Tag Archives: Destiny Arts

March 22-28 Oakland Political & Community Events

21 Mar

Monday, March 22nd – League of Women Voters Forum: 50/50 by 2020: Pipe Dream or Reality?

Women comprise 50% of the U.S. population but only 17% of the U.S. Congress. Can women become half of the Congress by the time the 19th Amendment turns 100? New networks are taking on the task of recruiting, training, and helping elect women candidates across the country. Leading off the discussion on how they do it will be campaign and community organizer Barbara Ellis of AJE Partners.This forum will be held from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at Redwood Heights Community Center, 3883 Aliso Avenue (Off Redwood Road below Highway 13).

Tuesday, March 23rd – AC Transit Service Change Information Table

As you may already know, on Sunday, March 28, AC Transit will be implementing major service changes that affect almost every bus line in its service area. To give you an opportunity to pick up helpful materials about the changes and to ask questions, AC Transit has set up a series of Community Information Tables at public locations from Richmond to Fremont. This Tuesday, there will be an information table set up from 4-7pm at the Cesar Chavez Branch Library, 3301 E. 12th St. It’s accessible by lines 1, 1R, 14, 19, 47, 50, 53, 54, 62, and 63.

Wednesday-Saturday, March 24th-27th – Skyline High Performing Arts Presents Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat

From Jean Quan’s newsletter: “This blockbuster musical by the team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is a humorous and splashy retelling of the rags-to-riches tale of Joseph and his coat of many colors. The eight performances will feature a large, talented cast which includes student vocalists from Bret Harte and Montera middle schools. At 7:30 pm on March 24-27 & April 1-3, with a Saturday matinee at 2 pm on March 27. Tickets: $10 general, $8 for children under 12 & seniors over 65. Farnsworth Theater at Skyline High School, 12250 Skyline Blvd., Oakland. Contact skylineseats@yahoo.com for more information.”

Thursday, March 25th – LAMMPS Community Based Transportation Plan Meeting

“This Thursday, there will be a community meeting for LAMMPS – Laurel access to Mills, Maxwell Park & Seminary Ave. As MacArthur Blvd. curves between Seminary and High Street, there are challenges to walking, riding, crossing or otherwise attempting to use the sidewalks, paths and crosswalks. The City of Oakland is launching a planning effort to make travel along this corridor easier, safer and inviting among the nearby neighborhoods. Come learn about this important community planning project and share your concerns and visions!” This meeting will be held from 7-9pm at The Gathering Hall, Mills College School of Business, 5000 MacArthur Blvd. For more info, visit the LAMMPS website.

Thursday, March 25th – Walk Oakland Bike Oakland Meeting

“To inject a little more fun into this month’s WOBO meeting, we’ve decided to hold it at Pacific Coast Brewery. Join us to socialize and sign up for one of our Bike to Work Day volunteer opportunities. We’ll supply the finger food! WOBO will be organizing three energizer stations and participating in the Pancake Breakfast at City Hall for Bike to Work Day on May 13, 2010 – help us make it a huge success! Volunteer needs include: stuffing BTWD bags, putting up posters, participating in pedal pools with City Council members, and recruiting new WOBO members at our energizer stations. See you Thursday!” The meeting will be held at Pacific Coast Brewery, 906 Washington Street, Oakland from 6:30-8pm.
For more info, visit WOBO’s website.

Thursday, March 25th – OaklandSeen Launch Party

Join OaklandSeen as it unveils its new website, OaklandSeen.com. There will be music by DJ fflood, no cover, and a cash bar. The party will be held from 6-9pm at Somar, 1727 Telegraph Avenue. For more info and to RSVP, see the Facebook event.

Friday-Saturday, March 26th-27th – Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company production of Asylum

The internationally regarded model of youth arts and violence prevention organizations, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, marks the beginning of its third decade as a creative community epicenter with the world premiere of Asylum, a movement/theater work created by the young artists of the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company. Created in collaboration with Artistic Directors Sarah Crowell and Rashidi Omari and acclaimed Bay Area performing arts professionals, the full-length work features hip-hop dance and music, theater, spoken word, modern dance, aerial dance, video backdrop art, rap and a cast of over 40 talented youth ages 7 to 18. Asylum frames the current state of world affairs as a circus turned inside out, where heroes are questionable and villains run free. It is a powerful glimpse into how young Americans see  the state of the world and what can be done about it. Shows start at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, with an additional 2pm show on Saturday at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St, Oakland. For more info and to buy tickets, visit the Destiny Arts website.

Saturday-Sunday, March 27th-28th: Oakland Running Festival

Experience all the sights and sounds that Oakland has to offer at the new Oakland Running Festival featuring Oakland’s first marathon in 25 years! Runners will begin on Broadway, race along Piedmont and College Avenues, pass by beautiful Lake Temescal and then tackle the hills of Montclair. After a breathtaking view of the Cities by the Bay, runners will journey through the vibrant neighborhoods of Dimond, Fruitvale, Chinatown and historic Jack London Square. Then it’s a final lap around sparkling Lake Merritt and a sprint to the finish at City Hall. If you’re not a serious runner, there will still be plenty for you to enjoy at the festival, including live music and a kid’s fun run. Find much more information at the festival’s website.

March 15-21 Oakland Political & Community Events

15 Mar

Tuesday, March 16th – AC Transit Service Change Information Table

As you may already know, on Sunday, March 28, AC Transit will be implementing major service changes that affect almost every bus line in its service area. To give you an opportunity to pick up helpful materials about the changes and to ask questions, AC Transit has set up a series of Community Information Tables at public locations from Richmond to Fremont. This Tuesday, there will be an information table set up from 4-7pm at the Asian Branch Public Library, 388 9th St. It’s accessible by lines 1, 1R, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 51, 62, 63, 72, 72M, 72R, and 88.

Tuesday, March 16th – Oakland City Council Meeting (Note new time)

At this week’s meeting, the Council will continue its budget discussions, considering reducing the general fund budgets of all elected officials by 15%. They’ll also be discussing delinquent taxes and fees, a report on the Rockridge Business Improvement District, instant runoff voting education, and providing loans to affordable housing developments. See the full meeting agenda and check out my post about how to watch and understand City Council meetings if you need some guidance on how or where to view the meeting. The non-ceremonial parts of the meeting start at 6:30pm in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Thursday, March 18th Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting

Oakland’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) meets monthly to discusses bicycle and pedestrian issues. This month’s agenda includes discussions of improving bicycle locker security, recommended bike/ped improvement projects for 2010-2011, E 12th St/38th  Ave Bikeway Design Review, and voting for BPAC Chair and Vice-Chair. The BPAC is extremely inclusive – any Oakland resident who attends three consecutive meetings becomes a voting member of the committee – so if you’re interested in bike and ped issues, you should consider attending. The BPAC will be meeting from 5:30-7:30pm in Hearing Room 4 of City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza.

Thursday, March 18th – Oakland Food Policy Council Meeting

The mission of the Oakland Food Policy Council (OFPC) is to establish an equitable and sustainable food system in Oakland, California. OFPC will discuss and finalized our chosen priorities, review the outline of our first Strategic Plan for Transforming the Oakland Food System, hear reports from each Work Group, hear about a few upcoming opportunities, then hear a presentation from an outside speaker, and take public comments. The meeting will be held from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 3rd Floor, Mayor’s Large Conference Room. Find out more about OFPC at their website.

Friday, March 19th – Ecstasy Reception (San Francisco)

It’s rare that I promote San Francisco events here, but this Friday there will be a reception for Ecstasy, the incredible sculpture created by Oakland artists Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito, who I’ve written about here several times before. Join the community in celebration with live music by IGBA MMOH African Drummers and Gaucho Gypsy Jazz, light refreshments and more! The reception takes place from 4-7pm at Patricia’s Green, at Octavia and Hayes St, San Francisco. If you can’t make it on Friday, you can check out the Black Rock Arts Foundation funded sculpture anytime between now and June 18th. Here’s a photo from a collection of photos of the installation of Ecstasy:

Friday, March 19th – 3rd Annual We LOVE Old Oakland Fundraiser

Come out, support and celebrate Old Oakland’s amazing live/work neighborhood, multi-generational families, local businesses and community partners! Meet the founders of 10,000 Steps, an urban parks stewardship & history project including Lafayette Square & Jefferson Square Parks. Purchase food & drink specials sponsored by Linden Street Brewery, Metro Bay Realty & La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen benefiting Old Oakland Neighbors, a grassroots community group. Early Bird attendees will receive a packet of It’s a Grind French Roast coffee (makes 40oz). This event takes place from 5:00pm – 9:00pm at La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen, 582 7th Street @ Jefferson. For more info and to RSVP, see the Facebook event page.

Friday, March 19th-Sunday, March 21st – Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company production of Asylum

The internationally regarded model of youth arts and violence prevention organizations, Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, marks the beginning of its third decade as a creative community epicenter with the world premiere of Asylum, a movement/theater work created by the young artists of the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company. Created in collaboration with Artistic Directors Sarah Crowell and Rashidi Omari and acclaimed Bay Area performing arts professionals, the full-length work features hip-hop dance and music, theater, spoken word, modern dance, aerial dance, video backdrop art, rap and a cast of over 40 talented youth ages 7 to 18. Asylum frames the current state of world affairs as a circus turned inside out, where heroes are questionable and villains run free. It is a powerful glimpse into how young Americans see  the state of the world and what can be done about it. Shows start at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 2pm on Sunday at Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St, Oakland. For more info and to buy tickets, visit the Destiny Arts website.

Saturday, March 20th – AC Transit Service Change Information Table

As you may already know, on Sunday, March 28, AC Transit will be implementing major service changes that affect almost every bus line in its service area. To give you an opportunity to pick up helpful materials about the changes and to ask questions, AC Transit has set up a series of Community Information Tables at public locations from Richmond to Fremont. This Tuesday, there will be an information table set up from 9am-2pm at the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market at the corner of Grand & Lake Park Aves. It’s accessible by lines 12, 13, 57, and NL.