Thursday, October 31, 2013

East Bay Halloween Guide

by Zaineb Mohammed
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Your guide to all the Halloween happenings in the East Bay tonight:

Supernatural Seoul: Ghosts of Dogtown
Emcee Infinite will perform his beatbox version of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart and will host a night of ghost stories for adults. Includes prix-fixe dinner.
6:30 p.m., $40. FuseBOX 2311.

Halloween Zombie Prom
Fifth annual zombie prom with tunes spun by DJ Annabelle.
8 p.m. The Hotsy Totsy Club.

Playland After Dark
Halloween party for adults with mysteries and games. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume.
6-10 p.m., $10. Playland-Not-at-the-Beach.

Halloween Spooktacular
Halloween party with unlimited pints for $20, Roxy photo booth, DJs and dancing, and a costume contest.
5:30 p.m. Pyramid Alehouse.

Midnight Showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Celebrate Halloween with a midnight viewing of the cult classic, dressed up as your favorite character.
Midnight. One Fam Community Center.

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New Vinyl-Focused Record Store Opens in Uptown Today

by Kathleen Richards
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Vinyl lovers have a new place to shop in Oakland. A new vinyl-focused record store, Econo Jam Records, celebrates its grand opening in Uptown today, from 2-10 p.m. Located at 2519 Telegraph Avenue, the 1,000-square-foot shop run by former Amoeba Records employee Tom O’Shaughnessy doesn’t have a niche focus but will instead feature many genres.

O’Shaughnessy said the store is the culmination of a ten-year-plus-long dream. Ten years ago he started a small punk distro, Sedition Records, while living in Reno — essentially a crate of records he'd bring to house shows. He said his operation grew slowly as he moved around the country. He took a brief break around 2007, but after moving to the East Bay about five and a half years ago, he re-launched his efforts, with the goal of opening a store. O’Shaughnessy added that his former employer, Amoeba, has been “super supportive” of his endeavor and even helped him out with a few record bins.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

by Zaineb Mohammed
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 6:52 AM

The BART strike is finally over, but that doesn't mean you have to leave the East Bay to have a good time this weekend. Here are five awesome things to do in the next few days:

Clipd Beaks
A few years ago, Clipd Beaks was a band most associated with a loud, chaotic, irreverent spirit and an equally unharnessed personality: In interviews members talked (jokingly, we presume) about performing oral sex in American Apparel stockrooms and (not jokingly) about witnessing a crackhead trying to use the bathroom on stage during one of their performances. But if the Oakland band’s latest EP, Lost Offerings, is any indication, it’s toned things down a bit — or at least learned when to scale back and when to go full blast. “Womb to Tomb” perfectly exploits the soft-loud dynamic within its psychedelic haze, but at base it’s a well-crafted pop song. “I’m really proud of what we’ve done and I think people would respond to the record,” wrote vocalist Nick Barbeln in an email to the Express a few weeks ago. The ten-year-old band will celebrate the release of its limited-edition cassette this week at The Night Light, with Elephant in Castle, Hiss & Hum, and Safe Word. Friday, Oct. 25. 9 p.m., $7. TheNightLightOakland.comKathleen Richards

Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas
For all the brainiacs, boldfaced names, and big thinkers crammed into the few square miles that is Berkeley, it’s kind of shocking there isn’t already a large-scale, wide-ranging TED-style conference in full swing there already. But here we are, and here comes Uncharted, a two-day “ideas festival” that’s being organized by the hyperlocal blog Berkeleyside at various locations in downtown Berkeley, and which is set to feature speakers including Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon; National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell; Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas; cookbook author Mollie Katzen; UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks; and dozens more luminaries from the tech, political, activism, and arts worlds. A small warning: All these big names don’t come cheap, but admission to Friday night’s event is included in the price of admission, and scholarships are available. Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $390. BerkeleyIdeas.comEllen Cushing

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Live Review: Kanye West at Oracle Arena

by Madeleine Key
Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

At Oracle Arena last night, the self-proclaimed God Yeezus, otherwise known as Kanye West, put on a bold, highly orchestrated spectacle that was ripe with symbolism. In other words, it was nothing less than we’ve come to expect from him.

Yeezus, the album he released earlier this summer, is heavy, dark, and bleak, and so was the Yeezus tour. For most of the night, West was faceless, strutting and rolling around on stage shrouded in masks that eerily obscured his face. With the exception of his bright-red shoes and a particularly glittery mask he donned during the final quarter of his performance, the set was awash with grays and nude tones. A massive, stark, pale-gray mountain rose from the back of the stage. A circular screen behind him displayed black-and-white images of passing clouds; later in the night, the clouds were replaced with the night sky and stars. Several times throughout the two-hour performance, a black screen flashed with the definition of a verb written in white (the first was “Fighting: Light beamed into the world, but men and women ran towards the darkness”) — the concept, much like Yeezus, was cold, odd, and difficult to engage with.

Kanye West performing in Seattle.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Noise Pop 2014 Lineup Announced

by Kathleen Richards
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Mark Kozelek, Lord Huron, Bob Mould, No Age, Cayucas, Kinski, and Bottomless Pit are among the performers confirmed so far for Noise Pop's 2014. The music festival will take place February 25 through March 2, 2014 at venues throughout San Francisco.

Early-bird badges are on sale now for $125 (regular badges will be $150). This year, there will also be a limited amount of "super fan" badges; at $350, they'll give fans everything the regular badge has to offer, plus an official Festival merchandise package, drink tickets to select events, rideshare coupons, guaranteed entry to any non-seated show, and a Noise Pop Fest representative available for assistance during the Festival. An official announcement party will take place Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 1772 Market Street from 6-10 p.m.

Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon.
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Photos from Treasure Island Music Festival 2013

Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Thousands danced, shivered, crafted, and blazed over the weekend during the Treasure Island Music Festival, where performers such as Beck, Atoms for Peace, Sleigh Bells, Antwon, Real Estate, and dozens more performed on two stages.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

by Zaineb Mohammed
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 6:05 AM

It's Friday, the government shutdown is over, and the Panda Cam is back—lots to celebrate. Here are the five best things to do with yourself this weekend:

Autumn Lights Festival
Fun fact: The Gardens at Lake Merritt were just named one of California’s top five gardens by VIA Magazine. See Oakland’s beauty for yourself at the second annual Autumn Lights Festival, which doubles as a fundraiser for the seven-acre gardens. This weekend, the plots will be lit up with local artists’ “weird and enchanting art installations,” including electric fireflies, glowing waterfalls, gourd lanterns, and fire-spewing flowers. Sip on wine and beer from local vendors like Linden Street Brewery, munch on treats from food trucks like Jade Chocolates and Go Streatery, and wander throughout the grounds in your “most interesting illuminated garden attire.” Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19. 6-10 p.m., $25 for adults, $12.50 for children. AutumnLightsFestival.Eventbrite.comZaineb Mohammed

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20 Sided Records Halloween Party
No matter that Halloween is still two weeks out: The entire month of October has become fair game for themed parties, and that’s a great thing, because San Francisco-based 20 Sided Records has curated an exciting lineup of local bands at The Night Light. Each act brings a different element of indie rock to the table, with heavy respect paid to the Nineties: Frozen Folk sounds, er, folky even as it’s thrashing; Couches have a mellow, self-described “slacker” indie rock vibe à la Pavement and Built to Spill; Brasil draws from Nineties-era pop-punk without being formulaic; and Everyone Is Dirty weaves elements of grunge and psychedelia into its sweet-sounding pop-rock, with a frontwoman who’s reminiscent of Liz Phair and Kim Gordon. Friday, Oct. 18. 9 p.m., $7. TheNightLightOakland.comMadeleine Key

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Graffiti Art Competition in Oakland Tomorrow

by Ivy Kim
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 1:35 PM

A graffiti art competition will take place tomorrow at deFremery Park in West Oakland, featuring some of the best graffiti artists in the nation. The contest is part of an all-day festival — Prism: Urban Art and Cultural Festival — organized by the Estria Foundation,.

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Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

by Zaineb Mohammed
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 6:49 AM

Miley and Sinead are still feuding and the government is still shut down, but at least it's the weekend! We've got five expertly selected activities to help you forget all of your troubles:

Will Viharo
MC Hammer aside, Will “The Thrill” Viharo might be one of the closest things we have to an East Bay cultural hero, one of those people who’s seemingly everywhere, all the time, probably with a smile on his face. He used to run a regular B-movie night at Alameda’s Forbidden Island, helps out with programming at The New Parkway, was one of the public faces of the theater’s old iteration, blogs occasionally, and, oh, has a prolific fiction-writing career on the side. Viharo — who was actually named for none other than William Shakespeare, believe it or not — has published more than twenty novels at this point, each larded with the kind of sparkling wit, eye for satire, and love of all things campy that you might expect from someone who’s devoted a professional life to unearthing such cinematic masterpieces as Dracula vs. Frankenstein. Join Viharo as he celebrates the re-release of his wry 1995 cult classic, Love Stories Are Too Violent for Me — currently in the early stages of production as a film starring Christian Slater — at Books Inc. Alameda. Friday, Oct. 11. 7 p.m., free. Cushing

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Sins Invalid
Sex and disability aren't words you often hear together, says spoken-word artist Maria Palacios in the trailer for the new documentary Sins Invalid. When you do, Palacios continues, it's often in the vein of "Those people ... have sex?" The film, and the organization it documents, seeks to change that. Debuting in 2006 at the Brava Theater in San Francisco, Sins Invalid began as a performance that celebrated the sexuality of disabled artists — including those who are queer, gender-variant, and of color — through spoken-word, poetry, dance, and song. Recently, the group completed a documentary that they hope will expand their reach, featuring interviews with artists discussing their pieces, the process involved in creating the shows, and the performances themselves. The New Parkway Theater will host a screening of the documentary on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12. Beforehand, a performance will include spoken word and music by some of the artists, including Sins Invalid co-founder Leroy Moore, and a question-and-answer session will take place following the screening. Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. 7 p.m., $15. Zaineb Mohammed

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

by Zaineb Mohammed
Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Huzzah, it's Friday! Here are five excellent activities to partake in this weekend that the government hasn't shut down:

Oktoberfest and Oaktoberfest
Oktoberfest in Oakland may not last sixteen days or begin with a twelve-gun salute like it does in Munich, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fill of German food, music, dancing, and beer. The Dimond district’s annual Oaktoberfest celebration on Saturday will give revelers the opportunity to break out their lederhosen and dirndls; nosh on bratwurst and strudel; guzzle beer at the traditional Biergarten; and check out the German-style homebrew competition. Once you’ve gotten some liquid courage in you, bust out your best polka moves at any of the festival’s three musical stages, which will showcase the traditional sounds of Munich, as well as local bands like Bacon and the Blondies. The party continues on Sunday with Oakland Nature Friends’ Oktoberfest celebration, featuring new and old Bavarian music provided by the Bajuk Band. The Nature Friends Schuhplattler Dance Group will perform German and Austrian folk dances, and rumor has it the band may also play the “Chicken Dance,” which would of course be wunderbar. Saturday, Oct. 5. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $20 for a standard tasting, $50 for unlimited tastings.; Sunday, Oct. 6. Noon, $10 for adults, free for kids under fourteen. RSVP required: Mohammed

Beyond This Moment
Oakland choreographer Dana Lawton has always created rich, complex, thoughtfully crafted dance. But dynamic artists are always looking for new frontiers to conquer, so this weekend she is breaking new ground by premiering her first evening-length work, Beyond This Moment, at The Ashby Stage. Created in collaboration with her eight-dancer company, Dana Lawton Dances, the performance takes shape in thirteen sections that range from lively jigs to delicate gestures, somber moods to high-octane movement. They’re inspired by a panoply of human experiences, but it’s a sure bet that Lawton has found the current of emotion that runs through them all. The ensemble also includes set designer Rogelio Lopez, who has a gift for creating enveloping scenarios with a few deftly chosen props, plus musicians Bill Flores, John Lawton, Sean McCue, and Michelle Bauchesne. Lawton’s last home season was three years ago in San Francisco, so catch this Moment while you can. Thursday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 4. 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. 3 & 8 p.m., $25. ShotgunPlayers.orgClaudia Bauer

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