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The Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on July 8, 2010

A Contemplative Angel on the Crocker Tomb (Photo Mountain View Cemetery)

Friday

King Kong
It’s been remade twice in the last 75 years, and both versions failed to match the original RKO masterpiece of 1933. See King Kong the way the great ape was meant to be seen, on a huge screen in one of the nation’s great Art Deco film palaces. Watch Kong swat biplanes from atop the Empire State Building at the Paramount Theatre Friday night. The doors open at 7 pm.

What: King Kong
When: Friday, July 9, Movie Starts at 8 pm, Mighty Wurlitzer at 7:30 pm
Where: Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway
How Much: $5

Hairspray

The Woodminster Summer Musical series opens with Hairspray. Woodminster favorite Greg Carlson takes his first turn in drag as Edna Turnblad in the musical based on John Waters’ 1988 film. As always, champagne will be served on opening night.

What: Hairspray at Woodminster Amphitheater
When: Friday, July 9, 8 pm
Where: Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road
How Much: $25-$45

The Princess Bride

Angry apes not your thing? What about The Princess Bride, The sweetly goofy fairytale beloved by gentle nerds everywhere? See it for free at the Redwoods Heights Recreation Center.

What: Princess Bride
When: Friday, July 9, 8:15 pm – 10:15 pm
Where: Redwood Heights Rec Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue
How Much: Free

Sun Ceremony
Here’s the pitch: Come to drum and stare at the sun. Oakland-based artist David Wilson in collaboration with artist Chris Duncan, opens the Berkeley Art Museum to a “fully participation-based drum and light orchestration” Friday evening. There will be “light projections and visual guidance from Jeffrey Manson (Misto Reef Lights), a Chladni singing performance by Meara O’Reilly (Avocet), and SUN choir.”

What: L@TE: Friday Nights
When: Friday, July 9, Doors open at 6, Ceremony starts at 7:30 pm
Where: Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way
How Much: $5, free for members and UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff

Some Kinda
Dwele blends neo-soul, hip-hop, and jazz the way few musicians can. The sly musician and songwriter will be at Yoshi’s in Jack London Square all weekend. His new album is called “Some Kinda,” which gets it just about right.

What: Dwele at Yoshi’s Oakland
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 9, 10 & 11, 8 pm – 10 pm, 7 pm – 9 pm Sunday
Where: Yoshi’s. 510 Embarcadero West
How Much: $28

Saturday

Walking Tour of Mountain View Cemetery
One of the loveliest spots in our city is Mountain View Cemetery. It’s also fairly described as “California’s most historic” boneyard. Meet some of the legendary figures from our state’s past who made this corner of the Oakland Hills their last home on a walking tour sponsored by the Oakland Heritage Alliance. Barbara Smith and Michael Crowe are the tour leaders.

What: Walking Tour of Mountain View Cemetery
When: Saturday, July 10, 10 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Meet at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue
How Much: $15, $10 OHA members

Comics and Islam

G. Willow Wilson is an American author who lived in Cairo for four years. When she was there,  she met her husband and converted to Islam. She also wrote the graphic novel “Cairo.” Wilson will be at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California Saturday night to talk about her new book, “The Butterfly Mosque.”

What: G. Willow Wilson
When: Saturday, July 10, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison Street
How Much: $7, $5 for students

Sunday

Rowing Races on Lake Merritt
For the second year in a row the Lake Merritt Rowing Club is hosting the United States Rowing Association’s SW Masters Regionals on Lake Merritt. More than 800 rowers are expected to be racing 1,000 meter sprints. There is excellent viewing along Lakeshore Avenue, at the City Sailboat House, as well as the grounds near the remodeled Lake Merritt Boathouse on Lakeside Drive (the start line). Or have a drink at Lake Chalet while watching the races.

What: Rowing Club Hosts USRA Masters Regionals
When: Sunday, July 11, 7:30 am – 5 pm
Where: Lake Merritt
How Much: Free 

Justa Space Queen
We’re excited about our next show at Art@TheOakBook. Two women artists who have been inspired by the cannabis movement have joined forces to install “Justa Space Queen” at our Jack London Square location. Come to the opening to see the work ofMonika Lea Jones and Smokie of Guns and Brushes.

What: Justa Space Queen
When: Sunday, July 11, 12 pm – 3 pm
Where: Art@TheOakBook, 423 Water Street
How Much: Free

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Long Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on May 28, 2010

You’ve got three days to salsa, spit the truth, start a business, and discover the legend of the Junk Pirate.  Go!

Friday, May 28

The 8th Annual Small Business Symposium

Councilmember Larry Reid and Oakland’s Community and Economic Development Agency have put together the a free symposium for small businesses, where entrepreneurs are invited to  attend workshops and discussions on a range of subjects like growing a business, opening a restaurant, getting a green certification and urban farming.

During the luncheon, remarks will be made by Linda Marmolejo, Regional Director of the San Francisco National Enterprise Center. Since beginning her tenure with the Minority Business Development Agency in 1978, she has been a leading advocate for minority-owned small businesses.

Friday, May 28, 8am – 5pm
Oakland Marriott City Center
FREE (advance registration required)
www.oaklandsmallbusiness.com
510-986-2855

Drop Your Knowledge

Come “Spit your Truth” Friday at the Oakland School of the Arts’ open-mic poetry night.  Enter on 18th Street between Telegraph and San Pablo.

Friday, May 28, 6 pm-8pm
Student Center Fox, 18th Street between San Pablo and Telegraph Avenues
Adults $5, Students $3, Under 8 Free

Salsa Social

Salsa with Juan Friday night at the Lake Merritt Dance Center. Don’t have a partner, don’t know how to bachata? Don’t fret. Every fourth Friday it’s a fun, no-pressure scene at the Veteran’s Memorial Building on Grand Avenue. Admission is only $10, and that includes lessons and refreshments.

Friday, May 28, Lessons start at 7 pm, the dancing goes until Midnight
Veteran’s Memorial Building, 200 Grand Avenue
$10

The Original Sin

These are real women with real lives and real figures to show ladies everywhere that the sexiest thing a woman can wear is a smile. This burlesque troupe is affiliated with a lingerie store in the east bay and is very popular with women. There will be live music by Fromagigue.

Original Sin Burlesque
Friday May 28, Doors open @9 p.m.,
Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Avenue www.uptownnightclub.com, 510-451-8100
Cover $10

Saturday, May 29

Durufle’s  Requiem

Jonathan Dimmock will fire up the 5,298-pipe organ at the Cathedral of Christ the Light Saturday night to accompany the Cal State East Bay Singers and Oratorio Society as they perform Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem.”

“The program will include the Oratorio Society singing Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb,” and the Baker University Chamber Choir from Kansas singing William Byrd’s a cappella, “Mass for Five Voices.” The concert will conclude with all singers and the organ performing, “I was Glad,” by Sir Hubert Parry.
Buddy James, associate professor of music, and Matthew Potterton, of Baker University, will jointly conduct the concert.”

Saturday, May 29 8 pm (Cathedral tours start at 7 pm)
Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street
$7, $5 for seniors, Free for students

Indian Jazz

Vidya and Rina Mehta, the new artists in residence at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center mix Indian classical music with jazz. It makes more sense than you might think.

Saturday, May 29, 8 pm – 10 pm
OACC 388 9th Street, Suite 290
$12 Adults, $9 Seniors and Students

Opening Night: Junk Pirate Found Art Exhibition

The Compound Gallery in Oakland will exhibit Pete Glover’s Junk Pirate Found Art Exhibition, a collection of collections. In this solo show, assortments of commonplace items such as board game money, antiquated video game controllers, classroom pencil sharpeners, honey-bear bottles, or even found personal ephemera are exploited for their aesthetic, as well as nostalgic, properties.”

Saturday, May 29 6 pm – 9 pm
Compound Art Gallery, 1167 65th Street
Free

Sunday,

Sunday, May 30


Benny Green Trio with Peter Washington and Kenny Washington

Jazz Pianist Benny Green, who has a recorded more than a 100 sessions with a range of people that reads like a who’s who of jazz, is playing at Yoshi’s this weekend.

In 1993, Oscar Peterson chose Benny as the first recipient of the City of Toronto’s Glen Gould International Protégé Prize in Music. That year, Green replaced Gene Harris in Ray Brown’s Trio, working with the veteran bass player until 1997. From 1997 on, Benny resumed his freelance career, led his own trios, and concentrated on his solo piano performances.

Here’s his approach to his music: “… for myself and a lot of musicians I admire, the main focus is to just swing and have fun, and share those feelings with the audience … and, if I’m able to convey that, then I feel like I’m doing something positive.”

Benny Green Trio
Friday, May 28-Sunday, May 30
Friday and Saturday, 8pm & 10pm shows $16
Sunday, 7pm & 9pm shows $16
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West (Jack London Square), 510-238-9200
yoshis.com/oakland

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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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04/08: Your Oakland Weekend

Posted by novoscene on April 8, 2010

We’ve got pet parties, art, fairy tales, comedians, tree huggers, ladies’ rock bands, Bill Frisell and more in Oakland this weekend.

Friday, April 9

Animal Art at Paws & Claws

This is an art show for you and your pets. Artist Beth Barton’s photographs capture “the reason we love our furry friends,” say the dynamic owners of Paws and Claws.  If you’re an animal lover, head over to to Dimond’s popular pet destination to check out these animal portraits. They’ll be serving hors d’oeuvres and drinks.  Here are photos from their last “Yappy Hour event!

Friday, April 9, 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Paws & Claws, 2023 MacArthur Blvd., 510-336-0105
pawsnclawsoakland.com

Comedy off Broadway

Comedy Off Broadway brings comedians from all over the Bay Area to Oakland. You’ll probably recognize some performers from appearances on Comedy Central, HBO, BET, Late Night and other national shows.

Friday, April 9, 9 p.m.
Miss Pearl’s Jam House (inside Jack London Square),  1 Broadway
$9.99. Tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/94886 or 510-214-2626
comedyoffbroadwayoakland.com

Saturday, April 10

Cinderella at Uptown

If your kid’s into Cinderella, see this non-Disney production of the fairy tale. Zanzibar fairytale puppet  theater tells the old story with 22 costumed puppets. Uptown will serve Spring Tea before the show – sandwiches, cakes, cookies, punch and tea.

Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street
$12. Tickets available between 11 a..m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the venue
For more info., go to Zanzibarpuppets.com or call 510-388-9228

Arbor Day Weekend

Go to Fairyland this weekend if you’re a tree lover. They’ll have professional arborists visiting —  your kids can learn to care for trees as they watch tree climbing demonstrations, special characters, performances by the Tree Circus and more. Of course, there’ll be puppet shows on both days at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. This week, it’s Perez and Mondinga. The Marilynn O’Hare Arts & Crafts Center will also be open with activities geared toward children and their families from noon to 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11, 10 a.m. onwards
Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Avenue, fairyland.org
$7

Sunday, April 11

Ladies Rock Camp Showcase

The Oakland-based nonprofit Bay Area Girls Rock Camp hosts its camp for women aged 19 and over. The participants learn and practice instruments, form bands, write an original song, attend workshops, and perform in a live concert in this three-day music event. The showcase is the grand finale, where 6 bands made up of 25 women perform all original songs. And you could win a prize: Health and wellness packages from local acupuncturists and yoga studios, museum passes and gift certificates.

Sunday, April 11, 3 p.m.
Oakland Metro Operahouse, 630 3rd Street
For more on the Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, please visit bayareagirlsrockcamp.org

Food, Books, and Movies

Microcosm Publishing comes to Oakland for a food demonstration by vegan chef Joshua Ploeg, a film-showing by artist Joe Biel, and an edible secrets’ mobile museum by authors Mia Partlow and Michael Hoerger.

Issues, 20 Glen Avenue (at Piedmont Avenue)
Sunday, April 11, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.Donations welcome. microcosmpublishing.com/

Bill Frisell, live at Jazz Alley, Seattle - 25 April 2004: The B3 Trio

Bill Frisell’s Residency at Yoshi’s

Popular guitarist, composer and bandleader Bill Frisell has taken up residency at Yoshi’s Oakland, April 8 through 11. Joining Frisell are some familiar collaborators – Kenny Wollesen, Greg Leisz, Jenny Scheinman, Tony Scherr — as well as some new ones – Marc Ribot and Jason Moran.

According to the New York Times – It’s hard to find a more fruitful meditation on American music than in the compositions of guitarist Bill Frisell. Mixing rock and country with jazz and blues, he’s found what connects them: improvisation and a sense of play. Unlike other pastichists, who tend to duck passion, Mr. Frisell plays up the pleasure in the music and also takes on another often-avoided subject, tenderness.

Thursday, Apr 8- Sunday, Apr 11, with special guests each night
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows $32, Sunday 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. shows $32
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, yoshis.com

  • Thursday, April 8th: Frisell brings together three other guitarists; iconic downtown guitarist Marc Ribot, lap/pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz and a third special mystery guitarist/singer from Nashville.
  • On Friday, April 9th, Frisell and crew provide a live score to the short films of Buster Keaton, Jim Woodring and Bill Morrison.
  • For the Saturday, April 10th performances, Frisell is joined by his Quintet featuring critically acclaimed violinist Jenny Scheinman.
  • To close out the residency on Sunday, April 11th, Frisell and his battery mate Kenny Wollesen, welcome risk-taking pianist Jason Moran to the fold.

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The Marathon Weekend

Posted by novoscene on March 25, 2010

Yes. This is the weekend of the Oakland Running Festival, and 26 miles can take a lot out of a body, but whether your running or rooting, you’ll still have time to enjoy other Oakland offerings. Exercise your mind with a music talk on Sunday, or swap plants with neighbors on  Saturday. There’s even still time to get tickets for Natalie Cole’s late shows at Yoshi’s.

Friday, March 26

A Clockwork Orange

C’mon Droogs, pop on over to the Piedmont sinny for one of the great dystopian films of the Cold War from a master of dystopian Cold War films. On Friday, the Piedmont Theatre has a midnight showing of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. The Park Avenue Bar and Grill across the street is offering themed drinks for only $5. Now that’s not much golly.

Friday, March 26, 11:45 p.m.
Piedmont Theatre, 4186 Piedmont Avenue
$8

Oso

Call him Bear. Oso, a rocker rolling over the genres borders, will be at Flux 53 Friday night. His music is described as “technical folk” and “math-rock.” His influences range from the Beatles and Bob Dylan to Dredge and Radiohead.

Friday, March 26, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Flux 53, 5306 Foothill Boulevard
$10

Natalie Cole

She’s a winner. She’s a fighter. She’s a great jazz singer.  Natalie Cole owns nine Grammy awards and has battled drug addiction and illness. The gifted daughter of Nat King Cole comes to Yoshi’s for three nights starting on Friday. Not surprisingly, the first shows are all sold out, but there’s still tickets available for the late shows.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 26, 27, and 28, 10 p.m., 10 p.m., and 9 p.m.
Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero
$75

Saturday, March 27

Saturday is the day when people are planning to turn off non-essential lights at 8.30 p.m. for Earth Hour. For more, go to myearthhour.org/

Soweto Gospel Choir

Known as much for their performances of traditional South African songs as their interpretations of American gospel music, and even American folk, the Soweto Gospel Choir has inspired and surprised audiences all over the world since forming eight years ago. Fans of Wall-E will recall that the Soweto Gospel Choir were featured on that movie’s theme song, “Down to Earth.” The Soweto Gospel Choir comes to the Paramount Theatre Saturday night. The New York Times said the choir “has a cornucopia of remarkable voices: sharp, sweet, kindly, raspy and incantatory leads above a magnificently velvety blend the music is both meticulous and unstoppable.”

Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m.
2025 Broadway
$25 – $65

West O Bike Tour

West Oakland has a rich past, but it’s not the sort of history that’s easily gleaned from behind a car or bus window. Bikes4life a non-profit committed to making West O greener by promoting bike riding is hosting a history ride Saturday afternoon. Interested riders should meet at the B4L HQ near the West Oakland Bart Station.

Saturday, March 27 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Seventh Street and Peralta
Free

Jazz Artists in the Concert Hall

Join composers Rebeca Mauleón, Benedikt Brydern, Scott Amendola, and moderator John Kendall Bailey to discuss “the history of jazz composers making the transition to the concert hall, including Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and Darius Milhaud.”

“Topics will include American cultural history and the stratification of popular vs. classical culture that began in the 19th century, and the split that occurred at the turn of the century.”

The Oakland East Bay Symphony is presenting the talk, which will be introduced by Michael Morgan.

Saturday, March 27, 3 p.m.
200 Grand Avenue
Free

Plant Exchange

It’s a neighborly way to cull your garden, get new plants, and meet other green thumbs. On Saturday afternoon, there will be a free neighborhood plant exchange on Lakeshore. The organizers say that all types and sizes of healthy plants are welcome (so are gardening accessories, tools and supplies). You don’t even have to repot your donations. Just stick ‘em in a bag and bring ‘em over.

Saturday, March 27 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
3811 Lakeshore
Free

Sunday, March 28

The Oakland Running Festival

This is the big day that local runners have been waiting for — when Oakland hosts its first marathon in 25 years. While the event kicks off with a twilight race around Lake Merritt on Saturday evening at 6.30 p.m., the big events — a kids’ race, a relay race, a half marathon and the marathon — are all on Sunday and all go through Oakland. There’s still time to register. If you’d just like to take your chairs and sit along the route to cheer the runners, make sure you do so early. And after the runners have gone past you, think about visiting your favorite restaurant, store or art gallery. Everyone’s got specials going to celebrate the running festival. For more on the marathon, please go to oaklandmarathon.com

At our gallery, art@theOakBook in Jack London Square, watch artists Savanna Snow and Michael Eli sketch. You’ll find it fun, and perhaps even inspiring. They’re very, very good. 423 Water Street – inside Jack London Square, 11.30 onwards

The Ellington

The downtown condos of the housing boom years still exert a mysterious pull: Who lives in them, what do they look like inside, how much do they cost? On Sunday, the Ellington in Jack London Square unveils its “Club Level Residences” on floors 12 through 15, and is opening the doors to the public for a peek. Combine a visit to the Ellington with brunch at Miss Pearl’s Jam House, and art viewing at The OakBook gallery (423 Water Street).

Sunday, March 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
222 Broadway
Free

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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
Yohis.com

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.
Free

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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08/14: The Art and Soul Weekend

Posted by novoscene on August 14, 2009

Art and Soul

Featured Event: ART & SOUL

The City may be broke, but that’s not stopping Oakland’s annual two-day downtown block party. Art and Soul goes down this weekend at a new and improved time (who wanted to be home for Labor Day weekend?) As always, there will be stages showcasing R&B, hip-hop, and Latin music. The headliner on Saturday is Shawn Colvin and on Sunday, it’s Will Downing. Look for an excellent kid’s zone and bring your hunger. The food vendors represent a nice mix of State Fair style dreck and healthier offerings from Oakland’s varied culinary scene. Free bike parking is available at the festival’s Broadway and 14th Street entrance.

Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, Noon to 6 p.m.
Adult admission $10, seniors and youth (12-17) $5, kids 12 and under are free
Downtown Oakland. Entrances: 14th Street & Broadway, 16th Street & San Pablo
For more, visit artandsouloakland.com

Friday, August 14

Hollywoof

Mine, the documentary

Mine, the documentary

Dog lovers, this is for you. Take your lovely self and your dog down to Hollywoof tonight. It’s a fundraiser for various organizations and a very good documentary.

But the real reason that you’ll go there is to spend an evening with your beloved dog and other dog lovers. There’ll be a dog masseuse, photographers, and of course, a doggy bar. Indi filmmaker Geralyn Pezanoski will show Mine, his award-winning documentary about the animals left behind during Katrina. And yes, your dog can stay for the movie. Buy your tickets at the event page at dogopolis.com

6.30 p.m.to 9.30 p.m.
$15 general admission, $8 canine admission
Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th Street

Dancing Under the Stars

Head over to Jack London Square for a free salsa dance lesson tonight.
Instructors from Linden Street studio will teach you some moves, and then let you practice while the Cuban group Edgardo Cambon y Latido performs live in the background. There will also be a dance “exposition.”

Free
Class begins at 7.30 p.m.
Open dance at 8.30 p.m.
Jack London Square (Broadway at Water)

Pan’s Improv Jam

At Pan’s monthly improv theater jam, Pan Theater performers and guests form teams of performers on the spot for twenty-minute long form sets. Each set team will explore an audience suggested theme through games, scenes, and everything else.

Guests can watch, or participate. No scripts, no rules – other than have fun. Admission up until half an hour before the jam is over. Those wishing to perform must arrive at least an hour before the evening is over.

8 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
Tickets $10 at the door (to participate and/or watch)
Pan Theater, 2135 Broadway (one block from BART)

And if you haven’t read about the New Life party on theOakBook.com already, here’s the scoop on it.

Saturday, August 14

Key System Walk

Remember the Key System that we love to write about – the transport system that inspired our line of tee shirts (see the bottom of the home page.) You can walk the Key’s C line (A Level) walk from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday. It’s sponsored by the Oakland Heritage Alliance.

10 a.m.
$10-$15.
Start at MacArthur BART station underpass on 40th St.
For more, call 510-763-9218.

FOR KIDS: Blowin’ in the Wind

The Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland offers a workshop each month that’s focused on family art-making and collaboration. This Saturday, kids learn about various kinds of kites (the paper-kind that fly in the air). Then, they get to make their own.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
$7 per child
MOCHA
538 Ninth Street
George Duke

George Duke at Yoshi’s

Piano/synthesizer performer and singer George Duke is playing at Yoshi’s this weekend. He got famous with an album called The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He is known for his solo work as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa.

Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. shows $30
Sunday 2 p.m. Kids Matinee: $5 kids, $18 adult (with kid), $30 adult (general)
Sunday 7 p.m. show $30
510 Embarcadero W. in Jack London Square

Sunday, August 16

Wild Teens

Are you a teenager, or the parent of a teenager? If yes, then consider the Teen Wild Guides program at the Oakland Zoo.  These guides are young people (13 years to 18 years) interested in animals, plants, conservation, and children. They’re trained to be animal interpreters and conservation leaders. And they have a lot of fun.

If this sounds remotely interesting, go to an orientation. There’s one on Sunday evening and if you can’t make it, there’s another one on Monday evening. You can ask questions, learn more about the program and application process, and meet zoo staff.

Free
Sunday, August 16, 5:00pm/Monday, August 17, 7 p.m.
Classroom #1, Education Center, Contact: Melinda Sievert, Teen Coordinator, 510-632-9525 ext 201, or email here at msievert@oaklandzoo.org.
Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road

The Vibe Lounge

Special Events to say bye to one of Oakland’s coolest LGBT destinations: The Vibe Lounge

Friday, August 14

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Complimentary Happy Hour appetizers
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Five dollar Fridays with DJ Serg spinning fresh hip-hop & DJ Mallie spinning old school jams

Saturday, August 15

9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: Club Rimshot & The Vibe Lounge have teamed up to present a blowout FAREWELL PARTY. DJ Rum’s hooking it up with hip-hop, rap, old skool and more

Sunday, August 16th

4 p.m. to 9 p.m.: The Last Dance – afternoon tea dance featuring R & B, soul
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.: The Party Ain’t Ova

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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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2/16 Femi. Yoshi’s. Oakland. Tonight. Be there.

Posted by novoscene on February 16, 2009

If you don’t know who Femi is that means you have two problems.  The 1st is that you obviously haven’t read the last issue of the magazine where Femi is a featured artist.  And 2nd, that means you’ve been denying yourself the sweet sounds of of Oakland Soul.  But as much as you deserve to be flogged, just come to the show tonight and we’ll let yo slide.

Since her EP Sweetwater  Soul dropped last November, Femi’s been getting much critical acclaim and praise for Sweetwater’s mellow musical moods.   On stage though the vibe can rock from soul to funk to a little punk rock and electro.  We’ll see what she throws out tonight at the official release party. Read the rest of this entry »

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11/6 The Mouse That Roared

Posted by novoscene on November 6, 2008

The mighty squeak of Eek A Mouse

I heard a little while back that Yoshi’s was expanding their musical programing beyond traditional jazz and in the last few months I’ve seen an increase in R&B, blues and soul acts.  Making a living in the jazz world is tough enough and with 2 jazz clubs and a looming recession, it looks like the owners had to get business minded and diversify that musical portfolio.

And they’re actually doing a good job with the lineup-Amel Larrieux, Vieux Farka Toure and Bilal in the last few weeks with D’wayne Wiggins and Eric Benet in the next few.  Change is good, change is inevitable, but sometimes change just leaves you scratching your head.

Like tonight’s show.  Eek A Mouse? At a jazz club?

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a fan of Mouse since I was a senior in high school and he was the only authentic reggae musician that would bother to make a stop in Riddim starved Virginia.  I’ve loved his strangeness from the beginning-his nasal voice, mixture of singjay/chatting, and slightly off kilter style won me over from the start, so much that it was easy to overlook dude’s penchant for tight mesh tank tops and cowboy hats.

They’re clearing out the tables tonight so fans can come out and skank and wine ’til their hearts content. Personally I hope this show goes over well, it’d be great to have a venue in the area to see top tier reggae and roots acts along with some of the newer soul artists.  But I have to draw the line somewhere.  Once they start booking country and western acts, it’s over.-kwan

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