Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Prowling this week

By awoodall
Friday, September 21st, 2007 at 3:59 pm in Uncategorized.

Here’s a flick that makes film noir look red hot: Double Indemnity, a cynical 1944 masterpiece of poison passion starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. They play rotten duo who try to off Stanwyck’s husband after she convinces the duped spouse to take out a big insurance policy _ with a double-indemnity clause. It’s a true crime story, undoubtedly steamier than the real thing carried out in 1927 by a married Queens woman and her lover. Stanwyck was never so sultry. The film is part of a weekly noir fest at the newly restored Cerrito Speakeasy cinema, 10070 San Pablo Ave. Showtime is 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. The Web site is http://cerritospeakeasy.com.

Saturday is the PeaceOut World Homohop Festival, an annual Oakland-born festival of hip hop music and culture created in 2001 by LGBT folks. Check out the Web site www.peaceoutfestival.com for a rundown of the events and performers because some of their names are too naughty for this page. The all-ages funky fest starts 8 p.m. at the 21 Grand gallery, 416 25th St. Tickets are $5 to $10.

Dance to sizzling salsa Saturday under the stars at Jack London Square beginning 6 p.m. It’s free and it’s hot _ even if the temperatures aren’t. For more information, visit the Web site www.jacklondonsquare.com.

Sunday Tango No. 9 is at the Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., San Francisco.  Doors open 7:30 p.m. and the show starts 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $15. www.redpoppyarthouse.org.

Back in Oakland, a jam session will be on at Bicasso’s Black Music Experiment, EastSide Arts Alliance-Oakland, 2599 International Blvd. To find out about what else is going on (and there usually is something) visit www.eastsideartsalliance.com.

On Monday, another jam session is happening 7 p.m., featuring trombonist Angela Wellman, New Earth Artist Cafe, 2008 Park Blvd. The Web site of this unusual little boite is www.newearthartistcafe.com.

How about a ”Fight Club” flick fundraiser? That’s what is going on Tuesday<cm 9/25>  at the Parkway Speakeasy Theater as a benefit for HEROES (Helpers Engaged in Reaching Oakland’s Excelling Schools), A volunteer placement program for the Oakland Unified School District. The creepy, macho existential cult fave starts 9:15 p.m. and admission is $8. The Parkway is located at 1834 Park Blvd. and the Web site is www.parkway-speakeasy.com. For more information about HEROES, visit the Web site www.oaklandheroes.org.

Tango forever, or at least Wednesdays at the Trio Bistro, 542 Grand Ave., where tango lessons are free, the wine excellent and the food delicious. Lessons begin about 6:30 p.m. but the dancing doesn’t stop until late.
Call (510) 444-8746 for more information.

The eclectic Manhattan Short Film Festival is coming to the Cerrito Speakeasy Theater for the first time Thursday<cm 9/27>. Showtime begins 9:15 p.m.
For more information about the festival visit the Web site www.msfilmfest.com.
The Cerrito is located 10070 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, and the Web site is www.cerritospeakeasy.com. Admission is $8.

And, lastly, happy hour starts late _ 9 p.m. _ all week long at Fonda, 1501 Solano Ave. in Albany. The after-hours menu features dishes such as duck tacos and Cuban mini-burgers. Cocktails _ including the likes of Cuba Libre, Que Sera-Serrano and Nahuatl’s Punch _ are $5. The Web site is www.fondasolana.com

And, lastly, a little announcement for you art lovers: René de Guzman has been named senior curator of art at the Oakland Museum of California. Currently director of visual arts at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), de Guzman joins the museum staff in mid-October. The guy sounds interesting.

That’s all for now, ladies and gentlemen. But if you have a cool shindig e-mail me at awoodall@angnewspapers.com.

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