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03/11: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 11, 2010

FRIDAY, March 12

Scofield and Friends Come to Oakland

The John Scofield New Jazz Quartet is in town this weekend. Jazz lovers know that name well. Guitarist John Scofield has been around a long time, and has many stories to tell. Scofield began influencing the jazz scene in the late 70s and continues to do so today. His music falls somewhere between post-bop, funk edged jazz, and R & B. He’ll be accompanied by Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ben Street on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums.

Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero W.
Thu 10 p.m. $14; Fri 8 p.m. $24 & 10 p.m. $18; Sat 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. $24; Sun 2 p.m. (Kids Matinee) $5 (ages 15 and under), Adults (with children) $18, Adults $24;
Sun 7 p.m. $24

Bitter Harvest at the Royal NoneSuch Gallery

Bitter Harvest explores Lauren Adams’ research into Afghani poppy fields and the relationship between American military operations, the Taliban, and civilian farmers in Afghanistan’s ‘Golden Crescent’. For the past few years, the artist has documented images published about issues surrounding these topics in popular media and will re-inscribe the found narratives in a site specific painting on the gallery’s interior walls in Bitter Harvest, resulting in a claustrophobic interior overwhelmed by poppy flowers and human figures. The visual pattern evident in the installation, inspired by contemporary war reporting and traditional wallpaper and ornament design, visually seduces the viewer while simultaneously assaulting them with hallucinatory images of poppy cultivation and its relationship to the international drug trade, the American military incursion in Afghanistan, and the cycle of economic underdevelopment in rural farm areas of the Golden Crescent.

Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 4231 Telegraph Ave.,
Fri, March 12
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Happy Hour for The Crucible

If you love the Crucible or just think it’s cool, head over to Farley’s on Friday for free appetizers and hang with folks from your favorite industrial arts educational group. Farley’s owners have “adopted” The Crucible as their non-profit of the month, and a portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to The Crucible to help support its programs.

Fri  5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Farley’s East 33 Grand Avenue (at Broadway), thecrucible.orgfarleyseast.blogspot.com/

Alternative Theater with an Alternative Cast

If you’d like to support the Oakland School of the Arts, you have a lot of chances to do so this weekend. The OSA Actor’s Guild’s has put together their version of Dale Wasserman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Black Box Theatre, 19th and Telegraph
Fri 7 p.m., Sat 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sun 2 pm
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. www.oakarts.org/www.tix.com

For more, visit OakArt here.

SATURDAY, March 13

Martin Lawrence at the Paramount

Martin Lawrence, actor and producer, who’s starred in dozens of Hollywood hits (Remember Big Momma’s House?), is returning to stand-up comedy on stage. Catch him at the Paramount on Saturday or Sunday. He’s made enough people laugh all his life to know how to do it well.

The Paramount, 2025 Broadway
Sat, 8 p.m., Sun, 8 p.m.
Doors open 60 minutes before show times.
Tickets: $77.50, $57.75, $42.75

SUNDAY, March 14

Closing Tea Reception at Blankspace

A fantastic Oakland gallery closes and throws a tea party to say goodbye. The last show at Blankspace was Steuart Pittman’s exhibit Nowhere/Anywhere.  It all ends this Sunday.

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
6608 San Pablo Ave
For more, see Theo Konrad Auer’s art picks for the month.

KID-FRIENDLY: The Princess and the Unicorn

Wondering how to entertain your kids this weekend? Try the puppet show at Children’s Fairyland. This weekend, it’s the Princess and the Unicorn, complete with evil counts and handsome princes that get turned into unicorns, and of course – a princess. Puppets and script by Lewis Mahlmann.

Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue (at Grand Ave.),  fairyland.org
Sat & Sun,11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

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7/9 Burning down the house! er, parking lot…

Posted by novoscene on July 9, 2008

It’s that time of year again, when the parking lot across from the West Oakland Bart Station blazes bright into the night, huge metal dragons, robots and thingamawhutzits spring into fire spitting life and pyromaniacs from far and wide come to get their fix before heading to that big hot party in the desert.

Yes folks, It’s Fire Arts Festival time, and the Crucible’s annual fund raiser will be lighting up the sky around 7th and Nelson Mandela from tonight through July 12.

We’ve covered the Crucible quite a bit, but now this year there’s a snazzy new promo video that does the job a lot more succinctly-y’know that whole picture’s worth a thousand words thing. Video has this weird tendency to capture flaming burlesque dancers and spiraling columns of fire in a way that just doesn’t translate into words. Who knew? So anyway, here ya go.-kwan

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1/17-1/19 Hot Couture – A Fusion of Fashion and Fire

Posted by novoscene on January 16, 2008


The Crucible is like that one little cousin you had when you were young that was always setting shit on fire. Every time you turned around-lighter in hand, I didn’t do it expression on face, flames everywhere. I guess one man’s trash is another man’s kindling. But it helps that the shit they set on fire is pretty damned cool and that you probably won’t get in trouble if you’re mom walks in and finds the place ablaze.

Continuing there mission to bring industrial art hotness to the masses, the Crucible’s latest heaping helping of smoldering performance art celebrates the nonprofit’s 9 year anniversary. The Hot Couture fashion show runs from tonight through Sunday and features over 20 of the Bay’s hottest (you knew that was coming) up and coming designers. including KAYO, miss velvet cream, Fluidance, Alexandria Von Bromssen, Super Sugar Ray Ray and Miranda Caroligne.

The show begins with Community Night and discounted admissions tonight and continues through Saturday with a VIP gala featuring cellist Zoe Keating and contortionist Serchmaa Byamba.

Hot Couture – A Fusion of Fashion and Fire
1/17 – Preview & community night:$15
1/18 : $35 General Admission, $30 Crucible Members, $40 at the door
1/19 – VIP gala $125 in advance, $100 Crucible Members, $150 at the door
The Crucible
1260 Seventh Street, Oakland


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12-15 Novoscene Weekend

Posted by novoscene on December 15, 2007

Saturday, Dec. 15


The Crucible Presents A Gifty Holiday Celebration and Art Sale

Looking for the last minute out of the ordinary gift ideas? Something that’ll stand out from all the techie bling and fruitcakes? Well it might be a good idea to roll over to the Crucible for their annual “Gifty Holiday Art Sale”, one of the more unusual holiday shopping extravaganzas in the area.

Expect Santa to roll in in typical style accompanied by giant elves and “flamedeer,” to preside over the tables of blown glass, jewelry, sculpture, clothing, and ceramics from over 50 Bay Area artisans including Carla Hall, Kristy Alfieri and April Zilber.

Crucible staffers will be on hand demonstrating the various classes offered at the West Oakland fire arts center. Participants from the Crucible’s Bike Frame

Alteration program will be showing off their creations as will artist-in-residence Githinji Wa Mibre.

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