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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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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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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
morethanavigil.blogspot.com/

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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09/18: Your O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on September 17, 2009

Korean street fests, walking tours, clothing swaps, music in the park — there’s all this and more in Oakland this weekend…

Friday, September 18

Magic Jester Improv Show

High energy, funny, and full of heart—Magic Jester improv theater performances are entirely made up on the spot, inspired by suggestions from you, the audience; also featuring a blues guitarist.
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$12
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street (Uptown Oakland, between Telegraph and Broadway)

Saturday, September 19

Oakland’s Historic Town Squares Walking Tour

As part of the 10000 Steps Celebration, the Oakland Heritage Alliance is conducting a walking tour guided by Annalee Allen around Oakland’s historic town squares. You can read about 10000 Steps here.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meet at the corner of 9th & Jackson Streets
$15

KoreaTown Poster

The KoreaTown-Northgate Culture fest

The first annual KoreaTown-Northgate Festival will showcase the cultures and businesses that lie in between the better known neighborhoods of Uptown and Temescal. But this event, which features a BBQ contest, a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, an artists’ alley, a beverages garden, and two stages with performances by the Ong Dance Company, Mystic Man, Abby and the Pip Squeaks, TurfUnity, and many others, will certainly raise the profile of Oakland’s Koreatown.

11.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Telegraph Avenue, between 24th & 27th Streets (ride BART to the 19th Street Station)
Free

Swap, Not Shop

If you’ve been wanting to expand your wardrobe, and the economy’s been getting in the way, this one’s for you. Swap, not shop. At the risk of sounding preachy, we say that it’s good for the environment and for your pocket.

This Saturday, Homeygrown, a collective of artists and homies who make one-of-a-kind art wear using recycled materials and/or original, hand-screened designs, is having one of its biannual clothing swaps.

3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Soundwave Studios, 2200 Wood Street, Oakland CA
$1 drinks for 21+ (with id)
$5 admission with your bag of items

For more: homeygrown.blogspot.com/2009/08/919-swap-not-shop-fall-into-free-finds.html

Circus Arts Variety Show

Here’s a show for the family with juggling, comedy, aerial acts, unicycling and more. It’s in Berkeley, but that’s not too far out.

Frank Olivier, the well known juggler from Oakland, will be your host. You’ll get to see, amongst other things, world unicycle freestyle champion Ryan Woessner, comedian Michael Davis (SNL, Tonight Show, etc), aerial trapeze by Athletic Playground – all with live music.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
King Middle School Auditorium, 1781 Rose Street
$10 – $20 sliding scale

Tickets are available at the door or on Friday and Saturday at the Berkeley Juggling Festival held at Berkeley High (9/18 and 9/19).

Sunday, September 20

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir

Germanfest at the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate

Celebrate old-world German culture with music, dance, food and song as the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate and the United German-American Societies of the East Bay celebrate the Hellman family’s Bavarian heritage. Advance sale tickets are available for purchase on the website.

Noon to 7 p.m.
2960 Peralta Oaks Court, 510-562-0328
$10 in advance, $15 at the door, $5 Children
Buy tickets at dunsmuir.org/calendar.htm

Sundays in the Redwoods

The outdoor concert series brings to Oakland four-time Grammy nominee John Santos’s sextet, who is widely regarded as one of the leading Afro-Latin percussionists in the world today. Bay area favorites Dos Four Y Los Mios, Rankin Scroo, and Candidi Oye-Oba will also be performing.

2 p.m., Gates open at 1.30 p.m. Table reservations available at 510-238-4720
Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road
Free. Parking $4

Questions: oaklandnet.com/parks/Sundays/

Book Reading: Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

Local writers Kathy Briccetti, Meilan Carter, and Jasmine Dawson will talk about their work in the national anthology, Who’s Your Mama?: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers

3 p.m.
Diesel, A Bookstore, 5433 College Ave.

Bios of the writers from the Diesel website:
Kathy Briccetti has published essays, poetry, and criticism in literary and commercial magazines. She received a Pushcart Prize nomination for an essay excerpted from her forthcoming memoir, Blood Strangers, which will be published by Heyday Books in spring 2010. She lives in El Cerrito and works in Oakland.

Meilan Carter is interested in crossing literary genres, documenting family history, and challenging language. The beauty in death, magic, and the complexities of relationships, are some of the themes that appear in her work. A writer of both fiction and creative non-fiction, Meilan recently completed her MFA in Fiction at Mills College. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction novel about the loss of her father titled The Etiquette of Death. She lives in Oakland with her husband David and son Kamau.

Jasmine Dawson is an Oakland native and received her BA from San Francisco State University and MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. She has written and published book reviews, essays, and research. She finished her novel and is currently working for the City of Oakland.

Folkin Blues Festival

The evening begins with an optional social hour and pot luck supper at 5 p.m,, followed by the show at 6 p.m., followed by an open jam at the end of the show at 10 p.m.

Humanist Hall, which claims to be the only solar-powered Blues space in the Bay Area, is hosting an evening of dancing, blues and folk this weekend. There will also be a fire in the backyard.

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08/21: O-Scene weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 20, 2009

Rear Window
Friday, August 21

Rear Window@ the Paramount

Sure, Jimmy Stewart’s character is kind of a whiny pill, but Grace Kelly is sublime. Could there be a better venue than the Paramount to see Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 masterpiece Rear Window?

“Return to Hollywood’s Golden Era in America’s finest Art Deco movie palace. Movie Classic presentation includes a newsreel, cartoon, previews and the Paramount’s prize give-away game “Dec-O-Win”. Live organ serenade begins at 7:30 p.m. with Jerry Nagano at the Mighty Wurlitzer!”

$5
The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Doors open at 7 p.m. Box office opens at 6 p.m.

2009 Butch Voices Conference

Butch Voices is a grassroots organization dedicated to all self identified Butches, Studs, Aggressives, other similar identities, and their Allies. It is hosting the 2009 Butch Voices Conference this year at the Oakland Marriott. The event features keynotes by Jeanne Cordova, S. Bear Bergman and Malkia “MAC” Cyril. The program includes workshops, presentations, networking dinners, artists’ showcase, performances, film screenings and more. Registration and workshops take place at the Marriott, but other venues include Humanist Hall and the Vibe Lounge. Visit butchvoices.com for details.

Thursday, August 20 through Sunday, August 23.
Oakland Marriott, 1001 Broadway, 510-451-4000

Saturday, August 22

40th Street ArtQuest
Closing reception for Resound – Carl Auge’s solo show – at Rowan Morrison Gallery

A group of local merchants along 40th Street, which connects MacArthur BART and Piedmont Avenue, are having an art party of sorts on Saturday night. Manifesto Bicycles, Rowan Morrison Gallery, Premium Tattoo and Vintage, 1234GO! Records and Issues are all hosting art receptions on the same evening as part of the 40th Street Corridor Art Quest 2.

If the artwork isn’t enough to tempt you to visit each location, they’ll have treasure maps. If you get stamps from all the galleries and stores, you could win gift certificate prizes.

There will, of course, be music, refreshments, and lots of things to buy. Local retailers credit the first ArtQuest, held in February, for boosting the neighborhood’s profile and attracting new small businesses like Subrosa Coffee to the area.

40th Street Corridor ArtQuest
Saturday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Manifesto Bicycles, 421 40th St.
“The Living City 2” featuring the work of Oakland artists Bruk Dunbar, Jane Elliot, Marcos Lafarga, Marc Landes, Jeff Riley and Alex Rosmarin.

Rowan Morrison Gallery and Artist’s Bookstore
, 330 40th St.
Closing reception for the paintings of Oakland artist Carl Auge in an exhibit called “Resound, New Work by Carl Auge.”

Premium Tattoo and Vintage, 4130 Broadway Ave.
An installation of the paintings by Oakland artist David Seiler.

Issues, 20 Glen Ave.
A reception of works by Sacramento artist Bluewater Avery called ‘Schlock and Aww Shucks!’

The following businesses will also be open late:
1234Go! Records, 423 40th St. & Subrosa Coffee, 419 40th St.

Concrete Jungle
Jammin’ In Tha Concrete Jungle

Youth Movement Records and the Hood Games are having another skateboard contest & jam Saturday evening. There’ll be live art-making and music.

The Fox Lot @ 19th St. & San Pablo Ave
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free

Plant a tree and have some fun

The Ella Baker Center’s Soul of the City program and Urban Releaf are planting trees to beautify West Oakland this Saturday. The goal: To bring more than 500 people together to plant 50 trees along West MacArthur Blvd, between West Street and San Pablo Avenue.

And just in case you’ve forgotten why trees are important: Planting trees is one of the best ways to clean the air and make a neighborhood look like.. a neighborhood. They’ll also be cleaning up the streets, planting flowers, and talking with community members about the importance of clean air and caring for the neighborhood. If you feel like doing some work in your community, mark this one on your calendar. You’ll feel good, meet some cool people, and yes- get free food and music.

9.45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West MacArthur Blvd. at West Street (meet in the Big O Tires parking lot)

Sunday, August 23

In the Spirit of James

Artist Talk: Ted Pontiflet at the Joyce Gordon Gallery

Sculptor and painter Ted Pontiflet will talk about the inspiration behind his current show – the novelist James Baldwin. There will also be a poetry reading with the Black Dot Artists, Marcel Diallo, Duane Detterville and others.

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Joyce Gordon Gallery, 406 14th St. (12th St. Bart Exit)
www.joycegordongallery.com, 510-465-8928

Oaklandish Regatta '08

Oaklandish Regatta '08

Radio Regatta

This summertime party will go down at the Lake Merritt Sailboat House with DJs, food and beer, and free gondola rides. You can also go out for a spin on the Lake on other half-priced boat rentals. Bring your radio, because the event also features an FM micro-broadcast – and you can hear it with your radio even if you’re out on the water. This event is free for all ages.

Free
1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Lake Merritt Boathouse, 568 Bellevue Ave.

Uniquely Yours: Green Windows’ creative writing workshop

The workshop is for young people 16-25 and their friends – youth
workers, teachers, parents. Faculty, students and staff of the Peralta Community Colleges especially welcome.  Just email Peggy (gww@greenwindowswriters.org) if you’re wondering about whether you fit in or not. Drop-ins are welcome, but long term commitment is encouraged. Class will be held every fourth Sunday

Suggested class fee: $1-$25, sliding scale; additional donations welcome
7 p.m. to 9.15 p.m.,
Rock Paper Scissors, 278 Telegraph Ave.
greenwindowswriters.org

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07/24 O-Scene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 24, 2009

This weekend’s got Shakespeare,  movies with drinks, a craft bazaar, celebrations in the park and a lot of things that are only happening here in the O-Town.

Friday, July 24

Fourth Friday Movie NightThe Secret Garden

It’s time for another move night at the Dunsmuir Hellman estate. Tonight, they’re showing the Secret Garden, a family-friendly movie about a special place where magic, love, and hope grow.

Take your picnic baskets and a blanket. There’ll be live jazz accompanying the sunset. The mansion will also be open for self-guided free tours.

$5
Grounds open at 6 p.m., movie begins soon after sunset
Dunsmuir Hellman historic estate 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, CA 94605

poster of Come Drink with Me

Come Drink with Me

If you’re a fan of the drunken style in martial arts, then you’ll want to stagger over to Soja tonight for a screening of the Hong Kong classic, “Come Drink with Me.” Filmed in 1966, the movie stars Cheng Pei Pei as Golden Swallow, a government agent charged with rescuing a kidnapped official from a gang of thugs.

$5
9 p.m.
Soja Martial Arts 2406 Webster Street

Saturday, July 25

Craft Bazaar @ Pretty Penny


Craft flier

The Parlour Gallery and Pretty Penny, a Rockridge destination for vintage wear, are hosting a craft bazaar this weekend.  The bazaar will feature an intimate group of local fashion and craft designers. Show them some local love at Pretty Penny Saturday. And meet Sarah Dunbar, the owner of Pretty Penny — and a big believer in the community and all things local.

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Pretty Penny, 5488 College Avenue
www.prettypennyclothing.com

Walk Chinatown

Learn the history of Chinatown while scoping out hidden eateries and markets in the city’s multi-ethnic, Pan-Asian district. The Oakland Heritage Alliance is sponsoring a free walking tour of Chinatown Saturday July 25. Meet at 10 a.m. at the fountain in the Pacific Renaissance Plaza on Ninth Street between Webster and Franklin.

Free
10 a.m.
The fountain in the Pacific Renaissance Center, Ninth Street between Franklin and Webster

OPR’s 100

Defremery park celebration
Celebrate the city’s Office of Parks and Recreation while we still have one. OPR has been providing green space, tennis courts, swimming pools, and the like for 100 years. OPR is marking its centenary with an old-fashioned celebration at DeFremery Park. You’ll have pool access; there will be food vendors, crafts, music performances from the likes of Bay Area Blues Society and the Ray McCoy Band and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Free
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
DeFremery Park
For more information, call 510-238-3791

For Kids: String Things

The Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) is hosting” String Things” on Saturday for the whole family. They’re inviting participants to use cords and thread to make loopy paintings and lacy sculptures

$7
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Museum of Childrens Art, 538 Ninth Street.
www.mocha.org

For Kids: Family Sundown Safari

You might have had to cancel your wild safari plans because of the recession. But you don’t have to worry about disappointing your kids just yet. The Oakland Zoo’s having its own safari adventure. Camp overnight in the zoo’s meadow, take your kids for a twilight tour of the place, and give the animals handmade treats in the morning.

$85 for non-members, $75 for members
5 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Advance reservations required. Call 510-632-9525 x 220 to see if any last-minute spots are available.

Hawaiian World Festival

Three of Hawaii’s biggest musical acts will be at Yoshi’s this weekend: HAPA, Led Kaapana and John Cruz.

Hawaiian fest

HAPA: The overriding quality of their music is one of beauty and serenity, found in the majestic tones of the oli (chant), mele (song), the elegant movements of the sacred dance known as hula, and the exhilarating innovative sounds of virtuoso slack key guitar.

Led Kaapana’s
mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and  leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend.
John Cruz: Hawaii Magazine named him the Best Singer Songwriter in 2008. After a classic hit first album, this well-earned reputation became even more solidified when he released his long-awaited second album, One of These Days in 2007. Critics described it as “brilliant” and “one of the year’s finest albums, local or otherwise.”

Saturday 10 p.m. $35, Sunday 7 p.m., 9.30 p.m. $35
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West (at Jack London Square)
http://yoshis.com/oakland

Sunday, July 26

Taming of the Shrew

Taming of the Shrew

Woman’s Will, the Bay’s all-female Shakespeare company, is bring “Taming of the Shrew” to Mosswood Park on Saturday and Dimond Park on Sunday. The performances are free. “Don’t miss founding Artistic Director Erin Merritt’s final production with the company, the triumphant return of El Beh (who played the title role in 2008’s Good Person), and the Woman’s Will debut of Kate Jopson as Kate, in a production that is sexy and sassy enough for adults but lively and lovely enough for the wee ones.” The play is two hours and fifteen minutes long. Both shows start at 1 p.m.

Free
1 p.m.
Mosswood park (Saturday), Macarthur @ Broadway
Dimond Park (Sunday), 3860 Hanly Road

Eric Benet, Mint Condition, Ledisi

It’s going to be a smooth R & B evening at the Fox Theater on Sunday. Eric Benet, Mint Condition and Oakland’s own Ledisi will be performing in the hottest venue in Uptown.

$42.75, $82.75
7 p.m.
Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph
http://thefoxoakland.com/

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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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Party with Cari

Posted by novoscene on September 25, 2007

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Cari Borja, the Oakland designer and maker of all things beautiful and (often) frilly, has finally opened her own store, and she’s inviting everyone to her grand opening party. It’s this Saturday, September 29. If you can’t make it, you can stop by her pre-party sample sales on Thursday and Friday. Special note to all shopaholics: She’s got a sale on jackets, dresses, and other outfits for women, and on kids’ wear.

The party starts at 7 pm Saturday, and you can try on clothes and eat, drink, and mingle, mingle, mingle until 10 pm. The pre-party affairs will run from 11 am to 5 pm Thursday , September 27th and Friday, September 28th.

The address of her new store, which is the venue of her party: 2117 4th Street, studio B (between Addison and Allston Way) in Berkeley

If you miss these events, and really, really want to see her stuff, give her a call at (510) 981-0067, or swing by her studio between 11 am and 5 pm on any Thursday or Friday. The other three days of the week, she’s still going to be sewing away at home in West Oakland. — Priyanka

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