Oakland Tribune Outtakes

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Archive for August, 2008

Art & Soul-land

By awoodall

cherried-out Chevy at FIVEten Gallery show9th Street between Washington and Broadway exploded last night in a show of cherried-out Chevrolets, tricked-out bikes, pumping Hip-hop and crowds of young and old folks outside FIVEten Studio. The occasion was the closing of a gallery show there, a photog by the name of Deandre said. I don’t know how to spell his name but am hoping he will send some photos to do justice here to the scene Saturday night that I stumbled across on my day to B’s to catch up on some reading and talk politics with the restaurant’s best bartender (IMHO). It was the perfect cap to a long day of Art & Soul that Zoe and I partook of. We only stayed a few hours (busy day), long enough to see some righteous dance from this city’s studios: Dance-A-Vision, New World Motherlode, Sparkle, Imani’s Dream, Afta Shock, Mighty Shock and (what else) Future Shock. We walked the isles of food and craft booths, listened to the Wombats (catchy), grooved to Las Rakas and left after checking in with Agua Libre (fka OMaya). Oh, lest I forget, I ran into Joyce Gordon at her gallery on 14th Saturday afternoon. She was bleary-eyed after an opening party Friday night for her new show that features graffiti. She asked me if I had seen it. No, I hadn’t and didn’t manage to swing by yesterday and I can’t find info about it on the Web site. So we’ll all just have to check it out ourselves. And if you’re checking things out, I recommend strolling down 13th Street from Lake Merritt to Broadway. That is one beautiful street, lined with Oakland’s Beaux-Arts brick buildings, like the post office/custom house and the old Hotel Oakland, that look like they are carved out of smooth buttercream frosting. So I guess yesterday was a pretty good Oaktown kind of day.

Posted on Sunday, August 31st, 2008
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Making time for art and salsa

By awoodall

Before you head to one of the hottest tickets come the night of Sept. 4 – Fito Reinoso at the Thursday Night Live street fest — come meet the artist you might have seen putting up the last of the 15-foot multi-panel mosaics on the Market Square II condos in Old Oakland at 9th and Clay streets. The “meet-and-greet” reception has wine, hors d’oeuvres and the artist — Laurie True. The installation, “Craft, Poetry and Innovation,” adorns the front entrance to Market Square II, 599 Ninth St. True will also display and discuss some of her other mosaic work, and offer some “how-to” tips of tile classes which she and 30 instructors lead at The Institute of Mosaic Art, founded by True in 2005 – a one of a kind institution in Jingletown.

 

 

Posted on Sunday, August 31st, 2008
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Over at Zza’s Friday night

By awoodall

Art and wine are, after all, what make life worth living. That is basically how Obi Kaufman, impresario of Swee(t)Art zine, summed up his new gig curating art at Zza’s wine bar. As the heatwave began to subside Friday night, Kaufman was combining business with pleasure for the opening of his first project: “Give and Take” — a series of works by Carrissa Bowman and Robert Porter. The turnout — including Porter’s proud mom and Oakbook’s art correspondent Theo Konrad Auer — was pretty good with people pilling out onto Grand Avenue from the polished adjunct to the otherwise casual, homey main restaurant.
“Small things made bigger,” was how Natalie Moore described the work of her Acalane High School teaching colleague. He “examines things closely and pulls things out,” she said, adding how she admired Porter for teaching and working on his art.
The combination of venues (restaurant-gallery etc) seems to have taken hold particularly in Oakland, where artists are making their way with or without the help (and sometimes despite the help) of the city. There aren’t too many handouts from the city coffers so the artists get grassroots or shrivel up for lack of sustenance. I think the overall effort (did someone mention Sisyphus?) of running a gallery is behind the sudden and unexpected shuttering of two galleries in the art enclave around the West Grand/Broadway: Egopark and Esteban Sabar.
The question is who will fill their shoes?

Posted on Saturday, August 30th, 2008
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The Black August Organizing Committee

By awoodall

WHAT: 2008 “The Original” Black August: Save Our Children featuring workshops, food and music with Ise Lyfe, the Caribbean All Stars, Naru, Warrior Woman, Emory Douglas, Antithesis Master Drummer Tacuma King, Nappy Tongues and many more… 

WHERE: East Oakland Youth Development Center, 8200 International Blvd., Oakland CA 94621

WHEN:  12-8 p.m. Saturday and 12-10 p.m. Sunday
Black August began twenty-nine years ago to honor fallen brothers George Jackson, John Jackson, William Christmas, James McClain and Khatari Gaulden.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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La Sombra vs. The Mongoose

By awoodall

JULIO ZARATE IN IBF TITLE ELIMINATOR BOUT THIS FRIDAY FACES JEFFREY MATHEBULA IN SOUTH AFRICA: Julio “LA SOMBRA” Zarate is in South Africa this week to face Jeffrey “THE MONGOOSE” Mathebula in an IBF Super Bantamweight Title Eliminator bout this Friday night, August 29th. The Zarate/Mathebula twelve round bout headlines the Branco Sports Productions card at the Carousel Casino just outside of Pretoria in Hammanskraal.  Zarate brings a record of 26-4-1 (16KO’s) into battle, while Mathebula sports a record of 21-1-2 (12KO’s). Zarate is ranked #3 by the IBF and #6 by the WBA, while Mathebula is ranked # 9 by the IBF. Mathebula is also world ranked #9 at featherweight by the WBC and WBA.

Riding a five bout winning streak, the 33 year old Zarate is keenly aware of the importance of this fight. “I’m grateful for the opportunity. It was a long flight over here from Mexico but I feel terrific. We had a great camp in Mexico , training and sparring with Juan Carlos Salgado,” said Zarate. A win over Mathebula on Friday night will ensure a title shot at Canada ’s Steve Molitor, the IBF Super Bantamweight Champion who is defending his world title against Ceferino Dario Labarda on the same day in Ontario , Canada . Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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Hurricane Katrina events

By awoodall

With Obamarama madness sweeping the country, it’s easy to forget that it was Aug. 29, 2005 that Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. When Obama speaks tomorrow night it will be just one day from the third anniversary. I wonder if he’ll have anything to say about how little has changed there in terms of infrastructure (newspaper is being stuffed to shore up the levees). The EastSide Cultural Center hasn’t forgotten, anyway. Friday night is a Katrina commemoration film and community forum from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. FMI visit the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement or e-mail mxgmoakldn@gmail.com. I keep printing out the center’s calendar and forgetting to post events here. Anyway, the center — aka EastSide Arts Alliance — is always a righteous venue so even if I forget you don’t have to.
And, as soon as the Katrina documentary “Trouble the Waters” hits cinemas here GO SEE IT! The film is unlike any other so far produced about Katrina and fascinating. And if the doc doesn’t show up on Bay Area screens soon demand that someone makes it appear, fast.

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
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Sexy, lurid, desperate underground folk tales

By awoodall

ROB NILSSON’S 9@NITE SERIES comes to The Cerrito Speakeasy: SCHEME C6, featuring Will the Thrill’s wife and Tiki Goddess of Thrillville MONICA CORTES VIHARO in a gritty, sexy, guerilla-style urban folk tale about a tough, homeless biker (Cory Duvall) and his feisty babe (Monica) amid San Francisco’s lurid, desperate underground. Very much in the tradition of John Cassavetes, but with its own unique, hard-hitting, uncompromising, and contemporary vision of Life on the Fringe. Monica and several of the cast, plus director Rob Nilsson (“Chalk” “Signal 7″ “Heat and Sunlight”) will be in attendance.
(NOTE: 2 other films in the 9@Nite series, STROKE and GO TOGETHER, both starring Will the Thrill’s pop Robert Viharo, the latter filmed at the Parkway, will show at the Parkway the following Sunday, September 7, see next newsletter or check web site for more details.)

Posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
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Almost as good as an Obama blow-up doll

By awoodall

Thursday is all about Obama. This almost makes up for all the despair of the past seven years. The Cerrito and Parkway speakeasies are broadcasting on all their screens Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday. FREE, Doors open 5:30, first come first served, 18 and over at both theaters.

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2008
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Great Wall of Oakland and the Culture Corridor

By awoodall

The Cultural Arts Commission meeting tonight, Aug. 25, has been cancelled.
The next regular meeting will be held on Sept. 22, from 5:30 to 7:30pm in City Council Chambers.
So, let me guess: You never heard of the Cultural Arts Commission. Or is it just me? I will get back to what the commission does, including planning the East Bay Cultural Corridor project and Web site. It is sort of the artistic version of the East Bay regional trail system or the Bay Area water trail or the Green Corridor, the Safety Corridor…It seems corridors are the catchphrase du jour.
I don’t know many details yet except the Web site would be a dynamic online map of all the galleries and other venues throughout the East Bay and I think the Luminous Oakland Project — the creation of a media arts corridor in the Uptown District — is part of it. I know the “Great Wall of Oakland” outdoor light show Sept. 5 is part of the Luminous Oakland Project. They’ll be projecting 100-foot X 100-foot images of short films and videos across Grand Avenue from the roof of condos onto the eight-story wall of the building behind Luka’s Taproom & Lounge at Broadway and Grand. The theme is “Urban Landscapes” and the show starts 8 p.m. Now, if you want to know more about the arts commission… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2008
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Scratch Perry comes to the Bay Area

By awoodall

Sometimes I get too caught up in stories I’m working on (Sweet’s Ballroom) and sometimes the night cops beat is just busy, like lately with the latest rash of restaurant robberies. Sometimes there’s just so much entertainment it’s hard to know where to start. I walked into work today and got hit with a story about red-light traffic cameras that will go live Tuesday to a tune of $4.3 million. Many questions have to wait until tomorrow to get answered but I’ve been busy thinking them up.
Between all that and the Outside Lands and Democratic Convention I almost missed the news that reggae and dub master , make that emporer…no, wait: GOD, Lee “Scratch” Perry is coming to the Bay Area for gigs Thursday and Friday. He’ll be playing at the Independent, 628 Divisadero St. Tickets $25 (OMG!) by calling 415-771-1422. Now, I prefer albums he produced — Bob Marley, for instance — instead of his solo recordings but who am I to look down at the (mad)man who put the bass in reggae (really put the bass in it) and put the groove in punk that created the commercial-ability of the Clash, Police, Blondie etc.

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2008
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