Friday, August 3, 2012

A Brief Guide to Art & Soul/First Friday

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that there's this little festival happening this weekend in Downtown Oakland called ART & SOUL (full disclosure: the Express is co-presenting). But it's not just a two-day affair; there's before-parties, after-parties, and before-before parties (hello First Friday!). We realize it might be a bit overwhelming, so we've compiled this condensed guide for y'all:

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Weekender: This Weekend's Top Five Events

by Kathleen Richards
Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 7:19 AM

First Friday, Art & Soul .... It's gonna be an eventful weekend in downtown Oakland. TiVo the Olympics and get out of the house! Here are our top five picks for the weekend:

Art & Soul
Well ... duh. Read all about the festivities here.

Summer Cinema on Center Street
Forget what you remember about last summer’s outdoor movie screenings in the Bank of America parking lot on Center Street (2219 Center St., Berkeley). The savvy curators at UC Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archives are organizing this year’s series (which is still co-sponsored by the Downtown Berkeley Association and also aptly located at the site of the BAM/PFA’s future home), and have shifted the aesthetic from family-friendly street fest to eclectic art-house mixer. The “Cerebral Cinema” series includes offbeat 35mm films, insightful lectures, and later start times replacing last year’s assemblage of food trucks, costume contests, and blockbuster movies. Its premiere, on Saturday, Aug. 4, features live music by the Smooth Toad jug band, a lecture on “Connectomics,” sound-emitting sculptures, and a twilight screening of the 1963 flick The Atomic Brain. Series continues on Aug. 11 and 18. 7:30 p.m., free. 510-642-5249 or — Cassie McFadden

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sacred Harp: The Punk Rock of Choral Music

by Shani Aviram
Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Sacred harp singing is considered to be one of the oldest forms of American folk music. It dates back to the 1700s, to a choral style that developed in the churches of colonial New England, but eventually took root in the rural South. It’s a participatory tradition, which means that singers perform for themselves, not for an audience. Today, sacred harp is experiencing something of a renaissance, some even characterize it as the punk rock of choral music.

An increasing number of music lovers have been rediscovering this singing style across the country and abroad. In Berkeley, a sacred harp group formed eight years ago and is slowly attracting more and more members.

  • courtesy of Dan Harper

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Updated: More Shake-Ups as Recall Effort Stalled at KPFA

by Rachel Swan
Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Yesterday, embattled KPFA board member Tracy Rosenberg tried a new tack to stave off the recall campaign against her — by seeking a court injunction against the organization that she helps oversee. Rosenberg, who currently serves as treasurer of the Pacifica National Board, has been under fire for defending the current leadership at Pacifica Foundation, which runs KPFA, and which made several controversial programming changes over the past two years. The most severe, of course, was its decision to eliminate KPFA's morning show, which had been a powerful fund-raising arm for the station. It's since been resurrected, albeit in a different form, in light of plummeting Arbitron ratings.

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