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Monday
Apr242017

2017.04.24 - Watch Warriors Playoff Games on the Big Screen - Game 4 vs Portland - 7:30pm - Free

Monday, April 24th
Tip Off at 7:30pm
Free

Awaken Cafe presents…

It’s playoff time again at Awaken Cafe! We will be showing all the Warriors Playoff games (unless they conflict with a previously scheduled event) at Awaken Cafe! We’ll be projecting all the games on our 100” screen in HD and serving cold beer! Come watch the Warriors go all the way! Go Dubs!!

ROUND 1: WARRIORS VS. TRAILBLAZERS

GAME 1: SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH - TIP OFF AT 12:30PM

GAME 2:WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19TH- TIP OFF AT 7:30PM

GAME 3:SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND - NO GAME - PREVIOUSLY SCHEUDLED EVENT

GAME 4:MONDAY, APRIL 24TH- TIP OFF AT 7:30PM

GAME 5:WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26TH- TIP OFF TBD

GAME 6:FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH- NO GAME - PREVIOUSLY SCHEUDLED EVENT

GAME 7:SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH - TIP OFF TBD

Thursday
Apr202017

2017.04.20 - Rachel Lark's 4/20 Special: Acoustic Covers & Originals - $15 Advance/$20 Door - Doors at 7pm

Thursday, April 20th
Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
$15 Advance (no added fees)
$20 Door

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Awaken Cafe presents…

Rachel Lark

Rachel Lark is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter based in San Francisco. She’s been featured on The Savage Lovecast, Salon.com and performs frequently at Tourettes Without Regrets and Bawdy Storytelling. For one night only she’s appearing at Awaken Cafe to play acoustic covers of her favorite hip-hop hits from the 90s and early 2000s. 

The LISTEN Concert Series at Awaken Cafe features an evening of the best live music in the Bay Area played in an intimate, small listening room setting. Think small tables, tablecloths, candles and a room of no more than 80 fans listening to great local music. Featuring local beer, great wine, and a special dinner menu.

Wednesday
Apr192017

2017.04.19 - Watch Warriors Playoff Games on the Big Screen: Game 2 vs Portland - 7:30pm - Free

Wednesday, April 19th
Tip Off at 7:30pm
Free

Awaken Cafe presents…

It’s playoff time again at Awaken Cafe! We will be showing all the Warriors Playoff games (unless they conflict with a previously scheduled event) at Awaken Cafe! We’ll be projecting all the games on our 100” screen in HD and serving cold beer! Come watch the Warriors go all the way! Go Dubs!!

ROUND 1: WARRIORS VS. TRAILBLAZERS

GAME 1: SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH - TIP OFF AT 12:30PM

GAME 2:WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19TH- TIP OFF AT 7:30PM

GAME 3:SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND - NO GAME - PREVIOUSLY SCHEUDLED EVENT

GAME 4:MONDAY, APRIL 24TH- TIP OFF AT 7:30PM

GAME 5:WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26TH- TIP OFF TBD

GAME 6:FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH- NO GAME - PREVIOUSLY SCHEUDLED EVENT

GAME 7:SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH - TIP OFF TBD

Thursday
Apr132017

2017.04.13 - Oakland Poetry Slam & Wide Open Mic (2nd Thursday of the Month) - $7 Audience/$5 Performers - Doors at 7pm

Second Thursday of the Month, April 13th
Sign Up at 7:30pm
Show at 8pm
$7 for audience members
$5 for anyone performing
CASH ONLY at the door

Awaken Cafe presents…

 

$7 for audience members, $5 for anyone performing, CASH ONLY at the door.

Show is 8pm - 11pm, and we pack the house! Get there early if you want a seat!

***No outside food or beverages are allowed***

Friday
Mar172017

2017.03.17 - An Evening with Conspiracy of Venus with Michael Howard + Caroline Cotter - $10 Advance/$15 Door - Doors at 7pm

Friday, March 17th
Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
$10 Advance
$15 Door 

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Awaken Cafe presents…

Conspiracy of Venus

Conspiracy of Venus is a 30-woman vocal ensemble based in San Francisco that explores the creative frontiers of music under the artistic direction of Joyce Todd McBride. The choir sings jazz inspired a cappella arrangements of the songs and poems of David Bowie, Tom Waits, Bjork, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Bertolt Brecht, and more, as well as original compositions by McBride.

Alaskan songwriter Michael Howard’s award winning songwriting and a voice akin to Cat Stevens will pair with Caroline Cotter and her “evocative, eclectic, New England Americana” and captivating soprano vocals for this special event at Awaken Cafe.

The LISTEN Concert Series at Awaken Cafe features an evening of the best live music in the Bay Area played in an intimate, small listening room setting. Think small tables, tablecloths, candles and a room of no more than 80 fans listening to great local music. Featuring local beer, great wine, and a special dinner menu.

 

Wednesday
Mar152017

2017.03.15 - Ars Live #11: 15,000 Years of Evidence for Climate Change - Free - Doors at 7pm

Wednesday, March 15th
Doors at 7pm
Program at 7:30pm
Free (Limited Space: RSVP Here)

Awaken Cafe presents…

 

 

In case you hadn’t heard—weird weather is here to stay. California, after years of drought, is now lighting up with flash flood warnings. This is just one aspect of climate change that’s been spurred on by human activity.

How do we know that the climate is changing dramatically, and that this isn’t just part of the planet’s natural cycles? Join us for a conversation with a local scientist who studies this exact question.

Professor Lynn Ingram studies the history of climate and environmental change in California using sediment cores from lakes and estuaries, including San Francisco Bay. Dr. Ingram is a Fellow of the California Academy of Science, and is a Senior Fulbright recipient and Miller Fellow at UC Berkeley. 

Filmed before a live audience at Awaken Café (1429 Broadway Ave., Oakland, CA), each episode of Ars Technica Live is a speculative, informal conversation between Ars Technica hosts and an invited guest. The audience, drawn from Ars Technica’s readers, is also invited to join the conversation and ask questions. These aren’t soundbyte setups; they are deepcuts from the frontiers of research and creativity.

Doors are at 7pm, and the live taping is from 7:30 to 8:00pm (be sure to get there early if you want a seat). Then you can stick around for informal discussion at the bar, along with delicious drinks and snacks. Can’t make it out to Oakland? Never fear! Episodes will be posted to Ars Technica the week after the live events.

Ingram has been a Professor in the Departments of Earth and Planetary Science and Geography at UC Berkeley since 1995. She is the author of more than sixty published scientific articles on past climate change in California and the other locations around the Pacific Ocean, and she is the author of a book about the climate history and water resources in California (UC Press, 2013): The West without Water: What Past Floods, Droughts, and Other Climatic Clues Tell Us About Tomorrow.

Annalee Newitz is the tech culture editor at Ars Technica. Previously she was the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo and io9. She is the author of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (Doubleday). Her first novel, Autonomous, comes out in 2017 from Tor Books.

Friday
Mar102017

2017.03.10 - An Evening with Nate Salman (Waterstrider), Carly Bond (Meernaa), John Elliott (the Hereafter) and Jeremy Lyon (Tumbleweed Wanderers) - $10 Advance/$15 Door - Doors at 7pm

Friday, March 10th
Doors at 7pm
Show at 8pm
$10 Advance
$15 Door

Awaken Cafe presents… 

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Nate Salman, Carly Bond, John Elliot & Jeremy Lyon

Some of the best songwriters and front men & women from around the Bay share the stage for a special night of sharing stories about songwriting, trading songs, and collaboration. This month we feature: Nate Salman (Waterstrider), Carly Bond (Meernnaa), John Elliott (the Hereafter) & host Jeremey Lyon (Tumbleweed Wanderers). 

The LISTEN Concert Series at Awaken Cafe features an evening of the best live music in the Bay Area played in an intimate, small listening room setting. Think small tables, tablecloths, candles and a room of no more than 80 fans listening to great local music. Featuring local beer, great wine, and a special dinner menu.

Thursday
Mar092017

2017.03.09 - Oakland Poetry Slam & Wide Open Mic (2nd Thurs of the Month) - $7 Audience/$5 Performers - Doors at 7pm

Second Thursday of the Month, March 9th
Sign Up at 7:30pm
Show at 8pm
$7 for audience members
$5 for anyone performing
CASH ONLY at the door

Awaken Cafe presents…

 

$7 for audience members, $5 for anyone performing, CASH ONLY at the door.

Show is 8pm - 11pm, and we pack the house! Get there early if you want a seat!

***No outside food or beverages are allowed***

Monday
Feb202017

2017.02.20 - Awaken Cafe Celebrates Five Years on Broadway - Free - 7:30am to 7pm

Monday, February 20th
7:30am to 7pm
Free

On Monday, February 20th Awaken Cafe celebrates five years at our Broadway location! 

To celebrate we’ll have free fresh baked chocolate chip cookies with every purchase until we run out!

Plus, we’ll be raffling off:
* five $50 gift cards
* five bags of Four Barrel Coffee beans
* five portalter trucker hats
* five poratfilter tees

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The OGs amongst you may know we opened around the corner on 14th Street where Analog/the Golden Bull is now in April of 2008, moved to a coffee cart in the space that is now Betti Ono Gallery in 2011, and then opened our currenlt locaiton on February 20, 2012.

Thursday
Feb092017

2017.02.02 - Oakland Poetry Slam and Wide Open Mic (2nd Thurs of the Month) - $7 audience/$5 performer - Doors at 7pm

Second Thursday of the Month, February 9th
Sign Up at 7:30pm
Show at 8pm
$7 for audience members
$5 for anyone performing
CASH ONLY at the door

Awaken Cafe presents…

 

Our feature this month is 2016 Oakland Slam Grand Champion and 2017 WoWPS representative, Cecilia Jordan!

Cecelia Jordan is an educator of United States and World History at Ralph J. Bunche High School in West Oakland. She moved to The Bay Area in 2015 from Austin, Texas, where she taught elementary and middle school students how to think critically by engaging her school community in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Restorative Justice practices. Her pedagogical pursuits in Oakland are an extension of the work she began in Texas, and she hopes to use various forms of visual and performance art to heal the communities of color she is currently working with; she endeavors to used her pedagogy to address the atrocities of institutional violence and socioeconomic traumas that feel ever-present and distending in Oakland in particular and contemporary American society generally. True activism, she maintains, lies in the hopes of revolutionary forms of reasoning by the youth—a set of thinking tools to reimagine a more just and peaceful society. She is humbled to be part of the societal stirrings before the next social movement begins.

This month is an OPEN slam, with the top two competitors qualifying for our Finals. Sign up is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE, starting at 7:30 - come early, the list will fill quickly.

$7 for audience members, $5 for anyone performing, CASH ONLY at the door.

Show is 8pm - 11pm, and we pack the house! Get there early if you want a seat!

***No outside food or beverages are allowed***