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05/14: Your Indie Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 13, 2010

It’s a very busy Oakland weekend, and there’s got to be something in this mix to get you excited about living here — the best of Oakland, jazz and wine, urban agriculture, stage shows, elephants, music from Zimbabwe, the Greek festival, mystery writers, documentary screenings, the Symphony’s closing show and so much more.

FRIDAY, May 14

The Indies

The annual celebration of all things Oakland and indie moves to Jack London Square this year. The Oakland Indies will be held in the Pavillion (You know it as the old Barnes and Noble) Friday night to bestow its awards: Pillar, Newbie, Greenie, Neighborhood Dynamo, and our favorite, Oakland Soul (we won two years ago).

What: Oakland Indie Awards
When: Friday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: 98 Broadway, Jack London Square
How Much: $20

Rockridge Jazz and Wine Stroll

Merchants along College Avenue are having a jazz and wine stroll Friday evening, which will be pretty much what it sounds like along with nice discounts at some of your favorite stores like Jan Christensen Heller Gallery and Fit.

What: Rockridge Jazz and Wine Stroll
When: Friday, May 14 May 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: College Avenue between Claremont and Broadway

City Slicker Farms Fundraiser

Care about urban agriculture? Care about West Oakland? If you answered yes to either of these, then you’ve probably heard about City Slicker Farms, a community-driven group in West Oakland that grows fresh produce for the area’s residents. Friday night, they’re doing some fund-raising at an event where you can learn more about — and celebrate — their work. There will be a potluck, live music, demonstrations and fermented product tasting. Let them know what fermented treats you’re taking at info@fermentchange.org.

What: Ferment Change 2010 – Fermented Food Feast and Celebration of Urban Agriculture
When: Friday, May 14, 7 p.m.– 10 p.m.
Where: 390 27th Street
How Much: $10-$30, sliding scale, No one turned away for lack of funds. Email info@fermentchange.org to find out about work-trade.
For more info, cityslickerfarms.org

Into the Woods at Mills College

Curtain Call Performing Arts, an outfit committed to keeping ticket prices low and performance quality high, brings its production of Steven Sondheim’s Into the Woods to Mills College’s Lisser Theatre this month. Directed by Catherine Heck, the musical debuts Friday night. It’s a spooky retelling of the Grimm Brothers, but it’s still safe for kids.

What: Into the Woods
When: Friday and Saturday May 14 and 15, 8 p.m.
Where: The Lisser Theatre, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Boulevard
How Much: $12

Chinyakare and the KTO Project play UTunes Coffeehouse

The Chinyakare Ensemble & the KTO Project celebrate the music of Zimbabwe with mbira (a wooden musical instrument) player Musekiwa Chingodza from Harare, Zimbabwe.

Under the direction of Julia Tsitsi Chigamba, the Chinyakare Ensemble will perform traditional dance, mbira, drums, marimba and songs from tribal groups from around Zimbabwe.

The KTO Project, led by Kelly Takunda Orphan Martinez, is a blend of music with ethnic sensibilities from Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.

What: UTunes Coffeehouse, a concert series (with coffee)
When: Friday, May 14, 8 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Where: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street
How Much: $18 for Adults, $5 for Children ages 6-15 (kids under age 6 are free).

SATURDAY, May 15

While you’re in Jack London Square, stop by our gallery to check out the second iPhontography show. Art@TheOakBook will be showing the winners from the art of the iPhone contest, a subgenre of photography that is perhaps best summed up in two quotes (The second quote is from iPhontography’s founding father): “Aim well, shoot fast, and scram.”—Henri Cartier-Bresson. “Aim well, shoot until you get it, and app that bitch until it sings.” —Knox Bronson.

What: Pixels at an exhibition
When: Saturday, May 15, 4 PM – 8 PM
Where: 423 Water Street, JLS
How Much: Free

Learn How to make Buttons

If you think buttons make great small gifts and promotional materials, this all-level class is for you. This is your chance to use a professional grade button maker and circle cutter to make 30 buttons of your design. Take clippings, photos, drawings, reused paper, and other images to make your original art. Saskia, who is passionate about creative reuse, will be teaching the class.

What: Button making class
When: Saturday, May 15, Noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Rock Paper Scissors Collective, 2278 Telegraph Avenue @ 23rd Street
How much: $5 class fee to cover materials
Register online rpscollective.com

Mysterious Women

Seven women mystery writers of the Bay Area will be discussing their work at the Oakland Public Library Main Branch. Meet and listen to authors Rhys Bowen, Diana Chambers, Lucha Corpi, Susan Dunlap, Priscilla Royal, Susan Sherrell, and Kelli Stanley talk about why and how they do what they do.

What: Panel of Women Mystery Writers at the Oakland Library
When: Saturday May 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Main Library, 125 14th St.
Contact: Main Library Reference Services, 510-238-3138
How Much: Free

Elephants at the Zoo

The Zoo’s got a busy Saturday mapped out for you. Circus Finelli, an animal –free circus will have acrobats and clowns performing at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
The zoo’s hosting an elephant day. There will be elephant information stations throughout the zoo, teaching fascinating things about the zoo’s pachyderms. Pick up your binocular and data sheet and become an elephant researcher at Oakland Zoo’s elephant research camp.  The elephant keepers will be taking people for a behind-the-scenes tour of the elephant barn for a $5 donation. All proceeds go to the Amboseli Elephant Research Project.

Saturday, May 15th 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
The Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Rd. oaklandzoo.org

Oakland Underground Film Festival/ Jack London Square Summer Film Series

The Oakland Underground Film Festival will presentRemembering Playland at 7:30 p.m. and Special When Lit at 9:15 p.m. for the May installment of the Jack London Square Summer Film Series.

Director Tom Wyrsch has resurrected San Francisco’s now-extinct Playland at the Beach, a 10-acre amusement park located next to Ocean Beach, in Remembering Playland.Playland at the Beach was established in the 1880s and dismantled in 1972.

Co-presented by Pacific Pinball Machine of Alameda, Special When Lit is the definitive story of the rise and fall of pinball as told by hardcore fans, collectors, designers, and champion players from across the globe.  A product of the mechanical and electrical age, this American invention swept the world and defined cool. A game, a sport, a lifestyle, pinball made more money than the entire American movie industry through the 50s and 60s. Brett Sullivan’s film retraces the passion of pinball followers, and also revealing the demise of pinball to the new era of video games. Rediscover the lure of the lost pop icon-Pinball.

What: Summer Movies
When: Saturday, May 15, 7.30 p.m. onwards
Where: Jack London Square Pavilion Theater, 98 Broadway (inside Jack London Square)
How Much: $10, no one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets at  brownpapertickets.com.

SUNDAY, May 16

Culture Fest

The Koreatown-Northgate neighborhood is holding a party Sunday, which promises to be worthy of the diversity along that stretch of Telegraph Avenue. Called Culture Fest the event will have food (look for gyros from the folks at Oasis), music (on three stages), martial arts demos, and a neighborhood swap meet.

What: Culture Fest
When: Sunday May 16, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Telegraph Avenue between 23rd and 25th Streets
How Much: Free

Greek Festival

The Oakland Greek Festival has been treating the town to Hellenic hospitality, food, and music each spring for nearly 40 years. This weekend, visit the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Acension for spinach pie, lamb, and other treats from the cradle of Democracy. The weekend-long event will feature all sorts of Greek music and dancing from pop to classical. Visit the website for a coupon that brings the admission down to $5.

What: Oakland Greek Festival
When: Friday-Sunday, May 14-16, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Fri & Sat) 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Sun)
Where: Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700
How Much: $6

Ode to Joy

The Oakland East Bay Symphony ends its season with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It’s been more than a decade since the OEBS performed the “Choral” symphony. This time Maestro Michael Morgan will lead tenor Thomas Glenn on Friday and Adam Flowers on Sunday. Baritone Bojan Knezevic will lead off with one of the most amazing moments in classical music, “Freude, schoner Gotterfunken…” John Kendall Bailey will lead pre-concert talks before both performances.

What: Ode to Joy
When: Friday and Sunday, May 14 and 16, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Paramount Theatre,
How Much: $20 to $65

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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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03/05: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 4, 2010

We see classic thrillers, feathered serpents, used books, tarot cards and gigantic sales this Oakland weekend.

Friday, March 5

Wait Until Dark


The Paramount Theatre Movie Classics series has been picking some winners recently. The last show was “The Lady from Shanghai.” On Friday night, the movie to be projected on the Paramount’s massive screen is “Wait Until Dark.” Starring Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman terrorized by Alan Arkin in his best turn as a villain, “Wait Until Dark” is a tense, tight thriller. As always, the organ starts cranking at 7:30 PM.

Friday, March 5. Doors open at 7 p.m., the movie starts at 8 p.m.
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
$5

Illuminated Art Walk

This First Friday in March, the folks behind the Illuminated Art Corridor have organized the Illuminated art walk. Every hour, a guide riding a bicycle projecting art images will lead an illuminated art walk from venue to venue. The route will go from Rock Paper Scissors Collective to Creative Growth Art Center to 21 Grand and then back to Rock Paper Scissors Collective.

The Illuminated Art Walk is part of a larger multi-gallery event honoring Art IS Education, a celebration of youth arts learning.
Friday, March 5, 6 p.m.to 9 p.m.
2278 Telegraph
510-238-9171/rpscollective.com

Opening Reception for ‘Radical Botanical’ contemporary botanical photography

Danielle Fox curates the work of Hiroko To, Hagit Cohen, Michele Hofherr, and Chi Fang at Slate gallery. These are contemporary photos with botany as their central theme.

The show celebrates the exquisite designs that nature offers us, grappling with art’s capacity to represent it, while also reflecting on the fleeting nature of perfection and beauty, an age-old metaphor for our own mortality. At once beautiful and dark, the exhibition also makes clear what is at stake when man’s drive for technological, urban, and economic development threatens nature’s delicate balance.

Radical Botanical: Contemporary Botanical Photography
Opening Reception
Friday, March 5, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Slate art & design gallery, 4770 Telegraph Ave (& 48th)

The Feathered Serpent


The Art Murmur is going down this weekend. Before you embark on a debauched cultural tour of Telegraph Avenue, stop by the Art@TheOakBook gallery for a shamanistic art opening that’s more neolithic than neo-anything else. Obi Kaufmann will be on hand under candlelight to discuss the genesis behind his stunning three-wall mural, The Feathered Serpent.

Friday, March 5, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Art@theOakbook gallery
423 Water Street, Jack London Square (across from where Barnes and Noble used to be)

Saturday, March 6


Papercuts by Ryohei Tanaka

Tokyo-based artist Ryohei Tanaka comes to the Rowan Morrison Gallery, where he conjures fanciful creatures, realistic portraits, and realistic portraits of fanciful creatures with a folded piece of paper and a pair of scissors. His unique take on the traditional Japanese art form kirigami has been featured in international exhibitions and contemporary art publications such as Giant Robot.

At the opening reception, you’ll get to see Ryohei creating papercut portraits. For more on his work, visit ryoheitanaka77.com

Saturday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Rowan Morrison Gallery, 330 40th Street

Book Sale

Replenish your library at College Prep’s second annual fundraiser this Saturday or Sunday. Although, we suggest you get there Saturday for the best used books, CDs and DVDs. The prices will hit rock bottom at noon on Sunday when five bucks gets you a grocery bag full of books.

Saturday and Sunday, March 6 – 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Saturday), 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Sunday)
6100 Broadway (Near Lake Temescal and Highway 24)

The Corner of Tarot and Collage

Pick a card, any card. Valerie Adinolfi will teach a class binding the wisdom of the tarot with the self-expression of collage at Oakopolis Saturday. “In this workshop, we will be working with the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck. The workshop begins with a short meditation led by Valerie. Each participant will pull a tarot card, which will be the focus for their collage. Materials provided. However, feel free to bring your own images, decorative paper, scraps and/or calendars that are special to you.”

Saturday, March 6 Noon – 4 p.m.
Oakopolis, 447 25th Street
Sliding scale $15-$20

Music and the Love of Food

At this dinner the guitar is scalloped – not necessarily the potatoes. The In the Mood for Food Dinner Concert Series continues Saturday night with a duet “version of the pioneering world fusion music group Ancient Future featuring scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort and santurist Mariah Parker.” Renowned chef Philip Gelb will be making a gourmet vegetarian meal. The cost is $55 per person, and there’s for 20. Guests should bring their own drinks. The location is somewhere in Oakland. For reservations call 510-393-6096, or email phil@philipgelb.com.

Saturday March 6, 7 p.m.
Location TBA
$55

Sunday, March 7

Women’s Day

Back in the days of the USSR and its satellites, International Women’s Day was a big deal. Women would receive flowers at work, and the ancient patriarchy of Central and Eastern European societies would get a progressive gloss for a day. Since 1989, International Women’s Day hasn’t been what it used to be. But on Sunday morning, the Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library will be hosting a panel discussion on the role of women in fighting injustice.

Sunday, March 7 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Avenue
Free

White Elephant Sale

It is that time of the year again. The Oakland Museum Women’s Board brings back the beloved White Elephant sale. If you step into that giant warehouse, you’ll find yourself shopping for all kinds of things you didn’t even know you wanted. This is the ultimate rummage sale. The thing to watch out for: the sale attracts thousands of people, so parking on Lancaster Street is limited.

Saturday, March 6 & Sunday, March 7 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
333 Lancaster Street (at Glascock)
510-536-6800

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11/20: Your O-Scene Weekend’s Here

Posted by novoscene on November 20, 2009


Friday, November 20

 

The Swell Season

Irish performer Glen Hansard and Czech pianist and singer Marketa Irglova, who found fame, glory and love with their album, Once, roll into town tonight to perform at the Paramount. They’re on tour to promote their latest album, Strict Joy.

Friday, November 20, 8 p.m.
2025 Broadway
$35 and $40


Sentinel, Maldroid and Goodbye Gadget

Some really good local indie bands play tonight at the Uptown: Sentinel, Maldroid, Tornado Rider and Goodbye Gadget.

Uptown, 1928 Telegraph,
9 p.m. 21 and over
$10

For more on Sentinel, go to sentineltheband.com

If you want to learn about Maldroid, read this OakBook article on the band.

A Comedy Revolution

The Revolution Café on 7th Street out by the main post office has been slowly expanding over the past few years, growing in size and ambition. Now the Revolution Café is getting into comedy. On the third Friday of each month, it hosts a cover-free comedy night. The café is only three blocks from West Oakland Bart.

Friday, November 20, 8:30 p.m.
1612 7th Street

Holiday Shopping – Locally

Stop by Namaste Yoga for a holiday bazaar and henna lounge this Friday evening. The studio and store will be filled with locally made handicrafts and trinkets. You’ll be supporting Oakland artisans, and a hefty 20 percent of proceeds go to the Options Recovery Center, an outfit that helps parolees.

Friday November 20 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
5416 College Avenue

Cornel West Reads

Cornel West, one of America’s most interesting public intellectuals, will be at Barnes and Noble in Jack London Square Friday evening to discuss his new memoir, “Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.”

Friday, November 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Barnes and Noble, Jack London Square
Free

Saturday, November 21


Dominoes Downtown

Do you throw the bones? Maxwell’s Lounge is holding a dominoes tournament Saturday afternoon. Twenty bucks gets you a spot. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers win cash prizes. Registration starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday

Saturday, November 21, 11 a.m. onwards
341 13th Street

For the Fashionistas

Oakland designer Cari Borja is having a pre-holiday sample sale on Saturday afternoon. Head over to her Berkeley studio to grab some bargains on her beautiful clothes. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

30% off any one new collection item and extra 50% off on all samples
Baby Royal and Baby August hats are 2 for $25
Saturday, November 21
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

2117 4th Street, Studio B, Berkeley
510-981-0067, www.cariborja.com

Book Reading, Belly Dancing and Coffee

Romney Steele, an Oakland-based writer, cook and food stylist, has written a book about growing up in the famous Big Sur restaurant, Nepenthe. She will read from My Nepenthe: Bohemian Tales of Food, Family, and Big Sur at Caffe Trieste on Piedmont Avenue this Saturday evening. There will be a no-host wine and coffee bar. Belly dancing, an integral part of the Nepenthe experience, will begin at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 21, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Caffe Trieste, 4045 Piedmont Avenue
mynepenthebook.com/my-book/

Black Dynamite

The always-engaging Oakland Underground Film Festival presents Black Dynamite on Saturday night at the Grand Lake Theater. The 2009 blacksploitation spoof will be preceded by Will “The Thrill” Viharo and Monica the Tiki Goddess of Thrillville with 70’s movie trivia.

Saturday, November 21, Midnight
Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Avenue

Sunday, November 22

Philippine Dance Showcase

From tinkling to dances with roots in the Spanish Court, Philippine dance is as varied as the archipelago itself. On Sunday afternoon, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and The American Center for Philippine Arts present a showcase of Pilippino dancing. After the dancing, there’ll be food and activities like Make Your Own Parol for the kids.

The center is less than a year old, but already teaches 40 kids in the age range of five to 15. Executive director Herna Cruz-Louie says that traditional dance forms can be a tool that help second and third generation kids develop pride in their culture and learn about their history and heritage. The center, which also offers classes in the traditional Philippine mandalin, plans to eventually expand beyond music and dance. But this Sunday, explore Philippine arts through the performances of the center’s dance students. Come for the dancing, stay for the lumpia.

Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m.
388 Ninth Street
Free

Lake Merritt Vigil for Murdered Gay Teens

A group of queer and transgendered people of color are holding a vigil at Lake Merritt this weekend for gay teens murdered in Maryland and Puerto Rico. For more info, call 510-282-5223 or e-mail morethanavigil@gmail.com

Sunday, November 22, 3.30 p.m.
Grand and MacArthur
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Toy Drive

If you’ve been hit by the economy, and are getting worried about holiday gifts for the kids, head over to City Hall on Saturday morning. Take your ID, proof of an Oakland residence, proof of kids’ ages and proof of income, and get on the list to receive toys through Mayor Ron Dellums’ toy drive. For more information, call 777-toys or just show up at 10 a.m. on Saturday. If you’d like to find out how to donate toys, call Albert Lujan at 510-238-7366.

Saturday, November 21
Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 3
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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