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Decolonize Oakland Mural Reactionary Art To The Occupy Movement

Posted by Billyjam, March 8, 2012 02:19pm | Post a Comment

If recently you've either been on BART near in the vicinity of the Fruitvale station or driven along 880 in East Oakland odds are you've already spotted the big wide bright new mural bearing the word "DECOLONIZE" that takes up a wide wall at 12th Street and 16th Ave. The monumental mural is the latest politically charged artwork by the Community Rejuvenation Project (CRP). To catch the eyes of  the thousands of daily commuters that pass by the piece is strategically positioned near both the freeway and the BART tracks to get the message of the monumental mural to as many people as possible. “Decolonize is a universal message to all people of the earth to reconnect to their ancestry, the earth, to their traditional medicines and knowledge, and to a global consciousness that we are all related. Everyone on the planet has indigenous roots to somewhere,” said artist Lavie Raven - one of the ten contributors to the large scale mural that is 200 feet wide and 30 feet high and took two and half days of concentrated work to complete. The other artists are CRP regulars Mike 360, Release, Beats 737, Desi, Rate, Abacus, Pancho, Yesenia, and Dora.

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Make Tuesdays the Smoothest Day of the Week, Oakland!

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 26, 2012 03:15pm | Post a Comment
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It's Smoothday!
Jeffrey Boozer and Christina Stork match Solid Gold '70's and '80's hits with the cool refreshments provided by the talented staff of Uptown's hip and friendly Bar ThreeFiftyfive.

Sponsored by Amoeba Music!

Tuesdays, 10pm 'til 2am
Bar ThreeFiftyfive 
355 19th St Oakland

Secret Society Of The Sonic Six Bay Area Shows November 18th & 19th

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 12, 2011 04:25pm | Post a Comment
The Secret Society Of The Sonic Six will bring their darkened disorientations to the bay area this coming week with performances in San Francisco and Oakland.  The group will be performing tracks off their next 12" release, The Pick Up, due out in Feb on 4:2:2v2, a new label out of Denmark.

Friday November 18th finds (((6))) at the Retox Lounge, a small watering hole in the Potrero Hill neighborhood.  This is the 5th anniversary of the Death Rock Dive Bar night and features locals Nezzy Idy and Headless Lizzy as well as the DRDB DJs. Make sure to head downstairs as the performance space is in the basement.






Saturday November 19th (((6))) will be visiting their gestation grounds for the first time since relocating to Los Angeles many years ago.  Katatonik is an underground monthly featuring dark experimentalists, mostly of the electronic variety. The nite is organized by the Katabatik label / soundsystem crew.  Check out the intense comps that the label has put out @ http://www.katabatik.org/kollektion/


This nite happens to be the 6th Katatonik so alignments are in place for a magikal (((6)))  evening.  Vancouver based Animal Bodies and Monsters of the Id will also be performing, along with DJ's R.M.S., Pink.Noise. and Mattreya.  The location is a tightly held secret so please contact a Katabatik representative @ contact@katabatik.org for addess specifics.  I can tell you that it's not too far from Jack London Square.

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O Zone @ The Oakland Museum of California: 9/30

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 30, 2011 02:12pm | Post a Comment
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Celebrate the eco-active spirit of California that John Muir helped to establish in our great state with O Zone, September 30th, when the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will come alive with an evening of food, cocktails, music, performances, and eco-friendly activities that will inspire you to take action to save the environment. Learn how making small changes can have big consequences on conserving our natural world and discover ways to empower the adventurer/explorer/eco-pioneer in you. 

Don't miss the Mustache and Beard Contest! OMCA is in search of the "Best John Muir Beard in the Bay!" Amoeba will be on hand with all sorts of giveaways and a Beard & Mustache Photobooth!

ALSO: get down to the beats of DJ Platurn who's spinning crucial tunes before headliner The Coup performs! Catch Whiskerman in an Oak Street Plaza acoustic set! Get in the gallery for an acoustic set with Conspiracy of Beards!  

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The Town Pt VI: Oakland's Cole Coffee, Where Conversation is Celebrated & Music is Appreciated

Posted by Billyjam, February 9, 2011 11:11am | Post a Comment

Long before Oakland (aka "The Town") was a hipster destination teeming with endless cafes offering good quality coffee, there was the North Oakland coffee spot known as Royal Coffee, and in more recent years known as Cole Coffee. In 1987, Royal Coffee, which morphed into Cole Coffee in 2005, first opened on 63rd Street near College Avenue in North Oakland near the Berkeley border. Offering strong, quality, affordable coffee with no pretensions and located just half a block down from La Farine bakery, it immediately built a loyal following. Even the recent era influx of new Oakland cafes similarly offering choices of quality coffees and teas has not affected the College & 63rd Street business one bit. This is because Cole, nee Royal, is as much of a social gathering point as it is a place to buy a good cuppa joe.

When Cole Coffee's owner Michael Murphy purchased the business from Royal Coffee six years ago,  changing the name to Cole Coffee at the time, he was already quite familiar with the business and its loyal clientele. "I managed Royal Coffee from 1992 until I puchased the business in 2005," he told me. He recalled how back when he started managing the business that, "Royal only had the 63rd Street location and then opened the cafe in 1995." Cole Coffee is one business split into two locations that are side by side. At the front cafe part (corner of 63rd & College) you can sit down inside or outside and specialty coffees are custom made on drip in front of you. Then the Cole Coffee shop round the corner down a bit on 63rd (with an apartment door entrance separating the two) is where you can buy coffee by the pound to go and cups of the reliably strong roasted and tasty house coffee. About a dozen small round green cafe tables line the outside on 63rd and snake up around onto College.

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