Ever wish you were everywhere at once? Don't. Be in this body now.
So this body got down to the Parkway Theater last night to catch an eyeful of Oakland pride at the "Celebrate Original Oakland Charm" party thrown by Oaklandish . We beheld a montage of invaluable historical footage including clips of Sun Ra touching down in O-town proper; the bit-too-long, but ultrainformative "Rebels of Oakland," a TV-ish doc on the A's and the Raiders; snippets of Too Short, the Hell's Angels, Black Panthers, The SLA, Remembrance of the Hills Fire & Earthquake, etc. Missed the Bruce Lee. Dang! EEEEE-ya! Also caught the premiere episodes of "It's Crazy Time", the local punk-rock sketch comedy show put together by the multitalented Dan Aaberg of the Cuts and friends. Funny stuff--Count Tabascula is a soon-to-be classic.
Leela James works it out. But what is she wearing?
Tonight I'm torn, torn, torn between catching Tinariwen at Yoshi's, Dinosaur Jr and Comets on Fire at Great American, and Leela James (above) at Fillmore. The sleeper nouveau soul diva makes a stand in the Fillmo’ at 8 p.m.
Later this week at the 'Mo, Lila Downs brings out her bold new disc, Entre Copa y Copa. The disc shows off both the smooth and strong sides of the Frieda lookalike. She performs April 20, 8 p.m., at the Fillmore, 1805 Geary, SF. $25. (415) 346-6000.
Whew. Now off to finally see Brick.