Keba Konte = Authentic


If the evolution of art owes itself a cutting-edge artist every now and then, the world of photography should be knee-deep in debt to the works of Keba Konte. The Bay Area-born-and-bred photographer has trekked the world to capture images with his camera and bring their invisible essence to life through a "photomontage" combination of photography and wood. Konte is a true pioneer of this process, and has gained global recognition and praise for his art -- and it's easy to see why. Konte's work is equipped with a maximum authenticity that easily provokes emotional, intellectual, and political response. It gives new life to the term "photographic capture." As highlighted in a new solo exhibition, Ancestral Jam Session, at Oakland's Chinatown Asian Resource Center, Konte's art pays homage to some of the music world's biggest losses of 2003: Nina Simone, Barry White, Gregory Hines, Jam Master Jay, the Alice Art Center's beloved African drummer and dance teacher Malonga Casquelord, and others. Now is your chance to say you've seen the works of Keba Konte. The reception is Thursday and the show runs through May 31 at the Chinatown Asian Resource Center Art Gallery, 310 8th St., Oakland. For more information, call 510-532-9692 or visit -- K'yinde Marcelous



Dark star over Brentwood

The art of Stanley Mouse is not just for Deadheads. Even though he's responsible for that ubiquitous illustration of the rose-covered skeleton beloved by Grateful Dead fans, the Detroit-bred, Bay Area-based artist has other dimensions. In the psychedelic '60s he made a name for himself in San Francisco with his emblematic rock music posters for such venues as the Fillmore, Winterland, and the Avalon. Mouse's colorful airbrush album-cover-style illos are likewise much sought after (see for people who can never get enough flaming wolves, winged eyeballs, and Jerry Garcia roses. Of course, Mouse did mucho Dead cover art. But he also has a sensitive, fine-arts side, exemplified by his oil paintings of Gauguin-like nudes and semi-nudes, still lifes, and landscapes. You can glimpse all the facets of Mouse's oeuvre through April 29 at The Art of Stanley Mouse, a gallery show at the Brentwood Business and Technology Center, 101 Sand Creek Rd., Brentwood. For more info: 925-240-2524. --Kelly Vance

SAT 4/10

Wild Rivers

Free jazz don't get much freer than tenor sax savant Sam Rivers . Educated at Boston Conservatory of Music and Boston University, Rivers -- who also plays flute and other instruments -- took a more classical approach to the avant-garde, but that didn't stop Miles Davis from snapping him up when Rivers hit Manhattan in 1964. On Saturday, he plays solo pieces and riffs on his life during sets at 8 and 10 p.m., at the Jazz House (3192 Adeline St., Berkeley). Info and tickets: 510-655-9755 or -- Stefanie Kalem

THU 4/8

The Word on the Burd

Ruby is the traditional gift, folks

Step back in time to an era when bluegrass ruled the day and beer was damn cheap at the Albatross' Fortieth Anniversary Party. Yep, that's right: After months of threatening you with it, Berkeley's homiest, most warrenlike pub is finally ready to do the do this Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m., with prize drawings, free darts and pool, a buffet, old-school beer specials, and live music by the Bluegrass Intentions. Prizes include sets of special anniversary pint glasses, a set of Belgian crystal Duval beer glasses, gift certificates, T-shirts, and more. 1822 San Pablo Ave., 510-THE-BIRD, -- Stefanie Kalem


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