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Prepare for Oakland museum closure

By awoodall

For the first time in its 40-year history, the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will temporarily close to the public. The hiatus–effective 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 23–will allow the Museum to reinstall the Art and History Galleries, upgrade the common areas, and complete its ambitious transformation. During the temporary closure the Museum will continue to present compelling public programs, at various Oakland venues. Check www.museumca.org to follow what OMCA is up to behind the scenes and in the community.

Posted on Saturday, August 1st, 2009
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Squeak Carnwath show at the Oakland museum

By awoodall

Oakland-based artist Squeak Carnwath has a show at the Oakland Museum. I don’t know her work well but from the interview on Forum she sounds like my kind of cerebral artist. If you’re going to go do it before Aug. 23, when her show and the museum are scheduled to close. The museum won’t reopen until May 2010 because of the renovation.

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
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Angela Davis then and now Part 2

By awoodall

Here is more about the weekend of Aug. 1, which I wrote about in the following blog entry because I was covering a Night Owl event that was intensely political and thought provoking. Art and resistance together. The entry turned out way too long for one post so I am breaking it into sections.
Aug. 2: “Port Huron Project 5 – The Liberation of our People” was about taking texts out of history, reanimating them to engage people and inserting them into contemporary politics, the creator Mark Tribe said.
He also wants to turn “depoliticized space” like DeFremery Park into a place for participatory democracy.
But not everyone saw it that way. A young woman stood up to ask what Tribe was doing to be more than just a cultural carpetbagger who rides into town to capitalize on its history then rides right back out without leaving so much as a tip. She wanted to know what he was going to do to keep the momentum going after the speech to make it more than a “creative intellectual exercise.”
West Oakland Lower Bottoms impresario Marcel Diallo said it’s up to the community to ride the energy Tribe creates by creating events around the event. “I’m not trippin’,” Diallo said. “Anyone who come in I’m going to find a way to ride it.” He showed up Saturday at the park with T-shirts, paintings and other items for sale. 
Just like when Davis made the speech, the park Saturday was full of people from all walks of life, colors and ages, Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas recalled. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, August 16th, 2008
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Angela Davis then and now

By awoodall

I have been thinking a lot about the upcoming elections and democracy in the United States. Some of my thoughts were sparked, or more accurately intensified, by the weekend of Aug. 1, which I wrote about in the following blog entry because I was covering a Night Owl event that was intensely political and thought provoking. Art and resistance together. The entry turned out way too long for one post so I am breaking it into sections.
Aug. 1: The recreation Saturday of a 1969 Angela Davis speech in the same West Oakland park she spoke 29 years ago stirred political tensions – exactly what it was supposed to do.
Even the park’s rightful name – Bobby Hutton or DeFremery – appeared to be a long-simmering point of contention that flashed last night, Friday, between artists, “community members” and activists on hand to discuss the Port Huron Project.
They gathered at the Oakland Museum, which got folks warmed up with a screening of “Chicago 10,” a documentary about the mockery of a trial that followed the police riot in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. In those days, convention delegates chose presidential candidates.
Angela Davis made the 1969 speech two weeks after Bobby Seale was chained and gagged during the Chicago trial.
My blood freezes every time I see footage of herds of police closing in on protesters with clubs and tear gas. “I think that film can ignite and inspire people,” said Black Panther Minister of Culture, Emory Douglas, who was on hand Friday for the screening. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2008
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Black Panthers strike again

By awoodall

The Lower Bottoms’ impresario Marcel Diallo has been masterful about bringing Oakland’s past and present together. Little surprise then that he is behind the show “Black Panther: The Cultural Ministry of Emory Douglas” that opens Aug. 22 and runs until Sept. 26 at the Cannery, 1200 Pine St. “We have to have some white walls, sometimes,” Diallo said after Douglas, who served as the Panthers’ minister of culture from 1967 to the 1980s, spoke at the Oakland Museum a couple weeks ago. No pun intended (I commented the show was fancy) I assume, from Diallo, founder of the Black New World and Cornelia Bell’s Black Bottom Gallery, whose walls are not as boomer-style as the Cannery lofts.  So just to let you know in advance, an opening night reception will be held at the lofts, 1200 Pine St: A conversation with Emory Douglas, a performance by Diallo & Co. Pluse a special cultural presentation. Prints and books will be available. FMI: 510-451-4661.   

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2008
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Kick ass or just sip back this weekend

By awoodall

Who says politics can’t be cool? check out the Oakland Museum tonight. Saturday is the restaging of Angela Davis’ speech she made in the same spot in 1969. (Read all about it.) Also from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday this weekend is the Lakeshore art and wine festival Saturday and Sunday: live music, arts and crafts booths, local vendors, a Green Living Expo, a carnival for kids, wine tasting, food booths and more.
Lakeshore between Lake Park and Mandana. IT’S GRATIS.

Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2008
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Brainwash weekend culture extravaganza alliance

By awoodall

Here is a video shot to accompany the Night Owl story about De Lauer’s.
As for this weekend, tonight begins the 14th annual Brainwash drive, bike and walk-in movie festival at the Mandela Village Arts Center, 1357 5th St. (the groovy shack behind the West Oakland BART station). The movies are short, the start time is 9 p.m. and admission costs $9. Fo mo info visit www.brainwash.com.
Over at the EastSide Arts Alliance tonight a film slected by Oakland Sin Fronteras starts 7 p.m. The event is free. I missed a whole bunch of cool events at the center including Hip-hop karoake Wednesday  and Holla Back open mic series on Thursdays.  
Heads up: Next Friday is First Friday, which means Art Murmur and the Oakland Museum’s monthly culture extravaganza including a screening of Paperback Dreams, the story of two local bookstores-Cody’s and Kepler’s-and their struggle to survive. Timely, you think?

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2008
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BEST OF THE EAST BAY EXPRESS PARTY

By awoodall

To celebrate the winners of the Best of the East Bay, the Express is throwing a performing and visual arts party at the Oakland Museum on Friday, July 11, from 7pm to midnight. Headlining bands
include two of my favorites: Kev Choice and the Whoreshoes, as well as Flipper, The Uptones, Dyloot (Deep Voices), Destroyer, Monarchs, HOTTUB, Mike Glen Dinning, Brandi Shearer, DJ Malachi. Also featuring dance performances by Savage Jazz Dance, Splash Circus, 3-minute short film screenings, live art, and more.

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
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