Transit & Arts on Saturday

10 Oct

Tomorrow’s a busy day for me, and I thought some of you might be interested in the two events I’m attending. To start off the day, I’m going to walk down the street to Peralta Elementary School to attend Jane Brunner’s community meeting on bus rapid transit. Though there’s been a lot of talk about bus rapid transit in Berkeley, the Oakland community’s been relatively quiet on the topic so I’m excited to see what my neighbors think about this essential transit improvement. If you don’t know much about BRT or aren’t quite convinced yet, this would be a great meeting to attend, as you’ll hear from proponents, opponents, and AC Transit.

Then at night I’ll hop on the bus to downtown to go to the 3rd Annual Oakland Arts Clash. Hosted by the Electric Vandals (with support from several other groups), the Oakland Arts Clash is, well, exactly what its name implies, a night of arts clashing. Dance groups of various styles will dance to music from somewhat disparate genres. Apparently, the promoters are secretive about exactly which dance groups will dance to which music, but from what I’ve heard about past events, this will not be a boring evening. I’m especially excited to see Damon and the Heathens, an Oakland group who’s music dto510 recently introduced me to. But no matter what kind of music or dance you’re into, it will probably be represented at the Arts Clash – from Hawaiian to jazz, African to hip hop.

The info for both events can be found below or on my events listing. A day of transit and music in Oakland – what more could a girl ask for?

Saturday, October 11th: Jane Brunner’s Community Meeting on Bus Rapid Transit

Speakers:             Jim Cunradi, AC Transit
Rick Raffanti, Temescal Telegraph Business District
Bruce Kaplan, Berkeleyans for Better Transit Options

When: Sunday , October 11, 2008 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Where: Peralta Elementary School, 460 63rd Street
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Use AC Transit lines 1/1R or 51.

Saturday, October 11th: 3rd Annual Oakland Arts Clash

The Electric Vandals, in cooperation with Attic Light Productions and the City of Oakland’s Parks and Recreation department, and with promotional support from Oaklandish, Big Family Movers and the East Bay Rats, are presenting their yearly mixed arts festival at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts on October 11th 2008. Tickets will be $15, with the lobby reception beginning at 7 p.m. Peformers include: Axis Dance Company, Dimensions Extensions Performance Ensemble, Hyim, Halau O Keikiali’i, Dub Esquire, and more.

When: Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 7:00pm
Where: Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St
How Much: $15
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3 Responses to “Transit & Arts on Saturday”

  1. OaklandSpaceAcademy October 11, 2008 at 2:23 pm #

    Dang! For some reason I had it in my head that this meeting was from 12-2 and so I walked in just as it was wrapping up. I know a bit about the BRT proposal but was hoping to learn more and see what the community thought.

    I have to admit that, although I’m a huge supporter (and user) of public transport, I’m a bit of BRT skeptic. And while much of the opposition has been the usual Berkeley conservative nimbyism, I think there are reasonable (pro-transit, pro-change) arguments to be made against the current proposal. I’ve been meaning to layout some of my thoughts on this in a post at Oakland Space Academy, hopefully I’ll get a chance sometime soon.

    So Becks, I’d love a report on what you thought of the meeting, if you are not too busy that is.

  2. Becks October 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm #

    I wish you could have made it Raymond – it was a very productive and informative meeting. And you would have gotten a chance to meet me and Eric from Transbay blog. I will of course be blogging about it. Check back here in a couple hours for a lengthy write up.


  1. Three important transportation meetings « FutureOakland - October 10, 2008

    […] Bus Rapid Transit, the world’s most successful transit service, has proven controversial in Berkeley, with bus opponents launching an initiative to “leave our streets alone” (I am part of the campaign against this measure). Heated rhetoric aside, this is a major transportation improvement that deserves more attention from Oaklanders and policy-makers. North Oaklanders, and indeed anyone who plans to ever take transit to North Oakland destinations not adequately served by BART (like Temescal or Koreatown), are invited to learn more about the proposal tomorrow. (Thanks for the reminder, Becks!) […]

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