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MLK Weekend

Posted by novoscene on January 14, 2010

For some folks it’s a three-day weekend. For all of us it’s a weekend to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy. One of the best MLK events this weekend is “In the Name of Love.”

And if you’re thinking of honoring Dr. King’s legacy, think about Haiti. Here are some ways to get involved. Locally –there’s a fundraiser at Shattuck Down Low in Berkeley on Saturday, 9 pm.

FRIDAY, January 15

Hubba Hubba

San Francisco’s DNA Lounge is closed for most of this month, and that means the Hubba Hubba Revue is homeless, or would be, if the bawdy brigade weren’t coming to the Uptown nightclub Friday night for a special East Bay edition.

Friday January 15, Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph, Doors $10
Show @10 pm, Doors open @9 pm

Madea Comes to Oakland

Tyler Perry, the man behind Madea, has returned to the road after building a one-man entertainment empire with hits like “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Daddy’s Little Girls.” Perry will be at the Paramount playing the lead in his new play, “Madea’s Big Happy Family.”

Friday January 15, 8pm, Saturday 3pm and 8pm, Sunday 3pm, Paramount Theater 2025 Broadway, $55 – $75

King for a Day

Dr. King’s birthday is a good reason to head over to the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music to celebrate with some strong poetry and jazz. You’ll get to hear beloved local poets like Devorah Major and Raymond Nat Turner and musicians like Lewis Jordan and John-Carlos Perea.

Friday January 15, 8 pm, Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, 1616 Franklin St., $10. For more, go to opcmusic.org/

SATURDAY, January 16

Art Collective

Mercury 20, the 20-member artists collective with its HQ on Grand Avenue in Uptown, hosts the opening of a group show titled “Elemental” Saturday night. The artists will be hanging out at the gallery, so you’ll be able to chat with them about their work. Because Mercury 20 is looking for new members, it’s a good opportunity to check out how the outfit works.

Saturday January 16, noon to 3 pm, Mercury 20, 25 Grand Avenue, Free

Spud Stud

There he is, with his unique talent, his poise, and his ardent wishes for world peace. It’s Mr. Potato Head! MOCHA, the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art, hosts its sixth annual Mr. Potato Head Beauty Pageant Saturday afternoon. It’s your chance to turn a spud into a stud. MOCHA has all the supplies and everyone wins.

Saturday January 16, 1 – 3 pm, MOCHA, 538 9th St., $7 child, $3 adult

SUNDAY, January 17

In the Name of Love

Oakland’s best Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute is In the Name of Love. It’s a jamming, high-energy blast of song and poetry. It looks like Oakland. It sounds like Oakland. Like The Town when it’s at its best, In the Name of Love does the man who had a dream proud. This year Ledisi is the headliner and Brian Copeland (“Not a Genuine Black Man”) is the emcee.

Sunday January 17, 7 pm, Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Drive $12

Tribute to Dr. King: MONDAY, JANUARY 18

Make the Dream Real

In the spirit of making MLK Day a holiday of national service, the Taylor Memorial Methodist Church is hosting its 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday Celebration – Make The Dream Real. Oakland’s new police chief, Anthony Batts, will be the keynote speaker. “There will also be youth performers: Destiny Knuckles, Winnie Wong and the Chinese Traditional Orchestra, Oakland Interfaith Youth Gospel Choir, Oakland School for the Arts Choir and ArtEsteem Youth Leaders.”

Monday, January 18, 10 am to 12 pm, Taylor Memorial Methodist Church, 1188 Adeline, Free

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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.

Free
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.

$10
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.
$10
First Saturday of the month, 9 p.m.
Café Van Kleef, 1621 Telegraph Avenue, CafeVanKleef.com,  (510) 763-7711

Lakefest

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.
Free
Lakeshore
oaklandlakefest.com/

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
www.museumca.org

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
$35.50
thefoxoakland.com/

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2/11 Local Artist Love

Posted by novoscene on February 11, 2009

Round these parts we love our indie artists-nothing like someone who puts the craft first and is willing to spend years in anonymity, foresaking fame and rent payments for the sake of The Work. But after a while, the Ramen really does get old and you start to yearn for a little more recognition. And that brings me to another thing we love round here-community networking. So this new Thursday night artist showcase and networking event gets both thumbs stuck straight up.
Hosted by spoken word poet Sellasie, and featuring a guest spot by Oakland’s Ise Lyfe, We All You Got aims to link like minded musicians, poets and performers looking to take their careers to the next level. Slide through, bring your CD, grab the mic, discover new artists and build artisitic allies.
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9/14, 9/16 The Poet of the Personal

Posted by novoscene on September 14, 2008

Aimee Suzara photo by D Samuel Marsh.

In his poem “Constantly Risking Absurdity,” Lawrence Ferlinghetti calls the poet “the super realist,” one who must “perforce perceive/taut truth/before the taking of each stance or step/in his supposed advance/toward that still higher perch.”

Aimee Suzara is a super realist. By looking at the “taut truth” of her own life and surroundings-both in her multimedia piece Pagbabalik and the new chapbook The Space Between-the poet explore her own issues of racial, cultural and sexual identity in ways that denote a larger cultural outlook. From womens’ hips swaying to salsa to those same women’s hearts breaking while sitting next to a dying child, her work offers an intimate examination of the self and soul.

The daughter of Filipino health care workers, Suzara was born in New York in 1975 but spent much of her early life packing and unpacking her suitcases, at various times residing in Florida, Texas and Washington state in between several shorter pitstops. Read the rest of this entry »

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8/28 Ready, Set, Slam!!

Posted by novoscene on August 28, 2008

So the National Poetry Slam is a wrap for 2008 and while our Bay teams didn’t take home the gold, best believe they gave Madison hell while they were there.  But for now at least, the strategies and fund raising and planning are being put on the back burner and it’s time to get back to basics: One person, one poem, one mic and three minutes to spit.

Tonight kicks off the 1st slam of the new Oakland season and it’s a great time for all newbies to scrounge up some courage, grab that ode to whatever you’ve been working on all summer and head over to Oasis and get down with your bad ass poetic selves.  The early bouts are a great place to learn the ropes and get tips from more experienced slammers and performers, before things get all hot and heavy towards the end of the year.  And if your a mic virgin, don’t worry.  It only hurts the first time.-kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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Spoken Word on a Rainy Thursday

Posted by novoscene on January 3, 2008

If the rain’s got you down and you’re looking for a reason to get out of the house, why not check out the some of the East Bay’s potent word wizards? Here are a few choice poetry and music open mics going down every Thursday night. Kick off the new year with a verse!

Holla Back!

Spoken word poets, singers and MC’s take over the Eastside Cultural Center

Donations accepted

8:30-10:30

Eastside Cultural Center

227 International Blvd., Oakland

510.533.6629

www.eastsideartsalliance.com

Nomad No-Mic

All acoustic, all the time.

Free

7pm, 6:30 sign up.

Nomad Cafe

6500 Shattuck Ave., Oakland

510.595.5344

www.nomadcafe.net

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10/31-11/4 Spoken Word Soul Fest

Posted by novoscene on October 31, 2007

Dropping Serious Verses

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Slam poetry had its official start at the Get Me High Lounge in Chicago in 1984 with bar room poet Marc Smith. Looking for a way to bring poetry to the masses, Smith came up with the idea of combining poetry with an Olympic style tournament complete with rounds and judges and all the heckling and loud talking you’d find in any respectable drinking establishment.

Over the years the slam has grown into an international literary sport with competitions all over the world. As a whole though, spoken word poetry dates back years before Smith to the Jazz and Beat poets of the 50’s through writers like Gil Scot Heron and Lydia Lunch up to today’s crop of to wordsmiths, hitting the mic from every angle: the political, the personal, the academic and the dirty and the just damned funny. Today you never know what’ll come gushing out in furious free verse.

One thing’s for sure -the words spreading through Oakland over the next few days from the 1st Annual Spoken Word Soul Fest will be pretty damned impressive. Bay Area spoken word production company Hot Water Cornbread has brought together some of today’s best performers for a 4 day spokenganza. Some of the featured artists include Bahamadia, Ursula Rucker, Queen Sheba, Medusa, Martin Luther, Shihan the Poet, and Jaguar Wright along with local heroes Scorpio Blues, Prentice Powell, Amir Sulaiman, Ise Lyfe.

Hot Water Cornbread’s Khalil Anthony answered a few questions about the event. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eulipia Performance Salon 1st Anniversary Finale Gala

Posted by novoscene on October 1, 2007

Eulipia Performance Salon 1st Anniversary Finale Gala

October 2nd, 8PM (sharp)

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Walter Kitundu

Please join us for this night of celebration and reflection.

Since October 2006, Eulipa/Knot Frum Hear has featured some of the Bay’s innovators in the worlds of word and music and continues to explore alternative spaces through performance, sound, and vision. Read the rest of this entry »

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