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11.21.12 - Wednesday Night Jazz Series: Gurkestra - Free - 7pm

Wednesday, November 21st 


 Charlie Gurke (leader of Gurkestra) is a saxophonist, composer, and arranger with extensive experience in jazz, latin, classical, avant-garde, and more.  He has been an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area’s music scene for over 15 years and has collaborated with film, theater, dance, and poetry both at home and abroad. 


11.20.12 - Board Game Night - Free - 7pm

Tuesday, November 20th
7 pm

Every Tuesday Night! Bring your own board game or play ours.  We have Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Scategories, and Cranium.


11.17.12 - Bitchez Brew Review - $5 donation - 7pm

Saturday, November 17th
7 pm
$5 Donation

The best literary showcase in the world: Bitchez Brew Review November Edition.


Avant Garde Multi-Instrumentalist MICAH BALL

“Daughters of the Revolution” author CAROLYN COOKE

Bisexual artist/Intersectional activist JUBA KALAMKA

Bank Robber turned novelist and Zombie Whisperer JOE LOYA

“Evangeline and the Drama Wheel” author SERENA TOXICAT

Razor Babes co-founder and performance poet FERNANDO ALBERTO SALINAS

Sacramento/LA Art Bazaar propagator YASAMIN SAFARZEDEH



11.16.12 - Oaktown Indie Mayhem Presents Coastal Melodies - $5 - 7 pm

Friday, November 16th
7 pm

Our favorite local producer, Oaktown Indie Mayhem is back in November with Coastal Melodies featuring Emily MoldyTreehouse Orchestra with Yassou Benedict and the Native Sibling

Emily Moldy

Headlining Coastal Melodies is Emily Moldy, who’s warmth is brought to the forefront of her songs by whimsicial melodies and a heartbreaking voice. Painful, fleeting romance is covered in Moldy’s lyrics that feel carefully and gracefully placed along the measures and notes of her music. 

Treehouse Orchestra

One of the most beautiful sights in the San Francisco Bay Area is the sight of the beautiful bay fog rolling down the hills of Sausalito and slowly swallowing the Golden Gate Bridge whole. If there were a sountrack to this natural wonder it would be the music of Treehouse Orchestra.  

Yassou Benedict

Yassou Benedict isn’t afraid to play with the very fabric of what makes music, well, music. They carry haunting melodies over mind bending grooves. But they do all of this in a gorgeous, catchy and seemless way. Dark and powerful melodies build and build in their music until they conquer you with a climax of wonder that will have you asking for more. 


 The Native Siblings

The Native Sibling have a gentle power. Their song “Follow Trees” seems to tumble through fresh grass and over mountain peaks all in under four minutes and twenty seconds. A hypnotic trance is ignited by warm guitars, an angelic background chorus and the simple joy of harmony created by two amazing individuals.   


11.15.12 - Naked Thursdays: Stephen Duros - Free - 7pm

Thursday, November 15th
7 pm

Stephen Duros’s most recent album, “Urban Flamenco” has the perfect name for the music he creates. He seemlessly blends elements of traditional flamenco guitar with the grit, mystery and excitement of the city streets. Duros is no less than a virtuoso on his instrument. Tearing up the nylon on his guitar with grace and attitude, he puts on a magnificent show. 

Needless to say, the cafe will be sizziling Thursday night! Come warm up before the cold rain this weekend!

See you there!


11.14.12 - Wednesday Night Jazz Series: The Insidemen - Free - 7pm

Wednesday, November 14th
7 pm

Part of our Wednesday Night Jazz Series.  This week: The Insidemen

Alright, let’s get back to basics. The Insidermen bring the classic styles of jazz back to the forefront with new energy. Pulling from the songbooks of Coltrane, Monk, Miles, and more, these guys set fire to the rooms they play. What sets these guys apart from the rest is the relentless energy from the rhythm section that pushes the band forward and grabs the audience in to a time machine that takes them back to past where virtuoso musicians roamed the streets at night. Oakland used to be a hub for jazz night life. The Insidemen will be taking us back to that time Wednesday night! 


11.13.12 - Board Game Night - Free - 7pm

Tuesday, November 13th
7 pm

Every Tuesday Night! Bring your own board game or play ours.  We have Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Settlers of Catan, Scrabble, Apples to Apples, Scategories, and Cranium.


11.13.12 - 4th Annual Runaway Awareness Open-Mic Party - Free - 5pm

Tuesday, November 13th
5pm - 8:30pm


 Did you know…

  • Youth under the age of 18 are at higher risk for homelessness than adults.
  • Young people who have made the choice to leave their homes are at elevated risk for pregnancy, suicide attempts, substance dependency, and  commercial sexual exploitation.
  • Between 1.6 and 2.8 million runaway and homeless youth are on the streets of America each year.

The National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) and the National Network for Youth (NNY) have declared November to be National Runaway Prevention Month in order to increase awareness of the issues facing runaways and to educate the public about the solutions and the role they can play in preventing youth from running away.

Please join DreamCatcher Runaway/Homeless Youth Services Division & MISSSEY for our commemoration of National Runaway Prevention Month by attending our “Runnin In The Streets” 4th Annual Runaway Awareness Open-Mic Party. Where community organizations, city officials, youth and families in Oakland can come together and learn more about resources and an issue that has been affecting the children of our city for many years. At the same time let the young people know that we care, understand and are here to help. We want the youth of Oakland too find positive help in times of crisis so; they will not be further abused by the streets. There will also be a variety of entertainment by the youth! 


November is National Runaway Prevention Month. Help raise awareness of the issues facing runaways and help educate the public about the role they can play in preventing youth from running away. Within 48 hours of a child running away from home they are approached by a pimp/trick and are commercially sexually exploited on the streets in the form of child/teen prostitution. If you or someone you know is thinking of running away from home, or to learn more about how you can make an impact in your community, call DreamCatcher Runaway/Homeless Youth Services at 1-800-379-1114, that’s 1-800-379-1114, or visit us at our “Runnin In The Streets” 4th Annual Awareness Open-Mic Party, Tuesday, Nov 13th,  5-830p at Awaken Café in Downtown Oakland. 


11.10.12 - Wake UP! Comic Spectacular! - $10 - 8pm

Saturday, November 10th
Doors at 7 pm
Show at 8 pm

This gathering of sweet comedy bliss is brought to you by the talented Sammy Obeid who headlines the show. Our feature comic talent are a crack squad of genie in a bottle with a little hit me one more time; Brendan Lynch, Dash Kwiatkowski, Miles K, Stroy Moyd, & Caitlin Gill. Your host who never gets lost on the BART is Mr. Walker. We are happy to present this showcase at Awaken Cafe in the heart of Downtown Oakland. Come to the show and wake up your humor senses with a local beer and homemade faire that is awesome like the first time you rode a slippin slide. 


11.09.12 - Ex-Pyramids (Mike Reed + Audio Angel) and cvDUB - Free - 8 pm

Friday, November 9th
8 pm

Don’t miss Ex Pyramids featuring Audio Angel AND cvDUB!

EX-PYRAMIDS are a joint venture with vocalist Audio Angel (Franco Nero, Funk Revival Orchestra, 1320 Records) and drummer Mike Reed (Secret Sidewalk, Planet Booty, Daly City Records). They use live instrumentation, sampling and programming to span electronic music genres. They are inspired chiefly by cats and space, and cats in space.


“Miles Davis walks through a worm hole and lands at King Tubby’s, Scientist looks up and smiles…”

CV DUB is an instrumental mash-up of classic Jamaican Dub grooves, psychedelic guitar, and “Electric” era Jazz improvisation. Clyde “Chicken Bone” Sutliff, who leads the ensemble on trumpet and melodica, has years of heavyweight Reggae credit as a sideman with such legends as Michael Rose, Horace Andy, Don Carlos and Eek A Mouse. He has also collaborated with his good friend and Dub pioneer Scientist. Clyde’s mixture of serious Roots Reggae grooves and Miles Davis and Eddie Harris styled Trumpet work provides cvDUB with it’s special blend of these classic styles. Clyde’s excursions-on-the-version are accompanied by old friends E. Blake Davis (Papa’s Culture) on guitar and Eddie Sassin (Undercover SKA) on drums. And on violin, Julia Evans adds unique melodic flavors to the cvDUB bula base. Bass is handled by House, who has performed with Tommy Guerrero, Buckethead, Brain (Gun’s and Roses, Tom Waits), Larry Lalonde (Primus), Money Mark (Beastie Boys, Ozomatli), DJ Disc (Herbie Hancock, Invisbl Skratch Piklz) and Adrian Young (No Doubt). House has also collaborated in the recording studio with Dub giant Bill Laswell and Funk fathers Bootsy Collins and Maceo Parker. Together these musicians create a powerful and original live experience.