If the Night Owl were going to be hanging out from Aug. 31 to Sept.7, here is a list of places where she might be. And she’s still looking for good dance places, so, come on folks, chime in with your faves.
First of all, Saturday kicks off three days of art and soul in Oakland. Well, we always have plenty of those ingredients, but from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday through Monday, the city is putting on Oakland’s Art & Soul<cm cq> summer festival, complete with music, dancing, art, food and libations. Kids get their own Family Fun Zone with rides, hands-on activities, entertainment and special performances. There is way too much to include here so visit the Web site www.artandsouloakland.com for a list of events, to figure out the logistics for the venue (including a map) and to plan your visit. Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for youth ages 13 to 18. Admission is free for youth under the age of 12.
The Oakland Metro Operahouse, 201 Broadway, is where you’ll find “Tourettes without Regrets” _ described as one of the premier poetry slams and MC battles in California. Think Lennie Bruce meets modern spoken word styles. The slogan is “the fight club of underground art.” It happens on the first Thursday of the month beginning 8 p.m. For more information, the Web site is www.oaklandmetro.org and the e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Move over Little League, real sport is coming and it’s called democracy. “Please Vote for Me,” a documentary showing at the Oakland Museum Tuesday is almost as good as a soap opera: a trio of eight-year old students _ a charismatic challenger, a ruthless incumbent and a thoughtful outsider _ all vie for the coveted position of class monitor in a third grade classroom in Wuhan China. There’s hot debates, backstabbing and strategic alliances. The documentary in Mandarin with English subtitles also launches the 2007-08 season of the ITVS Community Cinema. A reception before the film begins 6 p.m. in the James Moore Theatre, followed by a 6:30 p.m. screening. The Oakland Museum is located at 1000 Oak St.
Sept. 7 is Artmurmur for all you artlovers and gallery fiends. For info and a map of the galleries throwing open their doors after hours visit the Web site www.oaklandartmurmur.com<cm cq>. The Art Night shuttle will be running. The Oakland museum, also part of the gallery crawl, has a host of hot goings on: http://www.museumca.org.
Swarm Gallery is hosting an artists’ reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 for the group exhibition, “Artifice of Form,” that runs Sept. 1 to Oct. 14. Swarm Gallery is located at 560 Second St. The Web site is www.swarmstudios.net.
Mercury 20 Gallery also is hosting an reception at 25 Grand Ave., for a new show of work by in-house artists Jo Ann Biagini and Cathy Perillo. The Web site is www.mercurytwenty.com.
Sept. 7 is the Berkeley premier of the documentary “War Made Easy:
How Presidents and Pundits keep spinning us to death.” The show starts at La Pena 8 p.m. and tickets cost $8. The address is 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. The Web site is www.lapena.org and the telephone number is (510) 849-2568.
And there’s always something going on at the Black New World Social Aid and Pleasure Club in West Oakland. Web site: www.blacknewworld.com.
That’s all for now, ladies and gentlemen. But if you have a cool shindig e-mail me at email@example.com.