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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.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For a list of participating galleries, click here:

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

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

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.

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”

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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11/6 Shake it for Obama, one mo’ time

Posted by novoscene on November 6, 2008

He did it! Obama won! And all over the Bay Tuesday night they were dancing in the streets, thankin’ the lord and passing the wine.

The crowd at Everett and Jones gets down
Extra Action Marching Band doin’ the Obama in San Fran

A new era is on the way, but I figure we have only a couple of months before we have to remember that dude is, after all, still a politician. But until then there’s more partying to do, this event has been a long time coming. And to keep things festive Ruby Skye and Bay Area for Obama are throwing a huge FREE bash tonight over at the Skye. They’ve pulled together a list of crowd favorite DJ’s including Sake-1, Manny Black and Sam Isaac and free eats from Paplote. Eat, drink and be merry Obama lovers, cause soon it’s back to giving the powers that be a hard time.-Kwan

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Photos: We Love The Town Halloween

Posted by novoscene on November 3, 2008

So Halloween’s over and it’s back to the grind.  No more ghouls and goblins for another 365, but to comfort the inner spook in all of us here’s some photos from this past Friday’s We Love The Town Halloween courtesy of or pals DJ Zita and DMadness.

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Block Party in Old Oakland Today

Posted by novoscene on September 27, 2007

If you want get the weekend off to an early start, hit Old Oakland Thursday evening. The restaurants in the area are hosting a block party. The highlights: an outdoor bar and Fito Reinoso’s 10-piece Cuban band. Get a drink, do some salsa, and enjoy the moonlit night.

The party, which is at 9th and Washington, begins at 5.30 pm. The band stops playing at 9 pm, which doesn’t necessarily mean that the party must end. You can then show your support for one of the places that made the party happen – go get dinner or drinks at B, Tamarindo (my personal favorite), Levende East, or Air Lounge.

And if you’re in the market for a new pair of jeans, you might want to stop by Drift, Old Oakland’s denim store. It’s open until 9 pm today – and yes, they’ll be serving wine with custom fittings.

For the shopping party of the weekend, please see Party with Cari — Priyanka

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