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2008 Election Night Parties in the Bay

Posted by novoscene on November 3, 2008

Grab your tap shoes boppers, the Big Dance is finally here.  In less than 24 hours the last two years of political waltzing and maneuvering will come to a close.  It doesn’t matter if you’re achin’ for Change or riding the Straight Talk Express, I think everyone is pretty full up on politics for a while-from the scandal of Troopergate and Fist Bump terrorism to racial anxieties and Joe the Plumber patronizing, we all need a second to rub our tired tootsies and stretch out for a bit before starting the important business of giving the next president hell.

That’s why, after you complete the all important business of casting your vote, we recommend you kick back with close friends, closer family and complete strangers at one of these election night parties.  They run the gamut from elegant to humble, round-the-way get togethers to cross the bridge spiffy.  Find one (or six) that fits your voting style and usher in the next president.  Or throw popcorn at the screen-Kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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10/31 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on October 31, 2008

Friday, Oct. 31

Farewell to the Thief

Hail Hail, the Witch is dead! After 8 years of terror, Bush is finally movin’ on out, and no matter who wins the election, we’ll finally be able to shake off the last 8 years of WTF!! So to celebrate the momentous eviction and the release of the “Farewell to the Thief” CD, performers including Jon Fromer, Francisco Herrera, George Mann, Faith Petric, Pat Wynne and Bernard Gilbert will gather to sing folk music tunes, labor songs and and work from the compilation, which includes music by Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips and Billy Bragg among others.
“Farewell to the Thief” celebration and CD release
$10, no one turned away for lack of funds
8pm
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
1924 Cedar St., Berkeley
www.bfuu.org
www.georgeandjulius.com

Morris Day and the Time Halloween w/ Darondo, The Park and Nino Moschella

It doesn’t matter if you’re into Halloween and costumes, this is Morris Day we’re talking about people! Mister “O-E-O-E-O” himself!!! Mister Jungle Love!!! Mr. “I’ve got a manservant to hold my mirrors and open my doors and laugh at my jokes, and you don’t” years before Puffy pulled the same act. If you don’t know Mssr. Day then just check the song titles to get a whiff of the funk, “Gigolos Get Lonely Too,” “Wild and Loose,” Get It Up.” This man, along with his arch nemesis for life, Prince, shaped the glammed out hood funk sound of the 80’s. The Time throw down tonight with help from SF soul and funk legend Darondo and the baddest session band in the Bay, the Park.
Morris Day and the Time
9:00pm
$44-$47
The Grand Ballroom
290 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA
www.goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=19571

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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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10/27-11/16 Indulge your inner Angry White Boy

Posted by novoscene on October 27, 2008

“Angry Black White Boy,” the Intersection for the Art’s new play based on the book of the same name, opens tonight and sounds like it’s worth checking out.  The Chron reviewed the book this morning.  The production stars Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd from Felonius, and is directed by theater vet Sean San Jose.  All three have cred in the hip hop world, otherwise, given the touchy subject matter, I might be a little iffy about this show, but add the fact that Adam Mansbach, the novel’s author, has done an interesting and funny job of discussing the intersections of music, culture and race over the last few years and you have the makings of a thought provoking show.

Angry Black White Boy is a social satire of the highest order-think Paul Beatty and Terry Southern-telling the story of Macon Detornay, a mild mannered, upper middle class, Jewish suburban kid who is “reborn” as an ass kicking fist of reparations justice, militant pro Black rapper and leader of the most radical black liberation splinter group in the country (come on, could I really make this up?).  Of course it only gets more over the top from there.  The play runs from tonight through Nov. 16.-kwan

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10/10 O Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on October 10, 2008

Friday, Oct. 10

8th Annual Shakespeare in the Yard! Ebony & Johnny

For the last few years West Oakland’s unofficial dramaturge in residence has been shaking the dust of old Bill Shakespeare’s master works and giving them the candy painted, spinning rims ‘hood treatment. Playwright and director Ayodele “WordSlanger” Nzinga uses both trained actors and neighborhood folks from around the Prescott Joseph Center to draw in both theater lovers and the cats on the block out front. Last year’s “O” brought the famous Moor down to the Lower Bottoms and this year, “Ebony & Johnny” finds good ol’ Romeo and Juliet running around 7th St.

Shakespeare in the Yard! Ebony & Johnny
$15 general admission, $10 students/seniors
Fri through Sunday
7pm 10/10, 10/11 2pm 10/12
Sister Thea Bowman Theater
920 Peralta St., Oakland
wordslanger@gmail.com

Artist Reception: Renee Adams and Ria Brodell

Using both natural and artificial materials, Renee Adams creates imaginary hybrid species that are delicate, alluring, and sometimes awkward or disturbing. She is interested in blurring lines, creating the indefinable, and manipulating the senses; leaving the viewer without a point of reference. Much of her work questions ideals of beauty and the way in which we manipulate nature or ourselves to attain it. She often refers to the eccentric drawings of German biologist, Ernst Haeckel, for visual inspiration.
Ria Brodell playfully explores “The Distant Lands” (series title) in her works — they are beautiful, vast, uninhabited and unblemished by human influence. There are many different creatures living here whom she carefully observes. Her drawings and sculptures are an attempt to represent them and record their characteristics and behaviors.

Artist Reception: Renee Adams and Ria Brodell
Free
6-8pm
Swarm Gallery
560 Second St, Oakland
510-839-2787
www.swarmgallery.com

Youssoupha Sidibe, Markus James & The Wassonrai

Master of the kora (African harp), Senegal’s Youssoupha Sidibe has taken his West African music and talents into a number of realms, collaborating with an array of Non-African artists and receiving praise and acclaim for his talents. Sidibe began his music career more than 20 years ago in his Senegal homeland where he studied kora at the National Music Conservatory. He combined the lilting, angelic sounds of the kora with the Sufi chanting of the Senegalese Baay Faal community.Tonight he celebrates the release of two new CDs, the solo kora and vocal recording, “Xelcom,” and “For All,” co-produced with popular reggae band Midnite.

Youssoupha Sidibe, Markus James & The Wassonrai
$15/$12 students
9pm Show at 9:30 p.m.
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
http://www.youssouphasidibe.com/HOME.html

HyperREAL – Sara Kraft

Kraft, known for her hybrids of multimedia performance, presents the first chapters of her newest work as part of the YBCA Bay Area Now Festival. Fusing text, song, music, movement, video and dense collages of live looped sound into an innovative and idiosyncratic hybrid of contemporary performance, HyperREAL is a postmodern mashup meditation on sharks, You Tube, the construction of self, and the nature of consciousness and reality. HyperREAL investigates the profoundly conflicted and complex ways we inhabit our minds, our bodies, our relationships and our world, and the paradox of physical, psychological and spiritual dislocation-and transcendence- amplified by the digital age.

HyperREAL – Sara Kraft
Fri-Sun. Oct. 10-12, 8pm
$15 (Members and Students $10)
CounterPULSE
1310 Mission Street, San Francisco
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Photos: San Francisco LoveFest

Posted by novoscene on October 6, 2008

Yes there was love, yes there was dancing, and to answer the question posed to me by a curious bystander yes, they most certainly do allow people to walk around naked during LoveFest.

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10/1 Free show-Kid Mothafriggin Cudi!

Posted by novoscene on September 30, 2008

Excuse the Music Geek Moment, but this is just one of those “if you know ya know, if ya don’t ya better ask somebody” kinda shows. With crazy wordplay, sick beats and equally sick superstar DJ remixes, Kid Cudi’s been blowing up the underground scene for the past year and for a while it seemed like every morning my Inbox held another remix of his signature song sent by one geeked out DJ associate or another, and for good reason-Cudi’s “Day ‘n Night” is the.best.stoner.song.ever-EVER (yeah I’m looking at you Grateful Dead and Cypress Hill). And the show’s free?!?. Come on, I know where I’ll be come 10pm.-Kwan Read the rest of this entry »

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Photos: Folsom Street Fair

Posted by novoscene on September 29, 2008

Folsom Street Fair, the world’s largest leather and BDSM fair-a crazy festival of whips, chains and skin-went down this weekend and we were there for all the action.  Check out the photos below and inside.  Careful, these aren’t for the office or the kiddies.-kwan

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9/9 Sin Fran Psycho Martin Luther

Posted by novoscene on September 9, 2008

I admit I didn’t know much about the bay music scene until a couple of years before moving to Cali.  Hell, I didn’t know much about Cali music period. Growing up there was Dr. Dre, Snoop, Tupac, Hieroglyphics, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and an inexplicable buzz around Too $hort that always confused the hell out of me.

But I remember hearing soul/rock singer/guitarist Martin Luther about 6-7 years ago. He was (is?) part of a group of crazycool backup musicians touring with The Roots (along with Cody Chestnutt, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu etc.) and I found a solo track on some kind of compilation. There was this one line “Sin fran pyscho, Killafornia-that’s my home!” that stuck with me for years and cemented this freaky, somewhat edgy idea of SF in my head better than all the hippies and protests ever could.

Since moving the “Sin Fran” area I’ve checked out Martin Luther quite a few times and his funky guitar playing is always impressive. He’s playing tonight over at Pacific Standard Time at 333 Ritch. The vid above is of him at Montreux a few years ago performing the “Home” song, Still have no idea what it’s called. but it still gets me every time I hear it.-kwan

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Slow Food Photos

Posted by novoscene on September 2, 2008

Slow Food Nation, San Francisco’s much hyped foodie extravaganza, came to a boil this weekend with tastings throughout the city, a free food showcase in Civic Center and Slow Food Rocks, the accompanying music festival featuring a lineup of slow food friendly eco rockers including Gnarles Barkley, Phil Lesh, Ozomatli, The New Pornographers and Medeski Martin and Wood.  Check out some pics from the concert and Civic Center.-Kwan

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