Flyaway Productions presents: The Right To Be Believed

Flyaway Productions presents: The Right To Be Believed

The Lot

1100 Broadway

October 6 & 7, 2017, shows at 8pm & 9pm

The Right To Be Believed uses the gravity-defying art form of aerial dance—performers navigating vertical urban landscapes with ropes and harnesses—to elevate female voices and call attention to the legal, social, and professional constraints that disempower women.

The Octopus Literary Salon Oakland

Octopus Literary Salon Oakland
Octopus Literary Salon in Oakland

ARTS & CULTURE

www.oaklandoctopus.org

The Octopus Literary Salon is a café/bookstore/performance space with delicious homemade salads and sandwiches, superb espresso drinks, uplifting house sodas, draft beer and wine. We support local musicians, writers, and performers of all kinds by offering open, nightly local bookings. We are an excellent space to rent for private parties too.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
We wanted the combination: café/bookstore/intimate performance space– because there wasn’t one.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
We genuinely and uniquely support creative expression in Oakland.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The people!

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Plum Bar, Era Art Bar & Lounge , Vamp Records, Starline Social Club.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The people!

Whale’s Wake at Flight Deck

APRIL 2016 | EVENTS

www.raggedwing.org/shows/201516-season-kin/whales-wake-april-16-may-7-2016/

Whale’s Wake is an original play by Amy Sass produced by Ragged Wing Ensemble at The Flight Deck. Funny, sexy, incantatory, Whale’s Wake follows one family’s struggle to honor the difficult dead. This ambitious dark comedy about a family dealing with the sudden death of their patriarch engages the audience in a sweeping story that moves from slapstick and religious satire to haunting, abstract, poetic images to explore major themes about the meaning of life, death, and family.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
In 2013, Amy Sass lost her father at the age of 61 and witnessed a beached whale at Stinson Beach. Whale’s Wake was born. This 3-year journey to bring this show to audiences involved dozens of drafts, dozens of artists, and the birth of a truly unique theatrical world on stage.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
It combines tragedy, comedy, surreal imagery and emotional grit, and explores onstage a topic (the death of a loved one) with humor, whimsy and gravity all at once.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
There are lots of great restaurants to get dinner at before the show and lots of great bars to get a drink after the show all in walking distance.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
The Flight Deck is a shared space for dozens of small arts organizations and artists.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
It is home.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
This show is really good you guys. Audience members are leaving saying it’s better than what they’re seeing at Berkeley Rep and other big theaters. Just saying.

OakStop Art Gallery and Workspace

Oakstop art gallery and workspace

ART GALLERY WORKSPACE

www.oakstop.com

Oakstop is a workspace, meeting space, event space, and art gallery in Downtown Oakland that combines a wide range of people and professions into a community based on creativity and entrepreneurship. Some people join as members and others simply use space for a few hours. Visitors are encouraged to stop by at anytime.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
The vision for Oakstop is to cultivate community, creativity, and entrepreneurship within Oakland’s local ecosystem, by transforming large amounts of commercial real estate into accessible shared space environments.
As Oakland reaches new heights of its cultural and economic boom, Oakstop is creating an accessible and inspiring environment for local artists and local businesses to grow with Oakland. Providing space for business and art keeps Oakland rooted in its culture while nurturing its growth as a city.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Our members enjoy being able to work and function within a community that is open to any progressive Oakland resident.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Oakland’s community is growing rapidly as a result of its rising real estate boom. As Oakland grows and changes, it will need community spaces that function as anchors and bridges to ground the community in its authentic culture and history. We here at Oakstop are proud to provide that.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Solespace, The Flight Deck, Oaklandish, Betti Ono Gallery, Arizmendi

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
I personally could not live without being surrounded by Oakland’s endless source of positivity, this is what keeps me inspired every day.

Warehouse 416

Warehouse416

416 26th Street

warehouse416.com

Warehouse416 is a rare intimate venue for people to gather for art, social, or business events in Downtown Oakland. The unique industrial restored open brick and redwood interior, copper skylights, and peaked roof environment creates a distinctive atmosphere for gathering. With Warehouse416 as your hosts for small events such as birthday or holiday parties. Classes and workshops, art events, music or theater shows, weddings or celebrations, we’re committed to making your occasion the best it can be.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
Working since 2000 to make Downtown Oakland a destination.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
We offer a uniquely decorated, yet rustic warehouse setting for business or personal rental.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
We love the freedom Oakland offers for creativity.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Our friends and neighbor galleries, all the members of the Oakland Art Murmur.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Oakland is a real city, architecturally, the variety of unique buildings in our neighborhood creates a great environment for entertainment, and walking.

FEBRUARY 2016 | CATEGORY

52 Letters: A One-Woman Poetic Stage Play on the Fight Against Sex Trafficking

January 2016 | EVENTS

www.reginasdoor.com
Regina’s Door
352 17th Street
February 5th
How long has this event been in Oakland? This showing launches the Eliza’s Pearl Performance Series for Women of Color

52 Letters is a one-woman poetic stage play, written and performed by Oakland Native Regina Y. Evans, which brings awareness to the issue of sex trafficking in America. Additionally, there will be a panel and community discussion following the presentation.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Regina’s Door is a social enterprise vintage boutique which supports survivors of sex trafficking, in partnership with the anti-trafficking organization, Love Never Fails. I cannot think of a more appropriate space to perform a play which bring awareness to this blistering social justice issue.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
People want to join in the fight against trafficking. The play will provide them with information on human trafficking and the follow up discussion will provide them with accessible solutions.

Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland is the number one spot in America for underage sex trafficking. The play brings about awareness. Awareness leads to action. Action results in saving a beautiful soul out of the clutches of the evil known as slavery.

Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Regina’s Door is the sponsoring business.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
People with hearts of compassion and a spirit for social justice.

Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
Come with a compassionate and open heart. For the sake of love. For the sake of the sex trafficked beloveds.

In The Name of Love, the 14th Annual Musical Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 2016 | EVENTS

www.livingjazz.org
January 17th
Oakland Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Drive
How long has this event been in Oakland? 14 years

In the Name of Love, Oakland’s Annual Musical Tribute to Dr. King, is proud to honor “The Civil Rights Movement through the Music of Nina Simone” highlighting four outstanding vocalists including Paula West, Patti Cathcart (Tuck and Patti), Terrance Kelly, and Rhiannon with Glen Pearson, piano; Marcus Shelby, bass; and Leon Joyce, Jr., drums. The powerful 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the 300-voice Living Jazz Children’s Project will also perform. The Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award will be presented by Mayor Libby Schaaf to an outstanding Oakland citizen.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
In the Name of Love supports the Living Jazz Children’s Project (a free music education project for Oakland public elementary schools) and promises to be a profound celebration of civil rights and an amazing evening of music.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
The tribute includes the 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir; and the 300-voice Living Jazz Children’s Project backed up by the Oaktown Jazz Workshops. Archival footage of Dr. King’s will be interspersed throughout the evening, and the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award will be presented by Mayor Libby Schaaf to an Oakland citizen working tirelessly to make a difference. All these elements help to make this one of Oakland’s most significant events of the year.

Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
The artists, performers, speakers and award recipient all reflect the amazing diversity, talent and dynamic energy of Oakland.

Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
“In the Name of Love” has been made possible through the generosity of
City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Walter and Elise Haas Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; California Arts Council; Alameda County Arts Commission; Clorox Company Foundation; Thomas J. Long Foundation; Zellerbach Family Foundation; See’s Candies; KRON 4; and KBLX.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The beautiful spirit & diversity of the people of Oakland.

Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
All proceeds from the 14th Annual Tribute will support the Living Jazz Children’s Project a free music education program provided by Living Jazz for Oakland public elementary schools with little or no access to the arts. Living Jazz believes that access to music education is a profound and necessary component of every child’s education and development.

The Flight Deck

ARTS AND CULTURE

www.theflightdeck.org
1540 Broadway
Number of years in Oakland: 1

The Flight Deck is a shared arts space and performance venue that offers performances, workshops, office & meeting space, and rentals for special events. The space features a 99-seat black box theater, a rehearsal studio, and a co-working office. Created by host company Ragged Wing Ensemble, The Flight Deck is home to ten local arts organizations and dozens of local performing and visual artists.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
After running a theater company in the East Bay for a decade, we got frustrated with the lack of performance space in Oakland. There were so many great performing arts groups that had nowhere to present in Downtown. So we created a share model whereby several small organizations share the space and contribute to a lively creative environment. Also, as the landscape of Oakland changes, it is essential to maintain a place where diverse, local voices can be heard and artists can participate in the positive transformation of our city while connecting us to our roots. The Flight Deck is a place where the arts can thrive in Downtown.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
People love The Flight Deck because of its location, and because it’s the only place to produce a play in Downtown Oakland! Also, the friendly and collaborative environment is welcoming to all.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The diversity of people and art that come through our doors. We will have Turf dancing one day, a classical piano concert the next, a Shakespeare play and then an August Wilson play, a filipino film festival and then the National Poetry Slam, a teen-produced musical and avant garde, immersive performance art. Each event brings a different set of artists and a different audience, and it is so exciting that they are all coming together at The Flight Deck.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Our neighbors – Viscera, Jimmy’s Deli, Oakstop, SoleSpace, Awaken, Bittersweet, Oaklandish, Garden House, Liba Falafel.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The ability to live in an urban environment that has vast diversity of people & culture and all the features of a world-class city, while having quick and easy access to nature and the outdoors.

Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker

November 2015 | EVENTS

oaklandballet.org
Oakland Ballet Company, The East Bay’s premiere professional dance company, returns to the Paramount Theatre this December with three performances of Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker.

December 19 | 1pm
December 19 | 5pm
December 20 | 2pm

Introduced to Bay Area audiences in 2010 with the arrival of Graham Lustig as Artistic Director, this energetic and witty version of a world-wide classic tells the enchanting story of a young girl’s wintry dream through clever storytelling, thrilling choreography, and vivid costumes.

Truly a production of and for the community it serves, Oakland Ballet’s Nutcracker features more than 40 young student dancers ages 7-17, in the roles of adorable snowballs, mice, soldiers and candies, performing alongside the company’s dynamic dancers. Tchaikovsky’s score is performed live by the Oakland Symphony, under the direction of Michael Morgan. In addition, local choral group the Mt. Eden Women’s Ensemble, singing from the wings of the theater, adds its vocal talent to the magical Snow Scene.

Tickets for Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker are on sale now and can be purchased at www.OaklandBallet.org or at the theater box office.

Several related events offer opportunities to support the company and interact with Oakland Ballet dancers in a festive holiday setting:

Land of the Sweets Tea Party
Saturday, December 12, 1-4:30pm
The Bellevue Club, Oakland
This “high tea” Nutcracker fundraiser features finger sandwiches, treats, teas and champagne, as well as Nutcracker performance excerpts, live music, and holiday carols.

Sweet Dreams Parties
Saturday, December 19, 3pm
Sunday, December 20, 4pm
This post-performance reception is great for children and families – meet the characters from the ballet and enjoy sweets and refreshments in the beautiful Paramount Theatre lobby.

Encore Reception
Saturday, December 19, 7pm performance
Celebrate the season at our evening reception including champagne, hors d’oeuvres and desserts in the company of Oakland Ballet dancers.

Christmas Revels Presents A Venetian Masque: Celebrating The Winter Solstice In Renaissance Italy

November 2015 | EVENTS

californiarevels.org
Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Drive
December 11-13 & 18-20
Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays & Sundays 1pm & 5pm
How long has this event been in Oakland? Oakland Christmas Revels is celebrating its 30th anniversary of performances this year!

This holiday season Oakland’s cherished Christmas Revels presents A Venetian Masque: Celebrating the Winter Solstice in Renaissance Italy. 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of performances by the enduring, much-loved Christmas Revels in Oakland. This year’s show brings together high and low art with vibrant costuming, glittering masks and even a gondola race as audience and performers join together in an uproarious Revels celebration of the Solstice.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
Revels is a family-friendly production designed to please all age groups. Celebrate the long-ago winter traditions that bring the audience together in humanity and community by welcoming the Yuletide. Revels creates community through celebration.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
Christmas Revels brings the magic of the Yuletide to the community through audience participation that allows our patrons to have as much fun as the performers.

Q. What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
Oakland Christmas Revels performs at the beautiful Scottish Rite Theater on Lake Merritt. With lovely lights ringing the lake and holiday spirit abounding, it is a gorgeous setting in which to create community through celebration.

Q. Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
Yes! Christmas Revels has media partnerships with East Bay Express and Diablo Magazine (not based in Oakland but serving Oakland) and a relationship with KTVU which will be airing Christmas Revels ads in November and December. We also partner with restaurants Spice Monkey and Longitude. Another great partner is Oakland School of the Arts.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
The culture of Oakland reflects many of the Revels core values: Community, Family, Cultural Tradition, Old Wisdom, Connection to the Land, and Bounty.

Q. What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
Christmas Revels is the best kept secret in Oakland! We celebrate our 30th anniversary of performances as “The Pearl of Lake Merritt”.