase coincides with a gallery exhibition featuring Dan Nelson’s “140 Ways to Make a Cassette Tape Unlistenable,” Owen Martell and Simon Proffitt’s “Parallel Wales” project, and Jim Haynes’ “Every Island Fled Away and the Mountains Could Not Be Found.” Performances begin on Saturday, 10/25 with a show by Washington sound artists Desolation Wilderness and Lake.

Relay Reception
2948 16th St. San Francisco

Planet of the Drums

There’s the chill Friday night out, and then there’s a Friday night PARTY. There’s electronic music, and then there’s Drum ‘n Bass. There’s drumming, and then there’s Planet of the Drums, the most bass heavy, balls to the wall, cabinet speaker blasting Drum and Bass night there is. For the last 8 years, DnB heavyweights AK1200, Dara, Dieselboy and MC Messinian have been bringing their breakneck breakbeat tour to large clubs around the country and tonight it’s San Francisco’s turn to bang ’em. Loud. Fast. And Deep.

Planet of the Drums
119 Utah (at 15th St.)
San Francisco, CA
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Photos-First Fridays at Oakland Museum

Posted by novoscene on October 8, 2007


First Fridays over at the Oakland Museum have been kicking up the heat quite a bit for the last few months. Between last weeks screening of Bay Area graffiti doc Piece by Piece, a night market sponsored by Feria Urbana, a lecture by historian Cecil Brown and funky jazz from Ric Alexander and company, there was a little something for everyone. Reps say they’re working on bringing a new, younger audience into the museum and promise more surprises in the upcoming months. Check the pics.


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