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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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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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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


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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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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.
$5
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

Enamel

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.

Free
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
www.museumca.org/



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07/17: The O-Scene Weekend’s Here.

Posted by novoscene on July 16, 2009

Movies, book readings, swaps, bloggers’ BarCamp, kid-friendly wine parties, and of course, art.. there’s all this and more going down in Oakland this weekend…

Friday July 17

Annual T-10 Video Festival

See the weird work of Bulk Foodveyor (Philip Bonner) at 21 Grand Friday evening. Bulk makes “media based theater using physical assemblage with a bizarre satirical humor.” It will be the second night of the 9th Annual T-10 Video Festival. “… Conceived by Sarah Lockhart, (T-10 Video Festival) began shortly after 21 Grand first opened its doors. As the cultural landscape has shifted, so has T-10, redefining its purpose each year, while remaining focused on short form works. Including experimental documentary, narrative shorts, animations and expanded media works.”

Admission is $6
8:30 p.m.
21 Grand, 416 25th St.

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Oakland Bites and Sucks

In Adrian Harper’s Oakland, the city is as diverse and multi-culti as it is in real life. However, in Harper’s book, “Night Biters,” vampires are also part of the city’s cultural fabric. Come hear Harper read from his young adult novel at Laurel Books Friday at 7 pm.

Free
7 p.m.
Laurel Bookstore, 4100 MacArthur Boulevard, 510-531-2073

Saturday, July 18

RPS Clothing Swap

Forget the consignment stores. The RPS Collective is having a huge clothing swap Saturday afternoon. Take clean clothes, meet new people, buy some food and drinks and make it a swap party. They even have a sewing machine for alterations.

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Rock Paper Scissors, 2278 Telegraph Avenue @ 23rd Street, 510-238-9171

Beast (East Bay) Bloggers Camp

East Bay bloggers, this one’s for you. One of Oakland’s best-known bloggers, V Smoothe (A Better Oakland), Spot.us and Anca Mosoiu, a tech entrepreneur and founder of TechLiminal, a physical space for tech, are hosting Beast Bloggers Bar Camp.

They say East Bay is pig latin for beast. And if you’re wondering what a bar camp is – BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn from each other in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from participants.

It promises to be an interesting event.  Look at the schedule here.

$20, sliding scale
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Techliminal, 268 14th Street, 510-832-3401

Red&White_groupshowRed, White and Booze

Obi Kaufmann will be the first to admit that he hates wine bar art. (We’re not sure exactly what that is, but like pornography, we’d probably know it when we see it.) About a year ago, Kaufmann set out to show that wine bar art didn’t have to be blander than a bottle of Two-Buck Chuck Chardonnay. He’s curated 11 shows at Zza’s Wine Bar, and on Saturday is the reception for “Red and White,” the first group show for the wine bar’s alumni artists.

Free
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Zza Wine Bar, 550 Grand Avenue

Faders
First and third Friday of the month, the party’s at Luka’s where the Oakland Faders present Flashback Fridays. DJs Platurn and Mere One will spin “old school hip hop, party anthems and all things funky.”

$10
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Luka’s Tap Room, 2221 Broadway @ Grand

Sunday, July 19

Beach Blanket

The Oakland winery JC Cellars is hosting its annual beach party Sunday. The $25 admission gets you snacks from an “urban chic” taco truck, cheeses and pates, ice cream, and, of course, 12 types of wine to sample. The beach party is family friendly with a DJ, petanque, and a craft table for kids. If you buy your tickets early, the price is $20. It’s on Sunday, so you won’t have to worry about the City’s new parking enforcers slapping you with a $55 fine.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
JC Cellars Winery. 55 Fourth Street. 510-465-5900

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07/10: O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 10, 2009

Friday, July 10

Estuary Art Attack

If you couldn’t get enough of First Friday, here’s a chance for you to do the art walk all over again – but in a different neighborhood. On the second Friday of each month, artists and studios along the Oakland estuary and in the island of Alameda put up the Estuary Art Attack. If you’ve never been to Jingletown, this is your chance to discover the home of a lot of Oakland art.

Free
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For a list of participating galleries, click here:
http://www.estuaryartattack.com/galleries.html

Comedy off Broadway

Cobb’s and Punch line are great comedy clubs, but you can give them a pass tonight. Two local comedians, Samson Koletkar and Joe Gleckler, have decided to bring some of their colleagues down to Oakland every Friday night. Tonight, the headliner is Joe Kolcek, who comes to Oakland via Comedy Central. You’ll also get to see some other up and comers like Brendan Lynch and Stephanie Paul.

$10, $8 for students
Doors open at 8.30 p.m., show begins at 9 p.m.
The Washington Inn, 495 10th Street
510-452-1776

For more on the show or the performers, go to http://comedyoffbroadwayoakland.com/20090710.html

Techliminal Opening party

Calling all geeks, freelancers, and anyone who wishes they didn’t have to host all their professional meetings in cafes. When you go to Techliminal, you’re going to wonder why you did not think of the idea yourself. You can rent a computer if you want one, rent space for an hour if that’s what you need, use the conference room of an office that’s bright, cheerful, and very silicon valley, and if you have any tech support needs or web help, turn to Anca Mosoiu and her ever-present I.T team.

Tonight’s event is free.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
268, 14th Street
510-832-3401

Saturday, July 11


Eat the Past

You can’t call yourself an East Bay foodie if you can’t make your own tortillas and cook them on a “comal” over an open fire. The curators of the Peralta Hacienda have realized that the way to engage us in East Bay history is through our stomachs.

On Saturday, the Peralta Hacienda in the Fruitvale hosts Bread and Tortillas: Delicious Traditions. In addition to the tortilla making lessons, there’ll be a Native American fry bread station and hoe cakes just the way the 49ers used to eat ‘em. The organizers also promise baskets of pastries of the ilk Old Antonio Peralta would have enjoyed sitting on the porch of his farmhouse in 1870.

The beauty part? It just costs a dollar. And of course there’s all that delicious history. Antonio Peralta’s farmhouse is now a museum stocked with information about the East Bay’s past and the family that once owned everything from El Cerrito to San Leandro.

$1
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
2465, 34th Avenue

Tartan it Up

When was the last time you tossed your caber? Unleash your inner Bobby Burns or Braveheart at the Scottish Highland Games hosted by the Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate this weekend. It’s going to be a Caledonian hoe-down complete with sheepdog competitions, a gathering of the clans, bagpipes, and food (or at least what passes for food north of Hadrian’s Wall.)

$12 for adults, $5 for children up to 12
Saturday & Sunday, July 11 & 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, 2960 Peralta Oaks Court

FOR KIDS: Cartoon Grrlz

Girls can learn to draw their own cartoon character at MOCHA Saturday afternoon under the tutelage of author Sarah Davies and illustrator Jenny Mattheson, the creators of the book “Happy to be Girls”

Free
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
MOCHA, 538 9th Street

DA Bay Release Party

OakBook writer Alison Peters wrote a fabulous profile of DJ Olga T in the OakBook magazine last year. And if there’s anything we took away from that, it’s that one really shouldn’t miss an evening with DJ Olga T. Olga is releasing her CD on Saturday at Velvet, which is fast becoming an Oakland LGBT destination with its regular parties. If all the partying during Pride didn’t wear you out, continue the party this weekend.

$5 cover, $5 drink specials
9 p.m.- 2 a.m.
Velvet, 3411 MacArthur Blvd

Sunday, July 12

House (of Representatives) Party

Could there be a better venue for a fundraiser for the Uniting American Families Act than the Bench and Bar? No. The home of Mr. Gay Vaquero is the ideal place to raise money for legislation designed to make the country’s immigration laws less discriminatory against lesbians, gays, transgenders, and bisexuals. Sunday’s party won’t be as lively as the club’s signature annual event, but count on good food, music, and drinks all for an excellent cause.

Bench and Bar
2111 Franklin Street
4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Wanted: 21st Century Dorthea Langes

The cliché is an “arresting image,” a picture that stops you in your tracks and demands you notice. But in this noisy, tweety age, a better phrase for the power of documentary photography might be a silencing image. From his photographs of abandoned Filipino World War II vets living in poverty to pictures of Washington D.C. before the Obama inauguration, Rick Rocamora’s black and white photographs.

The award-winning photographer will speak at Joyce Gordon Gallery with Michael Cheers, the head of the photojournalism department at San Jose State University, on Sunday afternoon about photo activism.

Joyce Gordon Gallery Artist Talk Series: Rick Rocamora
406 14th Street, Oakland
Sunday, July 12 3pm – 5pm

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Bay Area Halloween For all the Ghouls and Goblins

Posted by novoscene on October 30, 2008

The spooky season is upon us and ghouls and goblins of all stripes will be roaming the streets all weekend. Here’s a list of some of our favorite events, from freaky all night bashes to haunted houses to scraper bikes to vampire lesbians, there’s something here for everyone. Grab a costume and go get scary!

10/30

Haunted House at Redwood Heights

$1
7-9pm
Redwood Heights Recreation Center
3883 Aliso Ave., Oakland
510.482.7827

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

One of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom tells the saga of two fatally seductive vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom. Their bitter rivalry as bloodsuckers but more importantly, as actresses, endures for two thousand years with stops along the way in 1920s silent movie Hollywood and contemporary Las Vegas.
10/30 -11/1
$25/$35 Halloween midnight show
8pm
Stage Werx Theatre
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San Francisco Love Fest-the pictures

Posted by novoscene on September 30, 2007

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There were good feelings oozing all over the streets of downtown SF Saturday. The 3rd annual San Francisco LoveFest was a feast of techy beats from local sound systems and the Bay’s most colorful, musical and naked party people. Check the pics and soak up some of that lovin’. -kwan

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